To start off, if you get car sick take something for the bus ride from airport to the resort, several people on our bus had issues. Once at the resort, check in was quick and the greeting was as advertised. Our room was supposed ot be a king but we had a double and they were booked so we couldn't change. We had a swim up room which is the way to go. You can basically have your own party cove with your rooms around you. The waiters will find you and the trick is find 2 of them and stagger the drinks, this makes the wait not so long. Be careful on the liquid viagra shots, this is the Domincan shot. Seems harmless until later that night or the next morning.
Beach was excellent. Large and plenty of places to layout. Water did have seewead which was constant. If topless women offend you there are some on the beach as this is an adults only resort. I liked the security guards around the resort keeping people from entering the resport who shouldn't be there, although we met people in our pool who were staying next door at the Now Larimar. Service on the beach is as expected, slow. Not too mention its so hot any drink you get must be drank quickly.
As for the food, I would rate this as average. The best thing was the chicken and kabobs off the grill at the hut by the beach. He is only open for lunch. The buffet was not bad, as expected for a buffett. The spice restaurant was good, but if you want great service get the Hibachi grill show (well worth the wait). The Bluewater grill has good food (Ribeye was actually not bad). Service there was horrible the first time, much better the second time. Did not try Oceana which from our neighbors was rated average, they said it was basically a sample of everal items instead of ordering off a menu.
We did not pay extra to dine on the beach or for the lobster fest on Monday night. A little much when you figure you paid for an all inclusive.
The entertainment was average at best. I think this depends on what you want. You want to relx and enjoy the calm atmoshere then it is great. But if you want dancing and stay up late you will be unhappy.
We did not have any problems until the last day, when I was sick to my stomach. Unknown id this was from food or liqour. Considering it is 2 days laters and I'm still not back to normal I would rule out the alcohol.
They have a daily shuttle that takes you to the mall 4x a day for 0 minutes. Unless you want ot visist the Hard Rock cafe gift shop then don't waste your time. There are flea markets down the beach both ways. The workers are eager to get you in their shop but once inside they were not bad at all. I would suggest going in a group or at least during the day. If your interested in Liquor or paintings they have plenty for good prices there.
One group we talked to liked the cigar tour offered through the hotel, 1 hr long.
We enjoyed the trip, the resort, and would consider going back. I strongly encourage a swim up room though. The balconies only have a partial ocean view anyway since there are large palm trees over the entire property and the rooms do not face the ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated on the picturesque palm-studded, sugar white Playa Bavaro beach on the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers adults all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury(R). Guests will immediately be embraced within an extraordinary environment where luxury illuminates every detail and our high level of personal service is unmatched. To ensure your romantic escape is everything you've imagined, every detail of your stay will be flawlessly provided and superbly attended to. From the fine quality linens to the daily refreshed mini bar and the unlimited premium brand beverages to the pool and beach wait service. You'll be immersed within a world of stunning architectural design coupled with resplendent views of the lush gardens, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and dazzling swimming pools. This tranquil, romantic haven in Playa Bavaro is like nothing else you've ever experienced before. ... more less
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