I stayed with my husband at the Iberostar Punta Cana from 11/08/13 - 11/14/13. We had a perfect vacation. The Iberostar is now our new favorite resort brand. We have already booked another Iberostar for May...this time Jamaica. Check in here was fast and easy. They gave us a room with 2 double or queen beds which we quickly exchanged for a room with 1 king bed without any problems. The rooms were adequate, the maid service was wonderful. They really do a great job.
The grounds are so beautiful and kept so perfectly clean and manicured. The pools are perfect, the beach is amazing. I love all the tikis for shade. I'm not one who likes the sun much, so if you want shade all the time, it's always an option. There's so much to do, a gym overlooking the ocean, shopping, the spa, a casino, shows, drinking, laying around, swimming, water sports, etc. So there really is little need to adventure off the resort if you don't want to. We never did. The ocean is as turquoise as every picture you've ever seen of the caribbean, it's breathtaking. We had perfect weather...even the rain was perfect. I love how if you open your hotel room door you can watch the downpour into the middle of the hotel like a mini rain forest...very nice.
The staff was incredible. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff. They work such long hours every day and are so friendly and so talented. We loved the "Star Friends." They are there to make sure everyone is smiling. They really are amazing. We saw acrobatics on the beach, they did fitness in the pool, water sports in the pool, beach sports, tons of dancing, and the nightly shows were very entertaining. Keep up the great work Star Friends! Our favorite star friend was EMILIO or Emilio-sexy-man as he like to call himself. He really went the extra mile to interact with guests and was so funny and entertaining. Our other favorite staff member was Maria. She works the pool area during the day and then usually the lobby bar in the evenings. She was so fun and pleasant and sweet...and definitely a hard worker.
I thought the food was good. There is so much variety that everyone can find something that they like. We ate at the American Cafe, the Mexican restaurant, the Steak house, and the Oriental restaurant. I thought they were all pretty good and the wait staff is extremely attentive and fast. My favorite food there was the bacon in the morning. It is very unlike American bacon, but it is so amazing...it's melt in your mouth wonderful. I'm not much of a meat eater, but they must have some pretty awesome pigs in the DR! :)
For the cost of this vacation I thought it was a tremendous value. I would definitely visit again and we will plan to. I can't wait to go back. I can't see anyone regretting this vacation, so if you're trying to decide where to go in the DR...just book it!