Advantages Grounds, staff, food, activities, massive bath!
Disadvantages Errr none!
I booked a two week holiday to Catalonia Bavaro for a surprise for my girlfriend's 21st birthday. I didn't tell her till the morning of her birthday (a week before we were departing) so I had to make sure all my bookings were right.I booked through Instant Travel, who booked it under First Choice. It cost me around £2200 all inclusive, which was a bit steep but acceptable for this type of holiday.
The next day the holiday was reduced by £600, which put me on a bit of a downer but I soon forgot about this! Neither Instant Holidays nor First Choice would accept my complaint so I had to get on with it.The flight over to the Dominican Republic was excellent. Lots of leg room on the flight and the staff were excellent. First Choice also provided you with a small travel pack (free of charge) with eye phones, tissues, toothbrush etc.
It took around 8 hours to fly to the Dominican, and the flight was very good.When we arrived at the airport it was raining really badly, which got me slightly worried about the weather forecast. Little did I realise it often rains in the Dominican, but mainly in the night or little 5 minute showers during the day.
****HOTEL -First Impressions****On the drive upto the hotel, our first impressions of the ground were excellent, tenniscourts, golf course, and the front of the hotel and lobby were fantastic, very luxurious. The xmas tree was still up as we arrived on the 28/12/06. This also looked gorgeous.
****CHECK IN****Our check in wasn't the best. As there was around 25 people checking in at the same time, the reception staff were a little too busy. But they were kind enough to direct everyone to the nearest restaurant. Many of the new guests were complaining but we just took a seat and as we didnt rush off the reception staff checked us in within ten minutes.
We were then taken down to our hotel room by buggy. The porter was also very helpful and we tipped him as his carried our bags upto our room.One of my main recommendations is that you get lots of small change. Staff at the hotel are always lovely to you, but if you give them a small tip every couple of days they treat you like royalty.
****THE ROOM****Our room at the hotel was superb! Loads of space, a big bed, massive bath (this was my favourite part of the room), a hammock on the balcony, lots of wardrobe space. The room had everything you need, hairdrier, coffee making facilities, television! There was also a small seating area with a couch and table. Also a mini bar which is obviously free as its all inclusive.
****GROUNDS****The grounds of the hotel are 5star, really beautiful! There is a river and a pond set in between the rooms and a wedding area which is truly beautiful. The staff are working many hours of the day to keep the area looking this good. We passed a few drinks to them out of our mini bar and they were very grateful in the baking sun.
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