Hotel was very nice. Our room did have some details that require some maintenance (shower door hinges particularly), however nothing too concerning.
Hotel is VERY big, if you include all four areas (Bavaro, Punta Cana, Palace & Turquesa), each with it's own restaurants, bars & pools. All accessible by mini-train (Disney-ish style).
We enjoyed all the pools and buffet restaurants (surprisingly good food), however some a la carte restaurants were too busy. Tip: be at these restaurants way before 6pm.
Staff was very friendly, we were always greeted nicely, even by maintenance staff.
Disco was very entertaining. Sports bar could have been better. Beware of some pushy souvenir sellers around the pool areas some days of the week (they do not take No for an answer).
Overall we enjoyed this hotel and would definately stay again when we travel back to Punta Cana.
The resort has plenty to do on site so there's no reason to leave. They offer resort credits during your stay but you still have to pay 20% of the fee. $750 seems like a lot in resort credits but is really only enough for a couples massage.
Don't fall for taking a tour of their facility in order to sell you a package deal, it will take up over 2 hours of your morning.
Can't beat Punta Cana/Bavaro area. Beautiful beach. The Royal Suites Turquesa Adults-only rooms are amazing. I've stayed in a lot of different resorts, and this had the best room (we chose swim-up) by far. Food was disappointing at the Turquesa, but was great at the rest of the Palladium. Over the years going to the Dominican, I see them abandoning more of their traditional food and trying to please the other cultures. But honestly, the best food we had was an excursion to Saona island (a must see) where we had grilled fish and chicken with rice and beans. The Turquesa in June was low key. No social director, and not much happening at night for a 30-something crowd. Disco at the Palladium was disappointing. If you are wanting a quieter trip, spend time with your significant other, go here. If you want a younger, more social experience, this may not be for you. If you're from the U.S., get used to the food not being like it is at home. You're in another country... It was tough getting around, golf carts everywhere, but they'd only stop if you stepped out in front of them. Palladium is so big it takes awhile to go anywhere. Still a beautiful place.
My husband and I just returned from 2 weeks at the Punta Cana Princess-Adults Only resort. We had an amazing trip. The adults only side is pretty small so it doesn't matter where your room is because everything is so close by. You can take the train to the family resort side if you want and it was a short 5 minute ride or a quick walk too. The staff was amazing-particularly the Animation team. The Animation team is great at getting people involved in activities at the beach, pool, and evening shows. They made the trip for us. There was a pool party one day we were there and it was a blast! I've read many reviews saying it wasn't good for groups but we had 2 friends down for 10 of the days we were there and met many other groups and it worked out great. All of the staff we came across was friendly-even the maids were singing while cleaning. The food was good. Don't need to make reservations at the adults only side but you do need reservations if you want to eat at the restaurants on the other side but it was easy to do at guest service desk in the lobby. I've been to Punta Cana 5 times now at 5 different resorts and no longer feel the need to try any other resorts-this place was amazing.
We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly at this resort. Gorgeous location on the beach. Very clean and hospitable. Great for families - lots of pools and activities to choose from. All inclusive restaurants are ok; several have spectacular view of the Caribbean.
"Nice hotel, close to the beach but not a lot to do"
Be prepared to not have amenities you would find in a resort. This is. Nice place and friendly staff but it is expensive to go different places around Punta cana. The beach is close which is awesome but if you go at the off season there will likely be no one else there.
On the eastern side of the Dominican Republic, the town of Bavaro was originally settled by those working in the nearby resorts on the beach. The town quickly became a center of services and also boasts 10 miles of seashore. Hundreds of hotels, as well as shopping centers, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and medical services, can be found here.
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