Ok, perspective is everything when reading a review...I am 39 years old, love adventure, great food, music and fun. I have stayed in 5 star places when I have wanted and 1 star places when I didn't need the ammenities. This is a solid 3 star resort full of fun fun fun. It's super casual, but has standards(no towels in buffet room etc.) I never saw anyone falling down drunk, but everyone loved the pool bar and the beach bar is fantastic, ocean front, and Polanco is a charming fun bartender.
The rooms are basic, who needs more than that on a beautiful Island? CLEAN CLEAN, very clean resort.
The reviews I read said to AVOID the pool front rooms due to noise????? i guess if you go to sleep between 8-11, yes do so, if not enjoy the shorter walk to your lounge chair. The lounges get taken up by 10am, so get your towel on one before you hit the buffet. if you want one by the beach get your butt up even earlier, like 7am! We stayed in block 7000, overlooks the spa pool and closer to the little bridge to the beach, I liked it would stay again but maybe on ground floor. But I'd have no problem with a pool front room, like in 3000, 4000, 6000, but 8000 is also by the spa, spa area is SUPER quiet, it's like walking past a library, nice to have that option though we did not take it this time. Make sure you do not get a room in 1000, it's behind all the action, behind main stage and buffet.
we ate at the steak house one night and it sucked, Jade garden wouldn't let us in b/c the guys were wearing shorts. We loved the buffet so none of this bothered us.
The staff and animation crew are awesome-Coca cola is a little touchy, some guests liked this, I avoided him! Mayo, George, Teddy all awesome.
The food was fantastic, something for those who like to eat like burgers, hot dogs, pork, chicken, pasta, something for the healthy freaks like me...watercress, avocado, fresh fruits, veggies and of course rice and beans and anything else you can think of. You don't come to the DR for steak so if a review complains they didn't like their filet then they are just plain silly.
Jose was our waiter every night and we fell in love, WITH HIM! Tip these guys and they will give you the best, but most do it anyway. There's a little buffet in the beach bar in between meals. Plenty to drink, if you drink water like me re-fill your jug at the spa in the gym, sometimes the maids will give you a new one. i brought my water bottle to the pool to re-hydrate all day. They'd fill it with gin and juice too if you ask, it's all included and you may like that better than a plastic cup.
The liquor and wine is swill, I bought wine at the plaza, i found one there that was decent. if you like good quality here is where you won't get it. But most seemed perfectly happy to drink it, I am a snob of sorts, the good stuff doesn't give you a hangover.
The plaza is a 3 minute walk to the right out the hotel lobby, there you will find souveniers, do not buy any!!!Ask Pedro(there are several -try to find him) the horse and buggy to take you outside the community a 10 minute ride to the best ever flea market to buy everything dirt cheap. Barter everything on this trip from the fare to the things you buy, go down about 50 percent.
The guys on the beach give a great deal as well. barter your butt off but don't insult them this stuff is all hand carved. Best thing to do, look at an item, decide for yourself what your number is, then tell them what you will pay, that will work! unless it's ridiculous.
The plaza is where you book your tours for the BEST price with JAMES. Don't ask people where he is, they will say he isn't there. Just go in and find pizza hut, he is across the way. you'll pay half price for the same excursions, you don't haggle him. he's from Georgia.
Jeep safari with waterfall was an 8 hour day, ride into the country for a fun coffee making tour includes lunch, see the real native communities, then hike up a waterfall....not for those who are out of shape or afraid of water. anyone else should to it. The ATV tour was amazing, right across the resort is where you start so not a long day at all, get dirty and have fun!
I never met a time share person at the resort so I am not sure what all the talk about the yellow shirts is. Maybe b/c I already own a timeshare they did not single me out.
Don't go to the casino, it's like one room big, smokey and doubt you'll win anything.
Disco at the plaza just for resorts in area, dead but we danced anyway!
We went to the plaza everyday for things we needed it was that close.
Many Europeans don't tip, I think a dollar or two goes a long way so do the American thing and maybe your level of service will be better, if you get a smile and a polite interaction reward that with a tip it deserves.
I have never, ever returned to a country or resort twice, I fell in love with the DR art, the people and the natural beauty. This resort was easy to be yourself at, the staff were great. email me specifics I am sure I left out some. I researched this trip extensively here so I wanted to return the favor and report my findings.
Yes, pillows are lumpy and beds are firm, drink through it :) you're in paradise!
Get a balcony, it' is necessary, but don't upgrade, they'll do that for the asking once you get there if you don't like your room. If the alcohol was better quality I'd give this place 5 stars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BlueBay Villas Doradas is an Adults Only 24 hour All Inclusive resort in Puerto Plata, was completely refurbished in 2006 providing facilities and rooms of the highest quality. This hotel in Puerto Plata, which is only for the over 18s, is an ideal place for couples to relax or enjoy their honeymoon or wedding. Its location - literally next to the 18-hole Playa Dorada golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones – makes it a favourite among golfers.The hotel’s rooms and suites are equipped to the highest standard, in keeping with the quality of the resort and its recent refurbishment – all include cable TV, mini bars and ironing facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bluebay Villas Doradas Hotel Puerto Plata
- Bluebay Hotel Puerto Plata
- Bluebay Hotel Doradas
- Blue Bay Getaway Villas Doradas
- Blue Bay Getaway Dominican Republic
- BlueBay Villas Doradas Adults Only Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata