This is a pretty quiet forum compared to some, but I do see that there are some regulars and experts here, so hello to everyone!
Just wanted to say that I'm very excited about visiting this resort next week, despite some of the reviews. This will be my 4th time to the Dominican (2 Punta Cana, 1 Puerto Plata) so I think I have a good sense of what to "expect"; people have said all the same things about food poisoning and theft at every other resort I've ever been to, and I've had few issues and a fantastic time anyway. I'll take all the necessary precautions like I always do (packing bug spray, bringing a PacSafe for my valuables, but not leaving anything valuable in the room, etc.). I expect a certain level of "island time" in terms of service and know that this isn't the staff being lazy or incompetent, it's just an easy-going cultural thing. What are people rushing for, on vacation...am I right? Considering that I was so stressed out from 3 months of a heinous work schedule that I'd have been perfectly happy to be at a 2-star hole in Cuba (and that's all I thought I could afford, until I found a steal of a deal to GBP), getting to go to a 5-star in the Dominican is more than I could have hoped for.
I've been able to answer most of my questions by searching through the forum but I do have one that I wasn't able to find an answer for:
Does anyone know if the Junior Suite Superior room (the basic level room, not upgraded) has a coffee maker in it? The website has coffee makers listed in the upgraded rooms but not in the basic ones, and while this should be enough of an answer, this was also the case at another room I stayed in and lo, and behold! There was a coffee maker in the room anyway.
I know it's a small thing, but one of my favourite things I love to do on vacation is to wake up, make a pot of coffee, and go enjoy my coffee out on the balcony in my pajamas. Having to rush out the door before 6am for work all the time really makes me savour the times when I can relax and ease into my morning!
Any other helpful tips about room selection would be appreciated; I am a light sleeper and would prefer not to be in an area of the resort near a generator, or a road where delivery trucks might run, or staff may hang out and chat, etc.
Thanks in advance!