My boyfriend and I stayed in the Panoramic Suite from Nov 26th-Dec 1st and LOVED every minute of it! GO CLUB PREMIUM! Check in was a breeze and Wimmany in the Club Premium lounge was so pleasant and wonderful during our stay!
The room had a jacuzzi on the balcony and in the bathroom. We had 2 bathrooms. The balcony was huge, the king size bed was comfy and our room was always cleaned with fresh new shower towels and beach towels. Hint: leave the housekeeper $5 tip a day and she will take care of you!
Grounds were beautiful, beach was beautful, weather was perfect and the drinks at the bar were always a good time! We didn't really hang out at the beach, we mainly hung out at the El Cielo bar since it was in front of our room! We would rent a cabana for $10 a day and relax, swim and drink! The bartenders Mayra, Victor and Ray at El Cielo were awesome! Mayra makes a delicious drink called "Sammy Sosa" and we highly recommend it! Hint: tip every few drinks, they appreciate it and just because it's "all inclusive" doesn't mean you shouldn't tip. Don't be a cheapskate.
The breakfast buffet at Miramar was amazing, didn't eat any where else for breakfast. They have everything so if you can't find something you're just a complainer and need to learn to relax a little. The fresh watermelon juice was amazing. For lunch, we never ate in the buffet we always ate at Hoyo 19, which was amazing. The gazpacho soup and El Pepito were wonderful! For dinner, we missed our reservation the first night at the French restaurant due to drinking too much "Mamajuan" the first day and oversleeping heehee (you'll understand when you drink it)! We ate at the Japaneese restaurant (pretty good), Santa Fe Steakhouse (enjoyed it), and La Fluente (the red snapper was superb!). We ordered a bottle of wine every night with dinner! You're on vacation, live a little.
Do go to the market down the left side of the beach. Just haggle with them and they will easily cut a ton of deals! We bought a box of cuban cigars and a huge bottle of Mamajuan for $60....trust me you can talk them down for a hour!
We golfed one day too! What a beautiful and challenging course! If we had stayed a few more days we would have golfed again!
As for no one speaking English at the resort, here are some helpful tips:
Hola = Hello
Come esta? = How are you?
Muy bien y tu = Very good and you?
Mucho gracias = Thank you every much
Uno, dos, tres = 1, 2, 3
Mucho gusto = Nice to meet you
Buenas dias = good day
Buenas tarde = good afternoon
Buenas noche = good night
Just try speaking those basic Spanish words and phrases and you will be fine. They appreciate it when you try and speak Spanish and smile doing it. I saw many Russian people VERY rude to the Dominican employees. The Domincan people we encountered were friendly, always greeted you with a smile, and made your stay at Barcelo Palace Deluxe a trip you will always remember! Can't wait to visit again!