We arrived at about 5pm and walked right up to the desk to check-in. They gave us villa 7 (which we read on here was recommended, along with villa 9) on the second floor - no 3rd floor available and our view was of the cart path/road in behind the resort. They offered to move us the following day, but we opted against it as we spent little time in the room anyway - only to shower, change and sleep. Anytime we had questions they were helpful. Also they met us with drinks on arrival!
We went with another couple and we both had pretty much the same room. There were 2 queen sized beds and a pull-out couch. A coffee table, with flat screen TV. The bar fridge had several Sprite and Pepsi, Water and Presidente beer – refilled every day if you used it. Bathrooms were fully tiled with marble, big Jacuzzi jet tub, double sinks too! They were extremely clean! Half of the nights that we were there, we had “turn down service” (room done up a second time, chocolates on the bed and a print out of the next days weather, activities etc) but our friends didn’t have it one time! We had flowers, fancy folding of the sheets and curtains etc, and our friends had much less of this than us. We mentioned at check-in that it was our honeymoon, but didn’t do the upgrades they offered as we were fine with our accomodations and didn’t want to move away from our friends. Perhaps this had something to do with it? We left a tip for the cleaning staff daily.
The safe and key cards worked all week with no issues. The only “room for improvement” was that there are no deadbolts on the doors. They are only locked by the key card system. The patio doors lock in 2 places for added safety, however.
The pools were VERY clean and well maintained. There were several staff cleaning this early in the morning every day – vacuuming, brushing, cleaning etc. The guy even went into the middle of the pool up to his head to clean it!!! TOWELS – FYI you need to go to the BEACH to get them. They are in the aquatic centre passed the rock climbing wall. There are NO towels by the pool – only at the beach. This was inconvenient for us, but we kept them for many more days than we normally would have, so they are saving a huge amount of washing – perhaps by design!! Not a huge deal though.
No need to reserve loungers as there are lots of spots – most spots also have an umbrella that you can put up if you need some shade. There is a BIG difference between the two pools as far as “energy” goes – the pool closest to the beach is the busier, louder with the daily activities and the kiddie pool. The one closer to the lobby is quieter for those who just want to lounge in the sun. The swim up bar in the “quiet” pool was AMAZING. Manuel and Radhames were extremely energetic, attentive and willing to go to extra lengths to make us smile and enjoy our stay. Manuel seemed always to be there from sun up to sun down, cleaning everything SPOTLESS, setting up the bar, organizing etc, and ALWAYS had a smile. A HUGE asset, for sure. We found that the bar at the activities pool was not very attentive and it was pretty difficult to get someone to pay attention to you to even order your drink. A very different attitude for sure. Needless to say we were only there once or twice as we passed to go to the beach.
Tip: There are two styles of loungers – we preferred the fully clothed ones as they layed flat.
The beach was beautiful. White sand, blue/green water, lots of loungers to be had if you wanted. Just UP from our section of beach, where the market is, the sand is all washed away and there are sandbags from the storm, keeping the beach from eroding further. This is sad, but does not affect the beach of the Ocean resort at all. There were several weddings during our stay on the beach. We were there for superbowl and they put on an INCREDIBLE show – check out our pictures for a visual. They dug a HUGE hole in the beach and built a bar from scratch, so they would not impede the view of the HUGE screen they built to project the game on. They had an entire buffet on the beach with everything you could want. Absolutely amazing – and I don’t like football haha.
The food in the buffet was very good! Lots of stations that cook to order. I don’t know how anyone could go hungry there. We went to a couple of the “a la cartes” and did not really enjoy them much. You do not need a reservation, and this is probably due to the fact that it is mainly the same type of food at the buffet. The coffee shop was awesome, though!! They make awesome drinks for coffee and tea lovers alike. We had breakfast and lunch with Wilfredo and Jorgelina every day and they made our vacation SPECTACULAR. They were very friendly, always laughing and “fist bumping” with us. We love making a connection with people and sitting in the same area each day to see them.
We did not upgrade to the Privilege section based on the reviews here, and we were glad we didn’t. There is almost no difference – There are beds on the beach that are only for them, they have a separate “lobby” area by the beach, a different towel station (still on the beach), and can cut in line at the a la cartes (if there is a line). There are different levels of alcohol based on if you are “Privilege” or not which we did not like – it made us feel like lower class guests at times. I went to the lobby bar one night and asked for some Disaronno – The bar tender looked confused, walked around a bit, talked to her co-worker, came back and asked me to repeat what I wanted. Finally after a few minutes the co-worker came over and he said “Oh, no. Disaronno is only for the Privilege people”. The lady then came over with some for me anyway. It was actually embarrassing waiting up at the bar for all that time while they danced around the issue etc. My feeling is that there should be a separate bar for “premium” drinks etc, so this type of confusion/”talking down” could be avoided. My male friend went to the bar a couple of times and he got these “privilege drinks” no problem, unaware that they were indeed priviledged, so when I went to get a round for everyone, I was told I couldn’t have a certain type of vodka. Very confusing and embarrassing at times.
Overall we had a great time on our vacation and would definitely recommend that anyone go. The important thing to note, is that it seems as though “Ocean Sand” and “Ocean Blue” are two different resorts, but they are exactly the same resort. Ocean Blue is on one side of the pools, and Ocean Sand is on the other (so the pools are going down the centre of the resort, and the rooms are on either side going from the lobby to the beach). It seems as though Ocean Blue costs more, but I have no idea why.
- 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