We (couple with child) stayed at the Caribe Princess with the Caribe VIP package purchased thru Hotels.com. $40 cab fare from PUJ airport.
Check in was pretty simple, as the week was paid in advance thru Hotels.com. We were given 1 smart key for room 2237. we were then directed to the VIP concierge for a detailed explanation of our Caribe VIP Package. I did some research before hand so I questioned if our room is ocean front or ocean view, we were given pool view room. According to staff, I am not garanteed ocean front/view and I should take it up with Expedia( every US booking is called Expedia.com). Intrestingly enough my printout of the hotel reservation didn't mention a view, but it showed a View on the website. ??? I was told to ask after noon the next day, something should come up.
2237 was a good clean room very near to the beach, and faced the pool bar. We were going settle for this room, but I called anyway to inquire about the beach view, we were then moved to 2206. Partial beach/ pool view. 2 minute walk to the sand. newer TVs with av inputs but no flat screen. not a big deal.
The Food, first night we had no choice but Mexican Buffet. The place was packed with lines for the hot station, complete crazyness. not a good experience, I ate bread and fruit I was so dissapointed. For the following nights we had the Brazilian , the asian, dominican x2,italian, la pescador ala cartes.. We did another night in the buffet by choice, we had a better experience this time.
To make reservations at the ala cartes , guest have to go to the main lobby of their building , and make 3 reservations at once. come the following day or two to make 3 more. for the VIP meal one has to bring the voucher to make the meal reservations. la cana and the pescador alternates dates for the beach location so you need to plan. one of the regular ladies that handle the reservations should take some friendlyness lessons. she had a very cold and stale attitude.
the resort is laid out pretty good. the buffet and alacarte resturaunts share the same area, and is central to every room. with the exception of the Brazilian and la pescador, which are used as beach/snack bar during the day, and for dinner at night.
the resort shares with tropical princess.this gives you access to 3 pools to choose from. the pool at the caribe has a pool bar and activities. the tropical pool has a bar but dont recall any activities... then theres another pool tucked further from the ocean in the village part which is very good for young children and low noise. its zero entry, mostly 2 ft. deep, going to 3 ft. with a vollyball net. the caribe pool had something different every day. beach bar b que, inflatable slides, beach party at night etc.
The beach was had good waves, but the water wasnt as clear as I had expected. there was sea grass in the water, but it wasnt bad. the chair lounger under palapas system sucks hear. there is no system. people stake there spots at 630 am. I would see them from my balcony. This didnt concern me much, when we would look for a spot, If we wanted a palapa and chair, we looked for chairs that had towels only. we would then ask someone close by how long its been empty or ask the server. we would just remove the towels and take over the palapa. one couple did have the nerve to tell me thats their spot, even though we were there for 1 1/2 hours. dont call me unfair.
there was mini golf and other activities at this resort, but we never had a chance to get the supplys. the activity center would close early. there is supposed to be bicycles availiable to guest, but I only saw staff using them. they should reconsider opening later.
there isnt much to do outside the resort unless you have some sort of motorized transportation.
we did use the resort doctor, which is there 24 hours, and were happy with her service. very professional.
The gift shop charges very high prices for suntan items. 35$ for a $10 bottle of suntan lotion is not right. they also didnt have sunburn cream for 4 days we were there. Im suprised the D.R. doesent produce and sell there own products especially sunburn cream/gel. the gift shop does have a good selection of clothing items though, with fairly reseonable prices.
we had a good time at caribe princess. we wouldnt visit again. the VIP upgrade isnt worth it unless you like to drink Miller beer from the bottle, and require name brand booze, and enjoy the hassle of signing for every perk.The lobster dinner at the Pescador was
good , but not a fancy dinner. There wasn't really anyone following a dress code at any of the ala cartes.
since you cant really choose a specific room, you could ask for a room switch, and the bellman would...
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