We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

which adult only resort to stay in late october

Staten Island, New...
8 posts
Save Topic
which adult only resort to stay in late october

Hi everyone..Im looking to go to the DR for my 15 yr anniversary..Im trying to narrow my selection down to the top 3 adult only AI's in Punta Cana..One choice is IGB, great beach & great food which is very important,which from the reviews sounds like exactly where I should go, yet its the most expensive..for 6 nights in late october is about 3500-4000 for a graden view suite..Now is where I need your help..Do you think I should go to another AOAI where I can stay in a better room, higher upgrades, better beach, resort credits etc , or just go there..Im trying to make this a suprise for my wife so any help anyone can give me would be very very helpful..I am leaning towards IGB because of all of your reviews ..thanks again..We are late 30's couple. Great Food and a great beach(preferably calm) are very important.

New Brunswick...
Level Contributor
5,891 posts
37 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

Although I have never been to the IGB - it is the one I would jump at if I won some money. There is probably a reason you are leaning towards it. For what you are looking for it probably is the best fit and if you can afford it I would do it for such a special occasion. But we warned once you do go there others will probably not be able to compare.

Toronto, Canada
Destination Expert
for Punta Cana
Level Contributor
9,969 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

In addition to Iberostar Grand Bavaro, I would say the other two in the top 3 adult only resorts are Secrets Royal Beach and Excellence Punta Cana.

A standard room at Secrets (from their website), in the last week of October is showing at $2155 for Oct. 25 to 31. An ocean view is $3018.

The prices at Excellence at that time of year are the lowest I've ever seen them. A standard gardenview room is $1248 (from their website). They have a bunch of ocean view or ocean front options, ranging from $1632, to a honeymoon suite with rooftop terrace for $4524. Personally, I think an Excellence Club Terrace Suite Ocean Front would do the trick nicely at $2556.

Secrets has a very nice beach (Bavaro Beach), with calm water, but a lot of foot and boat traffic. It has a buffet and a few a la cartes, with additional dining options at Now Larimar. No reservations for a la cartes, which I like. The casino and theater are next door at Now Larimar.

Excellence is remote. There are no resorts within a mile or so in either direction. The beach is beautiful, but there's a significant surf (similar to east coast Florida). There's no buffet for dinner (there is at lunch and breakfast), except for theme nights. They have 8 a la carte restaurants for dinner, and no reservations. The casino and theater are on-site.

I haven't stayed at either IGB or Secrets Royal Beach. I've visited both, and I've stayed at Iberostar Bavaro, and at Secrets elsewhere (and Now). IGB is more posh / glitzy. Secrets and Excellence resorts have a similar approach to things. They used to be managed by the same company (AM Resorts). This particular Secrets has fewer restaurants, but for a 6 night stay, that might not be a problem for you. I hear the buffet is quite good as well.

Mark

Chester, United...
Level Contributor
60,015 posts
67 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

Hi

If you check out my last batch of reviews you will find one for SRB & EPC which both have links to large photo albums which should give you a good feel for the two properties

We have looked at IBG but it does not appeal to us which is why travel is so interesting as we all have different likes and dislikes

New Brunswick...
Level Contributor
5,891 posts
37 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

So true flip! We looked at Secrets a couple years ago but the rooms just looked to modern for us. Would feel like you were in any newer big city hotel room. Which just isn't what we look for in a beach vacation.

Toronto, Canada
Destination Expert
for Punta Cana
Level Contributor
9,969 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

Very true Sackie. Some people look at the tropical / collonial style and say it's dated. I like it when I'm in the Carribean. A modern style doesn't mean "better" to me. Perhaps the nicest room I've ever stayed in was a log cabin in Big Sur, California. That was $900 per night for just the room (thankfully, I wasn't paying for it).

I definitely prefer the more relaxed, tropical, villa style to the hotel style. I can get that in downtown Toronto.

Mark

Chester, United...
Level Contributor
60,015 posts
67 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

Hi again

Which is why I like to take loads of photos for the resorts we go to and then post a link to the album in the review so people get a better feel for the resort

Erie, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
726 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

I recently spent 3 days at Excellence playa Mujeres followed by 3 days at Iberostar Grand Paraiso. These are the same resorts but located inMexico, not Punta Cana. I have been to EPM twice but this was my first time to IGP. Hands down, preferred IGP and will have my reviews up for both shortly. IGP was much more elegant and upscale in every way. I appreciated most the more mature clientele at Ibrerostar over the younger clientele at the "value-priced" Excellence.

Edited: 24 March 2013, 12:21
Staten Island, New...
8 posts
Save Reply
8. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

thanks for all of the information..I looked at Secrets and EPC and IGB..EPC gets great reviews but ive read that the beach isnt that great..I have seen pictures from people who went to IGB and the beach looks beautiful from the pictures..Everyone raves about just how great IGB is..So thats where I am definitely leaning towards..I know some resorts offer 2000 resort credits, which is a nice thing to do for massages, spa etc..IGB doesnt offer any incentives to stay there and is the priciest place to go to, next to Paradisus Palma Real, which also looks very nice..Im thinking going to DR the food and the beach are the 2 most important things to us and a close 3rd coming by way of Adult Only..Ive looked at Catalonia, Majestic and they get mixed reviews..Its wild how one person says the food is great but the other say it sucks, but different folks have different tastes I guess..I guess looking every day gets me even more confused as to where I should end up. I dont know if getting a top notch room in a good resort with some resort credits for 3500 say is the way to go or just go to IGB and stay in a garden suite..decisions decisions..WHy cant they make these things easy..lol

Chester, United...
Level Contributor
60,015 posts
67 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

Hi

The beach at EPC is a great beach and we much prefer it to Bavaro Beach. However, the ocean is rough and this can be a big drawback to some people

Erie, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
726 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: which adult only resort to stay in late october

The food at IGP was fantastic and, in addition to buffets as a choice for every meal, there was a la carte as well to reserve. We made all of out rrservations in advance and changed one of them once we were after hanging ourr mind. I have never been to a buffet with so many made to order choices, such as steak, chicken, lobster and fresh fish. Again, this was cooked to order after you personally selected the cut of beef or fish. Because of a strong European clientele, the food choices were amazing on the lunch and dinner buffet.

Bavaro beach is a nice wide swimable stretch of beach. We stayed at Majestic Elegance in January and enjoyed the ocean and walking the beach down towards the iberostar to shop with the vendors.