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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
Peterlee, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We have just returned home from 14 nights at Ocean Blue & Sands, from the minute we got to the hotel transfer to the time that we were dropped back to the airport to come home, nothing was ever too much trouble. We arranged our holiday through Thompson and special mention must go to Evens & Rafael who are the...willy wonka , mini me , jack, ramon and all the entertainment team were excellent and made the holiday

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Got back a week ago from 7 nights at Ocean Blue and Sand. I had an amazing time. The resort is clean, well-groomed, and pretty. The villas are nice and the rooms are great. The beach is gorgeous and offers great sunrises/sunsets.The food selection is plentiful at the buffets and the individual restaurants. The pools are huge, and between the swim-up bar, watersports, and contests put on by the staff, there was never a dull moment. The bartenders I came across at the pool and elsewhere were all friendly, warm, and on top of their game: Bienvenido, Vladimir, Fernando, Yohan, Juan C., etc. Great guys that kept the drinks coming. The entertainment workers are awesome, very friendly and funny guys...Jack, Willie Wonka, the little one, etc. Very nice guys that made each day more fun. I spent a lot of time wandering around alone at night in a less-than-sober state of mind, and never felt unsafe. Plenty of security walking around. Some of the venues are open until the wee hours of the morning, so there's always something to do pretty much and thus always other people out and about.

The only thing that kind of spoiled the trip is the fact that the resort's power went out on our last night around 9:30 p.m. and didn't come back on until the wee hours of the morning. Even still, it was a great week and I hope to visit again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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57 hotel reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This huge Spanish hotel is a well-kept property with beautiful gardens and outstanding management. Pedro Torres, General Manager, and José Luis Camos, Resident Manager, keep everything running smoothly and are totally professional. Judith Ripoll is a charming Cuban woman in charge of Public Relations for the hotel and is especially helpful to clients. The food is good, and the large restaurants demonstrate efficient service and a well-organized staff.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Just got back from a 10 day vacation. As this was our first 10 day - we booked with our fingers crossed that it was going to be o.k. We were had a great time and were not ready to go home! The resort, the staff all are amazing. Alexander, Cristal and ALL the "theatre" bartenders are great - very friendly and very attentive. The buffet staff were awesome - after the 2nd day - they remembered what you like to drink and always greet you with a smile! The only drawback to the rooms - the pillows are a little on the hard side - but as we always travel with our own pillows - it was not a big deal! We would highly recommend this resort! The other draw back for the resort itself - The vendors at the resort (they were there 2 evenings) - they are a little too pushy for my liking and did not take no thank you very easily.

Room Tip: Villa 8 was a great location - close to pool, beach and restuarants
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

It was outstanding value for money, having been to Mexico and paid twice as much there was not much to choose between them.

The good.
Location, weather, friendly staff, clean surroundings, food, coffee house

The bad
The stalls on site at night, no beer in the mini bar after the first couple of days (lol)

Would recommend it to everyone

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kitchener, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Few people speak English and they want money for everything....a piece of cardboard and string, a podium for the MC...nickle and dime and the wedding planner not helpful at all.
The food is terrible in the resort..the only good place we found was the buffet down near the beach and the coffee shop...we took 86 people there for a wedding and couldnt even get a room set aside or tables in the restaurants for the wedding party the night before.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

My husband and I have been H10 Premium members for 3 years now and I have to say that I don't regret my membership at all. This is the best way to vacation! That being said...
Our first trip out here was wonderful! Beautiful clear blue ocean, fantastic staff and pretty descent food for a huge resort such as this one. We stayed in building 10 right on the beach and had a gorgeous room, wonderful view of the ocean and pool, and will be returning again next year for my daughters wedding!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
#4 Family Hotel in Bavaro
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bavaro
#4 Casino 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
Punta Cana Ocean Blue
Ocean Blue Hotel Punta Cana
Ocean Blue Resort Dominican Republic

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