Our flights are booked for the last week of June, 7 nights; please help me decide which AO hotel or hotel with AO section would suit us.
At the risk of sounding fussy this is what is important to us:
We are late nighters so hoping for lots of evening entertainment, live bands, shows etc (not discos) and good social scene for chatting with guests and staff.
Prefer lots of choice of a la cartes for dinner not keen on buffet in the evening
Sun loungers with cushions or mattresses!
Good quality room, prefer new or refurbished
Preferences, not deal breakers:
Bars not too smoky
Calm water for swimming
Pool and beach not too crowded
It has been about 9 or 10 years since we last visited Punta Cana. We previously stayed at Sunscape (now Be Live I think) and Iberostar Bavaro with our children who were quite young at the time. In the last few years we have been lucky enough to stay in some amazing new hotels (mainly in Turkey but also Mexico, Dubai, Morocco, Egypt and other Caribbean destinations) which, I confess, has left us rather spoiled.
Current front runner is Majestic Elegance Club and I actually have a good price. My main concern are the rooms. I know we won't spend much time in the room but I am wondering whether they have they been maintained and the bathrooms, in particular, are okay? Is the damp, musty problem that some people mention worse in ground floor rooms or at certain times of the year? Have the new Club rooms (in the block with the swim up bar behind Elle) been refurbished?
Other choices are:
Secrets Royal Beach Preferred Club - the beach looks amazing, the rooms look very nice but it seems that several restaurants and much of the entertainment is mainly in the family orientated Now Larimar?
Royal Suites Turquesa - can anyone tell me about the evening entertainment? Are there some new rooms here and what are they like?
I have considered and discounted Royalton and Breathless I believe the beach is crowded at Royalton because it is shared with Memories - and the water at Breathless (and EPC) might be too rough. Also neither hotels have sunbeds with cushions, same with Riu Palace Bavaro. I think Ambar and IBG (might stretch the budget if convinced) might be too quiet in the evenings? I have also briefly considered The Reserve at Palma Real but I was put off by the location at the back of the resort, away from the beach and cost.
Hmmm too much choice for someone as indecisive as me! Sorry for the long post.
Thank you for your help and advice.