I am not sure if the previous reviewers stayed at the same resort as my husband and I. I could not find something to complain about, other than my husbands love of mamajuana shots!
We landed at the most amazing airport ever, and after a short 20 minute ride to the hotel were handed cool towels and champagne. We politely refused the timeshare meeting, and were not bothered again.
Our room was ready, we did request a king ocean view, we were given a double ocean view, but so what! We did not push the beds together, and we were fine on the double. Our view was perfect. The room was clean and beautiful.
The food was good, not the best we have ever had, but we were very happy. We ate at each restaurant. Our favorites were the French (mecure), American (clear water grill?), and the Italian restaurant. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet, and my husband misses the fried cheese! The wait staff was on fire! They were not overbearing, we never had an empty plate on the table for longer than 5 minutes. We were not impressed with the atmosphere at Spice, but there was one lady that ruined it for us, she was a guest who stared through the door the entire time we were eating, as she was waiting for her table. We had the waiter shut the door. Room service was very tasty. It is available 24 hours a day. We also had food from the grill on the beach, we heard rave reviews all week, that it has some of the best food.
The restaurants are not well airconditioned, but it never bothered us at all. We are in a tropical location, and never expected to freeze!
We enjoyed Kayaking and snorkling off the beach of the resort. I participated in the dance lessons (so much fun, thanks Blondie and Speedy!). We always spent the morning on the beach and moved to the pool in the afternoon.
The pool bar was so much fun. The bar tenders are the best! Each day there was a different activity at the pool bar, the entertainment staff made each day fun. We also took advantage of the lazy river. We had floats but only used them once, as it was more relaxing for us to swim around.
We also decided to do a couples massage on the beach. It was a wonderful experiance that I recommend.
We enjoyed the entertainment at both resorts. We saw Gala Caribbe, the Cirque show, Michael Jackson (It was the best!!!), and visited the disco for a while on the NOW side. There were kids in the disco, and they were running around having fun. It is a family resort, so I do not think it was inappropriate for the kids to be there. We liked relaxed entertainment on the Secrets side. We are in our 30's and have kids at home so we spent more time at secrets.
My husband and I scheduled an appointment with a travel clinic to make sure we were up to date on immunizations. I suggest this for everyone. I think that people are unaware of what can have a nasty effect on their bodies. The water in the resort that you drink in restaurants and at the pool bar are all filtered, the ice is from alaska, not from the tap so you are safe. Please use bottled water to brush your teeth! No tap water is safe in country for people other than Dominicans. Fruit that peels is safe, but other than that you run the risk of a reaction to certain things. Our doctors gave us Rx's for malaria pills and travelers diarrea, which we heard many complaints about. We took our pills at the first sign of diarrea and had no ill effects, where some people were sick for days.
My best advice is to be open minded, but also proactive knowing where you are traveling and the risks associated with the location.
We loved this resort and would love to return!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated on the picturesque palm-studded, sugar white Playa Bavaro beach on the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers adults all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury(R). Guests will immediately be embraced within an extraordinary environment where luxury illuminates every detail and our high level of personal service is unmatched. To ensure your romantic escape is everything you've imagined, every detail of your stay will be flawlessly provided and superbly attended to. From the fine quality linens to the daily refreshed mini bar and the unlimited premium brand beverages to the pool and beach wait service. You'll be immersed within a world of stunning architectural design coupled with resplendent views of the lush gardens, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and dazzling swimming pools. This tranquil, romantic haven in Playa Bavaro is like nothing else you've ever experienced before. ... more less
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