My husband and I just returned from a week stay at Ocean Blue and would definitely recommend the resort for any age group, lots for everyone to do if they choose. The grounds were immaculate, beautifully landscaped and lush - the beach and ocean views post card perfect. Staff were always ready with a friendly "Hola" , very welcoming. Our room was large and airy overlooking the gardens adjacent to the pool, a lovely view. The villa as well as our room was very clean and well kept, minor repairs addressed promptly although this we actually heard from another couple not having any issues in our room. The mattress is very firm, not unlike other resorts.
I had read the reviews prior to our trip and was a little concerned re the food - listen ! NO WORRIES !! The buffet restaurant is huge with so many choices - how can you not like something ?? There is something for everyone, I'm a little suspicious of those who complain about this - what do you normally eat ?? I'm curious. I like to try different foods when I'm away, not the same old as I'm used to. If you like the run of the mill routine of cereal, toast, eggs etc it's available. They may not have the particular brand of cereal you like, but listen- you're not at home !! There were so many choices of pastries, breads, cereal, eggs, salads, fruits, smoothies, yoghurt, rice, beans,meats,fish, veggies and so much more and that was breakfast. I suppose if I had any " complaint" it would be the evaporated milk used for coffee, a different taste from what I'm accustomed. I barely noticed the difference by the end of the week.
We enjoyed the Dominican, Bucanero and Italian restaurants as well as the buffet - not bad meal in the lot. I particularly liked the Dominican and would highly recommend trying this native cuisine.
The resort has many activities/shows if you wish to participate. We enjoyed Copa Cabana and Dominican night, caught part of the Lion King. The lobby has live entertainment most nights and is a great place to go for a drink. The pools are fantastic and yes, if you want an umbrella, get down there with your towel by 7 AM to reserve your spot. There's lots of loungers but the umbrella loungers are the first to go. The same rule applies to the beach. The beach - what can I say ? Miles of walking on beautiful sand, the best in front of Ocean Blue. Lots of people all shapes and sizes doing the same. Sun rises around 7:30, gorgeous pictures for our screen savers. There are vendors next to Ocean Blue, it's up to you if you buy but be warned. You cannot bring the woven green palm hats back to North America under the agriculture rules, saw lots of them confiscated at the airport on the way home. The same goes for the " Mamajuana"
liquer base which is a liquor bottle with a collection of dried grasses ( not that kind !) in which you are supposed to put alcohol, let steep then drink. Tastes somewhat like Amaretto. You cannot bring it back uless the alcohol is already in the bottle. Saw that confiscated too.
I found people were a little more formally dressed ie summer dresses in the evening for women, long pants required for men in most of the a la carte restaurants. But beach wear is informal. I felt a little over dressed in my modest 1 piece and my tankini - ladies, don't be afraid ! At the end of the week, I would have worn a bikini had I had one. Almost tempted to go shopping, could not coax my husband into a speedo no matter how hard I tried. I guess we are more self conscious re body image than Europeans but this is a place you can wear that brief little thing and get away with it. Some topless females but not many.
Drinks are plentiful, alcoholic and non. Domestic beer, usual premium drinks and domestic wine which I would not recommend. It would be nice to be able to order an imported wine for those of us who enjoy a glass or 2. Bartenders have a repertoire of mixed drinks, I happen to like the " Mudslide" and gin and tonic.
There were all ages at this resort during our stay, 2 weddings; families with young children, all ages of adults. A really great family resort, teenagers would like the bowling alley although this is an extra cost - worth it for family unity I would say. The bowling alley also has pool tables, air hockey and table tennis. The disco is located here as well. Ther is a little center for very young children "Club Daisy" which offers some day care as well.
All in all, a really relaxing winter getaway. We didn't want to leave.
- 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