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Overall:
Food – not the best but tolerable
Staff – same as the food
Grounds – beautiful, A+++ pool and snack bar
Beach – nice but limited walking

CHECK OUT: if you have a late flight (ours was at 11:45 pm), with a noon check out, spring for a late check out ($45) for 6 pm. It is worth it. When you are ready to leave, call the lobby and they will send a bell-hop with a golf cart for you and your luggage.

DR AIRPORT: arrived on time. Given very little direction once off the plane as to where to proceed. Basically forced to have your photograph taken before you can enter the airport building. Very windy. Waited in a hot and humid area for luggage to tumble on to an inefficient conveyor belt (keep a close eye because luggage fell off easily). Once you gather your belongings, you start to head for next section and all of a sudden you are accosted by locals who want to carry your luggage (they expect tips and will not take “no” for an answer). Tip: hold on to your luggage, don’t let go, say “no gracious”, have your hotel reservation documents ready, proceed to your tour provider’s kiosk and get the bus number that will take you to your resort – proceed quickly through the locals that want to take your luggage 50 feet or so to your bus. Once you get to your bus, watch and make sure that your luggage is placed in the lower part of the bus. Show your hotel reservation documents to the rep and off you go onto the bus.

The food, there was a large variety of them to choose from. We all enjoyed the buffet, restaurants, the pizza and the bbq. On Monday they had beach party and it was the best.

ROOMS: basic, clean, no bugs (except for a few on the bathroom counter which the maid took care of without us asking). Nice ceiling fan. You get either a king size bed and a side twin guest bed OR two twins and a side twin guest bed. The beds were comfortable, not hard, and the bedding was clean. The pillows were variable in size and firmness. Blinds have “blackout” layers which is nice. Rooms are on the dark side. There is a small sitting area and mini-fridge stocked daily with soft-drinks water and beer. We never ran out of bottled water. Terrace/balcony has a hammock and rocking chair – very relaxing. There is a large closet to hang your clothes and a large dresser. The bathroom only has one sink. It has a large soaker tub BUT a small shower. The shower could be bigger but did the job. We were not in the room much except to bathe, sleep and change clothes. We liked the location of our room because we hung out at the beach every day. We were on the ground floor and were very happy with the locations. It did mean a longer walk to the lobby and restaurants – no problem for us – we liked the walk.

I would suggest going on the half day snorkling trip they offer. It cost $89 a person but lasts about 3.5 hours. It’s more of a party boat than anything which if you like that kind of thing is very enjoyable. You get to snorkle with nurse sharks and stingrays they have corraled in a big holding area. After that you cruise along the coast and get to see other resorts while music is playing, beer and sandwichs are being served. Dancing soon starts also.

American Steakhouse was also good. Potato skins for apps were good and I had beef tenderloin with mash, asked for med rare and it was perfect. Didn’t have dessert because I was too full but greg had the cheesecake and said it was very good. You can get Bud on tap in this restaurant.

We did find out some INTERESTING info about this resort. We were told that the resort is LEASED to Apple Vacations, and that on Dec 21/2006 it will be turned back to the original owners (remember the Royal Ouvara Alta? sorry for the spelling..)

The drinks varied in strong ness depending on who made them, what you asked for and how much you tipped. The Coco Locos were funny- everyone should try one just to get a picture! The Mar Caribe, tequila sunrise and bora bora were our staples and always very good. Not a good margarita in sight?. The Bars opened at 10 and many stayed open until 1or later.

The Beach:
It is a lovely golden tan sand that is cleaned each morning. It is very wide running the length of the resort with a large amount of lounge chairs and palapas. It is on a curved area with no other resorts in view. We enjoyed sitting and watching the ocean with it beautiful surf. It was picture perfect. It may not be great for snorkeling and a little rough swimming but I have that huge pool to lounge in. I guess it is fun to boogie board on but I didn’t try.

The Room:
We were assigned 2203, which was in the 3rd floor overlooking the smaller “waterfall” pool. Room was clean, and nice size with the expected 2 person jacuzzi tub. The toilet had a broken handle, although one was still able to fiddle around and flush, there was also some water damage over the sink in the bathroom ceiling (not impressed). A lamp never worked. The lamp shades were missing the wing nuts, and were always falling off. In the hall ways, there were some lights by the doors, missing their coverings.

We had pizza delivered via room service on a few occasions. Took an average of 45 minutes and was always hot when delivered. It makes a great late night snack. Pop out the top rack on the door of your mini fridge and the pizza box will fit in perfectly.

The room
We were assigned to 5101. The balcony opened up to the “quiet” pool. The view was superb. At first glance you get struck by all the marble, the nice shower and the super sized Jacuzzi tub, which I used twice a day. When you look closer the ceiling was failing down, the doors to the balcony were broken both in the bedroom and living room, the A/C didn’t work in the bedroom, the fridge didn’t get very cold and half the time didn’t work. Our room was supposed to be non smoking, but was smoking and the resort was full and we could not get a non smoking room.

Asian, perhaps the most dissapointing of all, though I LOVED the seafood soup my SO was not happy with his main dish because it listed udon with beef on the menu and when it arrived it was ramen with strips of beef. I enjoyed my main course of scallops and shrimp. The melon balls came in liquer but was completely devoid of sherbet which was also very disappointing.