We just got back yesterday 12/29 from a seven day stay at Now Larimar. Overall we were pleased with our stay, but did have a variety of nerve wracking experiences.
Hotel - Overall the hotel was very clean and very well kept. The language barrier was a problem quite a bit especially when asking for specifics. Even though there was a language barrier, the staff was wonderful. So nice and courteous. Several of them went out of their way to please us.
Rooms - The beds were nice but the pillows were very flat. I didn't sleep very well at all. The noise level was pretty bad at times. We could hear chairs scraping the floor above us and the toilet flushing next to us. We upgraded to the deluxe ocean view, but when we got there, all we could see was a little water over the trees. The bathroom was open concept, meaning there was no full wall separating the bathroom from the living area. If one of us wanted to take a shower, the other had to sit outside on the balcony (It was only my Mom and I). The tv was snowy, so there was no point of watching it. The maid service was very well. She cleaned very well and stocked our mini fridge daily.
Beach - The beach was horrible. The hotel is on the Atlantic Ocean and the water was very ruff and full of seaweed. Swimming was impossible. We were only at the beach one day and only for a couple of hours. That night I noticed that my legs were full of bites that were from sand flies. Several other guests I saw, had the same problem.
Pool - The pools were very nice with swim up bars in a couple different areas. We did however have a problem at the "Quiet Pool". One would think going to that pool means quiet with no kids, splashing, or toys. Boy were we wrong!! Every day the pool would fill up with kids splashing and carrying on with water guns that would hit more than each other. Not peaceful at all!!
Food/Drink - The food at the buffet wasn't anything to write home about, however, the a la cart restaurants were wonderful. We ate at the Japanese, Italian, French and Mexican. We ate at the buffet the first two nights and if we had known how good the other restaurants were, we wouldn't have eaten there at all. The drinks were decent. The had a different drink of the day for the Christmas week. My favorite drink out of all was the Coco Loco. They use house spirits, but that was ok with us as long as it was good. The wine selection wasn't the best though
Overall we had a good experience. We left the resort several times on excursions. If we returned to the Dominican Republic, it wouldn't be Punta Cana, we would go on down the the Caribbean to La Romana