First time at an all inclusive and first time at an ocean beach other than the gulf of mexico. I found the food to be good with some places better than others. The hibachi grill was ok but I wouldn't bother to make reservations and go again. It was just ok. The grill on the beach was great and we ate there for lunch almost everyday. The seaside restaurant was great, we ate there a few times and had lobster and steak. The pool was great although getting up at 7am to get a seat was annoying. Probably worth getting a swim up. The beach was nice but I was expecting less seaweed. Seemed to be quite a bit. But the water was blue and the sand was white. All the waiters and waitresses at the pool, beach and restaurants were great. When you initially check in they spin you off to a guest services lady who at first seems to be there to help until you realize she is trying to get you to a breakfast where they try to sell you a timeshare apparantely. We found that very annoying. Especially when the guest services lady turned rude and pouted when you said you were not interested. Suddenly she was of no assistance to you. As others mentioned, our room was HOT. Would not get below 77. 3 people came out to fix but that was no help. Stay out of the casino. The blackjack dealers are crooks and Secrets should fire all of them. I caught them numerous times miscounting cards, trying to clear the table when the dealer lost, exchanging chips wrong, etc. The odds were more to the house's favor which I expected but I didnt expect them to be crooks! If you book through Apple Vacations, the coupons are pretty much worthless. So don't decide on the place because of the coupons. Gimmicks. Don't bother getting pesos, US $ is fine. The airport rips you off on the exchange rate. The resort offered a better rate. All said, it was a fun trip but had the potential to be 5 stars. Take the advice of bringing US $s, stay out of the casino and don't expect much from Apples coupons!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated on the picturesque palm-studded, sugar white Playa Bavaro beach on the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers adults all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury®. Guests will immediately be embraced within an extraordinary environment where luxury illuminates every detail and our high level of personal service is unmatched. To ensure your romantic escape is everything you've imagined, every detail of your stay will be flawlessly provided and superbly attended to. From the fine quality linens to the daily refreshed mini bar and the unlimited premium brand beverages to the pool and beach wait service. You'll be immersed within a world of stunning architectural design coupled with resplendent views of the lush gardens, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and dazzling swimming pools. This tranquil, romantic haven in Playa Bavaro is like nothing else you've ever experienced before. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secrets Royal Beach Hotel Punta Cana