VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort
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... headed to the public school to spend 3 hours painting classrooms. It was hot and exhausting, and tricky to do without water or rags. Once again, however, the kids stepped up with such eagerness, and worked till it was done.
Exhausted, we returned for a simple dinner and a quiet evening. I think I played hearts-- yes, with Adonis. Teaching a new game with lots of rules in another language seemed like 'doing the most' but seņor was able to explain it and we played till lights ...
... country is full of friendly gestures.
After dinner at the hotel, the kids enacted the quincianos ceremony. Which is basically a fake wedding ceremony to celebrate her coming of age. Kayleys fathers, Natalie and Annalore, toasted her and helped her choose her court. They danced ( her pretend husband Caleb promises he'll work on perfecting her waltz soon) and celebrated and then we spent hours preparing items for our group for the last day ...
... of their starting price.
After shopping we had dinner at the hotel, and threw a quincianos party for Kayley
The teachers insisted on giving her the maximum interpretation on the Dominican tradition of splashing water in the face of the birthday girl-- they decided to surprise her with a toss in the pool. They pulled her aside with an apology for ...
Today, for the first time, we took the initiative and went to a school and did a craft with
the preschool class without anyone holding our hands! Considering that the kids
and the teachers all speak Creole and only broken Spanish and almost no English,
this was a big step. We were all very nervous because the teachers did not even
know we were coming and so it felt funny to burst in on their class, but the
teacher was actually very glad to have us and a huge ...
... and the 'chef', probably the father, also made an appearance. Helpfully the menus had pictures of each meal, always the signature of a quality establishment. In addition some images had been annotated with 'NO' and the lamb dish changed to 'GOAT'. This exotic meat instantly caught Zoe's eye. I opted for a simple pasta dish, thinking we would probably end up sharing the one meal.
As we sat and were serenaded by the love songs, I couldn't help but ...
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Pure paradise, can't fully explain the true excellence of this place. We went in a group of 8 and met a couple there and not one single person can make a single complaint. The food is fantastic with an amazing amount of choice, the rooms are spacious, spotless and very comfortable the weather is fantastic, and the staff truly made our holiday, Derek, Junior and Puba are such great fun, I really miss them guys, the there is Mr Felix, gorg body girls, and Cheeta is destined to get the blokes going! Entertainment is what you make it, we got in there and had a really good time, learning various dance moves that will stick in my head forever! I can't personally imagine a holiday ever being any better, I would go back tomorrow!
Dive School in Hotel !
I have visited Gran Ventana and I recommend to everybody to do their PADI diving license with the Pool-Instructor of the Hotel. You will find him close to the towel desk at the big pool, and he will guide you from the pool to the underwaterworld of Sosua. It is amazing !
Thinking this was a 4 stars hotel, I stayed at Gran Ventana all last week. It did not meet those expectations at all!
Our room was musty wen we first arrived. I attribute this to our arriving during the off-season and that the room
We (my girlfriend and i) went to this place for a friends wedding. 9 hours from uk, is a long time but hey, i've been to australia, so no problem. after the all travelling, ariving in the room was very nice. fully air conditioned. very spacious, nicly decorated. then it was meal time, well, the most gorgeous food and loads of it. after 11 hours traveling a feast of 3 plates full was needed. and went down well. then i'm afraid it was bed time, the travveling had took it's toll.
This is the best resort in Puerto Plata we just got back from our 9th visit and once again we had the time of our lives, We traveled with a group of 27 this year who were family and friends and proud to say that there was not one complaint.
Hi!whe went to gran ventana on july 97,for our honeymoon,whe had a super time,the hotel was great,the food was okay for me but my husband loved it,the beach was okay,y expected more from it,the staff from the hotel they where great,the cleaning lady was very kind never accepted tips,whe had to leave it on the bed the day whe left,the shopping mall was fun to go,it was so very hot,in 7 days whe got like 10 minutes of rain,and it was at night,compare,to all the other peoples,that's talking about the ventana,whe had the chance to go,to the restaurant a la carte,whe didn't had to wait,y think whe had the reservation for the next day,but my husband dind't really like his supper,but y did,y really enjoyed my staying at the gran ventana and my husband to,now whe decided to go for hour 5th anniversary,to cayo coco in cuba whe gonna stay at the el senador,whe heard it was a very excellent hotel,whe really can't wait,where going in june,for sure im gonna come back here,to let you know how it went,but for the gran ventana,if you ever go,your not gone regretted believe me.
We stayed at Gran Ventana for a week in Feb 2002 and have the following insights:
Hotel Gran Ventana
Lovely accomodation, backing on to the beach. Friendly staff, plenty of places to walk to and a shopping arcade within 10 minutes gentle stroll. Excellent food and drink (all inclusive).
I just need to say that when you go to a country such as Puerto Plata, you realize just how we take things for granted. We, as Canadians are spoiled. This trip made me realize this. I would recommend anyone visiting this area. It is quite the culture shock, ladies, the men will love you.