We have just returned from a two week holidy at Paradisus and regret not having booked for longer.
This is our sixth trip to the Dominican and this hotel is definately the best we have stayed in by a long long way.
The room (sorry suite) was superb, clean, roomy and nice and cool with lots of space. The maid service was good but as they don't speak English we had great fun using sign language and always got there in the end. So what if it takes a bit longer - who's in a rush in paradise !
All the resturants were excellent, more so considering we were in a third world country. On the last night it was my wife's birthday and the meal they laid on in el Romantico was superb. In England it would have cost us £120 at our local 4* hotel restuarnt and here it was all free - from the champagne to the courvoisier VSOP brandy with lobster starter, large chateaubriand main course, flambee pancakes and a birthday cake thrown in.
The staff were wonderful and Jackie left with half a dozen red roses.
They have just about any drink you want albeit you have to speak clearly to the barstaff even though their English is better than my Spanish.
I must say here that for the first week there was only one other English couple but we enjoyed talking to the "colonialists" from North America. There was always someone nice to talk to especially when they heard our English accents.
The only downside to the whole resort was that the beach shelters did get "reserved" quickly and early despite the signs saying not to before 10am. However being English, if the towel owners weren't there and it was before 10am the towels got placed on the flloor and the wind got the blame.
We didn't have any problems with upset stomachs but we did keep to the bottled water for drinking and brushing our teeth.
We also enjoyed the free spa facilities and it was like having your own swimming pool as no-one else seemed to want to use it.
Although there were trolley buses we tended to walk as it was the only exercise we got and the buses ran on Caribbean time.
If you want to buy anything the best bet is a stroll down the beach to the shops and remember to haggle and don't pay more than 25-33% of their original price. I loved it when they got all aggrieved at my first offer but it is a set up so you don't push so hard at the next shop.
All the staff were lovely and tried very hard to please (albeit usually at caribbean pace again) but considering it was very hot to have to work they all did very well.
To sum up if you just want to relax and live life at the caribbean pace, drink too much, eat too much and just enjoy yourself you cannot pick a better place that Paradisus - they can't do enough for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the unpretentious luxury of Paradisus Punta Cana Resort. An extraordinary island retreat offering a super balance of natural and man-made wonders. Open-air architecture, featuring indigenous organic materials like raw coral and exotic hardwoods, houses an impossibly sumptuous gallery of luxury suites and an exclusive garden villa. All-inclusive and all encompassing, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is an ocean front playground for all ages. Tennis, championship golf, every non-motorized water sport imaginable, a magnificent array of restaurants, our own casino, an incredible spa for kids, an exquisite full-service spa and health club and personal world-class service all seamlessly unite to deliver you the relaxing, romantic, carefree, fun-filled experience of a lifetime. The resort features 688 oversized suites including 143 royal service suites and 4 ambassador ocean view suites, plus a one-of-a-kind oceanfront garden villa. ... more less
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