I stayed at the Grand Paradise Playa Dorada during the March break this year (25-31). I travelled with 200 other highschool students under a grad-trip company called S-trip. S
-trip provided chaperones for the students. As for a comment by another visitor, which alluded that the high-school students were not "paying" guests. We actually paid extra to cover the costs of the S-trip chaperones.
The room my friends and I stayed in, was very roomy and pretty nice. We were happy with it and did not need to change rooms. The only problem was that ours did not have a phone. The maids were very nice people and I recommend tipping - not only because a couple dollars can go a long way for them, but also because of the extra attention your room will receive, loaded with extra water and pop bottles. Even things like new school supplies are appreciated as tip. Tipping also helps your priority at the bar.
I can't say I liked the buffet much, the food was pretty repetitive and in some cases just not good. However some of the food could be great. Make sure to try the fajitas and Jamaican chicken (when they have it). I've heard Michaelangelo's was very good, but make sure to reserve a table a couple days in advance. I did not know this at the time, and therefore did not have the chance to try it.
The beach is very nice and the sand is white and very fine. There isn't much for shade, but sunscreen and sunglasses are all you really need. I never burnt once. The pool is also nice, again little shade. There is a swim up bar, a pool-side bar, and pool tables and foosball tables right near the pool. There are also computers that you can "rent" for a half hour or an hour, but the internet connection is so slow that to send one email takes about the full half-hour.
There were some family members of the Dominican workers that stayed in some of the rooms (empty ones I think) for a couple nights, which was fine by me. They we not an inconvenience in any way.
Lastly, make sure to do excursions! Five of us signed up for a day of scuba-diving off Sosua beach, (one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen) about 30 minutes drive from the resort. It was amazing, the best part of my trip. If you are an inexperienced surfer (as I am) I wouldn't reccomend the surfing, the waves are rough and the boards they give you are small. But that doesn't mean there aren't other things that might catch your interest. Make sure to try a couple (they're cheap).
Overall, would I reccomend this resort? It depends who is thinking of going. To families and older people, I don't think I'd reccomend it. I can imagine the noise we caused there must have been agitating at times to these groups. To teenagers and people in their twenties, yes I would recommend it. It is a fun resort, but of course it is what you make of it, right?
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Hotel Puerto Plata
- Paradise Beach Club Puerto Plata
- Paradise Beach Resort Casino
- Paradise Beach Puerto Plata
- Paradise Beach Club Casino
- Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata