I got this for my boyfriend for his birthday and I can say we had an amazing time!!! I read all the reviews and went there with very little expectations because the price was to good to be true. I can honestly say that I cant believe that people go there and have all these complaints. I don't know where to start....
From the moment we landed at POP I knew we were gonna have a great time....Nice clean airport with friendly people.
We stayed at The Tropical in building 5 on the second floor per recommended from the reviews...Had AC and hot water the entire 6 days we were there.
The room: I wouldn't give it 5 stars but who wants to stay in the room anyway...definitely needs an upgrade but we were happy that with what we got.
The restaurants: You get 2 reservations and they pick them for you! We went to services office between 2 and 4 and the girls were so nice... we were there 5 nights and ended up dining at a restaurant 4 nights.... all amazing food! We went to Indochine (Chinese),The Blue lagoon (seafood), Bellini (Italian), and my favorite El Pilon ( Dominican)... The wait staff was great (don't forget to tip them... Jose was our favorite waiter! the Casablanca was ok too.. we went there for breakfast and enjoyed the omelets and potatoes.. wait staff was great there too, they made sure u had your drinks refilled! Lunch was at Zen Sushi Bar at the VIP Beach...One word AMAZING... you could also order other things like sandwiches, salads and wings.... I loved the Bartenders there. TIP: Tip those guys and they take care of you.
VIP Beach: Beautiful and amazing view... get there early in the morning and get the good beds... we went and laid our towels out at 7am to reserve our beds and went off to breakfast... WIFI serve is great there and FREE...Be nice to the water sport guys they are just doing their jobs....If I wasnt scared of the water we would have done some of the water sports... We made 2 new friends for when we return ( Manny and Jhean)
If you want a great deal go down to the Wall-Mart down on the beach.. they have great stuff and good prices.. see Miguel...he is great!
The Bars: La Cayena in the reception area and Las Canas (pool bar) were great as well... Go see Jorge and Nelson at the Pool bar (and don't forget to tip them, they are cool guys ....we miss them already!
VIP Party is so much fun.. the Shows were great and we even made it there the weekend Wyclef Jean was performing.. and guess what? The entire resort was invited... so much fun!
I would suggest doing some activities off the resort as well... We did the Cable Car Tour with Olympus Tours.. Eddy or tour guide was great! We decided to add another excursion.. the ATVs and Olympus helped us book it for the following day with BLUE Tours. (Expedia).. Ive got to say,that's was my favorite! I got to visit a local school and give out candy to the children(bring your own candy to give out if you don't want to pay $5 for a bag), they were so cute! Going on this adventure taught me a lot about the Dominican Culture and how they live.
Only down side to this vacation was the "Tour " or what we called the "presentation". They set up an appointment with you to give you a tour of the resort and give you a welcome package.. they take you over to the VIP Tower and show you what you could have if you become a Time Share holder.. That ended for us in about 10 minutes ( we weren't interested and so we got up and left)
Sandy, one of their sales guys was horrible.. we were supposed to get a tour of the resort but he just sat us down and tried to sell us the package taking us away from our relaxation time on the beach!
Beware...Lots of Solicitors on the resort trying to see you stuff!!!! Once you tell them NO a few times, they will leave you alone!
Shuttle Service: Runs 24 hours... this is a huge resort but we enjoyed our long walks!
Bring single dollar bills for tipping
Tip the people that service you
There is no WIFI service with the exception of The VIP Beach so be prepared!!!
Bring bug spray for yourself and for your room.. we had ants bout we heard from others that they had roaches in their room... ( I didn't see any)
Building 5 was great but can be loud at night because your so close the coliseum
No Shower curtains
All and all we had a great 6 days with a great view, great staff and each other ..I would recommend this place for the price your paying...Enjoy!!!
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