There were many things to love about Watermark. We stayed in the penthouse and the views of the kiting right in front of our spacious, well furnished balcony were great. The beds and linens were very comfortable, and the 2 bedroom condo was large and well laid out with high quality A/C throughout. It was fantastic to be right on kite beach as we could watch the weather and wind and be right there on the beach in a minute when it started to blow.
We took the motoconchos (motorbike taxis) whenever we wanted to head into town for the restaurants, and a couple of times we hiked to town on the beach. Although it is a bit of a distance to the center of Cabarete, the Watermark location was well worth it for the kiting. There are also several good restaurants located adjacent to Watermark right along kite beach, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
There were a few things at Watermark that did not quite meet our expectations, considering we paid top dollar for the penthouse condo. We decided to lower our expectations, knowing that the DR is a less developed country, and thinking that perhaps we should not expect amenities to be on the same level as they might be at home. We didn't want these small glitches to spoil an otherwise great vacation.
The wifi did not work, so our warm and friendly concierge Yesenia tried to help as best she could. She gave us an ethernet cable that allowed us to use our laptop in the condo. But we could not use our ipad or iphones on wifi for the duration of our visit and there didn't seem to be anyone available to repair the wifi in our unit. We decided that perhaps it was divine providence, that we were meant to be just a bit more off the grid for the duration of our vacation.
The second issue was with the plumbing. The marble bathrooms and fixtures are all beautiful to look at, but the water pumps for the building got clogged and we had no water for part of one day. And it wasn't until our second day that we discovered that the hot water heater in the condo gets turned off in between guests. We had arrived on a Sunday and no one instructed us on the need to manually turn on a switch for the hot water. We assumed it was broken and took cold showers before heading out to dinner. Fortunately, the staff returned on Monday and they explained how to work the hot water heater. It would have been much nicer to have been introduced to this information upon check in. And once the hot water was on, it was quite limited, just enough for one person to take a brief hot shower. Well, at least we were in the tropics!
Overall, we loved Cabarete after meeting many warm, friendly, local people. And the beach, the weather, the kiting and some trips to the canyons, rivers, and mountains with Iguana Mama were unforgettable. I will definitely come back to Cabarete, but I am not sure if I would stay at the Watermark on my next visit. I'll have to think about that a bit more before deciding.
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