So I have to start off by saying that I absolutely enjoyed the 5 days we spent in Punta Cana (9/14/2013 - 9/19/2013). It was quiet, did not have to reserve cabanas and the pool was pretty much empty. We managed to take a day trip to Higuey using Conexion tours (shout out to Ricardo!!). Also booked our private return trip to and from the airport for $90.
If I could, my review would be as follows:
Entertainment - 5 Stars
Location - 5 Stars
Staff - 4.5 Stars
Rooms - 3 Stars
Food - Breakfast 4 Stars; lunch and dinner 2.5 stars.
I was not impressed with the rooms at all. We stayed in the general area as we had our 8 mnth old. I was slightly depressed the 1st hr coz the rooms were just not what I expected. Felt like a motel. But once we got out to the beach, all sadness was erased! I suppose the whole point is to be outside, so I got over the rooms quick.
The staff was pretty great. I really wish I had learned their names. I was shocked that some of them served us breakfast and were still there at 9:30pm for dinner, only to turn around and be there at breakfast the next morning. We tipped a few $ every meal coz we felt their service was great, esp for the VERY long hours they worked. One girl by they lobby bar made THE BEST Mojito I have ever had!! Her name started with an M- Marcillini or something like that.. She was awesome. Not all bartenders are good though. Threw out some drinks coz they were pretty bad.
The food.. Umm- ok. So if I saw that yellow rice with clams and a whole bunch of sea food one more time, I was going to throw up. Never dared to try it.. Looked like it was made with left over rice from the day before. Breakfast at the one restaurant by ground level in the lobby area (off to the side a bit) was pretty great. Lunch really wasnt that different - most restaurants carried the dreaded rice dish. The one by the beach had OK burgers. Dinner- it was nothing to write home about as well. The sushi looked like it had been made that afternoon and left out till dinner time. But if you made the reservation the private presentation station was pretty good at the Japanese restaurant. Dessert was always amazing - all the restaurants carried the same dessert menu.
We avoided all fresh stuff and brushed our teeth with bottled water as my husband has a sensitive stomach, BUT he still got food poisoning the morning we left. Mine didn't kick in till 3 day after; couldn't figure out what caused it.
Entertainment team was off the chain. The Michael Jackson show on Sunday night was amazing. But it was so short- wish it has lasted longer. Dinner party at the beach was also really good. The food was the best that we ate during our stay. Felt like a wedding reception. I would have gladly volunteered to throw on a white dress and be a bride again!
My husband got a massage for his b-day and absolutely loved it. Said its the best he has ever had. Although he did say they got more personal than he was used to! It was $90- comparable to US prices..
We took our 8 month old and she was in heaven! We brought a floaty that had a shade so she was always covered. Took a stroller as well, lots of sunscreen, swimming diapers.. I would take the feeding bottles with the disposable liners though, coz washing them with bottled water was a pain, and I never felt like they were completely clean. The place was pretty child friendly. Just sad we couldn't get into the Colonial Club because of that.
Great experience overall. Wouldn't go back because we like to try out different destinations, but would recommend that you go as a couple/ adults only and stay in the Colonial Club.
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