We were on a cruise and thought this sounded like a great cultural learning experience. But once on the bus, could tell this wasn't going to be exactly what we imagined. if you want to go to a poor country and see how the better, the much better, half lives, this is definitely the place. Built by a movie mogul and styled after an Italian village, the streets are paved in cobblestone and the buildings all have an Old World feel. We were shown the amphitheater where Beyonce, Elton John and Alicia Keyes and others have performed. Unfortunately, I doubt if any of the locals in La Romana were able to come see them. We were shown million doors homes and a multi-million dollar golf course leading up to the village where multi-millionaires, or as our driver liked to say, multi-multi millionaires like Bill Gates, have homes. There was a beautiful church that was blocked so you couldn't enter, an exhibit a stones native to the Dominican the souvenir shops, if you wanted to call them that, were fashioned more like they were boutiques and way overpriced for tourist shopping. There were only 2 restaurants and they were small and one was costly. The actual Altos de Chavon Museum, which should some history of the first natives, was small and while our guide had us wait an hour for him to walk us through, we could have walked through it ourselves and simply read the exhibits and got as much out of it, if not more. Everyone on our cruise who took this tour was thoroughly disappointed and wanted their money back!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.