Dominican Republic Resort

Old Nov 1st, 2002, 01:45 PM
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Dominican Republic Resort

I am looking for suggestions on which resort to stay in Punta Cana. This will be my second Caribbean vacation, the first being to Sandals Antigua (to give you some background) and we loved it. We liked the all-inclusive because it was so carefree - no worries. We also liked having no children around (sorry, just so relaxing not to have screaming kids running around while on vacation). We also enjoy participating in water sports, but mainly just vegging out on the beach. Nightlife and things of that nature are not important. Any help would be great - thanks!
Old Nov 1st, 2002, 04:01 PM
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Hi you need to check out the Debbies Dominican site.
You will find alot of great and not so great reviews to help you. Punta Cana is a beautiful spot for a beach vacation. We stayed at the Occidental Flemenco a 4 1/2 star it was great value for the money. Like any other holiday destination you will find resorts in different price points decide what you want to spend and that will help you decide. The beach is pretty much the same from the Fiesta to the Iberostar but the resort prices change from 100.00 's of dollars so decided what you need to pay for. You will enjoy that beautiful beach I am sure , no matter which resort you choose. Karen
Old Nov 2nd, 2002, 01:28 PM
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We recently stayed at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort - not as nice as we would have liked, but the Golf Resort, the Garden resort and the Casino resort on the same site are quite can make use of all facilities except the Casino's when you stay at one of the 5 on site.
Old Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:34 AM
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I would also like to endorse the Occidental Flamenco, with one addition: Go for the Club Miguel Angel upgrade. This is like a "mini" resort within the larger Flamenco Bavaro complex. You have access to the entire resort along with privledges to the private Club Miguel. Separate pool, lounge, bar and restaurant for CMA guests only. Larger 2 room suites, in room bar, cigar lounge and dedicated staff are just a few of the extra amenities you get. One extra that was VERY nice was the private checkin desk. Others we talked to waited an hour or more to get checked in at the regular resort desk while it took us under 5 minutes at the CMA!
If you book it at the time you make your original booking, the cost is (I think) VERY reasonable, about $120 per person extra for the 11 days we were there.

We have been to several Sandals in Jamaica and St. Lucia and found the Club Miguel within the Occidental Flamenco Bavaro to be as good or better, for less money. Now that they are starting construction of a Sandals in Punta Cana, it is going to be a difficult decision the next time we visit the DR.

Old Nov 3rd, 2002, 07:35 AM
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Here's one vote for Iberostar Bravo. It has "suites" which are larger rooms, and very comfortable. Beach, food, service are very good.
Old Nov 3rd, 2002, 02:24 PM
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Islander, Just be aware that all those resorts just mentioned will have children running around, unless you go off season.

The Royal Uvero Alto and Secrets don't allow children. Follow the recommendation, check Debbies site for adult only resorts.
Old Nov 3rd, 2002, 04:21 PM
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Yes there were a few and I mean very few children at the Occidental when we were there. We went without our children this time and when we phoned home we mentioned to our kids that they may have been a bit bored as there were very few kids. The kids that we did se were small and mostly in the kids club. Would imagine at school breaks Christmas it may be a different story. For the most part ours was an Adult vacation spot. Karen
Old Nov 3rd, 2002, 08:01 PM
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try playa dorada puerto plata I stayed at the gran ventana very private beach since all the hotels are to the left of it very nice and excellent food and staff
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