We stayed at the NH Royal Beach from Feb 19 to Mar 2 2011. We really enjoyed our stay.
Nice and extra clean resort, excellent service at front desk, pool, bars, beach and restaurants. Good quality furniture in the lobby and the outside entertainment area. WI-FI and computers are available ($)
Interesting river pool design, but the water was a bit too cool for us at this time of the year. Not enough beach chairs around the pool. Quiet resort and no loud music.
There is very little wildlife in this area, very few birds, lizards and insects.
The rooms are spacious with a large bathroom and balcony with a Jacuzzi (without privacy). Extra clean rooms.
100 standard definition channels on a 32 inch LCD TV. Lots of sports, news and movie channels in English. Note that the remote control sensor is badly positioned, so you will to do some funny contortions to change channels with the TV remote.
Well-appointed with a safe, slippers and bathrobes, good quality furniture.
The buildings are all made of concrete; there was obviously no consideration for sound proofing in their design. You will hear noisy hallways, some door slamming, toilet flushing and people talking. Bring some earplugs if you are sensitive to noises at night.
The toilet and bidet rests in a 3x6 tight closet. I found it was a bit cramped.
There is a smoke detector with fast blinking extra bright LEDs, exactly overhead while trying to sleep on my back.
We tried them all (6), as they were pre-booked for us, nice touch. 2 are located at the Royal and 4 others at the NH Arena.
- Buffet at the Royal
Very good food, great selection and excellent service. Best bacon in the Caribbean’s!
The toaster oven was a bit weak, took forever to get slightly golden toasts.
The BBQ station outside has very good Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Grilled Chicken and short ribs.
-El Mortero (Tex-Mex)
Adjacent to the buffet, we had a Chateaubriand with excellent chimichuri sauce, crab cakes and crème brulé (avoid). The tenderloin was obviously not USDA prime but not too bad overall. Portions are just the right size. We usually order our meat blue or rare but they will not serve it below medium-rare, probably a good idea anyways not knowing how the meat is handled.
-Cinque Terre (Italian)
This one is a hit & miss, the food was good, but the service was rushed. In 45 minutes we were out and we even got our wine before the cocktail. No music, no decoration to speak of.
Teppankaki style with a fixed menu. They serve, food court style sushi rolls, tempura veggies, Miso soup with carrots (?), fried rice, chicken, beef (low grade), vegetables and light Chilean red wine. The food was salty and mediocre, also the chef did an over the top and loud performance. The lighting was like having a 100w light bulb directly overhead. That was a brutal experience. Again, thank god, 45 minutes later we were out.
Excellent food, good salmon, nice presentation, again too much lighting. We got out 1 hour later.
-Shore Grill (Steak & Sea food)
When we got there, we were greeted with a very bad smell. Maybe it was just this one time, I never heard anybody else complaining about it. Anyways, very good chicken wings, steaks and langouste. I had some beef filet and it came cut in half, with one side still attached. My guess is that they make sure it’s cooked through and through, and it also grills faster.
Ball park style lighting. Again, 45 minutes later we were out.
Very nice restaurant on the Royal side, with a fixed menu. Nice & cosy, decorated in style. It’s a six service menu, first, a flying fish caviar mousse starter with a nice lemon vermouth martini, a chunky langosta bisque with scallops, a large iceberg salad with crispy bacon, a focaccia with too much mozzarella cheese, a large portion of grouper fish, a hearty veal tenderloin, and choice of dessert.
Overall very good, but way too much food! Recommended.
- Lobster Night on Mondays (29$ USD/per)
We haven’t tried it, but I saw that they serve large langosta (looked very good and also all you can eat). The seating is right on the beach. Normally we would have tried it, but I found that it was too windy and cool both Mondays we were there.
Excellent bar tending (Willy) service and lounge music around the outside seating area. The drinks are good but too sweet for my taste. I usually ask for <no azugar>. Good selection of basic Scotch and Rums.
Pretty much the same as the beach bar, but with a very large seating area.
We liked the “White party” at the Royal, and never went to the Arena side for entertainment. Great break dancers, fire eating and bar tender shows. Otherwise, the music band, although talented, was a bit bland, playing old American tunes and some dated Dominican songs. My guess is because the average crowd age is around 40-60 y/o. We never tried the Disco or the Casino on the Arena side.
Large typical Punta Cana beach, with beautiful palm trees, emerald water, a bit too cold at this time of the year. There was some sea weed, but the staffs are constantly cleaning the beach. We saw some occasional booze cruise and catamaran peddlers, but nothing annoying. You could walk for hours on both sides of the beach. Again, you will see some more peddlers, but they are not too pushy.
The beach chairs are a mix bag. Some are new, others are destroyed. During high season, a lot of chair reservation occurs starting at 7:00am. This is very annoying, provided, that the chairs could be unattended for hours, but nevertheless reserved with a simple beach towel.
Overall this is a great resort to relax for couples.
- 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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