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VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We flew from Manchester on the 19th of october 2011 and didn't know what to expect at all. The flight is a long time but we soon found out it was worth it. The weather all round is great, we had two days where we had quick storms that didn't last longer than an hour and entertainment was provided during the day to keep us all dry! Our room was perfect and the maid was excellent. All the staff were amazing, and they never failed to make you smile.

The best part of the holiday for me was the entertainment. A lot of people thought the entertainment was poor but the entertainers do an amazing job and if you join in you soon learn that the really it isn't that bad. During the day there were activities, crazy games, water aerobics, water volleyball, another crazy game and bingo which was good later on when it was cooler. On a night the show's weren't the best but they tried to get the guests involved in whatever was going on and twice a week a group of dominican dancers came in to dance, they were very good however if you're like me and don't enjoy things like that it did get a little boring. It's very easy to get attached to the animation team because they're all so nice, Manny, Donkey, Mickey Mouse, Shakalaka and Mini Me do a great job and make sure your happy!

The food was amazing. I can sometimes be a fussy eater when it comes to foods i've never tried before but i was the complete opposite. Everyday I had melon before every meal and then tried different things. The chicken is the best, they cook chicken in every way you could think of in a variety of sauces that were all delicious. The Italian did let us down a little we only went once but we felt that the standard of food compared to the main restaurant was a bit disappointing and the waiters weren't as friendly. The waiters in the main restaurant soon get used to your face and by the second week brought our drinks without asking us because they knew what we wanted. One of the waiters at lunch started to teach us spanish and the banter we had with him was hilarious. The waiters walk around smiling and making sure you're ok and if you need anything. The lady who greets you on an evening is so nice, and it was so easy to make conversation with her, she knew where we sat every night and made sure we got out table.

The beach is great, there are beach vendors on the beach but if you just say 'no thank you' then they move on. We found it cooler on the beach and spent the first two days there, however i did find my legs were burnt. For the following weeks we just stayed around the pool, getting a lounger was easy enough and with an umbrella up you usually manage to stay in the shade. Playing volleyball in the water can make you burn without noticing so make sure you wear plenty of cream and don't stay in for too long.

The worst part of the holiday for me was having to come home. I found myself in tears the night before and the day we left. I couldn't believe what we had to leave behind and that I may possibly never see some of the amazing people i'd met there again. All the staff were wanting photos with us and were asking us for the photos. Saying goodbye to the entertainment was the hardest because I became very close to the animation team. I know that we will definitely be returning the same time next year and I know that we will have another great holiday that we can remember, it just seems a long time to wait!

Room Tip: Rooms away from the pool towards the beach are quieter as the entertainment can become quiet loud on a night.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank jessicah6153
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

One word sums up our holiday - Excellent!! Can't wait to go back next year

Room Tip: Away from the pool & either 2nd or 3rd floor - very quiet
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Ruth H
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

Me and my girlfriend have just got back from a 2 week stay here, we have never been to the D.R so it was are first vist it to the hotel and country. The hotel itself, the location, pools, beach, cleanliness and staff is excellent but there are a few things we didnt like. The main problem was the groups of young lads and girls on drinking holidays (which isnt really the hotels fault), we are both in are 20's and dont mind a drink but we choose to go to the caribean to avoid the groups of loud mouth drunken brits, but got them anyway lol. The 1st week there was alot of groups drinking all the time and got very annoying, but the 2nd week wasnt that bad as most of them went home. Also we arent fussy eaters but neither of us were impressed with the food, in the buffet or 2 of the a la carte restaurants, the octopus restaurant was nice. If you are looking for good evening entertainment, you wont find it here, there are 4 different bars to go to but the entertainment at the main bar is poor. What others have said about locals taking over at weekends is true, it gets very busy on a saturday and sunday, we had no problems they seemed ok to us, alot of them come to the hotels but they didnt seem to be rude or anything like people have said. They dont leave the hotel either they just stay n the pool, so the beach is the place to be at weekends. I would recomend this hotel to people as it is a nice resort, but i dont think i would return. Id deffinatley go back to the island but try another hotel.

Room Tip: The beta block was closed when we stayed but id deffinatley request a room in there if you can
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank whiteley83
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Me and my boyfriend went on vacation to gran ventana. This was my second time there so we had the VIP treatment. I really enjoy this wonderful hotel and am willing to go back as well. The first time i was there was four years ago, I do see some differance going this time it wasn't as busy so the hotel didn't do as much but that's ok.... We asked for a room by the pool. The food was great every meal was something to look forward to. The staff is very friendly and willing to help with any questions or need you may have. The reef just steps from the beach is worth you buying a mask and enjoy diving every day of your stay, you will see something different every day your in the water. Glad we went on this holiday and going back sooner then four years!!!!
Anyone interested in spending there holiday at the gran ventana will be glad they did I'm sure you will have a great time! and meet new friends as well did .... Thanks Gran Ventana Nov 5 - Nov 12

Room Tip: pool side are not quiet at night, pick the ocean if you want quiet at night time
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank dixiechi
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

The management of this property is focused on receiving more money than they are due. Led by the manager, the front desk crew is unable to deal effectively with paid in full reservations and confirmations, especially through Travelocity. I was bilked out of an additional $180 US for a two night stay which had been paid in full. It leaves a very bad taste in one's mouth in beginning a simple weekend away. Wasting 2 hours and much aggravation with the desk clerks and having a general manager unwilling to talk with you, makes the hotel experience rather unpleasant. This is a decent property, have been here before, without problems, but evidently the new view is to take more money from the customer than is due. The hotel staff is very kind and helpful and the physical property is spotless but the mental set is one which definitely needs to be readjusted at the top.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank drbcabarete
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