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Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Bayahibe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 1, 2012

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 It's a bit outdated with a small closet and only a few small drawers, but since it was just my husband and me we used the second bed to lay our suitcases open instead of unpacking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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1  Thank Carolyn T
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VivaDominicusBeach, Guest Relations Manager at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2012

Dear Guest

It is a pleasure for us to read your positive comments regarding your stay with us and we feel very glad to know that we offered you a pleasant stay in our resort.
We hope to have you back soon to be able to provide you the best memories. Thank you very much for choosing us.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I stayed at this resort in Sept 2003 and again last week Sept 19-25 2012. In 2003 I had a wonderful time and very impressed by the hospitality I received. So even after reading all that has been said I took my chances again. We had a wonderful time. We stayed in an ocean front bungalow, that was very clean, maid service every day, fresh towels and drinking water replaced everyday, even brought fresh fruit once. Because we registered with Wyndham rewards and booked directly with them, that gave us a VIP status, which entitled us to extra benefits (such as not having to pay $10 per person for dinner reservations, free safe use) and exclusive areas. And registering with Wyndham is free, just make sure you take you rewards card, number with you when traveling. Also we booked our airport transfer service through resort and $92.00 total for round trip 2 people, versus 200.00 what others wanted. But beware do not pay when arriving at airport or the driver. The resort takes care of it and you pay at the end of trip. You must pay $10 pp to enter country, the airlines tells you there is a $20 pp exit free, we were not charged. Our bungalow was quite a bit aways from the restraunts, all except La Roca & Atlantis, but that is because we were on the higher scale end of resort, which is much more secluded. There was no problems with our room or a/c. We did have a problem with the safe and tech came and fixed immediately. The beach was beautiful, clean, some days choppy others smooth. Activities were plentiful. Keep in mind though that this resort is very large, so be prepared to do some walking, if you dont just sit out on beach or pool. Well compared to when I was there 10 years ago. The only issue we had was with the food. Now it was 100x's better than when we were there before. We knew what we were facing when we booked. They have a large variety, just the style of cooking and lack of seasonings seams to be a problem compared to America. But then look at the weight issue America has also. We meet up with several couples that had a stomach bug, diarhea, I dont know if it was from the resort and Saona Island we visited. We were all on the same excursion and had some coconut that an individual was selling and cutting open for you to drink. I only took a sip and never got sick, until I got home and may have gotten from my husband. Everyone who drank it got sick. I am not sure what it is suppose to look or taste like, but it looked like water and taste like oil. So I am not sure. We were asked to attend a timeshare presentation, when we arrived for it, the english speaking rep was not there, so we were never bothered again. Advice book your 4 nights of restraunt reservations when you arrive, the best is the mexican food, italian is good, but very very small portions, Viva Cafe is on open water and very romantic. I believe that most of the negative comments are coming from Europeans travelors, as we had incidents with several that were very rude. If you go not expecting to be treated like a king or queen and keep in mind that this is a third world country (oh and dont drink water from faucet) you should be fine.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

The hotel landscape is beautiful. The rooms are nice and decent. The food is not the best. I am not a picky person, but the food needs work. They keep having the same things over and over. They also kept re-doing the food from breakfast to lunch to dinner. So, it helped me stay on my diet. We had trouble making dinner reservations on the other nights, but the first night was not a problem. The food at the restaurants was good. The staff was nice and friendly. We also got hounded by the timeshare people. We decide to just attend, but when we went they overbooked and were asked to come back. We had things to do and did not make it back to the timeshare tour. The activities were great and fun. The beach was amazing. They had some reefs on the property and you got to see alot of fish. If you didn't want to spend money on a snorkeling tour, you could come here and snorkel off the beach. That was the best part of this hotel and it is well worth coming back here.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank luvsfashion
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VivaDominicusBeach, Guest Relations Manager at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about our Resort. Regarding the food we apologize we did not meet at all your expectations, however we hope you spent a pleasant vacation with us.

We hope you will give us the opportunity to serve you again in one of our Viva Wyndham Resorts.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This very large all -inclusive resort was extremely nice in late September. This is the off season for the resort, but in our case that meant only that there weren't as many people and there was a lot of facilities maintenance going on. But the variety of restaurants and foods was very nice and was not repetitive even after our 10th day. The staff is all multi- lingual and very helpful. In the high season they have a "kids club" for the bulk of the day.

Room Tip: We stayed at the Dominicus Palace which included access to Dominicus Beach. There was a lot more en...
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1  Thank Barbara S
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

No doubt about it the beach and the resort is absolutely beautiful. My mom and I went for a 5 day vacation and we booked it through cheap Caribbean .. we were greeted at the Santo Domingo airport by a very nice man who drove us almost two hours to get to the resort, he was so nice and we listened to michael jackson the whole way :) when we arrived at the resort we were told we couldn't make dinner reservations because it was too last (even though it was only 1pm) so we got into our room which we reserved a ocean front bungalow. literally steps from the sand, it was beautiful. the room was VERY small, sort of smelt bad.. when we got into the room there was no toilet paper, no soap, it was like the room wasn't serviced before we got into their, so we made some phone calls down to the front desk and they brought us some. we also had some problems with the safe two days that we had to pay $2 for each day. what is also a pain is that the remote is attached to the wall for the TV. do they really think you will steal it? i mean c'mon... also there is a lot of small tiny bugs in the room, they didnt bother me much because they were small i think it was because we had an ocean front room..we spent alot of the time on the beach, we did two excursions.. one where we rented our own speed boats, that was ALOT of fun. we also did the Saona Island trip on the catamaran.. that was OK. when we got to the island there are people EVERYWHERE trying to sell you things and they dont leave you alone its really annoying. the food on the resort was horrible, im sorry. im usually not very picky but they just do not know how to cook there. i ate alot of fruit and bread because the meats just did not look very appetizing. the morning buffet had eggs that were barely cooked, i stuck to fruit and some french toast. we ate at the italian restaurant, la roca grille, and the viva cafe, those were all OK. way better than the buffet. i can also say that the servers at the restaurants were VERY nice. we tipped everyone and they were so thankful. there is a bad english barrier between everyone. no one speaks english, it is either spanish or italian or french.. ALOT of europeans at the resort and they are all very RUDE. they do not tip anyone either I realized that. I had my hair braided on the beach and I tipped the woman she was so surprised and so happy. you are going to an all inclusive resort you should atleast throw a few dollars here and there. i would go back and just realize that you are not going on vacation for the food, but for the beautiful water and sands, palm trees, pools, everything was beautiful and the staff was very nice. especially one of the boys that works in the video store he made my trip very nice :)

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We arrived after having read all the recent reviews and were very flexible and open to the cultural differences. The resort is very beautiful...our room was a bungalow right on the ocean. We couldn't have asked for a better accommodation. The air conditioning was perfect and comfortable which you need here. Our neighbors however, had a plugged up toilet and shower the entire time and spent most of their vacation sitting outside on their deck waiting for assistance to come help them. We were just lucky. We quickly found out that no spoke English...they spoke a combination of Italian, Spanish and French. That was ok, and we used a lot of improv to communicate. We found after a couple of days, that many staff spoke fluent English when they wanted to sell you a "vacation club membership". Otherwise, they would tell you..."just give me 10 minutes" and never come back and take care of your request. We asked for wash cloths five different times...never got them... don't think they use them there. They did take care of the blow dryer in the room that wasn't working. Better hide your toilet paper though, because you are only give one roll at a time and have to continually bug them for more. The food, on grounds restaurants (for a fee) were wonderful. The buffet's that were very good that were part of the all inclusive fees. The activities that were provided were youthful and fun and provided daily. The cultural atmosphere was weird...it was geared toward only non American, non English speaking people. If you are with someone who speaks one of the three primary languages it is ok, but I would never recommend this place if you are a single person. You would find yourself extremely isolated within the first 24 hours. The security is good on the resort, but I would not go off the grounds unless it is to the nearby shops during the daytime. The people who come to this resort are mostly European's and smoke constantly. It's cool if you like to think what vacationing was like back in the 40's, but is a real nuissance in the hot humid air that doesn't move. Bring an umbrella for very unexpected downpours. It can be stifling hot one hour, then pouring down rain with high winds the next. The taxi's to and from the airport were legit. should only cost you about $ 35.00 to $40.00. Going through immigration is a nightmare, so make sure you have the right forms...they gave us forms in Spainish rather than English at the airport and it made it much harder to get through customs once back in the states. No one speaks English at the airports either, or don't let on that they do. Good luck on this place to travel unless you are fluent in one of the primary languages spoken here.

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2  Thank miabodia
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

A beautiful island paradise! We had a beach front bungalow at the far end of the property and no complaints (other than that hair dryer didn't work, and we didn't need it anyway). AC worked great! Room was comfortable and clean. $2 a day to the maid got us 3 fresh bottles of water each day. Beach at our end was almost deserted and the infinity pool never had more than 10 people in it. We loved it! A most colorful and peaceful and relaxing place to visit, over all. No complaints whatsoever about the drive from or to Las Americas - great 2 hours to see other parts of the country and fascinating.

Bad: Customer Service: was good for nothing but making dinner reservations. All of the complaints about "Angel" are true - Day before departure, had to book the taxi back to the airport, were told by Customer Service that we would get an email confirmation that day from Angel. The morning of the flight we were told Angel had not been there and would not be there. It was very frustrating.

Viva Wyndam VIP Package salespeople: are all over you when you first get there and make promises that they do not keep. We were told by both Fandai (sp?) and Danny that they would be available to us all week and we never saw either of them again after the first day (but didn't need them). Never did get the promised t-shirts and hats for sitting through the presentation.

Room Tip: We loved 1146 Beachfront bungalow because of the quiet/no other people on the beach or in the (most...
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VivaDominicusBeach, Guest Relations Manager at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2012

Dear Visitor

We appreciate your time by sharing your comments regarding your stay into our facilities. We regret not having fulfilled at all your expectations as a guest with our service but glad to know that you spent a great vacation.

We hope to have you back soon to be able to provide you the best memories. Thank you very much for choosing us.

Best regards

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Address: La Romana, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Bayahibe
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Price Range: $145 - $430 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 530
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