Be Live Grand Marien
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... one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
... Unfortunately we were introduced to them during orientation week and can't stop ordering them now! I'm also addicted to their iced coffee which was even better when I figured out how to say skim milk! They put a little bit of cinnamon on top and it is just fantastic. They have some Dominican food and some American food so it's great for when I want a break from rice and beans!
... It is fairly common, however, for darker skinned Dominicans to be a little bit "in denial" of their African descent. Almost all women get their hair straightened and would probably be mistaken for Haitians if they did not. I personally can't tell until someone speaks; if they are speaking French/Creole they are Haitian. In this way, I think that there tends to be more classism than racism. If someone is dressed in nice clothes ...
... wrong with Italian, right? Well....the bread and olive oil were good. :) Actually, my margarita pizza was also pretty tasty. Tara could not eat her seafood alfredo and said the smell of it alone was not very good. We took care of that by stopping at the hotel shop for chips, some soda and a Twix bar (my dessert). I'm guessing we will venture off the resort one of these nights if we ...
... kitchen at my host house
By the time I said hello to Heather, it was time to go, so I excused myself
and went home where lunch was waiting.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Be Live Grand Marien Puerto Plata
Spent 2 weeks here in January and had no problems with this resort, at all! Appearance, staff, food & drink, entertainment & location were all outstanding. We highly recommend this resort. If you are going to have a great time then you definitely will here. Look up Joyce (Lorilar ranch) A day trip with her will be your highlight I'm sure. The Dominican people treated us wonderfully & we'd go back in a heartbeat! We miss it already!
Coral Marian Resort was wonderful.
We spent a week and could have easily stayed for two.The Chocolate friends were great.They kept everyone entertained.Friendly and helpful were the rest of the staff.The food was delicious and plenty of it.No one should go hungry.The rooms were clean and so was the resort.The beach was clean.Just a wonderful holiday.
Fun, Relaxing and Exciting!
What a wonderful resort, just flew in last night and wanted to tell everyone what a great place this was, wonderful food, great people. The Chocolate Friends ROCK, especially Jiro and Grace, they work so hard all day and night to keep the guests busy and happy. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone. If you go, find Joyce the Horseback Guide from the Bronx. Joyce has lived in the Dominican for 13 years, she and her guides know the mountain like the back of their hand. $50.00 US get you a full day (9 to 5) of riding, swimming, eating and visiting local homes and people. It was the best $50. we ever spend. We met a 102 year old lady named Munga who took us into her home and showed us her life, truly a national treasure. Anyhow, that's it. What a trip! What a great "bacation"
Not long enough
I stayed one week at the Coral Marien at Peurto Plata and had a wonderful time. The resort was impecibly clean and well serviced. Even after some of the major rain storms we had while there, the staff was out at the crack of dawn cleaning everything up and making it all look perfect again!
The service personel at the resort - right from the maintenance workers to bar tenders to waitresses and front desk people were all friendly and helpful, never failing to give us a big smile and a "Hola" .
The food was incredible! A wonderful selection of well-prepared and beautifully presented food was available nearly 24 hours a day. You could, in fact eat or drink any time of the day but the selection was reduced after 11:00pm to the snack bar (burgers, hotdogs chips that kind of thing late at night)
The drinks flow very freely at the resort and the selection, once again, was as large as anyone could need with a large number of cocktail style drinks available as well as beer and wine.
The rooms were very nice and kept clean and serviced each day. The maid replenished the water jug each day but if you need more you can just take the jug to one of the many bars and fill it up with drinking water too. We had an ocean front room in building #4 and loved it (nice and quite). There is a difference between an ocean view and an ocean front room so if you truely want a view of the ocean, ask for an ocean front. Be prepared to look through the trees on the beech though as they do obscure some of the vista. We enjoyed having the trees there to block the wind and provide a sense of privacy from the beech.
We only booked a week there and would have stayed longer if we could have changed our flight back. Next time I will not make that mistake- two weeks minimum!
Overall, an excellent resort. It is new, well taken care of and very friendly.
Awsome Trip and Will Return!!!
We just returned from our trip to Puerto Plata. I, along with 5 other friends had a blast at this new Resort. We were there for New Years. Everything was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves. The people who work on the resort really fun!!! The "Chocolate Friends" were awsome. Romy was the best. He went out of his way to make sure that we had a fun time at the pool and at the disco. He even taugh us how to do the chocolate friends dance and brought us up onto the stage every evening. They do this to anyone who wants to, but he was always with us. Jimmy, Hairo, Juan and Grace were also great. And how can I forget Severo, the bartender at the disco). This guy would remember your drink and serve it to you before you even asked for it and he always had a smile on his face.
The rooms were good and so was the food. There was a good show performed by the chocolate friends every evening. One of the chocolate friends, Ricky Martin, coreographed all of the performances.
I would recommend this resort to anyone. There is something for everyone to do, young and old. You don't even have to leave the resort if you don't want to. This is a 24hr resort which was a bonus. The only a... we came across was the chocolate friends boss. I don't know his name, I only know that he is French, he made it known. This guy needs to GO!!! He makes everyone miserable and my friend Biljana K., let him know what she thaught of him. There were a few other people that had told him also!!! His staff would be much happier if he wasn't there and you could actually tell during the performances when he was there and when he wasn't.
Anyways, If you are planning on going to Puerto Plata, I would recommend this place to you and your entourage.
One of the best!
We stayed at this hotel in Decemebr 2002 for 2 weeks. If you are planning to go here you will not be disappointed. The hotel is stunning. 3 huge pools kept immaculately clean and spotless grounds. 24 hour all inclusive with a great choice of meals, snacks, drinks. Our highlight was afternoon tea around the pool serving fresh crepes, yum!
We could not fault any aspect of this hotel, go ahead and book you will have a great time.
Love Coral marien!
Coral Marien was amazing! They had really good service, and it was never crowded! The service was always friendly (especially if you speak spanish). The nighttime shows were great, and the dancers do their "Chocolate Friends" dance before each show to get the audience involved! The scenery was beautiful, and you couldn't ask for better weather! It was a great place to be. The one thing that I was disappointed in was the fact that they served alcohol to minors, but wouldn't let them into the disco. Other than that, vacation was perfect!
14 year old opinion
This hotel is one of a kind. The beach front is ausome! It is well takin care of and shaded. The water was a bit sea weedy once but that was because of the way the wind was blowing all the other days it was clean. The service couldnt have beeen better! The bar tenders are nice and friendly to everyone and are always in a great mood. The maids are nice and because they dont make much money if you make a quick trip to the dollar store before you leave and buy some cheap lip stick, nail polish or even stickers to leave is a tip they really enjoy that. The chocolate friends were amazing!! they are so talented and fun! They make your week a blast. The rooms were really nice!! now that the hotel is more developed they have liquid milk, and bar fridges for everyone, along with a well stocked bar. The food is ausome too. somthing for EVERYONE! I thought this hotel was amazing and i would recomened to EVERYONE and so would everyone else i know who has gone there.
The week of a lifetime
I went to the Coral Marien 5 or 6 months ago and it was amazing. Everything about it could not have been better. The food was out of this world, everything you could ever want was at ever meal. The only thing I wish was there was milk, they only had powdered milk. But everything else was amazing. The weather held out good, one day it rained but it's such a warm way you could go out swimming or for a nmice walk along the beach in the rain. The pool was gorgeous, and VERY clean. The enetertainment was fun and it got you ready to go dance at the disco, which also was a lot of fun. And the staff, well, you could not have asked for funner staff. I wish they were allowed to dance and let loose alittle more at the disco but the manageer won't let them. But their personalities and outlook on life makes your vacation just that much better. I loved it so much I'm going back sometime this winter for sure!!
Coral marien puerto plata
feb22,2002 recently returned to canada from a 7 day stay at
the new resort-all inclusive-coral marien.Must say, they have a few kinks to work out there,although the resort is very clean and well-appointed, the staff needs to be versed in table service in the main buffet area.As well, there was a shortage of fridges in the rooms-only 50 fridges for 300+
rooms.....the other beef is that you have to pay $22.us dollars for a safety deposit lock and key for your room.First time we have ever experienced that.The mini-bar was not stocked as well as it could have been.had to ask for bottled water everyday from the cleaning staff.On the plus side, beautiful pool area and the spa services were affordable and much enjoyed.