Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel
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Heaven at the Sivory!
My fiance and I just returned from an incredible week at the Sivory Punta Cana. Wow! From the moment that we arrived until the end of the week- we were treated like a King & Queen. The arrival was perfect- the gracious staff presented us with champagne and cold vanilla infused towels. After my fiance bought some sandals at the small boutique- we were escorted to our incredible suite with our own private plunge pool right on the beach! The suite was beautifully furnished and the bed was great (very soft sheets!). The bathroom was amazing- a HUGE shower with jets and an incredible deep bath for 2. The suite was spotless-the housekeeping staff did a fabulous job the whole week. The wine cooler was stocked with wine and the minibar had water, sodas, and beer. The pool was a little cold but it did feel very refreshing after laying in the hot sun for awhile. The large private patio also had a great outdoor shower. The room had a flat screen TV and a DVD player (so don't forget your DVD's!).
Food- The French chef used to teach at Le Cordon Bleu and it definitely shows! All the meals were excellent and beautifully served. The French restaurant was great as is Lavernda- try the filet mignon (like butter) and the grilled lobster tails. Even the pasta is great (especially the bolognese). Everything is also available from room service 24 hours a day. Definitely get on the Sivory (all-inclusive) plan- if not the food is very expensive (even by New York standards).
The pool beautiful with great drinks and service. Great salads, burgers, and definitely try the shrimp and prosciutto sandwich!
The spa was also fabulous- one of the best massages that I ever had plus a great after sun treatment. Also try the hydrotherapy bath- wow!
There is a watersports center where you can borrow snorkeling equipment or go out on a Hobie Cat (very fun!). Also, he can take you on a Scuba Diving or Snorkeling trip- we went and had a great time- beautiful fish including a very cool Pufferfish!
The staff throughout the resort was always very nice and accomodating- they truly made a great vacation better.
We are already planning a trip back as soon as possible!
See you there!
Take the chopper!
We just returned from a long weekend at Sivory. The hotel and beach are quite beautiful--the grounds are impeccable. We reserved an ocean front luxury suite with a plunge pool which was definitely worth the money. Unfortunately the pool isn't heated-and it's on the eastern side of the island which puts it in the shade for most of the day. The outside temperature was only upper 70's to low 80's so there wasn't much incentive to use a cold pool. The room was great otherwise. Very big with nice sitting areas both inside and out. To be honest we didn't use the sofa once, because our patio was so comfortable. Unfortunately we didn't heed the bug-spry-in-the-room hint, so we were both eaten alive by the gnats and mosquitoes. The bathroom was huge, with a two person shower and tub. The only thing I didn't like about the room was the fluorescent (or blue/cold incandescent) light bulbs. I couldn't understand why they didn't use warm bulbs which are much prettier.
The restaurants were good. The "Open Eye" breakfast is great-but don't let it sit outside for too long. The French restaurant was our favorite for dinner, and the pool side restaurant was great for lunch and breakfast. The chef is a character!
Try the spa. You are free to use the hot tub (which was cold while we were there), and the steam room and sauna. The massages were great---very relaxing. Make sure to book it early before a sunburn and mosquito bites make it too painful!
Also be sure to bring CD's, DVD's and sunscreen!
A true leading hotel of the world
We just returned from a week's stay at Sivory Punta Cana and totally enjoyed the experience. The hotel is everything and more that they describe. The pool area is absolutely beautiful and the views are magnificent. The service is outstanding . The management wants to do everything to make your vacation experience a fantastic one. On our next trip to Punta Cana, we will stay at this hotel again.
Wow! My wife and I recently returned from our first, but definitely not our last, visit to Sivory. Having visited Punta Cana in the past, we thought that kind of hotels didn't existed in the island, but had stumbled upon a hotel that would provide one of the most relaxing vacations we have taken. If you are going to Dominican Rep. --- stay here, avoid te mega all-inclusive resorts. The food, the accommodations, the grounds (still growing), the spa, and most impressively, the staff all make SIVORY a memorable vacation spot. We can't wait to go back.
Honeymoon in sivory
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the Sivory this january. I would like to discuss what I thought about the resort going in and what I think after the visit. (4 nights, Sivory all inclusive plan)
My husband and I are young...28 and 29 and I was a little worried that we would feel out of place among an older crowd...not the case at all, we actually had very little interaction with any guests. Of the ones we did, they were of all ages. Another honeymooning couple, a middle aged couple on an annivesary, a spanish couple, .... We were relieved not to have the pressure of meeting "couple buddies" that constantly wanted to do things with us, we were there to be together, not to entertain others on the resort.
The resort was very low key, which was fine with us... two nights, there was live music at lobby bar that was good.. There wasn't anyone starting a congo line and they never pulled out a limbo stick. Each night, we dressed and went to dinner. The dressing part wasn't bad at all, khaki pants and a polo shirt for me, a skirt for my wife. I was a little worried that the dress code would be strict but everyone looked nice and made you feel that you were at the five star resort you paid to go to. The Bar or restaurant were never crowded and there was never a wait. Breakfast was a highlight, served in the room at the exact time that we ordered it. Lunch was good, good service at the restaurants, pool bar or in our room. we were glad there were no buffets and no crowds stuffing their face all the time.
Heidy at the front desk, went out of her way to arrange an excursion to Samana, a buggy tour, a couples massage at the spa (sensational) and helped us to charter a helicopter to Punta Cana airport for our flight back. This was one of the highlights of our trip, as we got to take in the stunning beauty of the Dominicans beaches from above.
The Management team is not only accessible, but is also extremely receptive. They will turn on a dime to make sure that every guest has a memorable experience. They care, and it's obvious that they do.
We've been to some of the best resorts in the Caribbean, and we are happy to have discovered this new jewel. It is a great value for the money and an experience that you will not soon forget. It is NOT like a big all-inclusive resort (thank GOD!).
If you want a magical experience that you will dream about until you can return, this is the place.
First Class Resort
We just returned on Friday February 10th 2006 from a seven night stay. The resort had only been open for about six weeks. Having traveled to numerous "Small Hotels of the World" facilities in the Caribbean and Europe, our expectations were high. Sivory met or exceeded these expectations!!!
Our experience may be described by comparison. The Sirens and SunScape resorts are an easy walk, about a mile down the beach. At one of the crowded resorts there was music blaring and we happened to observe a group of about 20 people doing a sponsored ring-around-the-rosy type dance. A throng of others were laying close to each other appearing to enjoy the privacy provided by the 20 feet between some chairs. At the other resort there was also blaring music and a group was gathered around someone barbecuing. An announcement was made that feeding time had arrived and everyone should form a single file line. WE ALMOST RAN BACK TO SIVORY!!!!!!!
The only music heard on the Sivory beach is provided by nature - the sound of calming ocean waves.
The staff was the most friendly and helpful we have ever experienced. This is the closet we have ever come to hugging the front desk staff on departure. It was like waving to your family. Calls were periodically made to the room just to see if we needed anything. Unbelievable!!
Our room was luxurious and large with a king size bed, wine cooler, mini-bar, coffee maker, flat screen TV, DVD player, two person whirlpool tub and separate two person shower. Bring your own DVD's since the in-house selection is limited. The luxury oceanfront room is literally on the beach with a plunge pool patio and shower. This is not something they have any control over but be sure to arm up with mosquito repellant if you go out at night. They are alive and well fed in the tropical weather throughout the year. The resort provides courtesy vials of spray. We toured the spa and observed a complete facility.
The three restaurants are under the control of François, a Cordon Bleu trained, Michelin Star chef - Another friendly, humorous and outgoing person. We did not partake but observed a couple being served dinner on the beach - white cloth table, path lights placed just for them and two waiters. The three restaurants offered distinct choices - French, Mediterranean and Asian-Fusion. François is upgrading the menu next week so it will probably only get better. Room service is prompt and available 24 hours. A tray with coffee, breads, fruit salad and juice was placed outside the door each morning. There is a 10,000 bottle wine room in one of the restaurants with a Sommelier on staff.
There is little around the resort or the area. The all-inclusive plan is STRONGLY encouraged. Many of the wine cellar items are included in the plan.
There are yet other features but my fingers are weary. In summary, if you go away from Sivory feeling unrested, there is no vacation to help you. This is as good as it gets. We look forward to returning to see how everything develops.
Loved the sivory
My partner and I just got back from a 5 day stay at the Sivory in Uvero Alto. It is wonderful and one of the best vacations I've had in a long time. We stayed in one of the luxury suites with plunge pool right on the beach. The room was fabulous. The bathroom has a gorgeous, large shower and a large 2 person tub. The bed was very comfortable. There was also a little sitting area with a sofa and chair. The patio was also quite nice, with 4 chaise lounge chairs and a table/chair combo for eating outside.
A couple of things to improve on the room/patio:
1) Plunge pool is not heated, and ours was in the shade most of the day, so the water was much colder than the ocean and the main pool. We hardly used it for this reason. Also, there is no privacy with the plunge pools, but the view to the ocean is very nice.
2) The suite has wonderful views of the ocean due to large windows. Unfortunately, either they do not open or they do not have screens, so it is impossible to keep your doors and windows open (due to the gnats and mosquitoes) and sleep to the sound of the ocean. The AC is fine, but I would have much preferred to sleep to the beach's breezes and sounds.
3) There is a nice flat screen TV and DvD Player, but limited channels (only 6 or 7, 1/2 of which are from Spain and the rest from NYC). We didn't care so much about the lack of channels, but we had been told the hotel had DvDs for loan to use in the player. They had a very limited selection from the hotel's chef, so bring your own if you so desire.
4) A lot of gnats and mosquitoes on the patio - ask them to fumigate once a day for you.
We were on the Sivory All Inclusive Plan, which I am glad we did. I had asked for copies of the menues beforehand and saw how expensive it would be to go a la carte. Uvero Alto is not a town, so there are no local restaurants to speak of. You could go to the Secrets, which is 5 minutes by car, 20 minutes walk, but I don't know how much that would cost. The food is quite good most of the time, and if you don't like what you've gotten, just send it back. They aim to please and were very amenable to special diets, needs and wants (e.g. no culantro!). The wine is very nice, and they have an excellent staff that is very knowledgeable. Many wines are included on the Sivory Plan, but if you want something special, you can get it easily. We got a bottle of Yellow Tail Shiraz for $20 - I didn't think that was too much of a mark-up for a hotel.
A couple of things re: the All Inclusive - the staff does not appear to always know what's included and what's not. When we checked in, the man at reception told us that wine was included, but not drinks (like margaritas, daiquiris, etc.) On our last day, we found out that these drinks were included as long as they weren't made with Premium Brands of liquor. Similarly, we were told via e-mail that non-motorized water sports were included, but when I went to check out snorkeling equipment, the guy at the hut said it was not included. When I consulted with the concierge, she told me that they were included, that we would sign something with the company running the hut, and then the Sivory would back out any additional expenses. Needless to say, I would have preferred greater clarity upfront. I suggest getting what's included in writing before you leave and revalidating that upon arrival.
We'd never been to the DR before, so I don't know how the beach compares to other DR spots. For us, the water was beautiful, with an area that is wavy for boogie boarding and another area (3 minutes to the right) that is much calmer. The temperature of the water is quite nice. My only complaint would be that a lot of trash washes up from the ocean, and the Sivory has people who clean that up every day. However, if you walk along the beach - and go off of the beach directly in front of the Sivory - you will see trash of all sizes. I don't know if the rest of the DR is like this, but I imagine that it is.
Last but not least, be aware that the road from Higuey to Uvero Alto is atrocious. My partner drove, and he is from Peru and he said he had not seen roads like that since the 1980s. I'd suggest a 4X4/SUV type car that rides high if you are going to drive.
Our first six days of our honeymoon was complete paradise at SIVORY PUNTA CANA. From the moment you get out of the car you are greeted by welcoming
smiles and then the tour of the grounds began. It is indescribeable...The grounds are beautiful, the pool and beach are heaven and the villas are fit for a king and queen. What more can you want on your hooneymoon then your own private pool ?. There is turn down service several times a day and you never will be bothered...they have an amazing system to know when you are not there.
What makes the resort is the attention to detail; complimentary coffee & pastries on your doorstep every morning; cold white wine on the beach,
piano played on lobby bar every evening. The most stressful part is counting down the days until you leave!
The food was exqusite! Breakfast by the terrace and lunch at the swimming pool bar, and dinner in one of the three night restuarants were all superb!
The service was outstanding, better then we ever had... whatever you need they are at your service. You will ultimately feel like royalty. We met a
bunch of great people...everyone is so friendly so you can hang out and relax with others if you choose.
The staff at the pool and the beach were great. They were just attentive enough to make sure we had what we wanted and they were never pushy.
If you are looking for a complete getaway from reality where you can be alone with your signifiant other and totally relax in style then the SIVORY
PUNTA CANA is the place. We had a truly unforgettable honeymoon and we are already looking forward to returning to this magic hideaway in the future.
Sivory Punta Cana
Unbelievable!!!!! You will be swept away with the luxury and beauty of this property. The rooms are amazing, the pool is beautiful, and the staff is great. Upgrading to the Luxury Jr. Suite with the pool was perfect, you are so close to the beach. The all inclusive is a great deal and very resonable. We will return as soon as we can. Also try the spa services...great place
Toured the Sivory..
I did not stay at the resort, but I went to see it in January 2006, soon after it opened.
I'm posting the pictures for all who want to stay there, but can't get any information on it.
The place looks beautiful, and the customer service from what I've experienced is excellent.
Hope you enjoy your stay!!!
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