We were there for a week-long stay and had an amazing time. I don’t think much could have ruined it so I’ll give this resort at 4 though I think it’s really a 3 ½ but has some very strong qualities. The main negative is the maintenance of the hotel. There are parts that are dated and shoddy. Our room was very clean and no complaints as far as maid service is concerned, but things like poor paint jobs, loose tiles, shower that sprays everywhere except on you, clogged sink.. did hurt the overall impression. Our first night was tough as we couldn’t get the AC to work properly and I called early the next morning about that and our sink. Someone came instantly and fixed it all so thumbs up.
The beach is beautiful and we really enjoyed the back pool with the cabanas, though we had to get up at 6 am to ensure that we got one! Thallassa and the Tapas restaurants were both good, and the alcohol was actually quite good (Johnny walker, Smirnoff) compared to other resorts. We liked the adults only side of the resort much better than the family side, better quality furniture, cleaner, more space etc. We did end up going to the Italian restaurant on the other side and enjoyed that a lot too.
Had an absolutely wonderful time at the beach party on Thursday night (adults only side), so I recommend going. Also really liked the Dominical Barbeque- 2 piglets on the grill and the lobster at the beach restaurant.
The crowd was very nice actually, most of the younger/family crowds were ont he other side so the adults only section had a nice international mix of couples and older friend groups (no spring breakers is what I mean to say), people were friendly and in a good mood.
The service was very good overall, bartenders and waiters were exceptionally friendly. We ran into a very unpleasant situation with Gyro (that’s the name of the attendant) at the water sports desk. The catamaran requires prior sign up and was booked for both Saturday and Sunday so we finally signed up for Monday at 10:30. When we got there, he already had another couple there and was explaining something to them. We thought it was odd but walked over and asked if this was where we should wait and he proceeded to berate us because we were late. We weren’t (Mind you I am impeccably punctual always, we were on that beach 30 min prior just waiting for our time). The boat was not even back until 10:35. He then started yelling that we weren’t going any longer because we didn’t have a ticker (what ticket?) or t-shirts on(no one told us we needed t-shirts?) so he wouldn’t be taking us out. Then proceeded to take the other couple, during our time. Completely infuriating and frustrating.
Overall we had a wonderful vacation in a beautiful setting and with perfect weather. Wish we could have stayed longer.
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- Catalonia Royal Bavaro Punta Cana
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