Blue Bay Villas Doradas
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I visited this resort with my female friend in January - we are both 27-year-old women who took time off work and/or grad school to catch some sun and sand. She's visited Puerto Plata multiple times and this was my 2nd time in Dominican but first time in Puerto Plata. We purposely booked an adults-only all-inclusive.BlueBay is one of the closest resorts to the airport, so we were dropped off first. Upon arrival, however, Manolo (front desk staff) was rather abrupt and didn't provide us enough direction as to how check-in worked. We were all thinking it was individual, yet he wanted a mass check-in of about 20 Canadians. He ordered us to sit down then hand over our passports, which was a bit uncomfortable as he trekked off with our passports. It would have been helpful if he provided us a general overview before providing such assertive instructions. Check-in took a total of about 22 min and many of us were showing impatience. Perhaps he was having a bad day, but Manolo was non-smiling this particular evening, yet showed more sociability on later days.BUFFET: the buffet has a decent array of selection, with the pasta station being a constant during lunch and dinner. There isn’t a plethora of selection, but there is definitely enough to choose from and the quality is better than Cuba. They had smoked salmon on one of the days, and crab avocado salad. Breakfast was notable for the custom fresh smoothies they’d make from our fruit selections. The lunch beach buffet was repetitive, with hamburgers, fried chicken, pizza, and hot dogs. It was, however, convenient for its location close to the beach. A LA CARTE: The a la carte restaurants weren’t as tasty, in my opinion. My least favourite was the seafood restaurant (mahi mahi fish), while my favourite was the Air Transat BBQ dinner and the steakhouse. The Chinese restaurant had the best décor, but the food was mediocre. We would often visit the buffet for a second dinner immediately after an a la carte reservation. BARS: We had access to all bars except for the lobby one, which is a cash bar. The bartenders are all friendly, including Franklin, Pablo, and Luis. We enjoyed having daily cappuccinos with some Amaretto.BEACH: The beach was not rocky, although there would be occasionally garbage in the water. For some reason, I would find myself in the water alone at least once a day. People at this resort aren’t always relaxing in the ocean. In January, it’s rainy season so there’d be afternoon showers affecting our beach tanning and swimming. The water itself isn’t overly warm but still swimmable. The biggest downfall with this resort is its geographic orientation that doesn’t allow for sunset viewings. ROOM: Both my friend and I are both well-seasoned travellers in the Caribbean, having been to Cuba, Dominican, Riviera Maya, and Montego Bay. The room we got definitely wasn’t the most luxurious at all – it was rather no frills yet adequate for our needs. The wooden roof had a lodge-y feel to it and could be renovated. Compared to my friends’ room (they stayed at Wyndham V Heavens during the same time of our stay), our room didn’t compare. The safe box didn’t work and had to be replaced. The phone didn’t have a dial tone and we asked for a replacement. Lastly, our room keys didn’t work on several occasions (at least 4) so we had to re-visit reception to activate them again. Room service did not consistently replenish our mini fridges with beer and soda.STAFF: Overall, the staff works very hard and is very friendly in nature. At reception, Victor and Johnny are super friendly. The animation team (ex. Roberto and Mandy) during the daytime actively recruits participants for their mini activities, which include horseshoe, crocket, bingo, and Blackjack. At night, the dance entertainment team is talented and put on several good shows. SUMMARY: Would I book at BlueBay again? Probably not, because it didn’t blow my mind and I like to visit different resorts anyways. Did I have a great time at BlueBay? Yes I did – I have no serious complaints besides wishing the exclusive cash bar didn’t exist. My only friendly suggestion would be for the management to consider updating their rooms, and ensuring the items inside the room are fully functioning. I would recommend this resort for middle-aged to elderly couples. There were about 20% youthful travellers, and I know several of them felt out of place.
I just returned from my fourth visit to Bluebay and it was the best vacation yet. The staff are amazing, friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean, large and the grounds are spectacular. My wife and I enjoyed the food very much, they mix if up each night and yes I could see being there for 2 weeks you might get a little tired of it, but really is that a complaint? The beach bar is open 24 hours, it is sunny and hot, the ocean is amazing and the night time entertainment is hit and miss like anywhere but we saw some really amazing shows. I've stayed at a few others in the area but I always come back to BlueBay. As for the review referring to having to pay for drinks - you don't - there is a small bar in the lobby for upgraded VIP members that has a better selection of scotch, vodka and beer, that's life, some people payed more than you did for something different. ridiculous complaint. Food and alcohol is everywhere, and it is all included. Fantastic resort.
We went for one week vacation to blue bay resort in puerto plata and we had the best vacation of our time , the staff were very friendly especially Mandy in entertainment department who treated us like family, she was funny , kind, and excellent at her job , thank you Mandy and i hope we see you soooooooooon
Just came back from this hotel. Let me start by saying this is definitely not 4 stars hotel and I’m not first time traveller to these Caribbean countries I’ve been travelling to these countries for 25 years, 4 times to DR to a different cities so I know what I’m talking about. First let me talk about the quality of the beach and ocean water where you going to spend most of your time. The beach in front the hotel is acceptable but when you take a walk on the beach toward the city the beach get dirtier with all kind of wast material and you start to smell sewage water once you got close to market area. Back to the hotel beach water is full of plastic material, I’m not talking about plastic cups or bottles from beach’s visitors but I’m talking about of wast plastic materials brought by the ocean from somewhere else, like air-bubbled plastic sheets, food plastic wrappers these kind of wast comes from solid wast dumping, so if these kind of garbage is present think about the microbes coming with, for that reason when you look under the water it murky , I’m sure 100 % in North America these kind of beaches are forced to close because the number of microbes per 1 ml. So my advise find another destination. These observations and views were confirmed with other passengers in my flight back home from other resorts in the area.Short notes about the hotel rooms. 4 stars hotels won’t have old furniture hand brush painted white. The room is clean but with the old tiles on the floor and the bath room it gives you the dirty feeling. Same with the bed sheets..Sorry 4 stars hotels won’t use these kind of cheap sheets. For the food I think the Cuban resorts surpassed this 4 stars hotel.
I could write a 10 page reveiw of this hotel with nothing good to say about it at all.The truth is if i had to do it again i would book another hotel.Personal moans aside the hotel is ...Nothing like the pictures, staff are so rude, Food is average, beach is average, pool area is an mess and dangerous.Stock up on imodium you WILL have the runs for the entire holiday Worst hotel I have had the misfortune to stay at in a long time.Dreadful Holiday
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- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- All drinks (Domestic brands, Domestic beer)
- Hobie Cats
- Use of bicycles
- Horseback riding
- Aerobics classes
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 244 rooms in eight buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants (International, Chinese, Seafood)
- 5 bars including Snack bar, Pool bar
- 3 outdoor pools
- 3 tennis courts
- Shopping nearby
- 18-hole golf course nearby
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Mini-bar (fee)
- Max occ 3
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Blue Bay Villas DoradasPuerto Plata,Dominican Republic
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Calle Principal Complejo Playa Dorada nr 538, Puerto Plata 57000 Dominican Republic
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