I have to say, the only complaint that I really had with my stay here is that the beds were a bit firmer than I am used to. Other than that.. I love this place. I rented a 3 bedroom villa from one of the members as well as 2 junior suites to house the rest of my family who made the trip down for our wedding. My jaw dropped open as I walked into my villa... the pictures simply do not do it justice. We had a private pool with a beautiful yard, a housekeeper who came every morning and made us breakfast, and a concierge service who called or stopped by every day to make sure that we were being well taken care of. Let me tell you this.. there is nothing like waking up at 6:30 in the morning and enjoying a nice cup of coffee on your own private patio overlooking paradise... (I miss the patio). The junior suites at the Tropical hotel were beautiful as well. The food was very good, just different. We went on the Outback Safari and had a blast!! Highly recommend the Outback Safari - they take you on a ride through the country side.. you get to go into one of the local schools and see how their real lives are. We saw all kinds of plants that are native to the island as well as some animals.. excellent trip that my entire family enjoyed (Mom, Dad, Husband, Sister, and Nephew). Then they took us down to a private beach where they taught everyone how to boogie board.. really had a great time..
But back to the resort... I think we ate at like 5 restaurants that they offered.. all were excellent. Again, the staff were amazing.. always smiling and bringing you whatever you could ask for. On monday, they have a welcome party for the VIP guests and the food there was phenomenal.. giant roast pig and all kinds of different cuisines to choose from. Speaking of VIP's, because we were guests of a member, we got to enjoy the benefits of the VIP package which gave us access to a private beach where they had beds right on the beach... I actually fell asleep while I was out there.. and of course there were staff walking around bringing us lunch, drinks, and whatever else we asked for.
Now, just a warning... they are in the business to sell timeshares. That being said, we were asked nicely, we politely declined, and they smiled and said "ok then, have a good day" and that was the last that we heard of the timeshares. They were not pushy at all, but they did ask. I would go back to this resort in a heartbeat.. we had a great time and our family did as well.
The Wedding.. I don't think I had one moment of real stress while I was planning my wedding here. I was in constant contact with the head of guest services and she pretty much handled everything for me. The wedding package was not expensive at all (compared to what other resorts were trying to charge me), and she truly made our wedding day all about us. We had fresh flowers, wonderful snacks, and a very tasty cake to enjoy. Jannette truly went over and beyond my expectations for out wedding. When my father and I got to the beach, we were met with a guitar duo who sang and played at the wedding and during our brief reception... it was like a fairy tale.
Overall, I loved my trip here and I would go back again and again. A word of advice to other travelers.. while the resort does have over 900 staff members, some who do speak English, it would serve you well to learn at least some basic phrases in Spanish. We got extra attention I think because I could speak a little bit of Spanish, and like most Spanish speaking people that I've met, they are happy if you at least try.
- 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