First off, what the heck was everyone complaining about?!??! Pro tip for all you seasoned travelers out there-- when you go to another country, THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT. If you are spending your holiday examining the walls for paint chips or complaining about 1 soggy french fry- just stay home. Really.
Also , a tip -- "The taxi driver couldn't find the hotel"-- the hotel will arrange taxi service from the airport for you and it's cheaper than a taxi from the airport. We had a fellow standing there with a sign with my name on it and he took us to the resort no problem. $30 US.
We had a great experience here. They seated us at their lobby balcony and gave us a beer and a sparkling wine while they completed our check in. We loved our room, it was a nice size, had a nice big terrace where we enjoyed breakfast several times during our stay and just general chilling out. The pool was fantastic we hung out there often. They also did a nice job making a cordoned off swim-able area of the beach as this part of the DR is on the ocean side so the water can be a bit wild. They have blocked off the beach in front of the property with rocks to take the force off the water and make an area where you can go in and it's very calm.
I don't know what everyone was on about with the food... first off Dominican Beef (which they source the beef from the DR at this hotel , I asked several times of several different people) is some of the cleanest beef you will eat-- all pasture raised, barely an ounce of fat in there. The seafood was super fresh, cooked very nicely. The breakfast buffet was very good with lots of selection, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pastries, tons of fresh fruit and fresh juices, and some Dominican foods also like Mangu. We ate at the restaurant for dinner pretty much every night of our stay and enjoyed it each time. The food is cooked very nicely, try the Dominican Buffet on Saturday nights -- especially SANCOCHO. The only place where the food could have improved was the pool bar, but the can't miss items at the Pool Bar would be the Chicken Wrap, Ceviche and the terayaki skewers. We went over the Sanctuary a couple times but it was too much of a zoo for us so we chilled at Al Sol.
The staff here are awesome and always go above and beyond and they genuinely want you to have a good time. Santiago, Karen, Hosse, Geraldino, Sandro-- were super helpful and made our stay fantastic.
The resort is smaller and simple. If you just want to chill out and read by the pool or the beach this is your place. Since the resort is smaller you get that close-knit community feel and we often ended up having drinks and chatting with our fellow travelers in the lobby bar after dinner made by Horatio, the super cool bartender. We had a good time and will definitely be back. The food was good, the staff were great, the rooms were sparkling clean and water and beer was refilled in our mini-fridge each day, and the weather was awesome. What more do you need?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cap Cana, this 254,000-square-foot private beach complex features spacious suites ranging from Deluxe Studios to 2 Bedroom Suites, all finely designed with innovative architecture and Caribbeanstyle decorations. Guests can enjoy our beautiful white sand beach, large infinity pool with a swim-up bar that cascades into a serene hot tub area, complete with a gorgeous ocean view. Between the wealth of amenities we offer, the pristine facilities, and our devotion to exceptional hospitality, which is felt from the moment you arrive and are greeted by the spectacular panoramic ocean view in our lobby. These are just some of the many reasons why Alsol Del Mar offers guests the very definition of a luxurious Caribbean lifestyle. Conveniently located, Alsol Del Mar is just 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport, in close proximity of the famous Punta Espada Golf experience, which is considered the best golf course in the Caribbean, and near the Cap Cana Marina, which is considered one of the best in the world, accredited for its superior fishing. ... more less
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