We’ve never been to the DR and are seriously considering for a trip in early Dec. We thought we were willing to settle for the lowest priced option – VIK – in order to save and take a 2 week vacation and have a direct flight (coming from Vancouver = more expensive and less direct flights) But now WestJet is having a special….
Background - We’ve done 3/3.5 stars before and had a great time… but then we did get spoiled going adult only with trips to 3 Couples resorts in Jamaica. We’ve also been to AO Club Med in TCI. It was a really old, tired, small (1 buffet, 1 a la carte that was impossible to book)) resort, but we still had a good time thanks to the amazing beach. However when the wind picked up it’s one small, unprotected pool wasn’t a good option and we had to seek shelter behind the foliage. We’ve also been to a Hilton in Costa Rica that just had an adult area with separate beach (not great for swimming/lounging), pool and 1 restaurant for lunch. That was a key discovery. We found we didn’t really mind kids around most of the time, but we really enjoyed the option of a quiet area by an adult only pool.
Priorities – Nice beach with calm, swimmable water, but if it gets rough, a pool sheltered enough from any wind. Plus if we end up in the pool, we don’t want it filled with kids. (so back to the AO idea). Various option for dining is nice. The room just needs to be clean, nothing fancy required.
I’ve read enough to know that the calmest beaches are to the south, so we quite like the look of the Catalonia Royal Bavaro. However, with this WestJet sale they’re offering sales at select Now, Dreams & Secret’s resorts with nights 3, 5, 7 and 9 free, plus a $200 resort credit. So we were thinking of 9 nights at Secrets Royal Beach. It comes in at only $360 more than 9 nights at the same time at the Catalonia. Is it that much better - at least for us and what we’re looking for? …BUT… for yet another $340 less we can do 12 nights, direct flight with SunWing and stay at the VIK… but would we be happy with that choice? …Decisions, decisions…. please help!