We have just returned from a 2 week stay at Ocean Blue. The hotel is pretty close to the airport and is around a 20-25 minute drive.
I'll include all the good and bad points in with each section.
On arriving you will see the lobby and the rest of the hotel is perfect condition.
Check In - the check in is very quick and you will be greeted with a glass of fruit juice and given a map showing you where everything is around the hotel and all the restaurant opening times. You have to then find your own way to your room using the map you have been given. Your luggage will be delivered approx 20 mins later. The person who delivers your luggage will stand in your room until you tip him (pretty awkward and very annoying since he's just doing his normal job).
Rooms - the rooms all come equipped with a safe, double bed, mini fridge filled with drinks and beer, coffee making facilities, jacuzzi / shower combined and 2 whb's. The rooms are decorated to a good standard and are cleaned every day as well as the mini fridge being restocked. The safe is free to use which is a bonus.
Wifi - the hotel has just introduced free wifi which is a major bonus. It runs a little slow at peak times but then again it's free so you can't really complain and your on holiday so why would you be on the internet much.
Food - the hotel has a main buffet restaurant and 5 a la cartes. Steak house, Italian, Mexican, route 66 and a French (I believe this one is charged extra although we didn't eat here so could be wrong)
Main restaurant - breakfast, lunch and tea is served here. All meals have a great selection of food that caters for all nationalities. There is a different theme every night although burgers, chips, rice, pasta etc are on every day and night.
Steak house - probably the best a la carte restaurant and many others will agree. If you want to eat here early you will have to be there at 5.45pm to queue up otherwise you will be waiting over an hour anytime after this up until around 9pm. Steaks are a decent cut and comes served with various sides.
Route 66 - this restaurant serves mainly greasy food such as burgers, fried chicken etc. The food was edible although not great but still worth a visit for the experience.
Mexican - this serves typical Mexican food. Fajitas, tortillas, nachos etc. The food is of a good quality and definitely worth a visit.
We didn't visit any of the other a la carte restaurants so can't comment on them. You don't have to book to eat in the a la cartes and just turn up so this can often mean you are waiting around unless you get there at 6pm when they open. It would be a lot better if you reserved your places like most other hotels. Overall the food selection at the hotel is very good.
Bars - the hotel has around 15 bars throughout the hotel. All of them serve a good selection of drinks. All the alcohol is decent brands and not the cheap stuff you normally receive in all inclusive hotels. The drink glasses are very small meaning you will either have to get 2 drinks at once of you will be constantly going to the bar. A few people brought there own travel cups which was a lot bigger and a good idea.
There is a coffee shop in the hotel (mikes coffee shop) this serves all different types of tea's, coffees and deserts from 9am - 11pm.
Sports bar - the sports bar is open from dinner until 6am showing all different sports. Snacks are put on from 6pm -6am.
Entertainment - the reps work really hard all day long playing various different games around the pool and beach such as volleyball, football etc. There is a show on in the theatre every night which is either performed by the reps or outside entertainers. There is a beach party once a week depending on the weather which had some people doing tricks with fire and a limbo / dance competition. This is well worth a visit. The reps put on a pre-show before the main show and pull people from the audience to do dance offs and stuff. This was very funny and a great way to start the shows.
Pools - the hotel has 2 decent size swimming pools. One pool has games being played around it all day by the reps and tourists and the other is supposedly the quite pool although they are only around 10m apart so it isn't much quieter. If you want a poolside sun lounger around the 'quite' pool you will have to be up by 7am to reserve one otherwise you don't stand a chance. I would expect this in Europe with the Russians and Germans but this was being done by the English and became a joke. Both pools have a swim up bar which is covered over so you can sit in the shade and cool down.
Weather - the weather was great almost every day. It got cloudy at times but was still very hot (in the 30's). It rained several nights although this wasn't an issue as it was night time and cleared up by the morning.
Beach - the beach is equipped with 100's of sun beds and the sea is crystal clear. You can walk for miles in both directions past all the other hotels. The sand doesn't have any stones outside this hotel so sea shoes aren't required. There is a beach bar so you won't have far to walk for a drink.
Hotel grounds - the hotel is fairly big and there can be a good amount of walking throughout the day going back and fourth. The grounds are kept in immaculate condition and are being maintained everyday. There are 2 ponds with fish in that you can feed (just take some bread from the restaurant).
Casino - the hotel has its own casino that is open until the early hours of the morning. It has the usual casino games and it's own bar.
Arcade - the hotel has its own arcade building which has a bowling alley, pool tables, fuzz ball tables and various other games. This is a good place for kids and teens and can get busy in the evening.
Excursions - there is lots of excursions available which are reasonably priced such as boat trips, swimming with dolphins / sharks, scuba diving etc. I'd recommend the outback safari to see how the locals live. You will visit a local school which is support by the tour company.
One major downfall to Punta Cana is that you can't really walk out the hotel and visit the local town as there is nothing to really see / buy although this isn't the hotels fault.
There will be many more good points that I have missed but overall this was great holiday. I would return but it will be in 10-15 years time when the local town has been developed and you can go outside the resort.
- 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