Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa
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I just returned from a week of paradise at the Fiesta Beach. All I can say is WOW! The food was excellent....but buyer beware as you do not have access to all 3 resorts buffets and the a la Cartes are not included (unless you want to pay $18. US per person) but honestly between the La Uva Restaurant, Pizza Pasta and Sports Bar if you cannot find something of interest then I don't think you should travel. The rooms were okay, I would advise you to bring your own pillows as they are lumpy. The air conditioning worked perfectly and the room was clean...it is by no means the nicest room I have ever had but you won't be spending much time there anyways. The beach is awesome we spent most of the week at the beach. The water is so blue it doesn't even look real and the breeze coming off the water was wonderful also swimming is great as it is all sand...you can walk for miles. The resort is pretty big but the best way to get around the resort on foot is go to the beach and find where you want to go from there as if you get lost in the maze of walkways you could be walking for hours. If you are thinking about taking any sort of gifts down we were told that it costs $20.00 US for a tube of toothpaste so that is a high commodity item...also any school supplies and clothing you might have. You should spoil yourself and get a massage on the beach....go talk to Jerry at the Spa and he will give you a good deal. It was like a week of paradise. The drinks were good Banana Mamas, Coco Loco's, Pinapple Juice with coconut rum, Rum Punch, Margarita mix with dark rum...or good old Presidente (beer). I would rate this hotel as a 4+, the people are really nice there. Also if you want some night life go to the Mangu...it is a disco at another resort that is about a $5 cab ride away and you can party till 6am....the discos are okay at the resort but they play alot of spanish music and by the end of the week I was sick of the few songs that they play over and over. I am sure you will enjoy your stay at the Fiesta. Email me if you have any other questions as I would be happy to share any more input. I would go back in a heart beat. Worst part of the trip was leaving to come back to dreary cold Canadian weather.
Be careful when booking a trip to the Fiesta Complex or the Fiesta Beach Resort. You will not have access to most of the facilities within the larger Fiesta resort. You are allowed to use one buffet restaurant, the pizza/pasta restaurant, one snack bar, a small lobby bar, a small poolside bar and one beach bar.
I am writing this review because we ran into a number of couples who, like us, thought our package included everything in the resort, not just a limited section. Guests from the other sections (Fiesta Palladium, Fiesta Palace) had full access to everything including many buffet restaurants, many lovely bars, and a-la-carte restaurants. It was sometimes difficult to realize that for only a few dollars more we could have had a much larger room and full access.
The entire resort is well maintained and beautiful. The Fiesta Beach Resort section has a slightly run down look, but it is very clean and the service is exceptionally good. The pool is clean and well maintained.
The food and service in the single buffet restaurant are very good.
The beach is clean and the water is clear, but it is a bit crowded and despite all the trees it is hard to find shade.
The resort has a number of amphitheaters. The Fiesta Beach theater was the smallest and the show was often cancelled. You can visit one of the other amphitheaters but you will be charged if you order a drink.
You cannot drink the water in the hotel and bottled water is not delivered to the rooms. To obtain drinkable water, you have to visit the lobby bar.
Two shopping centers are located within walking distance of the resort.
When visiting the centers, be prepared to be chased on the street by commissioned sales people who will use pressure tactics to sell you souveniers at inflated prices. Don't be afraid to barter or you may pay as much as five or ten times the fair price.
For a fair price and and enjoyable shopping experience, bypass all the high pressure people and check out the Los Pinos Plaza gift shop (located a few minutes walk south of the hotel). The prices are fixed, but reasonable.
There is also a store in the Plaza Bavaro (located a few minutes walk north of the hotel) called Gazou. Gaby (the owner) has some unique souveniers. She is European, fluent in many languages and is a wealth of information. It was she that informed us that much of the wood that the vendors claim is mahogany is really just a local wood that has been stained.
To get a little bit of a feel for the area, we took the Bavaro Runners Safari tour. The price was reasonable and it was informative and enjoyable. We would definitely recommend that tour to anyone interested in learning more about the people.
Despite the limitations of the package, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
The Dominicans are charming, friendly and enjoyable people. We would definitely go again but would book the Fiesta Palace instead of the Fiesta Complex/Fiesta Beach Resort.
You Won't Be Sorry
My mother and I stayed at Fiesta Beach from March 22 thru the 29th. The resort was beautiful. The grounds were lush, green and oh so well manicured. The hotel was spotless. The food was excellent. There were so many choices. We ate at the pizza and pasta buffet and the La Uva restaurant. Both of them were excellent. La Uva has more of a variety.
Everything you could ask for was available and it was so tasty. The beach is so gorgeous and quiet. The spa was fun. The pool is awesome. I think this resort deserves better than a three apple rating. The staff was also very friendly. You will not be disappointed here, really.
What A place
We just returned from a wonderful two week vacation at The Fiesta Beach hotel. We read some of the negative reviews about this place and were hesitant as we have never been to the Dominican before. I don't think those people were writing about this resort. The staff were amazing, Miquel the front office manager was very helpful with us when we wanted a room with one bed instead of two. We had great maid service from Johanna and Rosalito at the lobby bar would have our drinks poured as we arrived almost!!
The room was in older condition but it was very clean and besides who spends all their holiday time in the room anyways? The beach is amazing and we never had a problem (during spring break)getting a spot either by the pool or the beach. You are allowed to use the pool in the Lookea (french) complex and they have a geat swim up bar. Their pasta restaurant is great also. We did not find it a problem that there are no a la carte restaurants with this hotel as you are free to reserve at the other hotels for a small fee (18.00 for 2 people). La UVA buffet was great any way, lots of variety every day and a theme dinner each night.
My husband and I had heard about how poor the schools are here so we brought a suitcase full of school supplies such as pencils, erasers, pens. paints, rulers, paper and books on our country and easy to read lower grade level english story books. We did not bring near enough!!!!
The kids were sharing one pencil between two or three students and they would erase their work so the next person could use the paper. The teachers were crying by the time we gave them the soccer balls. If every person who came to this country brought a little something then maybe those kids would have a better chance at a better life.
It is so inexpensive to go the dollar store and buy some supplies and also gifts for the service staff. It is amazing the service you get when you leave a small gift such soap or shampoo on the bed for the maid. A few Canadian T-shirts cost nothing but the smile on the faces of the staff when we gave it to them was priceless.
We made some real friends there, people who are very happy with their impoverished lives as this is all they know. It is real treat for them when they are gifted from strangers from a foreign country.
I would recommend this resort without hesitation just bear in mind that you are going to a third world country and conditions for a 5 star hotel there can not compare to a 5 star in Canada or the US. Hey you are on holidays NO WORRIES!!!
Extremely nice people!
I just returned from the Dominican 4 hours ago.. what a blast! I really
don't know what to say.. everything was just amazing! The food was
great (god bored of buffet meals after a while though), the service was
incredible, and the weather... well.. you couldn't ask for better.
There was somewhat of a language barrier (english/spannish), but the
staff gladly taught me some helpful phrases whenever I asked. The beach
was beautiful; white sand and turquoise water, always with a fresh
breeze coming from the east /northeast.
If you ever want to get out and go somewhere, there are tons of activities that are available, from shopping at the market, or going on a jeep safari! If you ever get sick of the beach (with is highly unlikely), there is always room at the pool. The ping pong tables were lots of fun.. with other sports available too!
I know this sounds impossible to expect in a resort.. but in my
opinion, it couldn't get any better!
p.s. BRING PEPTO BISMOL!
My daughter and I went away for a week, last minute idea and ended up at Fiesta Beach Resort. Did not know much about it, read some reviews but were looking to get away. What a nice surprise. The place is beautifully landscaped and very clean! We stayed at the Beach which is the smallest of the fiesta complex, and with the least options for dining. But this did not ruin our trip. The food at LaUva Buffet was very good, with lots of choices each day , swithcing theme nights so no repitition. and we bothed enjoyed it. My daughter is a very picky eater I should add. If we were hungry later in the day or evening, we just went to the sports bar: open all day/night with nachos, pizza, hot dogs/hamburgers/sandwiches & salads etc. We also could have eaten in the pizza/pasta buffet, but never did. The rooms are typical hotel rooms, where we heard the other fiesta rooms are much larger, but ours was very very clean & nice, and we were only in the room to sleep, so how much extra room do you need anyway?. The best part of the vacation is the beach! so if you want sun and gorgeous water than you are going to the right place. The market to shop is in walking distance on the beach which was a nice plus if you want to venture off for a bit. This was a great place, no complaints. The staff was very friendly, we had only a few problems with communication because mainly they speak spanish, with broken english, but we got by. Not a big deal. We did only one excursion, the safari which takes you into the Dominican Republic to see how the people actually live, making a few stops along the way. It was done very well, and we enjoyed it. All in all ,everything went very well and we loved this place and would definitly go back again! It truly was a great trip! Any questions, feel free to email me :firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just came back from Fiesta Beach Resort (March 12-15). I am a 30 year old female who went along with my 25 year old female co-worker. The hotel is so beautiful. The grounds are very well kept and is surrounded by palm trees and flowers. The pool is very nice and clean. The rooms are very pretty, clean and spacious. We had a balcony with a pool and ocean view. The rooms have a TV with cable, however you must request a remote from the lobby. Beware, the rooms do not come with a clock.
Please bring one if you plan to take tours, etc. where you need to wake up at a certain time. You can't always rely on a wake up call. You also get a free safe for your valuables. The food is really good and is available buffet style. The staff at the entire resort is very, very friendly and helpful, even with the language barrier (they speak Spanish). The beach was not all that great. There was a lot of seaweed and the sand was kind of thick, but it was bearable. They have a lot of free activites going on at the beach such as kayaking, windsurfing, dance lessons, etc. There were a few topless woman but not too many.
There were also not a lot of kids there either. They have nightly bingo, and a show that didn't seem too interesting. Mostly older people attended those events. You don't have to exchange your money for Dominican Pesos because US dollars are widely accepted. There is a jacuzzi and sauna at the spa which is nearby that also has excercise equipment. There is a tram that takes you around the resort. All in all, for the price we paid, the beautiful weather, the very nice treatment we received, and the good food, I would say my money was very well spent.
My friend and I went to Fiesta Beach on January 1st, 2004. We arrived at about 11pm, and by 12:30 we were settled in the room, everything was smooth and organized. We were so hungry, we walked to the Sports bar and got pizza and hot dogs, we were glad they had food available at that time. Over all the trip was good. We were careful about what we drank and ate, as it's so common to get a bug their, but we were fine the whole time. I got an infection while I was there in the middle of the night,( nothing to do with the food or anything), just a personal thing. It was so bad we had to have the on site doctor get out of bed at 3:30am to give me a shot and drugs. The doctor was wonderful, she spoke perfect english, as well the men working at the front desks! Make sure you buy travel insurance. We had to pay the doctor over $600 cash for my medical bill, because I don't have a credit card. We spent nearly all the cash we brought with us, which ruined our plans to get our hair braided and buy gifts and go on tours. The insurance company refunded 100% of my money. My friend and I took a taxi one night to a place called Plaza Bavaro, where there is a Disco called Mengu. It cost $6 in the taxi each way and the disco was free entrance from girls and $5 for men, drinks not included. It was much better than the disco at the hotel. Hip Hop and Salsa and Latin music! We're two 21 year old women though, and the men we all over us. At first we were flattered by the constant attention, but by the end of the week we were getting really annoyed. We noticed that the girls at the resort who were there with husbands or boyfriends were left alone completely. I would recommend this resort for young people who want a vacation on a budget.
It was great because we just wanted to suntan and drink and go to the Discos and relax.If you're looking for a highclass holiday with a la carte meals, this one isen't your best choice.
Pleasant Punta Cana
My 12 year old daughter and I were searching for a pre-Christmas winter getaway. We found an inexpensive yet almost totally satisfying experience at the Fiesta Beach Resort. This all-inclusive resort is located on the famous 20 plus miles of Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana D.R.Highlights: The weather: sunny in the 80's all week! Beach: soft, white sand that stretches for miles along the palm tree lined coast. The grounds: magnificently manicured grounds at Fiesta Beach Resort. An oasis of palm trees and gorgeous tropical flowers. Cleanliness: the rooms, grounds, restaurant, palm tree lined pool and other resort facilities were extremely well kept. Sailing:We loved taking the easy to use small catamaran sailboats out in the bay. Body Surfing: Had a blast "catching a wave".Other thoughts. Nightly Entertainment was o k. LOTS of dancing, some singing and audience participatory skits. The food was good. Buffet style. Nothing extraordinary. Omelets, fresh fruit and pasta dishes were our personal favorites. The all inclusive plan was somewhat limited in adult drink selections. But the Pina Coladas were excellent! (IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST ASK for bottled water. I learned the hard way.) Rooms were basic, nothing fancy. The tile floors and bathroom were more than adequate. Again every thing, including the bedding and linens were very clean. Resort employees were generally polite, but somewhat shy and sometimes aloof. Knowing some Spanish would be quite helpful, though certainly not necessary. Although tipping is included in the cost...you may want to bring some one dollar bills. In this extremely economically poor country, one dollar (or bottles of lotions etc,) are very appreciated by the resort staff) Snorkeling was nothing special. Fish were plentiful...but the colorful coral compared to other Caribbean destinations was almost non-existant. While the ocean provided that magnificent turquoise hue....the clarity was not nearly as spectacular as some of our other previous Caribbean destinations. (British and U.S. Virgin Islands) For Americans...it is a multiple cultural experience. For the obvious reason....being on a foreign language speaking island. And, being at a resort that was filled mostly with European, South American and Canadian guests. VERY few Americans. (The Canadians we met were super... as were many from other nations that we were privileged enough to meet!) I should note, for those who may be unaccustomed to the practice, with the large number of European guests at the many Bavaro Beach resorts... topless sunbathing is quite common.Summary: Fiesta Beach Resort is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. It allows you to experience the Caribbean in a picturesque, tropical setting without paying as much as two or three times more to be at a 4 or 5 star resort. (Our all inclusive, air included package, was 800 dollars each.) My daughter absolutely loved it....often making favorable comments and comparisons during our stay regarding the nearby more luxurious resorts on Bavaro Beach.
As we began our adventure into the Dominican Republic we could not have imagined the series of events that were awaiting us the Fiesta Beach Resort in Punta Cana Dominican Republic We landed at the Punta Cana airport at 1:00am Sunday November 23rd and arrived at the Fiesta Beach Resort at 1:30am.After a few minutes to check in we were assisted by the bell boy who drove us to our assigned room. We had reserved a triple occupancy room and were assigned a single room. We returned to the lobby only to be told that no other rooms were available. After several hours of searching for rooms and a power failure and total blackout we were finally given a room. As we approached the room in a small motorized vehicle we hit a lamp post that almost fell over us. To make matters worse the room had not been cleaned by the maid. We were now heading back to the lobby at 5:00am for yet another room change. It was about 6:00am when the hotel gave us two separate rooms and asked us to return to the lobby the next day to change rooms. Finally, a bed!It was only on day two of our journey that we realized that we had been misinformed about accessibility to certain restaurants on the resort. We had been told that whether we stayed at the Fiesta Beach or the Fiesta Bavaro we would have access to the restaurants of either resort. Yet another surprise when we realized we were limited to two buffet restaurants instead of the four restaurants we had been anticipating. At 15:00pm we made our way to the lobby to change room one more time. The lobby personnel presented us with two rooms. Finally, we thought something excellent was happening as they were compensating us for the mishaps and troubles of the last eighteen hours. We made our way to our rooms, finally unpacked our bags for the first time when the telephone rang and the lobby personnel was advising us that they made yet another mistake and that we should not have been assigned us two rooms. Once again, we packed, moved to another room, and unpacked again as the worst 24 hours of this vacation had just passed by.As the days went by we tripped on pot holes in front of the lobby twice, our water system failed twice; once in the early evening as we were preparing for supper at an A la carte restaurant, and again at 5:00am one morning were we had to leave our room in total darkness to use the washroom at the lobby. To compensate the hotel Guest services representative offered to provide us with a late check out for free. We gladly accepted even though we knew it was too good to be true. Our Nolitour agent confirmed with that we could be checking out at 23:00 on the day of our departure.Finally, the departure day arrived and I took it upon myself to verify that we did indeed have a late checkout confirmed. I made my way to the lobby early in the morning and discussed my situation with the lobby personnel. I was not too flabbergasted when they advised me that no late check out was confirmed and that the hotel was completely full and I was expected to check out at normal checkout time. Yet another miscommunication, more complaints with our Nolitour agent , and more frustrations for us. I had never experienced such poor hotel management, confusion, disorganization, and incompetence. Furthermore, we almost did not leave the Fiesta Beach hotel on the day of our departure as at check out we were not provided with a boarding pass to embark the bus and we were not on the list of passengers to pick up. I could not have imagined another day there!I have traveled to many places and have never had a more tense and traumatic experience. By now I had filed so many complaints with our Nolitour agent, I had moved more than I ever had before, and I spent more time arguing and complaining to hotel personnel. We were overwhelmed with emotional and physical stress. We are in need of another vacation to say the least and rest assured that it will definitely not be at any Fiesta Hotels.
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