The Service and food in the Dominican Rep is everywhere average. I have tried many of them and you will find everywhere similare service-level. The mentality of the peeps is in general slow, they love to sing and dance, the rest is so la la la :-D ... but you get use to it, if you have also visited Kenya, then you know what I mean - Hakuna Matata :-D
For this reason you have to realise, that you are on holiday. it is normal here to be half a day without electricty, warm water or wifi. Mainly Russian and German peeps.
The meat is always "well done", because they try to kill the germs in this way. The Buffet is always full, you dont have to hurry, take your time. At the three other restaurants you have to que from 09:00 and make a reservation for the evening. At the beach there is a snack-bar-self-service with ice-cream, grilled meat, non-alco-drinks, risotto.
The tropical garden at this hotel is amazing. All of the rooms have some problems, but I was the whole time outside, so I did not care about it. If You give the cleaning-lady a tip allready at the beginning or daily 1USD, then she will take care of you. Drink water in the room for each person - daily filled up, towels also. Mosquitos to be killed before you go to dinner, you can buy at the hotel´s shopping center, open daily from 09:00-19:00. The massage is great, ask for Maria and the package which is 4x50USD instead of 60USD/hr.
Wifi is extra per Person, its cheaper to buy allready incl. in the room-price then at the reception. For free at the the theater, 2min away from the buffet-restaurant. Safe is big for a ntb but also extra.
Rent a car, before you come to the DomRep. Most of them are 15-20minutes away from the hotel, so they have to take you to there office and they want usually 75USD for a small Kia.
Dont use EURo. Change your money at the Airport otherwise they will try to charge 1USD:1EUR. The ATM gives only pesos and they use the the dollar symbol for their currency.
They celebrate X-mas from 01.10.-06.01, so they are always drunk at this time and the crime-rate is high outside of the Tourist-zone, Punta Cana is protected very good. You can walk around to the other hotels.
At this time it is very windy, the ocean is warmer then the wind... you need some warm clothes for the evening or boat-trips etc., but during the day, when the sun shines its great outside.
If you have a sensible stomache, you might have problems in and outside of your hotel. In this case drink Mama-Juana, which has a lot of herbs - something like Becherovka or Jagermeister. Bring chocolate with you, their chocolate is not very tasty and Toblerone ect is very expensive.
The dogs look like dingos. Those living on the street and near to the hotels do no harm, they are strollers. The poor natives keep them for security reasons, so in this case you have to be carefull, because they are very aggressive.
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- Also Known As:
- Carabela Beach Hotel Punta Cana
- Carabela Beach Resort And Casino
- Carabela Bavaro Hotel
- Carabela Bavaro Punta Cana