My husband and I stayed at Natura Park for a week from January 28th – feb 4th.
Here is my review on the hotel...
I had already emailed the resort requesting king size bed,balcony and Ocean View.Now before i go on it is very rare that you will get a reply. Luckily I did... and it was documented on the computer.
If you do request a room I suggest you play up how you are looking forward to stay in their beautiful hotel etc... wording really does help!!!
ROOM........ Very big and VERY clean.I hate hotels and i was impressed!!! But i still covered my pillow with a towel!! But thats just me! LOL!
Our room was close to the Main building so it will be noisy at night until the music stops.Didn't bother me as I didn't usually go to bed before midnight.Except the night after the Saona Island trip... I shoved my ear plugs in and was asleep by 10.30pm!!!!!
FOOD.......LOTS of it and lots of choices. There wasn't a lot of cooked veggies but always salad. One night i didn't fancy anything (not their fault) so i just had pasta. If you are looking for GREAT food then a more expensive resort is what you need.Personally I don't just go for the food...it serves it's purpose and keeps me alive whilst I'm there.
The A La Carte... we didn't try the seafood.The Italian was great although don't expect fast service.It was actually nice to sit and relax between courses.
The steak house.. well...everyone we knew LOVED it.Majority had the File mignon (sp).My hubby had the Rib Eye Steak and he said it was the worst steak he'd ever had. I had chicken and it was ok.. we didn't let it bother us.
ENTERTAINMENT...... I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.Each night has a different theme.They have a kids disco (mainly for ages under 6yrs I would say,but the same songs every night.Annoying for adults but kids loved it..lol) at 8pm and then at 10pm the anamation team come out. The best night was the “Stars” night... we were stunned... it was such a good show.These kids are truly talented!!!!!
After the shows they play all kinds of music you can dance to and that can go on until 1am.
GROUNDS....... WOW is all I can say!!! Lots of little bridges, although the bridge to our part was being worked on so we had to go to another bridge which was only another few steps. Geese... OMG they were hilarious!!! We were having breakfast one morning and we could hear “honk honk honk”... there were 3 of them making their way through the hotel to the pond!! Now then I do have to say that there are some little black birdies that fly around and can land on your table whilst your eating... but this is only on the tables that are closest to the pond. It didn't bother me... I loved sitting there as it had a nice breeze.
The whole main building is open... no doors. Because of the constant breeze it was very comfortable.
We actually didn't need the AC on in our room most of the time.The fan did its job but at night i turned it off as i cant sleep with a fan over my head.
The Flamingo's are beautiful and there is a pheasant roaming around.I saw it once from my balcony and thats it.
BEACH..... well what can I say...... HAS to be the BEST part of it all.If you were totally unhappy with everything all you would need to do to make it right is to step onto the beach, and all your worries would just float away with the waves!!!!
The busiest part would be right by the restaurant and pool.Thats where most of the louder ,party people would be.
We liked to turn left and go to the end of Natura beach.Its much quieter there.A little walk from the toilets and food but it does have a bar!
There are 2 little dogs that roam around that end of the beach.Don't be scared of them and don't be mean to them.They are sweet little things.If someone had food they would just sit there and watch you very politely.I actually went and got 3 hot dogs.I think they must be brothers.. i fed one of them from my hand but if i dropped it he wouldn't come that close to get it.I would pick it up and then give it to him.
I also saw a horse just beyond the beach sign....it would lie down and roll over to scratch his back... there is a house further down the beach on the left within the palm trees. I saw 4 kids on this horse so I'm figuring it belongs to them.
If you turn left onto the beach and just walk, walk, walk ,walk its sooooo beautiful.No hotels for ages....apparently there are LOTS of fish there so bring your goggles.
The beach is actually protected by its own coral reef so it is very calm to swim in.
You'll find lots of seaweed on the beach depending on how windy it is.Because of the reef it has nowhere to go except get washed ashore.The workers work hard clearing it.. sometimes raking 3 times a day.
One day i was lying on my sun bed and i heard someone singing.One of the workers was raking the seaweed and singing the most beautiful spanish song...I didn't want him to stop it was so lovely to listen to.
You HAVE to play the towel game!!! No its not a fun game... If you want a sun bed then you do have to get up early,take your towels down to the beach or pool and tie them to your chairs.Its the same everywhere and as much as its a pain in the [--] and not fair you have to do it. It is a bit freaky going down to the beach when its dark though...lets just say I did it in record time!!!!
WEATHER....... Most mornings started out cloudy but because of the wind it blew over by late morning.We did have a few rain showers but they also blew over.I heard lots of complaints about the rain !! And i laugh...... yeah i understand if your whole week was rain but c'mon... they need the rain.. Its what keeps everything so green and lush!! And the Dominican people need the rain!!!
I personally wouldn't go in January again.I've been in Feb and we had 5 min of rain the whole week, BUT the following year it could possibly rain that whole week. We cant control the weather and you just have to make the most of what you get!!!
SPA... I booked the Pr-tan spa treatment which includes sauna,full body scrub,full body massage and Jacuzzi.
If you are shy or Bashful this is not for you.You are "totally" naked which came as a bit of a shock to me.I delt with it though.The sauna was wonderful,had bathing suit on for that.The body scrub everything has to come off and they do the back AND the front!!EEEEK!Then you shower and then you have a massage.
You are at least half covered for that but I do have to say it was the worst massages i'd ever had.Some friends of mine had booked just a massage and thought it was great.So maybe you need to stay away from the "packages" and stick to just one treatment. Apparently the massages on the beach are amazing,$35 for half an hour.
The Jacuzzi after was nice although went on to long.
TOURS...... Saona Island
Pick up was at 6.50am.EEEEEEK!!! We did have a wake up call but it came 15 min late.. other peoples calls were on time. There are a few things out for breakfast,yogurt,breads and donuts etc.
Took a small bus for about 20 min then we stopped at this big bus depot place.We must have waited for about 35 min without being told why we were waiting. Eventually a huge bus turns up and we had to get on that one.THEN we were off on the hour and a bit drive to get the boat.
When you arrive there will be people right outside trying to sell hats.. normally the vender's get on my nerves but actually so many people had forgotten hats etc that they bought one.They are nice hats actually and hubby bought one.
The toilets there are somewhat to be desired.No seat.. you gotta do the squat.And you get handed about 5 squares of toilet paper as you go in.. LMAO!!! Disgusting but i held my breath and tried not to let it bother me.. when you gotta go you gotta go!
The Catamaran ride was awesome... it was really overcast and so the ocean had a wonderful navy blue color to it.Lots of rum and coke,music and great people.Saona Island was a dream.Although you'll see LOTS of people on the main beach if you go for a walk to the left (when you step on the beach turn left) you'll find no one down there are TONNES of coral and shells. The barbeque's lunch was ok.Very basic.There are toilets and you can get a massage on the beach.Again.. vender's galore!!! Then you get a speedboat to the mid ocean pool.. about waist deep.More rum.. swimming or snorkeling if you have your own equipment.Saw 2 starfish...at first i thought they were plastic but then I saw it move!!LOL!\
The speedboat back was Sooo much fun....the 2 boats race each other.. really fast!
On the bus before you leave a guy will come on with a case of rum with your pic on it.. its taken when you arrive.They are $10 and quite a good pic i thought.
A VERY tiring day but would do it again in a heartbeat!!
Outback Safari... What a GREAT trip.....The truck is VERY bumpy/bouncy especially at the back.I wanted to be able to look behind me at all the scenery.Or driver was Caesar and guide was Monchy who was totally hilarious!!! Ask him any question and he has the answer.We learned a lot about DR.
The coffee and coco plantation was ok... little children waiting outside when you come out.. i gave them all a lollipop each. Lunch was REALLY good.Driving up into the hills and seeing the countryside was wonderful and you pass by a lot of tiny villages etc.
The boogy boarding was the best.. the beach was beautiful and the waves were humongous!! The guides get in the water to stop you from getting dragged out to see... LOL!!!!
I managed to hit one wave and swear i was going to end up on the beach in the bushes.. i went so fast!!! Screaming and laughing all the way!
If your not a very strong swimmer you might want to sit it out.You can still enjoy the water without the boards.
Another extremely tiring day but I would also do it again!!
STAFF...... No complaints there whatsoever.Very nice pleasant hard working people. My hubby said that the bar men/women really don't leave if there are still people at the bar.How late they will stay I don't know but he said they were still sitting at the bar at 1.30am and they were still serving drinks.
So thats really about it, cant think of much more to say except I WILL be returning next time to Natura and will be taking my kids!!!
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