I just spent the week at Be Live Grand Punta Cana with my husband Feb 9-16. We are from Canada and in our late 20’s. We have been to many resorts before and loved this place! The weather was close to perfect and the light breeze never stopped. This resort was very large and by the end of the week I felt that there was still much of it I hadn’t seen. The staff were excellent!
FOOD: The buffet at the main restaurant (“Windows”) was where we ate at each day for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. It was very good and the largest I had ever seen. The variety was fantastic! Some of the food was sometimes a bit cold but that’s what happens at a buffet. I especially enjoyed that there was always lots of healthy options and always a very wide range of different things to make a great salad. Though, there weren’t many salad dressings to choose from. The 4 “a la carte” options were quite good as well. My favourite was the Japanese place. One of the best meals I have had! The chef makes it in front of you. I wasn’t crazy about the American restaurant. My husband loved the Brazilian place, as they came around with meat sticks and cut off whichever meat you wanted. The Mexican place was quite good too. We never made it to the Italian place, sadly. I recommend booking the a la carte for the whole week as soon as you arrive, as some fill up quite fast. Overall, I was more than impressed with food at this resort, especially the variety. I also liked that there is always some place serving food, 24 hours.
THE RESORT: itself is so well maintained. There is always someone going around (on the beach too) picking up garbage and cups at all times. It is a beautiful place. The pools are so lovely and there are so many to choose from. I also felt so safe everywhere I went. I felt the employees were so trustworthy. The gym looked pretty good with nice big windows. We spent many of the nights at the disco on site which was loads of fun. There are plenty of bars all over the resort, which was great. I really like that it's only 15 minutes from the airport!
THE STAFF: are wicked. We loved the servers and bartenders. We gave most of the ones we really liked a large tip on our first day and they treated us like kings/queens the whole week. The front desk was very helpful and friendly. The housekeeper was very good and trustworthy. We got a safe for the week which is about $20 and well worth it.
THE ROOM: was very clean and just what we expected. We stayed in block 2 which was very central and perfect for us. I heard of people in block 11 and further that said they found it so far from everything. The AC was good. We were given lots of pop, water and beer each day from the maid.
ENTERTAINMENT: was my most favourite part. The best was the M.C. (host), named Donald. He made the resort worth coming back for. He was the best! He belongs on TV. The dancing is so good by all the staff. They have activities/competitions, sports during the day. They have shows each night at 9:45pm. The most amazing show was “Circus” which was, honestly, almost as good as cirque du soleil. It was AMAZING!!! The other shows were good too and many of them involved people in the audience who had to compete for prizes...pretty funny stuff. All of the employees seem to work such long and hard hours and they deserve to be recognized.
BEACH: was really nice, a bit more seaweed washing up on shore than I expected at times but they were good at cleaning it up regularly. Water was clean and clear with light waves. There were lots of options for shade. The sand was like powder. No bugs. There were quite a few people selling excursions, cigars and braids, etc. and all you have to say is “no, thank you” once or twice and they leave you be. Be there early to get a chair for the beach. They provide new towels each day.
*There aren’t many clocks anywhere. I’d recommend bringing a watch of sorts to keep track of time, especially if you have dinner reservations.
*There are guys on the resort who are always trying to get you to meet with them. They say they will give you a free bottle of booze. It’s to promote their VIP package. It’s annoying and a waste of time.
*There is great market 3 minutes away from the resort that is really good. I felt safe there. Keep in mind prices are marked up by about 300-400%. Sometimes you have to actually walk away to get the price you want.
*We went on one excursion to Saona Island. The beach itself was gorgeous but the bus getting there was annoying and slow. I wouldn’t do it over, if I could have. I heard the best excursion was a pirate ship one from fellow travellers. Even the prices for excursions are negotiable-keep in mind!
*I wish I brought smaller dollar bills to tip. They didn’t have change anywhere I asked on the resort.
*If you’re a drinker, bring a big travel mug and they will fill it for you with your drink of choice. It saves everyone work and time and waste.
*My credit and debit cards didn’t work on any of the machines on and off the resort which was very annoying. I called my bank prior to say I’d be away. Another Canadian couple said they had the same problem and it’s the brand of ATM machines there. The only place to get cash was a different ATM 25 minutes into town! Super frustrating! My credit worked at the front desk for the resort, however.
Overall, I highly recommend this resort!
- 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