After reading all of the bad reviews I was getting a little worried about going but went ahead anyway and was so glad!
We arrived 2 hours before check in and were given a room right away with no problems and were at the pool within an hour of arriving.
Pool:Within 5 minutes of being at the pool we were approached by super friendly staff asking if we wanted to join in the pool games. They had activities every day that were as fun to watch as to join. You will also learn the choco choco dance and song. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming so don't brush them off or be rude to them. They work long hours and still have a smile on their faces at midnight. My friend and I are 21 and 22, similar ages to them so we made friends and had great fun. Manny, George(of the Jungle), Roberto etc.There were always enough chairs at the pool/beach even if we got a late start. Water is the perfect temperature, cool enough to be refreshing but never too cold.
Food&Drink: I am one of the pickiest eaters around and found something to eat everyday, I was never hungry. If I can find something to eat, anyone can. The only restaurant we went to was the Bellini Italian. Staff was great and food was good we even went a second time later in the week. Pool bar is the best with David at night! The bartenders were so friendly and fun. No need to tip but if you do you will get a better drink. On the first day we got drinks in paper cups and we tipped 2 dollars, our next drink was garnished with fruit in a big glass. A little respect goes a long way here. The bar does close around midnight but the chinese restaurant is open all night and with a little fun we had a few nights of cerveza delivered out to us at the bar from the restaurant until way into the night.
Beach: Agua center staff are great. Manuel, Luis, Marco(Polo)... Non-motorized sports included as well as free scuba lessons in the pool. Beach volleyball is a good laugh. Got a coconut to make a drink in straight from one of the many palm trees. The actual beach is public but there is a beach for the resort that is gorgeous and has many shady spots. Down just a few steps is the real beach. There are some vendors but politely say no thanks or get talking to them and you could learn a lot about the DR. It is a little rocky under the water but is okay to swim. Walk a few feet down the beach towards the VIP section and it has a lot less rocks. The water does have a lot of waves and being not the strongest swimmer I was a little nervous but it was no problem it's not wild or anything.
"Bad": VIP salesmen-They'll say just a few minutes of your time we'll take you to see you'll get rum and some free tshirts. We knew better and said later, maybe tomorrow etc. They stalked us at the pool and beach when finally we told them we were poor students who had no money and no interest in buying a villa. Once they knew we weren't interested they left us alone we'd walk by and get "Hola Amigas! Como Estas?" instead of convincing. Tell them straight out if your not interested and you'll have no problem. We did meet people who ended up buying a villa and were exited about it and felt they got a great deal so if you are in the least curious go ahead but if not say no and that's it. Helicopter-A couple times a day right near the pool, didn't bother us except one day it was low and blew our stuff all around. If your looking for absolute peace and serenity it'll bother you, if not it's fine.
Nightlife- The shows at night were entertaining. First few nights we couldn't find the theater but just ask it's in the VIP area. They do pick people out of the audience for competitions before so be ready! I had to dance after being volunteered so watch out! We went to the disco 1 night and it was completely empty (it's the only place drinks are not included so I'd say that's a big factor). If you want a disco/nightclub go to the ocean world casino or we were told nearby "Sasoa" is the place to be. We left and went to the pool bar where we ended up almost every night. Lots of people and a good time to be had.
Tips not necessary but nice touch and get slightly better service.
Rooms cleaned every day.
Make dinner reservations early if you want a restaurant.
Don't drink the water. We even brushed our teeth w. bottles but don't know if it's needed.
Fridges stocked every day w. water,soda,cerveza.
Safe costs 20$ for 7 days or 3$ a day.I left money FOR the maids and they didn't take it so It's probably not even necessary but we bought one anyway.
Pools "close" early but we had a few jumps into the pool in the middle of the night..oops
Almost everyone speaks at least 2 languages. Spanish,English,German,French,Italian were all widely spoken.
Excursions: We went to Ocean World. Literally 5 minutes up the road. LOVED it. Swam with Dolphins, Played with Sea Lions, Snorkled etc. Great day and very worth the price. We almost didn't do it because it was expensive to swim with Dolphins but very glad we did. Our tour organizer was Cheap Caribbean/ Turinter Tours. Dioby was the guy we organized with at the hotel he gave us some money off and wrote it on the ticket. Once at Ocean World we had to wait almost an hour to get in because they wouldn't let us in because we didn't pay enough. Although he made a mistake, he did come in person to Ocean World and got us in without having to pay another penny. Bring extra money for food/drinks/pictures (if you do encounters). Also don't worry about bringing too much stuff as they provide free lockers.
Overall we had a great time and had no big problems. My friend even said she'd like to come back for her honeymoon (LOTS of honeymooners there). If you want to relax and have a good laugh and some fun on a gorgeous island..GO!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set within the sprawling Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, The Tropical offers a classic hotel vacation experience set within quaint, two- and threestory, Mediterranean-style buildings. The mood is laid-back and distinctively Caribbean. Guest enjoy all resort facilities and amenities (excluding the V.I.P areas) including swimming pools, a choice of excellent restaurants, exercise rooms, tennis courts, windsurfing and so much more. The Lifestyle Tropical is Ideal for couples seeking a private island hide-away with all the advantages of a world-class resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lifestyle Tropical Beach Hotel Puerto Plata
- Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort And Spa
- Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort Spa
- Hacienda Tropical
- Hotel Lifestyle Tropical Beach