Our trip started at Santo Domingo airport. Our advise, pay extra for the private shuttle. We made it to the resort in less than 2 hours. However, hold on... Or fly direct to La Romana airport. Otherwise if you are on a shared shuttle, it could be 3 hours or more.
Arrival, very nice. Room wasn't ready but they put bands on our arms and we headed for some grub. Went back at 3:30pm, room was ready. Escorted to the room, King non ocean view but great location. About 1/2 way between both resorts. Room 4137. No bugs, clean and the maid was very nice. However, only one day we received cokes in the refridge. But, we left a tip almost every day and the maid was nice enough to include towel art. Take your bottle water with you, otherwise they return it to the same spot in the bathroom. Conservation! Shampoo and soap can be hard to get because it is not replaced every morning unless requested.
The first night at the buffet was okay. We found enough and returned with a full belly. Breakfast was a little repetitive except for the fresh cooked donuts. The yogurt is great...try it. Lunch - we rarely ate at the grill. The beef is not American grade and does not taste the same. Try the buffet at the Palace resort, it is better than the one at the Beach. The pasta rocks - have them cook it to order. Also, the salads are great with their dressing that has salsa in it. The chicken is also good. Dinner - Oriental - had the Tepanyaki (sp?) was good, had the California rolls - good but a little nervous about seafood the first night. Italian - the Grouper was great, the Beef Carpasscio (sp?) was the bomb - order it - my husband sent his appetizer back and asked for it.. Mexican - fajitas were good. The bananna falmbe was quite a show for dessert. Don't forget the Mexican coffee before you leave. LaRoca - was not all it was built up to be. The service was not good for us. However the stuffed chicken was good. I highly recommend it.
If you scuba dive and dive with the resort, be aware you have much work to do on your end. We were required to assemble our gear, carry our gear to the boat, don't bring personal items because there is no room and be prepared to return the gear back to the dive shop...carry off the boat - BC, Reg, everything except the tanks and rinse all the gear yourself in water tanks. The dive masters were also very lack luster and did not show you much of anything. My husband found almost all the sealife to point out to our group
(and the dive master). You can snorkel out to the last set of buoys from the resort about 125 yards and see the reef which is about 35-40 feet deep on your own. My husband did it several days and really enjoyed the reef out there. You can paddle out therein a kayak from the resort if you don't want to swim that far.
Tip - have your towels returned by the end of the day. "that's the rule." or else you don't get clean ones the following day. We found this out at a stand off one morning prior to breakfast. We finally received clean towels because we didn't know the rule.
The shows were very interesting. Worth a look see. Some better than others. Interesting music is all in English but very few English speaking folks around.
I suggest you pick up some conversational Spanish before you go - otherwise - you are lost. All the staff speak Italian, French and Spanish...some speak minimal English. Some very well - like Hamliton and Maiker the bartender! Loved Hamilton! FYI - we saw no one tipping...so do so....gives you the advantage...even at the buffets with the wait staff. The lobby bar is the only one that carries name brand liquor and bottle beer. The beer is all Presidente. Take your own large cup if you want drinks larger than an 6-8 ounce cup.
Walked out the resort to purchase Laramir stone and cigars. The locals are extremely hungry and pushy. Just know your limits and return if you feel uncomfortable. Don't buy Cuba cigars at the first place...likely not real. Go to the Bayahibe Cigar Factory on Wayne Fuller Ave and check with them. They can give you a tour of all types of cigars.
Overall the table wine was not bad. It is average grocery store wine.
They cater to the French and Italians. There is an entire staff dedicated to the Italians and a nightly show just for them at the resort. The recreational staff always speaks in French and Italian for activities. The French and Italian guest recognize you as Americans and will not acknowledge your existence. Be prepared to complain if you are not happy. Otherwise, niceness doesn't cut it and you will be dropped to the back of the line.
The beaches were very pretty and the locals are friendly as comparable to Mexico.
Remember this is not a 5 star resort. However you will be happy if you go in with a good attitude. The Palace is a great value. We would return.
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Hotel Bayahibe
- Wyndham Hotel Bayahibe
- Wyndham La Romana
- Wyndham Resort All Inclusive Bayahibe
- Viva Dominicus Palace
- Bayahibe Wyndham
- Wyndham Dominicus Palace
- Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Dominican Republic/Bayahibe