Stayed here for 10 nights at the end of June and had the best time ever. Hotel only about 20 mins from the airport so after a 8 and half hour flight it is ideal.
Reception area is nice enough, we went wit Thomson and were checked in really quickly as they had a separate table for Thomson guests to check in with everything ready. Bell boy took all our belongings and wasnt pushy for a tip like other places we have been to. Was friendly enough and took the time to show us where everything in the room was - including how to work the air con and safe. Reception has a bar that serves nice drinks and also a drink dispenser that you can help yourself to. Wifi is free in reception area (lobby) but didnt really use it that much as only wanted it to facetime and it wouldnt let us do this.
Rooms - Room was nice enough, 2 double beds, mini-bar restocked almost every day with water, beer, Fanta, coca cola, diet cola and sprite. Air conditioning worked a treat (even got too cold sometimes so had to turn it off), beds were really comfy and the safe in the room worked fine. Couldn't find any English channels on the TV really but that didn't bother us as we don't watch TV on holiday anyway - there was a docking station for ipods etc so we made good use of that. Hairdryer was powerful enough - only one thing i would say is that the shower isn't very powerful when on hot but wasnt too much of a problem really as it did the job. The jacuzzi bath was also good but we didn't use much.
Pools are really good, plenty of space for sunbeds unless you turn up around midday then it can sometimes be a bit difficult. We managed to get one in shade fine every day though. Pool bars were a godsend and were under shade as well. The pool had a foam party one of the days there which was different and we enjoyed this. Also had a bouncy castle slide for children one of the days which all the kids seemed to enjoy. Various activities such as aerobics/waterpolo/football/bingo etc would be around the pool.. Animation team would ask but werent too pushy if you didnt want to join in.
Food was the best I have ever had from an all inclusive. We ate breakfast at the main buffet every day and was so much choice - bacon, sausage, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, baked beans, french toast, paninis, omlettes made to your liking, pancakes, cereal, yoghurts etc.. spoilt for choice. And they always had Heinz Ketchup :). We ate either at the beach snack bar, sports bar or the buffet restaurant for lunch. Always pizza/hotdogs/burgers/chips at the beach bar which is what we enjoy.. Buffet had a range of food lots to choose from. Dinner at the buffet restaurant was amazing .. they have themed nights every night - the USA night was amazing .. pork ribs were the best. We only ate at one a la carte as we didnt really want to queue for tea or go so early but the buffet restaurant was so nice it didnt bother us. Ate at the la parilla italaian ... Best a la carte ever - a must if you enjoy italian food.. Some of the best I have ever taste. Also believe the Japanese is really good food and entertainment and the steakhouse I believe was very nice and very popular.
Plenty to choose from drink wise but I am not a big drinker - tried some of the cocktails in Hemingway cocktail bar (they also serve the cocktails at the lobby bars) but they were too strong for my liking - I ended up getting the non alcoholic cocktails andasking for shots of vodka and adding to my own taste - Staff are happy to do this for you. Soft drinks are really good - pepsi and coke, Fanta orange, sprite - the fruit punch here is also really refreshing.
Beach is one of the best parts of the hotel, lovely white sands and blue sea. Didnt have aprob getting a lounger.. Tried kayaking which was really fun also. Always a nice breeze on the beach which you need
Staff were lovely - the towel man advised us he didnt speak english when we asked him a question but then a couple of days later spoke to us in English was a bit strange , maybe he just couldnt be bothered answering us but on a whole they spoke well. Some of the women who serve drinks round the pool weren't very friendly towards us and made it seem like it was hard work if we answered 'yes please' when she asked if we would like a drink.. But one of the men around the pool (didnt get his name - young guy with braces) was really friendly and looked after us really well - as soon as our glass was empty he would offer us another.
Entertainment in the theatre was okay - enjoyed the Michael Jackson show the most! Drinks there are also really nice. Repeat the same entertainment each week though so can get boring if you go for longer than a week but same as anywhere else. There was also a nightclub but with the time different we never made it to them as they only opened around 23:00. Spent some of the nights at sports bar (pool table, football table.. hotdogs, pizza, chips, paninis made to order, popcorn) and some at the lobby bar/cocktail bar so plenty of choice
We also did the dolphin explorer trip whilst here ad I would definitely recommend this - amazing experience!!!
Overall would definitely recommend - one of the best hotels I have stayed at and can see why it has a 5 star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa enjoys a privileged, sea-front location on the renowned Playa Bavaro. The resort, located on a sprawling estate of lush tropical vegetation and a coconut plantation, is next to the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa, the Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino & Royal Suites. The facilities of these adjoining resorts are open to guests of the Grand Palladium Punta Cana (excluding the Royal Suites). ... more less
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