Just returned from a 2 week break at this hotel. The hotel room was really nice and big, other reviews say about bed bugs, this is not true, the bites they have on their legs are from tiny little ants, you cant do much about them as thats what you get in a tropical country.
The food was lovely, there is something for everyones taste and you do have a la carte restaurants to eat at too if you want to, the French I found was the best but the others were still very good too.
The staff in the bars were really friendly and work very hard as were the grounds man who kept the gardens fantastic and beautiful.
If you want to do a bit of shopping avoid the lobby shop, the girls in there are really rude and pig ignorant, they certainly spoil things there. They have traders in the square and can be really pushy but a polite no thanks usually does the trick.
We were there for my friends wedding, it was the most beautiful ceremony, out of this world with the back drop of the sea, white sands and palm tree's truly paradise an amazing day.
Things we did and recommend are the helicopter ride, Saona Island, Dune buggies, Manati park (you can swim with the dolphin's here and its an amazing experience) and paragliding.
Now the bad bits:- The room cleaners stole from our room even though we tipped her, they just want more and more from you and steal to get it, they stole things like packets of cigarettes, suntan lotions, perfumes and stuff like that, it was bloody annoying as its very expensive for you to replace, so be careful. My daughter had her ipod touch stolen and fortunately got it back and the mother of the bride had her bag stolen the day before our departure which had her money and passport in it, the Thomas Cook rep and the hotel manager did nothing to help because it was Sunday, Monday morning was a mad rush to get her an emergency passport, at the police station we were told it would take two days but if he was given $50 she will have it in 30 minutes, no one from Thomas Cook was there to help her, even though she was in her late 70's.
Over all it was a great holiday but be very aware there is a lot of theft so be very careful and pay for the safe in your room to keep your tickets, passport and anything of value locked up.
Be aware of cleaners dressed in black knocking your door after 9.30pm to change your towels even though they have been done that morning, they will return half hour later to see if you have left your room for the evening and enter you room to steal, there is a group of them working together, ironically it was the mother of the brides room, she was lucky then because she stayed in that evening but as you have heard, they stole her bag at a later time, they must have targeted her.
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