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... came back to see her in 10 years. We signed shirts, many kids asking for phone numbers and about novios. Rachel got a wonderful note in English calling her a 'better friend,' and a 'person honey' which we all cherished.
Kayley was the last to say goodbye, and had the sweetest hug for Marybella, the 3 year old who easily befriended each of us.
That was my moment. Making the connections with all of the kids this week has been so world changing to me. But watching ...
... country is full of friendly gestures.
After dinner at the hotel, the kids enacted the quincianos ceremony. Which is basically a fake wedding ceremony to celebrate her coming of age. Kayleys fathers, Natalie and Annalore, toasted her and helped her choose her court. They danced ( her pretend husband Caleb promises he'll work on perfecting her waltz soon) and celebrated and then we spent hours preparing items for our group for the last day ...
... able to 'immerse' her in the culture or fully 'engulf' her in it. Then they grabbed her by the ankles and whoosh--she was immersed!!
Otto and I had arranged for music, dancing, and cake as well. Then señor Bro told us the traditional parts of a real quincianera, and the kids decided to enact it the next day.
I'm sure it was her most memorable ...
Okay...so the plan was to start this blog at least two weeks before we left, though our story actually started much before that. However, I will save the back-story for a different night, one where I have more energy. Since we have been here almost two weeks, I thought I had better start, or the trip will be over before I ever get around to posting. There is much to tell but I don't want this post to be so long that no one in their right mind would bother to read it. So for the ...
I am really starting to enjoy being around my host family. They really are doing a great job at making me feel very comfartable and at home. Today at breakfast my host mom asked my roommate and I how we were feeling and that we could tell her anything. I thought that was so sweet of her. Last Sunday when the entire family was over for dinner I told my host cousin that I really liked her head ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Puerto Plata Village Resort
What an amazing Holiday
Myself and 3 friends just returned from PPV on Saturday February 28 and what an amazing time we had. The hotel staff was great, the food delicious, the entertainment exciting and the Resort was beautiful. I would have to recommend this resort to anyone, it was such a great place. If you are interested in a day trip, book it on the beach with Ramone, it is much cheaper and it's the exact same as the hotel. Do the Jeep Safari, and Paradise Island. If you want to get your hair braided do it in the salon at the resort, it is actually much cheaper than at the beach. I will definately be going back to this resort, it was such a great time.
2nd time even better
back in march 2003 i traveled to puerto plata village for the first time.the resort was lovely, the food was excellent, and we made a lot of new friends while we were there.we liked it so much we went back this year for two weeks.we were there from jan.24 to feb07 and this time there was a group of 25 that went.there was not one negative remark about the resort from anyone.one evening the managment closed the international al a carte for reservations because they had aspecial meal for returning guests.the main course was chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese, and baby lobster.there were over 150 repeat guests.another day they had a special breakfast for repeat guests at the beach.it was also excellent. when i read some of the negative reviews, i wounder what kind of people they are, and if any vacation anywhere would be good enough for them.i think they are cronic complainers. i would like to say hello to everyone at puerto plata village from larry,lucy mark,laurie,andre,& diane.we all hope to see everyone again next year sometime between jan. and march your truly larry butler & lucy graham
Very Pleasant Experience in February 2004
After reading some of the other reviews, I felt compelled to share my own experience. I only stayed at the hotel for 2 consecutive friday nights as I was going on a catamaran for the week to swim with humpback whales. The hotel was recommended to us by our boat so I didn't look into any other options but was happy with their choice. Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to sample the ala carte restaurants since it was such a short stay. I did find the quality of the food at the buffet restaurant quite good. They served a large variety of breads and the meat was tasty as were the many side dishes. The pizza at the snack bar was also high quality with a variety of toppings and always available. My bar drinks were great as well. Nothing too sweet and syrupy like some tropically inspired drinks can't be. The cuba libre was fantastic. And for the days I was there, there always was a bartender present at the pool bar.
I was confused by another post saying the beach was closed at 7. Maybe you couldn't get a shuttle ride there but no one stopped me from leaving the hotel grounds when I left friday evening to meet friends at a nearby restaurant so I can't imagine why they just couldn't have walked there. I'd say it was up to a 10 minute walk and through the golf course. I felt very safe in the area by myself. Besides, if you ever tired of the confines of the hotel, you could take an easy walk up the main Playa Dorada drive to a shopping mall.
The rooms were simply furnished so that might surprise an american tourist used to a higher standard but it didn't bother me one bit since each room I stayed in was clean and had a nice bathroom. Besides, their website pictures accurately reflect the room interior so there should be no confusion when planning your trip from home. I also liked the option of being able to open the windows for fresh air. The exterior of the buildings were adorable with their various pleasing colors and victorian inspiration which more than made up for their sparse interiors. I'd make that trade anyday for the architectural appeal of the individual "homes". I truly felt as though I was in a little village and enjoyed that homey feel compared to a boxy highrise like other hotels.
As for the grounds, the gardens surrounding the villas were beautiful and meticulously kept. With the mountainous backdrop, it truly was a scenic wonder and made for a nice walk if you wanted to stroll away from the main pool area. The ride/walk up to the beach ran along a delightful tropical stream and the beach was marvelous as well since the same mountains were visible from the water's edge. I had a little trouble finding an empty lounge chair though. I was also a bit disappointed to see that not as many women were enjoying the topless nature of the DR beach as I had experienced in Punta Cana a few years back. I definately found Puerto Plata more desirable with its lush scenic beauty over the arid and flat Punta Cana region.
Although I can't speak for the included water activities, I did find the entertainment staff very friendly. Most were helpful and would kindly offer some tips on how to say things in spanish since I didn't have any spanish background. As always, the Dominican men made you feel very welome in their country. Its a great place for a single girl!
Don't feel shy about hitting the disco by yourself since the entertainment staff is more than willing to teach you their merengue or bachata. I had recently visited the Bahamas and felt as though the locals despised the tourists. I've never felt that way in my 2 trips to the DR. The locals I encountered never seemed to be unhappy about anything and the men were always quick with a smile.
The hotel also offered live shows in the evening. Although the dancers had to work with an inferior sound system and simple decorations, their talent was exceptional and I could tell they took pride in their performances. It was obvious that most of the dancers had years of professional training or were just naturally gifted in dance as Dominicans seem to be.
Although it was a little hard for a harried northeasterner to adjust to the relaxed attitude of the front desk, my needs were met when I needed a special request. My only real complaint was that the pool environment was a bit loud in the late afternoon. I realize they want to project a fun experience for happy hour and the entertainment staff is out in full force, but I'd prefer the volume to be turned down some and not so much talking over the PA. Also, it would be nice for each guest to get their own key. Since I had a roommate my first night we had to share one key which posed a problem when I wanted a beach towel and she was already at the beach. I eventually was cleared by the front desk but it was very inconvenient. Besides, we were both independent women and were off doing different things at different times so needing to contact the front desk if the keyless one needed back in the room seemed pretty silly to me. I was told that they only gave 2 keys out when 3 people shared a room.
In all, I had a very pleasant time at this resort and would return or recommend again.
Dont ever go there
It was the no tell motel the pool was closed at 6 oclock the beach you couldnt go to after 7 oclock it was terrible
The Best Vacation of My Life
I went to Puerto Plata Village Resort And Spa on August 25,2003. I have to say it was the best place on earth the people were so friendly and helpful. The pool was very clean and the swim up bar was great. The beach is beautiful even though it's 5 miniutes away it's a nice walk.I really will be coming back here I have made it a point to come every year for atleast a week.
Our Holiday At Puerto Plata Village.
On the 11th of October 2003, myself, my wife and two children set out on what we thought was going to be a dream holiday, at the Puerto Plata Village in the Dominican Republic. (How Wrong We Were). It was absolutly awful, Please dont get me wrong i am not one of those old men who nit picks at everyone and everything because i dont, i am only in my 30's. What me and my family thought was going to be a peacefull relaxing holiday was'nt, it was loud during the daytime with the so called entertainment team trying to get you up to play games or do some sort of pool aerobics, the massive speakers were blasting out all types of music all day from 8.30am. If you were a young couple it would probably be brilliant for you, but certainly not for families or older people. It says in the brochure it has a swim up bar it has the only problem is that in the two weeks that we never saw a barman behind it.
The food is o.k. in the Italian and the International restuarant's, but the Mexican restaurant and the buffet bar are really terrible. As regards entertainment at night nothing starts until 9.30 / 10.00pm and the bar area is just so unapealing, you would expect nice carribean feel to it but unfortunatly their is'nt, it just a square marble bar set round four open sided walls and a clean but dirty looking yellow tiled floor if you know what i mean, the table's and chairs in it are shabby. Oh and i forgot to mention the two pool tables and the two football tables thats about as good as it got in their. This holiday cost me £2,750 and looking back i wished i'd of stopped at home and gave the money away to charity, thats how bad it was.
Fun in the sun
When I went to the Dominican Republic in Feb 2001 I didn't know much about it. Still I was going there to get married! It was spooky I tell you. But I soon found out there was nothing to worry about. Both me and my husband loved staying at the Puerto Plata Village. The houses are lovely, all situated like a small village. The pool area was nice and although the beach was a few minutes walk away, we didn't think much of it. We went down there every day, enjoying a superb lunch at the beach restaurant and sometimes spend hours walking along the neverending beach. As for the rest of the restaurants we found them very nice. We were a bit worried about getting the same food since it was All-included, but since there were several places to chose from, we worried for nothing. The Buffé-restaurant had different theme for every night. We had a great wedding dinner at the Italian place and at least two meals at the Mexican. We stayed in a room with balcony which was ok. The view wasn't great, but it was overlooking a mountain so we couldn't really complain about that. As for getting married there, I can definately recommend it. They had all our needs wrapped in a nice package so we didn't miss a thing, except perhaps our familly and friends. I have recommended the Puerto Plata Village hotel to several of our friends and collegues since we got back. I'm almost certain we will go there again sometime and I can also recommend it to famillies. All the children I saw there seemed to enjoy themself alot. And since all the drinks, burgers and pizzas were All-included one didn't have to think about carrying around money. Hope you will enjoy your stay as much as we did!
I went two years ago during March Break and the resort at least deserves a review. Located in the Playa Dorada Complex, the Puerto Plata Village is an economic and solid choice.
The grounds were kept very nicely, the pool was sparkling and the swim up bar was very convenient. I would recommend the rooms in the 3-4 floor complex over the individual villas (they were a little shabby). Overall the rooms were kept fairly clean, but you may have to ask for more clean towels.
The staff was very friendly (especially the Dominican men). The activities were a little unorganized but done with a smile. The onsite disco was very convenient and played great music but wasn't too populated. The near-by "Crazy Moon" is a great alternative.
The food in the main restaurant was good but it did not vary over the 7 day period. The international and italian a-la-carte restaurants were great, the pizza a staple after all the 151 rum, but I would watch out for the Mexican a-la-carte restaurant. Fruit drinks were abundant, sweet, and potent, but the wine at the a-la-carte places was like what you'd buy at a corner store.
I would return to the Dominican in a heartbeat, but I would think twice about returning to Puerto Plata Village for one major reason: The beach is kind of far away (15 minute walk). There are, however, readily available shuttle-buses and the resort has its own beach-front eatery (delicious).
I would recommend this resort to the younger crowd who are searching for a good deal, but I wouldn't recommend families. There were too many high school kids and I really didn't see too many children during my stay. If you are a family or a mature couple, this resort probably isn't your piece of cake. If you are on a budget, this place is not bad... not bad at all!