Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort
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Overall, we had a good vacation at Cofresi. The resort is really large and I would not recommend it for people with mobility issues as there are a lot of steps. However, there are shuttles that run every 25mins between the hrs of 7am and 11pm (although I found I never waited longer than 10mins), and you can also rent your own golf cart for your stay if you prefer.I would also recommend upgrading your room. Don't even bother to book a standard room. Our standard unit had a bad leak from both A/C and tub, bathroom window was broken, and had geckos/small lizards in the bathroom (which is actually fine for me...as they eat bugs! Lol). We were lucky enough to be moved to a first floor upgraded room at no extra cost, but it did come with a bit of complaining on my part. The newer units are exceptionally clean, spacious and comfortable. Definitely worth some extra cash. I have read other reviews about the staff not being very friendly. I did have a couple circumstances where it felt like they couldnt be bothered to help, but then on the other hand there were also some very nice ppl! Jose Lopes in guest services did an exceptional job with us. We also met a young man on our last day while he was cleaning the pool and had a great conversation with him. I think ppl need to keep in mind that Dominicans work hard and have long days. Another thing for me is that we felt a bit lost as the resort is so big. They do give out a map which is very helpful, but it would have been nice if they had also given out an event/activities sheet with the activity location. Unlike other resorts I did not have to wake up at the crack of dawn to save a chair. It almost felt like we had our own Private pool most days. There are many pools at this resort, so can change it up every day.There is no free wifi for guests. Keep that in mind! It comes with a fee.The food was pretty good. Lots of options. Definitely recommend The Brazillian a la carte. Don't be fooled...its not a buffet! Once you serve your own sides they come around with all the different meats. Was delicious.
Lovely time as always. Our Family now.Walford Williams,Exceptional Always,JulioNice Beras,Fantastic,Energetic, Santanta,Warm,Engaging,Other member:Short hair: Warm, engaging,Love these two new staff members to my heart as Family. Richard, Pool, Fantastic, Security Alexi, Juan, both warm, Cofresi Bar love you guys, on point, Fantastic,Juan Carlos Diaz Robles,former Entertainment Crew now OceanWorld,Manuel "Our Manny"Warm, friendly, love him always,Wellington,"Marcella",Fantastic, staff at Simply Gourmet,Jazz,Blue, Pearl Lagoon,Anja. The young men, food fabulous,ladies drinks scrumptous,fabulous.Enjoyed having lunch there so much.Food deliciouso!,Vienna Coffee second home, Anna maid,Great Gym, VIP My pink bracelet,beaches,baileys/coffee, Serenity(Jhogeny) Blue's,I just do not have enough space to shout accolaides to all of My Super Fantastic Family,Friends old and new and even LHVC and DOME crew that meet and greet and take you around to see the what you make want to become apart off!
Let me first say that we usually go to Playa del Carmen in Mexico but when we found a fantastic deal with airfare included we decided to try out the Dominican Republic. Beach was beautiful but we are used to PDC beaches with turquoise water and sand that feels like baby powder so the beach at Confresi was not as nice as what we are used to but we loved that they had several pools to pick from. Our group was my husband and I and another married couple. After reading several of the reviews we were concerned that we would be bothered to buy a time share everyday, but after the first full day for the most part everyone left us alone. We just said no thanks to the early morning call to go to the VIP breakfast and then when we went to the main pool by the beach one of the guys in a golf cart offered to take us to the Lifestyle beach to hear the spiel and we just walked to the VIP area and walked back to the Confresi beach, we decided we didn't want to hear the time share spiel. After that we just said no thanks right away and unplugged the phone on the second morning so that we wouldn't hear the phone ring. We had a yellow wrist band so we weren't sure what we were entitled to, turns out we did just about everything we wanted and then some. Our room was not fancy but was clean and the bathroom was on the small side but OK and AC worked just fine. Tipped the maids a couple dollars everyday and had more than enough towels, shower gel, bottled water and coffee for the coffee maker. The room looked out to one of the pools that had a bar and the rec room with pool and ping pong was above the bar and I think the spa building overlooked the pool too. We loved the convenience of having a pool and bar right there by our room and we used the pool there everyday. Bars at the Confresi had super sweet drinks but we finally found our go to drink - a Tom Collins without gin, instead add Vodka, not too sweet and very refreshing. We would go to the VIP bar down the beach and eat Sushi and get the drinks that were way better (we didn't know our yellow band would let us in this area until the second day we were there). Ask for Mumba (not sure how it is spelled) but tasted like a chocolate martini. We ate at all the restaurants and really liked the Mexican the very best but the Italian, Brazilian, and Asian were good too. Pearl buffet was pretty good but liked the Casablanca buffet the best, it felt fancier for some reason. All the workers were super nice to us and the shuttles were great for getting around to all the venues. Went to a couple shows, and while not the most professional, they were entertaining, the dancers really try hard. Tried to go to the Disco but it didn't start until 11 PM so a little too late for us. My only complaint is that we wish there would have been more opportunity to go dancing between 7 PM to 11 PM. Also a variety of music to dance to would be great, while we don't mind bachata, salsa and cumbia, etc. we would also like some good old American rock n roll. Are we going back? YES! I'm already looking for next year's deal and hope to bring more friends back with us next time. Thank you to everyone at Confresi for our wonderful vacation.
The resort is really nice and the staff was great. They upgraded us to the Cofresi from Tropical to have a better chance of selling us a membership. Unfortunately we fell for it. Don't buy a membership. They promise you the moon verbally, then the written doesn't match. Said they would take our existing timeshare, knowing full well it wasn't paid for, now won't do it. When did have a very nice time with the VIP privileges. Going back in April. Cheapest airfare is 750 pp from Houston. Don't rent a car. We wasted this money. Insane drivers, many motorcycles and scooters. Take their shuttle. The junior suite at Cofresi was great but very loud during the day since they put us by a pool. But we could see the ocean and it was a very short walk. Buffets were very good. A lot of fresh local food. We ate and drank too much but enjoyed it! Bed were wonderful. There is no place close to buy meals or food, so I would recommend the AI.
HONEST DETAILED REVIEW - My boyfriend and I just got back from a 5 night stay at the Cofresi Palm within the Lifestyle Holidays resort in Puerto Plata. My parents have been members since they built the resort, and I had gone as a child but have not been there in 12 years. My mother found a Groupon deal for us ($99/night for two all inclusive) instead of booking as a guest through her membership. We did not book through their membership because, although the resort will let you go without the members present, the one guests they sent had bad experience, so they didn't want us to have to go through that. (This was at least 10 years ago though so this may have changed since, but we didn't want to risk it.) Even having been here before I read the reviews online anyway to see what has changed and saw so many negative reviews I got worried. But we had a very pleasant vacation!When we got to the airport in POP, the transportation team from Lifestyles was kind enough to let us ride with them even though we did not reserve a spot. (Everything needs a reservation - more on that later.) The receptionist claimed to have upgraded our room (not sure what the previous one would have been) but our room was basic but beautiful and clean and seemed pretty new. Beautiful big bathroom with a large shower, mini jacuzzi bath; basic furniture but not old or outdated. The resort itself is very beautiful. It's all very clean, minus a few of the outdoor bathrooms, but that is inevitable. All the "beaches" are pretty much the same, some have music, others don't. But it's the same experience for the most part. Very relaxing. The pools usually had kids, which is to be expected. More family atmosphere there. Food - that was a little bit of a burden on the vacation. We didn't read the part of the clause that said we needed dinner reservations but even then - you can't pick wherever you want to eat. All the restaurants were booked (although the resort was fairly empty our first three days). But the food at the restaurants we ended up at were great. The buffet (which you did not need to reserve) was not terrible but not wonderful either. I had trouble there as a kid and it hasn't changed for me now at age 24. There are only certain hours you are able to eat as well. For example, breakfast ended at 10:30 so if you wanted to sleep in you pretty much miss it, and lunch isn't until 12:30. We found that the pizza in the VIP NV Beach was great so we had to eat that almost every day. Some places do have snacks like that that you can just hop to the bar and order. Being that I have been there before, I was familiar with the whole Lifestyle property and was sad that I wasn't actually able to get in EVERY beach/restaurant. But that's inevitable when you're not an actual member. You still have access to plenty of things, you're not missing anything. Trust me. Drinks were good but the alcohol is cheap, which again - to be expected. Wine does not taste like regular wine. But still does the trick. We found there is hookah service in the VIP Pool on the roof. We spent a couple nights up there - very good hookah if you're into it. The Staff - it is truly a hit or miss. You get either people who are wonderful and personable, or you get the ones who don't care about you or your experience and just want to ruin your day. Same thing as the states, let's be honest. But I must say in traveling to Hispanic countries/regularly visiting Puerto Rico - the service was very quick!! This made things much better for us. Ok now - WARNING - if you are asked "when did you arrive?" RUN or LIE (they are looking for people who "got here yesterday"). These are the people trying to sell you a membership - but they disguise it by saying they have a welcome package for you and want to take you on a tour. This welcome package is a small bottle of rum and a "starter kit" for their native cocktail MamaJuana. We got lucky with our sales man that we were set up who understood that we were too young, not married, and my mom was already a member so we didn't waste too much of our time. But the guys running around the resort and waiting for you after breakfast that ask you that question, are only trying to get you to the sales people. If you want to - great go ahead! If you don't, stay clear of them. (Hint: their shirts mostly said DOME). Other than that - it was honestly a wonderful relaxing time and I would definitely go again. I definitely understand why people buy memberships if you go to islands often (not sure of the prices) but it seems worth it. Don't listen to those with bad experiences too much because I believe that it is a very nice place to visit. I hope to go back in the future.
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- 24 hr all-inclusive
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining
- Theme night dinner parties
- 24 hr Domestic & select International brand drinks
- House wine with lunch & dinner
- In-room mini-bar stocked every other day w/soft drinks, beer & water
- Lounge chairs & towels at beach & pools
- Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
- Beach & pool volleyball
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Disco, drinks included
- 468 rooms in twenty 2 & 3-storey buildings
- 2 buffet restaurants
- 7 a la carte restaurants, dress code & reservations may apply
- Beach bar & grill
- 8 Bars including: 2 Swim-up pool bars
- 7 outdoor pools including one 3-tiered pool w/cascading waterfalls
- Children's pool area with waterslide
- Fitness facilities
- Watersports centre (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Gift & boutique shops
- Business centre w/Internet (fee)
- WiFi in lobby (fee)
- Doctor on-call (fee)
- Concierge service (fee)
- Laundry services (fee)
- 18 hole golf course nearby
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Balcony or terrace
- Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids
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Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa ResortPuerto Plata,Dominican Republic
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1 Paradise Drive Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata 57000 Dominican Republic
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