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All Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana

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All Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana

HI,

My husband and I are planning to travel to the Dominican Republic in January. It is our first time traveling to the DR and our first time trying an all inclusive resort. We will be traveling with another couple also. We are having a hard time deciding on a resort. We want one that has great food and that is on the beach. We have been looking at the Excellence Resort and the Iberostar Grand Bavarro Resort, they sound beautiful but they are really pricey. We are really open to opinions on where other people have stayed. We would love to go for 8 nights but we are not sure our budget will allow us to go that long. Is it less expensive to book it closer to January or around now? Also, any recommendations on a private car service to take us to our hotel? Thank you for any info!!

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I'm headed to the Grand Palladium Bavaro with my hubby and another couple. We chose it mainly because it has so many options for meals, activities, music, sports bar and casino. The other couple is a bit dull at times, and we wanted to make sure we had options for night time. Went to Cancun last year with them, and they went to bed at 6pm some nights :(. Made for a very boring vacation.

The GP Bavaro is a decent price too, and I've heard if you're travelling Adults only you may get upgraded to the Royal Suites Turquesa.

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What about the Bahia Principe Ambar? It is a quiet Adult Only section of a larger resort. You can be quiet if you wish or head over to the Bavaro/Punta Cana sections if you want music, and entertainment.

Edited: 28 September 2011, 17:09
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Erin - We've stayed at both the Iberostar Grand Bavaro and the Gran Bahia Ambar. For sure the Iberostar was very "Grand" but in my opinion, the Ambar was the best bang for the buck!

As for private transfer, I've read good things about IBK Services - never used them as we usually book through a tour operator and just take the transfer by bus.

As for when to book, prices go up and down all the time - depends on whether you have flexibility for your dates as to whether to wait for last minute - because it could get sold out.

Mamasmurf - 6 pm seriously? Wow, I'm usually just getting in from the beach at that time!

Edited: 28 September 2011, 17:29
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I'm also booked for the grand palladium punta cana for April, but this time i 'm taking my girls, seems like a great place. I stayed at the Magestic Colonial and absolutely loved that place, no complaints at all. I would have went back, but got a better price at the Palladium.

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@Momluvs: Yep, they are the early birds. It was push drag and pull getting them to go out in the evening. I like to stay out late listening to music, drinking and socializing.

So glad I'll have new PA friends to hang with :)

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@ Mamasmurf - Well I get up early (around 7 am) to go for a run - but I stay up usually until at least 11 pm - I don't want to miss a minute of fun while on vacation! As a mother of four, I've come to the conclusion anyhow that sleep is really overrated!

Edited: 28 September 2011, 18:06
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Thank you everyone for some ideas. I will check out these resorts later tonight. It's so hard to make a decision when you read some of the reviews people leave about the different resorts. I read 3 great reviews and then 2 bad ones and I start to get worried. We just want a nice room and great food with a beach we can sit on. Some of the reviews can really scare off travelers.

I'm cracking up at mamasmurf and her traveling companions!! Hilarious:)) 6 is a bit early to go to bed on vacation, we are just getting to our room by 6 to get ready to go out for the evening. I have heard of early birds, but that is taking it to a whole new level! Did you like Cancun? We have discussed trying that too, but the DR looks so beautiful.

Also, momluvstorun, I'm with ya! Sleep is definetely overrated!! We are going on a vacay to get a little alone time without our 2 crazy little ones, I'm just excited I will only be responsible for myself for a week and not have to worry about getting the kids to school, making lunches and working all day:))

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My wife and I spent a week at the Catalonia Royal Bavaro last year and it was amazing no reservations needed for your dinners just walk in.that part was great.Use of the resort next door and when you have had enough of other peoples kid annoying you just head back to your adult only side where they are not aloud.Not one bad thing to say about the Catalonia royal Bavaro

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My wife and I spent a week at the Catalonia Royal Bavaro last year and it was amazing no reservations needed for your dinners just walk in.that part was great.Use of the resort next door and when you have had enough of other peoples kid annoying you just head back to your adult only side where they are not aloud.Not one bad thing to say about the Catalonia royal Bavaro

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My wife and I spent a week at the Catalonia Royal Bavaro last year and it was amazing no reservations needed for your dinners just walk in.that part was great.Use of the resort next door and when you have had enough of other peoples kid annoying you just head back to your adult only side where they are not aloud.Not one bad thing to say about the Catalonia royal Bavaro