Catalonia Gran Dominicus
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We stayed 8 nights, with a group of 4 adults and 3 kids. We had a pleasant surprise when we checked in as we got upgraded to privilege thanks to Fanny. Privilege gives you upgraded, closer to the beach rooms, access to a less crowded part of the beach and the Terrace bar/restaurant with more choices of drinks/food. We enjoyed the beach especially the artificial reef. Pack your snorkeling gear, get bananas from the hotel, and enjoy swimming with tropical fish. It is close to the shore and 5-year old managed to do it as well. We did the one day trip to Saona island, which was a fun experience. As an English speaker, it is little challenging to communicate and shows are mostly in Italian/Spanish but it didn't bother us that much. Overall, we enjoyed our stay with Catalonia Gran Dominicus. It was a relaxing vacation.
We enjoyed the beach and scuba. Very nice. Great snorkeling right in the swimming area of the beach. Best we have seen in the Caribbean. Rooms were a bit outdated but nothing to complain too much about. Plenty of food to eat and entertainment to enjoy. Would recommend and stay here again. Friendly staff.
This was our first time in Dominican Republic and to be honest, first time outside Europe. First important thing is that 4* in EU is not same as 4* outside EU. EU standard is much much higher.We chose privileged room and that was very wise decision. With such room you have some extra things such as 24h rooms service included, pillow menu (standard pillow was much too high for me), extra space in restaurant, beach etc. Generally better standard than normal rooms. We have issues with air conditioning and we spent one night in 29 Celsius degrees, however it had been fixed next day. AC is working ... pretty loud, even on lowest gear. Moreover independently of gear you will not have temperature lower than 25-26 Celsius degrees, but its still cooler than outside. Showers has strange place where water controllers are set (about 2m from handshower). Some refreshing of rooms would be nice.Food was delicious. I do not understand people who wrote that dishes are boring and always the same. We have no chance to try everything during our 2 weeks stay because there were such a lot of different things to try. It is true that every day for breakfast there were scrambled eggs and boiled sausages, but there were A LOT of other things to eat, some of them were unique to some days. We also tested ala cart restaurants. Yuka is theoretically local, Dominican cousin however you can eat there some Mexican food too. Rodeo is American style restaurant and if you like steaks or hamburgers this is for you. Toscania is Italian restaurant, and in our opinion this one has poorest menu. One thing common to all restaurants (also Terrace lounge and bar), you have no idea how big will be your meal. Appetizers sometimes are as big as main course should be, otherwise main course looks like appetizer. When you order steak you will get ... steak only, perhaps it is how it should be... In Toscana restaurant we ate pasta twice. Both times it was like a bit bigger appetizer, after such dinner we went to buffet to eat something ;) However guild-head ala Milano was huge, also in Toscana.Beach is great. We have extra, privileged space on beach, everyone has nice umbrella made from Cana palm tree. As a privileged guests we have kanoe, small catamaran boat and snorkeling set included and we could "rent" it without extra costs. Terrace Lounge and Bar on beach servers nice drinks (from 10 AM ), coffee and snacks (from 12 PM). There is one disadvantage of privileged area on beach. It was also close to pool where a lot of, extra loud animations where on going. I can not image whole day at pool with such loudness.Pool is big and have a few different depths but we were not using it at all.Wi-Fi was ... well, almost not working. Infrastructure is pretty well done, but there are strange problems with signal strength and even if signal has nice strength our laptop and two phones (Android + WP) were almost unable to configure IP. When configured it was losing a lot of packets, at least in room or beach. However in Rodeo restaurant Internet was working perfectly. There are two computers with Internet available for privileged so if you really need Internet access you can use it. At last you ar at vacations so ... do you really need facebook? ;)Hotel offers also diving center (one dive for $60, one test dive in pool for free) and some excursions. Price is very competitive for example $60-65 for Saona Island (speedboat + catamaran), program is not as packed as from Seavis but its $30 cheaper. Santo Domingo for $70. A few other places to visit were available but I do not know prices, maybe except Samana which was $250-300 per person(!).To sum up, Hotel has reasonable price comparing to other hotels on Dominicus (Bayahibe), it has some drawbacks and some refreshment would be welcome. Despite of this I would advice this hotel (but only in privileged version).
Just sitting here passing the time of day before our airport transfer back to Espana. Have had an amazing time and some very much needed down time. We had a lovely surprise when we checked in - having been upgraded to privilege (thank you Fanny). The upgrade made a huge difference as meant we could use the exclusive part of the beach and the Terrace bar/restaurant where we spent many hours!Food is good. Lots of variety and not overly crowded at meal times. We were given 6 a la carte tickets as part of the upgrade, but only used 3 as the food in the main restaurant was good and varied.The beach is breathtakingly beautiful and the artificial reef full of fish (shame about the idiots stomping all over it😣). We were lucky enough to see a 6ft moray eel, puffer fish, stone fish and tuna - just to name some! So nice to see and only a stone's throw from the shore.We went on one trip to Soana - catamaran there and 'speed' boat back. Was a good day out tho we didn't appreciate being pressed to give a tip by staff on way back - particularly as the trip wasn't cheap in the first place. As English guests, we were certainly in the minority but as we live in Spain anyway, it didn't bother us overly.The only gripe we had/have is the towels-on-sunbed situation. If you don't get down to the beach by 8-9am, you probably won't get a sunbed in the shade.. There was a real mix of clientele - mostly couples - but during our stay, there were a couple of rowdy groups which did spoil the ambience a bit!🤐All in all, our best trip yet....thank you Catalonia. By the way, we booked our trip via Expedia - no problem whatsoever....
I must say the staff working on resort property where beyond phenomenal!!! Everyone was respectful and catering and went out of there way to make sure our stay was going smooth. Only misleading thing that we noticed from the website picture compared to the actual room itself was completely off! The room was not as modern looking as it appeared online. Our shower was leaking water which soaked up the floor, which was an inconvenience because we had to use our clean towels to dry the floor & then would have to call the front desk for extra towels for the duration of our stay. Other than that our stay was great & we would return again in the future.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Lunch & dinner at Grill restaurant and Pasta & pizza restaurant, reservation required for dinner
- Unlimited Domestic drinks
- Introductory Scuba lesson
- Daytime tennis
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 404 rooms in 2 storey villas
- Main buffet restaurant & 1 a la carte restaurant
- Grill restaurant
- Snack bar
- 2 bars
- Tennis courts (night - fee)
- 2 pools
- Fitness centre
- Gift shop
- Beauty salon
- Massage centre (fee)
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Bathroom with shower only
- Balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 3 persons or 2 adults & 2 kids
For the Kids - Kids Club for ages 4-12. Kids ages 13-16 can enjoy the Junior Club with sports and entertainment.
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Catalonia Gran DominicusLa Romana,Dominican Republic
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Bayahibe Playa, Bayahibe 10501 Dominican Republic
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