Beach: I’m a true beach-girl. A long beautiful beach is one of my main criteria when selecting a resort! The beach at the NH Royal Beach is very nice. Nice white sand. There are some algae that show up on the beach depending on the weather/ocean conditions but it is cleaned up every morning by hotel staff. We walked for about 2hrs both sides of the resort and there were always other resorts or condos. To be honest, we preferred the stretch of beach around the MoonPalace Resort since it was a less developed area – just nature. There are numerous huts setup and rows of palm trees each with 2 chairs under them. There were always huts available, no matter what time you showed up.
Pool: There is one main pool where the bar is located and then another lazy river type pool that whines around a good part of the resort. It’s simply beautiful! Some rooms are swim-up but we preferred the security of a higher floor.
Food: The buffet area is very small and can get a little busy at times. However, the quality of food was terrific. We are both vegetarians and I was worried when I saw how small the buffet was. I assumed that meant that the selection would be limited. Not the case at all! They just have smaller bowl therefore need to replenish the food more often (great since it means the food is always fresh!). The deserts were the best I’ve seen in the resort world. As usual, there were no vegetarian entrees listed on the restaurant menus but the chef made us special vegetarian dishes. They were as beautiful and artistic as the meals from the menu. At the Gran Baya Principe Ambar, the chef had brought us a bowl of white pasta with a dish of tomato sauce on the side - boring! The buffet is located just off the beach – it was wonderful to see the water as we were eating! Inside is smoke free but outside is not. It would be nice if they at least setup a smoke-free section. We actually changed tables a few times due to heavy smokers next to us and wind direction.
Rooms: We had opted for the Beach-view and obtained room 4378. It was worth it although the ocean view is from an angle, not straight forward. The decor of the room and of the entire resort is rather trendy, almost 70’s style. It was different from the more ‘Caribbean’ decor of other resort’s we’ve been to but beautiful! There is a Jacuzzi on the patio – nice touch. We had hot water issues a couple of days a supper time but not a big deal.
Grounds: This resort opened in Dec2009 and it shows. You can still see the square pieces of lawn as they were laid out. And there is a need for more flowers and bushes. The place has potential though and after a few years of growth will be quite nice I’m sure.
Staff: Simply the most friendly and kind people we’ve ever met! They were always smiling and seemed so please to serve us. They showed pride in their work. Jose always ensured that his ‘vegetarian’ friends were well taken care of with the chef.
Entertainment: there is a band that plays in the evenings outside the reception area. The shows at night are at the sister hotel, NH Real Arena. Compared to the other resorts we’ve been to, the shows were quite mediocre except for the circus show. We were a little disappointed. If you’re looking for ‘a party’, this resort is not for you. It was relaxing and quiet – just what we wanted.
Other: Internet was not free ($4 for 15 minutes) and was run by an outside company, not the resort. A little expensive. Check out is at noon and our departure was for 6h45pm therefore late check-out would have been expensive ($15 per hour). They have a curtosy room where you can change and shower after you've checked out. And they lock up your luggage for the day. We were able to enjoy the entire day at the beach before leaving!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Secrets Royal Beach Hotel Punta Cana