Paradisus Punta Cana
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I went to Punta Cana for the first time with my girlfriend. It was our second time in Dominican Replublic, but first time to Punta Cana. We flew from Philadelphia to Punta Cana. The Airport was nice and open with no air condition in certain section. The ride ride from the airport to the Hotel was only about 35 minutes. We stayed for a total of …
Approaching the security gate in the midday heat on foot with our ratty backpacks, the guards looked a tad skeptical that we indeed had reservations at the Paradisus resort that spread out somewhere beyond the fanfare of the palm-centric landscaping. Well, we had our reservations too, as this was certainly not our usual style, but the four days we …
... photo. Sadly Kevin (the father of the bride) was also sick at that time and missed some of the wedding reception.
On the Thursday we went out for a ‘James Bond’. That’s a ride in a speed boat, James Bond style and then a snorkel on the reef which although good, with many colourful fish was not a patch on GBReef as all the coral is dead. Maybe there are other areas away from the heavily ...
My last trip to DR turned out to be a wedding in Punta Cana. Don't get me wrong, the location was beautiful. I stayed at the Wyndham Resort and the beach was to die for. They had a pool area and live entertainment at night. The actual wedding on the other hand was questionable. I mean, if your going to do a beach wedding, and a destination wedding at that, make sure your doing it on a private beach. I ...
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The service was good the food palatable. The atmosphere was such that we felt that we were on vacation. It was very hot though and the Air conditioner did not function properly. The sporting events that were organized by the staff were fun and competitive. The property seem a bit too large and overwhelming, Transportation was required to get from the main checking lobby, Casino, and Dance Club.
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Just returned from a 4 day trip to Punta Cana and found it to be GREAT! We stayed at the Grand Paradius Bavaro and had a really good time. The staff and accomadations were great! For those of you that complained and cried about Punta Cana, my advice is STAY HOME!. This resort is nice and we found no problems. I would definitely recommend a trip to Punt Cana.
I'll say the positive first about my vacation that I just came back from. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with tropical plants, windy paths. Very clean with no litter noted anywhere. The beach was wonderful though the waves were a bit rough at times. It was comfortably cool with the trade breezes blowing at all times. The food was Ok though the Mexican restaurant was superior. There was plenty of food all around and never left hungry (but usually stuffed). The service was OK but the biggest problem was the communication getting through. My friend and I speak very little Spanish which made it frustrating for us and the staff. They tried their best to be accomodating though and I commend them for it. Our biggest complaint was the air conditioniong. Our rooms were warm (we went with a group) and even the fitness center's AC was on the blink. Many guests I spoke with complained. Some even changed their rooms multiple times. Even still with the problems we encountered we still had a great time. Met terrific people. Loved the horse back riding trip.(That was the highlight)
Some of the happiest employees I have ever seen or met. 90% greeted you in passing and offered assistance if needed. Very dedicated employees - I wish I could send a load of weed-eaters and hedge trimmers to the laborers maintaining the beautiful grounds with machettes. (They seemed happy to do so their job- and very precise with their aim!)
stayed there for about 5 days. it has the most amazing swimming pool. all the food were great. only one problem one the time share worker was a a-hole towards my wife to a point we thougt he was a nut following her around even after we told him to stop.
All we can say is Excellent. We really had no problems. We were the only ones on our plane to stary at this resort and it seemed we had the best one. Our Spanish was terrible but everyone was willing to help us out. The staff was very accomadating. Just to name a few, Franklin and Vincent, the pool bartenders made us excellent drinks and if they didn't know what it was we told them. They were happy to make it for us. They are very good booty shakers also. Pedro, the activities manager, could light us a room with his smile, he even taught us how to merengue. Rigo, childrens activites, was very friendly, helpful and loved to have a good time. We met alot of fun people from other countries and they loved to dance and have a great time. Just relax and join in. Our room was located in a great spot, and kept clean. The restaurants were good and there is alot to choose from. Shopping was a very close walk. We were very comfortable walking around. It was a beautiful vacation. The beach was great, it was hot, but we cooled off at the pool bar. Very relaxing.
We just got back, I'll get the downside out of the way first. Check-in is 3pm, they didn't have a room ready for us til 5:30pm. We didn't have maid service until about 4:00pm everyday, which I think is pretty late but I honestly don't have enough vacationing experience to compare it to. The food was okay, they do a good job at offering variety. I found the staff very helpful and polite. Most don't know english, but this gave us an opportunity to exercise our spanish, (It's polite to at least make an attempt to speak their language). The water sports are great, we went scuba diving, we tried and failed at kayaking, they have windsurfing, snorkeling - all-inclusive. They also have tours and other sports that are extra but worth it, like parasailing. Never a dull moment, we had a hard time deciding whether to relax or get into all the fun. The pina coladas are fantastic. We would definitely go again. This time we want to go with other couples our age, there weren't too many couples in our age group (mid to late 20's), mainly 30's-50's. Bring your own towels, you'll need the extra especially if you frequent the beach, they don't give washcloths. The activities are primarily on one end of the resort, but they do have trolley cars that operate frequently dropping you off close to your room, to the lobby and also near all the sport and restaurant areas.
The Paradisus Resort in Punta Cana is the best. The people are so friendly and they try to help you as best as they could. The rooms were very nice. I would recommend a bungalow near the the pool (# 9, 10, 11) It really is the cest location. It is near the beach, pool, and most of the resturants. In terms of the bars, dont be afraid to ask for American porducts. They have them. They just dont display it. They have Heineken and Becks (non-alcoholic). The food was really good too. Make your reservations the day you arrive for your entire trip. It makes things alot easier and guarantees you a reservation. I would definately recommend El Romantico (french), El Rodizio (brazilian) and the Chinese place. I would recommend bringing down some pepto-bismol and take it every day. Your body does take some time getting used to everything, so dont freak out if you feel kinda sick. I would also have to say that you should at least see one show while you are there. They are actually really good. Also, even though tipping is not required, you may want to bring down a whole bunch of ones. Especially for the bar tender. If you give the bartenders a tip, the next time you want a drink, they will be there is a flash. Sometimes, it pays off. Overall, it was a great trip. Just sit back, relax, and dont get conned into going to look at any times shares~
Our family visited Paradisus Punta Cana last week. While the accomodations were acceptable, they certainly were not "5-star" as the reviews indicated. We requested and confirmed a king bed and only had two doubles available. We were harrassed by sales reps to tour other area hotels;
This hotel was great and by talking to others on the plane we had the best hotel and i would never stay anywhere else the people were very friendly and helpful had a rocky start (no showerhead) but that was taken care of very quickly. I recommend some activites/excursions take merngue lessons, the Saona island excursion and also the Outback safari if you are looking for the Dominican culture. Overall the trip was a very good time and i will enjoy coming back !!!
Grounds were beautiful, rooms were nice and well-kept, people were generally friendly and accomodating. Diving and snorkeling are poor (very few reefs and the ones present were badly damaged). Beach was beautiful, but very windy as it is on the Atlantic side of the island. Make reservations at the restaurants in advance, as we never had a chance to eat at the seafood restaurant. French restaurant was very good, but terribly understaffed. The resort was booked to the limit and it appeared that it was understaffed for so many visitors. Best excursion was the speed boat/catamaran trip to Saona island. Heard from others that the Monster Truck island adventure was extremely disappointing. The Paradisus did sound like the nicest resort in Punta Cana per conversations on our excursions and the plane with other travelers.