My 2 friends and I traveled to this all-inclusive resort from July 27th to August 3rd. We booked everything through cheapcarribean.com. Everything went very smoothly. We had a truly relaxing and fun vacation!
Resort & room:
When we arrived at the hotel on Saturday night we were greeted with drinks. The check-in employee Goofy was very friendly and got us settled very promptly. Everything was absolutely beautiful. The staff worked hard to keep it very clean. The resort was so open and nice. We stayed in the villas where we had 2 double beds and a sitting area. A very nice room for the 3 of us. We did have little insects (ant-like) crawling around, but when the maid cleaned she sprayed and they would stay away for a little bit. They weren't really an issue.
The service was amazing! The staff truly are wonderful at the Iberostar Dominicana. They work really hard to make everyone feel welcome. I cannot say enough good things about the staff. They were always smiling and saying "hola" to us wherever we went. They all work extremely hard making sure the resort looks nice and making sure everyone is having fun. Our three favorite employees worked at the bar in the lobby-- Jenny, Luis, and Johnny. They were so friendly and remembered us throughout our stay. We miss them! The star friends were always entertaining and making sure everyone is having fun. They put on good shows in the evenings!
Food & Drinks:
Make sure you go and make reservations at the a la carte restaurants early on in your trip. We saved our 3 reservations for our last three nights. That was a good choice because we were getting sick of the buffet by the end of the week! We had Maria Bonita (Mexican), La Pagoda, and La Cana (Steakhouse). All very excellent!! The buffet food isn't the best thing you will ever eat. However, they try to make things to accommodate different tastes. I'm giving it 4 stars because of the food. That was really the only complaint I had about the whole trip. The drinks were all very good! Many different options to choose from. Beach bar if so convenient!
Beach & Pool:
We had no trouble finding tiki huts to sit under at all at the beach. We usually went out to the beach no earlier than 9am. Sometimes even later and always found a place to sit. Pool is a little bit harder to find a tiki hut. We didn't really go to the pool much. The water was way to pretty at the beach! Beach is kept very clean. Employees always coming around and cleaning up cups and keeping the beach nice. We didn't have much trouble with vendors trying to sell things. You just need to be firm and say no thank you and they usually leave you alone.
Excursion-- Saona Island:
We booked our excursion through Olympus tours. It was a GREAT excursion! It is a very long day but well worth it. Started off taking an hour tour of the area. Took us to a speedboat where we snorkeled for a bit then got to see some starfish and take many photos. Then we went to Saona Island where we had lunch and had some time to enjoy the beautiful island. Took a catamaran back where we danced and relaxed. We all really enjoyed it and would recommend this excursion!
Overall, we had an amazing vacation in Punta Cana. Always something going on at the resort to be entertained. Also, a great place just to relax! 4 stars because of the food. Everything else was above and beyond awesome. Great place, great vacation.
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Dominicana
- Punta Cana Iberostar
- Iberostar Dominica
- Iberostar Dominicana Punta Cana
- Iberostar Punta Cana
- Dominicana Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the beautiful, sandy beach of Bavaro (Punta Cana). Colourful Caribbean flair. Water sports galore. All inclusive (generous, varied buffets for all meals). ... more less
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