Kat and me are back from CDM. We were there June 30th to July 8th. Here is my unbiased opinion of the trip.
We arrived at La Romana airport and were greeted by a man holding a sign with my name on it. We had booked the transfer with Club Caribe and found this to be very nice. The ride to the resort was about 15 minutes in a nice minibus. Check in was quick and easy.
We were placed in building 1. I booked through Expedia.
After all the bad reviews I had read I was more than a little concerned about the room. When we got to the room I found it was perfect, absolutely no complaints. The bathroom was very nice, the furnishings were as nice as any 5 star resort I had stayed in. No problems with hot water or air conditioning like I had read.
The resort is very clean and the grounds are very well maintained.
We loved the beach and snorkeling even though some of the loungers were reserved by guests towels we still were always able to find a nice shady spot to lay around. The weather was my biggest surprise. It was totally awesome. Not too hot or humid as I had expected. We sat on our balcony in the evening feeling extremely comfortable, refreshed by the Caribean breeze.
On July 4th there was a live band that really rocked. It was crazy seeing so many people dancing on the beach enjoying themselves. They played songs from Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springstein, as well as many 60's era American rock. When they did the YMCA song the crowd went wild. They also had Spanish songs mixed in. They were finally told to stop playing around midnight because CDM had a bonfire scheduled for the beach. I'm sure they would have played much longer as they were really rocking. It will be one of my most memorable 4th of July holidays ever.
The food was the worst part of the trip. Not that I ever went hungry or couldn't find something to eat, it was just not flavored very well.
I ended up having toast and bacon for breakfast most of the time because I felt good about it. The omelets were good but too filling for the start of a day on the beach.
Every day except Sunday they had the fruit boat on the beach operating. Loved the fresh coconut and cantalope. We also ate at Oceana and Jungla the ocean grill. Every meal I asked Kat how her food was and she always replied, okay. She then asked me and I said okay. Not until we were back in the states did she reply good.
The bars were incredible. Never waiting more than a minute at the longest. We really liked Cecilia and Wandy. They were very happy good people. The kind you would love to hang out with at home.
I can't say enough about guest services. Everyone was very helpful and it was such a pleasure to meet Kerry. For those that don't know, she speaks English and has a great tan.
The resort and staff were nicer than I ever imagined they could be. I would recommend CDM to my friends.
The only problem I had on the trip was after leaving La Romana we missed our flight out of San Juan because of immigration and customs. The lines were just too slow to make our connecting flight. Also somewhere between La Romana and home someone took something out of my luggage. It was a Ziploc bag of coins I had packed. I don't know why because they really weren't worth that much.
I hope this information is helpful to anyone considering CDM. Feel free to ask any questions and I will try to answer them
Thanks for reading,