My wife & I stayed at the NH Royal in Feb, 2011 for 7 nights. We have 2 college age children & this was our 1st vacation without them in a long time. We had a great time. We have traveled extensively in the Caribbean but this was our 1st time in DR. The NH Royal is adult (over 18) only. It is situated on the beach & on the same campus ( a 2 minute walk away) as the NH Real, which allows children. Guests at the Royal can use the Real facilities (other than the restaurants not sure why you'd want to), but not vice versa. The rooms are spacious, clean, modern and very well organized. The pool is very long, & winds around part of grounds and the swim-up pool bar. The beach is beautiful with many palapas and palm trees for shade, although if you got to the beach after about 7:30 AM the palapas were all taken. The beach is very long in this area. We walked about 45 minutes in 1 direction & got to the end, & about 1 hour in the other direction & were not close to the end. The ocean water was very calm & warm (my guess is about 80F), although it is not the crystal clear water available at some other Caribbean locations. Some sea grass washes up, although there is an extensive crew that cleans up the sea grass. We are SCUBA divers, but DR is not known for good SCUBA so we did not plan on diving this trip. We took a 1 hour snorkel trip 1 afternoon to the inner reef, about a 5 - 10 minute boat ride. It is a small patch reef with some typical Caribbean reef fish, with about 40 feet horizontal visibility that day. We did not expect anything more. If you like to snorkel or dive there are better locations.
We found the food very good for an all-inclusive. There is a buffet restaurant for all 3 meals, 2 other ala carte restaurants (1 of which was quite good), & at least 2 others at the Real. There was a tremendous variety at all meals. Caribbean lobster was available on 3 or 4 days for lunch & dinner. We don't go to the Caribbean for fine dinning, but this exceeded our expectations.
In our opinion the staff at any hotel can make or break a vacation. The staff at the Royal was excellent- always friendly, competent & fun. We took $100 in $1 bills & tipped the maids, bartenders, & meal servers we came into contact with $1 or $2 as appropriate. I don't think it made a big difference in how we were treated, since I observed non-tippers receiving the same great service. But I know it was appreciated. The staff works very hard & went out of their way to make the room clean & well supplied, & meet every request with a smile.
Our plan on this trip was mostly relaxation, swimming & beach walking. NH Royal exceeded our expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated on the picturesque palm-studded, sugar white Playa Bavaro beach on the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers adults all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury(R). Guests will immediately be embraced within an extraordinary environment where luxury illuminates every detail and our high level of personal service is unmatched. To ensure your romantic escape is everything you've imagined, every detail of your stay will be flawlessly provided and superbly attended to. From the fine quality linens to the daily refreshed mini bar and the unlimited premium brand beverages to the pool and beach wait service. You'll be immersed within a world of stunning architectural design coupled with resplendent views of the lush gardens, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and dazzling swimming pools. This tranquil, romantic haven in Playa Bavaro is like nothing else you've ever experienced before. ... more less
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