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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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“going for #7”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

October will be our 7th time back to Ocean Blue & Sand. We just love it there, great food, entertainment, and the best staff in the world. Clean rooms, great swimming pool, just the best to me and my wife. But back to the staff, fantastic is the to description the people there. Great, great service, and a special thanks to that little man with a big heart, Mini Me, and thank you, Charlie Brown, Willie Wonka, and of course, Super Juan. The only other thing I can mention is that as soon as we get back home from Ocean Blue, I am looking to book our next trip there.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Bob a,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation for six times and for coming back in October. Also for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

Once more, is been a pleasure to have you again in our property. Mimi Me, Willy Wonka, Charlie Brown and Super Juan mention by you, will receive your regards and will be recognized for their good work .

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

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

just got back a week ago from our wonderful exciting vacation on this beautiful resort. we arrived early evening, when we got off the bus at the hotel, the staff members were there to great us. they took our bag, we went to check-in at reception, went back and told the staff with our bags what room number we were and they took our bags right up to our room for us! after our bags arrived at our rooms, we went for dinner. we ate at the buffet. there were so many choices we didn't know what to eat; so we got a little bit of everything. after dinner we went back to our rooms to change and go to the pool... we got to swim in the pool for a while; until the security guard showed up.. it was well past pool closing time. one downfall: pools close at 7pm. so we left the pool and went to get changed.. my mom and I went and explored the resort a little bit, even though it was late. from our villa (3) it was about a 5 minute walk, if that, to the beach! not bad at all. we were so excited. we couldn't wait to see what the beach looked like during the day.
our second day there we decided to have a "beach day". we had the option to go to either of the 2 pools they had, but we could not wait to see what the ocean was like! it was beautiful!! crystal clear water, and the temperature was great! the cabanas get filled up very fast, so get there early if you want shade! the breeze on the ocean was great too!! just be careful, its very hot down there, so you don't know how hot you actually are because of the breeze. on the beach there are many activities; there is the bar, a rock climbing wall, and water sports/activities. the staff members who run the beach activities are very friendly. our favorite staff member was Victor-the entertainer. he was very friendly and upbeat! he ran a few of the beach activities and also was the "base" for when I did rock climbing.
the pools were great as well. my family and I went in both. they both had swim up bars, and the pool closest to the ocean also had the bar outside of the pool attached to the same bar that's in the pool. the temperature of the pools was so warm and you could honestly just walk right in!
the food overall was great. we ate breakfast at the buffet every morning, and a couple of the nights. we ate at the Italian restaurant, which was delicious! we ate at the Route 66 Diner, and the steakhouse also. mikes coffee shop had delicious coffee and little dessert snacks! sooo yummy! we went there pretty much every night before dinner, because the restaurants didn't open until 6:30. that was one down fall.
overall it was a great vacation, a lot of food, fun and sun! I was so happy to have my family come with me and celebrate my graduation!

Room Tip: third floor was the best, couldn't really hear the people on lower levels if they came back late...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GuestServiceOBS, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation and for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

Once more, it has been a pleasure to have you in our property. We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our relaxing property so you can have another excellence time with us.

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Omagh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Having just returned from 2 weeks at Ocean Blue and Sand we can't wait to go back! The hotel was beautiful and laid out really well, no matter your location you are always close to something. We emailed the hotel in advance requesting a ground floor room and got it no problem. The beach and pool are amazing! The food is also delicious. The train that takes you around the resort is great, although it is not too far to walk anywhere.

The ENTERTAINMENT STAFF are exceptional - they really made our stay extra special. ALEJANDRO was a gentlemen and had a lot of time for us. VICTOR (SNICKERS) was so much fun and friendly also, he taught us how to dance, spent time getting to know us and really made us laugh, he always stopped to talk when walking past. Jaun Ramon was also very nice, always smiling and making us laugh. The rest of the entertainment staff, Minime, Luis, chocolate and swagger to name a few were also great! They work none stop and have sooo much energy, always having a smile on their face, making us smile in return! I enjoyed the aerobics, games and shows.

Travelling with Thomson there are some perks. Everyday between 4.30-5.30 outside villa 9 there is a tea and coffee stand served by Hector who is lovely. You can get any brand of english tea or coffee you can imagine. They also have a selection of buns and biscuits too nice wee snack after coming in from the pool or beach.

Mr Pinky and Evans the Thomson reps are great! they don't push you into booking anything and they are very friendly also. Every week there is a party on the beach for the english people - we really enjoyed this. It was a steak BBQ and buffet. The food was delicious. The entertainment staff were there and they danced, played games and spoke to all the guests. This night was brilliant as it was a change from the main eating places.

The hotel overall is exceptional! They go out of their way to do anything for you. The party for the english was one example, the spread they put on was great and we were introduced to all the staff. The bar staff are great and so to are the buffet staff. Most of all the ENTERTAINMENT TEAM or ANIMATION TEAM are the BEST!

Room Tip: If you have walking difficulties or don't like stairs request a ground floor room as there are n...
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Glenda H,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation and for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

We are very happy that it was the best vacations for you. Alejandro, Victor, Juan Ramon, Mini Me, Luis, Chocolate and Swagger, will receive your regards and will be recognized for their good work.

We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our relaxing property so you can have another excellence time here with us.

Best regards,
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Marlton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was our 2nd time vacationing at Ocean Blue & Sand. We traveled with several families (17 people) Noone was ever bored! There are plenty of activities during the day and the activity coordinators were upbeat and fun. The beach is simply beautiful and very clean. The food is good- we enjoyed the beach restaurant the best, however it was closed Mon, Tues, Wed. The staff throughout was pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed our time with Rafael and Cristian from guest services. They really made our vacation memorable!!

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Janine K,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation for the second time and for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

Once more, is been a pleasure to have you in our property. Cristian and Rafael mentioned by you, will receive your regards and will be recognized for their good work.

We sorry that you couldn’t use La Brasa restaurant by the beach on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, those days it was close for the private event.

We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our relaxing property so you can have another excellence time here with us.

Best regards,
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Richmond, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was our second stay at Ocean Blue but the first time we brought our children, ages 22 25 & 28 since becoming H10 Privilege Club members. We all had a wonderful time at the beach and pool areas. The rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable with refrigerators well stocked with beverages. All of the staff are super friendly and helpful. We personally enjoyed getting to know Mercedes in the beach area and the antics of Manuel one of our waiters and quite Yoel who always had a smile at breakfast and kept my glass full of the most delicious fruit juice!

The pool side activities were alot of fun. My daughter and I enjoyed the daily water aerobics. The poolside games were also fun. There was an excellent parade to mark the opening of the World Cup games.

In the evenings, the Buccanero an Blue Moon restaurants were our favorites and had delicious food. At the Buccanero we were serenaded by a mariachi trio who sang many beautiful Spanish songs. The Mexican restaurant was also very good.

We also enjoyed snorkeling, ocean kayaking, swimming with dolphins and shopping trips during our stay. Everyone was entertained, relaxed and well fed.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Deborah Z,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation for the second time with your family and for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

Once more, is been a pleasure to have you again in our property. Mersedes, Manuel and Joel mention by you, will receive your regards and will be recognized for their good work.

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

Best regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

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.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear MrHolidayUK,

First of all, thank you for choose Ocean Blue and Sand as your vacation destination and giving us your feedback.

We want you to know, that your opinion is very important and valuable to us. For this reason, your comments are taken with special consideration as they help us identifying our improvement areas, giving us the opportunity to correct them, and this achieve to offer our guests a service of the highest quality.

We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our relaxing property so you can have another excellence time here with us.

Sincerely,
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Bolton Abbey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was by far the best holiday me and my family have ever been on the hotel was fantastic and the staff where even better we made friends with one inperticular that was Alejandro Beltran he had so much time for us and our family. If you need any trips speak to mr pinky who can also help you with sun creams and lilos. I should recommend that anybody goes here weather it's family or couples we will defo be going back three weeks next time thank you. Paddy duker

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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GuestServiceOBS, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Ocean Blue & Sand, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Paddy D,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel Ocean Blue & Sand by H10 for your vacation and for sharing those comments in regards to your stay with us.

Once more, is been a pleasure to have you in our property. Alejandro Beltran mention by you, will receive your regards and will be recognized for their good work.

We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our relaxing property so you can have another excellence time here with us.

Best regards,
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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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bavaro
#3 Business Hotel in Bavaro
#4 Family Hotel in Bavaro
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bavaro
#5 Luxury Hotel in Bavaro
#5 Spa Hotel in Bavaro
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Bavaro
#6 Top resorts 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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