This was our first trip to Punta Cana and our first stay in an Iberostar Resort. We had been to Cancun and stayed at the Now Sapphire (excellent resort also!) so I was inclined to stick with a Now Resort, especially after reading some of the reviews here, but I also like to try new places and it gives you a comparison. I can definitely say that I am very glad we chose to try the Iberostar Dominicana, and we have already decided we will likely return here next year.
The grounds at this resort are immaculately kept! I am not one to notice landscaping/gardening but this is worth mentioning. There was always a hard-working staff member caring for the property and if they spoke English (most did at least a little) were always eager to share some information about the gardens or trees or whatever...my husband was impressed with the way the worker used the machete to trim the shrubs and enjoyed the mini lesson he gave him in how to use it.
The beach is very clean and we spent most of our days here. Very relaxing and absolutely beautiful! We did go down a little early to get a spot but I don't think it's an issue finding a place.
Our room was very clean and the housekeeping did a wonderful job everyday. We also had towel art almost daily. The room was very cool, no problems with the A/C. There were absolutely no bugs, ants, roaches or whatever else in our room. I actually expected the room to be smaller than it was since we only had a standard garden-view room. It didn't think it was much different from our preferred suite at the Now Sapphire aside from the balcony.
My husband and I both enjoyed the food, with such a large buffet there is something for everyone. We especially enjoyed the fresh mango and passion fruit. I must mention La Siblia because it was truly a gourmet meal, very romantic and they do their best to make it special for you. We had no issues with sickness throughout our stay.
The Star friends and entertainment are great, we didn't see all the shows but the ones we did we're enjoyable. We never made it to the disco but played a little in the Casino, it's nice and cool in there!
Although the entire staff we encountered were absolutely wonderful, there were a few staff members who really stood out for us and I just want to thank them for their excellent service....Hamlet our coffee man, always smiling! Wascar, my dear dinner server who treats you like royalty, my husband's favorite drink server, Yokaira with her dazzling smile and our favorite sommelier, Ricki who chose the perfect wines for us in the a la carte restaurants! We missed him at La Siblia! I cannot forget to mention Cynthia and Louisa at the front desk who were quick to help us with our channels.
All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and though I almost never stay at the same place twice, I think we will be back next year to see our friends at the Dominicana. Keep up the good work!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Punta Cana Iberostar
- Iberostar Dominicana Punta Cana
- Iberostar Punta Cana
- Dominicana Hotel