I just returned from a stay at the Viva Wyndham (Sept 9-13/2013) with my roommate. If you're looking for a bargain this may be a viable option. This all-inclusive has some fine attributes such as the grounds are well-kept, the staff is attentive, I felt safe, the pool is functional and the beach view is beautiful (especially when the windsurfers are out). On the other hand the theme restaurants were a huge disappointment especially if you LIKE food. The "Mexican" restaurant (and trust me I use the term "restaurant" loosely!) was the lesser of two evils. The "Italian" restaurant was such as disappointment that I couldn't wait to get home and make myself a decent plate of pasta... So stick with the buffet. The variety is decent and the fruit and dessert options often make-up for the lack of tastiness of some of the dishes. Seasoning Tip: Since I have traveled to DR extensively I now bring my own seasoning blend as DR unfortunately does not do beef nor pork well. Chicken and fish are always tastier options.
Rooms: During check-in ask if you could see the room. Our first room had a defective AC fan and the pullout couch had no linen (one blanket had holes...) and the shower enclosure was defective and leaked. Consequently we had to change rooms. The second room was better. So, again, ask to inspect so you can ID potential issues.
Vendors: Vendors are ONLY allowed to approach you on the beach. This can be problematic as they can be a bit aggressive (FYI: DR has no social safety net: No food stamps, public assistance, unemployment insurance, etc. So if the vendors don't sell they don't eat!) As much as I try to be conscientious and compassionate, when one is trying to enjoy a few days vacation, the constant solicitation can become annoying. By the end of my four days I avoided the beach entirely as I was just tired of saying "no gracias..." Please note: This dynamic is present in many tourist-oriented islands in the Caribbean...
Rum: Ok, here I may be entering the "anal retentive zone" I LIKE rum, DR makes some EXCELLENT rums, so it was mindboggling to me that the hotel served a generic rum!!! I mean the hotel is about 5-10 miles away from the Brugal FACTORY!!! How in the name of sensible customer service do you NOT serve some decent locally produced rum? BTW, if you like good rum try and visit the Brugal Factory near Puerto Plata. The variety is extensive and like all distilleries there is a Tasting Section!!! :-)
Beer: Thank goodness they serve Presidente, the national beer. It's a lager and taste quite good.
Return: One of the keys for me about a resort, hotel, or restaurant is "would I go back?" Yes. If I had a limited budget (I got this package via JetBlue Getaways: 4 nights, air included for two $1,250.00. Not bad I think. If only they'd serve a better rum and the theme restaurants made a better effort...
I hope this is helpful.
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