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We got married in Eden!
Overall, Eden Bay was one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I've ever been! My fiancee' and I traveled there with two friends and while there, we got married! And what a wonderful wedding it was. Many thanks to Mike and Peggy who organized it and took great pictures for us, and to all of the staff who took care of all our needs (desires) for the whole trip. And to Peggy who kept things lively (if you wanted) with always something to do whether it was water aerobics, volleyball, silly beach games or the very fun "testical toss". Anyway, this is a place you must visit, at least once. We only had one complaint, and that was the poor selection of liquors available. Mostly lower end stuff. But they promised to work on that and upgrade the selection.
We made it back home after a wonderful ten day trip to the Puerto Plata area. January 24, we stepped out of the airport POP and there stood a taxi driver with the Eden Bay logo. On our way we passed through Cabarete, the monotony of the long trip and countless pot holes beginning to wear, our taxi driver Israel, told us proudly he lived on that road to the right. Grace and I made it to the Eden Bay resort around 5:30 pm after a 1 ½ hr. taxi ride with Richard and Lisa, second timers. We had never checked into a resort so easily; were greeted with a rum drink, a smile, and an easing greeting from Patricia "you must be Robert and Grace?" We passed by the main desk without signing in, just told we can use the lap top to use the internet. We were given a short tour of the upper part of the complex and shown to our room by Ramon. With no chain to carry the keys on we put the keys on a ribbon. Next time, I will bring a neck lanyard. After taking a shower with plenty of heated water to refresh from the long trip we put on shorts, comfortable loose shirts and headed to the dining area for dinner. We ordered from a choice of three entrees and desserts. Adjacent to the main area is one of the hot tubs where we found a couple enjoying the evening. We found the water and company so naturally inviting to shed our dinner dress and just enjoy being nude first time at Eden Bay. When leaving the hottub, I discovered the ribbon untied and the keys somewhere in the pool. The keys were easily found in the hot tub to our relief. The couple saying they didn't lock their room. The next day we did the same. After all this is Eden! After the first full day and being locked out of our room, I decided to carry the keys on me. We slept well each night, eagerly we ate breakfast and headed down to the lower pool where we sunned and joined in the pool exercises with Ramon or Peggy. A friendly game or two of water volleyball and sunning round the beach and pool made for a relaxing morning. At 12 o'clock, their time, the food was served and enjoyed by all. Games were often played as the afternoon leisurely passed on. I enjoyed the beauty of the shore area, the breaching of whales in the open blue waters, and even the girls made for some enjoyable sight seeing. I asked Grace if she did the same with the men...she didn't comment on that one! There were a few single guys but we didn't see any single ladies. Most were self-made people in their 50 to 60's except for the few 30 to 40's couples. The atmosphere was not at all sexually charged, it was more of a natural relaxed vacation. We felt very comfortable being totally nude in the water and beach areas...never feeling someone might be watching. I think someone looking for more than interesting conservation would have a long boring vacation. There is lots of room and this place is as close to the Garden of Eden as we have experienced. We just stayed 4 nights...and of course they came too soon. The Dominican goat, conch, and pork dishes were outstanding. The sweet roles were homemade like my mother used to make. The staff did what ever to make everything outstanding. The rooms don't warrant the price but everything else makes one forget the rooms anyway. I usually took several showers a day and dried off in the warm breeze on the balcony over looking the blue waters.
WHAT A GREAT PLACE
Garden of Eden, that is what it should be called. We just returned from Eden Bay (Jan 31, 06)and can say we never had a better vacation. Starting with the welcome from the manager, Patricia, welcoming us with drinks and a tour of the property, while our luggage was taken to our rooms. What a sight from our room, all rooms are Ocean View, and what a view it was.
Tom and his lovely wife Linda greeted us with open arms. Tom even took us on a car tour, and showed us some very interesting sights, we are into construction so we welcomed the tour of some of the beautiful houses being built in the area, and also of the golf course, all very close by .
During the day at the beach bar, Peggy and Mike has our day planned out for us, but with out pressure, if you just wanted to watch the rest of us playing games likes little kids, so be it, but soon all were in on it.
Crab racing, coconut bowling, testicle throw, water volleyball, etc., all just fun and silly games. Peggy even got us going on Texas Hold Em cards. That was fun. I don't know how she makes up some of the games, but what fun.
The food was the best we had ever had anywhere. Every meal was choice of 4-5 entries and if you couldn't make up your mine, just order all of them, they just give you a sampler of everything.
Karina and the staff were the best ever. Everyone was always smiling and so friendly. Entertainment was great, from the Nudelist game, the one man band , dancers and the singer, all was just great. The disco was completed and opened while we were there, so you could go dance your heart out until you dropped.
Sleeping?? Close your eyes and think off the sound of the ocean all night long, because the is the only sound you will hear from the rooms, we never slept so good.
Will we go back? YES we can't wait, to see all our new friends, Also to see all the stuff in the planning. It is great now and will be even better in the future. As Ernie says, "It doesn't get any better than this".
Ken & Sandy
One of my best vactions ever
As a single male I was a little uncertain about how I would enjoy my first vacation at a CO resort (clothing optional). I was not disappointed. The grounds, food, and atmosphere surrounding this resort was intoxicating. I was made to feel welcome from the moment I arrived at the airport. The staff went out of there way to ensure that all had a good time. The room was beautiful and well cared for. I look forward to going back again as soon as possible.
Body painting and Banana Mamas
Overall a great resort. Geared toward couples so going as a single can be tough - unless you're extremely outgoing.
THE GOOD: The food is excellent. Lots of variety and meals go on for hours e.g. you can eat breakfast at 7:30am or 10am. The staff is great (Karina, Raymond, Dario, etc.) and they go the extra mile. A palm tree was wacking against my window and Susan had it trimmed within an hour. Activities are THE BEST whether its nude aerobics, nude pool volleyball, nude croquet, or some of the crazy sexy co-ed games Peggy thinks up (she should have her own TV show). Between 1pm & 2:30pm is down time so bring a book to read on the beach while you tan. Every night at dinner is theme night and more than half the people dress so do bring clothes. Patricia runs a tight ship and there's tons of security (walking back to my room at night there was always a guard posted somewhere nearby). Things get quiet after 11pm since this place IS geared toward the older crowd. But you can still find a group of new friends by one of the outdoor hot tubs well after midnight. Great gift shop and unbelievable beachside massages for about $50 US. If there's anything you need that they don't have on-ground, they'll send out for it! Maid service is excellent and when you get back to your room at night there's always a snack waiting in the fridge. They throw a wine & cheese party up at "Casa Grande" once a week which has two helicopter pads on the property. This ain't no Spring Break resort - you're pretty much rubbing elbows with millionaires and billionaires.
THE BAD: Could use a gym and air-conditioning (for the summer months) but these are on the way. The seas are kind of rough in January (a few people got sick on snorkeling and whale watch outings) so don't plan on going in the ocean much. Not the greatest beach either but you can't have everything. Rooms could use clocks and more than one garbage can. Outside tiles are extremely slippery when wet so BE CAREFUL. Picture taking can be iffy since it IS a nude resort and people are wary of being photographed. Lots of 30 & 40ish trophy wives with serious bodies and husbands who are 20 years older. Not necessarily a bad thing since the hubbies are in bed by 9pm and the women want to stay up and party. Nationality-wise, the Canadians and Americans hang together, the English and Scots hang together, the Germans and Austrians hang together, and the French are off by themselves because nobody really wants to hang with them. The activities are all in English so, again, not a bad thing if you're from The U.S./Canada/The U.K. Also, not all the staff speaks English. I asked for a glass of milk during one breakfast and they brought it HOT! Also, if you're a beer lover, you're either drinking draught or cans of "Presidente."
THE UGLY: The ride from the airport. Beautiful countryside but depressing how people live in this 3rd world country. Someone had a metal shipping container with windows cut in it for a house. The roads look like World War III and there are a million mototcycles zooming about with 2, 3, 4 aboard an NO helmets. Not really something the resort has any control over though. Also, always keep a few dollars handy at the airport because everyone (local) is looking for a tip/bribe even if they just help you move your bags two feet or point the way to the bathroom.
Truly this is the "Garden of Eden"
I visited Eden Bay Jan 05. I've seen nude beaches & nudist resorts but this is truly the "Garden of Eden". I almost cancelled at the last moment but said what the "H". From the airport at PoP I knew this was a different vacation. You are offered beer, water, soda for the 1 1/2 hr trip to resort Patricia gives you a tour of the resort and you get a drink then you go to your room to freshen up. Peggy & Mike are exceptional at activities directors circle of love, testicle toss just a few of the games. The food is the greatest,breakfast, lunch by the pool, dinner different every night ...no buffets...menus soup, salad, 3 or 4 entrys all great you couldn't get better. You meet friends from all over the world it is the most amazing experience I have ever had, and like Peggy says, "naked people rock". I went for 10 days last year and am going for 15 this year and may check out buying a condo so I can spend more time at the Garden of Eden". This is the greatest vacation you could ever have. Dave.
Can't Say Enough Good Things
Okay here is the Eden Bay review in a nutshell. This is a lush tropical getaway that my wife and I found while looking for cheaper alternatives to Jamaica. The resort was wonderful while we were there, although it does cater to a specific atmosphere. This resort creates the family style vacation because of its size. Over the nine days Julie and I were there the resort maxed out at about 20 guests. Everyone very quickly got to know everyone and there was an amazing air of intimacy that surrounded each day's activities.
The accommodations were quaint, modestly appointed rooms complete with full sized bathrooms and not much else. From the get go it was obvious that we weren't supposed to be staying in our rooms for extended periods of time, which as it turned out was the perfect attitude to take. There is one word of warning for visitors concerning the accommodations and that is: be careful of the floor when wet the tiles are EXTREMELY slippery.
The food and service was the best I have every experienced on a vacation. The three daily meals are a combination of local recipes and American cuisine all served restaurant style in an open air dining area. The quality was exquisite and the portions unlimited because you can just sit and keep ordering due to the all inclusive package. The Bars are open all the time and they serve a variety of liquors although to be honest I never wandered very far from the traditional, Pina Colada and other rum drinks, after all when in Rome...
The facilities were very appropriate. There was a small beach, complete with hammocks and sea kayaking, although there is no lifeguard so participate at your own risk. There is a sand volley ball court and a dedicated volleyball pool. Other pools include a large swim-up bar with built in spa jets and a smaller beach front pool. But the most amazing aquatic venue is the waterfront hot water Jacuzzi, it seats about 20 and the view is amazing.
The resort is designed for utter relaxation and that shows from the laid back but attentive staff to the water front massage tables manned on demand by gorgeous and skilled women. The massage tables are only one aspect of the full service spa that offers everything from full body massages to pedicures and manicures. If at any point during your stay you want to go out and experience the local area you'll have to put your clothes back on (BOOO) but there is plenty to do. My wife and I went to a local market complete with casino where we actually won money, and took a day long horseback tour through the mountains and rainforest.
Other important things to know about the area are that the exchange rate is very good and US money is accepted pretty much everywhere. The airport is about an hour away by taxi and they drive kind of crazy so make sure you use the bathroom before you get into the cab. On that note the resort does provide round trip transport to and from the airport in a private cab, which makes everything significantly easier. When you go pack basic first aid stuff in your suitcase such as sunscreen, Benedryl, calamine lotion, and Pepto Bismal. No one had a negative reaction to the food while I was there but it is possible and it is better to be prepared just in case.
The bottom line is I can't recommend this resort enough. I am going to go back as time permits and am even thinking of buying one of their condos as an investment and guaranteed vacation spot.
What a perfect name for this resort
My wife and I just returned from a week at Eden Bay and absolutely loved it. It truly felt like we were in the garden of Eden. While we've been to nude beaches and nudist campgrounds before, this was our first true nudist vacation and we were a little apprehensive at first, but once we got there we fell in love with the place. The moment we arrived Colin and staff greeted us with drinks and took our bags to our room while we were given a tour. When we got to our room we disrobed and pretty much stayed that way for the entire week.
After we made our way to the beach we were greeted by Mike and Peggy (the activity directors) and immediately made to feel at home. They were the nicest, most fun people. They always had activities to participate in, but we didn't feel the least bit pressured to participate if we didn't want to. Although, while we were there we had crab races, bingo, shuffleboard, water aerobics, and water volleyball. My wife and I are fairly private people, but we loved the activities. In fact, towards the end of our stay Mike and Peggy had to leave for a few days and we almost felt lost without the daily activities. We felt like kids the whole time we were there it was wonderful. It also helped that the other guests while we were there were wonderful, nice, fun people; traits that seem to be common among nudists.
The service at Eden Bay was wonderful. Karina was a wonderful bartender, who just made you want to smile, she was so pleasant. When we ran out of cigarettes Aldulino in the gift shop sent out for them, and we had them within an hour. If you go, try to get one of Dario's paintings. We now have a beautiful painting of the resort on our office wall. Additionally, we couldn't say enough about Patricia and Colin. My wife told them it was my 30th birthday, and with one day's notice they surprised me at dinner with a cake with my name on it. What wonderful, pleasant people.
If you want an incredible, clothes-free, worry-free vacation, you can't go wrong with Eden Bay
Could not have had a better time......
First of all we would like to say this was our first experience with this type of resort and were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was wonderful. It was very relaxing yet we had plenty to do with great activity directors (Peggy and Mike) when we wanted. The food was fabulous. We ordered from a menu daily and had a variety of dishes to choose from. With one picky eater and one adventurous eater we were both pleased. The weather was great and we had some type of entertainment each night. The resort was not at full capacity and it felt like we were on our own private resort with a group of friends. We met people from all over the world and that enhanced our trip. We could have gone off the resort on an excursion but did not feel we needed to. There was kayaking, snorkeling, darts, pool, games of all sorts, water volleyball, 3 pools, 2 hot tubs (one looking right over the ocean), diving was available for extra $$$. The spa treatments were very reasonable and they have a massage table overlooking the ocean. Would not suggest for people who like a great party nightlife, but great for couples wanting to relax and have some fun. Staff very friendly and professional. Unlike many resorts we heard about tips are not expected at Eden Bay but greatly appreciated if you wish to leave them at the end of your stay. We were very pleased with the exclusivity of the resort and were not bothered by any solitation. We would recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for a relaxing care free vacation. Colin and Patricia as well as all the staff did whatever they could to make sure our trip was enjoyable. Thanks for the great time.
Eden is not adream, but atainable reality
Difficult to describe Paradise. Sorroundings, just perfect. Atmosphere, uncompromising, simple, with all the elements to "obligue" the guest to disconnect from outside world and...RELAX.
A family oriented naturist (nudist) resort, the only one of its category in DR, Eden Bay is simply wonderful. Personalized attention given by well trained, displicent, yet not intrusive employees (they never, ever, look below your eyes) gives you the sense of being a god. Facilities very clean, all-inclussive deal hardly superated by the more crowded, noisy places which, additinally, require a dress code. At this piece of Eden, less is best, and is simply, absolutely enjoyable. The warmest and enjoyable resort I had ever been in. Don't miss it!
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