Tropical Princess Beach Resort & Spa
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Today is actually our last day of our trip.
We didn't do anything interesting today, however, we did have an amazing dinner at the end of the day. We went to the spa, and we to the sauna.
Shopping is really important, the guide and the man from the airport told us not to go the Haitian's stalls at the end of the beach because ...
... on the beach, took part in archery and step class. Eventually had lunch, by this time, we checked our flight again. Sad to say we couldn't leave yet. Our flight got delayed again because there was an incoming fog in Toronto. Which influenced the flight landing in Toronto. So none of the planes were able to land in Toronto.
We called Angel our tour guide, my friend at this time is really ****** because our flight isn't until 2 AM local time. However, ...
... lion show that I keep calling, seals. LOL! oppzz.
But the rest of the day, I was just chilling with my friends by the beach and doing some of the free activities.
By night fall we had another "special dinner," it was the Mediterranean dinner. It was alright. It had seafood and pasta. Nothing really special.
... went up the mountain, and we look at the scenery. Let me tell you it is a sight you have to see. You don't get this type of mountain here in Canada, well from Toronto anyway. That is where I am from. As we continue we see reptiles (of course it is a bit cooler near the mountains) therefore, the reptiles can live in peace and it is easier for us (the Canadians). I was able to wear a long sleeve shirt without sweating to death.
Eventually we came around to having lunch.
... the images (you cannot bring your own camera). :(
Today was our rest day, did not really do much but explore the island and enjoy the sun. There were a lot of activities that you could sign up for that is included in the all inclusive package. I took part in the Zumba and the step class. Loved it, the dude that taught us was either high or drunk it was amazing.
So much fun, cannot wait till tomorrow!
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Adjoining Rooms
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Tropical Princess Beach Resort & Spa Punta Cana
The highlights of this unfortunate and pretty terrible holiday are highlighted below. We travelled from Toronto to Punta Cana 12/26/04 - 1/3/05. We are really discouraged with the individuals who post positive comments about resorts, when they have nothing to compare them to. We have stayed at Mexican resorts, Jamaican resorts, Bahamas, and Grand Cayman, in 3, 4, and 5 stars. Some are great, some are average but this Punta Cana resort was by far the worst we've ever seen. If you have travelled, have expectations, this is not the place. If you are going there to just gaze at the beach, don't care about your room, food, bar service, or any other creature comfort .... go for it.
To have a great vacation you have to go with an open mind. Dominican Republic is a 3rd world country and the pace is much slower than we are used to. This slower pace can either frustrate you or help you get into relax mode. We went for the last 2 weeks in January 2005 with another couple and had a fabulous time. Our rooms weren't ready until 3 pm so we ventured down to the beach and had a few cocktails while we waited. When we went back to the lobby to pick up our room cards a couple that had arrived at the same time as us (approx 10:30 am) were absolutely irate about their room not being ready for them and had spent the entire time at the front desk arguing with them. This couple had a terrible time and left saying that they would never return. As I said it is all in your mind set.
Our young family of four just returned from a week's vacation at the Tropical Princess in Punta Cana (January 21st-28th /2005). The hotel rating of 4 star is a fair rating, however if you are looking for a fantastic vacation without paying a 5-star price, then this resort is for you. The hotel offers: 3 separate pools (which includes one swim up bar, 2 beachside bars and 7 restaurants. Of the seven restaurants, there are 4 a la carte (mexican, italian, chinese and seafood), which we did not get the opportunity to dine at. We did however eat at the other three restaurants (domincan, brazilian and of course the main buffet. However you can't go wrong at the main buffet restaurant. Plenty of selections to meet all tastes and a nightly dinner theme. As for entertainment there is a casino, a nightclub, a kids play centre and plenty of poolside activities to keep you busy during your stay. If you do get the opportunity, I would recommend the 2 hour bus trip to the Caribbean side of the island for snorkeling or scuba. If you do plan on taking any money, I would recommend U.S. dollars in denominations of $20.00's. The hotel does exchange traveller's cheques, but only into Dominican pesos. The best thing we did was to take $50.00 U.S. in one dollar bills. Although not expected, at each meal we would tip our server and bartender $1.00 U.S. As well each morning I would tip our housekeeper who kept the room spotlessly clean. Although you do not need to speak Spanish, it is fun to say some simple words and phrases (and believe me the staff really do appreciate any effort you make). The weather was partly cloudy with comfortable temperatures in the 80's.
We were just there (jan 05) and I have to say that I was not impressed. Rooms are nice, comfortable and clean - no problem there.
My family and I went to the Tropical Princess in January of 2003. It was known as Hodelpa Tropical Club at that time.
I went on for the first week in May 2004 with my 17 year old daughter and her 17 year old friend as well as my 26year old son and his 26 year old girlfriend. A great time was had by all!!! The weather was great and the beach was beautiful as well as clean with more than enough shade cabanas and chairs. The people involved in the daily activities and shows were amazing and more than made you feel welcome. We didn't miss a nightly show or the dance after as it was too much fun not to go. Food was fresh and plentiful. The employees were constantly and discreetly cleaning and restocking so you never wanted for anything. Tried the a la carte but were quite happy with the buffet. The rooms were large and clean as well as well stocked with the necessities, clean towels, toilet paper etc... Check-in was fast and ready upon arrival> All in all I had a fabulous time and can't wait to go next year only for 2 weeks this time. HIghly recommend!!!!!!!!
Don't bother if it's high season,not worth it.
the resort is beautiful, but the water is brown and lots of seaweeds. Your best bet is to stay by the pool.
Stick to the buffet room, restaurants r terrible.
make sure u bring U.S$ ,the hotel will rape u on ex- change rate. U much better off changing your money outside the the resort. It is NOT recommened to leave the resort unless u'r with a
Okay, for all you who are reading these reviews trying to book that perfect week in paradise, this is for you. I vowed to come back to this site and write a detailed, honest review and that's exactly what I intend to do.My boyfriend and I arrived in Punta Cana on April 10/04. We flew JetsGo (which I was a little hesitant on booking as I had heard some horror stories) and much to my delight, everything went very smoothly. This is not a luxury airline but we had seats right by the wing and had more leg room that I have had on other airlines. There is no movie so bring a book, magazine, cards, etc. They will provide you with a cold meal (which is your typical airline food) and you can order drinks too. I always bring my own snacks regardless. There was a little turbulence but it does not matter which airline you fly on, you will experience that from time to time. The airport in Punta Cana is beautiful and we had no trouble going through customs at all. We were in and out in about 15 minutes and that included finding our luggage.The sunwing rep. had someone bring our luggage right to the bus that would be taking us to our hotel. The bus was nice and air-conditioned and it took us about 30 minutes to get to the resort. They give you a little briefing on the bus so you know what is going on. The lobby of the Tropical Princess was just absolutey amazing. I have travelled a fair amount and so I had lots to compare to. Check-in was not bad at all. They provided us with a welcome cocktail while we waited. We were prepared to wait for our rooms from reviews that I had read so we had our beach bag all packed and ready to go. We arrived about 12:30 and were told that we had to wait for our rooms until 3:00 p.m. No big deal! I don't know why so many people make such an issue about this. If you read the reviews you would know this and prepare yourself.We decided to head over to the magnificant lobby bar and ordered a couple of marguaritas and headed on our own little tour of the resort. Once you come down the steps on the other side of the lobby you will see a big stage to the right which is where they hold nightly entertainment at 9:40 p.m. everynight. We only saw a couple of shows but they really did a nice job. To the front of the lobby is where the disco is and the one night we did venture out to check it out, it was quite packed and very lively! We only stayed for one drink and headed back to our room. Great for the younger crowd.As you continue on down to the beach there are about 5 or 6 shops (internet shop, cigar shop, convenience store, souvenier store, jewelry store, etc.) If you plan to do any shopping go into the market or down the beach to the vendors to get better prices. But if you don't like to haggle for the best price and don't like to be pestered, the market is not the place for you. If you like your homeland snacks such as pototoe chips, chocolate bars, etc. buy them before you go. A can of pringles cost us about $5.00 US!Past the stores you walk through a bit of a jungle area, all very nicely manicured and you come across some beautiful vegetation. No critters running around. The whole week we were there I saw one baby lizzard and one cockroach (they were not in our rooms). Once you come to the end of the walkway it opens up into the main resort area. There are three pools i) the main pool is very active and has a swim up bar, jaccuzi (cool water), water polo, activities, etc. ii) the second pool is where the German activities are held (you will notice there are quite a few European tourists who travel to the Dominican) iii) and a siesta pool where there is no music - perfect for R & R. It was right outside the villa where our room was (which was very large and clean with high wooden ceilings and a balcony which faced a back garden area - nice and quiet). All the pools have their own bars off to the side although the main pool is the only one with a sunken pool bar. We had a few drinks there.The beach is just incredible. Like I mentioned before, I have travelled to Mexico, Cuba and Florida and this beach was by far the best I have ever been to. The water so beautiful (lots of shades of green and blue) and the waves were perfect for playing in. We spent most of our time down at the beach. Be warned, it you want a chair under a shady area you must be up very early and we're talking 5:00 am. to get your choice of chair. One of us would get up each morning and go put our towels or a book on a couple of chairs and then go back to sleep. Initially, I kind of felt bad doing that but hey, if you snooze your lose.The resort had two main snack bars which were great for grabbing something at lunch or midafternoon. There was also a buffet restaurant was was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of our a la cart dinner reservations were not until 8:00 p.m. which was perfect for us because by the time we got back from the beach it was 6:00 or so and then we had time to get ready and unwind before our meal.We had a VIP package which entitled us to a superior room (we requested an upper level with a kind size bed), three cigars per week, massages, a bottle of rum (although we never saw that), robes, and choice of 6 different a la carte restaurants). The VIP package entitled us to book our restaurants with guest services in the lobby ahead of time so we didn't have to go wait in line at 8:30 every morning to book for that night. Plus we received three extra restaurants to choose from. The food was excellent and although there were a few people at the resort who weren't feeling well a couple of nights, we were fine except for an upset stomach one day. But I think you have to expect that because you are in the sun all day, eating different foods, and having a few cocktails. I think if you do everything in moderation you will be fine. The sun is very hot so bring your sunblock. I saw people putting on oil - that's just crazy! I tan very easily and I still had a tanning cream with a 8 protector. My boyfriend burns so he was using a 45 and was okay.The only thing that I have to say that I was a little disappointed in were the drinks! I am a big red wine drinker and was not very happy at all with their red wine. It tastes like homemade and they only seemed to have one brand at all restaurants. Word to the wise, bring a couple bottles of your own. Also, as far as the tropical cocktails went, they were all powered and not very tasty. The best one was the "banana mama" and the margaritas was okay too. At one point I had to show them how to make a cosmopolitan (martini) just to have something half decent to drink. If you like beer the el President is pretty good too.All in all, the staff were very friendly and very appreciative of any gifts or tips they received. If you have something at home your don't wear anymore bring it along and make someone very happy.I have to say this was a beautiful resort but if you are looking for a place with lots of nightlife and shopping this is not the place for you. This place is perfect for a nice relaxing holiday. If you want nightlife and shopping you may want to think about Mexico.Have a great time where ever you decide to go.Hola!
The rms @tropicalprincess were very nice. The langage barrier was unexpected, to say the least. Our travel book had said we could visit other resorts,but that wasn't so, also there were far too many different standards! The line ups every day to make reservations for a'la carte restaurants were unreal. Only to find the other resorts had first choice and were book solid by phone, which our resort wasn't allow to do. P.S. The water wasn't that great. There was alway sea weed around your ankles. Now about chaise lounge's, is there not away to control the use of these?We have seen people put towels on c/lounges @the beach & pool &then only use one place! The food was only ok. most every nite, they were out of red wine.June