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Watermark
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Love, Love, Love!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Watermark for only one night, which was a shame. This hotel is beautiful. It has amazing views of the Kite Beach, so I sat on the deck with a glass of wine and enjoyed the free show and warm breezes.

Our room was on the 3rd floor. They have an elevator, so bringing up luggage was no problem. The room had 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a full kitchen, and wifi. The balcony is large with nice furniture both inside and out. The pool was very nice too - although no one was using it.

My husband and I did walk home from the beach bars one night. I wouldn't recommend doing this. Although it wasn't too long of a walk, it was way too dark in some parts. If you want to walk...walk when it is light enough down to the beach bars...then take a taxi back to the Watermark.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms would be perfect. I was on the 3rd floor - and it was lovely.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

It is good to be home. I love Watermark from the spacias and luxurious rooms to the absolutely incredible beachfront view. Everyone here is happy, friendly and always makes us feel so welcome. Beautiful pool and two hot tubs on the roof. Kite Beach comes alive with the kite surfing and it is a really lovely walk on the beach to Cabarete. Lots of beach bars and restaurants in walking distance, too. Life is good at the beach.

Room Tip: All suites are oceanview
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

What a beutiful place this is in Cabarete my family and I spend a week here and to say the least we had a great time, from watching the kitesurfing out our balcony, from walking down to the town nigth life it was just fenomenal, we are getting ready to go there again soon. the staff was also great specially Richard he was always very helpful in planning our days tours.
the Unit are very nice all decorated with great taste.

Room Tip: ask for the top floors
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

There were many things to love about Watermark. We stayed in the penthouse and the views of the kiting right in front of our spacious, well furnished balcony were great. The beds and linens were very comfortable, and the 2 bedroom condo was large and well laid out with high quality A/C throughout. It was fantastic to be right on kite beach as we could watch the weather and wind and be right there on the beach in a minute when it started to blow.

We took the motoconchos (motorbike taxis) whenever we wanted to head into town for the restaurants, and a couple of times we hiked to town on the beach. Although it is a bit of a distance to the center of Cabarete, the Watermark location was well worth it for the kiting. There are also several good restaurants located adjacent to Watermark right along kite beach, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

There were a few things at Watermark that did not quite meet our expectations, considering we paid top dollar for the penthouse condo. We decided to lower our expectations, knowing that the DR is a less developed country, and thinking that perhaps we should not expect amenities to be on the same level as they might be at home. We didn't want these small glitches to spoil an otherwise great vacation.

The wifi did not work, so our warm and friendly concierge Yesenia tried to help as best she could. She gave us an ethernet cable that allowed us to use our laptop in the condo. But we could not use our ipad or iphones on wifi for the duration of our visit and there didn't seem to be anyone available to repair the wifi in our unit. We decided that perhaps it was divine providence, that we were meant to be just a bit more off the grid for the duration of our vacation.

The second issue was with the plumbing. The marble bathrooms and fixtures are all beautiful to look at, but the water pumps for the building got clogged and we had no water for part of one day. And it wasn't until our second day that we discovered that the hot water heater in the condo gets turned off in between guests. We had arrived on a Sunday and no one instructed us on the need to manually turn on a switch for the hot water. We assumed it was broken and took cold showers before heading out to dinner. Fortunately, the staff returned on Monday and they explained how to work the hot water heater. It would have been much nicer to have been introduced to this information upon check in. And once the hot water was on, it was quite limited, just enough for one person to take a brief hot shower. Well, at least we were in the tropics!

Overall, we loved Cabarete after meeting many warm, friendly, local people. And the beach, the weather, the kiting and some trips to the canyons, rivers, and mountains with Iguana Mama were unforgettable. I will definitely come back to Cabarete, but I am not sure if I would stay at the Watermark on my next visit. I'll have to think about that a bit more before deciding.

Room Tip: There are eight 2 bedroom units on four floors, all laid out similarly and the same size. The first...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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60 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

Stay at Watermark Hotel for the amazing views and comfortable accommodations.

The hotel is the most comfortable I've staying in while in the Dominican Republic. The bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchen are luxurious, though if you are looking to do cooking for a big group of people the kitchenware is lacking.

The ocean views, with a bay full of kiteboarders in the afternoon, were gorgeous. There always seemed to be a cool breeze blowing that made the A/C unnecessary and kept the bugs away.

The major downside was that the main drag of Cabarete, "El Centro", with beach-side restaurants is a long walk down the beach (40 minutes).

Additionally, it also seems like the most expensive property in Cabarete. We reserved without hearing back from some of the other hotels (response times are longer than in other places), and would up paying probably 20 - 30% more than some comparable properties.

Room Tip: Rooms seem fairly standard in terms of layout, so the main difference is in which floor you stay on...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

I am always welcomed home when I return to Watermark. My vacations at Watermark on Kite Beach have been truly a 'dream come true'. Everyone there is so friendly, fun, genuinely caring
and helpful. Watermark is gorgeous with all the first-class amenities. The view is really breathtaking. The location is perfect with a beautiful beach, awesome kite surfing and a lovely walk to Cabarete. There is a wonderful selection of restaurants surrounding Watermark on the beach. Gracias. Hasta pronto.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank miPod2010
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a glorious 10 day stay at The Watermark on Kite Beach in Cabarete. Kite Beach is about 1 mile from the center of the town of Cabarete - or about a 25 minute walk along the beach which I highly recommend. Richard (who was really great, friendly and helpful with everything) from the Watermark, arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the airport, and the driver even stopped and helped us shop for food, beer (Presidente!), etc. since there is a large, fully equipped kitchen at Watermark. The condos are beautiful (and large - about 1500 sqft), basically 2 master suites, huge roofdeck with chairs, loungers, spas - and the best view in all of Cabarete (it's the highest point!). Also, my wife and I are very 'finicky' sleepers, and the beds are extremely comfortable - we slept great every night - and the air conditioning is plentiful (and adjusts easy), so no worries there either! You even get large bottled water cooler in your room which supplies cold and hot water....that was a nice touch.

We normally walked the beach to the restaurants in town (and usually back) about 8 times while there - it's an easy and beautiful walk. For the times you don't want to walk, you can jump on the motorbike 'taxis' or the small private 'car' taxis, for what is about 50 cents each way - each very easy and plentiful to get. It's close enough to town, but quieter at night away from the clubs and music, which is what we wanted as it's only 3 minute ride into 'town'. Plus, for food there are enough options along Kite Beach for lunch - and we made a lot of meals in the kitchen for breakfast/lunch too. The Watermark is located on Kite Beach where the majority of the Kiteboarding activity is - we went to learn and spent 8 of the 10 days taking lessons from John Holzhall, one of the major pioneers and the leading coach and author of several kiting books, whose school (The Method Lodge) is located right across from the Watermark . If you either want to learn to kite, or get even better, then definitely look up THe Method Lodge and talk to John - best coach and instruction in Cabarete! We also did the 27 waterfalls tour near Puerto Plata which was an awesome experience - Richard @ Watermark helped arrange a taxi to take us out there (it's a national park about 30 minutes away) and on the way back we stopped for some great Dominican food at our driver's favorite place.

All, in all, a great trip - we'd go back to Cabarete and Watermark any time - and recommend it highly!

Room Tip: Can't go wrong with any room selection, all have beautiful views and similar amenities. 2nd flo...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Watermark
Address: Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Cabarete
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Cabarete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Watermark 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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