I want to start off by saying that we had a great week at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach. To be honest I don't understand the negative reviews. We are a family of 4, (2 adults and 2 kids ages 13 and 12). We travel quite a bit and always with an open mind, we remember that we are not home, so we don't expect things to be like they are at home. We've been to Aruba, Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico to name a few other places. This was our 4th time to the La Romana area. In the past we stayed twice at Iberostar Hacienda and once at Dreams while it was still Sunscape. This was our first time at Wyndham Be warned, the resort is wide, there's a lot of walking to get from one side to the other, but it is also very accessible for people with disabilities.
Transfer from Punta Cana to La Romana:
This was the first time we didn't land in La Romana, and I was a bit weary because I read on previous reviews that the transfer from Punta Cana to La Romana was an hour and half to two hours. Not sure what route their drivers took, because it only took us 45 mins from Punta Cana's airport to the resort and vice versa.
Check in and Rooms:
Our check in was very easy, although we book the Beach side, we were placed on the Palace side. I wouldn't pay extra to stay on the Palace side, I much preferred the beach side and we spent most of our time on the beach side.Sure, when you stay on the Palace side you get a few extra perks when it comes to restaurants, but we prefer the buffet and ate most of our meals at the buffet. Our first room we received was in Block 51 of the Palace side, at the back of the resort, which was very noisy as it was close to both the lobby and the disco. We were able to change rooms after two nights and ended up in block 57, which was much quiter. Rooms were nice and clean, beds were ok. pillows are lumpy and hard. we had a problem with the toilet one night, called the front desk before leaving for dinner, and they had the issue fixed by the time we returned for the evening. If I ever go back, I would book a beach front bungalow.
Beautiful and clean. Plenty of palm trees and flowers. Every day we would see maintenance staff working on the grounds. Painting the day beds, wooden walkways etc.
As I mentioned earlier, we prefer the buffet, although we did try the specialty restaurant La Roca one evening. The onion soup was great, as was the sushi, but that was about it - the pasta and fish were terrible so we left halfway through the main meal and went to the buffet.
For breakfast we ate at the main buffet - it had the usual, made to order omlets, fruit, cheese, croissants, variety of breads. Lunch was usually at La Roca buffet near the infinity pool. The grilled chicken there is amazing! It also had a wood burning pizza oven, made to order pasta and salad bar. Dinner was back at the main buffet where there was a different theme every night, such a great funny And a must do is the wood burning pizza restaurant near the quite pool, which is open from 7pm - 7 am. We made a stop here every night before returning to our room. The pizza is delicious!! No one in our group went hungry or got sick.
Beach and Pools:
The beach is gorgeous, plenty of things to do or not. Plenty of shade. Great snorkeling right off the beach. You can sign out paddleboards, boogie boards, kayaks and small catamarans from the sports hut. There's also bocci, beach volleyball, and beach aerobics.
There are 4 pools in the complex, the infinity pool is gorgeous, at the far end of the resort near La Roca. Day beds facing the ocean, plenty of loungers. Zero entry and pool volleyball. At this end of the resort there is no beach access, as theres a retaining wall and lots of coral. The main pool on the beachside was always happening, plenty of entertainment by the animation team as was the palace pool. Never did go to the quite pool. All pools have plenty of loungers and except for the quite pool, they also had day beds. We never had a problem getting loungers by the pools or beach.
These guys and gals work really hard to keep guests entertained. We went to two shows, the cirque style show was really good, didn't care much for the comedy show. It was a little to mature and too sexually oriented. Not exactly a family show. Before the shows at the main pool area on most nights there was a live band and dancing.
There's a trapeze, bocci ball, beach volleyball, pool volleyball, archery, foosball tables and ping pong tables. You can rent paddles for the ping pong table from the sports hut for the week with a $20 deposit. oh an probably not a good idea to have the ping pong tables near thorny bushes. There was also a rock climbing wall that the kids really wanted to try, but on most days it was closed and the one day it was open the kids were told that they either had to be a part of the kids club or 18 and over to use it. This made no sense, so kids between 12 - 18 couldn't use it??? this really disappointed the kids.
I found most of the staff friendly. My favorite staff person was Samuel (L. Jackson) a waiter at the main buffet. Such a funny, sweet, hard working man.
There's no beach service and no beach bar, to get drinks you have to walk to the pool bar. If you are on a part of the beach thats not near a pool, you will have a lot of walking to do to get a drink. None of the pools have a swim up bar. Room walls are pretty thin, could hear the people and could smell smoke from the room next door. Perhaps these are some reasons the resort is not a higher star rating.
Overall, great resort,with lots to do, but also relaxing, friendly staff, good food and drinks, gorgeous grounds. We would consider going back again in the future.
I think I covered everything, but if you have any questions, message me, I'd be happy to answer them.
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- Also Known As:
- 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