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Need resort recommendations!

NJ
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Need resort recommendations!

My girlfriend and I and planning a vacation to Punta Cana and are trying to select a resort by need some help. We're going for a generally relaxing vacation and were looking at Sanctuary Cap Cana but are worried about the lack of activities/entertainment. We don't need activity after activity but some music in the evening or a casino would be nice. We are evening people and typically go to bed late so a place with bars open later (12-1am) would be good. Looking for a a mid level to upper tier resort (luxury is nice but not absolutely necessary, budget is flexible). Here's a few preferences we have:

Adults only

No reservations at the restaurant

Less crowded, no real issues with the towel game (we're not morning people and on vacation)

Potential for dinner for two on the beach

Waiter service for drinks by the pool/beach

Are there any resorts that allow you to reserve beach chairs/bali beds/etc ahead of time? Did a little reading and so far we're leaning towards Excellence, PPR and Catalonia Royal. Any suggestion?

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1. Re: Need resort recommendations!

Secrets Royal Beach or Royal Suites by Palladium should also get your consideration.

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2. Re: Need resort recommendations!

Paradisus does require reservations. Excellence, Secrets, Royal Suites Turquesa, and Catalonia Royal Bavaro do not.

Mark

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3. Re: Need resort recommendations!

I just read about Royal Suites having a ferocious towel game problem. avoid unless you like to get up at 5 AM to get a chair.

Excellence and Catalonia Royal don't have significant towel game problems and aren't too crowded. Neither have dinner reservations.

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4. Re: Need resort recommendations!

Hello Bumpy,

I'm not able to provide you with much of the information you are asking for as i've never been to the resorts you are interested in, but I would really like to commend you on your detailed posting. I think if all posters provided a description of what they were looking for in a resort as specific as you did , they would find this forum so much more useful.

Enjoy your trip!

Peireg

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I'm not staying at the resorts you've listed, but I've heard great reviews about Excellence...Good luck with your research!

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6. Re: Need resort recommendations!

Hi

If you check out my recent reviews for Excellence, Secrets Royal Beach and PPR you will find links to large photo albums for all which should give you a great feel for the resorts

NJ
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7. Re: Need resort recommendations!

Thanks for the suggestions! looks like I was on the right track. Thought about SRB but its showing no availability for our dates. One more question, are there any resorts that have a bar on the beach that's open later at night (after sunset)? I'm pretty sure PPR does but don't know about others.

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8. Re: Need resort recommendations!

Cafe Kafe, at Excellence, is on the edge of the beach and is open to around midnight. There will be a live band playing in that courtyard after the show.

Mark

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9. Re: Need resort recommendations!

the main pool bar at the royal suites turquesa is open until midnight, its not on the beach but close to it, the lobby bar is open until 1 am

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10. Re: Need resort recommendations!

Looks like excellence has the xlounge on the beach? Is this bar open late?