We just returned from a week stay at the Velero Beach Resort. It was great. Having never been to the DR, I had some questions before traveling there that I will answer here in case anyone has the same ones! When we arrived at the airport we were last off the plane b/c we had a baby carseat to take out. Despite this and the plane being full, there were no lines to get through customs. We were charged $10 US per person including our 4 month old baby. I had emailed Velero the day before our trip to arrange taxi pickup, so someone was waiting there for us with a sign. It wasnt the driver, so we felt that we should tip him for helping with the bags. The cost of the taxi to Velero was $35 US and took about 20 minutes. Check-in was easy, we had a ground floor room- a superior suite. You can see the floorplans on the Velero website. We had a kitchen but no oven. There was a stovetop and microwave. I showered upon arrival and a lot of water went out onto the floor. My husband went to the frontdesk to request more towels, the towels were delivered to my room before he even got back! Most nights the power would go out for a brief time, so the clocks were always blinking- so dont set the clock for a wakeup time, since it most likely wont alarm when you wanted it to. One night we werent able to open the safe, we went to the frontdesk and were told they couldnt open it until morning. We went out again in the morning and 2 women came to the room and opened it. They said that sometimes that happens with the safes when the power goes out. Electrical outlets are the same in the DR as the US. We couldnt figure out the phone in our room to call friends of ours also staying at the Velero and when my husband told the woman at the frontdesk this, she didnt seem to care and offered no suggestions or help. That was the only negative experience we had with any of the people at the Velero. My husand surfed every morning at Playa Encuentro? about 20 minutes away. Someone who works at Velero would drive him and his friend there each morning, hang out and then drive them home. My husband paid him, so it wasnt through the Velero, the guy just did it on his own. There was always a guard at the front entrance as well as one by the beach. The one by the beach would come quickly to help if he saw you trying to open an umbrella at the pool. The maids always worked in teams, so from what we could see, no one was ever alone in our room. We shopped at the supermarket Janets- I heard it is the largest in Cabarete, but definitely not a selection like we are used to in the US. We exchanged money there as suggested by reviews here. There is an ATM there, at night a guard is there with what looks to me like a shotgun. The entire time I only saw one mosquito in our room. When we would eat at a restaurant on the beach at night, we would get a few bites. I did not see an iron in our room. There was a hairdryer. Also shampoo and a liquid soap dispenser were in the shower. There are 2 computers to check your email for free- they are upstairs from the lobby in the conference room. We also did check our email once at the internet place across from Janets- no a/c though, but cheap, I think it was 35 pesos for 30 minutes. We saw a newer interent cafe in town that had a/c. There was about a 24 hour period with no hot water, the gas was out, so the stovetop wasnt working either. Checkout is 1 pm. We ate at a few of the restaurants on the beach. If you walk onto the beach from the hotel, turn left, they are about a 5 minute walk. Cafe Pitu had very slow service, food was pretty good. Onnos was good for and the least expensive we thought. We ate one lunch at Sondro's, which is on the street, so loud. It is more of a local place and my husband found an already eaten olive - the pit - in his dish! The frontdesk called a cab for us to get back to the airport. Checkout went smoothly. When we arrived at the airport a group of porters were there to help with bags. My husband paid the cab driver but wanted to get change, the cab driver said he had none as did all the porters, which we found hard to believe since they get tips all day. We just went along with it, rather then argue, so th cab driver got a huge tip. Two porters helped us, mu husband handed them a tip when we got to the counter and one said "thats all you are giving me?" We flew Jetblue and the counter agent charged us $12 US to enter our baby's info in the computer he said. We had never heard of anything like this before. And then he had no change either. My husband ran over to one of the shops for change. We had read on TA that you are charged $20 US to leave the country but we werent, so we were glad about that. There are duty free shops and a restaurant when you walk into the airport, but wait until you get upstairs of you want to eat something, the ones up there look better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Velero Beach Resort was the first luxury Cabarete hotel to be built and the visionary architect chose the best location on the entire beach to build. Our grounds are sheltered from the wind for the non-windsurfers, but 5 meters into the water the windsurfer or kiter will have access to the trade winds. Velero Beach Resort is the only one of the Cabarete hotels to have a small reef right out front that forms shallow tidal pools at low tide. These are perfect for the toddlers to play in protected from the waves. Our restaurant is also the only one in Cabarete that is directly on the water for perfect sunsets! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Velero Beach Hotel Cabarete
- Velero Beach Cabarete