Background: My wife and I are late 30s, professionals, and booked an all-inclusive in the hope we would not have to think OR worry about anything. We chose the Paradisus based on international flavor (less ugly Americans), access to golf, and ability to book the Royal Service (resort within the resort idea which we like).
Summary: 90% of our expectations were met, with the 10% being inconveniences versus "real" problems. While expensive ($450/night at the Royal level), the resort provided us with above average value.
Royal Service: Positives - (1) Beachfront, second floor, corner room in good, not great shape; (2) Royal service lounge (private breakfast, free internet); (3)concierge service all requests //// Negatives - (1) The private Royal Service pool will not be open till late this year; (2) beach waiter service was non-existent; (3) check out was confused
Staff and Service: 60% great, 30% fair, 10% indifferent. Special mention to Stenio in the Royal Lounge - muchas gracias senor!
Beach and Pool: Astounding
Cocotal Golf: Good resort course, wide open, excellent grooming, large fast true greens, and a three club wind made it interesting.
Food: Fine to above average across the board - dined at French, Italian, Steakhouse, Grill, and multiple orders from room service. Always had my wine choice.
Liquor and cigarettes: Top shelf and freely available in excess!
Tipping: Yes it helps (no surprise) - we distributed $60 - $80 over four days.
In closing: This is a 5 star DR resort - which means it is a 3.5 star on the global scale.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the unpretentious luxury of Paradisus Punta Cana Resort. An extraordinary island retreat offering a super balance of natural and man-made wonders. Open-air architecture, featuring indigenous organic materials like raw coral and exotic hardwoods, houses an impossibly sumptuous gallery of luxury suites and an exclusive garden villa. All-inclusive and all encompassing, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is an ocean front playground for all ages. Tennis, championship golf, every non-motorized water sport imaginable, a magnificent array of restaurants, our own casino, an incredible spa for kids, an exquisite full-service spa and health club and personal world-class service all seamlessly unite to deliver you the relaxing, romantic, carefree, fun-filled experience of a lifetime. The resort features 688 oversized suites including 143 royal service suites and 4 ambassador ocean view suites, plus a one-of-a-kind oceanfront garden villa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradisus Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana