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Just Back From Palma Real. Any Questions??

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Just Back From Palma Real. Any Questions??

My husband and I just got back from Paradisus Palma Real. We had a blast. The resort is breathtaking. We loved all of the restaurants and bars. The shows were excellent. The spa was really amazing, and the staff are very attentive. I will be writing a review as soon as I have time (It will be a long one because I love to give details!!) If there are any specific questions at this time, please let me know. I am a trip advisor addict so I am on here alot.

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1. Re: Just Back From Palma Real. Any Questions??

What type of room did you have? Did you go RS. What spa treatments did you get and what are you recommending. Where there lots of kids? One thing I'm worried about is that we won't get a king bed, we are going for our honeymoon and I'm afraid they'll put us in a room with two doubles. we booked RS ocean front.

What were the grounds like? Is the landscaping starting to look great?

See any celebs?

Anything wonderful you want to share? Hope you are posting pics.

Thanks

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We booked a gardenview room non royal service because we had been reading that the royal service is not worth it since the resort is not even close to being at capacity. I think they upgraded us to an oceanview room because we had an nice oceanview from our balcony. The room was 3009. The room was really nice and the maid service was really good. She came to our room about the same time everyday and she always did a great job and left plenty of towels. Turn down service was also very consistent and good. I wouldn't worry about not getting a king because the resort will probably not be at capacity for quite some time. Honestly, the people we talked to said royal service was not worth it because when we were there the resort was pretty empty until the last couple of days when a small conference and wedding came in.

We both had the Paradisus Massage which is a 50 min massage that we had in a couples massage room. It was 89.00 per person but by time they added on tax (16%) and we added on tip, it came out to be more like 120.00 per person. It was worth it though! We got to do the water ritual before the massage which was really fun too.

The landscaping is beautiful! We went to SERC last year and I think Palma Real's landscaping is much better. Words can't describe how beautiful the ambiance and overall look of the resort is. There are candles lit everywhere at night and they have sticks of insence burning everywhere. They are like just stuck into the ground in random places so the whole resort smells great! The courtyard area is so beautiful at night it's breathtaking.

The shows at Palma Real were much better than the ones we saw at SERC. More professional and organized.

We were celebebrating our two year anniversary early and we just kinda mentioned it while talking to a concierge (Dawin Martinez). Our last day there, we came back to our room to find rose petals everywhere and towel art on the bed covered in roses. They also left us champagne and a cake on a plate that said Happy Anniversary.

There were not many kids there. The ones we saw were all really young, under 5.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Wonderful information. I'm so anxious and excited. I should be focusing on my wedding and I'm all about the PPR instead.... The really nice thing is after 6 nights at PPR we fly to Miami for one night and then to Aruba for 6 more nights.... I'm so jazzed.

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You'll have a wonderful time!!

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Did you guys do any of the excursions or activities? Do you have any recommendations? I can't tell if the sunset sail and horse back are fee or if they charge for this... do you know?

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We did the horseback riding which is included. We had a blast doing it. They take you about 45 minutes away to a ranch. The ride there is a scary one, but it was still fun because you are joking around about how crazy the ride is. They take you in an open air truck so you really get to experience the ride!! Once you get there they ask you if you want a fast horse or a slower one. I asked for fast. Then we all went down a trail to the beach. The we got to run the horses up and down the beach in the water. It was so much fun. The horses respondd really well to "ariba, ariba". They do run fast so if you are scared of horses or of them running/galloping, I wouldn't recommend doing it.

I don't know anything about the sunset sailing, never heard of it. I know they include catamarans, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboats, and glass bottom boat excursion. We did the snorkeling (and actually they combined with the tour of the coast) and we used the catamarans on several occassions. They also have banana boat rides ($10 per person) and motorboats (they aren't what you think of as a usual motorboat) that is about $20 per 15 minutes. They also have a bunch of different excursions available at additional cost but we were satisfied with what was included.

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Hi, Kelly.

I am heading to the PPR on the 21st and am getting married on the 24th. Any last minute advice / packing items / suggestions? Also, do you know the following:

1. Are golf clubs available if people don't bring their own?

2. Do we need to bring adaptors for any electronic items like a curling iron? Are hair dryers in every room?

3. Do men have to wear jackets to dinner? Can anyone wear flip-flops into the restaurants at night?

4. Do you know about how many people fit into each of the restaurants? We'll have 60 people at our wedding and we want to be able to meet for meals over the course of the time we're all there. What's our best bet?

5. How much does a cab cost from the airport to the resort?

6. Do we have to pay for a $10 tourist card upon landing and then a $20 departure tax?

I know I'll have many more questions, but this is all for now. Thanks in advance.

Kat

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8. Re: Just Back From Palma Real. Any Questions??

Yes there are golf clubs available for 47.00 per person and the cart is 35.00 per person (you are required to get a cart). They are very nice calloway clubs.

No adapters are needed for electronics. They have the same outlets that we do in the U.S. There is a blow dryer in the bathroom that I ended up using instead of my own so I wouldn't even bring one if I were you.

No jackets are needed for any of the restaurants. Men must wear pants and closed toe shoes in Passions and Vento. Casual attire is allowed in Bana, Market Grill, and Naos/Agave. Flip flops are permitted for women at the fancy restaurants.

The biggest fancy restaurant is Bana and the biggest non fancy is Naos (the buffet). All of them would sit 60 people it is just a matter of how long the wait would be. When we were there, the resort was pretty empty so there were a couple of nights where we were the only two people in the restaurant!! We eat early compared to most people (7:00) so we never had to wait. Most people didn't come down for dinner until 8:00 or later. So I would recommend eating earlier if you want better chances of getting everyone seated.

I am not sure on the exact cab fare because we had transfers included, but I have hear it is about $25.00.

You do have to pay $10.00 for a tourist card when you get there. I recommend having the 10.00 ready in hand when you get into the ariport because they seemed annoyed by people who had to go fishing through their purses or carry ons. Luckily we had our ready to go in hand so we got through quickly. The departure tax is included in some packages, it was included in ours, but to be safe we had 40.00 tucked away where we wouldn't spend it. Just in case, but we didn't need it because it was included.

I recommend doing the horseback riding excursion and the snorkeling that is included. Also, make sure if you are going golfing that you wear a collared shirt.

Also, just so you know because I read some negative reviews that complained about this, you can go into Market Grill and have htem grill you up some burgers or chicken kabobs or even steak and then throw some french fries and nachos and cheese on your plate and then take it back to your palapa. I just wanted to let you know because some reviews had complained that you have to get dressed and eat fancy food for lunch, but that is not true. Also, I would recommend using the 24 hour room service. It was great and the menu is pretty good compared to other AI's I have been to. And there are dinner items on there like steak and chicken, etc. even though some reviewer said there wasn't.

Let me know if you have any other questions. I would be happy to answer them.

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9. Re: Just Back From Palma Real. Any Questions??

Hi Kelly,

You are so great, providing all this info is fantastic of you. Thank you.

Did you guys go to the casino at all and if so can you tell us how that experience was for you?

Also, are there any ATMs on site or do they take check/debit cards for spa and excursion fees?

Thanks again.

Colleen

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10. Re: Just Back From Palma Real. Any Questions??

Hi Kelly - Glad to hear you had such a great time! How did the rooms, pools, service & food compare to SERC...? Always looking for someplace new to add to my ever growing list of vacation destinations...

The spa sounds wonderful. It sounds like they have a water circuit before your massage like SERC did. I just booked a beachfront massage at the Don Cesar for my birthday - can't wait...July is right around the corner!

Collcoll - When do you go on your honeymoon? Sounds like you will have a great time at Paradisus Palma Real! Enjoy!

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