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... the beach and Stacey filled her bottles with sand and we took photos. Saw a Dominican family playing in the surf - We both went topless sunbathing and a man walking with his wife tried not to look. I think we might have even been buzzed by a helicopter! - Took pictures in the surf - Tonight was a meal at the Seaside grill. Best steak I have ever had in a restaurant and the chocolate brownie was a towering monster ...
Late rise. Breakfast at the world cafe Floated around and read in the pool before enjoying an hour at the gym. Grabbed a quick snack at the Coco Cafe Read on the balcony before heading to the beach to be thoroughly baked. Enjoyed a 1/2 hour of yoga with instructor Lisa. Returned to the room to wash sand from unnamed places. Tried to get a table at the Sea ...
... suit and the little guy was active and seemed like he was laughing when you tickled him under his wings. That made swallowing a good portion of the Atlantic worth it! - from there it was a lazy cruise to a natural swimming pool where we lounged in the warm water, protected by the natural coral reef from waves and predators. - Perfect half day excursion because it seemed like we had both enjoyed a full day and we still had ...
... high winds. After a quick look around for a free umbrella we decided to check out the pool and found a spot to relax for a couple hours while watching the lizards running around the pool chairs. Then, as we were heading off for a dance lesson and yoga on the beach we walked into a local market place set up along the walkway. Lisa bought a painting and we both ...
... coconut. It was a bit bland so we headed to the bar where I added rum and Lisa swapped hers for a strawberry Daiquiri which she managed to pour into the coconut shell. Then we opted for a day relaxing on a floaty in the pool taking a break midday to grab a bite at the poolside grill. We carried our food back to the room and enjoyed it on our balcony in the company of ...
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Stayed at Edenh last week and here is my honest review:
Resort: It is beautiful. The beach area is the best that we saw on our walks. People would be walking by and always asking security guards what the name of the resort was. The service from waiters on the beach was great. Had a message at the beach hut ($72. for a swedish message) and it was top notch and the girls very friendly. They have every kind of watersport activity there for guests to use and plenty of instructors to help you. (Catamarans, kayaks, banana boats, tramopline in the water, little surfing boards, parasailing, ect...). The pools and courtyard are beautiful. The lobby area is very comfortable and spacious. There is a lobby bar that is fun and a waitress always going around in the bar and lobby seeing if you need a drink. The service from employees is very good and friendly and the bartenders are a riot! It helps to know some Spanish or take a little Spanish hand book with you because they do not speak English much at all so communications at times is tough.
Food: We ate at all the ala carte restaurants and they are average at best. The best is the Asian at the hibochi grill. You get a variety of food and lots of it but you have to go at 6:30 when they open or there becomes quite a wait for it. The Fiesta Buffet is good. We ate breakfast there everyday. We always got omelets as they made them to order and they were always hot. Most of the other food there were cold (like the bacon, sausage and potatos) but you can find fruits and yogurts to eat also. We did not like the beach front buffet at all. We tried it once and never went again. The hamburgers were cold and under cooked. There were flys all over the food. If it was supposed to be hot food, it was cold. and if it was supposed to be something you ate cold, it was warm. If anything the pizza there was okay.
Room: We had booked the Adults Only Section with all the extras and I would NOT recommend doing this at all. The room was nice and bathroom spacious with the wall around the bathroom being about a foot from the ceiling. It is an adults only floor and we had kids on our floor!!!! There is no private adult pool there like we were told. They have now changed it and all the pools are for everyone to use so there are kids at all the pools and swim up bars. We did get a fruit plate and bottle of rum in our room but you have no ice bucket or ice machines available so what good is the rum. Our fridge had 2 waters, 2 sprites, 2 cokes and 2 Presidente beers in it when we arrived. The next day nobody came to fill it so we called guest services and still no one came. The next day we tried to call again to have it filled and still no one came. We were told by guest services that you are aloud only 2 beers in your fridge a day and we said we would just like someone to come and fill it. The whirlpool tub is out on the balcony but we did not use it for fear of being bit up by the bugs. The maid did a nice job cleaning the room but never left any hair shampoo or shower gel so we had to call to get some and waited a long time for them to bring it. She also took my lotion from the amenity basket and never replaced it. You are suppose at get your beach towels put in your room every night but that did not happen either. We had to go to the pool hut a few times to get them and they would say they are in your room so we had to explain that we did not get them. The maids let your doors open when they clean your rooms and that is how the mosquitos get in. I was bit about a dozen times in my room. Everyone gets the same service at the pools areas so where is the VIP upgrade? We did get VIP check in that was nice but you do not get VIP check out and had to wait in line about 25 minutes to do so. We just could not see where spending the extra money for the upgrade was worth it.
Overall: This resort will be a top notch one when they get all the bugs worked out. You must go there with knowing you will see and hear construction.and the staff still has some training to learn.The beach, pools and weather are great. The only things open are the 3 bars, the pools and restaurants. No casino, bowling alley, theater (shows are in the lobby courtyard and shows are entertaining), coffee shop or ice cream shop. One guest had her cell phone stolen out of her room and her mother recieved a 5:30 a.m. call on it from someone speaking spanish so they need to step up security also. We did see alot of people complaining about there room location but not all the rooms are done so the resort can only do what they can. I would consider coming back here some day but not until they are more established. As one guest said: Looks like they jumped the gun when they opened up!
Nice resort, not much to do...
My fiance and I stayed at the Edenh from Jan 11 to Jan 18. It had only been open for 6 days when we arrived, so we had to be patient. It is a beautiful resort, and will be even more beautiful when it is complete, within a year. Even though there was construction it wasn't a bother.
We arrived at 10:30 pm, we were greeted with drinks and hot towels and had no problems getting our room. The rooms are a 5*, 2 person whirlpool tub, nicely decorated, stand up shower, and a private toilet. We ordered room service which was good and went to bed. We were told to meet our sunquest rep at 9am, but they never showed up, in fact you have to make an appiontment because there isn't someone there all the time which was a pain. A lot of people had trouble booking trips, or not being picked up once they were booked. Still new, but just a heads up. We went on the carribean festival, it was ok but pricey, swimming with the sharks was cool to watch...unless you like that sort of thing. We also went to Sasona Island which was GREAT!!! The boat ride there was on speed boats, then approx 3 hours on the island, and a catarmeran on the way back. It was mostly a big party, lots of rum and lunch on the beach. The only thing we didn't like was the 2.5hr drive to get to the boat. It made for a long day.
The resort is quiet, many older people just relaxing. We are a young couple in our 30's and felt out of place. We did meet some fun people but there wasn't much going on in the way of partying, animation, or entertainment.
We also found that much of the staff couldn't understand or speek english, which was very frustrating. However they were very friendly and did their best. Hats off to LUIS and ALEXIS, the best bartenders there, they were very entertaining and made the best drinks, whatever you wanted. They made the whole week for us.
The food was barely edable most days at the buffet, but the american and japenesse restaurants were fabulous!!! At the buffet it was the same day after day, with not much choice, and the food was never hot. Had it been hot I wouldn't complain, but in the dominican the last thing I wanted was cold food. It was bad enough there were a couple people who spent the whole week sick. One girl ate chicken salad from the beach restaurant and never really recovered.
Overall our trip was Ok, we definately made the best of it and tried not to complain, but honestly I probably would not go back to that resort, maybe not domincan at all.
The DANCERS were AWESOME!!
I just returned from Edenh Real Arena, and had a FANTASTIC time. We checked out the other resorts in the area, and BY FAR prefer Edenh. The beach was clean. Security at the beach kept the beach vendors from becoming bothersome. Rooms very comfortable, particularly whirlpool tub on the balcony - loved it. Food and drink was excellent and plentiful. What made it a personal experience for me, though, was the dancers. The dance lessons by the beach were better than I've ever had on a cruise ship. The guys involved us in activities which we quite enjoyed (from painting, to water aerobics) My favorite though was their participation on the dance floor at the club after the evening entertainment. They got everyone out on the floor up on the Tantra Lounge. I can't believe the hours those guys put in, and yet are so happy and energetic. I highly recommend this resort, and plan to return next year.
Just got back and had a great trip. We went well aware that this was a resort in progress, so there were no surprises that things were still being worked on, and work was actively being done. For us, it was fun to see fountains all the sudden working, new landscaping that hadn't been there the day before, etc. Every day something new is completed, so for those of you going down there at the end of Jan, just wait and see- all of what we are saying now on these reviews may be null and void by the time you get there.
Our room was very nice- we were on the 4th floor, one of the Paradise Club rooms. We had a beautiful view, limited bugs, excellent maid service, and room service. We did have people stopping by frequently to see if we needed anything, but hanging the "do not disturb" sign worked well for that. We had a jacuzzi tub on our balcony- it was so fun!
The pools were nice, not crowded, and the bartenders were excellent. We really had a nice time at the pool bar and met lots of nice people. The pool and the beach had plenty of open chairs.
The food was average, but this too was a work in progress- every day there appeared to be something new at the buffett. I only ate at one of the evening restaurants, the American one- one night it was great, the other night it was average. Atmosphere needs some work (i.e., softer lighting, music, etc), but it is my guess that these little kinks will be worked out in the weeks to come.
The staff is extremely friendly and accomodating, the beach is beautiful, the drinks are cold- and overall I cannot complain. There is clearly an emphasis on customer service, and all good resorts start with that as there base. As for the things that still need work, this is a resort that will be different by the week with the speed of progress. I plan to return some day and cannot wait to see all the changes.
Las habitaciones grandes, con cama enorme o dos camas grandes, con yacuzi con sales de baño y completas hasta con tabla de plancha de verdad y por supuesto, secador, cepillo de dientes, elixir para la higiene bucal, gel, champú, suavizante de pelo con buena potencia, etc . Armario grande para la ropa con muchas perchas de madera para faldas y de colgar, estanterías, cómoda con cajones, y mesitas de noche con buena capacidad. Muy limpias. El hotel precioso, de lujo y rodeado de los mejores hoteles de playa bávaro. Es el más bonito de la zona para mi gusto. El servicio muy atento y los animadores una maravilla. Las actividades variadas y divertidas. El menú perfecto. Gran variedad y la parrilla de lujo. Los postres exquisitos. Comer en el restaurante de la playa fue una delicia, precioso y muy cómodo. Puedes darte largos paseos por la playa y usar el catamarán, etc. Un lujo, las mejores vacaciones de mi vida y PERFECTO.
Operating but far from ready
We just returned from a four night stay. This is not a five star resort, three at best. And even considering much will change as they continue building and planting in my honest opinion the restaurants will not have the capacity to meet guest needs. In response to another posting, the beach is rather small in comparisons to other resorts. This is a smaller, more personal resort as contrasted to the mega-resorts.
When we were there the second week of Jan. the occupancy was probably only 40% at best as the remaining rooms were being completed. At that, the beach lounges were all in use by 10AM and the ala carte restaurants had people waiting to be seated at 8PM. Even though the staff are doing their best, and are extremely happy to serve you, they are a bit overwhelmed at the present time (ala carte, not buffet). The food is good, again 3 star not five. The grounds are not lush as the plantings were going in daily. A year from now will be a different story. This is a resort under construction, literally. There are multiple dozens of workers preparing rooms, planting foliage, re-constructing, wiring, painting. We stayed on the beach and used the main swim up bar so the construction didn't affect us much. The drinks were good, the food okay and the beach just perfect. That's all we wanted. However as seasoned Carribean travelers we know the difference between good, bad, mediocre and exceptional. The EdeNH is middle of the road.
Put on your list of places "TO GO"!!
Great location, great hospitality, brand new rooms. The food was perfect, with several choices for dinner (no reservations needed). The cleanest and largest beach on the strip (IMO). No time share folks chasing you down, no hawkers on our beach. Perfect weather, the only drawback were the mosquitoes, but I was told this is the time of year that they are the worst. Staff will fumigate your room if you request, but do bring some repellent if you plan to be out in the evenings. Other than a few expected glitches from it being a new place, the stay was perfect.
Edenh is amazing!
We (my 12 year old daughter and I)
have just returned from a week at the Edenh Real in Punta Cana. We were literally the 1st clients for this resort!
The brand new hotel is magnificent...if your worried about a new resort not being ready....don't worry! it's the opposite! They have staff ready to serve you everywhere...you cannot finish a drink on the beach without them knowing and getting you another. They are eager and excited to have you there.
The resort itself is incredible, we stayed in a club room with a hot tub out on our own deck, over looking the ocean, it seems every room has an oceanview. The food was great, the pools and swim up bar was really nice. My favorite restaraunt was the Asian, with japanese tapan style grill, chinese and sushi bar!
The bars were fun and the entertainment was really great...to be honest, it was hard taking yourself off the resort property to go experience the attractions. Oh yes, I almost forgot...the beach is super clean too.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did, I am going back next year for sure.
Great stay...they're ready!!
We just returned from a one week stay at the Edenh Real in Punta Cana. The resort is still undergoing construction but it doesn't interfere in your fun.
We did meet the infamous Punta Cana Mike and had drinks and laughs with him. HE DOES EXIST!!!
The hotel staff was happy and smiling and went above and beyond to be accomadating. If we had a complaint it was dealt with quickly and effectively.
First the complaints. The mosquitos were horrible. The rooms and foyers were filled. We slapped the walls bloody with them. The hotel manager was aware and working hard on the problem. First they provided room foggers and Familycare OFF for our personal use. They had a fellow walking around with a "ghostbusters like" fogging unit, which proved to be ineffecitve. So by Tuesday the big fogging TRUCK arrived everyday around 5PM. He drove around the premises fogging the area. By the time we left the problem was under control with just a few mosquitos getting into the room. Mainly when the maids cleaned. Out on the beaches and around the pools there were no bug issues. It is my understanding from Mike that this is an Island issue and not necessarily just here. Bring spray.
Always try to get a room overlooking the pool, otherwise you will be looking at construction men and a big black screen from your patio. Our first room was "gardenview" with a view of the construction site. They bellhops called and had us moved. No problem.
The rooms are weird. Our room had the large garden tub inside.
However there is nothing seperating the tub and toilet/shower area from the sleeping area. At night if one person rises to "use the facilities" the light and sounds are disturbing to your roommate. There is really no private place to change, and you have an audience as you brush your teeth. I can't imagine going with children over the age of 5, or "just friends" sharing the room. In discussing the rooms, the hotel understood our concerns and is looking into a screen or shutters etc to provide privacy.
There is an easy to use safe in your room for your valuables.
Our bedlinens were crisp and brand new. The beds were comfortable. If the room is too cold, turn the air off. You really can't control the temperature. The ceiling fan was all we needed at night.
The food, by and large was good, however usually not hot enough. Again by the end of the week they were getting it right. I must say that the special restauants served excellent food. At aot of all-inclusives usually the buffets are better but not here. Try each restaurant. The Beef scallopine in the Italian is EXCELLENT. The Asian is Great. (except for the miso soup, too fishy) The Romantic is far from romantic. The place looks like a brightly lit Valantines heart on steroids. The American style cafe was good.
I do think they could change up the beach grill buffet menu a little and add more variety each day. If you have an occasion to celebrate, tell the desk to arrange a cake and champagne. The waiters will come singing with it to your table at whatever restaurant you're at.. The breakfast buffet is excellent. They'll cook your eggs anyway you want, or grab a bowl and fill with Omellette additives and they'll whip that up . You'll have to run the bread thru the toaster twice to really get toast.
The bartenders are attentive and the beach runners are Fabulous. Tip these girls they work hard. Try a dirty monkey drink after lunch....chocolatey goodness.
I took a sailing lesson from Carlos whose a little rough but wants you to learn. Just tell him to slow down and give you a minute to think. He'll back down. The other instructor seemed more patient. I needed more lessons but had to go home.
There is no snorkling here....so leave your gear home. Ours never left the room.
The shows were diverse and entertaining. The bar upstairs under the stars is really nice. Go lay in a cabana on a comfy bed and have drinks delivered. WONDERFUL.
Go see the Kareoke nite even if you don't sing. VERY entertaining. The Vegas lounge singer Chris Blizzard was very good.
If you go with Apple vacations the girls will tell you the beach towels will be in your room. The aren't. Just ask at the towel station and they'll give them to you. No cards needed.
We were lucky to get there as alot of the hotel came to life. The fountains were not working when we got there.....They are lovely now. The lights along the walks were being wired and now glow nicely. The wall hangings were sitting on the floors and are now adorning the walls beautifully.
My opinion : Go to the Edenh Real if you're going to the DR. Just walking up the beach and looking at the other resorts, you'll see how great it is in comparison.
I'll give it an A with the expectation that in a few weeks it will be an A++ when they "iron out the little wrinkles".
Excelente - Vacaciones inolvidables
Desde el primer saludo a la entrada del hotel hasta la despedida 5 dias despues nuestra experiencia fue maravillosa. Fueron vacaciones en familia con ninos, adolecentes, y hasta la abuela. El tiempo fenomenal y el servicio de bar en la playa era como estar en el Paraiso ;-) Las habitaciones muy comodas y limpias - el servicio de camareras muy bueno. La calidad y diversidad en el menu fue impresionante desde el desayuno hasta la cena. Eso sin hablar de la espectacular cena de fin de ano - cena, baile que recordaremos toda la vida.