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Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

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Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

Hi everyone,

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous trip to Punta Cana. We were upgraded to a swim out, oceanview excellence suite in the 1400 building and it was incredibly beautiful. We did not pay extra to do the excellence club, and found we didn't need it. It rained 5-10 minutes the first few days, but it didn't bother us. Some tips:

1) Claim your space early in the day---people got up early and put their towels on the beach chair of their dreams before breakfast. They did run out of poolside beach chairs and floaties by 11am or so. We did not have this problem, since we had two decks with our own chairs poolside (included in the swim up rooms) but we still put towels on these chairs so they wouldn't be taken.

2) Don't miss the sunrise on the beach or a moonlit walk at night---these were high points for us.

3) Tip your favorite bar tender or waiter when you arrive and they remember you the whole trip. Our drinks were definitely strong enough.

4) Remember room service will deliver Presidente's on ice, or water any time of the day or night. The refrigerator in the room does not keep things very cold.

5) The red flag was up all week, however we swam anyway in the ocean. Just don't go out too far from shore, the current is strong.

We weren't able to do other watersports because of the strong seas and wind.

6) Some of the dinners were a disappointment in terms of food quality and service, although the buffet champagne breakfasts and lunch made up for it.

Any other questions? All in all it was a fabulous trip. Enjoy!!!

Matraveler

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1. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

Nice to see you had a nice vacation. The big question is when are you going back?

Kevin

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2. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

Sammie and Supremo here. We are glad also you had a great time. What kind of room did you reserve before you were upgraded? Also, was it completely booked?

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3. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

Which restaurants would you recommend and which ones would you tell us to stay away from ?

Did you ask for an upgrade or was it offered to you ?

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4. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

envy, we'll just go for dinner at 6pm.. if we don't like it, we'll just go to the next one.. lol

(the beauty of AI... lol)

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5. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

Ok Bella sounds like a plan ! Except we all will be 10 pounds heavier upon our return .

Oh well ...joys of a vacation .lol.

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6. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

We originally were booked to a master suite poolview. We asked for a swim out and oceanview but were told none were available. Our travel agent called a few days before our trip, maybe this helped. When we arrived we were given an upgrade without asking. It was our anniversary and were given fruit in the room, champagne and other free discount to the spa and a romantic dinner in one of the restaurants. My advice is to work with your travel agent and let them know if it is your anniversary.

In terms of restaurants, we liked all of them but enjoyed the breakfast buffet with champagne and piano music the best.

Let me know if you have other questions.

Matraveler

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7. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

Right on Matraveler. Just returned on Friday. Awesome place and even better time. I will post a review a little later in the week.

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8. Re: Just back from Secrets Punta Cana

Matraveler did you do any excursions?