The NH Royal Beach is certainly a very nice place, and as most reviews have commented, they need to tweak a few things to make it a 6 red or golden apple resort. Currently I would give it a solid 5 red apples. Being only open for business a little while, it has some improvements that would help it bump up in status. We stayed from 3/25-4/1, and the weather was something to behold, lucky as it may be, it was 88-90 and sunny every day, no rain the entire time. Here are some Pros and Cons, as me and my wife saw it:
- The beach, and the beach huts. The beach is really nice in Punta Cana, and it blows away the beach in Cancun.
- The pool. The pool was very nice, and the lazy river pool was a nice break from the main pool with the swim up bar.
- The rooms. They are nice, new, and very clean. Shower was awesome, and the A/C worked great.
- The booze. The resort had good premium booze available. Grand Marnier, Absolut, Jack Daniels, Bacardi, all were available. They did NOT have super premium booze however, that was an additional cost. Bring your travel mugs, they will fill them up no problem, much better than the dixie cups they give you.
- Adults only. The complex was fairly calm and peaceful, except for the swim-up bar rowdiness, which is to be expected. There were guards at the Royal Beach, making sure no one from the Real came over to the adults side, which was nice.
- Shared facilities. It was nice to be able to wander over to the Real side, and eat, shop, etc.
- My wife said to make sure the females know about the poor lighting in the bathroom for putting on makeup. I wouldnt know about this, so.... point made.
- The ala carte restaurants are hit or miss. We found that a few of the restaurants were more concerned with presentation vs. the actual taste of the food. I am not the pickiest of eaters, but, the food was less than desirable at a few of the ala carte restaurants. Buffets were average.
- Get up early. Ok, the biggest thing you must remember if you want to get good lounge chairs, is set the alarm for 6:00, and head out to find your spot for the day. That is the only way to get the spot you want. If you wait until 8:00 - 8:30, you will be stuck with nothing, or the last 2 loungers available. They obviously need to purchase more of these, because they did not have enough for when the resort is full. Just get up, hang out for the sunrise, and then go back to your room and sleep for a couple hours, or go to breakfast, etc.
- European culture. I am totally fine with all cultures and languages visiting Punta Cana. Be prepared for topless females, some that should/can go naked, and some that obviously should NOT be naked, but thats what you get in Punta Cana. Also, be prepared for males to wear tight, clingy, tiny speedo type swimming trunks. Lots of junk hanging out, if you know what I mean. Again, not what I would choose to wear, but, hey, whatever blows your dress up.
- Entertainment staff. There was really no true entertainment staff on the Royal side. There were a few that would help get volleyball going, or do yoga on the beach in the a.m., however, there was a lack of consistent staff to help get the activities going. Again, if you came to the resort to relax, and thats not your thing, no big deal. I like to do some activities now and then, to keep active, and, for the most part, that did not exist at the Royal Beach.
- Beach seaweed. There is a lot of seaweed that washes up on the beach directly on this resort. The seaweed patrol were constantly having to rake it up, bag it and wheelbarrow it off the site, but, it was back within hours. I am not sure as to why this was an ongoing issue right there, however, there was a lot, and I mean a lot of boat activity (para-sail boats, speed boats, party boats, booze cruise boats, etc.) directly on the water front there, and someone theorized that this is what causes all the seaweed to wash up.. not sure, but it made sense to me. If you walk north on the beach, 45-60 minutes, the beaches were without the seaweed.
All in all, a great time, and you will not be disappointed with this resort. If you are truly seeking a great beach, then, this is an awesome place. I would definitely recommend this resort to someone, but, am not sure I would go back, other than the fact that it was adults only, and it is still fairly new, so it has potential to be a 5 or 6 golden apple resort with some work.
- 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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