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  #11  
Old July 22nd, 2004, 01:20 AM
CLK
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Default Dominican Republic

We spent 8 days at the Paradisus Punta Cana resort and had a fantastic time.
Everything was perfect. We are returning next year. Read the reviews.


wrote in message ...
Mildred Savalier wrote:
: I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just so

much
: lower than other places.
: Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?

you will find reviews below. secrets got rave reviews

see http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/
http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/scuba.html
http://www.applevacations.com 12% discount online

http://www.applevacations.com/servle...telCode=211061

Secrets Excellence
Location: Punta Cana - East Coast - 60 mins. from airport
All-inclusive 446 rooms Adults Only!
Hotel Web Site
Map of Resort


  #12  
Old July 22nd, 2004, 04:43 AM
Mildred Savalier
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Default Dominican Republic

Thanks
Will look into it

--
Dilly

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People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but
people will never forget how you made them feel.

"CLK" wrote in message
...
We spent 8 days at the Paradisus Punta Cana resort and had a fantastic

time.
Everything was perfect. We are returning next year. Read the reviews.


wrote in message ...
Mildred Savalier wrote:
: I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just

so
much
: lower than other places.
: Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?

you will find reviews below. secrets got rave reviews

see http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/
http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/scuba.html
http://www.applevacations.com 12% discount online


http://www.applevacations.com/servle...telCode=211061

Secrets Excellence
Location: Punta Cana - East Coast - 60 mins. from airport
All-inclusive 446 rooms Adults Only!
Hotel Web Site
Map of Resort



  #13  
Old July 22nd, 2004, 04:43 AM
Mildred Savalier
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Default Dominican Republic

Thanks
Will look into it

--
Dilly

http://home.comcast.net/~itsdilly/
http://community.webshots.com/user/savalier
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but
people will never forget how you made them feel.

"CLK" wrote in message
...
We spent 8 days at the Paradisus Punta Cana resort and had a fantastic

time.
Everything was perfect. We are returning next year. Read the reviews.


wrote in message ...
Mildred Savalier wrote:
: I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just

so
much
: lower than other places.
: Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?

you will find reviews below. secrets got rave reviews

see http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/
http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/scuba.html
http://www.applevacations.com 12% discount online


http://www.applevacations.com/servle...telCode=211061

Secrets Excellence
Location: Punta Cana - East Coast - 60 mins. from airport
All-inclusive 446 rooms Adults Only!
Hotel Web Site
Map of Resort



  #14  
Old July 22nd, 2004, 11:56 PM
Steven Goodman
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Default Adults Only was Dominican Republic

Carl Bergerson wrote:
"Steven Goodman" wrote in message
Steve,

Where can I get a copy of your list of adult-only all-inclusive resorts?

TIA, Carl


Check the archives for this newsgroup; I post it once or twice per year,
whenever I get around to updating it with something new. There have
been some recent changes, so I will probably update in the next few weeks.

Steven Goodman

  #15  
Old July 22nd, 2004, 11:56 PM
Steven Goodman
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Default Adults Only was Dominican Republic

Carl Bergerson wrote:
"Steven Goodman" wrote in message
Steve,

Where can I get a copy of your list of adult-only all-inclusive resorts?

TIA, Carl


Check the archives for this newsgroup; I post it once or twice per year,
whenever I get around to updating it with something new. There have
been some recent changes, so I will probably update in the next few weeks.

Steven Goodman

  #16  
Old July 26th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Donald Miller
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Default Dominican Republic

On 17 Jul 2004 23:35:47 GMT, "Mildred Savalier"
wrote:

I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just so much
lower than other places.
Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?


For my thirtieth anniversary I wanted my wife and I to go some place
really special. We have been on several cruises and they are great.
We always enjoyed when we put in and got to go snorkeling and
diving. So I decided to find an all-inclusive resort to go to.. We
had been to one a few years ago in Mexico and enjoyed the concept,
though its beach wasn't so good. I researched the internet and the
news net all-inclusives.rec. I finally settled on Iberostar Hacienda
Dominicus .
I called my AAA travel agent and told her the destination and
dates. She set up a great package which included round trip airfare
from Wilmington, NC to the Dominican Republic, ground transportation
and 7days at the resort.
We traveled in the middle of June. Our flight from Wilmington stopped
in Charlotte and then direct to Punta Canna airport in DR (3.5 hrs).
A big thunderstorm had just gone through the place and it was steamy
when we walked down the stairs off the plane. We went to Customs, paid
out ten dollars per person and then went and claimed our bags. The
transportation was waiting on us, took our bags, loaded them in the
van, and we were off.

The ride was hairy. Two lanes are treated as four. "No passing"
means nothing. The traffic appears chaotic, but we made it safely to
our Resort.

The lobby is beautiful. Gleaming tiled floors highly polished
counters and fresh flowers greet you.
The language of DR is Spanish. But our receptionist spoke excellent
English. As I filled out the paperwork we were handed a frozen fruit
daiquiri which after "Mister Toad's wild ride" and the heat were
sorely appreciated.

The check in went smoothly. Besides our room keys we were given beach
towel tokens which are issued to get your towels. The receptionist
explained that you get your first towels and leave your tokens. From
then on you just turn in your wet towel for clean ones.
Our bags were loaded on a golf cart and a bellman took us to our room.
My only comment about the ride to our room is that we passed through
the service area were the garbage is stored. It was very clean but
had that dishwater smell. I would find another route to avoid this
area, especially on the first day.
Were in building 7, closest to the beach on the second floor,
The room was nice. There is a King size bed, plenty of closets and
storage area.
The balcony overlooked a well landscaped area. The refrigerator was
stocked with beer, soda and water. They restock it every other day

.. Don't drink the tap water. A gallon of distilled water is in each
room and will, if needed be replaced daily. We did rinse our mouths
with tap water. The restaurant's water and all the ice are safe
because it is filtered or distilled.

There are wild birds on the immaculately kept grounds and beautiful
fountains strategically placed to provide soothing sounds through the
courtyard.

The beach is beautiful soft white sand. There are plenty of lounge
chairs all around. I only saw one couple go down to the beach to
reserve one under a favorite palm tree. The boats are available for
free for one half hour then you pay by the hour. They consist of
Hobie cats, Sunfish and wind surfers. Again there seemed to be plenty
to go around.

The water is clear with a greenish tint. Due to surf action the water
directly at the beach was a little murky because of sediment being
stirred up, but you could see your feet while standing. There is a
float line to mark the extent to which you could swim out. If you
went out farther no one would stop you, but you might accidentally be
run over by a boat.

The beach bar had two bartenders they were always cheerful and
accommodating. The beach drinks consist of beer, rum and frozen
daiquiris. Occasionally you would receive service from a roving
bartender taking orders.
The beach is European. There were several women of all ages and sizes
topless sunning, swimming or walking in the surf down the beach.

Speaking of European, you will hear German, Spanish (Spaniards),
French and Brits everywhere. Everybody was friendly.

There are four very good restaurants, International, Mexican, Japanese
and a steak house. The Buffet is the only place to eat that does not
require reservations. Reservations are made at guest services. You
can make two nights reservations each day. We had a little problem
the first three days due to computer outage. When the computer system
is up it works very well.
All the restaurants had superb service. They also serve excellent
wine.
Our favorite was the international restaurant. We had a delicious
fish dish. The appetizer bar could have easily been my meal.
The Mexican restaurant is standard Mexican food. I had soft tacos.
Here I thought the appetizer bar was better than the meal.
The Steak house had a very good appetizer bar. My first steak I
ordered was a ribeye. I asked for rare and got well done. It was
tough. I gave them another try on another night and ordered sirloin.
This time it came medium rare, a little pink.
The Japanese restaurant was the style that cooks on a grill in front
of the guest. I had chicken and beef with vegetables. The food was
good. The environment was very hot being so close to the grill. One
of the chefs saw my wife turning red from the heat and directed an
overhead vent directly on her, good thing.

For breakfast we ate at the main dining hall. We always had a table
for two by an open window. Small birds hop about on the floor and fly
in and out. The food was very good. The fresh fruit was delicious
and a wide selection available, The mangos were in season and
plentiful.



At lunch there is a beach lunch buffet available. The food is good.
We ate light at this meal

Take a cover-up with you to the beach. Men must have shirts and ladies
some sort of cover-up. Wraps seemed most popular.
We took two tours.
We went snorkeling. The boat we boarded was a 40+ foot catamaran with
two very well-maintained engines. The skipper was proficient and good
natured. The trip to the dive site took over an hour. I was
beautiful. When we got to our reef there were two sharks trolling
back and forth, no problem. The Brits leaped from the upper deck and
promptly shooed off the sharks. The water was clear and the reef
crackled with life. We swam for over two hours and boarded the boat
to go to another site. The boats travel in pairs. The scuba divers
boat was already at the site and enjoying a good swim. Lunch was
provided on a palm laden island. There was grilled chicken and pork.
Plus an assortment of vegetables, rice and fruit. A bas was set up
with cold drinks. Hammocks were plentiful an we relaxed in the shade.

Back on the boat as we headed home the bar was open and rum and beer
flowed. I didn't bring any cash for tips but took some back to the
crew after a quick trip to my room once we arrived.

The trip was a great deal, much better than any excursion we have
taken while on a cruise.
Our next trip was on the "Monster truck" This is an eight wheel drive,
large truck with benches. We boarded in xxx and set off through the
country side. Our guide was excellent. Three men, including our
guide crewed the truck. A bartender up front kept water, beer, rum
and sodas flowing. as we bounced along. We stopped at a natives'
house, a school, a voodoo doctor's house and a country store. Lunch
was provided n a small open-air restaurant overlooking a river. After
eating everyone went down and cooled with a swim. The trip took all
day. We arrived back at the resort at four thirty in the afternoon.
Some people complained that it was too hot sitting on the truck with
no cover. We didn't mind. Drink lots of water and use plenty of
sunscreen.
The internet is available. You get thirty minutes for two dollars.

Overall impression, conclusion.

We would go back. It is not for those who are looking for a lot of
night life but if you want to enjoy the beach and just relax it is
perfect. Take plenty of books to read.


  #17  
Old July 26th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Donald Miller
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Default Dominican Republic

On 17 Jul 2004 23:35:47 GMT, "Mildred Savalier"
wrote:

I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just so much
lower than other places.
Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?


For my thirtieth anniversary I wanted my wife and I to go some place
really special. We have been on several cruises and they are great.
We always enjoyed when we put in and got to go snorkeling and
diving. So I decided to find an all-inclusive resort to go to.. We
had been to one a few years ago in Mexico and enjoyed the concept,
though its beach wasn't so good. I researched the internet and the
news net all-inclusives.rec. I finally settled on Iberostar Hacienda
Dominicus .
I called my AAA travel agent and told her the destination and
dates. She set up a great package which included round trip airfare
from Wilmington, NC to the Dominican Republic, ground transportation
and 7days at the resort.
We traveled in the middle of June. Our flight from Wilmington stopped
in Charlotte and then direct to Punta Canna airport in DR (3.5 hrs).
A big thunderstorm had just gone through the place and it was steamy
when we walked down the stairs off the plane. We went to Customs, paid
out ten dollars per person and then went and claimed our bags. The
transportation was waiting on us, took our bags, loaded them in the
van, and we were off.

The ride was hairy. Two lanes are treated as four. "No passing"
means nothing. The traffic appears chaotic, but we made it safely to
our Resort.

The lobby is beautiful. Gleaming tiled floors highly polished
counters and fresh flowers greet you.
The language of DR is Spanish. But our receptionist spoke excellent
English. As I filled out the paperwork we were handed a frozen fruit
daiquiri which after "Mister Toad's wild ride" and the heat were
sorely appreciated.

The check in went smoothly. Besides our room keys we were given beach
towel tokens which are issued to get your towels. The receptionist
explained that you get your first towels and leave your tokens. From
then on you just turn in your wet towel for clean ones.
Our bags were loaded on a golf cart and a bellman took us to our room.
My only comment about the ride to our room is that we passed through
the service area were the garbage is stored. It was very clean but
had that dishwater smell. I would find another route to avoid this
area, especially on the first day.
Were in building 7, closest to the beach on the second floor,
The room was nice. There is a King size bed, plenty of closets and
storage area.
The balcony overlooked a well landscaped area. The refrigerator was
stocked with beer, soda and water. They restock it every other day

.. Don't drink the tap water. A gallon of distilled water is in each
room and will, if needed be replaced daily. We did rinse our mouths
with tap water. The restaurant's water and all the ice are safe
because it is filtered or distilled.

There are wild birds on the immaculately kept grounds and beautiful
fountains strategically placed to provide soothing sounds through the
courtyard.

The beach is beautiful soft white sand. There are plenty of lounge
chairs all around. I only saw one couple go down to the beach to
reserve one under a favorite palm tree. The boats are available for
free for one half hour then you pay by the hour. They consist of
Hobie cats, Sunfish and wind surfers. Again there seemed to be plenty
to go around.

The water is clear with a greenish tint. Due to surf action the water
directly at the beach was a little murky because of sediment being
stirred up, but you could see your feet while standing. There is a
float line to mark the extent to which you could swim out. If you
went out farther no one would stop you, but you might accidentally be
run over by a boat.

The beach bar had two bartenders they were always cheerful and
accommodating. The beach drinks consist of beer, rum and frozen
daiquiris. Occasionally you would receive service from a roving
bartender taking orders.
The beach is European. There were several women of all ages and sizes
topless sunning, swimming or walking in the surf down the beach.

Speaking of European, you will hear German, Spanish (Spaniards),
French and Brits everywhere. Everybody was friendly.

There are four very good restaurants, International, Mexican, Japanese
and a steak house. The Buffet is the only place to eat that does not
require reservations. Reservations are made at guest services. You
can make two nights reservations each day. We had a little problem
the first three days due to computer outage. When the computer system
is up it works very well.
All the restaurants had superb service. They also serve excellent
wine.
Our favorite was the international restaurant. We had a delicious
fish dish. The appetizer bar could have easily been my meal.
The Mexican restaurant is standard Mexican food. I had soft tacos.
Here I thought the appetizer bar was better than the meal.
The Steak house had a very good appetizer bar. My first steak I
ordered was a ribeye. I asked for rare and got well done. It was
tough. I gave them another try on another night and ordered sirloin.
This time it came medium rare, a little pink.
The Japanese restaurant was the style that cooks on a grill in front
of the guest. I had chicken and beef with vegetables. The food was
good. The environment was very hot being so close to the grill. One
of the chefs saw my wife turning red from the heat and directed an
overhead vent directly on her, good thing.

For breakfast we ate at the main dining hall. We always had a table
for two by an open window. Small birds hop about on the floor and fly
in and out. The food was very good. The fresh fruit was delicious
and a wide selection available, The mangos were in season and
plentiful.



At lunch there is a beach lunch buffet available. The food is good.
We ate light at this meal

Take a cover-up with you to the beach. Men must have shirts and ladies
some sort of cover-up. Wraps seemed most popular.
We took two tours.
We went snorkeling. The boat we boarded was a 40+ foot catamaran with
two very well-maintained engines. The skipper was proficient and good
natured. The trip to the dive site took over an hour. I was
beautiful. When we got to our reef there were two sharks trolling
back and forth, no problem. The Brits leaped from the upper deck and
promptly shooed off the sharks. The water was clear and the reef
crackled with life. We swam for over two hours and boarded the boat
to go to another site. The boats travel in pairs. The scuba divers
boat was already at the site and enjoying a good swim. Lunch was
provided on a palm laden island. There was grilled chicken and pork.
Plus an assortment of vegetables, rice and fruit. A bas was set up
with cold drinks. Hammocks were plentiful an we relaxed in the shade.

Back on the boat as we headed home the bar was open and rum and beer
flowed. I didn't bring any cash for tips but took some back to the
crew after a quick trip to my room once we arrived.

The trip was a great deal, much better than any excursion we have
taken while on a cruise.
Our next trip was on the "Monster truck" This is an eight wheel drive,
large truck with benches. We boarded in xxx and set off through the
country side. Our guide was excellent. Three men, including our
guide crewed the truck. A bartender up front kept water, beer, rum
and sodas flowing. as we bounced along. We stopped at a natives'
house, a school, a voodoo doctor's house and a country store. Lunch
was provided n a small open-air restaurant overlooking a river. After
eating everyone went down and cooled with a swim. The trip took all
day. We arrived back at the resort at four thirty in the afternoon.
Some people complained that it was too hot sitting on the truck with
no cover. We didn't mind. Drink lots of water and use plenty of
sunscreen.
The internet is available. You get thirty minutes for two dollars.

Overall impression, conclusion.

We would go back. It is not for those who are looking for a lot of
night life but if you want to enjoy the beach and just relax it is
perfect. Take plenty of books to read.


  #18  
Old July 26th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Donald Miller
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Default Dominican Republic

On 17 Jul 2004 23:35:47 GMT, "Mildred Savalier"
wrote:

I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just so much
lower than other places.
Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?


For my thirtieth anniversary I wanted my wife and I to go some place
really special. We have been on several cruises and they are great.
We always enjoyed when we put in and got to go snorkeling and
diving. So I decided to find an all-inclusive resort to go to.. We
had been to one a few years ago in Mexico and enjoyed the concept,
though its beach wasn't so good. I researched the internet and the
news net all-inclusives.rec. I finally settled on Iberostar Hacienda
Dominicus .
I called my AAA travel agent and told her the destination and
dates. She set up a great package which included round trip airfare
from Wilmington, NC to the Dominican Republic, ground transportation
and 7days at the resort.
We traveled in the middle of June. Our flight from Wilmington stopped
in Charlotte and then direct to Punta Canna airport in DR (3.5 hrs).
A big thunderstorm had just gone through the place and it was steamy
when we walked down the stairs off the plane. We went to Customs, paid
out ten dollars per person and then went and claimed our bags. The
transportation was waiting on us, took our bags, loaded them in the
van, and we were off.

The ride was hairy. Two lanes are treated as four. "No passing"
means nothing. The traffic appears chaotic, but we made it safely to
our Resort.

The lobby is beautiful. Gleaming tiled floors highly polished
counters and fresh flowers greet you.
The language of DR is Spanish. But our receptionist spoke excellent
English. As I filled out the paperwork we were handed a frozen fruit
daiquiri which after "Mister Toad's wild ride" and the heat were
sorely appreciated.

The check in went smoothly. Besides our room keys we were given beach
towel tokens which are issued to get your towels. The receptionist
explained that you get your first towels and leave your tokens. From
then on you just turn in your wet towel for clean ones.
Our bags were loaded on a golf cart and a bellman took us to our room.
My only comment about the ride to our room is that we passed through
the service area were the garbage is stored. It was very clean but
had that dishwater smell. I would find another route to avoid this
area, especially on the first day.
Were in building 7, closest to the beach on the second floor,
The room was nice. There is a King size bed, plenty of closets and
storage area.
The balcony overlooked a well landscaped area. The refrigerator was
stocked with beer, soda and water. They restock it every other day

.. Don't drink the tap water. A gallon of distilled water is in each
room and will, if needed be replaced daily. We did rinse our mouths
with tap water. The restaurant's water and all the ice are safe
because it is filtered or distilled.

There are wild birds on the immaculately kept grounds and beautiful
fountains strategically placed to provide soothing sounds through the
courtyard.

The beach is beautiful soft white sand. There are plenty of lounge
chairs all around. I only saw one couple go down to the beach to
reserve one under a favorite palm tree. The boats are available for
free for one half hour then you pay by the hour. They consist of
Hobie cats, Sunfish and wind surfers. Again there seemed to be plenty
to go around.

The water is clear with a greenish tint. Due to surf action the water
directly at the beach was a little murky because of sediment being
stirred up, but you could see your feet while standing. There is a
float line to mark the extent to which you could swim out. If you
went out farther no one would stop you, but you might accidentally be
run over by a boat.

The beach bar had two bartenders they were always cheerful and
accommodating. The beach drinks consist of beer, rum and frozen
daiquiris. Occasionally you would receive service from a roving
bartender taking orders.
The beach is European. There were several women of all ages and sizes
topless sunning, swimming or walking in the surf down the beach.

Speaking of European, you will hear German, Spanish (Spaniards),
French and Brits everywhere. Everybody was friendly.

There are four very good restaurants, International, Mexican, Japanese
and a steak house. The Buffet is the only place to eat that does not
require reservations. Reservations are made at guest services. You
can make two nights reservations each day. We had a little problem
the first three days due to computer outage. When the computer system
is up it works very well.
All the restaurants had superb service. They also serve excellent
wine.
Our favorite was the international restaurant. We had a delicious
fish dish. The appetizer bar could have easily been my meal.
The Mexican restaurant is standard Mexican food. I had soft tacos.
Here I thought the appetizer bar was better than the meal.
The Steak house had a very good appetizer bar. My first steak I
ordered was a ribeye. I asked for rare and got well done. It was
tough. I gave them another try on another night and ordered sirloin.
This time it came medium rare, a little pink.
The Japanese restaurant was the style that cooks on a grill in front
of the guest. I had chicken and beef with vegetables. The food was
good. The environment was very hot being so close to the grill. One
of the chefs saw my wife turning red from the heat and directed an
overhead vent directly on her, good thing.

For breakfast we ate at the main dining hall. We always had a table
for two by an open window. Small birds hop about on the floor and fly
in and out. The food was very good. The fresh fruit was delicious
and a wide selection available, The mangos were in season and
plentiful.



At lunch there is a beach lunch buffet available. The food is good.
We ate light at this meal

Take a cover-up with you to the beach. Men must have shirts and ladies
some sort of cover-up. Wraps seemed most popular.
We took two tours.
We went snorkeling. The boat we boarded was a 40+ foot catamaran with
two very well-maintained engines. The skipper was proficient and good
natured. The trip to the dive site took over an hour. I was
beautiful. When we got to our reef there were two sharks trolling
back and forth, no problem. The Brits leaped from the upper deck and
promptly shooed off the sharks. The water was clear and the reef
crackled with life. We swam for over two hours and boarded the boat
to go to another site. The boats travel in pairs. The scuba divers
boat was already at the site and enjoying a good swim. Lunch was
provided on a palm laden island. There was grilled chicken and pork.
Plus an assortment of vegetables, rice and fruit. A bas was set up
with cold drinks. Hammocks were plentiful an we relaxed in the shade.

Back on the boat as we headed home the bar was open and rum and beer
flowed. I didn't bring any cash for tips but took some back to the
crew after a quick trip to my room once we arrived.

The trip was a great deal, much better than any excursion we have
taken while on a cruise.
Our next trip was on the "Monster truck" This is an eight wheel drive,
large truck with benches. We boarded in xxx and set off through the
country side. Our guide was excellent. Three men, including our
guide crewed the truck. A bartender up front kept water, beer, rum
and sodas flowing. as we bounced along. We stopped at a natives'
house, a school, a voodoo doctor's house and a country store. Lunch
was provided n a small open-air restaurant overlooking a river. After
eating everyone went down and cooled with a swim. The trip took all
day. We arrived back at the resort at four thirty in the afternoon.
Some people complained that it was too hot sitting on the truck with
no cover. We didn't mind. Drink lots of water and use plenty of
sunscreen.
The internet is available. You get thirty minutes for two dollars.

Overall impression, conclusion.

We would go back. It is not for those who are looking for a lot of
night life but if you want to enjoy the beach and just relax it is
perfect. Take plenty of books to read.


  #19  
Old July 26th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Donald Miller
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Posts: n/a
Default Dominican Republic

On 17 Jul 2004 23:35:47 GMT, "Mildred Savalier"
wrote:

I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just so much
lower than other places.
Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?


For my thirtieth anniversary I wanted my wife and I to go some place
really special. We have been on several cruises and they are great.
We always enjoyed when we put in and got to go snorkeling and
diving. So I decided to find an all-inclusive resort to go to.. We
had been to one a few years ago in Mexico and enjoyed the concept,
though its beach wasn't so good. I researched the internet and the
news net all-inclusives.rec. I finally settled on Iberostar Hacienda
Dominicus .
I called my AAA travel agent and told her the destination and
dates. She set up a great package which included round trip airfare
from Wilmington, NC to the Dominican Republic, ground transportation
and 7days at the resort.
We traveled in the middle of June. Our flight from Wilmington stopped
in Charlotte and then direct to Punta Canna airport in DR (3.5 hrs).
A big thunderstorm had just gone through the place and it was steamy
when we walked down the stairs off the plane. We went to Customs, paid
out ten dollars per person and then went and claimed our bags. The
transportation was waiting on us, took our bags, loaded them in the
van, and we were off.

The ride was hairy. Two lanes are treated as four. "No passing"
means nothing. The traffic appears chaotic, but we made it safely to
our Resort.

The lobby is beautiful. Gleaming tiled floors highly polished
counters and fresh flowers greet you.
The language of DR is Spanish. But our receptionist spoke excellent
English. As I filled out the paperwork we were handed a frozen fruit
daiquiri which after "Mister Toad's wild ride" and the heat were
sorely appreciated.

The check in went smoothly. Besides our room keys we were given beach
towel tokens which are issued to get your towels. The receptionist
explained that you get your first towels and leave your tokens. From
then on you just turn in your wet towel for clean ones.
Our bags were loaded on a golf cart and a bellman took us to our room.
My only comment about the ride to our room is that we passed through
the service area were the garbage is stored. It was very clean but
had that dishwater smell. I would find another route to avoid this
area, especially on the first day.
Were in building 7, closest to the beach on the second floor,
The room was nice. There is a King size bed, plenty of closets and
storage area.
The balcony overlooked a well landscaped area. The refrigerator was
stocked with beer, soda and water. They restock it every other day

.. Don't drink the tap water. A gallon of distilled water is in each
room and will, if needed be replaced daily. We did rinse our mouths
with tap water. The restaurant's water and all the ice are safe
because it is filtered or distilled.

There are wild birds on the immaculately kept grounds and beautiful
fountains strategically placed to provide soothing sounds through the
courtyard.

The beach is beautiful soft white sand. There are plenty of lounge
chairs all around. I only saw one couple go down to the beach to
reserve one under a favorite palm tree. The boats are available for
free for one half hour then you pay by the hour. They consist of
Hobie cats, Sunfish and wind surfers. Again there seemed to be plenty
to go around.

The water is clear with a greenish tint. Due to surf action the water
directly at the beach was a little murky because of sediment being
stirred up, but you could see your feet while standing. There is a
float line to mark the extent to which you could swim out. If you
went out farther no one would stop you, but you might accidentally be
run over by a boat.

The beach bar had two bartenders they were always cheerful and
accommodating. The beach drinks consist of beer, rum and frozen
daiquiris. Occasionally you would receive service from a roving
bartender taking orders.
The beach is European. There were several women of all ages and sizes
topless sunning, swimming or walking in the surf down the beach.

Speaking of European, you will hear German, Spanish (Spaniards),
French and Brits everywhere. Everybody was friendly.

There are four very good restaurants, International, Mexican, Japanese
and a steak house. The Buffet is the only place to eat that does not
require reservations. Reservations are made at guest services. You
can make two nights reservations each day. We had a little problem
the first three days due to computer outage. When the computer system
is up it works very well.
All the restaurants had superb service. They also serve excellent
wine.
Our favorite was the international restaurant. We had a delicious
fish dish. The appetizer bar could have easily been my meal.
The Mexican restaurant is standard Mexican food. I had soft tacos.
Here I thought the appetizer bar was better than the meal.
The Steak house had a very good appetizer bar. My first steak I
ordered was a ribeye. I asked for rare and got well done. It was
tough. I gave them another try on another night and ordered sirloin.
This time it came medium rare, a little pink.
The Japanese restaurant was the style that cooks on a grill in front
of the guest. I had chicken and beef with vegetables. The food was
good. The environment was very hot being so close to the grill. One
of the chefs saw my wife turning red from the heat and directed an
overhead vent directly on her, good thing.

For breakfast we ate at the main dining hall. We always had a table
for two by an open window. Small birds hop about on the floor and fly
in and out. The food was very good. The fresh fruit was delicious
and a wide selection available, The mangos were in season and
plentiful.



At lunch there is a beach lunch buffet available. The food is good.
We ate light at this meal

Take a cover-up with you to the beach. Men must have shirts and ladies
some sort of cover-up. Wraps seemed most popular.
We took two tours.
We went snorkeling. The boat we boarded was a 40+ foot catamaran with
two very well-maintained engines. The skipper was proficient and good
natured. The trip to the dive site took over an hour. I was
beautiful. When we got to our reef there were two sharks trolling
back and forth, no problem. The Brits leaped from the upper deck and
promptly shooed off the sharks. The water was clear and the reef
crackled with life. We swam for over two hours and boarded the boat
to go to another site. The boats travel in pairs. The scuba divers
boat was already at the site and enjoying a good swim. Lunch was
provided on a palm laden island. There was grilled chicken and pork.
Plus an assortment of vegetables, rice and fruit. A bas was set up
with cold drinks. Hammocks were plentiful an we relaxed in the shade.

Back on the boat as we headed home the bar was open and rum and beer
flowed. I didn't bring any cash for tips but took some back to the
crew after a quick trip to my room once we arrived.

The trip was a great deal, much better than any excursion we have
taken while on a cruise.
Our next trip was on the "Monster truck" This is an eight wheel drive,
large truck with benches. We boarded in xxx and set off through the
country side. Our guide was excellent. Three men, including our
guide crewed the truck. A bartender up front kept water, beer, rum
and sodas flowing. as we bounced along. We stopped at a natives'
house, a school, a voodoo doctor's house and a country store. Lunch
was provided n a small open-air restaurant overlooking a river. After
eating everyone went down and cooled with a swim. The trip took all
day. We arrived back at the resort at four thirty in the afternoon.
Some people complained that it was too hot sitting on the truck with
no cover. We didn't mind. Drink lots of water and use plenty of
sunscreen.
The internet is available. You get thirty minutes for two dollars.

Overall impression, conclusion.

We would go back. It is not for those who are looking for a lot of
night life but if you want to enjoy the beach and just relax it is
perfect. Take plenty of books to read.


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Old July 27th, 2004, 12:01 AM
Mildred Savalier
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This sounds so good I wish I could leave right now!
Thanks

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On 17 Jul 2004 23:35:47 GMT, "Mildred Savalier"
wrote:

I think We are looking at the Dominican Republic The prices are just so

much
lower than other places.
Anyone have thoughts about the best and worst resorts in Punta Cana?


For my thirtieth anniversary I wanted my wife and I to go some place
really special. We have been on several cruises and they are great.
We always enjoyed when we put in and got to go snorkeling and
diving. So I decided to find an all-inclusive resort to go to.. We
had been to one a few years ago in Mexico and enjoyed the concept,
though its beach wasn't so good. I researched the internet and the
news net all-inclusives.rec. I finally settled on Iberostar Hacienda
Dominicus .
I called my AAA travel agent and told her the destination and
dates. She set up a great package which included round trip airfare
from Wilmington, NC to the Dominican Republic, ground transportation
and 7days at the resort.
We traveled in the middle of June. Our flight from Wilmington stopped
in Charlotte and then direct to Punta Canna airport in DR (3.5 hrs).
A big thunderstorm had just gone through the place and it was steamy
when we walked down the stairs off the plane. We went to Customs, paid
out ten dollars per person and then went and claimed our bags. The
transportation was waiting on us, took our bags, loaded them in the
van, and we were off.

The ride was hairy. Two lanes are treated as four. "No passing"
means nothing. The traffic appears chaotic, but we made it safely to
our Resort.

The lobby is beautiful. Gleaming tiled floors highly polished
counters and fresh flowers greet you.
The language of DR is Spanish. But our receptionist spoke excellent
English. As I filled out the paperwork we were handed a frozen fruit
daiquiri which after "Mister Toad's wild ride" and the heat were
sorely appreciated.

The check in went smoothly. Besides our room keys we were given beach
towel tokens which are issued to get your towels. The receptionist
explained that you get your first towels and leave your tokens. From
then on you just turn in your wet towel for clean ones.
Our bags were loaded on a golf cart and a bellman took us to our room.
My only comment about the ride to our room is that we passed through
the service area were the garbage is stored. It was very clean but
had that dishwater smell. I would find another route to avoid this
area, especially on the first day.
Were in building 7, closest to the beach on the second floor,
The room was nice. There is a King size bed, plenty of closets and
storage area.
The balcony overlooked a well landscaped area. The refrigerator was
stocked with beer, soda and water. They restock it every other day

. Don't drink the tap water. A gallon of distilled water is in each
room and will, if needed be replaced daily. We did rinse our mouths
with tap water. The restaurant's water and all the ice are safe
because it is filtered or distilled.

There are wild birds on the immaculately kept grounds and beautiful
fountains strategically placed to provide soothing sounds through the
courtyard.

The beach is beautiful soft white sand. There are plenty of lounge
chairs all around. I only saw one couple go down to the beach to
reserve one under a favorite palm tree. The boats are available for
free for one half hour then you pay by the hour. They consist of
Hobie cats, Sunfish and wind surfers. Again there seemed to be plenty
to go around.

The water is clear with a greenish tint. Due to surf action the water
directly at the beach was a little murky because of sediment being
stirred up, but you could see your feet while standing. There is a
float line to mark the extent to which you could swim out. If you
went out farther no one would stop you, but you might accidentally be
run over by a boat.

The beach bar had two bartenders they were always cheerful and
accommodating. The beach drinks consist of beer, rum and frozen
daiquiris. Occasionally you would receive service from a roving
bartender taking orders.
The beach is European. There were several women of all ages and sizes
topless sunning, swimming or walking in the surf down the beach.

Speaking of European, you will hear German, Spanish (Spaniards),
French and Brits everywhere. Everybody was friendly.

There are four very good restaurants, International, Mexican, Japanese
and a steak house. The Buffet is the only place to eat that does not
require reservations. Reservations are made at guest services. You
can make two nights reservations each day. We had a little problem
the first three days due to computer outage. When the computer system
is up it works very well.
All the restaurants had superb service. They also serve excellent
wine.
Our favorite was the international restaurant. We had a delicious
fish dish. The appetizer bar could have easily been my meal.
The Mexican restaurant is standard Mexican food. I had soft tacos.
Here I thought the appetizer bar was better than the meal.
The Steak house had a very good appetizer bar. My first steak I
ordered was a ribeye. I asked for rare and got well done. It was
tough. I gave them another try on another night and ordered sirloin.
This time it came medium rare, a little pink.
The Japanese restaurant was the style that cooks on a grill in front
of the guest. I had chicken and beef with vegetables. The food was
good. The environment was very hot being so close to the grill. One
of the chefs saw my wife turning red from the heat and directed an
overhead vent directly on her, good thing.

For breakfast we ate at the main dining hall. We always had a table
for two by an open window. Small birds hop about on the floor and fly
in and out. The food was very good. The fresh fruit was delicious
and a wide selection available, The mangos were in season and
plentiful.



At lunch there is a beach lunch buffet available. The food is good.
We ate light at this meal

Take a cover-up with you to the beach. Men must have shirts and ladies
some sort of cover-up. Wraps seemed most popular.
We took two tours.
We went snorkeling. The boat we boarded was a 40+ foot catamaran with
two very well-maintained engines. The skipper was proficient and good
natured. The trip to the dive site took over an hour. I was
beautiful. When we got to our reef there were two sharks trolling
back and forth, no problem. The Brits leaped from the upper deck and
promptly shooed off the sharks. The water was clear and the reef
crackled with life. We swam for over two hours and boarded the boat
to go to another site. The boats travel in pairs. The scuba divers
boat was already at the site and enjoying a good swim. Lunch was
provided on a palm laden island. There was grilled chicken and pork.
Plus an assortment of vegetables, rice and fruit. A bas was set up
with cold drinks. Hammocks were plentiful an we relaxed in the shade.

Back on the boat as we headed home the bar was open and rum and beer
flowed. I didn't bring any cash for tips but took some back to the
crew after a quick trip to my room once we arrived.

The trip was a great deal, much better than any excursion we have
taken while on a cruise.
Our next trip was on the "Monster truck" This is an eight wheel drive,
large truck with benches. We boarded in xxx and set off through the
country side. Our guide was excellent. Three men, including our
guide crewed the truck. A bartender up front kept water, beer, rum
and sodas flowing. as we bounced along. We stopped at a natives'
house, a school, a voodoo doctor's house and a country store. Lunch
was provided n a small open-air restaurant overlooking a river. After
eating everyone went down and cooled with a swim. The trip took all
day. We arrived back at the resort at four thirty in the afternoon.
Some people complained that it was too hot sitting on the truck with
no cover. We didn't mind. Drink lots of water and use plenty of
sunscreen.
The internet is available. You get thirty minutes for two dollars.

Overall impression, conclusion.

We would go back. It is not for those who are looking for a lot of
night life but if you want to enjoy the beach and just relax it is
perfect. Take plenty of books to read.



 




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