After an incredibly frustrating day of travel we finally arrived to AlSol around 12:30am instead of 2:15pm when we were supposed to arrive. We called ahead and they had someone there to greet us and show us to our room (which they upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite - easily the nicest room I've ever stayed in), with a promise of a tour of the facilities the next morning. True to their word, we made our way down to the lobby for breakfast (complimentary according to our booking), and after finishing we hopped on a golf cart and were shown the resort. We absolutely loved our stay, my only complaint would be that the resort seemed deserted, but I'll write that up to the fact that it is a brand new resort and the word hasn't spread yet. (The good side of this is that their website has some incredibly good deals!)
The Resort and Grounds:
This place is beautiful, designed like a small european village, everything seemed to be recently constructed and flawlessly finished and expertly decorated - seriously, they have done photo shoots and filmed a music video here already. They have 3 pools, one of them being an enormous, winding pool surrounded by palm trees with a pool side bar (unfortunately, this wasn't staffed due to their only being a handful of guests booked in the resort - but we spent most of our pool time at this one as it was only 10 steps from our room). The 2nd pool being smaller but with a pool volley ball net and another pool side bar and grill (this one was staffed and we spent quite a bit of time there due to the proximity to drinks and chef prepared food). The third pool was much smaller and seemed to be more of a quite pool on the side of the marina, it looked nice, but we never went in this one.
Beaches - Technically there is no beach at this property, as it is more of a marina. However, you have access to both a beach next door (The Punta Cana Hotel beach) which they provide free 5 minutes shuttle via golf carts whenever you request a pickup at your room. You can also utilize the beach at their sister property (Sanctuary Cap Cana - we actually stayed at this resort for 4 days as well), which is a measly $2 USD cab fare away. There is also a beach club named Catelon (sp?), that you must pay for, but is absolutely gorgeous and we thought, worth the money. The beach next door was very nice, with white sand beaches, great water and extremely convenient. I should mention that you cannot walk there, however, and you must take the provided golf cart. This is because you have to go through a security gate to access the other resort's property.
Simply the best All-Inclusive food I have ever eaten. Honestly, its probably the best Hotel food I've ever eaten as well. Everything is a la cart, and is 5 stars in taste, presentation, and variety. Every dish seemingly had a local twist to it, and was perfect at every meal. As a side note, the Pizzeria is independently owned and is NOT part of the All-Inclusive package (so eater beware), the pizza is, however, incredible and reminiscent of the pizza I ate in Italy during my stay - wood fired, thin crust, lightly sauced.
Amazing, while the english was limited in most of the staff, there were several employees that were quite conversant and always seemed close by to help translate should the need arise. Fortunately, I speak enough spanish to have never needed the help, but it was available as the other guests that we saw sometimes needed assistance. Every employee we encountered was smiling, friendly, and always went out of their way to see that we had everything we needed. Our favorite employee was the bar tender at the pool bar named (I think) Andrew.
We absolutely loved it here, and the solitude of the place actually fit exactly what we were looking for after our nightmare travel day. We only stayed for 2 nights, but with the airline's mistakes, it wound up being 1.5 days before we moved resorts (this was planned ahead of time and wasn't due to any fault of the resort) I would definitely stay here again, and would gladly recommend it to my family and friends. The resort lends it self more to a tranquil and relaxing vacation than for those looking for a party atmosphere however, so it would depend on what you are looking for in your time to the Dominican Republic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alsol Luxury Village is located at only 10 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport in the biggest and most luxurious marina in the Caribbean, surrounded by the famous white beaches of Punta Cana and Cap Cana. Alsol Luxury Village is an impressive luxury resort complete with 299 suites of all different sizes and decorated with premium materials and designer furniture to give a true Mediterranean feel.Luxury suites may vary in size and style, but all rooms are designed with innovative architecture, high quality finishes and beautiful decor. For the most demanding we even have luxury suites available with a private swimming pool. The Resort has a variety of beautiful panoramic views with several categories of suites of different sizes.Comfort, convenience and elegance – these elements reflect the beautiful lifestyle of the Alsol Luxury Village. Guests can enjoy a superior level of service while enjoying the five thematic restaurants, ars, four pools, a Dominican style Chapel for weddings and Sunday Mass, a state of the art fitness center with Finnish sauna and other exclusive services and activities to satisfy even the most demanding. Guests at AlSol Luxury Village can enjoy the magnificent Punta Espada Golf Club which is considered the top course in the Caribbean and Mexico, as well as other courses such as Corales and La Cana which are also highly rated, boat rentals, a diving school, activities for children and much more. There are also exceptional event, function and wedding spaces, including a waterfront amphitheater and salons that can be decorated to your personal style. ... more less
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