I loved it! I see lots of negative reviews here and am not sure why. Regardless of the positive or negative reviews you read here your experience will be your own. Two people can see the same situation different ways and will react differently.
I had a great time at Grand Paradise. The only thing I didn't like about it was how big it was. I personally prefer smaller hotels.
I am a seasoned All-inclusive traveler and have been to my share of really bad and really good hotels. This is in the middle. The 3 friends I traveled with were first timers and also had a great time. I prepared them a lot for what they were in for. If it's your first time, no matter which hotel you're going to, do NOT expect the level of hotel quality you have in your home counrty. They do they best they can but they are not your counrty, they do things differently.
The food was great, but two of my friends disagreed and survivied mostly on bread and pasta. The bread in the Club Buffet was the best and so fresh! :) Because this hotel is sooooo massive there are two buffets. We usualy ate at the buffet in the Club area but ventured to the other buffet a few times. They're mostly the same food wise. There is a trolly that takes you around the Club area and back to the main hotel. It's very reliable and comfy, or you can walk the path. It wasn't a big deal, not that far, and was very nice. We walked it a lot at night too. (there are lights)
Our first room sucked becasue it was not what we asked for and smelled moldy. I could not breathe. We CALMLY talked to the man at the front desk and he moved us. Problem solved. ...actually we switched 2 more times becasue of other reasons not my doing. But this all happened quickly and nicely.
The staff was all super nice and friendly. There were no Blue shirt time-share guys that most posts warn about. However the market that comes into the hotel weekly had some crazy guys. I've been to hotels when the market comes and they call you over, but these guys were pulling and blocking your path. Scary. Try to avoid them. And don't forget to haggle. There are stores in the hotel but they are pricey and are told not to haggle but sometimes can. Just not as much as the market. There is a market right beside the hotel that you can walk to. It's safe and mostly friendly. Just remember to haggle! If they tell you $70US offer 20-25. no joke! If you're really not up for it, the hotel stuff isn't that bad. Except for the chips. $8 for a bag of Doritos? I don't think so!
The beach is the same all along the strip. BEAUTIFUL!! Except this is at the top, so less locals selling things.
The pools were all nice. Enetertainment happened daily but can be ignored if you don't like it. The Club area that we stayed at turned out to be super French. I kinda wish we had been told that before hand. The pool entertainment was all in French so we had no idea what was going on. Easy solution thouhg: go to another pool. There are 3 pools. We stayed there sometiems though, there's a nice flower canopy.
We went to the Italian restaurant one night. It was lovely. I reccomend it. Another night we went to the stakehouse. The food was good but experience was Bad! It's open concept so you'd think it would be nice, but there was a beach party going on beside it. So we're trying to have a nice dinner with the steakhouse music playing, but then theres a guy on a sqeeky mic and party music going on and off. Kind of irritating. We also had a reservation for another restaurant, but then it was cancelled because of lack of people.
We went during a time of less tourists. It was nice. There were lots of people, but not too crowded. So we always got nice chairs together on the beach no matter what time we went. And usually could get them under the shade.
The bars were nice and so were the bartenders. Drinks galore! We heard you had to pay for some at the Boat bar, so we just never went. It looks really nice though. We went to the Disco twice. It was fun. "Ladies Night" was hilarious. Great entertainers! lol. They play good music and through some local tunes in ever once and a while. I didn't mind but the dance floor tended to clear. But as soon as it clears they got back to Top 40 or whatever you want to call it.
Just beyond the ropes on the beach there is coral and TONS of fish. Bring an underwater camera and rent a free snorkle from the hotel and go to and just beyond the rope. It's great! We saw about 10 different types including a puffer fish and a really large blue fish shaped like a dinner plate. We also went Kayaking one day. There's also mini golf, volleyball, tennis, bocciball, shuffleboard, pingpong, and other daily activities you can particpate in. We didn't though.
We went on two excursions through sunwing. Remember to buy your excursions though your travel provider, not from the beach. You might get ripped off. We went horsebackriding one day, which was fabulous!! Another day we went snorkling with Stingrays and nurse sharks. Great experience! I've been twice, once to 'Marinarium' and once to 'Stingray Bay'. They are both very much the same and I think the same price. 'Stingray bay' had a better stingray experience. 'Marinarium' has more sharks and they also take you to a sandbar to play in the water, drink, and chill to Bob Marley tunes. Both also take you to some nice reefs for snorkling and fish watching.
Oh and theres an orientation on the second day. If you've never travelled before you should go to it. If you've been to the DR before then you don't really have to. Unless you want excursions.
I don't know what else to say. It was great. I had fun. I reccomend it!
The only reason I might not go back is becasue I like smaller hotels. And becasue I like to try different ones. I have a favourtie in the DR and almost everywhere if anyone wants other hotel reccomendations.
Message me if you have any questions. I'd be happy to answer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This wonderful stylish family oriented resort is located at Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, one of the most beautiful landmarks of the Caribbean.5 Thematic Restaurants reservation-free dining +11 Bars +Water Park features a children pool with slides, wave pool, relax pool, Jacuzzi,Kamikaze, Space bowl, Black hole and lots of tubes with amazing surprises. In addition, the resort also boasts 3 pools. ... more less
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