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“Excellent if you can tolerate island culture” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Paradisus Punta Cana

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Paradisus Punta Cana
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playas de Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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“Excellent if you can tolerate island culture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

This was our third visit to a Paradisus in the DR and our second to the Paradisus Punta Cana. We enjoyed our last visit in 2009 so much that we actually rescheduled our flight this year when we were notified that the resort would be closed for renovations during our original planned stay. We were offered alternate accommodations at the Paradisus Palma Real but much preferred this resort.

I read the complaints from this summer with interest. The Paradisus PC underwent a management change this year and has been in a state of flux. The new management appears to be cutting some corners. We noted that the full-sized and well-stocked refrigerators in the rooms have been replaced with mini-fridges. That's a drag, but not really a big deal if you're on the all-inclusive plan, as most guests are. Why would you want to cook in your room when you have 10 restaurants on property?

We stayed in the Reserve section, which I highly recommend. It has its own very large pool and a nice bar and restaurant. The walk to the beach is about five minutes longer than it is for guests in the general hotel area, but the crowds are smaller and the accommodations more elegant. The Reserve pool is amazingly large, and there's also a well-equipped kids area.

The Paradisus PC grounds are exceptional. Landscaping such a large facility can't be easy or cheap, but the staff manages to make it work. Walking the paths to the beach is like strolling through a tropical garden.

We had a couple of horrible experiences this trip, but on the whole we were again quite pleased with our two-week stay. On the negative side, the laid-back island culture can be frustrating at times. Reservations don't matter for much, and the staff can overlook details that aggravate guests who are accustomed to European-like efficiency. If you can take these shortcomings in stride, however, you can have a terrific time. Patience is a virtue.

The best feature of the Paradisus PC is the staff. The people are unceasingly friendly and accommodating. Nearly every staff member greets guest with a cheery "Ola!" and we were constantly amazed at the willingness of wait staff to go out of their way to make our meals special. Our beach waiter, Maiker Ramirez, was so exceptional during our last stay that we returned in part just to see him again. Fortunately, he's still employed there. If you can grab some sand in the Reserve section on the beach, ask for Maiker. He will treat you like royalty, and he's a hoot to talk to.

Best restaurants, in our experience: The Grille, Vento and the Japanese Sakura. Worst was Aqua. The names are all changing, so our recommendations may be out of date. The two Gabi buffet restaurants are mediocre but reliable if you're in a hurry.

The resort is technically a no-tipping deal, and a service charge is added to your bill when you check out. Our experience has been that tips enhance the experience a good deal, however. You don't need to be extravagant; bring a wad of $5 and $1 bills with you and distribute them liberally. A $10 tip to the bartender will keep your drinks heavy for at least a couple of days, and $5 to the waiter at dinner will give you exceptional service. We noticed a dramatic improvement in chambermaid service after we started leaving 100 pesos (about $2.50) as a tip every day.

Don't shop at the resort store unless you really need to. The town of Bavaro is just outside the gates, and you can find nearly anything you need there at about one-third the price. There's a supermercado on Avenue Espana - about a 20-minute walk - that's a particularly good deal. Bavaro also has several good cigar shops. Don't buy cigars from the guys who sell them on the beach. They're mostly crap. There are cigar stores a couple of blocks from the front gates where you can watch them hand-rolling the product. At least you know what you're buying.

Also, don't exchange money at the usurous money-changing booths. You're better off using your debit card in the Banco Popular machine in the lobby. The exchange rates are much better.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paradisus P, General Manager at Paradisus Punta Cana, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us and for your usual visit.

I also want to thank you for being so understanding with the topics mentioned and for the observations you made us, which are taken with the utmost importance since it is the only way that we can achieve the constant improvement that we strive for.

I feel proud for your comments regarding Maiker Ramirez, he is a hard worker and we are happy to have him as a part of our staff!

We will be looking forward to welcome you for the fourth time at this, his home away from home.

Warm greetings,

Eduardo Perera Castro
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Paradisus was absolutely breathtaking .. Literally took my breath away as we jumped out of our bus. They couldnt of done a better job with decor, and foliage. Massive resort! Needed little golf buggies to get around.. Luckily our room was close to the pool, beach and the gabi beach restarount. The beach was amazing with giant beds to lay on! I guess my only complaint would be that our first night there our room was not ready so we packed our things with the other couple we came with.. Went out for supper, had an amazing time dancing meeting Roberto ( lobby bar) and Julio nice (dancer/ entertainer) only to find out their room got broken into. Three iPhones , 900$, and my jewelry. Nothing they could do about it. We didn't let it ruin our stay, still had a lovely time! Another thing we noticed about our room was the sliding door would not lock.. Kinda suspicious, notified front desk, again they didn't do much.. So I'd suggest getting a room not on main level.:)

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paradisus P, General Manager at Paradisus Punta Cana, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you for your comments about the beauty of our premises and beaches.
Although it makes me happy to know that you enjoy your stay with us I’m very worry to know the inconvenience that you had during your vacation in the hotel as we are really concern about the security of our guests.

We will make sure that all the balcony looks works properly in order to make sure our guests security are not broken.

For us it is great value to receive our guest’s observations for it helps us maintain and improve the quality service that we provide on current and future stays.

Warmest regards from Paradisus Punta Cana,

Eduardo Perera Castro
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I've been here a few times with my family for Thanksgiving. This time we sprung for the suites... Amazing! I did not know you can get this type of luxury and detail in a Caribbean resort. I've been traveling to the Caribbean for 30+ years and I'm used to nice, clean hotels. I know never to expect Vegas style accommodations, but now, that has changed. These rooms we got were amazing. The pricing is very competitive too! The food as always is very good. The fruit selection at breakfast is great. The dinner offerings are very good. The staff, as with most of DR, is fantastic... genuinely nice people. Tipping people around the resort goes a long way. I would highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paradisus P, General Manager at Paradisus Punta Cana, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear guest,

I would like to thank you for having chosen our Paradisus Punta Cana as the place to spend thanksgiving with your family.

It is truly a pleasure for me to learn that in our effort to bring you a memorable stay, we have filled your expectations with our service and accommodations.

We are hoping to welcome you again in a near future!

Sincerely,

Eduardo Perera Castro
General Manager
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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Great hotel, A special thanks for Natanael who is the guy who can help you if you are a problem,
I recommend this hotel !
One week is too short so the best is to stay at least 2 weeks,
The manager of the Service Royal (Miledy) and his assistant (Enrique) make your stay as a dream,
And the last but not least, Juan (butler) is at your service !!!
GREEEEEEAAAAATTTTTTTTTTT

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The good: the rooms were large and beautiful. We loved the personal cabanas outside each room, and the resort had a great beach with lots of huts and chairs.
The bad: the service was terrible. It was impossible to get a cup of coffee in the mornings - we had to spend about 10 minutes each morning flagging the coffee guy down, and it almost seemed like he purposely avoided us. The food was only okay, ranging to bad: the buffet restaurant openly served last night's leftovers for breakfast and lunch, nothing was seasoned properly, and the only restaurant that was genuinely "good" was the steakhouse.
The worst: the constant harassment by people trying to sell you outings and vacation packages. When we got to the resort, we were not allowed to check into the room without first talking to a "personal concierge" who was really just a salesman trying to sell us some sort of vacation package. We rejected his offer of a "free breakfast and tour of the resort" (um, the resort is all-inclusive, why do we need your "free" breakfast at the buffet when its already free?), but then had to avoid him every day from then on because he was always in the buffet restaurant trying to talk to us. There are also salesmen stationed outside the main beach building trying to sell you day trips - every time we had to use the bathroom, get a drink, or have breakfast or lunch we were accosted. It made for a very stressful time, and totally negated the beauty and overall luxury of the resort.
Bottom line: don't allow solicitation on the resort premises and improve the service and this hotel would go a long way towards getting 5 stars. As is, not worth it.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pablo C, Resident Manager at Paradisus Punta Cana, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Katie,

Thank you for sharing your observations and compliments on our rooms and resort, I appreciate it. Your feedback will help us to continue working in our service quality.
As you probably noticed in your visit, we are in the process of a lot of changes in the resort and most of them are relied it to our gastronomy, we believe that all these changes are very positive, despite that I’m really concern about not fulfil your expectations and I would really love the opportunity to welcome you again to change that perspective and provide you an enjoyable experience.

Katie, concierge is to provide service to our guests, information about our Vacation Club and that we welcome any and all to visit and gain more knowledge about the Club Melia Vacation concept. This is an invitation which should not create any negative feelings of obligation on the part of our guests, I deeply apologize for the impression you may have received, as this is definitely not our intention.

Please accept my sincere apologies.

Best Regards,

Pablo Cogolludo
Resident Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I had a great time at you hotel! It was awesome. I went with my best friends and we absolutely loved Gabi Beach and had a good time with the guys from the bar. I enjoy every second from my arrival untill I left, I can't wait to come back. Beautiful beach, beautiful hotel, excellent service, everything was great! These were my best vacations ever! I'm thinking on coming back soon with my family so they can enjoy as well of this great place! You guys are the best in the area!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paradisus P, General Manager at Paradisus Punta Cana, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Dear Mariana,

I feel proud and grateful to receive your comments about your stay in our hotel and it is a pleasure to know how we made your vacation a very special and memorable occasion.

I hope to have the pleasure to host you again in this your home away from home.

Sincerely

Eduardo Perera
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This place was great -- we were put up here after being bumped from our flight and ended up having an amazing time. Compared to our first hotel, this one was much more European in style and clientele. We liked the food and the grounds were beautiful and expansive. There was a little construction going on, but it wasn't a big deal. One of the restaurants was out of steak, which was disappointing and overall, service was not as good. Our room was nice, but more modern than I like. The dance club was a blast!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pablo C, Resident Manager at Paradisus Punta Cana, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Dear Brooke,

I was happy to read that you enjoyed the location, the food and the grounds and concerned to hear that we fell short with our attention service.
Brooke, hopefully we will have the opportunity to serve you again.
Regarding to the construction I´m glad to inform you that is all set! Is our new Gabi Beach! Please come back soon! I believe you are going to like the new changes here.

Best Regards

Pablo Cogolludo,
Resident Manager
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Address: Playas de Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#15 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#33 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#38 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Paradisus Punta Cana 4*
Number of rooms: 688
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the unpretentious luxury of Paradisus Punta Cana Resort. An extraordinary island retreat offering a super balance of natural and man-made wonders. Open-air architecture, featuring indigenous organic materials like raw coral and exotic hardwoods, houses an impossibly sumtuous gallery of luxury Suites and an exclusive Garden Villa. All-inclusive and all encompassing, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is an ocean front playground for all ages. Tennis, championship golf, every non-motorized water sport imaginable, a magnificent array of restaurants, our own Casino, an incredible Spa For Kids, an exquisite full-service spa and health club and personal world-class service all seamlessly unite to deliver you the relaxing, romantic, carefree, fun-filled experience of a lifetime. The Resort features 688 oversized suites including 143 Royal Service Suites and 4 Ambassador Oceanview Suites, plus a one-of-a-kind oceanfront Garden Villa. ... more   less 
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