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The Palace at Playa Grande
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Rio San Juan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
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“Beautiful resort with a bed & breakfast feel”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

The Balaji Palace at Playa Grande is the perfect spot for those seeking a getaway at a smaller, quieter, more personal resort. The grounds and interior are well kept and absolutely beautiful. We stayed in one of the cliff side suites which had an amazing view of the water. We had breakfast brought to us twice on our little balcony near the spiral staircase. While the views and private nature of the cliff side suite was wonderful, the waves could be a little noisy. I myself love going to sleep to the sound of a babbling stream, but the ocean waves sometimes kept me awake.
The service was wonderful. We couldn't have asked for friendlier, more accommodating people. From the moment you arrive, you are taken care of and anything you wish, from dinner overlooking the ocean to laundry service, is taken care of.
Lots of fun activities nearby. Went for an excursion to Monkey Jungle which has zip lines and an enclosed monkey habitat. We had no idea what we were getting into with the zip lines but had absolute blast. You actually hike to 7 or 8 different zip lines and get to see lots of pretty scenery. The monkey enclosure was wonderful as well. It's a large fenced area with a heard of spider monkeys. They are soft, cute, and lighter than cats. You are given food so they will jump on you to get fed. It was a little unnerving at first but we quickly got used to it. Afterwards we went to a very late lunch in the nearby town of Sosua. There is a great beach there with shops and cafes. We had an excellent meal of fish while sitting outside watching the waves (great people watching here).
We also took a horse trip with Rancho Paraiso. My wife had never been on a horse before and I had only ridden on U.S. style horseback trips, (i.e. your horse just follows the one in front and gets pretty boring). This was nothing of the sort. We were actually controlling our horses for speed and direction. Got to see a lot of countryside and towns of the “real” Dominican. The owner/ guide (Abe) was wonderful and offered up all kinds of interesting tidbits. We did the ride which starts in the mountains and ends at the beach. Highly recommend this one. Once down at the beach you get to let your horse run. WHAT A THRILL!!!
The beach at the hotel is small and secluded but mostly pretty wavy. Great for walking around and taking pictures of waves splashing up behind you. We had someone from the hotel take us to Playa Grande beach which is a couple miles up the road. Great little area with souvenir and food vendors. Beach is broad and wide here. We were “adopted” by a pack of 4 feral Dominican dogs. Made us a little nervous at first but they were extremely friendly and followed us as we walked along the beach. They sat with us for an extended period as they dug and hunted for sand crabs. As friendly as they are, please don’t feed the animals you encounter.
Food at the hotel was typically very good. Not super gourmet but always creative and tasty. The soups in particular were very good.
One day of our trip was rainy and we spent the entirety lounging around the resort reading. It’s a beautiful place so even that was wonderful.
Great swimming pool with a lazy river. Nothing beats sipping a beer in the pool on a warm day.
Beautiful, quiet, relaxing, great people. Would definitely come back here.
Lastly, Presidente beer is simple yet superb. I need to work on getting it distributed to Minneapolis!

Room Tip: Cliff side suites have great views but waves can keep you awake if you're not used to them.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Just when you thought Dominican Republic couldn't get any better you stumble across a Gem like The Palace. We stayed at The Palace for 3 nights and they were unforgettable. It has huge spacious rooms that were beautifully decorated in traditional east Indian style. The staff was amazing from the wonderful manager and waiters right down to the very friendly ladies that serviced our rooms. It has a giant pool that accommodates people of all heights and ages perfect for families. The view is breath taking as you look down upon the hotels own private beach or the nearby cliffs of Playa Grande. After inner they also have many amenities for entertainment such as a very nice pool table a ping pong table and a verity of different games again perfect for families. The only negative was the food when traditional Dominican food was served it was perfect but any thing from outside the countries cuisine such a steak ribs etc. was over cooked and under seasoned however we were asked by the owner himself and the manager what our opinion of the food was and when we gave our honest opinion we were told that it would be perfect by the next time we visited and visit again we will in the very near future.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We went for a 4 night package in February and had a fabulous time! The place was absolutely stunning and definitely not your average all-inclusive. If you are looking for someplace peaceful, private, unique and beautiful, this is it.

The Palace itself was stunning with a beautiful private beach, amazing views of the ocean, jacuzzi, lovely pool and nice rooms. It was one of the most unique places I have ever stayed in (and I travel for a living) and the staff--Javier and Felipe in particular--made us feel right at home. The attention to detail was wonderful, right down to making us sandwiches to take to the airport unasked and remembering to make me one without bacon on it!

Usually it takes me days to unwind on holidays, but somehow on my second afternoon there I found myself napping in the sun and feeling as relaxed as I usually do after an entire week of holidays.

We are planning our next trip already...

Room Tip: The only thing I would change there is to have doors on the bathrooms--it was a bit unusual to find...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

I went here with a group of friends who had all purchased the Groupon. We didn't know what to expect, and I was very pleasantly surprised. This is definitely a luxury resort, and the privacy, the wonderful service, amazing meals and gorgeous views were way more than I expected from a resort in the Dominican Republic. We had 5 star dining every night, first-class service, and Charlie was always on hand with his famous rum punch. We were catered to completely, even so far as the waiters bringing snacks and drinks down to the beach for us. Our group was the only one at the palace most of the time and so we played our ipod music at the pool bar every day. The beach at the hotel was a little rough some of the days we were there, but we went to Caleton beach for wonderful snorkeling and did a few other day trips, and we went dancing in town every night. All in all, this was one of the best vacations I have ever been on and we all had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Gulf Breeze, Fl
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

We agree with all the wonderful things said about "The Palace." It's not likely that we will ever stay in another place so unique. The view alone is incredible. The staff is personal and wonderful and always looking for opportunities to serve you and help you in any way possible. It was quite a humbling experience. It was our 30th wedding anniversary and I am sure we will return. We can only say,"You should GO!".

Room Tip: There is no fitness center. There are 2 outdoor jacuzzi's. Staying inside the Palace would be b...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

It might be an adventure with the taxi ride to get to The Palace, but once we walked into the place we where amazed! Never imagined we would get to go to a place like this, with staff constantly bringing you anything you might want. We had all inclusive package which was definitely the way to go. The room was breath taking with beautiful view and porch to enjoy it. The staff where happy to take us out dancing in the evenings. Our favorite local we met was Tinto. He was our guide on our excursions we went on through Felix. Honesty goes along way, and not knowing what was expected for tips, cost of cab rides and items in town was tricky. We over tipped and overpaid for a lot before we met Tinto! He went out of his way everywhere we went pointing out little things we wouldn't have noticed, laughing and showing us a great time. I don't want to forget Donny whom escorted us on our evening outings. He and Felipe took us to a local birthday party, which was such a great outing to see a more personal look at the dominican. They truly made it a unique vacation! Havier, Charlie and Hose took excellent care of us at the palace. If airfare wasn't so expensive we would go back yearly! This was a great groupon purchase!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We just got back from four nights at the Palace. It was peaceful, romantic and totally awesome.
It is the low season and there were just my husband and myself and one other couple at the whole resort. It has a totally private (and isolated) beach and for three days my husband and I were the only ones on the beach. The ocean had many strong waves and undercurrents and would be dangerous to swim but great to splash and relax (really would NOT be safe for children). We had a personal waiter/attendant. The cook made whatever we wanted. We could not ask for any more pampering. The bed was turned down nightly. Fresh flowers and chocolates were on our pillow every night. I could not think of any way it could have been more perfect.

Room Tip: All rooms are huge and any would be nice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Palace at Playa Grande
Address: Calle Rio San Juan | Playa Grande, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province > Rio San Juan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Rio San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Palace at Playa Grande 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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