Chose this hotel based on it being all inclusive as we were looking for a last minute uncomplicated "quiet" girls getaway from New York for a few days
We choose the perfect place. Direct flight from JFK, 20 minute ride from airport (hotel does not provide transportation, $38 air conditioned cab ride) and easy check in.
Hotel guests mostly couples on honeymoon, returning for anniversary or just returning for a third a fourth time. No children. Only one or two guys with sleveless (wife-beater) t-sirts at lunch buffet restaurant (comon guys, find a sleeved shirt for the restaurant) and people really dress up for dinner. Not jacket and tie, but women in great dresses and men in nice shirts with (non-athletic) shorts or nice slacks.
Several restaurants to choose between, but don't let them steer you to their sister property next door for dinner if you want a quiet dinner. This is where the families with children are staying. I don't mind children, have four myself, but just thought I would mention it to those looking for complete serenity. Food is not as good next door either, but staff is just as great. Guests from property next door cannot dine at the Grand property.
Staff is really well trained and seem genuinely happy to be working at the resort.
Small well equipped gym with ocean view next to the spa. We were able to get same day appointments at the spa. Spa staff gentle and efficient. Golf and tennis available at extra cost.
Beach has soft sand, clear water, gentle waves, nice palm umbrellas for shade and staff walking around taking drink orders.
One of the reviews I read suggested to bring dollars in small denominations for tipping. That was a good tip. It might be an "all inclusive" property but whenever appropriate, tipping was very much appreciated by the staff. Not for every drink ordered, but perhaps if the same server brings you drinks all day at the beach or if they go out of their way especially for you.
Good quality resort that is overall well kept. Upgraded bathrooms with rain shower and bath tub, great matresses, sheets and pillow, nice heavy doors for privacy, room darkening shades, easy Internet (in the room and lobby) tv, balcony overlooking courtyard with waterfall (soothing sound).
Air-conditioning and lights turn off automatically when you leave the room and turn back on when you return. Nice "green" feature. Don't leave the balcony doors open when you leave the room or you will return to everything covered in a slight mist and sheets and clothing slightly damp. It all dries out again when you turn the a/c back on.
I would come back but bring my husband the next time. Have to mention that we felt very safe in the environment.
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Iberostar