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We are going to Hacienda Dominicus for Christmas with Thomson. On past holidays at Christmas, most hotels (worldwide) have laid on a Gala dinner on Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas Day. Does anyone know which day it's held and is it good? We also would like to go on a couple of trips, can anyone tell me which one's are good value and worth going on?


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Usually they also do the gala on Christmas eve, nice meal and entertainment. I think it's a good option for Christmas eve.

There are some restaurants outside the hotel and in the Casino also if you don't want to be at the hotel.

About your second question. The area is famous for diving and snorkeling, but the mayor attraction is Saona Island truly the Caribbean picture with clear crystal waters, wild long white beaches, and a beautiful nature.

You can also do some in island activities which are called safari trips where they show you the sugar cane plantation, local fruit plants, Chavon river, etc. This is also offered by truck or riding yourself a four wheel.

Other activities horse riding, fishing, parasailing, Santo Domingo trip, Catalina island, speed boat, ....and more.

There is village nearby called Bayahibe which is a fishing village and they have some natural spring waters with fish and turtles, there are archaeological remains and the unique flower that only grows in this part of the world called 'Pereskia Quisqueyana' La flor de Bayahibe.

There are also caves with spring water in the surrounding National Est Park.

You also can mix with the locals which are very friendly over a cold Presidente.

To get to Bayahibe you can take a guagua outside your hotel for 20 pesos each way 35 british pences, or take a taxi 10$ each way

The majority of the trips are sold inside and outside the hotel. Outside are cheaper, of course, with legal operating tours.

Your rep may encourage you not to leave the hotel as you may danger their commission if you buy a trip outside

Have a great holiday

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They do it up right for Christmas Eve dinner. Don't eat anywhere else that night. All you can eat lobster tails plus lots more great selections.

New Years eve and Christmas Eve are two of the best dinners of the year. Christmas Day and New Years Day they try to give the day off to as many workers as they can. Typically those are slow moving days.

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