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JenTay

Which all inclusive resort here is best? The options are pretty staggering

by JenTay »

We'd like one that's midrange in price and include golf. Any suggestions?

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SusanK

RE: Which all inclusive resort here is best? The options are pretty staggering

by SusanK »

You're so right - so many resorts to choose from...  We stayed in Punta Cana for six weeks and visited quite a few of the resorts.  Here are two links to articles I wrote reviewing various resorts:  http://www.wickedgoodtraveltips.com/2011/02/6-weeks-in-the-dominican-republic-a-trip-report/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wicked-good-travel-tips/a-lovers-guide-to-dominic_b_820619.html

Overall, I would say my favorite mid-range resorts are Iberostar, Riu and Melia.  Barcellos are about to go through a big renovation which in my book says they are tired and should be avoided until they are spruced up.  For the most part the beach is the same for every resort in Punta Cana.  The beachfront stretches for miles with one resort perched right after the other.

For luxury resorts, the Paradisus Palma Real is tops in my opinion, followed by Iberostar Grand.

Often the deliniation in the resorts is the quality of food and beverages.  Many of the resorts serve huge buffets with plenty of food....and that's the best thing you can say about it - all the mediocre food you can stand.  For food that is actually delicious you should choose a resort with 4 or more 'stars'. 

Hope that helps.  Have a great vacation.

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InvaderJazz

RE: Which all inclusive resort here is best? The options are pretty staggering

by InvaderJazz »

I'm not sure of one that has a golf course right on it. However we stayed at Natura Park (the resort is attached to a nature reserve on one side so you had wide open beechs to relax on and trails to walk through) in Punta Cana. it was an amazing resort and there was a golf course resort just down the street that you could shuttle too! Might want to check it out!

 

Have a great trip!

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nyclatinatraveler

RE: Which all inclusive resort here is best? The options are pretty staggering

by nyclatinatraveler »

I have stayed twice at the Royal Catalonia Bavaro (which is connected to its sister property Catalonia Bavaro Beach Resort). The Royal is essentially the adults-only property so the atmosphere is more relaxed. However, you get access all the amenities of the beach resort which includes a casino and two golf courses (9-holes and 18-holes). The Royal completed renovations late last year and offers some really spectacular villas and suites, as well as a new infinity pool.

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north coast fan

RE: Which all inclusive resort here is best? The options are pretty staggering

by north coast fan »

You do not mention what area of the Dominican Republic you will be visiting.  If you are interested in the North Coast, Playa Dorado is a group of AI's built around a golf course.  It is close to the airport, and close to Puerto Plata.  I've never stayed there (I don't golf), but you can find reviews of the various hotels online.

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StrawberryF

RE: Which all inclusive resort here is best? The options are pretty staggering

by StrawberryF »

I'm not sure of one that has a golf course right on it. However we stayed at Natura Park (the resort is attached to a nature reserve on one side so you had wide open beechs to relax on and trails to walk through) in Punta Cana. 

 

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