I want to first say that I did a lot, and I mean A LOT of research on where to go for our honeymoon. Now Larimar had just about everything we were looking for. When we arrived, we were greeted immediately by the hotel staff with cool towels and a refreshing drink. Check in was a breeze, but since our room wasn't ready we were escorted on a tour around the resort (it's a huge resort, more on that later). We ended the tour at the beachside restaurant and got a bite to eat. This was so great for us because we were both starving from the long day of travel. I will list a few things that are important to include here from our stay:
The hotel staff was very nice and accommodating. Everyone tries to make the guests feel welcome and comfortable. They all speak enough English (some better than others), but it's very easy to communicate with them. The nightly entertainment was very good! We were there for the official kickoff of the football season, and they had lounge chairs and a big screen, along with a bar set up on the beach for all the football fans ~ it was very cool. Also, every night you get a program for the following day on all the activities happening around the resort. They have Spanish classes, dance lessons, and sports games going on daily, just to name a few. There is an Explorer's Club for young kids that looked very busy and all the kids seemed like they were having fun. There was a wedding going on at the resort almost every day we were there, but since it's so big, you could almost not even notice.
The resort is set up by non-preferred and preferred guests. The preferred guest rooms are closer to the beach and the non-preferred are away from the beach. They have golf carts to take you around if you don't want to walk from the non-preferred rooms back to the main part of the hotel where the restaurants, entertainment, and lobby are all located. We stayed in a preferred ocean view room so we were very close to the beach. It was a bit of a walk back to the lobby for us. **If you have trouble getting around by foot, this might not be an easy place for you to stay.
The drinks were good. They have a different drink of the day everyday. There was a wide selection of drinks to choose from. There are many different pools around the resort and there are swim-up bars in some of them. The food was good, we mainly stuck to the carnival buffet and castaways (a preferred restaurant). The pasta and bread were my favorite! There was always a salad bar at every meal.
Since it was our honeymoon, and we did the preferred upgrade, they added in complimentary massages, dinner on the beach, breakfast in bed, and a few other add-ins. I would recommend upgrading to the preferred club upon booking if you can afford it. It really does make the trip that much better, plus you get access to all pools (both preferred and non-preferred), preferred lounges with drinks and snacks all throughout the day, and you get special seating in the buffet dining room. Our room was nice, we had an ocean view with a jacuzzi on our balcony. All resort guest rooms have a balcony.
The resort is very well kept up. There are always people working on the gardens or cleaning things. The beach is very nice, though the ocean is very salty. There was a lot of seaweed that they cleaned up everyday. The beach was kept very clean. Now resort has nice lounge chairs on the beach and a lot of them! The pool and beach had plenty of lounge chairs so people who got up late could have one too.
***Overall our stay here was very nice. I would definitely stay at another Now Resort in the future.
We stayed 10 nights here and we have been home for a week and still miss our routine we had there and the nice staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step into the breathtaking Now Larimar Punta Cana and enjoy a wristband-free, excitement-filled getaway. Far from life's demands. Back to its simple pleasures. Where sophistication meets understated. And the kids have as much fun as the grown-ups. Located on over 700 yards of picturesque palm-studded white sand beach on the majestic turquoise Caribbean Sea in Playa Bavaro, Now Larimar offers all of the privileges of an Unlimited-Luxury(R) escape in an exquisite seaside setting. Savor every moment with deluxe accommodations, reservation-free gourmet restaurants, premium cocktails, pampering in our world-class Spa, endless daytime and nighttime activities and much much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Now Larimar Hotel Punta Cana
- Nh Hotels Punta Cana
- Nh Hotel Punta Cana
- Edenh Real Arena
- Edenh Real Punta Cana
- Edenh Punta Cana