Ocean Manor Beach Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOcean Manor Beach Resort Cabarete
A friend and I spent a week at Ocean Manor Resort in Cabarete in July 2014. It is a very small resort with something like 30 units, two pools, two bars and 2 dining areas, but 1 kitchen. Because it is so small within a day or two you pretty much get to know everyone there. That includes guests and staff. We loved it as did most of the other guest there during our stay. Most of us were there to relax and explore Cabarete. Ocean Manor is geared more towards the mature guest that doesn't need late night entertainment or will catch a cab to get it. If you prefer a busy, crowded, party all night resort this isn't the place for you. But if you want to slow down, get personalized service and never wait in line to get a drink and you aren't afraid to walk the main street into Cabarete or take a short cab ride you'll love Ocean Manor.
The check in was quick and professional. The grounds were well maintained and clean. Even though it was only 2 of us we stayed in a 2 BR/2BA unit that was large enough for 4. It wasn't luxurious by any means and only had 1 television and 1 air condition in the main living area. However it was quite comfortable and clean and we loved every minute of our time in the unit. While only a few units have an ocean view, every unit has a patio or balcony and a great view of something. I won't say the food was fantastic, but it was very much better than the average all- inclusive buffet. The AI fees for Ocean Manor run between $60-$80 per person per day depending on time of year. That's a bargain for being able to select your food from a menu. Our AI fee covered food for every meal every day. During our stay they started serving breakfast at 7 and served it right up until lunch. They then served lunch right up until dinner and dinner until at least 10 at night.
The only negative I have was that the main dining area was very hot all the time. Even though we found out we could eat in the dining area near the beach or in our unit we mostly ate in the very hot dining room. Mostly that was because it was where we mingled with other guests and the service was so great. The waiters and bartenders really went out of their way to give each guest personalized service. While there's very little "entertainment" provided by the resort we found that each person we encountered that worked at the resort was so personable and friendly just getting to know them was entertaining. Not to mention socializing and getting to know the other guests. I usually get to know one or two new people on vacation but at Ocean Manor I actually had a conversation with almost every guest there.
As for location it's not right in the heart of Cabarete, but it is a short walk by street or beach (when the tide is out) to a beach filled with kite surfers and other business in town. It is a busy street and some places there is no sidewalk, but it's safe. If you're not comfortable with trucks and motorbikes whizzing by then catch a cab. We caught one back one evening for $7. The beach behind the resort is also relaxing, but the tide is rough. Not suitable for swimming, but fine for getting wet and pounded by waves. The beach in near the town center is much calmer and Sosua beach is great as well. There are only 4 or so umbrellas on the beach behind the resort, but that was plenty. The "infinity" pool is small, but really wonderful with its ocean view, natural shade, awesome ocean breezes and short stroll to the ocean side bar. The main pool (or as we called it the kid's pool) is just a standard, small hotel pool.
All in all, staying at Ocean Manor felt like I had my own condo in Cabarete. It isn't a condo though. It is a small resort that seems to only be available through RCI right now. That's too bad because I'm sure they'd be packed all the time if it could be booked elsewhere.
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