We returned to Caliente Caribe for another visit. The resort is going in the right direction and we plan to return, but it is still a work in progress.
We were fortunate to get one of the 1-BR villas that has been recently renovated. Only about 30% are. All new fixtures in the bathroom (toilet, sink, BIDET). New fittings with those and the shower too. New tile walls & floor in the bathroom including the shower. New furniture in the bedroom, living room and dining area. The pseudo kitchen (no cooking apparatus) had a new counter and cabinets. Even the interior doors were new.
There is a small fridge that Housekeeping stocks daily with a starting ration of bottled water and soft drinks. (We heard that not all villas have bidets; we've had one every time we were there.) There is a small safe in the closet which is operated with a physical key (as is the front door).
There are two airconditioning units high on the walls that you use the same remote control on. There is an eccentricity to the electricity. The resort generates its own electricity. There are two generators that are switched morning and afternoon. The "blink" (which sometimes takes several minutes) knocks the A/C units offline so you'll have to turn them on again (with the remote) later.
But there are weaknesses that impair the completion of the mission. Our renovated unit had a shortage of table lamps, we took one of the two in the living room and took it into the bedroom. Otherwise there was only the harsh overhead light. There was no clock in the unit; people used their i-devices as clocks. The pillows on the bed were obviously much iolder than the bed. Wifi around the villa area which is down near beach level is iffy; people go up to the main lobby (top of the hill) area for a better signal. (We don't go on vacation to surf the net or email so we didn't use wifi the whole week.)
Meals are table service. Breakfast and dinner at the top of the hill, lunch by the beach. Staff is friendly but, let's say, forgetful. For example, my wife asked if they had avocado. They said yes, she asked for some with her salad, "yes". I asked for some too, on the side with my sandwich, "yes sir". Meals came. No avocado. Never mind, by the time they fixed it, we'd be finished eating, or sitting hungry if they took the plates back. Once we ordered a ham & cheese (it was on the late-night menu) to go. Put it in the fridge and when I went to eat it: no ham. Just a cheese sandwich. Typical. Don't expect more and you won't be disappointed.
Resort setting is beautiful. Beaches are steep and there can be substantial wave action, not good for wading or floating but if you are a swimmer you can swim out. There are a lot of outdoor beds now, with four posts and top rails. Good for basic bondage! But only a few had palm fronds on top for shade. Hot tub, regular pool and separate volleyball pool down below near beach level. Large non-heated pool that nobody uses up top, and a hot tub that usually isn't turned on unless there is high occupancy.
The on-property playspace, Club Colette, is nicely done in a recently renovated retro style. But whether it is open and what days depends on the groups attending the resort. During a Swingers' week it might be open every night; others not so much. The resort shuttles you there and back by taxi van since while on property it is on its own rough unlit dirt road. The Cliffside room blocks are like large basic hotel rooms each with their own individual patio or balcony. These are up top on the same level as the lobby/restaurant.
H2 comparo. Draws a lot of the same clientele. The resorts are like oranges and grapefruits. Both citrus but not trying to be the same. During the day everyone is down at beach level. There is NO swim-up bar there. The setting is more relaxed and PRIVATE than H2. No beach vendors, no Jet Ski Guy turning off his engine just outside the rope and sitting there oogling the naked women from 6 feet away.
But also, the times we've been there, less rowdy action. Staff might get a volleyball game going and keep some music playing, but no "ECs" doing their standup schtik (at least when we've been there). So pick based on your own preference.
The rooms are far and away better at Caliente than H2. The villas are twice the size. They each have their own covered patio or balcony. They are separate little buildings, drunks are not talking in the hallway and passerby don't hear you farting on the toilet. The ones that have not been renovated are similar in condition & decor to the rooms at H2. The Seacliff rooms are kind of like the rooms at the former H3.
At H2 people make excuses for the rooms and rationalize "you're not in the rooms much anyway". Bulldinky, at CC you'll LIKE your room. But go where you want based on what your own priorities are. We favor CC.
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- Also Known As:
- Caliente Caribe Hotel Cabrera
- Caliente Caribe Resort And Spa
- Caliente Caribe Resort & Spa Dominican Republic/Cabrera