Stayed at Paradisus May 8-16 using the Royal Service. Although it is a beautiful resort, (and I will discuss why) I don't think I would ever return there or anywhere in the D.R. until the fix this obvious problem that's causing people to get sick. But first I would like to provide my thoughts on many of the services and amenities. I would also like to say to the whiners out there, I concur with others who say that nothing would make them happy. Although I could sit here and complain about little things that didn't go my way, I've figured out long ago that life is way too short to worry about petty things. This is a big place with lots of staff, nobody's perfect. I would suggest that they look at their own workplaces to discover that they too can mess up sometimes. So relax!!ROOMS Very nice and AC worked well. Yeah the shower is a bit goofy, but who cares. Was always cleaned later in the day, but who cares. RESTAURANTSFood was okay but not great by my standards. Remember, everyone has different standards and that's all that matters. This is 5 Star in the D.R. but as far as food goes would not hold a candle to St. Martin or Aruba STAFF AND SERVICE Excellent!! These folks work their butts off. Sure we ran into a few with little or no personality but maybe the boyfriend left them that day. Who knows and who cares. They really try and it shows. By the way, we never got bothered by any sales people. The language, if you ask me, is what made the experience fun. We always managed and it made it fun. Bring a little dictionary. However, I would still add that these people should be taught more english. It's fine to say that this is their country but they are in the service industry and the majority of guests speak english. Don't compare places in the U.S. with a few spanish guests and no spanish staff. We're talking about alot of english to spanish ratio here. BEACHNo question it's very nice and the water is very warm. The wind is always blowing in so there's a 4" surf but it's fun. There only seems to be one bar so if you're not close, you've got quite a walk. Very little topless that week. Maybe 10%. Tons of chairs but it was a quiet week.SHOPPINGStay home! This is the worst I've seen at being harrassed. It was ridiculous. Fun at first but it won't take you long before you want out of there. They even cross the street to try and get you in their little shops and all have the same thing. There very nice but very pesty.CASINOStay home. This is not a casino by my standards. Sure it's small, I've seen lots of small casino's. It was like a big room with very little pizazz. A few slots and a few tables. Roulette, B.J. and a goofy Car. Stud. It was so pitiful that the cards were worn out. Was not very busy. I can see why.GOLFExcellent. Nothing more to say. POOL Beautiful. Warm. Bar is quite busy with only one bartender. Get two drinks at once and save yourself some time. ROYAL SERVICEThe jury is still out on that one. They take excellent care of you. Once you get the hang of it, you can use their service for everything from getting them to pick you up (instead of waiting) for a shuttle to bringing you candles and wine at 10:30 at night. They will do almost anything for you so get the hang of it and order room service from them specifically and tell them what you want. Tip them and it just keeps getting better. Ask for Wilson, he's the best. The private beach is nothing different but it's close to the bar and has the massage hut in it. The waiter service is really lacking but as I say, the bar is right there. The VIP lounge is very nice, washroom close to beach, 2 high speed internet and breakfast served. Use it! Staff is really attentive and personal. Call a week ahead and have them book all your dinners and golf etc... Ask for a room near VIP building in a front facing building. Anything less and you might as well be in any building because the rooms are really all the same. When you pull up to the main entrance, ask them to take you to VIP check in right away. It's a long ride. I say the jury is out because it's pricy. Some got a much better deal than us so shop it.GROUNDSAbsolutely beautiful. They never stop trimming etc... They should go to electric vehicles though as it would cut down the early morning noise. A four wheeler revving at 6 a.m. is a little annoying. I did find the property very spread out which makes for alot of walking. Shuttles are not always dependable.AIRPORTI read one review that said it was a grass hut with no food or drink. Uh, Hello! There's all kinds of eatery's, duty free etc. And it might be a grass hut alright, but it's the size of two football fields. It's open to the outside and really unique. It now has and A/C section. Security is another thing though. They couldn't get us through fast enough and when the buzzer went off for me, the dude frisked me briefly (grabbed outside my pockets) and sent me on my way. All I can say is, this whole system (airline security) is only as strong as it's weakest link! Needs some improvement there.There's not alot to do there besides relax which is okay but when the chips are down (rain 2 days) the D.R. has very little to offer. If you got hit with 3 or more days it would drive you nuts. For all it has to offer, I really cannot complain about the place. But here is why I don't think I'll return. I would say that 80% of the people I met had some form of an intestinal problem of one sort or another. For most of them, including myself, it was moderate to severe abdominal pain that occured from the ribcage to the belly button. This was not your usual cramps down low, this was different. For most I had met, it had been ongoing for at least 3-4 days. For myself, it was almost a week including 3 full days after returning home. My wife only got it for one day. I spoke to people who only drank beer and wine, others who didn't drink at all, and others who drank anything. It happened to all of them. I'm not a rocket scientist but I don't think it takes one to figure out that it's something in the food and/or water. We drank bottled water for everything, including teeth brushing to minimize exposure. I have wanted to go the D.R. for many years but the first hand reports from friends and from reading reviews has kept me away until I thought I'd give a whirl. We brought all the med's but to no avail. I think you can avoid all the food items you want that may have been washed with water but you have no control over all of it. You'll avoid salad but those veggies in you omelete may still get you. These resorts are huge and are making money, why can't they install water filtration systems to solve this problem? I don't understand this but I do underestand now why it's so inexpensive to go to the D.R. They have to do something. I don't want to bash the D.R. because I know other islands have this problem but I don't need it on my holiday. I can put up with alot of negative things, but not this. I could barely eat or drink the rest of the week. Why would I return? Use your own judgement and ask friends and form your own opinion. Maybe it was just a bad week but I'm not going to pay good money and throw the dice again.
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