This was our first all inclusive experience so I have don't have anyplace else to compare it to for an all inclusive. It is a gated resort with a tiny town outside the gates to safely shop for local goods. The locals hound you to come into their shops as soon as you walk outside the gates. We were looking for local Dominican hand rolled cigars, so it was worth the hassling to find them. We stayed at a villa right on the beach and it was small but clean. It's a bit outdated with a small closet and only a few small drawers, but since it was just my husband and me we used the second bed to lay our suitcases open instead of unpacking everything. There was a tiny table and one straight backed chair pushed into a corner. It works out OK if you don't plan on eating or spending time in your room. The only time we were in our room was to shower and sleep. The water pressure was sporadic and a couple times we weren't able to flush our toilets at all, but it wasn't bad enough to be a deal breaker. We had two Adirondack chairs and a table on our porch overlooking the beach and Sea. We spent our evenings either in the water or on the porch watching the sunset....beautiful!
The food was good but not great. We found a few things that we liked that were offered every meal that we depended on. Between meal times there were a few places that you could always get a burger, hot dog or pizza. There were a few restaurants that you could make reservations at that were also included in the all inclusive package. We didn't find out about this until later in our trip, but we did eat at the Mexican restaurant one time and it was very good...better than the buffet. The drinks tasted a bit watered down, but the staff was very friendly and we didn't mind going back often for refills!
The pools were nice and clean and the chaise lounges were in good shape. They have several umbrellas so you can get out of the sun for awhile. The sand on the beach was beautiful but we had to be very careful getting in and out of the water because there were many rocks/coral that were waiting to cut our feet. We just had to figure out the best places to get in and out. The water was like bath water.
The resort does offer entertainment and activities, but they need to switch it up a bit. We weren't there to go on excursions, we were there to relax, but it would have been nice if they offered more options for night life. They had a "show" every night at 9:45 in their casual theater, but it was all in Spanish which made it close to impossible to understand. Following the show there was ""disco" dancing at 11:30. It really wasn't disco as we understand it to be, it was basically Latin music that you could dance the merengue or salsa to. Since we couldn't really go to the show and had to wait until 11:30 to dance, it left us with really working hard to stay awake until the music started and once it did, we were very limited in what we could actually dance to. Bottom line is that they need more night life options.
It is about a 2 hour drive from the Santo Domingo airport to the resort. It's a pretty crazy drive and I am glad that we bought a transfer package instead of renting a car and trying to find our way by ourselves. You have to go through some pretty shady areas along the way and if we broke down, we would not have been able to communicate with the locals and I wouldn't have felt safe.
Overall it was a good experience because we were just looking for a beautiful place to relax, get some sun and spend time together. If we find another good deal for this place, we'll go back.
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- Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach Hotel Bayahibe
- Wyndham Hotel Bayahibe
- Viva Dominicus Beach
- Wyndham Resort All Inclusive Bayahibe
- Wyndham La Romana
- Bayahibe Wyndham
- Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach Dominican Republic/Bayahibe