Last June we stayed at the LHVC Crown Villas . Our group of 13 people consisted of family members and friends. We stayed from June 9th to the 18th at villas M3 and M5, then after everybody left my wife and myself moved out to the Crown Suites for another 8 days. We are Lifetime Platinum Supreme Members of the club, so our experience is way different from guests that rent through Cheap Caribbean, Expedia, Living Social, Groupon, etc, etc…. For more information regarding on what to expect when vacationing at this resort/club, which depends greatly on your “status”, check my previous review. Here is the link,
The time we spent at Lifestyle was a wonderful one, got picked up a the airport by one of the several limos the club has. Check in went smooth. Rigo Gonzalez, who is the transportation supervisor and good friend, got us two golf carts right away, and reservations for the a la carte restaurants were done at the VIP Services with the help of another good friend, Sylvia Klein.
Villas M3 & M5 are located next to the Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa area. The villas are not new or anything like it, but they are in very good condition. We did not experienced any issues whatsoever. Everything was in great working order. Every morning our chef, Manuel, cooked for us a wonderful breakfast consisting of egg white omelets with veggies, mangú con queso frito, fresh fruits, smoothies, etc, etc….. And what can we say about Magnolia, our housekeeper, she was wonderful! She kept both villas immaculate. One night we had a BBQ at the villa, sweet! The menu consisted of lobsters, shrimps, steak, chicken, pork chops, seafood salad, and every other salad you can imagine. After all that, we concluded the night by the pool sipping on a few cocktails, playing the guitar and singing a couple of good old songs. VIP life and treatment, oh yeah, we were living it baby!
In regards of the a la carte restaurants, our favorite was AZUL, again. We went twice during our stay. The dominican restaurant, El Pilón, was very good also. We went twice to Jazz and it was so and so, not bad but it was not great either. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the the staff is very attentive and courteous. Simply Gourmet was great and so was Rodizzio. Intimates had a very relax atmosphere with great views of the ocean, the food was ok. For lunch we like to go to Anja’s Lounge, and if you like good wine and Spanish inspired appetizers try Tapas Lounge located at the Cofresi Palm area of the resort complex, you won’t regret it. We did not liked Indochine (Asian Fusion Cuisine). Skewers (Mediterranean Cuisine) was pretty good and tasty.
We loved the new Lifestyle Beach, but Serenity still our favorite. The little oyster bar at Serenity, “Half Shell”, is great and so is the employee that works there, Mártires Guzman alias “Chicho”. He is the best, always with a smile and always eager to serve you.The crepes at Serenity are very freaking good. Harmony Beach was excellent as usual. The fish sandwich at the Beach Avenue Grill was delicious as always, and so was the ice cream at Scoops. Jose Reyes, who is the Sushi Chef at Zen Sushi bar located at the VIP Beach, made us a special sushi roll with no rice. He used cucumbers he peeled off in a certain way, instead of the traditional seaweed and rice, and it was delicious. Here is the link to the video I uploaded in YouTube showing how he made us the sushi roll so you can see what I’m talking about ,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZO7jPgJevk. We also enjoyed the VIP NV Beach, located at the Cofresi Palm, where great personal size pizzas are served at Fadi’s Food Corner. We were provided with excellent and attentive service every time we went there.
Lifestyle is also known for its parties and activities. The VIP Welcome Party on Sundays is nothing short of spectacular. Life music, dancers, food, fireworks, they have something for everyone. And the VIP Party on Thursday nights is also very good and entertaining. We found that on Wednesday nights they have a “piano bar” thing happening at the Bourbon Street Bar located at the Presidential Suites. We loved it, the gal that was singing had a beautiful voice and the guy playing the keyboards was outstanding. This activity is oriented to a more mature audience. Here is another link of a small clip I uploaded in YouTube, enjoy!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6D0pCE_HMI.
The resort grounds are gorgeous and well kept, and the club is always adding more amenities for their members to enjoy. When we arrived we saw two new “toys”, a brand new five passenger + captain helicopter and a Rolls Royce Phantom. These new acquisitions are no cheap by any means. Besides all this, can you imagine yourself arriving to Puerto Plata airport on a private jet? Well, get ready for this, Lifestyle Holidays Members will have access to exclusive private jet service and reservations via a new flight and info center that will be located next to The Tower office plaza. This private jet service is coming soon. Hey, they have the jet already at the airport. Also, the resort has plans for 3 new restaurants; a Japanese one, a lobster house, and a high end gourmet restaurant at the Costa Esmeralda peninsula. Did I mentioned about the new villas at Costa Esmeralda? OMG, they are superb and spectacular. It has modern design, two story with high vaulted ceilings, large windows throughout the second floor that let natural light in, master bedrooms with private terrace featuring an outdoor jacuzzi and sun loungers, kitchen and bathrooms equipped with modern fixtures, plus more. In one word, they are astonishing! The thing is that to be able to stay at one of this villas you have to be either the owner, be a friend of the owner, be a Shareholder of the club, or be associated with the right people. Anyway, they’re beautiful and splendid. I will post a few pictures below.
Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club has to be proud of their staff. This is the most important asset this company has. There are so many good employees is difficult to pinpoint one in particular and remember all the names, but here is a short list; we would like to thank Sylvia Klein, Claudia Estrella, Rigo Gonzalez, Elvis Diaz, Joel Toribio Garcia, Calvin McLaren, Oliver Luciano, Jose Reyes, Jose “El Morenaso”, Mártires “Chicho” Guzman, Gabriela Medina, Cristina, Charisa, Frank, Luis, Magnolia(housekeeper), Manuel(villa chef), Juan Vazquez, Samuel, Francis Ventura, Rafael Duran, Katyuska, Victor, David, and so many more for making our vacation a memorable one filled with caring love and joy. Thank you so much, we love you all.
Room for improvement? Of course, there are several areas the resort has to work on, one of them is the villas booking process. It is kind of frustrating not to know what villa you’re getting until you arrive at the resort. Also, The Spot Hookah Lounge hours are ridiculous. Closing at 6:00pm, seriously? This place should be closing at least at 12 midnight. But then again, nothing is perfect in this world, including all of us……
When our vacation was over, we were transported back to the airport via helicopter. It is a short ride, about 7 minutes, but very cool. The views of the mountains, the shoreline and the ocean are spectacular. We love this place, but above all, we love its people and can’t wait to be back next year for more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown Villas are the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity, as each is a small estate home with sumptuous, private three and four bedrooms that offer guests a unique and exclusive vacation experience. All of these villas are a classical Spanish Mediterranean style architecture, with red tile roofs, stucco plastered archways and distinguished stone columns with generous tropical gardens where hibiscus, bougainvilleas and other magnificent tropical plants abound. All have a private swimming pool, shaded terrace, veranda, kitchen, and a full private bath leading directly off each bedroom. The villas are furnished with rattan, elephant bamboo and a natural Caribbean wattle work and are equipped with air conditioning, overhead fans, and cable television. The Crown Villas are part of the all-inclusive Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort and guests have access to all the facilities of the Resort (excluding the V.I.P areas). A personal maid and an exclusive menu in each of the seven Resort restaurants complete these perfect accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lifestyle Crown Villas Hotel Puerto Plata