Occidental Grand Punta Cana
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Historical Traveler Reviews Occidental Grand Punta Cana
I went to punta cana for 2 weeks with my friends in august and we all found the place very nice. The beach is wonderful and the girls are incredible and thats the reason why we went there. Beside this the hotel was beautiful and there were alot of activities to do. There were a couple of bad things like for example there is no safety over there I suggest if you go you be very carefull and the food was the same almost everyday but it was better then in Cuba last year. So basically those are my opinions about the hotel and I would go back anytime
What a terrific vacation
We were five couples who vacationed at The Miguel Angel and there wasnt one thing we could complain about. The rooms were magnificent and clean, the staff was courteous and though they spoke very little English, they were most accomodating to us all. They went above and beyond their routine duties to make sure our needs were met. The private beach area was spectacular and never crowded. We were treated like Royalty. It was sad to leave as we all had a great time and we cant wait to go back. The food and the restaurants were excellent, there was always a new variety of food each day.
The Hotel Management invited us, at their expense, to the gourmet restaurant for dinner as they wanted input from American visitors as to what needed to be changed or if there was something we felt they needed to know to make their Hotel an even better place. We had no complaints and the dinner was superb and the Chef came out to greet us and to spend a few moments conversing with us. I would recommend the Occidental Flamenco Bavaro to all.
What I think of the hotel
I went to Punta Cana for 2 weeks with my parents, my friend and his parents. The hotel was very nice and there were alot of activities to do. The beach was awesome but I found it alot nicer in Cuba when I went last year. The food was horrible after 3 days u couldn't eat anymore because it was the same food almost everydays. The service sucked if u wanted a drink u had to tell the waitress at least 3 times before she brings it to you. During the night we had the disco that was OK but a little small and the worst part was that u had to pay over there for the drinks. One thing that we did not find very nice it's that there is no safety for example we went one night in the hotel at the mexican restaurant and when they serve you the fajitas they put Tequila and they light it up and one night we went and I am not joking on this one they lite it up and a guy caught up on fire and was burned from the upper body. So what I'm trying to say is that there is a low safety there. The rest was ok but I wouldn't go back even if it was for free I prefer Cuba alot more
Not Worth It
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Flamenco for one week. The trip itself was relaxing, but not quite what we were looking for. Activities and entertainment were close to non existent. The nightly entertainment was boring and almost exactly the same every night. Staff were not overly friendly and very unhelpful. The bartenders, I found, were quite rude and you had to be sure to specify that you wanted alcohol in your drink (if you aked for a pina colada, you would get a virgin). After reading other reviews, I was expecting terrible food, but actually found it to be fairly tasty (although it was the same food everyday). The grounds were beautiful and the beaches gorgeous (but too packed). We went down hoping to meet people to party with, but very few guests spoke English, and the nightlife was minimal. The Flamenco would be a nice place for families, but not for single people looking for a fun time.
I just returned from Flamenco Bavaro hotel in Punta Cana three weeks ago. I, for one, had an awesome experience! I'll admit, some of the food was definitely inedible, but there was always other things to eat that were. My advice is to stick to the local cuisine. The Dominican's attempt to make American food failed miserably. But that is my only complaint. There were a hundred and one things to sign up for and do, like snorkling, horseback riding, and scuba diving(these were the activities I did). Most of the staff spoke only a little English, so I suggest brushing up on your Spanish before going. What I learned in high school was just enough to get by, but one of those pocket books is definitely a good investment. The staff was very busy, and you need to understand that although you are on vacation having the time of your life (hopefully) to them it's just the normal hum-drum of a 7 day work week, so you have to learn to be patient with them. However, a little kindness and a tip here and there will get you a long way. The beach was the most beautiful I've ever seen even better than pictures or movies. The intermingling of the natives and the mostly european tourists was one of the highlights for me. I never would have guessed that I would take away memories not only of the people who live there, but of people I met from Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and all over the USA. If you are looking for a relaxing, family-oriented, rum-filled good time, this is the place for you. I am definitely going back someday.
Avoid At All Costs!
I don't even know where to begin. This was my first all-inclusive and a serious disappointment. Like the other reviewers, I thought the food was mediocre at best, inedible at its worst. The buffet/cafeteria area is hot, poorly ventilated even though it is not enclosed, loud (reminded me of my 2nd grade school lunchroom and I'm REALLY not kidding), the floors were sticky, and it was badly lit. The grounds are beautiful and it seems that they have about 5 landscapers for every guest. The rest of the staff though, has a handy knack for ignoring you, and has no sense of customer service. The toilet in my room felt like a rocking horse. There was no remote control for the TV - they handed me one at the front desk when I asked about that. The room has no information on the facilities - the only hotel room I've ever been in like it. No one told me when the meals would be or what was available and where. If you don't get to the beach by 6 a.m. you can forget about getting a chair under a palapa. There were people fly fishing in the swimming area of the ocean - who pays when somebody's eyeball is ripped out of their head? This place is a ripoff.
Well heres to start, everybody has expeiences on a resort that make it stand out more or less. Personally it was a nice resort for relaxing, the food by the third day is boring. If your not big on food its great, staff is tired and understaffed effecting the overall service. I had a great time but i could have a good time anywhere. Any complaints it would be the food, if your big on food pay the extra 200.00 and go to the riu palace.
but i still enjoyed my stay, entertainemnt was barely visible.
Flamenco has to be recommended !
My wife and I spent one week in Flamenco Hotel, Punta Cana, and we have no regret about our holidays. Room was clean, people in the hotel very kinds, food various, plentiful and tasty (dixit a french guy!), beach so nice...
Do not forget your anti-mosquitos weapons if you have a journey aroud the country, and your sun protection!
Do NOT GO TO THE OCCIDENTAL FLAMENCO!
The beach is nice and the grounds are pretty and well groomed, but unfortunately that's all I have positive to say. The food is horrible! All we could stomach is salad and fruit. Being at a 4 star resort you'd think that you could get lettuce but half the time we couldn't. They had cabbage on the salad bar. Not quite the same. One time I couldn't even get ice for my drink. They speak no English even at the front desk. My husband said it felt like we were on SURVIVOR! And we paid to be there. Don't know how we survived 7 days there. The alcohol was very watered down. One time we had over 40 drinks and didn't feel anything but bloated. I wouldn't go back there if someone paid me. Well it would have to be alot. Punta Cana is a georgeous beach....just don't stay at the Occidental Flamenco...or should I say Accidental Flamenco. Just a thought....we went to Puerta Plata 5 years ago and loved it!! Paradise Resort and Casino! Two thumbs up!!
Occidental Flamenco resort review
My wife, daughter, and I went to this resort in January for just 3 days. It was very beautiful and had a great pool and a gorgeous beach with white sand. The palms were huge and towered high overhead making the scenery like a paradise. The rooms are also very big and nice. We had a second floor room with a cathedral type wood beam ceiling. It was very nice. The in room safe was broken though and could not be used. Also, the food was not very good at this resort. We are used to the good food at the Iberostar Resorts in the Mayan Riveria. The ocean was a bit cloudy and had debris in it, but it was warm and we still had fun. The landscape was very nice with lots of colorful flowers and plants. I would highly recommend this resort if you aren't real picky about the food. It was just OK. The special restaurants were also just ok. The service was average.
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... Yari and I go wayyyyy back and have been together going on six years now. Two peas in a pod.
We had relaxation on mind when we booked this trip. Really didn't want to do a lot of trips, going out etc. Mostly wanted to chill poolside and on the beach. Which we did everyday. With the exception of one excursion "Outback Adventure". It was a fun time but a ...
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... the rites which he was very enthusiastic about. After the wedding we headed to a resort on the beach called Playa Blanca which was beautiful. It had the most enormous (soon discovered) fake cake and there was a beautiful table set up and a dance floor on the beach. All the ladies were encouraged to help themselves to free flip flops and pashminas. The wedding had some beautiful speeches in both English and Spanish and ...
... like passionfruit which looks like snot with big black seeds in it, guava, which really isnt good, and papaya which is ok, but after oneor two bites im done with it.
oh, they did have bacon tho, and tons of it. bill ate lots of it, i had one peice the whole week and that was all for me. was kind of flavorless and mainly fat.
there was a section of different fresh made juices, each day it was different so i tried a different juice a few days. one day i had ...