Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort
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... Annalise who watches birds eat bugs for fun. She and Tori were both up, and agreed to help me. They came up you our room and masterfully chased down the bugs while Miss Morgan and I stood in the hallway watching (and possibly screaming) in fear. I owe these girls everything I have. They killed and disposed of the cucarachas. In going through our clothes, Jamie found a third one in her swimsuit. Annalise and Tori to the rescue again.
Once we were able to put that ...
... I'm not used to. As a group all 90 of us walked up and down the neighborhood street making as much noise as possible. Banging on plastic bottles, screaming and cheering for our groups, los torros, las tigers, y los lions. When we made it back to the school we had cake, and Francesca came up and used her English Spanish mix to ask me to find the markers so that we could sign each others shirts. That girl is a natural born leader, and I love thinking about what she'd be up to ...
... that and other important teenage vernacular from Aline and his other instructors (#swag, #tagsforlikes, #myB (that may be from the early 90's), #r/t (he doesn't actually understand that one yet))
The heat is quite grueling to us ('you gringos sure drink a lot of water' was over heard), but there's rarely a complaint even while working.
We've been outside or in open air classrooms from 9-3 each day ( with a 2 hour break to walk ...
... 3 am wake up call for a 6 am flight after very little sleep for two days. By the time we arrived at our first destination, I was exhausted, hot, had a screaming headache and was not feeling the best. In fact, I was feeling like I should be in freezing cold Ohio enjoying the day off and no doubt having a much better hair day as the humidity was not being my friend. Luckily, I was also remembering that we were here for a reason and I was excited to see what God had in store. And ...
... ashore for just a few beers in the evening
22/3 We checked out of the marina, and navy and sailed the 16 miles down to Luperon bay, entering between the reefs and anchoring in 5m of water in a massive mangrove lined bay, we were soon approached by the local boat boys Pabo’s Yacht services and they offered us fuel and saw our dinghy was in a sorry state, in the evening we dinghied all around the bay looking for a bar and dinghy dock but couldn’t find ...
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The Best Trip Ever!
Sun Village Resort, Dominican Puerto Plata..just try to envision green tropical scenery with mountains and tropical blue ocean and beautiful beaches. Every few minutes you see groups of beautiful white birds flying by...... We have been to other countries and nothing is as beautiful! We loved the resort, we stayed in a beautiful Villa up on the hill over looking the ocean and mountains. We had our own personal maids which came every morning to clean up, make coffee and prepare breakfast. They just love children, our one year old was a big hit with the maids they would be cleaning and carrying around and entertaining our son at the same time! We would sit by our own personal pool in the evening and take in the warm ocean breeze while talking about how we would return year after year to the resort. The resort was geared for families which was a nice surprise. They have a children's play room with babysitters if needed and wading pool with a water slide. They plan all sorts of neat events for the kids like pool olympics, sand castle building and walking along the beach collecting sea shells. They also take the older kids on outings to the go cart track and to the areas huge water park for the day. In the evening we would go to the theatre to take in the amazing entertainment. Every night our 4 year old daughter would be brought up on stage to join in on the dancing and different games and events, she was in heaven!!! The also had a magician and dominican dancers, and on friday nights they have dinner on the beach. After dinner they had games for the children then a fire breather what a sight, later we sat by a huge bon fire, it was so entertaining. They have many different restaurants, everything from buffet style, shrimp or steak on the beach, to first class a la carte style where they pull out yor chair for you! what ever you are looking for. The beach is beautiful, we spent the day laying in the sun and floating in the warm seaweed free water. They also have free kyaking and a free half
ughter really enjoyed herself on her own horse with guide. You can choose to take an additional horse ride down the beach if that is something you desire. Well we are definately heading back with friends and family to Sun Village resort and staying in one of their appartments overlooking the ocean. The next time we are staying for at least a month! Oh and just down the beach the largest dolphin park has just been built ,can't wait to bring the kids there next year. If you plan to visit the resort you will not be disappointed, enjoy as we have!!!!!!
The good, the bad & the ugly.
When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by our own designated concierge person, Sarah, and she helped us get settled in right away. It was a welcome relief to us to know that she could help us. She was able to get us reservations at the Mexican restaurant. Although it was noisy and next to the buffet, the food was great, especially the ceviche. Every other night after that we ate at Ovando's which was fabulous. We heard that it was the best and it did not disappoint. The service was phenomenal and the food was prepared very well. The also offer a wine list which is necessary because the house wine is just plain awful. Fortunately for us we were able to get reservations there, but we kept hearing that it was really difficult to get reservations at the restaurants which would have really annoyed me, but we did not have to worry about that. The Hotel has a lot of potential, but there are somethings you should be aware of. There is no gym, but don't worry you won't need one after all the stairs in this place. To get from the lobby to the beach you will hike down 4 steep flights of stairs, but you get used to it because you have to do it to get to breakfast/lunch/dinner. It was not a big deal for us either, but there were some gordo's who were sweating by the time they got to the lobby. The pools are nice bla, bla bla. It is really nice to sit by the waterfall in the pool, it was extremely relaxing. The ocean is decent; no white sand, somewhat rocky and some seaweed too. Bring $$ to rent the free boats, at least for a deposit anyway. The girll at the beach is gross, fries, burgers, wings etc. Really greasy, but can be good for hangovers...which you will have many of because the alcohol that they pour is really cheap. Not that I expected better than well with an all-inclusive, just laying out the facts. Some improvements they could make would be needed would be;
please add rice to the salt shakers, how are you supposed to do tequila shots if the salt doesn't come out.
Get some new beach towels, it looks like those have been recycled.
If possible book new people reservations for dinner the day they arrive, how the he** are they supposed to know. Then they get stuck at the buffet and are pissed from day 1.
Get some new massage people, i left with more knots than I came with.
The Stairs, make a ramp or something.
Breakfast; have more than one omelette station, everybody loves omelettes.
You get what you pay for and we got a great deal, but these are some simple upgrades that would make your stay a bit nicer.
Ow! Sux Village!
SUX VILLAGE - The travel agent said I would have a great time. She highly recommended it, she said," It was newly built and all inclusive. " I'm glad my fiance didn't leave me after I repeated what the travel agent said. The first day I was there, the weather was 85 degrees and sunny - (my deluxe hotel room) was flooded with an inch of water that never seemed to go away, I was on the second floor !!!. They wouldn't change my room, until I made such a fuss that they thought I may be scaring some potential customers. The second room, no hot water !!!! Again after much animated anger, they changed rooms. At the third and final room, the bathroom ceiling leaked, housekeeping never stopped by until we called, the electronic lock worked like a traffic light (sometimes it opened sometimes it doesn't), and getting a third towel from housekeeping was so PAINFUL, I just went to the store and bought 10 towels so I can dry myself after a shower. Even though the rooms were new they were way INADEQUATE ! The food at the restaurants which was always overcooked and overseasoned pained my iron stomach. I have never experienced a stomach ache so fierce. I needed daily reservations to which I had to wait in a line over an hour each day trying different restaurants that sucked worse than the previous one... I kept thinking maybe it couldn't get any worse. I hate to complain so much, so the good things that were available - CABLE TV (I saw how cold it was in NY), and I had such a miserable time, the vacation seemed LONGER than the seven days I stayed. I paid over US $180.00 a day. The Domincan citizens scammed me for tips every which way, from taking my carry-on bag out of the trunk and placing it on the floor and with a look of disgust demanded a tip / he worked at the airport !(I stepped back and said What the ###&&**) I consider myself a decent tipper, I work on commission myself. If a service is good, tip appropriately. BUT C'MON do I have to tip when I guy takes my carry-on out of the trun
selling, do I have to buy something or give them a tip just for looking ? If I could have done this trip for US $500.00 TOTAL, I still would not have gone. The vacation was BAD ! I hope anyone reading this will just go to a hotel in Manhattan, turn up the heat to 85 degrees, and go to a nice Domincan Restaurant in the CITY !! You'll save about $3000.00 and a headache.
Tips from the well traveled New Yorkers...
We just came home from Sun Village yesterday, so all I am writing is fresh in my mind..The Village opened in Feb. and the newness clearly shows. I strongly suggest going for the Deluxe rooms, because although the Standards are closer to the beach, they only have 10gallon (at best) hot water heaters in the room, and I had to shower in stages, since it would not last more than 5 mins. The layout is great, although it was filled to capacity for Christmas, you never got the sense that you were on top of other people. You MUST make reservations as soon as you are finished with Breakfast in the morning, at least 1 restaurant is closed each day, so with only 4 restaurants, and a max of 65 people per for the entire night, you do the math. Ovando was good, and the only place you could get "real" liquor (not the local stuff served everywhere else on the property). Coconuts on the beach is decent as well. You must pay for the safe in your room, so either travel light on the jewelry, or leave it home. The crowd was mainly Canadian, British, German, and of course, New Yorkers. As far as excursions...avoid the casinos, not at all what anyone we were with expected (and no craps on the Island) White water rafting was great but WAAAAY too far & long of a day(no matter what they tell you, it was at least 2 1/2 hours to get there, and another 1/2 to the actual rafting sight!). Funny bikes were also great, and for a half day it was worth it. Avoid the city tours, as Puerto Plata is in a state of dis-repair and there is truly nothing to see, when you pass through it on your way to the hotel, you pretty much have seen all you want to see. Overall we were pleasantly surprised with this resort, and I truly believe it is the most attractive one on this side of the island, the pools are fabulous, and the staff was very friendly, I would say that once they get many of the "new" kinks out of the way, this will be a great place...please do not hesitate to e-mail me with any questions..
5***** in my book
More then i ever expected. Simply the best... .I'll be back.
WOW, thats all I can say. What a beautiful resort. The food is amazing, there are 5 a la carte restaurants, all serving different menus, the staff are wonderful - happy - cant do enough for you.
The pools... there are so many of them. The bars... endless.
I was there a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend on a holiday for a week. Well, a week is not long enough. I'm already planning my next trip back there.
We had private transfers from the airport which cost a bit extra, but well worth it. Its so personal.
Now this is not the least expensive place around -but you just have to remember that you get what you pay for. So, I recommend to everyone that reads this review - please pay the extra bit of money, you will not be disappointed.
Not that great!
If your trying to save money sure its nice for $55 a day all you can eat. But at the buffet im not sure you'll want to eat. The food was usually cold and discusting. The resturaunts were good though but you need to make a reservation daily! That sucks. Thr resort is on a public beach yes public and yes it sucks. They are doing construction right next store to the resort so if you dont want to hear engines on your vacation forget it. If you have never been on a Carribean Vacation before you may think its the best place on earth, but if you been around the block a few times you'll know its a joke. No body speaks english, the workers make $10 a day and the all want tips even though it supposed to be included. Seriously watch out for this country everyone wants tips, if you sneeze and they said god bless you (in spanish) they want a tip. Dirty beach, windy, wavey, and no "complete" paved path to the beach from the rooms so get ready to hurt your feet on the way. They also screwed up mu airport pick up and drop off so i a had to take an expensive cab. The messed up my wake up call and i almost missed my plane. These people are just dumb. Also Mosquitos also called my room home and it was a daily battle to kill them daily. Bottom line. Spend a bit more and go to super clubs resort like "Breezes" In the Bahammas. Over all if you just need a chaep room for the night sun village is ok. But if you want a nice vacation forget it. I work for a Travel Agency so take my word for it. If you must go to Puerto Plata try Occidental Grand Hotel, Jack Tar Village, or any other hotel you research in Playa Dorada in puerto plata, its privet beach and it secure. Have fun!!
EMI Sun Village - A Good Choice
We stayed at the Sun Village May 2- 5 2002 and we were very sad to have to leave so soon. The surroundings and views from the main pool area were spectacular. It's away from the main tourist area which is super for a romantic getaway. The food at the breakfast and lunch buffets was good and in the a la carte dinner restaurants Thai Orchid and Ovendo, it was excellent. Plenty of purified and bottled water around. Room and grounds very very clean. The deluxe rooms are brand new. Staff and service was great. Only negative was, one morning we had no hot water but I understand this happens everywhere in the Dominican Republic.
The best resort I have seen!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the new Sun Village Beach Resort and had the vacation of our lives.
The resort is beautiful...we have stayed in countless resorts around the Caribbean and the Sun Village tops them all. The pool is amazing with waterfalls and cold tubs. The staff was incredible. Our guest services rep Maria called us at home two weeks befor we left for the resort to see if she could help us prior to our arrival...we ordered champagne for our Suite...wonderful. We spend an entire day at the beach restaurant Drifters that sits directly on the Ocean. I can tell you enough how much we enjoyed our vacation!!! You won't be disapointed. I can tell you more at email@example.com Have a good trip.
Wonderful time in ocean palms resort
MY HUSBAND AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS PLACE WE ARE PLANNING ON RETURNING IN APRIL FOR MY 30TH BIRTHDAY. EVERYONE WAS VERY NICE AND HELPFUL. WE WERE A LITTLE SKEPTICAL ABOUT GOING BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT ALOT OF REVIEWS ON THIS PROPERTY. ONCE WE GOT THERE WE WERE UPGRADED TO A SUITE BECAUSE WE WERE GOING FOR OUR HONEYMOON, THEY HAD A NICE FRUIT BASKET AND A BOTTLE OF RUM WAITING FOR US IN OUR ROOM. HORSE BACK RIDING IS INCLUDED SO IS A WATER PARK CALLED COLOMBUS . THE FOOD WAS PRETTY GOOD THEY HAVE A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE FRUITS MEATS, CHICKEN ETC IF ANYONE NEEDS FURTHER INFO EMAIL ME AT SNOOPYLOKO@AOL.COM AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU, ODALYS