I'll start of with the negative experiences I went through with my partner and information I gathered.
As an English speaking tourist I had allot of communication problems in this hotel. Within the hotel staff and tourist are mainly Spanish/Portuguese/Italian. I experienced allot of negative reactions to when I wasn't able to speak Spanish with the male staff in general. The reactions would often be a silence with a very irritated look or a slightly irritated voice.
I was travelling with my partner we are both women. We got allot of sexism remarks from the male staff working there, Sometimes a bit too much. As two women travelling we expected some of this to happen. But after a while it got quite annoying. And sometimes if we didn't react to it we got irritated reactions as well.
The rooms were very clean, our cleaner was Dominga and she did an excellent job and also the house keeping staff in general was excellently mannered. The only bad thing about this hotel is that they get below a minimum income. For the hours and amount of work they do I do not think this is right. I am not sure about the income of other staff.
The hotel is a resort ( very large ) has a long stretched beach good for running or long romantic walks. Its mainly very calm but I quickly understood why I would never see any fishermen or locals selling their own products on the beach. It was very limited as people selling products on the hotels beach needed a permit to be able to walk on the hotels beach or in their water. Which isolates you from being in touch with local Dominicans. The Dominican charm of getting freshly fished lobster on the beach by a local is for instance something you will never see here. Because their permit will be rejected. I also think it is important for tourists to understand that hotels like these take away the ground from locals and make it impossible for them to enjoy "their" sea.
Entertainment In general was very good in this hotel. However at the end of our week we encountered staff on the beach walking around with a monkey on his shoulder. Many tourists had pictures taken with this. Because it at first sight looks very cute and exotic and an attempt to get a nice picture of yourself with a monkey is almost irresistibly. However when I asked the man if the monkey was held in captivity and what his diet was I do not think any tourist should support this either.
This hotel is located in a unexplored area for tourists. So the tourism rate is very low which makes it a beautiful location to stay and get in touch with locals in smaller towns close by. The jungle is literally starting at the beach at some points and the green mountains on the back make it a national geographic shot to enjoy live.
I would not recommend this hotel to someone despite of its beauty and wide spread choice in entertainment and delicious food. Because I do not think staff is is housekeeping is earning the right ammount of income for the ammount of hours put into a day. I am almost certain other staff in the hotel is also getting underpaid.
If you are somebody who wants to get in touch with the country and people I'd recommend a smaller hotel and not a massive production hotel like this one. The smaller the hotel the more personal it gets. Try to keep the fair trade in mind when it comes to locals and animal rights. I sometimes get the idea that the island is being "re-discovered" and claimed again by such massive hotels.