My Husband and I spent 7 wonderful days at Ocean Blue! I was a bit nervous as I read negative reports, but I didn't let negativity stop our trip. I'm glad I didn't listen to all the negative reports! We are pretty low maintence- so we didn't need a lot of things. And we had a great time! We were there from Dec 22-29 2012.
Check in/out. Quick, easy and everything was ready for us when we got there. We were on a bus that had picked us up at the airport- we only had carry ons for the week so we were the first in line. We got a ride to our villa, and given a welcome package. Check out was the only negative... WHY? WE HAD TO LEAVE. EVERYONE we met here were smiling. Kind, and always seemed to have a Hola my family! when they saw us. I'll miss that.
The room- We were in Villa 5 I liked the small apartment feel of the villas. We looked out on the 'smaller pool' and loved our location. We were close to the 2 pools and about 200-300 yards from the beach. Yes, it was a 'walk' to get to dining- but NOT a big deal. If you wanted a ride there were always a golf cart driving by to give a ride. We never really needed or wanted the ride- it was a pleasant walk. Martha was our housekeeper. She always had flowers in our room and the room was always neat and clean. I LOVED the soft robe I could wear in the morning or evening. Nice assortment of toiletries. No hair conditioners- so if you need it bring it. I had no problem with the shampoo they provided. I do have short hair so I didn't need my conditioner. Tub was great! a nice BIG whirlpool tub. We loved the location of our room.
Dining. I felt the food was really good. We have travelled a lot. On cruise ships (15 cruises) and have done All inclusives. We felt that Ocean Blue had some of the best food we have had yet. We thought the Buffet was very good. They had a nice set up for Christmas Eve and we felt it was made special by the staff. We liked the breakfast- fresh egg station. I loved the grill for lunch and dinner- I had fresh fish pretty much every day. Well seasoned! Choice- I ALWAYS had a choice of different dishes. We did have lunch a few times by the ocean. It is part of the priveledge/pay restaurant on the beach. We didn't realize that it was the beach buffet until about 3 days in when we kept looking for the snack oferings. Guess H10 could have a clearer sign what the restaurant was for since we thought it wasn't for us..... We finally just walked over and saw yes, it was for everyone for lunch. So we really can't blame anyone but ourselves for not walking over and looking in. Guess that was the only thing I wish I knew ahead of time. BUT it wasn't a problem since we enjoyed the larger buffet. We did the speciality restaurants too. We did the steakhouse- It was good. Hard to get in if you are a larger group- I'd get reservations at guest services. Since it was my husband & I we got o the restaurant at 6:00 made a request, and had about an hour hour & half wait, and got in. So we had a drink at the lobby while we waited. We LOVED the Italian Restaurant! We ate their twice. My husband had 2 main meals- the Steak (YUM!) and Lasagna. I really liked the eggplant for an appetizer. Service was excellent in all the restaurants- but we felt extra special at the Italian restaurant. The Mexican restaurant was good. We didn't do the Route 66 since it was just American food- we wanted something different. Wedidn't do the Dominican restaurant. We felt we had similar choices in the Buffet and liked what we had there. Did Mikes Coffee shop- had smoothies- Liked them! LOTS of people were enjoying the speciality coffees.
The property- Neat. clean. Beautiful beach. We could relax and enjoy the beach some sellers but generally wandered through and left us alone. The sellers that came in twice during the week bothered a bit. We didn't need to buy stuff, but the vendors didn't bother us after we said no thank you. We loved walking the beach. Sand was soft sugar sand, yet solid where the waves washed ashore- we enjoyed walking every day for quite a ways along the shore.
Entertainment/staff. WONDERFUL! the staff always smiled. We lovedthe beach bar- Jose was wonderful- LOVED him. We didn't take part in the pool games, but we heard them and we laughed listening to the Fun Squad- you will have fun and be entrtained IF you want to be! Christmas Eve night they had a wonderful magicain- that was great! Also Christmas Day night they had music and entrtainment on the beach. That was fun.
Will we go back? YES! Not sure when since we (OK Me) miss a cruise at Christmas- BUT I would book Ocean Blue again. Loved the changes that they made from previous posts/complaints. The staff at Ocean Blue really does care what we think, and IF we have a problem they want to know. I felt we had EXCELLENT care and this was a great place to relax! A special thank you to all the staff at Ocean Blue/ H10 we had a great time!
- 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
- Punta Cana Ocean Blue
- Ocean Blue Hotel Punta Cana
- Ocean Blue Resort Dominican Republic