Me and my partner stayed at the Be Live Grand in Oct '13 for two weeks booking through Thomson and paying £830 each and we absolutely loved it.
The hotel is only a 15 min transfer and our guide was a lovely guy with a great sense of humour.
Upon arriving at the hotel there were two men waiting to take our bags off the bus and we were informed to go into the reception area to check in, as soon as we stepped into reception we were greeted by a guy who gave us all a champagne glass with a pink drink inside (can't remember what it was called but it was amazing).
Check in was easy and took about 5 mins, we then walked through the lobby and down the steps and were greeted with the most amazing pool I have ever seen.
We went to our room to check it out and it was nice, spacious and spotless with two double beds, from our balcony we could see the sea.
About 15 mins later our bags arrived up to our room, we put them on the bed and then went to explore the hotel.
It's a huge place with around 10 apartment blocks all housing around 100 rooms per block, it's very well set out all around the pool and restaurants and easy to navigate.
It was around 5pm (Dominican time so 12am UK time) by the time we finished looking around and decided to sit by the pool and have some drinks, at about 7 we went back to the room and got showered and changed and went to the buffet.
The buffet is lovely with every evening having a different theme - BBQ, Mexican, Spanish, Fish etc etc so you don't get bored esp if you're there for longer than a week, there's also 3 restaurants (Gourmet, Brazilian and Mexican) and a bar on the beach that's open 24 hours with bar food (hot dogs, burgers, chips etc).
The following morning we had our welcome meeting where Vicky the Thomson travel rep welcomed us all and is absolutely fantastic - she's friendly, funny and helpful.
Along with Vicky there is her colleague (I can't remember his name but his nickname was Google and he too was fantastic), we booked two excursions with him - Ocean World and Paradise Island and he also got us an under water camera (in the gift shop they're $50 and he got us one for $17) I wish we took more than $500 and 3000 pesos as we would have loved to have done more of the excursions - Ocean World was $79 each and Paradise Island was $69 each. Both excursions are amazing and if you wanna read more about them check out my individual reviews on them.
And after the welcome meeting we began our two week holiday which was absolutely perfect.
The staff at the Be Live Grand were fantastic - welcoming, friendly, helpful, funny and work soooo hard to keep all the guests happy and entertained.
There is entertainment every night from Karaoke, magic shows etc and on a Friday night there's a beach party.
All the bars offer a large variety of drinks including a huge cocktail list.
The resort itself is spotless with people constantly cleaning and doing maintenance.
There were a few things that weren't perfect - the casino on the complex was crap and was just a big smokey room with a few tables and slot machines, the photographers at the resort were very annoying and constantly wanted to take your picture and the although the entertainment staff were great they would walk around the pool trying to get you to participate with the games etc - why were we around the pool when there was an amazing beach outside our hotel room I hear you ask - we couldn't stand the constant pestering of the women wanting to braid your hair, give you massages and sell you stuff so after two days if this we decided to stay around the pool (which if I haven't already said is absolutely stunning).
There's no free wifi and the rates are quite expensive ($70 for a week).
Also the locals at the weekend (fir and sat) are annoying, the first week was fine as there was a medical convention so there were hardly any locals but the second weekend was a bit of a joke - the locals treat the buffet like it's their last meal on earth, are rude and expect to have priority over the people who have paid good money to come to their country - the worst thing are the local kids who are just left to do whatever they want while they're parents are nowhere to be seen.
Finally I've seen a lot on the forums about what money to take, you can pay either by Dollars or Dominican Pesos BUT they prefer Dollars and it's much easier to work out the cost of things and the shops inside and outside the resort only show the price in Dollars (if you want to pay with Pesos you have to ask to pay for it in Pesos).
- 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