Me and my b/f just returned from this resort few days ago (May 6th-13th, 2005) and thought it was amazing! PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO ANY OF THE COMPLAINERS...
FOOD: We love the buffets, never got sick of them. The best a la carte restaurant we enjoyed the most was Jalapeno. For Sea Scape dont expect lobster, unless you pay by the pound. Luggi was ok.
BAR SERVICE: We had the best bartender, his name was Manuel....tell him Dan and Santa says hi! Be sure you give tips and they treat you the best! Whats a few dollars!?
ROOMS: The rooms were ok, our bed sheets smelt like they were not washed (sweat smell).
BEACH: The beach was good, although we had somedays where the waves were sooo rough! I really enjoyed sitting at the "carved-in-reef jacuzzies" that over looked the ocean...oooooo.......ahhhhhh.....and you're actually located in Sosua, Puerto Plata.
EXCURSIONS: We went on the Outback Safarari; that was great, unforunately it rained during the whole excursion but what are you going to do?! This excursion consisted of traveling to the country side where roads are made out of coral, very rough hehe, followed by stops to a family home, school (make sure you stop by the dollar store and pick up some school supplies), lunch and then a boat trip thru the Jessica River that leads to the ocean were you go boogy boarding! (Cost: $74Amer. w/taxes) Tour to Puerto Plata City, we visited lots of shops, an old fort, Rum Factory and the Amber Museum. (Cost: $26Amer. w/taxes)
SUGGESTIONS: TRY NOT to buy anything at the resort store cause we ended up paying $6.50 Cdian for 1.5L of Evian H2O and Red Bull was $5.50. Everything is a rip off. Try to bring your own snacks unless you want to pay double. And for all you beer drinkers, try to bring a pitcher cause the glasses are so small and if its rainy it saves you the trip of running out! As for walking out of the resort to the streets, I found it quite annoying with the people b/c they are sooo pushy trying to sell their stuff. I know they have to make a living but no is not no to them. Remeber that you are a tourist and that you have lots of $$ to spend and their goal is to try and rip you off. You should only pay a third of what they are asking, so BARGAIN with them! As well we learnt, the best way to say NO is to advoid eye contact and shake your index finger and say no and that should work!
Well sorry for the long review but we had a great time aside from 3 days of rain....we recommend this for anybody!
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