Paradisus Palma Real
Travel Blogs from Punta Cana
... are really bad quality and not worth what you are paying in terms of what you are getting. I didn't listen, I decided to buy things from there. It was pretty cheap, I didn't spend more than 20 things for 5 items. Some items seems more expensive then I though but it was worth it. It was close and it was alright.
Our dinner ...
... still forced to take the 8 PM bus to the airport. So we spend almost all night at the airport. We slept on benches that were there. Of course Punta Cana was not expecting to have this many people to be at the airport at once. There were people lying on the floor and sprawled out everywhere. The amount of walking space was limited. Causing walking hazards and such. Eventually our plane has arrived after a another set back. There were no planes in Toronto that ...
Fourth day here in Punta Cana. Enjoying the sun.
Today, my boyfriend and I went to the Dolphin Explorer adventure. It is amazing, I got to swim with the dolphins, it was only 4 hours. I wished we got to spend more time with the dolphins. But it was really short. Included in the Dolphin Explorer was the bird show, and ...
... the end of the day, we got to see how the locals make cigars (rolling tobacco), of course you can buy cigars here at like 1/2 the price. Plus they have all different types of smokes, cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. We were also able to see local wood carving. So beautiful.
That was the end of the day. We had dinner at the Japanese restaurant but if you were spoiled like I was growing up in Toronto. The sushi, maki and sushami isn't to the standard that you might be used ...
... separated from the Haitians. If your down to earth and love to learn about culture. I would suggest you try it out. The Dolphin explorer was something that I always wanted to do, I always wanted to swim with dolphins. Now I got that chance, if your an animal lover I suggest you do not take this trip. You might not like what you see. However, for how much you pay it isn't that bad. Expect to pay about $200 bucks for the trip ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Paradisus Palma Real Punta Cana
I just had the first formal wedding held at the Paradisus
My husband and I and our three small children recently returned from a one week stay at the Paradisus. We had a great vacation and the resort will be stunning when it is complete but our trip was not as relaxing as we would have hoped!
My Husband and I spent our honeymoon from Jan. 9-15 at the Paradisus Palma Real. We were upgraded from the Melia next door and were very happy to have been at the Paradisus resort. We had the Royal Service and we highly recommend that you go with the Royal Service- 24 hour room service, a private pool and beach bar, the Royal Service Lobby, and you can call and make reservations for dinner and for the Cabanas or Sun beds by the pool. We ate at all of the restaurants and really enjoyed the all you can eat Sushi at the Japanese Hibachi. (Make sure that guys take long pants b/c you can't get into the restaurants w/out them.) Every night was a wonderful dining experience whether we were alone or with friends we made at the resort. The buffet for breakfast and dinner was great. I think that my husband had a hamburger everyday for lunch- they were huge! The cabana boys at the pool and the waiters around the outside areas at night were really great. We definitely didn't have to worry about being thirsty. For a resort that had only been open for 3 weeks we really didn't have any complaints. We can't wait to go back and see all of the vegetation growing in. It is going to be beautiful. The only thing we had any trouble with was getting something to drink with breakfast and lunch. If you can take something with you we would recommend it- the waiters get a little over loaded at times. Make sure that you try the Presidente Cerveza! We wish that we had brought more home with us. We haven't had a good bear yet since we came home. If you want to go into town- our butler, Wilson, went with us and we had a great time. It is much better than the shops on the beach, but be ready to haggle no matter where you go. All in all we really recommend the Paradisus Palma Real, the resort is beautiful and we can't wait to go back.
I just arrived home on Saturday (1/21/06)and I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen. There was still some construction going on, but it didn't get in our way at all. The rooms were a good size and the bathrooms included a 2 person jet tub and a massage "shower tower". Not all of the restaraunts were open yet, but we enjoyed all of the ones that were. The buffett was our least favorite but was still tolerable. I'm picky about what I eat when I am out of the country, but I found there to be plenty of food that I enjoyed. There was a langauge barrier at the front desk for those of you who don't speak Spanish. There was a TON of confusion on check-in and check-out days. It seems they haven't quite mastered that! But everything else quite made up for it. I don't reccommend it for kids...try the Melia Tropical if you are traveling with little ones (not much for them to do athte Palma Real).
The most beautiful beach I've ever seen. The food was great & you can order as much as you want. Men must wear long pants & no open toed shoes in ALL the restaurants except for the buffet. The rooms are great with a king size bed, a little table & chairs, small sitting area with a pull out couch, huge jacuzzi tub for 2, nice set up. Don't buy ANY tours from ANYONE until you find out from Guest Services or the front desk what the hotel offers for FREE. Someone sold me 2 hours of horseback riding for $40 & then I found out the hotel offers a 45 minute ride for free. Needless to say I got my $40 back. I do not recommend going on any tours to the local towns, all you'll see is poverty & no bargains worth the trip. Someone in our group took a tour to Santo Domingo which took almost 5 hours each way & not too much to see once they got there. The roads outside the hotel are horible, lots of speed bumps to show down the crazy drivers. The roads also have deep trenches dug across them which makes for a very bumpy ride. For a one week stay, I suggest that you bring a lot of singles for tips. The service was excellent. The biggest problem was the language, few workers speak English. The hotel is still being built & next year the grounds will be lush & even more beautiful. I can't wait to go back.
First, let me say that we were lucky enough to stay in the Palma Real in only its third week of operation with only about 150 other guests. Nearly 3/4 of the resort was either unfinished or empty, so much of our enjoyment was tempered by having nearly free reign over the entire resort. That being said, the Paradisus Palma Real will soon become THE luxury resort in the Dominican Republic for all who seek true relaxation, elegance, and luxury.
Me and my girlfriend stayed at the Paradisus Palma Real from 01-01 to 01-07 and we couldn't have been happier with our decision!
we just returned from the paradisus palma real and i have to say that this is a magnificent property. the lobby, bar and restaurant areas are breathtaking, with sculptures, marble and fountains in an open concept atrium. the pools and beachfront spaces are also incredibly designed, making this resort look more like a five star four seasons property than your average all-inclusive.