We travelled as a group of 7 ages 23 - 49, our first family vacation in about 15 years. Only 3 of the 7 had ever experienced a vacation in the Caribbean. We had a wonderful experience. The weather was awesome during our stay of April 17 - 24 with the afternoon of the 23rd having light rain on and off and rain during the night.
I don't understand what others are looking for when they go on a vacation to another country. For the price that we paid, I feel we got pretty good value for the money.
The location was great being only 20 minutes from the airport but rarely heard a plane.
The food at the buffet was, for the most part, fairly tasty with no one in our group walking away hungry at any meal. The 3 al le carte restaurants were very good with the Octopus having the best service and the Italian having a great meal and even provided those in our party with extra servings of food. The staff of the resort were all very friendly and always had a smile and an 'hola'.
The resort was neither too large nor too small. The beach itself was the best that we saw during our morning walk, providing a great number of shade huts and shade trees to escape the sun. Although I personally didn't snorkel, the rest of the group did and they were quite happy wih what they saw. The swimming isn't the greatest in front of the resort but you were not restricted to staying in front of the resort as in other places that we have vacationed. The rooms were clean and spacious enough, although the floors get quite slippery due to the humidity. We had an issue in our room in that we had water laying on the floor in the entry hall which I believe came from an overhead vent probably for the air conditioner. Just drop a towel down and get on with your vacation. You're not there to spend all your time in the room anyway.
The vendors on the beach weren't impossible to deal with and usually a no thank you would move them along. NeaNea provides a wonderful massage on the beach. It was found, our last day there, that a trip to the Orange Market down the beach offers better pricing for the same items that you would purchase from the beach vendors. I believe you're better off to have Dominican Pesos to do your purchasing.
We also found that the best place to exchange your money was at the airport. The airport duty free also offered the best pricing for rum at a cost of $18.00 US for 1750ml rather than the $12.00 and $18.00 that was paid to beach vendors for a 700ml bottle.
I believe the only down side to this vacation was that the pool, entertainment and bars shut down far to early on the resort. I don't believe it was possible to get a drink after 11:00. There also wasn't the entertainment and games on the beach as at other resorts. All the daytime activities were around the pool so we didn't get to participate as we found it too hot to be up by the pool. We did go to the disco just a 2 minute walk outside the resort. It played good dancing music.
The rules are that there is no lounge chair saving. Well forget that rule as it is not enforced so if you want a particular location on the beach or by the pool, you're better to get up early put some belongings on the lounge in the area that you want and then go back to bed or up for breakfast.
We met with another couple that have been to this resort 8 times and they said that the pool lounges, outdoor furnishings by the entertainment area and the flat screen televisions were all new in the past year.
I would definitely go back to this resort.
- Also Known As:
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- Gran Ventana Beach Hotel
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- Gran Ventana Dominican Republic
- Gran Ventana Puerto Plata
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