Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
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We decided to stay at an all-inclusive resort for the last few days of our trip. We picked the Grand Paradise in Playa Dorada. The resort was cool, as you walked into the lobby there were Columbus style murals painted on the walls in really cool beach colors. There was nothing very memorable about our stay in the resort. The room had plenty of …
Got up early for an adventure farther inland to tour the beautiful Ciguapa Falls. David came with us and we were joined by a funky German couple, Julia and Anis. The tour included two classic Dominican meals and an exhilarating hike through the countryside. We got to pick passion fruit for a snack on the way up to the falls. The whole trip was an amazing experience that got our adrenaline pumping and had us all exhausted by ...
... about that. What makes a country poor? Was it lack of street lights and and public transportation? The unbearable presence of prostitution? I couldn't tell, but I knew that, sitting on the lighted , tourist riddled beach of Cabarete, I did not feel like I was in the poorest country I have ever seen. I refuse to use the iceberg analogy for personal reasons, but I will say this: I think a very important lesson I am learning around approaches of sustainable development is that ...
After a failed attempt to find Vacabar the day before we finAlly had directions and it was time for a great meal. When we arrived at the Agualina we walked out toward the beach and there it was....we found our own little Mecca. We were greeted with a huge smile from the owner, Cami, and a tail wag from her little dog Charlie. This was likely the best breakfast of our trip. We started with fresh squeezed juice and coffee. From there we had French toast, ...
Having been invited by Freddy up to Santiago for the performance of his play 'A Veces Grito', I would have been stupid to turn it down. I caught a lift up with Alex and Go, a couple who work in the American Embassy, and arrived with a few minutes to spare so were forced to drink a Brugal at the desire of Freddy.
That evening we watched the play, and then journeyed an hour away to a house, constructed by the owner in 3 years, to have a party. We were joined by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Puerto Plata
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!!!!