Playa Real Beach Resort

Villas Del Mar Beach, Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic | 3 star resort
Prices starting from $100.00

Travel Blogs from Juan Dolio

Gracias 180 Grados!

A travel blog entry by vicky17

... dissertation research on documentation and the movement Reconocido with the fantastic help of Telemin. It has been extremely interesting to learn directly from those living here about the issues which they have to deal with on a daily basis. That said, I am really looking forward to travelling, being a tourist and not having to worry about work or anything uni-related! I have 6 weeks of travels planned starting tomorrow when I go to the familiar Bayahibe. Muchas gracias 180 ...

Year Abroad Article

A travel blog entry by vicky17

... so it would be good publicity for the charity and issue in general.I finished and send the article off today (with the help of Dad to send it due to the slow internet here!)The charity will also publish it on their website! They have asked me to translate it into Spanish, although I think this may be a bit of a challenge. I'm going to try but not sure how it'll go!

Stuck in the mud

A travel blog entry by bearethere


... were a strictly all-inclusive beach kind of traveller I would go back. Punta Cana has beautiful beaches and great resorts. My favourite part was the visit to the Cathedral and making new friends.
See you later. Tune in for (I hope) more upcoming adventures.

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Visit to Consuelo and area

A travel blog entry by la_profe


... the back of a truck, it actually tastes pretty good! The malecon is always a good time, full of fun and laughter and friends, and you always bump into someone that you know!

On the last day of Ian's visit, we decided to drive to the province of El Seybo, which is 2 provinces to the north of San Pedro de Macoris (where I am located). I have never been there before, and I have heard so many times how beautiful it is, as it is tucked in ...

Update - and THANK YOU!

A travel blog entry by hmaclean

I know that it has been a while since my last posting, and I apologize for not getting a chance to update sooner. As you know from my last posting, there is a boy here who needs a brain operation as soon as possible, and the family has no way to pay for it or any follow-up medications or treatments. I am so happy to be able to provide you with a very positive update on what has ...

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Playa Real Beach Resort Juan Dolio

    Great value holiday


    Although a long drag from punta cana airport, and houskeeping being slow and short of reorganisation, i thoroughly enjoyed my 14 nights stay, good staff, food fine and facilities good

    I had a great time! Would go again!!


    I stayed here in February 2004. I was concerned about staying here as I had never been to the Dominican Republic before, and had not been able to find many reviews of this hotel. My fears were not put to rest until I arrived at the hotel. The hotel is beautiful, the staff very friendly and courteous, and our room was excellent! It was clean and we had excellent views of the ocean from our balcony. The a/c in the room worked above our expectations (even getting too cold at night!). I was disappointed with the beach as there were vendors that tried to sell you anything from CD's to braids. The water itself had a lot of seaweed, so we spent most of our time in the pool. You do have to get up early to get a lounge chair, but I believe that's the case with many of these resorts. I do wish that they would provide a map of the resort, as well as a list of useful information, as I did not find certain things (such as a phone) until the end of my trip. We flew into Santo Domingo and the ride to the hotel was only about 30 minutes or less from the airport. I have stayed at other all-inclusive resorts, and this one was not as nice as the others, but I didn't pay as much either. I would highly reccommend bringing along a spanish phrase book, as spanish is the OFFICIAL language of the island. I would definitely stay here again!! (Check out this web-site for more info on the Dominican Republic... ------------------------ )



    The Playa Real is advertised as a four star resort.It is an outright lie. It advertises a magnificent beach for water sports etc. The only catch is--you have to be able to get in the ocean first. It's dirty with loads of black slimy seaweed, lots of rocks and a strong under tow. In order to go into the ocean at all you must walk a ways to adjoining resort and use their beach. The only reason I wanted to go to the Dominican was its fabulous beaches. Needless to say all I wanted to do was go back home. I can go in a swimming pool at home I don't need to travel 3 1/2 hrs on a plane. We were there 1 week as it took that long to get transferred to a different resort and never once got a face cloth. We requested ground floor room and was told that was reserved for us only to be put on the 4th floor which would have been okay but on the second day it quit working.On the bus ride from the airport the tour guy told two girls since they were the only ones he could bother talking to that the resort was only a 2 1/2-3 star resort.When asked how come it was rated higher in the brochures and on the net,he said so they could get clients.The only thing that saved our vacation (after another $500U.S. and a $70 U.S. taxi ride) was the transfer to Casa Del Mar in Bayahibe. It was fantastic.I don't think I would be interested in booking with Sunquest again and definitely not in La Romana.I feel they owe me a weeks vacation,I waited all year for this and they did little to make it enjoyable.



    My husband and I just returned from this Resort. We ended up having to change resorts during our vacation. This resort was very dirty. The staff was not helpful at all, nor friendly. They would only rinse the bar glasses with cold water and reuse them for other customers. They didnt wash them between people. We watched them do this. The grounds were not kept clean. Nor the public bathrooms. The food we found always cold. In the morning you needed to go find a spoon for your coffee. They only gave you a fork and knife. We have been to several other resorts and are not picky people at all. But when you walk to your room and you can see where you walked, and debris on the stairs for two days, you know they didnt clean. Our room had no balcony, no air conditioner or hot water. They did finally change our room for us, but at this point we were to upset and decided to change resorts to make our vacation nicer. I would not recommend this resort at all and will never go back.

    I'm not well travelled , but this place was DISAPPOINTING


    I love good food, I love good drink, I love a hot beautiful clean sandy beach, I love ocean swimming and snorkelling. This place offered NONE of those things, I could write chapters but I'll be brief. The food was the worst - soggy over ripe fruit, Tang for orange juice, goats milk in pitchers of ice, soggy ice cream, fish, pork and chicken sub par and over saturated in grease, pizza reheated, soggy and flimzy, wine was garbage, beer was draft only and lacked substance. The beach was small, dirty , yellow, hard sand. The water was coral bedded, un swimmable, mirky so you couldn't snorkel very well, it dropped off steeply after several feet so wading was difficult. Most of the staff were only spanish speaking except front desk, bartenders and vendors (haha yay lets have more of those). I had stomach cramps intermittently thru out the 2 week stay, immodium helped. The trip to Saona island was amazing, gorgeous white thick sandy beaches, volleyball was fun there and snorkelling on near by island (started with an "M" i forgot the name) was great...Wow fish, vibrant colours!! THAT is what we should get at the resorts for a $1700 2 week excursion. I dont know what these other reviewers really enjoyed about this place , but I'm definatley going 5 star + AND reading reviews of picky well travelled people before i go to the dominican again! Hope this review helps those indecisive people looking for a bargain.

    3 stars not 4 stars and not 5 stars


    The usual route to Playa Real is to fly into La Romana. We flew into Punta Cana. Beware, this is almost 3 hours on the bus. Our guide didn't talk or provide any relief from the long trip other than 1 short stop.

    Loved the seafood


    found hotel rooms to be average, clean and roomy,didn't like towel situation,took them away in the morningand didn'tget them back some days till 7 pm. food was very good especailly the seafood restaraunt.

    tv only had two english channels but not there to watch tv anyway.

    staff were very friendly and very talkative.beach was nice but had to be down early to get a lounger. took a half day shopping trip to santo domingo, well worth the $25.Only drawback on our trip was landing in punta cana airport instead of la romana,it was a three hour drive to the hotel from the airport. All in all a good value for the money.

    Dont plan on sleeping!!


    My boyfriend and I visited in August 2003, checked in at 11pm only to find out our room had been double booked and the ocean view we were promised did not happen. We were okay with that, however we got to our room only to find out we had to sleep on a small pullout bed for 3 days. It was horrible...during the day all we heard was kids screaming by the pool and at night the disco was exceptionally loud until 4am.

    Occidental playa real...2 star


    The People Here Are Very Friendly1. No Towels For 2 Days2. No Remote For The TV 4 Days3. No O.J But They Have (tang) Drink4. Hole In The Bedspread5. No Bacon For Breakfast6. Good Homecooked Food7. No American Music In The Disco only Spanish (r&b, Rap)8. Not A Lot Of English Speaking Staff9. Mattress Needed To Be ReplacedI would come back to juan dolio, but i would stay at the costa caribe hilton a 4 star hotel...laneice & big al

    TripAdvisor Reviews Playa Real Beach Resort Juan Dolio

    2.50 of 5 stars Fair