All-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for 5 days? Oh yes we did!
My bff and I booked a trip to Punta Cana for her birthday.
From the moment we walked in, we were catered to hand and foot, having champagne delivered to our room, drinks delivered to us by the pool and even more attention under the palm trees where we fell asleep one afternoon.
Can’t think of a more relaxing way to disconnect!
This all-inclusive resort was AMAZING.
We were spoiled for 5 days straight. Every room looked like a mini house. There was a mini fridge with mixers and an alcohol dispenser!
We booked this resort via CheapCarribean.com. Customer service was on point from the front desk to the cleaning staff. Reviews for this resort concerned us at first but we honestly had 0 complaints.
Did it help that we spoke Spanish? Maybe. Case in point: I was sick for most of the trip as detailed below and the staff went out of their way to make me feel better.
There was also non-stop entertainment, non-stop bar service, two pools, and impressive upkeep all around.
Don’t forget to tip! $1 US dollar goes a long way.
Safari Excursion with Olympus Tours
This was the excursion we took on the island.
It was hands down the BEST! You tour the city, visit a local school and a local home, visit the farms, horseback ride, and go to Playa Macao (beach).
Well worth the expense.
Ok, let me tell you how I almost died in DR…
Fine, I didn’t almost die but I was dying.
My head was pounding. I was nauseous and, my stomach was killing me for most of the trip. To know me is to know that I get sick almost every time I travel.
SOMETHING made me sick and my stomach was NOT happy.
This has nothing to do with the resort as my friend was perfectly fine. This is just me when I travel. So much so that I have a protocol in place. Cures include apple juice, orange gatorade or lemon water. Apple juice is almost always the most effective when my stomach acts up so I asked for it.
“If it doesn’t grow there, we don’t have it”, they said.
Note to self: pack apple juice next time!
The staff did go out of their way to make me feel better which I completely appreciated.
The day I felt the worst, however, was the day we had the all-day excursion planned. A whole day away from the resort, in a bus, visiting different parts of the island. HOW FUN…but not when you’re sick. :(
As I mentioned, the tour was GREAT.
We saw different parts of the town, we visited a school, and most importantly – we learned all about Mamajuana. What’s that, you ask? Well, mamajuana is a deep red concoction made from red wine, rum, and tons of medicinal herbs sold only in DR. The bottle comes with all these tree barks and herbs inside so all you have to do is add the wine and rum.
Now when we got to this part of the tour, our tour guide began talking about mamajuana’s “medicinal benefits” but I wasn’t buying anything he was saying.
He started passing out shots. He insisted that it would make my stomach feel better. But I mean, just the term “shots” was making my stomach turn.
He said it was the mother of all cures for stomach issues.
After much resistance, I figured – what do I have to lose? It was already our last stop so I just went ahead and took the shot.
To my surprise, IT WORKED!
I felt instantly better. My friend described it as new life being breathed into me. She said I went from pale to flushed immediately. My mood changed. I wasn’t drunk; I was CURED.
Needless to say, I immediately bought 2 bottles.
Illness aside, this trip was honestly worth every penny. We got to disconnect, spend our days lounging by the pool, being spoiled by staff in this palace and enjoying all it had to offer.
I can’t recommend this resort and Punta Cana enough. You should definitely plan a trip to DR this year!