Recently my girlfriend and I took a week vacation at the Majestic Colonial...we had heard a lot of good and bad about the DR but figured we would see for ourselves.
From the start we loved the hotel. It is very open which makes you feel like you are always outside which is awesome especially because of the beautiful weather - who wants to always be indoors with the AC? We had a swim up room on the first floor and enjoyed it very much. The pool weaves in and out all along the hotel from the beach to the lobby which is awesome...it is never too crowded and there are always chairs and spaces to have your own little nook so you still get that secluded feel on vacation. I always felt safe at the resort...obviously lock your stuff up in the safe located in the room and be careful but the hotel was located inward off the road and plenty of security. In addition the beach was not full of solicitors or anything and felt secluded and safe as well.
The bathrooms were sometimes a bit iffy but I would blame that more on people not understanding the plumbing and trying to shove handfuls of toilet paper instead of being conscious that the plumbing may not be what you are used to. But it was never really that bad.
We enjoyed the food - the buffet on the beach was our least favorite. If you want a buffet I would go to the one at the lobby...there is a bigger selection for breakfast, lunch, and dinner..
Also...MAKE A RESERVATION for the japanese restaurant. Its Habachi style where the Chef cooks in front of you...the food was excellent! The authentic style dominican and mexican food restaurant was also very good as well.
The best part of the hotel are the people. The staff is beyond friendly and genuine. They work from morning till night and for little pay (about $250 a month. Becoming friends with the staff was my favorite part of the hotel and we enjoyed tipping because of how nice they were. The entertainment team worked hard to always have something going on for people to do at the resort as well....they are a lively bunch!
Yaritza Cordero was an amazing person to meet and an excellent worker ...say hi to her if you go, we are still very grateful to have met her!
One downside I have about the hotel is the selection of alcohol - We did the all inclusive option of course but you can tell the alcohol is not top shelf and most are labels we have never heard of. I think the vodka they have is smirnoff and some other European kinds...so dont expect top shelf
We did 3 tours while we were there.
First tour we did was the Cruiser tour...basically you take a boat ride where you go snorkeling with sharks and fish and get to interact with Stingrays...It was alright. I would give it about a 3....the snorkeling was really fun and the guides are very nice...but the boat ride was crowded and not that fun. If you are not a strong swimmer and scared of the ocean I wouldn't recommend this tour
Second tour we did was with Luna Tours...which was awesome and our favorite tour. We had Sammy and Fabio as our tour guides who take you all along the country side...this tour is more exploring the culture of the Dominican people especially those who live along the country side. This company also sponsors schools and provides kids with their lunches, books, and supplies for the year. With this tour you hop on a bus and head to a school where you can see exactly how the people live and how amazing it is with how little they have...next they take you to see the land and bring you to a cigar and sugar plantation which was really interesting (DONT BUY CIGARS FROM THE BEACH, 90% of them are fake) and then they bring you to have a real authentic lunch which is amazingggggg and then you go to Maria's house...a woman who works with the company allowing tourists to walk through her home and see a "typical dominican home" and also see how she makes chocolate and coffee and have the opportunity to buy some (if you like hot coco and coffee ... get some here - Its unbelievable)
5 stars for this tour. never felt unsafe and the tours were amazing along with the guides.
Last tour we did was the buggy tour where you drive dune buggies around and visit a beach and a cave. Would rate this a 2 out of 5 stars. Wasnt that fun at all... we went really slow and the guide wasnt that friendly - the beach had a lot of solicitors as well which made it uncomfortable to just relax. Best part of this tour was visiting the fresh water cave which was so unbelievable...definitely jump in if you can.
overall...had a great time here and would go again :)
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