Sunday I returned from my first trip to PP and Casa Colonial. I have traveled extensively in the DR and MX but typically (not always) go all inclusive. I was on this trip with 3 business associates but I consider them all friends as well.
Our entire trip was booked through the resort other than air. They did a great job and handled everything very well. Our transportation was flawless and the driver was always there before us. 2 of us took a red eye and arrived at the hotel at 5am. We had guaranteed early check in and our rooms were ready. I appreciated the service but I thought for the money we spent there they should not have charged us for this. The rooms were empty anyway.
We all had ocean view Jr suites. They were well decorated and very clean. They were large and had nice views as well as comfortable and stylish décor. They had an older Bose system which you always came back to playing. They would burn incense as well. Maid service was at least twice daily but may have been more. The ice bucket in my room was always full. The only improvement I would suggest is a TV upgrade. They were older models but ok. The bed and linens were fantastic. I slept so well.
The beach area was kept perfectly and they tended to any desire. They set up and moved chairs for people and brought and laid out towels. It was very pretty. The sand is darker than some places but was fine. It did get hot. It also did not look so nice when the waves broke it on shore but the water was clean and beautiful. The view from the beach was amazing. When I read the reviews of people selling on the beach I never imagined how many people it really was. It go annoying. There are some that are pushy and some that are very load. It takes something away from an otherwise serine place. I don’t mind the walkers but there are a lot. If the sellers were quiet and not pushy I would not mind them either. 2 of our 4 days we ate and drank on the beach. Service was very good and fast. The food was very good for beach food.
Breakfast was served at the beach restaurant as well. Service was good and fast and the food tasted good. We has to leave early and wanted to eat before we went. They open at 7 and we needed to leave at 7:30. That day had a continental breakfast buffet. They opened late and were focused exclusively on the buffet. It was your only choice to eat early and unfortunately I did not get offered a drink until it was time to go. The continental is European style which is not my favorite but so be it. I think if we had come at 7:30 like the day before everything would have been fine.
I only went to the pool once at the end of my last day and I regretted that. It was better than the pictures. The bartenders up there were kind and fun. The area was beautiful. The pool was cold but the hot tubs were hot. With a breeze a cold pool can be tough. I loved the whole area and the service.
The highlight of this resort is without question the main restaurant. The food was fantastic. The menu has a lot of fusion and some ingredients made me not want things. As I tried them I found it was all so subtle it did not matter. I entertain in fine dining establishments 2 – 3 nights a week and I eat in many with my family as well. We ate here 3 nights in a row and had no desire to look elsewhere. The restaurant could make it in any major city and be hard to get a table. Great service and amazing food. That alone would have made me love this place. We fished one day and got mahi-mahi and wahoo and they cooked it for us to perfection.
Nowhere in this resort is ever crowded. They were far from full occupancy but they were not empty either. It is a very romantic spot for a couple. There were a couple of families there but I would not take mine. I just think that they would be bored. It is so quiet and I assumed it would be adults only. The children would not deter me but I doubt mine would have fun here.
As much as I loved the resort I did think it was overpriced. I would not spend that much personally to stay there. I would go back again in a heartbeat under the same circumstances. If I was going to take my wife somewhere I would try to get more for my money (rates are available on the web site). If you are comfortable with the cost I highly recommend.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Colonial Beach Hotel Puerto Plata
- Casa Colonial Beach And Spa
- Hotel Casa Colonial Beach
- Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata