Vista Sol Punta Cana
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Deffinatelly not 4 stars
Be prepared that you won't get the service of 4 stars hotels! It is only 3! It is located close to small village El Cortesitto. It is a family hotel. 90% of guests are Europeans, mostly French. The garden is fantastic; the greenery is beautiful. The shades do make the surrounding quite cool with a breeze. Enjoy it. The entertainment stuff is very friendly and quite professional.
Rough at First but turned out GREAT
Well...first of all I have to say...I had a great time!!! When my friends and I first arrived at Hotel Carabela Bavaro in Punta Cana, Domician Republic, I have to say that we were a little bit disappointed...moping almost!! Okay...well moping!! When we arrived, we found out that it was a very "Spanish and French european resort". So no one there spoke English!!! We were beyond disappointed. While playing on the beach, we finally found a crew worker there who spoke a "little" bit of english. Eventually, we finally met some english speaking people which made our trip much better. We partied, drank lots and really enjoyed ourselves, (okay, I enjoyed myself). We got to do great stuff like snorkel and safaries and cool things like that. I think that this is a great resort for a person who isn't so picky about the food they eat (it was a 7.5 out of 10) and about little things. It would be a great person for someone who is willingly to do fun things like partaking in dance lessons and their nightly shows. having the ability to speak either french or spanish is also an asset. But if you're not looking for a challange...this wouldn't be the place for you.
I will start by saying, that I was a bit hesitant about this trip. I thought it might be dangerous and unorganized. It turned out to be a great trip. The island is beautiful and the people of the island are very accommodating. The hotel was beautiful. The rooms are ok and not fancy. But how much time do you spend in you room? The restaurants are ok. You will not find food like you are used to (Remember: your not in Kansas anymore.), but you will find something to eat. The bars are cool. There is a self serve at the restaurnat on the beach. The guys who work at the bar outside of the dinner hall are great and make fantastic drinks. Beware of anything with coconut. It is a laxative. You will learn this at your orientation. The week that we were there, there were many europeans. It is kind of difficult to find anyone who speaks english, but once we met one, we ended up meeting many and hanging out with them. We took a day trip to Catalina Island so that my boyfriend could scuba dive. We got to see the country and one of our tour guides explained everything and pointed out buildings, cities, houses, etc to show us how things are there. The dives were mediocre. Not much sea life due to unregulated spear fishing, but plant life was colorful. The dive masters would go ahead and not really watch what the other divers wre doing. I went snorkeling. It is entertaining for about 20 minutes, but that is about it. In The afternoon is when you actually go to the island for a few hours. The people feed you a buffet and many rum and cokes. Some cruise ships dock and bring some people from the boat to the island. Beyond some chairs and tables, there is not much else there. The sun is very intense. I usually do not burn, but I did that day. SPF of 15 or more for that day. He also did 4 other dives that left right off the beach of the hotel. One was a wreck. He said they were ok also. Right outside of the resort is a street and it has many stores, including a grocery store. The prices are good and they have some of tng on buying coffee-get it there. We did go to dinner one night to Captain Cooks. It was ok. I am told that the other lobster serving restaurant that is before Captain Cooks, some french sounding name, is much better. The only thing that I would warn anybody about is the bugs. I got attached by what I believe are sand fleas. They ate the back of my legs up. I was not the only person to suffer from this. Mostly females had this. I think it is because we shave our legs. It took almost two weeks for them to start clearing up. Take anti-itch cream. I would go back there in a heart beat.
My husband and I were looking for a winter getaway - sunshine and a beach were the only requirements. We arrived at Club Carabela on 2/15/03. This resort is older than most in the area, but it is well maintained and clean. The staff was helpful and very friendly. Food was fine. My husband said the beef dishes were tough, I enjoyed the fish every day we were there. Desserts were wonderful. There is something for everyone's tastes in the buffets. The grounds were beautiful - palm trees and flowers everywhere. Peacocks roam the grounds - they are beautiful. There are a lot of activities going on, volleyball to Spanish lessons. We chose not to participate in those, although it looked like guests were having fun. If you're looking for a place to just lay in the sun - on the beach or one of the two pools, you just can't beat this place for the money.
Club carabella - A great getaway @ a good price.
The grounds are beautiful. Clean rooms. Enough to keep you busy, or not. Would gladly go back. Richie & Pam.
Good Resort, Cheap Price, Nice Vacation
Club Carabela is just fine. We had an excellent time. Overall the food had a good variety of choices at all the buffets, fresh fish daily, usually chicken, beef(picture of a cow), goat, lot's of veggies. (I am a picky eater, but found more than enough to fill my plate.) As far as drinks go, the beer was local, which is pretty standard - Presidente, each pool had a pool bar, and the beach had a beach bar with grill. One pool had a pool bar inside it, the other a Jacuzzi that turns on(or so we are told) every day at 2:00pm - this is also the kid friendly pool. The beach had plenty of shade or sun depending on your choice, it also is on a point so the surf is a bit calmer than other parts of the LONG Punta Cana beach. The Melia also has a really calm beach. The rooms are the one place where the hotel could really improve. They are a bit of 'older motel' meets the Caribbean, but for the price you pay, what do you expect? There is the opportunity to upgrade to beach front suites -a more American type of room - which are a REAL upgrade - with Jacuzzi, king size bed, bigger TV, sitting area, beach front porch for a fee of $150 per week per person. What Atmosphere to Expect: Very European, almost everyone we meet(except for 2 couples) spoke another language. Only about half of the people we met spoke English. This is NOT a bad thing. It made for an incredible vacation and a really fun time trying to speak different languages. Where else can you go besides Europe for this?! The hotel staff does speak other languages - French, German, Dutch, Spanish, and some English. It is amazing! Also where else do you have a lobby bar and veranda full of people after dinner? This is very much Europe in the Caribbean. Good things to know: there are two restaurants that they don't really advertise where you HAVE to make reservations and be served rather than buffet for dinner. One is right next to the main buffet room(hidden behind two large wooden doors). We didn't like this one as much, but is worth trying (and seeing the flaming kabobs). The other is where they have lunch daily - it serves a great pizza and pasta at night. Also you can pre-order grilled Caribbean lobster for about 200 pesos $10.00 per person. This was a GREAT deal. You can also order bottled wine if you don't like the house wine. Best dessert - Coconut Flan. The beach grill and lunchroom have AMAZING fries. Each room has a mini fridge so if you like your own liquor you can stock it. You can also buy off a menu for premium liquor, prices comparable to a regular bar in the states. For beach towels there is a 20.00 per person deposit, they are the same beach towels used at every resort. Beach chairs - also the same as every other resort fill up fast in the AM, but you can usually always find one or two lying around later. We never once had an issue. Shopping: The Carabela is situated next to a small beach front flea market (there is also a grocery store there). You can bargain with every 'Johnny Low-Price' or 'Freddie Almost Free' that you wish. The shop at the hotel often has the best prices. 3 $ for a magnet, where the beach market was 4- 6, same with cigars. The front desk at the hotel has books where you can find 'average' prices of items that you might bargain for such as the paintings. Also Captain Cook Restaurant is right in the middle of the market next door, and is recommended by Fodor's. We only drank so can't say much about whether the food was great or not, but the lobsters LOOKED amazing. FYIs: We did visit a few of the larger hotels, as you can walk through them without much trouble. We also got a 'tour' (time share demonstration - run, Forrest, run) of the Princess. You have to 'shuttle' to the beach or walk 10 minutes. Hotel was very, very, nice... as long as you like golf carts carrying you about. About us: We have traveled from Europe to Australia. Past Caribbean islands include: Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, St Martin, Jamaica, St Kitts, St Barts... That said, we would go back, we are already talking about next year. We thought it was a great bargain for the price. We met lovely people from everywhere across the globe... and have standing invitations to visit folks in many
Do Not Book it!!!
Our vacation in the Dominican Republic lasted from 12/25/02 to 1/4/03. We went with two other families (nine people total, three pairs of parents with three teenagers, one child in each family). This was our third time in the Dominican: we were coming back because we enjoyed our previous vacations and were hoping for a similar experience this time. Instead, we had a vacation from hell.
On the day of arrival my son, I and two other people got stuck in an elevator for 1.5 hours. I am claustrophobic to small spaces, and the time spent inside the tiny elevator with stuffed uncirculated air was perhaps the most horrifying experience. Apparently, hotel personnel couldn't open the doors; in the end, my husband (!) finally did.
On the second day there, there was no hot water in the hotel. On the third day, there was no cold water! Hotel personnel never apologized for anything, although, understandably, all guests indicated their annoyance with the situation.
Now, to the matter of food. My husband is a diabetic, and although he is not on any special diet, he does require normal foods that are not too high in sugar, salt, spices or fats. Unfortunately, the hotel offered none of that. All (!) food in the hotel was either extra fat, too salty, spicy, or sweet even for the people who are not diabetics. My husband's sugar levels went up twice to dangerous levels. He had to take double amounts of medications to bring his conditions to normal something that he never does at home. All in all, we ended up buying food outside of hotel property, spending extra money and time, even though our vacation was supposed to be all-inclusive.
The service in the hotel was simply horrible. None of the personnel spoke English. At night, the premises weren't lit, which meant that we couldn't let our teenagers go out because we were afraid that something would happen to them in the dark. Our relatives had to phone the hotel for hours, trying to get through, because the front desk was obviously too busy or too lazy to pick up the phone. We, on the other hand, had to call the front desk as well, every single day, due to the lack of fresh towels (somehow, they decided that two towels were more than enough for three people, and continued this tradition for all 10 days of our stay there).
On the way back, our suitcase lock was broken, the bag opened, and three containers of expensive French perfume and lotion were crashed and scattered all over the bag.
When we talked to the TransGlobal representative in the Dominican, she stated that the hotel was rated as 3 stars, and that we shouldn't expect anything extraordinary from them. Frankly, we bought the vacation as a 4-star-property; our badges indicated 4 starts, and even the hotel gates proudly displayed 4 stars. In addition, even a 3-star hotel wouldn't have food that gave guests diarrhea, or beer that smelled particularly sour and foamy. Fresh tasty food isn't an extraordinary request. Neither are having hot and cold water at all times, well-lit property, good hotel personnel, and working elevators (or at least people who can fix them in a timely manner).
I can go on and on and on. Do not take any chances. Don't book it!!!
Nice hotel for couples
The food is spectacular, the beach and all the places are really nice in the hotels, the restaurant is very beautiful, the rooms are not what you expect, but had the necessary stuff to be comfortable just that.
in general the hotel is really clean and the best they have is the people that works there, they are very polite, and nice.
I found this resort to have comfortable rooms. The food was enjoyable but they could of had a little better variety. They had all the water sports that most places do. There were birds that were flying in and out at the restaurant but it's open air dining and you have to expect something like that. There were peacocks walking the property but not where humans were eating or sitting. It is cheaper that most of the other resorts on the island. But I found it enjoyable.
The beach was clean and the lounge chairs very comfortable.
I traveled alone and found it very safe. I would go again.
Do not book it
my wife and i arrived on 1/6/02 to club carabella checked in a desk went to room walk in looked around the room was beat paid for upgrade and got new villa on the beach food was the worst i have ever had at any resort peacocks were walking around bars and pools had to watch where you walked please do not go to this resort
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... It had a stocked mini bar, flat screen tv, with a number of English speaking cable channels that came in crystal clear. (You would surprised how un-often that actually happens). The room was super clean and modern with a lot of "living space". You had a balcony and enough room to for a sitting area in the room. The staff was super helpful and always polite with a smile. The hotel grounds were well ...
... He became very excited and agitated all at once. Since he spoke broken English it was hard to tell what side he fell on. Long story short my new "Friend" told him, "all right you've said enough! You have to go now." In a nut shell this guy was making everyone nervous.
Who needs all that! I came here to have fun not get all bent out of shape about how much Russia Sucks.
... sharks ( I can't remember what type of sharks). You were not allowed to touch the sting rays or sharks. After swimming around for a while we went into another cage where you could hold a sting ray. Landon and Aunty Val did not want to touch it so John and myself held it. It was very heavy and slimy. After our picture was taken the guy held up the sting ray and it spit water at us. After getting back on the boat there was an uneventful lunch ...
... very smooth compared to the catamaran. About half way we stopped at a 'natural swimming pool' to swim with starfish. Unfortunately every starfish we found was dead, which led me to believe that it's just a tourist trap where they plant dead starfish to make you believe it's something that it is not. Regardless it was a beautiful spot and we had fun being there. After the starfish it was a relatively short trip back to ...
... to the airport and both of our flights were delayed for some time, but as luck would have it, our flights were out of the same gate so we got to sit and chat together for the rest of my time in DR.
All in all I had a very good time on this trip. I will probably not be going back to Santo Domingo again, but I would like to visit the northern part of the country (like Puerto Plata and Santiago)
Time to start planning my next adventure, to Europe!