Club Med Punta Cana
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My post graduation trip with my college roommate was taken to Dominican Republic - never once have I ever wanted to come home from a trip early, especially a 1 week trip, but there is a first time for everything.
Now, in complete disclosure I will say that had I done a little more pre-trip research I may have enjoyed my time in DR more, or …
On our first full day at the resort the weather was gorgeous - our soul intentions for this trip was to sit pool side and not move...utter relaxation...we managed to do a full day of this!
The pool was nice and it was the off season so it wasn't very crowded at all. Overall it was a great day and we enjoyed it very much.
We had …
As I mentioned before, I didn't do my homework. And the too good to be true price we paid for the week turned out that obviously there was a reason. May is the rainy season in DR. The day started out well - we hit up the beach and did some kayaking and swimming in the ocean and then headed to the pool where we planned to remain the rest of the day …
... staying at the reserve not the main hotel. I also highly recommend this hotel for kids because at the reserve there are mini watersides and for adults there are relaxing cabanas everywhere! I hope you enjoyed the first part of my blog, and i hope you visit the ...
... befreien, haben wir uns mal eine Auszeit in PuntaCana gegönnt. Schon wahnsinn, dass man einfach 2,5 Std im Auto sitz und dann in ein All inclusive Resort in Punta Cana eincheckt. Was für ein Leben :-)
Halloween haben wir hier ganz gross gefeiert, aber ist finde ich ehr so wie Fasching gewesen, man konnte sich einfach als alles verkleiden. War aber ziemlich witzig. Waren auf einer riesigen Party mit Eva Simons, Otto Knows, Dirty South ...
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Amazing, Amazing, and once again Amazing!!
This was our third trip to Punta Cana and it keeps getting better and better. The food, the beach, the sports, the rooms...it's truly a perfect all-inclusive vacation. I watched my 13 year old be the star of the circus show and my 10 year old now wants to be a pro tennis player (Like Andy Roddick!). I would recommend Club Med to anybody. We even got a very nice discount through bayclubtravel.com. Do yourself a favor and go spend a week at Club Med Punta Cana. You will thank yourself later!
Nice, but Hot & French
Just returned from 8 days at Club Med Punta Cana. Family of 5, children 16, 13, and 9.Things we thought were positives: beautiful beach, pool, sportsactivities (sand volleyball, kayaks, snorkeling, basketball, rollerhockey, windsurfing, archery, aerobics, etc) that are all included, "circus school" when they teach anyone how to swing from a trapeze and walk a tight rope (my daughter loved this), all inclusive bracelets for drinks (extra charge), pool open 24 hours, plenty of beach & pool chairs, free drinks include Powerades and Red Bull energy drinks, free hot food at snack bar on beach open extended hours, plenty of towels, cable TV in rooms include CNN, Disney, Nick, and ESPN, changing room with lockers for travel days so that you can ejoy the beach, 5 minutes from Punta Cana airport, major airport at Punta Cana with direct flights to US (e.g. USAirways from Charlotte) makes travel very convient, nightly shows with GOs at 9:30 PM that includes activities / dancing for children, beautiful landscaped grounds, and very safe & secure resort & beach area (plenty of security). Food buffets were plentiful, good selections. Bfast from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM. Lunch from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM, dinner from 7:30 PM until 9:30 PM. Even though the resort was full, we never had to wait for a table. Dinners always had a theme and on most nights there were different themes at each of the 2 dining areas.Things that we thought were negatives: French is the primary langauage of the resort for both the patrons and the GOs (however, most GOs were bilingual but some had real difficulty speaking English) - (this was a real negative for our children who did not speak French and attempted to make friends to no avail. They finally met some others on our 3rd day from the US.), the only newspapers and books sold in the gift shop are in French or Spanish (forget about getting an USAToday, etc), the maintenance staff & housekeepers speak only Spanish (making simple request like more towels, etc very challenging), based on French preferences the Air Conditioning in the many of the rooms does NOT go below 76 degrees, also when you leave the room and take your room keys, the air conditioning shuts off, the two restaraunts are NOT air conditioned making meals uncomfortably hot, Club Med seats you with others at meals (therefore if you want some private family time, or don't speak French, you have to stress that you want your own table if one is available), there is no information sheet in the room regarding simple resort information items like check out, phone use, etc., no coffee makers in the room, the resort is so spread out that if you are at the "quiet end" (like we were) the walk for morning coffee is approximately 12 minutes one way, because of the heavy European influence - many females are topless, no video game room for children, no teen specific dances, & no internet access available (link was down).When we checked in to our room we had water running down the wall of the bathroom, supposely from a tropical storm the day earlier. In addition, we attempted for 3 days to get our air conditioning looked at since our room temperature was hovering around 78 degrees. Trying to communicate to the maintance staff in Spanish and the resort staff in French (we don't speak either of these) was very challenging. After recieving a rebuilt air conditioning motor one night at 10:00 PM where our room now went to 76 degrees, we gave up in trying to communicate to get it cooler.We rented speed boats one day (extra charge) and traveled down the coast to Blue Lagoon. Need to be 16 to drive and at least 12 to ride in a boat. Good trip. However, Salvatore who runs this program does not speak ANY English!.Finally, while we all "drank the local water", two of us paid the price. Bring plenty of Pepto Bismol and take it proactively to prevent "the travelers bug".Overall, beautiful resort with many sports activities for everyone. Upbeat enviroment. Very safe and clean. Liked all inclusive approach. We did really enjoy ourselves overall. However, probably would not return to this resort due to the lack of air conditioning in dining areas and lack of "cold" rooms and due to the heavy French population / culture.
The perfect vacation
I am 19 years old and have a 16 year old brother and my family and I cannot say enough about Club Med Punta Cana. We have been there 6 times already, most recently this past June, and we definitely plan on going back again. Each time we go back we love it more and more. Both my parents feel that Club Med is the only vacation that truly feels like a real vacation from the very first moment you arrive; there's no adjustment period and it takes no time at all to begin relaxing and forgetting about the world that you've just left behind. There are endless amounts of activities to participate in such as beach volleyball, tennis lessons, and pool games, if you feel like it, but you are in no way forced to do anything. The G.O.s everytime we've been there have been amazing, and this past time was no exception. The G.O.
staff, especially the tennis G.O.s whom my brother and I go to know quite well since we are avid tennis players, was involved in everything and by the end of our week there a portion of the G.O.s knew each of us by name, and most of the others recognized us. The food at the restaurants is also amazing. They have anything and everything you could possibly want to eat and everything tastes amazing. The beach and the pool at Punta Cana are beautiful; the beach is picture perfect like a postcard and the pool, which is enormous, is merely steps from the beach. One of the most unique and most amazing aspects of Club Med is that you sit with other G.O.s and guests at every meal. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know the G.O. and some of the other guests. We've been to two other Club Meds, Club Med Paradise Island and Club Med Eleuthera, which is no longer open. Both were nice but Club Med Punta Cana definitely has a more "Club Med" feel, the G.O.s are more friendly and there are more group activities going on. I would definitely highly recommend Club Med Punta Cana to everyone. It truly is an amazing place to go for a vacation.
The Most Fun Ever!
Club Med Punta Cana was honestly the best resort I've been to! The staff was so energetic, and fun, they really got everyone to have a good time! It was honestly hard to leave after meeting so many interesting people. There's also so many activities to choose from that there was never a dull moment! It was truly a great vacation for all ages!
Great time for the whole family!
My husband, my 14 yr old daughter, a friend of hers, and myself spent a week at Punta Cana. We got a great deal but went a bit reluctantly, not quite sure what to expect. Possibly too may men with gold chains and women in lurex. We are pleasantly surprized - much more of an up-scale atmosphere that we expected. You could do as many of the group events, exercise classes, corny nightly shows or just veg with a good book. At dinner, hostesses sit you with other parties, so we had a chance to meet lots of new people (very international crowd) and have some interesting conversations. The girls were off on their own a lot and really enjoyed the freedom of being out at night on their own. There were lots of staff around and we felt the night time situation was quite safe for them on their own. Food was quite good - very Euro - considering how many people they have to feed. The rooms were great. We had a bedrm, balcony and sitting room. The girls were next door in a 2 bedrm unit. Lots of space for everyone. The week just flew by! Very relaxing.
Fantastic getaway for the whole family
Just returned from our second family trip to Club Med Punta cana. A fantastic break for us all, the club has a beautiful location and is just a five minute ride from airport (we did not notice much air traffic whilst staying there). The kids clubs facilities are all wonderful,relatively new, incorporating separate pools per age group and a lovely large playground. Our 3year old was wonderfully loked after and entertained by the GM's and our 5 year old quickly made friends in the club, performed in the circus show and picked up some spanish and french. We all enjoyed the excellent food and most days Mummy and Daddy enjoyed a civilized lunch together overlooking the ocean, followed by a siesta!
Fantastic - cant go wrong!
This place was all that had been promised and more. I went with my six year old daughter and we both had the time of our lives! The kids club was perfect, just like summer camp and totally reliable caregivers! She did so much and learned so many new things I cant believe it! Being not much of a sports fan I thought I would spend most of my time reading a book on the beach, but I was so busy windsurfing, rollerblading, practising archery and learning spanish that I barely spent any daylight hours with my books! (still manged to read two complete novels on the patio in the wee hours while my daughter slept!)The place is beautiful, the grounds well kept, the staff all friendly and responsible, the food was very good and plentiful buffet, two very nice restaurants to choose from, lots of action available if you were so inclined, peace and quiet readily found if you were not. At night I could BARELY hear the music from the beach disco from my balcony. No unwanted noise at all from inside the room. Not complaints but things you might want to know are: I believe all the rooms are the same configuration - one king bed in the main room, two twins in the other. Sliding doors separate these areas, the TV is in the room with the two twins. (I came across two men travelling together who were not happy with this set up. I think the two small beds can not be pushed together.) There is no bath tub, but a LARGE by most standards shower. Everything is very clean and we were assured the water was safe to drink (we used all bottled water anyway) BUT bring Immodium or Pepto or whatever works for you AND your children. Dont leave any type of food or candy (including chip crumbs, peppermints or sticky juice cups) laying about in your room! Tiny little bugs who dissappear in a very orderly lineup once the food is gone away. I dont know or care where they went, only that there was no sign of them again. I am bug phobic and even I could deal with this. I could go on forever about how impressed I was with tes Hawaii a good run for the (much less) money!! Everything was sooo easy!
I really loved it!
It was great!. I highly reccomend the Virgin Pina Coladas with a bag of Nacho cheese doritos. I also reccomend getting a bar bracelet! They are so useful! Do the Blue Lagoon Family Trip! And collect some sand! Bye!
I'm puzzled as to why there aren't more Club Med reviews. Well, if you haven't tried one, you're missing out. I've gone to several, as a single & now with my husband & kids. Bottom line: you can't go wrong. They have a good all-inclusive product that doesn't vary much from club to club. As for Punta Cana, we just returned (Feb 2-9, 2003) & had a great time. The kids club alone is worth it: 12 hours a day of camp, chock-full of activities, leaving the grown-ups to their own fun. Plus, it's a very pretty resort--not too big or small (holds about 1500 guests)--with a pristine pool, palm-tree-studded beach, two all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurants & sports galore. Rooms are typical Club Med--clean, basic, nicely decorated--with private patio, a good-size bathrm & a door separating the kids' beds from mom & dad's. Spacious & luxurious? No. But that's not what Club Med is about, though each room does have cable TV & a phone. Could use more storage space but that's a minor quibble. The food is fine & plentiful, as long as you're not expecting 5-star gourmet quality. And as long as you can abide by set meal hours. Crowd is mostly families--a mix of Americans, French & Canadians. We took a Club Med charter from JFK, which made travel easy. Book this one!
My mother took all 12 of her extended family to Club Med Punta Cana for a week, and we all loved it. The GOs were nice and energetic, the food was good and vast, the accommodations were pleasant (except for those in outlying areas where the walk back and forth got tiring), and the activities varied and interesting. My 4 year old liked the Mini Club activities, giving my wife and I about 5 hours a day to ourselves. Highly recommended.