My husband and I stayed at the Be Live April 20-26. A little background on us, my husband and i vacation fairly often and have been to many Carribean islands. From a B&B on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico to large resorts in Aruba. Most important to us is the beaches and sea. We love to snorkel and dive so we really try to find destinations to accommodate this. The grounds are beautiful and the staff work continuously to achieve this. Yes, the beach has some seaweed. Nothing the staff can do about it accept rake it once it comes in (which they do regularly). It's not really a big deal. The sand is soft and wonderful and i really have no complaints. Your not going to find anything worth looking at as far as snorkeling off the resort. I knew this before booking and for the price i decided i didn't mind.
Yes, the locals do walk along the beach in mass numbers and try to sell you anything from cigars to hats to excursions. Some things we bought and if we weren't interested, they left us alone. For the most part, they like to joke around and laugh and we didn't feel uncomfortable or pressured at all. We went parasailing and it was so much fun!! Also we snorkeled with the stingrays and sharks and that was a good time too!
ROOM- it was adequate. Nothing fancy and we didn't expect it to be. We were ground floor in the Bavaro section. Room 1114. Great location if you like it quiet. We loved the location it was close to the beach and away from the action in the evenings. There is a quiet little "lazy river-like" pool right outside our door. The room was clean and the coffee maker worked (a must). Our cleaning lady was very very sweet and if we needed extra drinks or towels we got them immediately. I can't express how kind all of the staff were to us!! One evening our TV stopped working and they came within an hour and replaced it. This was about 10:00pm.
FOOD- The breakfast buffet was good. Any breakfast food you can imagine. The coffee in the Dominican is amazing!! Made to order omelettes were good. LUNCH- is a buffet also. After the first couple of days, we avoided it. I had a hard time finding anything i really liked and i don't consider myself picky at all. Dinner- We were allowed to choose 3 restaurants for the week and the rest of the week was buffet. The buffet was okay, neither of us really loved the food from the buffet but we could usually find something to satisfy us. The restaurants we chose were the Brazilian- Awesome!! We liked really enjoyed the variety of meat and the ambiance. The Japanese- Phenomenal!! and the Mexican- Pretty Good!!
ACTIVITIES- There is a casino on the resort. It's quite small . My husband and I played Blackjack and we had fun. (Beware of the table/game to the right as you walk in the door. I don't recommend playing even if you get a promo chip. I read a review that they thought it was a scam and i hate to say it but, i think so too. He doesn't work for the resort either. Its really odd.) The staff is fun and entertaining. There is usually nightly entertainment and in the central area there is a large seating area with always something going on in the evenings. There was a band playing a couple of nights. The staff is quite fun and tries to get everyone to join in the dancing ect. We aren't into disco's so I can't speak about that but, there is one on site.
Overall, we had a great time at Be Live and I'm sure we will be back. The weather was beautiful. The snorkeling not so great but i didn't even really miss it! The Dominican people are very warm and helpful. We did see some "sketchy" people near the marketplace in front of the resort but we never felt threatened. Definitely come prepared to bargain and banter the prices for EVERYTHING. It was part of the experience and just how things are done there. I can't wait to bring the kids!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Be Live Collection Punta Cana Hotel is an elite 5-star All Inclusive Hotel in the Dominican Republic. It is the perfect place to enjoy a vacation whether it's a couple's getaway, a family adventure, friends reunion, or guests that just need a few days of rest and relax; this resort has all the necessary facilities even Spa and Casino services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Oasis Punta Cana
- Globalia Punta Cana Grand
- Grand Oasis Hotel Punta Cana
- Grand Oasis Bavaro
- Punta Cana Grand Oasis
- All Inclusive Punta Cana
- Oasis Punta Cana
- Gran Oasis Punta Cana