We stayed at the Punta Cana Princess resort 4/28-5/5/12. We had a very nice relaxing vacation. Although they have various activities on the beach and at the pool, we didn’t do a whole lot. We just enjoyed the water and sun. This resort is significantly smaller than other we’ve stayed at (only 270 rooms), so there were some differences that we had to get use to. By the end, we loved the quiet and intimacy that the PCP provides. The service we received was fabulous! There were never any crowds at the bars or guest service desk, so we never felt rushed or slighted. The grounds, though not as extensive as other resorts, are well maintained and lush. Being part of the Bavaro resort area, PCP isn’t far from the airport. But since we had 2 other stops and had to wait a while for other people on our transfer, I don’t know exactly how long the ride is.
Here is what we experienced during our stay here.
We had the Platinum package which came with a VIP bracelet. I can’t tell you how I got this as I booked through Liberty Travel. You can upgrade to the VIP package when you check in, but I don’t know the price they charge to upgrade. We stayed in room 5205. This was in building 5 which is the building closest to the beach. As others on Tripadvisor had suggested, I emailed the resort 3 weeks prior to going and requested building 5. They responded with they would try and accommodate my request but couldn’t promise me anything. But they came through and put us, on the 3rd floor facing the pool bar. Thanks to the management staff for helping me out. The ceilings on the 3rd floor are vaulted, which made the room appear even bigger then they already are. If you can get a 3rd floor room, I would recommend that. The room décor is a little outdated but my wife really liked the “island” feeling of the furniture. There is plenty of closet/drawer space and everything in our room was clean and in good working order. A couple of chips in the vanity in the bathroom shouldn’t affect your vacation. The only negative to building 5 is the loud music next door at night. You can definitely hear the music but I was so tired, I slept through it. The bed was very comfortable but there originally were only 3 thin pillows on our king sized bed. I contacted housekeeping after the first 2 nights and requested additional pillows. They came in 10 minutes and gave me 2 more pillows, which really helped me, sleep better. They even called to make sure the new pillows arrived and we were ok.
We were a little concerned when we first arrived and ate at the buffet for lunch. The selection at the buffet wasn’t as large as other resorts we’ve stayed at. This isn’t bad, just something we had to get acclimated to. Since the resort doesn’t have as many rooms as the places we stayed in the past, they don’t make as much variety but they still had plenty of options and we found more and more items we liked as the week went on. I’m a picky eater and I found plenty of food to eat. The quality was decent. It’s about what you would expect from an all inclusive resort.
We ate at the Italian (II Bacio), Steak House (Tex-Mex) and Seafood (Mare Nostrum) a la cart restaurants at PCP. We didn’t eat at the Fondue as we heard it wasn’t that great. II Bacio and the Tex-Mex were very good. I would definitely recommend going there. Mare Nostrum was decent as I had the steak. My wife had the lobster. She said it was very good and very large. But to get the lobster you had to pay $25 to get it. I think the only time it’s free is if you have the honeymoon suite package. The VIP package doesn’t get you free lobster. We also ate at the a la cart restaurants at the sister resorts next door (Tropical/Caribe Club). We had the Italian twice (we liked it a lot) and the Brazilian restaurant. I liked the Brazilian but my wife didn’t care for it very much. She isn’t a big meat person so it probably wasn’t a very good choice for her. I personally enjoyed it and was stuffed walking out of there. Be aware, you can eat at the a la cart restaurants next door, but they want you to make reservations the day before. Between 9:00am-12:00pm, guest services will make your reservations for you. There was never a line and it was rather quick and easy to do. We usually did this in the morning, after breakfast, when we went to the lobby to use our internet time. You get 20 minutes free a day of internet. Guest services will give you a small piece of paper with a code on it. The computer will kick you off automatically once your time expires. This was perfect to check emails, check the weather and facebook.
There is one main pool with a pool bar. Again, this concerned us but it was plenty large for the number of guests staying there. Yes, you will have to play the towel game. I don’t like doing it, but if you want a good spot under a palapa it’s necessary. There are plenty of chairs if you don’t mind sitting in the sun. But if you want shade, you have to get there early. I didn’t see any problems with people arguing over chairs. It seems like most people knew it was happening so it was easier to just deal with it.
The pool was never crowded, not even the swim up bar. There is a volleyball net, which they used for organized games and pick up games. The pool could definitely use some rehab. It is on the older side and could do with a new paint job, but they clean it everyday. It didn’t bother me that it was older. We had plenty of fun floating around on our float and cooling off from the sun.
The beach was great. Most people seem to converge on the beach area. The towel game is played there as well but there are more chairs and palapas at the beach then the pool. You can find spots there later in the day. It just won’t be in the front row closest to the ocean. There was a little seaweed in the water and it does wash up on the beach. They clean it everyday so it isn’t a problem. People were swimming in the ocean and some were even floating on their floats. You can walk for miles each way to check out other reports. We walked to the right one day and to the left another day.
During most days there were various activities going on at the beach and the pool. The reason I say that is because, although the activities usually did occur there was a day when a few things were suppose to go on at the pool but they never happened. There are several boards throughout the resort where the schedules for each day are posted. They ranged from active (aerobics, pool Olympics and water polo) to laid back (crepes Suzette, freshly made drinks in a coconut and bingo). A couple of days they even brought around pizza and fruit skewers. At 9:45pm every night there is a show in the lobby, put on by the entertainment staff. The shows aren’t huge, since they have to perform in the lobby. They don’t have a stage for them to really put on a great show. Next door they have two stages, which nightly shows. We never got a chance to check them out, but saw one in progress on our way home from the Casino one night. The Casino is at the Bavaro Princess, not within walking distance, so they have a shuttle that runs regularly starting at 7pm.
I can see why numerous people like going back to this resort year after year. The small intimate feel, adults only, no crowds and excellent service from the staff is perfect. We personally enjoyed the smaller resort feel instead of the larger resort atmosphere. We enjoyed seeing the same people and staff all week. I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation. If you’re into a party atmosphere and wild late nights, this place is not for you.
Try and get a 2nd or 3rd floor in building 5.
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