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Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

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Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

Can anybody give me the pros and cons of these two places? Which one would you rather stay? Thanks.

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1. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

haven't been to grand paradise bavaro however, I have stayed at the Casa Del Mar many times. Its a great resort. Nice beach, great food, clean rooms, excellent activities, close to Saona Island. I plan on returning!

Have a great holiday.

Pam

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2. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

Hi aalnicksgone,

I havenent been to the Grand Paradise but LOVE Casa Del Mar!

Below are some links that show why I love Casa Del Mar!

http://tinyurl.com/mglcy

above you will find a color map of cdm

http://tinyurl.com/acs85

the above link will take you to my photoshows . Click on any picture and it will load and play. Each pic is a show on it's own. There is navagation on the left of the page so you can see all of the shows.

http://tinyurl.com/jtj7m

The above link will take you to the resort map of Casa Del Mar. One of the things I liked was the layout, everything was so convenient. There is walking but not a lot, it is a very intimate resort.

http://tinyurl.com/bjscp

above link is for the resort newspaper the Sundial. They deliver it to your room in the evening and it gives the info of the next days activities.

http://tinyurl.com/arggq

this link is for the apple resorts trips that are available.

http://www.baltobabesblog.blogspot.com/

above is a link to my blog, all about Casa Del Mar, complete with pictures and links and lots of fun stuff.

all the best,

baltobabe/mt

pathtomt@aol.com

http://www.baltobabesblog.blogspot.com/

All about Casa Del Marvelous!

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3. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

It depends on what you are looking for in your resort. I'm the 3rd to say that I have stayed at Casa del Mar and haven't stayed at the Grand Paradise but it was one of my serious consideratons and I bounced it as an option in preference for Casa del Mar.

My reasons may not be the same as yours though. I want the snorkeling and beautiful waters of the Caribbean. I really despise that rusty old dead boat off the shore at that strip of beach in Punta Cana. I couldn't imagine it being in all of my pictures of the ocean. I also like the privacy of CDM rather than being in a row of resorts. It seemed that in general the reviews were good but not great about the GP. That can be said about a lot of places, but even a year before I started going to CDM and, therefore 2 years before Baltobabe started going, there were people that returned repeatedly to CDM and loved the place. That says something to me too. People at both resorts rave about the food and hate the food. Food is personal and I won't have anybody tell me that I will or won't like it, but you get a feeling about it by reading people's preferences.

I could see if I have old notes to see what my comments were, but in general CDM seemed to be a star or half a star better than the GP and the beach conditions are entirely different.

Sorry I can't be more help!

Kaki

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4. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

Casa Del Mar for sure!!

Nicer resort on a nicer beach. Have fun

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5. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

Thanks everybody. Seems unaminous so far. If I do decide to stay there, what is the cheapest, reliable way to get to Sunscape Casa Del Mar from Punta Cana airport?

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6. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

You will likely find it difficult to get a cab one way from Punta Cana to Bayahibe unless you arrange for a transfer in advance. I recommend Rafael Silva and his transfer company. www.dominicantaxi.com. They will meet you outside the door of the airport and have you whisked away to CDM before the buses have even loaded to get to the hotels in Punta Cana.

Dominican Taxi charges for the car and not per person. They can also help you with any school donations that you may have. You can click on their link from the homepage for more on that too.

Kaki

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7. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

I came back less than two weeks ago from Grand Paradise Bavaro. haven't been at the other place so can't compare. Grand Paradise was a fine place(rated as a 4 star) smaller resort(well 504 rooms available) easy to get around .....food was fine, many restaurents to choose from. STaff was great and friendly. Rooms were spacious and clean. Entertainment was fun. Pools very big and nice...gorgeous beach plently of chairs. Don't have complaints about it at all. Good luck with your choice.

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8. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

I am on a tight budget. Is it worth choosing the partial ocean view over the garden view at Sunscape Del Mar?

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9. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

I say no!

I have loved the garden view rooms that I have had. A garden view room can be made better if you contact the hotel in advance and say "please", they may be in a position to give you one anyway. There is, of course, no guarantee of that and you'd have to be prepared to take what you get. I was talking to some people when I was there in January who wanted a full ocean view room on a sell-off price and were disgruntled that they didn't get it, but in the end, as picky as they were, they felt that their room and garden view was very pleasing.

Many people who have paid for the upgrade in view have said that they wouldn't bother the next time for how little you are actually in your room. If you wanted the view that badly, I'd say do it. If the budget prevails, I say you won't need to be missing all that much since the view is better from the outdoors anyway.

Have you seen my pictures? http://community.webshots.com/user/kaki333 Please take a look, and let me know if you have any questions.

Kaki

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10. Re: Grand Paradise Bavaro vs. Sunscape Casa Del Mar

That paragraph is supposed to read that if you book a garden view room and request a partial ocean view room, you may get one anyway. So many of the rooms are partial ocean view rooms too!

I can provide you with information on the various room blocks so you can request the one that's best for you if you contact me at kaki.ulan@sasktel.net. Tell me when you'll be traveling and I'll send you some pics and info!

Kaki