Punta Cana Resort & Club
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I absolutely loved it. The service was great, the property beautiful and food delightful. the beach is sooo pretty, the pool gorgeous, the staff waqs very helpful and the overall experience very elegant. Unlike the all inclusives that dominate Punta Cana this resort is not populated by the drunken and instead meets all of your needs without being intrusive. The all inclusives prove that when everything is free everything is worthless. This resort shows why paying for what you want is better. The P.B. Dye golf course is very fine with 5 beautiful ocean view holes- like the Teeth of Dog. The best thing about the place is that it is VERY inexpensive.
Be open minded....your not in Kansas anymore!
My fiancee and I just returned from a 6 night all-inclusive trip to Punta Cana Club and Resort. This was a GoGo Tours Package purchased through a travel agent. The resort has two types of accomodations.
Villas and hotel buildings. We thought we were staying in a villa, requesting a king or queen room with an ocean view if possible. When we checked in, our room was a two double bed room in one of the hotel buildings on the second floor. The room was large with a large bathroom. The floors and walls are marble and very clean. The hotel rooms have a private balcony with two chairs and a small table, and if you stood on tiptoe or the wind blew the right way, you had a great view of the ocean. After getting familiar with the layout and seeing the villas, we realized it really didn't matter, because we were outside all day, came in showered and dressed for dinner and were back out again. If you take full advantage of your time you won't be in your room that long for it to matter much. There are two restaurants above the lobby (one Italian and one Dominican) that you have to make reservations between 9:00 & 4:00 for either that night or the next only. If they are all booked you have to call back the next morning for the following day. Otherwise the buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner without a reservation and is very casual.
Make friends with one of the coffee servers the first morning you are there. They go around with small silver pots that run out on a table of four. They then must go somewhere in the back to refill. Depending on where you sit, you can wiat forever to get your cup filled. Yes, it is mundane after awhile, the food is the same but different is the best way to explain it. But it's different in a good way. We did eat at the Italian restaurant (when we were able to get a reservation) after a few nights of the buffet and it was very good. Men are required to wear long pants in the two inclusive restaurants and the two non-inclusive if you choose to go there. The beach grill is awesome for lunch and is always crowded. There is also a pizzaria near the pool that is open until 7:00 with waitress service. If you eat an early breakfast and early lunch you could even do dinner there. The pizza was very different then what we are used to, but again, it was good. The non-inclusive activities we did were snorkeling, horseback riding (very resonably priced) and we took a taxi out for three hours for $60 USD to do some shopping. The driver was very helpful and actually stayed with us if we needed help with anything. This resort is small, but very comfortable. The nightlife consists of a band that begins at 8:30 and a show followed by a "disco" that opens at 10:30. Again, being "open minded" the first two or three nights of that was enough. They try to talk English too, but it is mostly all Spanish. Definitely not much happening at night, but we were usually very tired after being out in the sun and water all day it was nice to just go back up to our room, that gave us an early start the next morning, making the days seem longer. We did use the pool one time in the evening, but, there is always a party there during the day. Games and music etc. Some suggestions: Things you must bring - Mosquito Repellent, Cortaid Cream, Diarrhia Pills. Also, bring your own beach towel in case you plan to go to the beach or swimming after 5:00. The beach activities hut closes then and then you'll have to use room towels which are small. Americans are the minority. Very many Europeans and not too much English spoken, except for reception and guest services. Smoking is allowed everywhere.
European women do go topless on the beach, at the pool, and in the ocean. They do put the tops back on in the restaurants. We both have young boys (that were at home), but I would have found that uncomfortable going there with them without expecting it...so parents of young American boys....be warned! This is the place to go for quiet and privacy to enjoy the sun and Caribben Sea. The Dominican people servicing the guests are always pleasant and tried to understand English as much as we tried struggling through some Spanish. We are really not golfers, but we did horse back ride along the course, then also walked there one evening. It is absolutely breath taking how beautiful it is. Bathing suits and cover ups are all you need all day (ok to wear to buffet and beach grill). At night everyone dressed tropical and casual. We flew through San Juan PR. The American Eagle ATR-72 has two propellors and is not very stable in the wind. That is about a 45 min. flight. Try to fly direct if possible. Punta Cana is not about outstanding food, (although you won't starve) Punta Cana Resort and Club is about the beauty it has to offer. Hopefully you too can share that with someone special, as I did. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions, I would be happy to answer. Thanks for reading.
The resort was great. The inclusive meals were not very good, nor were the non-inclusive restaurants. The restaurant upstairs in the main hotle building was the best by far and wasreasonably priced.
Do not under any circumstances go to the Manati park! It was a total tourist trap. A bus from your hotel drops you off and doesn't pick you up for five or more hours. The place does not deliver the advertised shows, or exhibits. There are lots of iguanas - but you will see more wildlife on the beach. You are trapped with a few snack bars and lots of terrible shops - you are a captive. My kids were miserable. After paying $100 for admission we were furtunate to speak enough spanish to find a taxi for another $30 to take us back to the resort. The taxi was hidden out of sight, out the rear exit of the park in a secluded private drive. Even those with reservations to swim with the dolphins were lined twenty people deep. I cannot stress strongly enough how terrible this place was.
Mosquitos were a bit of a bother and I think the little ants bite too.
Overall it was a terrific time swimming and snorkeling 8 hours per day.
Was a great vacation for my 6 and 3 year old sons.
The two bedroom beach villas are a bit different than you might imagine, and not ideal for parents with young children. The rooms are completely seperated but share a common courtyard (the doors are a few feet apart.) So if you have young children you might consider adjoining rooms in one of the hotel buildings. We will go again next year.
Nice Hotel Bad Food
I stayed at the LTI in Punta Cana from 7/2-7/9. I booked through Atlas Vacations on the internet. It was a reasonable price for an all inclusive and i had never been to the DR before. I had a choice between this resort and the Sirenis resort and i chose lti because it was around the other resorts. The hotel grounds are really nice and it has a great location on the beach, the rooms are decent, however, i was there with my fiance and for the first 2 nights they had us in a room with 2 double beds pushed together. The third night we were able to move to room with a king size bed and ocean view. I am an american and most of the time I felt like my fiancee and me were the only ones there. This resort caters to Europeans mainly Germans. This is a warning for Americans booking this resort. The food-the main drawback to this hotel. There is alot of it its just really bad, i have been back home a week now and my stomach is still not back to normal. All the food just started tasting the same and the texture to the hamburger and hotdog meat was very unusual. The positives-the drinks were great, the ocean was beautiful, one of the best beaches i have ever been to. The excursions were great, we did the 4-wheeler safari through our hotel and that was great, horseback riding on the beach, and the bavaro splash snorkeling was great. This is an average resort probably a 3 star. My last 2 vacations were cruises and the food was excellent so it was hard to deal with the food being so bad. Despite the food, Punta Cana is great I highly reccomend it but if the quality of your food is important to you i would stay at another resort.
My wife and I and another couple stayed at LTI, one of 13 resorts along the Punta Cana beach area. the sun and sand was great, ocean water warmer than the large pool. The food was very good, lots of variety. They cater to mostly Euproean's. I like the different languages, and cultures. My wife had to have the doctor at the resort attend to her bad back. He was wonderful. Saved our trip. Smoking was a small issue but we ate at a no smoking area which was nice. Lot of people there but was spread out and didn't seem that crowded. Had to save chairs under umbrella's early, I got up 6:00 am. If you waited after breakfast, they were all gone. I would go threre agian. Lot of families, couples. Staff was nice. local workers spoke mostly spanish but managment people spoke 4-5, enough to get by. room was very clean. came back home driving in Maine in a blizzard and had to snow blow next day. what a shock.
Very laid back resort....
This resort was large and beautiful and very laid back. It was no too crowded and was a great place to relax. The staff hardly speaks any English though so there was a slight problem with the language barrier. Front desk was not too helpful...had no hot water first night there and it took HOURS for them to come and fix it when all we wanted to do was shower and head to dinner. I was upset that they wouldn't just switch us to a new room...they insisted on fixing the problem right away...I would have been fine with this if it didn't take so long to fix.Food was mediocre...I suggest only going to the buffet for breakfast. Stay away from it at lunch and dinner as there is not much variety at all. I suggest the Beach Grill La Choza for lunch or Frank's Pizzeria by the pool. For dinner I suggest any of the a la carte restaurants. Anini (Dominican) was especially good.I would go back to this resort just for the beauty of it and the relaxation...definitely not for the food or good service though! Just be patient and remember you're on vacation...take it easy!
Low key holiday
We enjoyed our stay at the Punta Cana Beach resort. All was very quiet. If you rely on nightlife, this isn't the place for you. Uncrowded and enjoyable place to relax. Nice beach, decent room, good drinks, GREAT coffee, & generally helpful staff. Prepare to be patient as you have to wait for everything & be insistent to get what you want. If you are prepared to be patient and persistent, this is a great place to be. If you travel a cheap charter airline and arrive early morning be prepared to wait until at least noon for your room. Take a change of beach clothes in your carry on. They will store you luggage so you can hit the beach or the bar. Be prepared. If you are a coffee lover buy lots of it to bring home! You'll miss it once you leave.
Very personable resort
The veiw from our villa was beautiful, and we especially enjoyed the "common areas' that joined our living quarters -- very comfortable and relaxing. The front desk bent over backwards to get us the exact accommodatons we wanted. Though the staff could speak very little english, the key staffers could, and All the staff were more than willing to please. The food was quite good with a constant change in variety. Though the sun was intense, the constant breezes made the climate perfect for relaxation and contemplation.
Vacation express RIU Bambu
My mother, my sister and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Punta Cana Dominican Republic. We went through a vacation package company Vacation Express. It services mostly the south east. I think they did a wonderful job. Everything was taken care of. We booked this trip last minute ( two weeks before departure) and all of our documents came on time. We left from Atlanta. This is their new "home" base. The gate is international next to british airways. The crew was great. When we got to Punta Cana people were there with signs and directing you to the bus that took us to the resort. These people do speak english. The ride was a little scary. (fast and passing everybody) On the bus they tell you when to meet your rep at your hotel.
Very important info there. When we got to the resort RIU Bambu they had tables set up and sent you to checkin with these people that spoke good english. We had a few questions and everything was awnsered. Men do not have to have long pants at dinner, just no blue jeasn or beach wear. Long shorts ok. I wore sun dresses and my sister sore capri pants with sandals. It was fine. (no flip flops at dinner). The rep could not meet with us until the next day but it was fine. She said to keep us dollars. ( take ones and fives because they will give oyu pesos back if not) You can exchange currency but we had no problems and did not. At the meeting they went over all the tours you could go on. They sounded neat but we only stayed three nights so we did not go.
Caribean street is in walking distance along with the disco and casino. We did this at night and it was very safe. The RIU complexes are all connected and we walked all the grounds. You can eat lunch at any of these but not breakfast or dinner. The drinks at the RIU Palace cost extra. They have international brands of beer and liqour. The others have national brands and they were fine. The wine seemed to be watered down but it tasted ok.
The RIU Bambu is by far the best layed out, and has the pretiest grounds. The rooms are like bungalows and private. No beach scenery from the room but we did have a bannana tree and coconuts right at our balcony. The groungs are BEAUTIFUL and the beach as well. The staff is mostly young men VERY cute. The entertainment staff works the pools and beach during the day making everyone have agood time and the were fun to watch. At nigh they put on different audeence participation shows with kids and adults.
We ate dinner at the main restuarnt every night. You can eat with reservations at the other place but we did not. Our waiter was very nice ( no english) and did a great job the first night. He kept our drinks full and table clean so we tipped him. (you dont have to) but he gave excellent service the other nights as well. the food was fine. They had plenty of options every night. They even had chicken tenders and hotdogs with fries if wanted. If you read bad reviews of the food these people are picky.
The room is very nice and clean. Air condition worked well. We did have get adapters for curling iron. They had it at the desk. Everybody at the desk speaks several languages. most of the bar staff did not. We did learn a little spanish there but you do not need to. Everyone was extremly nice. Just smile and say gracias!
LTI Beach resort Punta Cana
We loved our resent stay at LTI Beach resort in Punta Cana. The resort was small and comfortable and the staff were very friendly. Our room had an ocean view and was very clean and comfortable. We had purchased the VIP package and we did receive everything that was promised when we arrived. The food was adequate considering it was resort food served buffet style. We did not enjoy the A la Carte dinner and management should look at improving this aspect of the resort. The beach was glorious and words cannot describe the peaceful feeling you get while sitting on the white sand listening to the gentle surf hit the beach. The activity staff made you feel wecome but did not pressure you into doing any of the activities. We have travelled to a few other warm travel spots and feel that Punta Cana was the best so far in hospitality. The people of the Mexico should take a few lessons in making vacationers feel welcome. Thank you for a great vacation.
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... bullfrogs are busy chattering all around you adding to the atmosphere. I would not have thought that the atmosphere could be topped, but the food and service did just that. Several waiters are constantly busy doting on you to make sure that you have everything you require. They are there just when you need them, but are unobtrusive at the same time. The meal certainly rivaled any dining experience I've ever paid for and bested most. I ...
We gave the local market another try today and actually bought a few souvenirs. We managed to fend off their overly aggressive sales tactics, but it just about finished me. I've heard enough 'cheapie cheapie', 'best price', and 'bless my store' to last me a lifetime. I really don't think that they ...
... beloved wasn't meant to live on an island and we were both shaken.
It didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves (although the hummingbird-sized cockroach by our cottage door almost did), but reminded me that it's best to take it slow with a travel-newbie. One day we'll laugh about Dave puking in the turtle pond, thus giving the little snappers the buffet of a lifetime, but even now (March 2015) it's a sore subject. On our next adventure together, we'll be better prepared.
... the water either which is rather disconcerting. At our second dive, we dove at a place called the Aquarium. You can see why, many many fish small and medium size. A big school of silver fish what followed me around. Saw 2 Morel Eels A a lot of sea urchins, a silver dollar thing, I cant remember the name of the creature that the dive master put on my (Susan) hand that stuck to me. We saw a little shrimp, lots of sea spiders, delicate ...
... two days alone at the hotel, eating alone, sleeping alone, going to the beach alone and the gym alone i was so ready to see my family. I counted hours while laying at the beach until they were coming. Suddenly my mum called me and said they were here and I ran up to the reception. It was so good to see them again!!! The first day was all about getting some colour and laying in the sun. Henrik didn't really think about putting sunscreen on his ...