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Ocean Blue & Sand
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #28 of 100 hotels in Punta Cana
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“2nd time...and just as good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our 2nd time at Ocean Blue and it is still our favorite. Although people have come and gone.... it stiill feels like coming home. Tha improvements to the lobby area are very nice. The grounds are impeccable, the people friendly, and all the workers from the bartenders to the entertainers are hard working and appreciative. Jose at the pool bar greeted us everyday with a smile... it was nice to reminisce with Sosa and Edwin in the lobby bar and they are still friendly and great to talk with.

Ocean Blue has always been our favorite resort and it was nice to return and share the experience with others that have added to our group. No complaints, no suggestions to improve, stay as you are and I hope to return soon.....

Marcie

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Marcie B,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation for the second time and for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

Jose, Sosa and Edwin will receive your regards and will be recognized for their good work .

We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our relaxing property so you can have another excellence time here with us.

Best regards,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ocean blue is a great place to spend your vacation. We were there in may for 2 weeks.i booked room with pool view. Once we checked in we got room in villa 9 , on the first floor, but whole room was outdated, kinda dirty and smelled like cigarette smoke, so I went back to the lobby and asked them to change room. They did give me room in villa 5 on the third floor, where rooms were great, new, clean, and with view on pool as well.
Beach is clean, 2 pools, housekeeping service is great.
All ala carte restaurants are included in price, they have Mexican, steak house, Italian, Dominican, mikes coffeeshop is great, so delicious.
Great buffet , huge selection, Italian section, steak, fish, fruits, omg deserts are divine, organic section too. Overall it was great.
Stuff is very friendly , only on the reception were kinda rude, but it still didnot ruin my vacation.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Care a,

First of all, thank you for choose Ocean Blue and Sand as your vacation destination and giving us your feedback.

We want you to know, that your opinion is very important and valuable to us. For this reason, your comments are taken with special consideration as they help us identifying our improvement areas, giving us the opportunity to correct them, and this achieve to offer our guests a service of the highest quality.

We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home.

Best regards,
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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went with a party of 19. All family kids included. The hotel was beautiful. the rooms were clean and very nice. the food is fair. it is normal for the islands. the service was great. we had fun at casino and the lobby bars. only thing I wish they would do is have a soda machine in the buffet area. it is so hot in the morning waiting for waiter service to get a cold drink was annoying but, besides that the overall trip was excellent and would go back here in a second. loved it.

Room Tip: all rooms very nice
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Kathy H,

We are pleased to know that you had a wonderful time here at Ocean Blue and Sand by H10. On behalf of all our team we would like to really thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel for your vacation and also for sharing your valuable experience with others through Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home.

Best regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 40 from Toronto and 40 from Vancouver went to this resort last week for my nephew's wedding and everyone at the resort went out of their way to make it a memorable trip for ALL OF US, not just the bride and groom.

The resort itself is stunning to look at and the grounds are immaculate. The rooms are large, cool, airy, modern and well equipped. Each has a jet bathtub so bring your fav bath products. The fridge is stocked daily with loads of water, pop and beer. I left a couple of dollars inside with a note asking for milk for my tea and they accommodated me immediately. The beds are pillow top with heavy linen sheets and it was every so comfy for sleeping.

The pools are gorgeous and so is the beach. Unfortunately it's so hot down there right now that even the pool was warm and not very refreshing. That's not the resort's fault - that's mother nature! :-) The pools are so beautiful and well kept. Each (they are big and side by side) has it's own swim up bar with premium alcohol. I cannot fault the bartending staff. They were fast, efficient and polite with a plethora of awesome cocktails just waiting for you to try! Both the pools and the beach have loads of chairs but shade is a bit scarce.

The food was really, really good. They have a buffet at the beach for breakfast and lunch with so many choices. The Main buffet is open 3 times a day. There's always something cooking at the pool BBQ each afternoon. One can NEVER go hungry. Mike's coffee shop is open for those who want a frozen coffee, a frapp, a capp or just a plane old coffee. The donuts are delicious too! They have a great sports bar that you can always get pizza or sandwiches for a late night snack. My husband and I went to 3 a la cartes and loved each of them although our fav was the Steakhouse. The Mexican was delicious and the Mahi Mahi at Blue Moon was amazing.

There is snorkling, a casino, catamarans, billiards, a bowling alley and much more for families to occupy themselves. Great family place.

The wedding was beautiful and so detailed! I would recommend this to anyone wanting to get married at a destination wedding. This resort is in a class all of its own!

Room Tip: All rooms are near the pool or beach - nothing is very far to walk to ...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Rickerby,

We are pleased to know that you along with your family and friends had a wonderful time here at Ocean Blue and Sand by H10 and we want you to know, that your opinion is very important and valuable for us.

On behalf of all our team we would like to really thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel for your vacation and also for sharing your valuable experience with others through Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home.

Best regards,
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mother, two sisters and myself went for 4 nights. It was great, but so was the company. If your a dud no resort will change that. I am a hard critic on food because I am a fantastic cook. The buffets were OK and the breakfast buffet offered minor changes daily. Margaritas had great margaritas and a surprisingly good flank steak (My sister from Tucson, Arizona was not impressed). Italian good. We paid the $40 pp for the filet and lobster on the beach; the entree was amazing, appetizer and desert OK. Remember in another country just laugh it off so what if the mousse is actually cool-whip. At 6pm the line at the Steakhouse was already 1.5 hrs, so we didn't wait.
My only real complaint is the inconsistency of the drinks. We stuck to the drink menu and it went beyond no two bartenders do it the same, no one bartender does it the same. WE TIP and it did not help, the drinks they still varied and varied can mean great to horrible in a 1 hour time span. This became very frustrating. The Lobby was the most consistent. But when all else fails...stick to beer. Presidente reminds me of Blue Moon (citrus undertones).
Our maid was great, room clean. We left little presents with a few bucks daily and reaped the rewards. She is probably still laughing at my Spanish notes for extra towels and water. All it takes is a Spanish dictionary and you can communicate. This is their country, their culture and their language..acclimate to it and enjoy.
The shows are fantastic don't miss Michael Jackson. The Dominican Show was also good; this was our Mama Wanna night (ask for it on ice). The couples variety show was very amusing. All in all it was a great time and worth it for the price. I saw plenty of shuttles but the size of this resort was no where near as large as the Hard Rock (in my opinion more cozy a better representation of DR) so we strolled everywhere to enjoy the landscaping and scenery.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Sullivaca,

First of all, thank you for choose Ocean Blue and Sand as your vacation destination and giving us your feedback. We are very happy that you like our restaurants and night shows.

We want you to know, that your opinion is very important and valuable to us. For this reason, your comments are taken with special consideration as they help us identifying our improvement areas, giving us the opportunity to correct them, and this achieve to offer our guests a service of the highest quality.

We would like to express our apologies for the inconveniences that you had with the drinks in our bars.

We hope to receive you and your family once more, here at Ocean Blue and Sand.

Sincerely,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in a Privelege Junior Suite which was great for my family of 5. I wasn't aware that Privelege had few perks, like cabanas at the beach and top shelf liquor so that was a nice surprise. The room was great, nicely decorated and bldg 10 is next to beach. The only bad thing to say about room is that bathroom is very big with jet tub but shower is very small, maybe 3x3. The grounds of resort is beautiful and constantly maintained. We saw them painting the buildings and trimming bushes all week. Also sweeping sand off walkways. Pool has plenty of chairs so no need to wake up at the crack of dawn to save your chairs. Lots of activities to do. My family enjoyed the game room which had bowling, pool tables, ping pong etc. We weren't too happy with the food though. I saw alot of reviews that raved about it so I guess it's a preference. I definitely recommend a reservation because many complained the wait was way too long but we had them so all was well. The flavor of food was very good but not the quality. Meat was very tough, temperature not that hot and that was the case in all restaurants and buffet. Although you had a better chance at buffet if you get there when it just opens. Also buffet gets real sloppy after people use and they don't come around to clean it. My son was down a day with vomit and diarrhea and then we all had loose stomachs at some point in the week which could be unrelated to the food but I think with the temp not being hot, bacteria can easily set in. We weren't impressed with the evening theater shows... very amateur at best but E for effort. All in all we had a great vacation. I'm not one to revisit resorts only because I like new experiences but I would recommend this resort.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Christina P,

First of all, thank you for choose Ocean Blue and Sand as your vacation destination and giving us your feedback.

We are very sorry that your son and you had problems with your stomach, but we want to let you know that in our hotel we have a special department that check the temperature and a quality of the food few times during each meal. And we also very sorry, that we didn’t get this information during your stay, for to help you.

We want you to know, that your opinion is very important and valuable to us. For this reason, your comments are taken with special consideration as they help us identifying our improvement areas, giving us the opportunity to correct them, and this achieve to offer our guests a service of the highest quality.

We hope to have a possibility to receive you and your family once more, here at Ocean Blue and Sand.

Sincerely,
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columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came with my family and we all had a great time on the resort! All the workers were friendly & the entertainment with the guys by the pool & in the lobby at night was a blast. Alejandro was the best! He always greeted us with a big smile & he taught me how to salsa. He always made us laugh at night in the theater when hosting contest over the microphone. We will definitely come back again!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Sicilianprincess75,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation and for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

Once more, is been a pleasure to have you in our property. Alejandro will receive your regards and will be recognized for their good work.

We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our relaxing property so you can have another excellence time here with us.

Best regards,
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Address: Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#21 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#22 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#24 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#25 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#28 Business Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Blue & Sand 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the wonderful beaches of Bávaro, and immersed in tropical foliage, close to the White Sands golf course, the Ocean Blue and Sand is an all-inclusive resort featuring suite accommodations, two luxurious pools, casino, spa and fitness center, dive center and an extensive activity program including childrens' and teen mini clubs, to make your stay an unforgettable experience. All-inclusive: Meals, drinks, cocktails and snacks included 24 hours. Some additional services are available at additional charge. Lobby with Free WiFi. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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