First of all, if you are lucky enough to spend time at the Watermark, you are blessed. It is gorgeous with glass walls looking out onto spectacular scenery and a frenzy of kite boarding. All you have to do is melt into the good looking lounges on the wide, deep verandas and settle into total bliss. The staff is lovely and very helpful (more later). Some tweeks to make you experience better. They do have hair dryers but the 220 wattage does not fit the 110 outlets, so bring adapters or your own American voltage hair dryer. Bring shower thongs as the lovely marble floors are slippery when wet. We only managed to get one faint, spanish TV channel. Bring rubber door stoppers as the beautiful breezes traveling though the apartment will slam shut any door left open. We jammed magazines under the doors, but not a very elegant solution. Watch out if you are tall and leave interior windows open; ugly sharp corners will leave a nasty gash on your precious skull. Bring a little clothes line you could string across your balconey so that you can dry of your bathing suit and wet clothes. Their is a nice outdoor show and hose for rinsing sand off. There is no restaurant on site but we give VERY HIGH MARKS to Vacabar and Kite Club Cafe which are steps away on the right and left. Also bring a hoodie and spend sometime at night sitting up on the roof stargazing; either from the hot tub (lukewarm) or the chaises up there. WIFI was only intermittent and very slow, so you should bring your own WIFI or ethernet cable. The inside of these apartments are HUGE, baths are huge. Our joy was to sleep with the balconey doors wide open to let the sounds of the ocean rock us to sleep each night. Balconeys are huge and adjoining, so respect your neighbors privacy and noise tolerance in the early morning or late night. There are guards around the property at night, so it seemed quite safe.
Water was tepid the whole time and there are outages, but that is life in the DR, so deal with it. Now to the staff ...Patricia at the front desk was (filling in for Andie) and was on-the-spot accomodating and intrepid when I stupidly left my passport in a cab and did not realize it for a day and a half. Patricia tracked down Tony Tavarez (cab driver) who brought back my passport and an envelope full of cash in the same folder just as soon as he was able. On Sunday I awoke to find our JetBlue flights had been cancelled; Patricia stayed on the phone for 40 minutes to put me thru on a land line to JB and get us rebooked that day out of Santiago. She roused Tony Taverez on very short notice to drive us the 1.5 hours over the mountains to Santiago to make an early afternoon flight (otherwise we could not be rebooked for five days by JB). Tony drove like crazy over the mountains on a rainy morning to get us there on time and we are SO GRATEFUL!! I will post photos when I get sorted out, just wanted to be sure to thank Patrizcia and Tony for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.
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