Just got back from one of our best vacations. We spent one week at the Gran Ventana from Mar 28-Apr 4 2012. With two other friends. Traveled from Quebec City on Sunwing. We had a late departure arriving into DR early at 815pm. From getting luggage to check-in at the hotel was painless and very smooth. Greeted with Welcome drinks. Very pleasant!!
Id have to say that the only thing that went wrong the whole vacation was they wrote down the wront room number. We went to our room and couldnt get in. someone was in there. We called the front desk from our friends room and within 15 mins we were in our proper room.
Our room was HUGE!!! our friends were on the third floor with cathedral ceilings. It was a corner room in the quiet building which is a little futher than the main building. But not far... a little stroll was nice!!
The area around our building was very nice. There was a bar by the quiet pool (very quiet) and kept very nice and clean. They were up early every morning cleaning the pool.
Rooms: Very nice and clean. Never seen a bug. Some things are dated but you can tell that they are trying to bring things up to standards. Nothing happens overnight!! The beds are firm but comfy. Slept well. Bar was stocked daily and the bed always had a little design. We left our maid a couple dollars every day. One thing that we were un aware of is that you have to go to the cashier to get your lock for the room safe. Its 16$ for the week. The air conditioner was surprisingly quiet and worked very well. No issues.
Food: DELICIOUS! There is nothing bad I can say.
Breakfast was great. Sausages were yummy. You can have your eggs fried or done in an omlete with what ever you want in it, We would take bacon from the buffet and crumble it in a bowl and fill it with other stuff at the omlete station. They were delicious. Scrambled were a bit wattery but nothing to complain about.
Lunch: We ate at both buffet and Ocean Grill with was burgers and stuff (for lunch) and it was fantastic. We really enjoyed the Ocean grill (down by the beach) They had chicken wraps, nachos, burgers, pizza, ect.... Very very good. The buffet was good too.
Supper: Buffet again not dissapointing. The A la Cartes were amazing.
We did the Octopus (seafood-mediteranian) was awsome. All four of us has the salmon. so yummy.. No complaints. Great experience.
We also did the Italian A la Carte. Cant remember the name of it but its by the quiet building. SOO delicious. All four of us had absolutly no complaints. Food and service was fantastic.
We had reservations for the Ocean Grill A la carte but didnt make it... (Who ever says the drinks are watered down must not be drinking enough... we got so drunk we couldnt make it to supper. :-0) But that was our last night there. I bet that resturant too was fantastic given how good it was for lunches.
Entertainment: THE HIGHLIGHT!!! We had so much fun with the animation guys!! They are wonderful! Always trying to get you up and doing something. If you didnt want to they didnt make you. We had nicknames from the first day we arrived. And they made time to speak to you every day!! We did water arobics (fun!) and volley ball. We played a few water games too. Bingo, darts, ping pong, and a few others!! Allot of fun!!
The nightly shows were outstanding. Something different everynight and we were always in stitches. My favorite show was `The Ideal Couple`. If you have seen it you know what Im talking about... Never laughed so hard in my life!!
Not only were the animation guys wonderful, all the staff there that work so hard to please you are always pleasant!! Everyone works so hard and dont get enough credit for what they do. We took time at the end of our trip to let each individual how much we apprciate the hard work they do to please us vacationers!!
Hats of too them all :) Especially Jose, Shaggy, Scooby, Alex.
Pool: The pool is great! one big main pool. With a gradual entrance, a semi shallow area and then a deep end. All meets in the middle at the pool bar!! They have daily drink specials and all of them are delicious. I wasnt fussy on the sangria but there were a few that made the hit list.
Yellow bird was a hit for the guys. and of course Pina Colada./Banana Momma. Dominican Love was a good favorite.
Beach: It was amazing how much work they do to keep the beach clean.. My husband went on a deep sea fishing excursion and was on the beach by 730 and it was all raked. So clean he couldnt believe it. Little bits of seaweed was up through out the day but nothing crazy. and cleaned up by the next morning to start your day with a fresh beach. the water was so nice...
The one downfall is there are those who approache you wanting you to look/buy their stuff. Some are a little pushy "its free to look" and some if you politly say "no thank you" they will continue on.
At the entrance to the beach/resort there are people there trying to sell you excursions. They sell them cheaper than the Tour reps but not sure that they are 100% safe. At ones own discretion if they want to book with them. They look legit but dont know for sure. I personally wouldnt.
** TIP: If you plan on a walk on the beach.. be on the look out for the Lifestyle guys that will approach you and ask you if you want a tour of their beautiful resort. We got sucked in not knowing what we were getting into. If you dont tell them your not interested it could lead to a 3-4 hr presentation and 3-4 hrs your losing of your vacation in the sun. They are selling something like timeshares.
Excursions: We didnt really do any, as we have been there before and done excursions before. Most about relaxing and having fun. The guys did go Deep sea fishing and the downfall is that its hit or miss. Unfortunatly it was miss. The girls me and my friend went and took in a massage at the spa at the Casa Calonial. OMG. What a spot. The bell boy takes you there and from the minute you arrive you are like royalty. The resort is heavenly.
We had the deep tissue massage and it was the best I have ever had. Amazing!!
It was $94 for 50 minutes. Little expensive but worth it.
One excursion we have done before was the Outback Safari!! By far worth every penney.
Overall: would recommend this resort in a heartbeat. The majority are ages 40-65 range. Good varierty of perople. Great entertainment and great food. No free Wifi but when your on vacation, you dont need it!!! Your vacation will be what you make of it. Remember that DR is still a third world country. But these people are working hard to please you. Be grateful and show them your appreciation.
Any questions I will be glad to help answer them!!!
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