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“Great for any age.” 4 of 5 stars
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Ocean Blue & Sand
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Arena Gorda, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Bavaro
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great for any age.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

My friend and I travel to all inclusives 2x a year. We are 28 yr old females and have been to jamacia, mexico 2x ans the DR. When we plan our trips we realize we are not staying in America therefore we realize 5 star standard here is not the same there. With that said the ocean blue was a beautiful resort. The rooms were clean and spacious. One cockroach one day..not the end of the world. The food was the best of any of the other resorts previously stated at. We heard about having to get up at 5 to put towel down to get a chair by pool..not true. We got up around 7 or 8.. never had problems. Staff were friendly. We were asked to go off the resort and " party " with a worker after his shift. Obviously we said no. We were not offended or scared..I mean comon if u use common sense you'll be fine. It stormed first 3 days of our 7. Not the resorts fault ..u make the best of it. They always had a rainy day calendar if u wanted. The only 2 complaint I had was the beaches weren't very nice. We chose to hang by the pool most of the week. Also O.B. isnt a chain so you couldnt go to other resorts.We went on an excursion to swim with sharks and sting rays. The party boat was a little dull at first but my friend and I started to take shots and got the whole boat dancing and having a good time. Highly recommend this! Oh..drinks were ok. Definitely had better but they were always quick to serve you. Also the only resort I didn't get sick at. Overall it was a great vacation. Not my favorite because it stormed but no major complaints about anything. I'd recommended this for all ages.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Thank You so much on behalf of Ocean Blue and Sand by H10, for your most wonderful review and for sharing with others you Amazing experience here with us, we are also glad that you found the property cozy and the staff of ocean blue friendly as well.

We most gladly would like to welcome you again,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband and I went here for our honeymoon and had the time of our lives! Not only was the resort super clean and well maintained but the food was also excellent! The entertainment at night was awesome, those performers are very well skilled to say the least. The staff was very kind and helped with everything we needed. We did two excursions, swimming with stingrays and sharks (also snorkeled on the reef) and ziplining. I would highly recommend those as well. We will be returning again when we can!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Thank You so much on behalf of Ocean Blue and Sand by H10, for your most wonderful review and for sharing with others you Amazing experience here with us, we are also glad that you found the property cozy and the staff of ocean blue friendly as well.

We most gladly would like to welcome you again,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Fourth time at Ocean Blue & Sand
Just got back after two weeks at the Ocean Blue & Sands Bavaro Punta Cana.
This was our fourth time there and it was as we remembered it back in 2009. We have not been here since then due to medical reasons but have been on other islands in the Caribbean. Friendly staff and clean areas. We saw some staff from our last visit. Check in was straight forward greeted with a cold drink and a cool towel. Our rooms were in villa 9 second floor this was a great spot overlooking the pools. We had stayed in this block before and knew all about the complex. We saw four trees and two sun shades on the beach fall in to the sea. The sea is eroding the beach away. Even the market stalls on the beach have sand bags at the front on their areas because of this and stall holders are going have to move back. There was about another ten or twelve tree chopped down for safety. This is not confined to this hotel we went on a catamaran trip and we noticed the falling trees around the island. There are plenty of loungers and sun shades on the beach and around the pools.
Food and drink always something for everyone if you ask a branded name drink if they had it you got it otherwise you got the local drink.
The time share people are waiting for you at breakfast and lunch time but a NO thank you normally did the trick and they would not bother you again. We would like to return sometime in the future health permitting. The complex is mainly flat and as easy access for wheel chairs and buggies. The trolleys go around the complex so you can ride around stopping off where you needed to go.
Don’t take the negative view at hand these reviews seem to be from people across the pond!
Go and enjoy yourselves and chill and relax after all that is what holidays are for. We did and so did a lot more people.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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GuestServiceOBS, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing our hotel Ocean Blue and Sand by H10 and the Dominican Republic as your holiday’s destination for the fourth time and that you have found great variety of thing to do here with us. We are also pleased to know that you found that the staff’s helpful and polite. We want to thank you for taken the time to share with others what a great time you had here with us.

We will be glad to welcome you again here at Ocean Blue and Sand by H10


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Windsor, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

My boyfriend and I traveled to Ocean Blue & Sand at the end of September and stayed a duration of 1 week. The weather was beautiful everyday with some short showers throughout the evening. The hotel itself was always being cleaned and kept up by the workers. The rooms were decent I was expecting more for the quality of the resort and previous reviews we had read online. When we arrived at our room it had a musty smell which did not go away throughout our stay which was a downfall. The quality of food for an all inclusive was good. Nothing out of the ordinary. The a la carte restaurants were also decent. The american restaurant Route 66 was awful I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The beach was always well kept also. The staff was always friendly and polite if you were friendly to them. There was constantly someone trying to sell you something which got annoying especially if you were just trying to relax. One of the pools was closed during our stay and took about 3 days to get up and running so we never got a chance to try it out. Which left the other pool area very crowded and hard to find a spot. Overall we enjoyed our stay maybe we would try another resort if we decided to return to Punta Cana.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
First of all it is a pleasure for us that you have chosen Ocean Blue and Sand by H10 as your holiday destination. We want to thank you so much for your contribution on this review about your vacation experience with us.
Thanks once more for the feedback on this review about your vacation, we will be glad if you give us the opportunity to show you the changes made on those areas of opportunity that you mentioned. With those valuable comments you will help us to increase our level of customer’s satisfaction.
Thank you for sharing tips of your valuable experience with others through Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcome you to your home away from home.

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Granby, Massachusetts, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We are going to this resort in January 2013 and honestly we can't wait. I love the fact that the resort takes the time to respond to the different posts put on here and we look forward to seeing how wonderful the resort and staff are

Room Tip: We are very excited. There are 7 of us coming January 20 2013
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Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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GuestServiceOBS, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
On behalf of Ocean Blue and sand by H10 we are delighted to know that your group have choose our hotel as your vacation destination , we are looking forward to provide you the ultimate vacation experience .
At the same time we would like to thank you for choosing us and for sharing your experience with the rest of the world through TripAvisor.

Thanks again for your contribution on this web page and for coming to our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband & I just returned from Ocean Blue & Sand resort but we will not return EVER AGAIN! I travel frequently to islands & have had & seen better resorts than this 1. We stayed in Villa 5. The rooms are nothing spectacular just looked like average hotel rooms. We ate at 5 of 8 restaurants. The food was horrible! I eat a variety when I travel & tried an array of dishes here but overall, It was very bland, not seasoned, undercooked, dry & just tasteless. Some of the meat served had a foul smell to it (later we became ill & had to remain in our room recooperating after clearing our system! The fruit was even not sweet & the soda was simply watered down.I ordered drinks that sometimes the waiters forgot to bring. I had to request things 2 or 3 times at some of the restaurants. My husband & I went to enjoy each other on the resort but were bombarded with locals & lots of children running around the resort screaming, being unsanitary & unsupervised in the restaurants & the pool area, so the atmosphere felt like a daycare..far from romantic, quiet & it was impossible to relax. We learned after the 4th day there, The steakhouse & the Italian restaurant was the only decent place to eat & the only life saver otherwise, we would've starved the entire trip from the other restaurants. We even tried to order room service 1 night but that menu lacks variety & was very limited. The food again, lacked flavor & additionally was delivered cold. The night life sucked! No variety of shows and some nights no shows or entertainment at all. There was Bingo offered 1 night but when I went to play, they told me there were no more Bingo boards! The hotel pushes you to attend a "tour of the hotel" meeting, which is nothing but a trick to sell you RCI timeshare. They couldn't sell us or persuade us because my husband was 2 steps up on them calculating their figures/percentages & often correcting their poor math skills! It was a scam and a waste of a hour. We walked away from it! I can say that the grounds are beautiful & very well kept here. We also enjoyed the beach. But we will not return or recommend Ocean Blue & Sand for couples. It's bombarded by too many activities geared toward teens & children, lacks entertainment & night life & the food is terribly tasteless & honestly a disgrace!

Room Tip: Villa 5 had a nice view of the pool, but maybe a little noisier if you are trying to rest.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
First of all it is a pleasure for us that you have chosen Ocean Blue and Sand by H10 as your holiday destination. We want to thank you so much for your contribution on this review about your vacation experience with us.
Thanks once more for the feedback on this review about your vacation, we will be glad if you give us the opportunity to show you the changes made on those areas of opportunity that you mentioned. With those valuable comments you will help us to increase our level of customer’s satisfaction.
Thank you for sharing tips of your valuable experience with others through Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcome you to your home away from home.

Best regards,


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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This place is great. Nice rooms. A few of us had problems with our rooms, they were quickly fixed. The activities people are great. Willy Wonka is one of the best people there. Food is hit and miss. Steakhouse was the best free place. Make reservations for restaurants to insure u get in. Beach needed to be cleaned up. Other beaches down the way looked better. Be sure to bring a ton of $1 and $5 dollar bills to tip. They never had change. Find a good bartender and tip good and he will take care of u the whole time. Best thing I brought was a big insulated cup with lid. It will save u trips to & from the bar or drink places. Now for the bad. Our trip all week would of been a 5 on a 1-5 scale. I almost want to give it a 1 now. On the weekends they sell the locals passes. They come in like cockroaches they swarm the pools, bars, and food places. They are loud, rude, and totally ignorant. Some of the men wore their underwear as swim suits. All week I hear these sob stories about Dominicans don't make any money and have to live off of nothing. They are finding it somewhere. They have enough to travel and stay here. I would come back here in a minute as long as I can stay Sun-Thurs. Hope this helps.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
On behalf of Ocean Blue and Sand by H10 We would like to thank you for selecting our hotel and giving us the opportunity to serve you. We are glad that you have provided us with some valuable comments that will definitely help us to increase our level of services for future customers.
We will continue improving our level of service day by day thanks to comments received from people like you. Thank you for sharing tips through your valuable experience with others through Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcome you to your home away from home.

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Address: Playa Arena Gorda, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana > Bavaro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Bavaro
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bavaro
#4 Casino Hotel in Bavaro
#4 Family Hotel in Bavaro
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bavaro
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Bavaro
#6 Luxury Hotel in Bavaro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Blue & Sand 4*
Number of rooms: 708
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the wonderful beaches of Bavaro, and immersed in tropical foliage, close to the White Sands golf course, the Ocean Blue and Sand is an all-inclusive resort featuring suite accommodations, two luxurious pools, casino, spa and fitness center, dive center and an extensive activity program including childrens' and teen mini clubs, to make your stay an unforgettable experience. All-inclusive: Meals, drinks, cocktails and snacks included 24 hours. Some additional services are available at additional charge. Free WiFi available in all the Resort areas. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ocean Blue Punta Cana
Ocean Blue Hotel Beach
Ocean Blue Resort Punta Cana
Ocean Blue Golf Beach Resort Punta Cana
Ocean Blue Dominican Republic
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