Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
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... Our last school day started with a pelota tournament. Last year the big sport on campus was basketball. Somehow this year the shift was made to playing baseball. It's hard for me to believe because these kids seem like they've been playing since they've been walking. They are very skilled, and their natural fitness with the ball is amazing to watch. So of the rules in the playing field were different than what were used to: we play on the basketball court, bases are a pile ...
... that we made the most of all the time we had.
At the I was introduced to Aline's mad skills in the area of bartering. All of the vendors wanted me to direct the group to shop there wares. We were approached by vendors with hats, jewelry, fresh fruit, massage, cigars, braiding skills, and henna. The kids were not really interested in shopping, but Aline felt like bartering just for fun. This girls a natural, I'm bringing her with me to ...
... it as a lucky hat.
After our day with the kids we had a quick dip in the pool and delivered our donations and supplies to Dream.
Otto took us shopping for souvenirs-- that was interesting. The kids had been taught about bartering and some were anxious to try their skills. Many were very good. I thought I was impressive for buying handmade wooden spoons for ...
... I then quickly found a few other places we could stay and decided God would work out the rest. So on Feb 14th, feeling very unprepared, we left for Snow Camp with the middle school youth group. We had a great weekend of teaching and community shared with the kids and leaders. On Saturday night, in tears I shared my fears and hesitations with Margo. She encouraged me and confirmed that she felt we were meant to go. The group sent us off with prayers, which ...
... the rest of the day. Further, the fact that the residents had no attending, were not doing the procedure correctly, and were singing and So loud while the patient lay naked on the table was appalling.
So, I am still at a place where I feel uncomfortable with the idea of being in a hospital outside of the US.
We got Off at 12:30 and found a bus stop bench to eat our lunch on. Prior to that, we stopped by the cafeteria to ...
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I have found a home away from home. I have been to the Paradise Beach twice and am currently planning my third trip within the next month. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, which is why these types of sites exist, but if your "standards" are so high that only Hiltons and Hyatts will do for you, don't go to the Dominican Republic. Yes it is paradise on earth, yes you will meet some of the warmest people you've ever openned up to, but it's also an economically challenged country that essentially lives from tourism!! If you are not open to the experience, then go to BORA BORA and hook up with XXX!
Okay, so there are mixed reviews on this resort. Everything all depends on what kind of person you are. The hotel wasn't really nice, but it was a funky fun place to relax. I expected a little tackiness, and a lot of fun. This is what I got. This is the Dominican Republic. You are not 'home'. This is a poor country.
I dont know where the other reviewers where staying but this place is horrible. The food is barely edible. The only thing I ate was breakfast and salads, who can screw up eggs and bacon. Even though I paid for an 'all inclusive' (Doesnt include much), I had most of my dinners off the premises because like I said the food was horrible. Drinks were horrible, you only had one choice, which was their nasty dominican rum which I never heard of before. I didnt even have the option to order anything else. The island is a slum, and everyone has their hand in your pocket, everything is a scam. I would stay as far away from this 'pimple on the a$$ of the world' as possible. Would you believe I had to buy the lock for my safe from the front desk for the week? As for the casino, stay as far away as possible, its filled with thieves. Youve been warned!!!!
This hotel is average. The rooms are quite small but clean. We had an ocean view room on the ground floor which was nice. The food could be better, not much taste and one meal even included a hair. The beach is great however the pool has lots of kids. I would go back to the Dominican but try another place to stay.
Ok but not that great. This place is a kids play park in august. They are everywhere and it's annoying. Also, the animation team do only what they want to do. They schedule all kinds of activities but when you show up, there's nobody...
The beach is very nice, and the food is OK.
Fun in the sun....
Hi , My friend and I just returned from the resort about 2weeks ago and except for a mild case of pneumonia we had a great time. The entertainment was amazing, the food was good, I myself am just a little to picky when it comes to food, the room was cozy and always well cleaned. The drinks were great, when I finally disovered the one I enjoyed on the last day....We would definately go back.....Bye from Canada
Well...I had fun
The people working there were decent at what they did. Food was decent to good. Liquor was severely watered down. After about 60 rum and cokes you should be good to go. The saving grace was the other guests at the hotel. Had a great group with Conquest for 17-24Feb02. If not for them though, this place might not have been worthwhile. I had a great time, but I went for reading week. Any other time might not be so good...
I`ve been to a lot of hotels all over Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba and more and of all of them Paradise beach resort was the real paradise, the people were nice and very friendly, I will probably go back next year and the next and the next. Food was great people, discotheque was fun Crazy Moon and the water sports were extraordinary, and best of all were the animateur like Eddie, Georgina, Daniel, Chocolate, Steven and all the rest who I forgot to say. Anyways if you are hesitating on where to go go to the actual PARADISE BEACH RESORT & CASINO. ciao
This Hotel Rocks
I stayed at this hotel this summer. I had so much fun and would love to go back.
I've died and gone to heaven
This is the closest you can get to being in heaven without dying. The people are great, the food was excellant all and all it is an experience that will never be forgotten. I've been there twice and would love to go back again to feel it again!!!!