The new buildings are beautiful, the older buildings are a bit dated, the security and cleaning staff were great and very friendly. Gardens are beautiful and it was a unique private location just around the corner from the main part of Cabarete beach.
I would caution that if you want to swim, windsurf or kite from the property it is not ideal due to the wide reef. You have to walk around the corner to the Velero and use the beach in front of that resort. Its not a bad walk, but if you want to play right in front of your lodging, this isn't the place. There are also no beach chairs available. Still, small complaints for a beautiful place. It was our first trip to Cabarete so I don't have other places to compare it to.
Note that some of the buildings border a big graveyard (pictured). I thought it was kind of scenic, but one of our group who came without his wife commented that she would not have wanted to stay there (graveyard off the balcony between her and the ocean).
All in all, though, a good experience, great memories, and I second the recommendations for eating at Claro's just up the driveway. Friendly and great food for breakfast and lunch. All in all, other than the water access, a very convenient location. We'll probably try another place next time, but I suspect will be back to Magnifico on our third visit.
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