The Sirenis Cocotal in Punta Cana is a very nice 4-star resort. They claim to be 5 star, but it is definitely more along the lines of a 4 star. The grounds are immaculate, the staff is friendly, and the rooms are spacious and decorated decently (not drab or dated, but not luxurious either). They have multiple a-la-carte restaurants that I definitely recommend you try, because chances are you will get sick of the buffet food. The buffet food itself is somewhat varied, but a little bland, and the desserts definitely need some work - don't expect large fancy cakes. The fruit selection is decent and presented nicely. Breakfast is OK, but I recommend you get your eggs cooked from scratch so you can have them the way you want. The fruit smoothies are delicious. As for the alcoholic beverages, the bartenders serve a LOT of people on a constant basis, so don't expect the drinks to be made to perfection. In all honesty, they are somewhat of a disappointment, being either too sweet or too watery, and as far as I know they only serve 1 type of beer (Presidente) which is OK, but a bigger selection would be nice. The house wine they serve with dinner was also a disappointment...WAY too sweet and tastes more like a dessert wine. Thankfully I was able to order and pay for an imported wine which was totally worth the extra cost.
The beach at this resort is beautiful, but not exactly what I expected. I was sort of hoping to see crystal clear, light-blue water, but it turned out to be murky (because of a storm apparently) and more on the darker side. I highly recommend the excursion to Saona island if you want true paradise with idyllic blue beaches and white sand, but be prepared for a LONG 2-hour bus ride and then another 1-hour catamaran ride to the island. It was a nice diversion though from resort life!
This resort also has a newly-opened waterpark on-site, which is impressive for the region, but it has a refurbished feel to it, and some of the slides appear unsafe (i.e. they wobble quite a bit). Again, a fun diversion, but not sure if it's worth the extra cost involved.
I also wanted to mention that there are many vendors on the main walkway to the beach, and almost every time you walk down it you are stopped and asked to buy something. I know this is a business for them, but sometimes it is a disturbance when you are simply looking to relax and enjoy your walk. They have their booths setup so that you are forced to walk past them, and then you are pressured to buy something. Perhaps there should be a "clear" alternate walkway to the beach and to the lobby. This is very common in the caribbean, but it is sometimes frustrating.
All in all, I have to say I recommend this resort to anybody looking for a good all-inclusive vacation to a warm destination. The locals are friendly, the culture is great, and the resort itself is a good value for the money. It definitely has a large upscale feel to it, but is not without flaws. As long as you don't expect perfection, you will have a great time.
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- Also Known As:
- Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort Casino And Spa
- Sirenis Cocotal Beach Hotel Punta Cana
- Sirenis Resort Punta Cana
- Sirenis Cocotal Punta Cana
- Hotel Sirenis Cocotal Beach
- Sirenis Cocotal Resort