Fodor's Expert Review Blue Bay Villas Doradas

Calle Principal Complejo near 538, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 57000, Dominican Republic

The stunning, contemporary entrance flanked by slender white pillars leads to the attractive lobby at this adults-only resort, which offers both incredible value and many complaints. For decades an all-inclusive, the resort now offers that as an option that is worth accepting. Standard and standard-plus rooms are basic and small (rooms near the stage can be noisy until 11 pm); if possible, upgrade to the spacious, quiet villas with Jacuzzis and more contemporary bedding. Some rooms have been redecorated in recent years. What remains inviting is the international buffet, from raw oysters to a real turkey dinner, depending on the nightly theme. The ambience is more relaxing at the á la carte restaurants, where reservations are needed and the food not necessarily as good. House wine is swill, beer is better. There aren't many organized activities anymore besides the pool games. Canadians and Brits seem to be the most pleased.


  • pleasant spa
  • handsome, fun beach club and stellar beachfront
  • food both in the buffet and standalones good for price point


  • four-star rating is debatable
  • time-share salespeople can mar the lovely beach experience
  • budget pricing, but you get what you pay for


On the beach


Phones: 809-320–3000 | 809-320–1600-reservations


249 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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