...because I'm just not sure how I am EVER going to adequately describe what an amazing, incredible experience this trip was!!
My "travel book thingy" is full of notes and I will be working on my review this week...
The resort was above and beyond what we expected!! Just a few "teaser" things before review:
~ surprise upgrade to ocean front room with private plunge pool (not our doing - agent had simply requested "honeymoon couple - as close to ocean as possible)
~ visits to our patio from server with glasses of champagne, F&B Manager with fruit and cheese, housekeeper and minifridge stocker (to see if we needed anything), all within first 30 minutes of being in the room
~ staff is INCREDIBLE!! There won't be adequate words to describe them. Outstanding service but more importantly, just so nice and genuine and enjoyable to be around and talk with!!
~ food is AMAZING!! Menu boring??? BAH - we had a hard time figuring out where to eat because there was not enough time to try everything that we wanted to try!!!
I'll save the rest for my review, but here are few things (from our experience) that have come up on the forum and may be help to those on their way soon :)
~ Airport was a breeze, in and out. Mind you, only a few planes landed at same time. Departure area is great - breezy, lots of food choices, smoking areas, 2 duty frees and other shops (Victoria Secrets, LaCoste, etc) NOTE: Santo Domingo coffee more expensive and Brugal Extra Viego (1000 ml) $8 more than at resort!!
~ Baggage porters on arrival not as "pushy" as I'd read. A nice man with a huge smile stood with me while hubby looked for bags - he got them on a cart, took us straight to VIP (our prearranged transport) and out to van. We tipped him $2.
~ It is really very easy to go from arrival, customs, baggage, transport and on your way!!
~ VIP Travel Services was fabulous! Great drivers, quick trips both ways.
~ Road to Uvero Alto (Zoetry, Excellence, Dreams, Sirenis) - it's not the road necessarily, it's the driving, LOL. Not nearly as scary as we thought it would be, and patchwork has been done. Four people on a motoconcho is not unusual...
~ Air Canada - great flights - arrived early both in PC and home. Entry and Exit fees covered by Air Canada (bonus!) About an hour before landing in PC, Immigration and Customs cards are given out on plane to fill out, and Tourists Cards handed out, to hand right back in when land, LOL
~ "Earplanes" DO work to help alleviate issues with change in air pressure
~ bring Deep Woods OFF, and I suggest bringing two cans - helps with sand fleas on beach and the mosquitos (for us anyway). We were sharing it with staff at night, as theirs was only 7% DEET. Afterbite was also a great idea, as was cortisone cream.
~ Sunscreen, applied often - 'nuff said!!
Yikes, this is longer than I planned - just sooooo much to tell!!
Before ending this, however, I must say what a wonderful, amazing day we had on Gladiator with MikeFisher's crew of Luis and Charly!! Cold beer, open ocean and great memories. I will be posting a separate review of our excursion. Our driver, Uschi (sp?) was so kind and great to point out all things to see on our way to Cap Cana. The marina and area is crazy beautiful - new docks going in too!! She also told us about a fabulous place to shop - Tropical Treasures - it's a yellow house on the beach between Sirenis and Dreams PC - gorgeous spot!! Zoetry arranged a cab (5 min ride) and we enjoyed a wonderful hour or so shopping and chatting with the owner, Jundula. Prices are fixed and very, very reasonable (great prices for rum and coffee). We bought almost all of our souvenirs here!! She has everything from larimar jewellery, coffee, rum, shirts, hats - you name it!! She also takes care of many beach dogs, including having them "fixed" and arranging for adoptions in Canada -there's a litter on the way :)
Okay, I've gone on long enough (lo siento). Let's just say, it was the most incredible experience and we loved everything about it!! We are already planning how/when to get back!!
Please feel free to ask any questions - we were assisted by so many prior to our trip, it would be our pleasure to help where we can:)
We have lots of pictures and will be sure to attach them to review or through a web link...