Booked this trip because the price was amazing. Didn't know what to expect since there weren't many reviews. We were pleasantly surprised when we received a 2 room suite. However, our room was on the first floor where all of the sales people congregated. After 2 days we were switched to a room on the third floor which was just as nice, and now quiet. The wait staff was great. They were always asking us if we wanted drinks or food. We did not tip them and still received awesome service. However, at the end of our stay, we did tip the two that waited on us the most. We were very surprised that the dinner was not a buffet, but rather a sit down. The menu was the same the entire week we were there, but all of the food at Decadence was good. We are used to traveling at all-inclusives, and usually the food is only so-so. This food was very good. We were not quite as impressed with the Italian restaurant. Neither of us were fond of our meal there and did not go back again. The Japanese restaurant was also very good, and we ate twice at that restaurant. The cocktails were not bad. We did not get served top shelf because we were not VIP, but the frozen pina coladas and bahamama's were good. Shots were plentiful also. Be sure to try the B-52. The resort itself is small, however it is on the best beach in the area. We walked a lot of the beach there, and the staff at the Presidential was on top of keeping the beach in pristine condition. The pools sit between the two buildings which is a big negative if you are a pool person. The sun only hits the pools for a few hours in the afternoon and the pool water was very cold. This didn't bother us as we spent our time at the beach where they have extremely comfortable lounge chairs and beds. The resort shares their water sports with the hotel next door, which worked out fine. We went out sailing on the hobie cat twice. We didn't have to wait long, and we could go out for as long as we wanted. We did discover that it is very very shallow out by the reef. The entertainment staff was also great. Scooby and the rest of the team was always interacting with the guests. The put on shows every night also. The one negative at this resort is that the shut down the bar at 11 right when the show was over. They should keep at least one bar open until at least midnight. There was the VIP bar, but we weren't allowed in there. The only bars were in the restaurant and on the beach, which even though the resort isn't big, it was a long walk for a drink. We did venture the the Vista Sol resort next door after 11:00 and went to their disco. No one there questioned us about wristbands and we had fun there. Others tried going there on other occasions and were turned away. The Presidential should have a bar open and some music or so for those that aren't in bed early. We really enjoyed this vacation. It was probably one of the best we had, and we have traveled quite a bit. Oh, one last thing. Remember you are not in the states. The quality of the hotel rooms is not what you will find in the US. However, they could make some minor adjustments such as screwing faucets down, removing excess grout and pencil lines, and finding a way so that the water from the shower does not run all over the bathroom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine a resort where your cares melt away while you watch the hypnotic dance of the waves upon the sand, both such extreme colors that at first it doesn’t look real. Soak up the sun, as well as a specialty drink, like a Banana Mama, served to you beach-side by our friendly staff. The newest luxury property to be added to the Lifestyle family, this resort is set within the lush tropical area of Punta Cana, with a Caribbean hideaway vibe, and scrumptiously appointed one, two and three bedroom suites. Fully furnished living and kitchen area, with stainless steel appliances and designer furnishings set the standard for lavish comfort. Presidential Suites – Punta Cana is a Luxury All-In resort with 3 restaurants and 2 bars on property for your convenience. Enjoy an Italian pasta at Basil & Tomatoes, or an Asian delight at Kimonos, our Teppanyaki styled Japanese restaurant. Ready for something with variety? Our main dining restaurant, Decadence, is open early until late for your convenience. Sip a specialty drink from Utopia, while enjoying the ambiance of the restaurant and bar area. Unwind at Nirvana Beach, a private-access beach, with attentive service and comfortable beach beds for enjoying the sun, sand and sea. Experience live entertainment shows, beach-party extravaganzas, exciting casino nightlife, and so much more offered within the area. Add in world-class golf, water sports and endless island adventures, this is the Lifestyle you deserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Presidential Suites By Lifestyle - Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana