Stayed March 21 - 28, Arrived at the resort to find the personable Darling. We were asked to upgrade to a beach front room. This was okay, but it was in the Real Arena and not in the Royal Beach as what we had booked. So I can not comment on the rooms at the Royal. The upgrade was great (rm 2291, but 2292 & 2293 or 2391 2391 on third floor looked just as nice), Full size hot tube and shower on deck. Watched the sun rise every morning. The tubs at the Royal looked like bathroom jacuzzi tubes on the deck, still a lot of fun. We had all access to the Royal property and equipment, bars. The view did overlook the small pool at the Real, so there were kids and small children. Great place to read. We would only have to take a short walk to the adult pool bar at the Royal. Although the chairs were hard to find, sitting on the edge of the pool was good. The lower rooms at the Royal had the hot tubs on the ground floor outside but also had there own lounge chairs in front of the room deck by the winding pool. The place is simple, great and relaxing.
The pool was fantastic. looked cleaner then on the Real side, but was also newer and no kids. They did have a winding pool, but no floats. People were passing them on when they left the hotel.
The beach was incredible. They had a beach bar the was cool and had a breeze. We never did get a hut to stay under since everyone would run out and put towels on them by 5:30, we could stand on our deck and watch everyone all going out. The beach could be walked in both directions, approximately 1 mile north was El Corticito and 1 mile south was a flea mart. Not much service on the beach so be ready for a walk and bring water "GOOD WATER" The water in the DR is not drinkable.
The restaurants at the hotel were not that great, the buffet was much better. The Real Festival buffet had a better selection and you could wear shorts at night. The beach buffet at the Real had a great barbeque chicken which we ended up going to each day. We ate at the Mexican and Italian. The Mexican steak was very good, but I got sick after eating at the Italian and the service at the Italian was poor and the room was very hot (they do not pump up the A/C). We did eat a lot of breakfasts and dinners at the Royal Buffet because we could sit outside with a view of the incredible beach. The service was good, a thank you to Abraham for good service. You only get wine white or red or beer as a drink selection, water was good or juice in the morning. No mixed drinks or Coke Light. The breeze off the beach made this place the most relaxing. We did get room service for breakfast one day and it was very good. I put photos up.
The service at the bars was good, the hard working Pedro got me a drink in a Pineapple, and had some very good Dirty Monkeys. The room service was good, got our bed and room cleaned every day. Drinks where replaced in the frig, we did get what was requested. Remember we where in the Real side though, do not now how room service was in Royal.
The language is Spanish, so pick up a couple of words. Very international so you will hear a lot of French and other languages. The place is hot, bring plenty of sun tan lotion and enjoy the beach.
- 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(R). 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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