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VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort

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Our Opinion

If you're looking for a great hotel with lots of food choices and a decent beach, this is it. Overall this is a solid 4 star, great for the kids and it even has a swim up bar for the adults.


Overview
A delightful beachfront hotel, set in the heart of the Playa Dorada Resort complex on 100 hectares of creatively landscaped grounds. From the central fountain in the lobby area to the Victorian-style gazebos in the main buffet restaurant, the Gran Ventana is known for its classy style. Well run and family-owned, it boasts a spectacular free-form pool with swim-up bar, and a second pool which provides its own quiet atmosphere.

Location: Beachfront, 5 minutes from downtown Puerto Plata, 25 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Kel181 : Black Diamond, Canada
Great Place to Relax

Just returned from a two week stay with two other couples. It's a smaller resort and easy to get around. The grounds were clean and well kept. We spent most of our days on the beach, we had an upgrade and spent our time at the vintage beach area. Big thumbs up to Aquallina who took great care of us, also to the older gentlemen who brought us our loungers and cushions. Yes there are a lot of beach vendors but they don't bother you if you say no. We chatted with quite a few though and spoke to a lot of the same ones daily without buying anything. The ocean was nice to swim in with some opportunity for snorkling. We weren't there to party so the quiet atmosphere was perfect. We spent many evenings playing cards after dinner at the beach bar. I think our bartenders name was Orson but after all the rum I'm not sure. I just know he also took great care of us and made sure that we were taken care of even when he was closing up. The rooms are a bit dated but nice and always clean. No issues with hot water. The buffet has plenty of variety and the service was good. There were so many wonderful staff in there whose names I don't know but Santa went out of her way to take care of us when we were in her section for dinner. The vintage club is a nice place to go for a better quality drink in the afternoon and a great coffee and Baileys in the morning. Tony was always friendly and helpful. We really didn't use the pool much and only ventured over to the quiet pool when we had a dinner reservation. We tried all three of the al a carte our favourite was the Italian. We watched a bit of the evening shows but we were never really there early enough to get seats. I would definitely recommend this resort if you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation. If you are looking to party it's probably not for you.

  • Megan M :
so much fun!

The beaches were gorgeous, you could walk for a long time and still be on resorts. The pools were perfect, lots of chairs and options for sun/shade. The chairs by the main pool were pretty uncomfortable if they were flat, but really not much to complain about. The rooms were cleaned and re-stocked daily, the cleaning staff were so sweet. All of the staff were friendly and helpful, the bartenders went out of their way to accommodate (Ex. going to a different bar to get fresh bananas for Chocolate Monkeys mmm). However, it would be nice if there was a 24-hour bar open. The food was great, the buffet selection changed daily (but the staples like white rice, etc. were always available). The entertainment was a lot of fun! They had activities and shows throughout the day that were hilarious. The entertainment staff encourage people to participate, but in a fun way that's not too pushy. Specifically, there was one entertainer Compota who was always happy and hilarious! He had so much energy and was a great dancer. Overall it was a great vacation, I will definitely go back!

  • Jarmo V : Uusikaupunki, Finland
Servicio super excellente!!!!!

We are two couples from Finland (don´t even ask what the weather is like there in January-February, I can promise: very very cold!). Visited this PARADISE for the second time, 14 nights, the same frinedly service and staff as last year at the same time. After 12 hours flight (in the business class, Finnair´s service there was nothing but fantastic, and those full flat beds...OMG! 7 hours of continuous sleep between two fantastic meals), a private taxi just in 20 minutes from the airport to the hotel. And first morning, "our" fantastic Bruno was there, so the service begin straight from the breakfast, and all the other bartenders (Elvyn at the beach bar), cannot remember the names of all the fantastic staff members, food and the quality of the evening programs was better than the year before, roomkeeping fantastic, everything worked, and we were lucky with the weather, just a few showers at nighttime! We made a few trips (visited Monte Christo, The Paradise Islands, Free style catamaran, fishing (unfortunately this time got nothing but seagrass...), and the rest of the holiday spent fantastic time at the hotel and of course in the crystal clear sea also. And there were no vendors at the beach, which was a good point! We promised Bruno that we`ll see next year again! Will arrive at the end of January again, for two weeks, and return nonstop flights with Finnair (business class, definitely)! Greetings from Yarmo, Elina, Anneli and "mister mamajuana" Lasse.

  • jengriff1975 : Kettering, United Kingdom
Family Holiday

I love this place, my kids are so happy when we arrive here and if they are happy then so am I. We have been visiting this hotel for the passed 10 years and we will probably visit for another 10 years. The food is great for the kids, the hotel is clean and tidy. The grounds are prefect for older kids to explore and not be too far away from you. I have to give a big shout out to the best entertainment staff Shorty, Carlos, Alex and Delfy. In fact there are so many more I could name but it would go on forever. Keep up the great work and we will see you very soon.

  • Roger_from_NB : Shediac, Canada
Recommend Highly / Foretement recommandé (Feb 10-17, 2017)

The hotel has 3 buildings, 2 of which are really close to the beach and building 3 (Beattica) with its own quiet pool is a bit further away. The buffet food is excellent with a goog variety. The staff was friendly and eager to speak english. The rooms were clean and the towels were almost always changed in time. We had a large single bed while the other couple travelling with us had 2 double (54 in) beds. The WIFI is not great (speed 5Mbps) but acceptable (35$US for 7 days). Free WIFI not worth mentioning.The 3 A LA CARTE restaurants, Octopus, Beach Grill and Italian De la mare had a good selection...notice that ''sea food'' includes the chewey octopus (in case you don't like). The only negative (not related to resort) is the infamousbeach/pool chairs reservations with towels (no savoir vivre) and the heavily perfumed lady sitting next to us in the airplane.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • Christmas and New Year's Gala dinner
  • House Wine and Domestic brand drinks and Domestic beer from 10am-12am
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Waterpolo
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson
  • Boat cruises
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bicycles
  • Sauna
  • Exercise classes
  • Language lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Manager's cocktail party
  • 506 rooms in three 3-storey buildings
  • Buffet restaurant
  • 3 a la carte restaurants: Caribbean, International, Seafood and Italian, dress code & reservations required
  • 5 bars
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • 1 tennis court
  • Gift shop
  • Sauna
  • Fitness facilities
  • Exercise classes
  • Scuba diving on site (fee)
  • A range of watersports
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Wedding chapel
  • 18-hole golf course nearby
  • Meeting facilities
  • Internet (fee)

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or patio
  • Max occupancy 4 persons up to 3 adults

Junior Suites include:

  • Same as above but with living area
  • Mini-bar
  • Max occupancy 4 persons

Kids Deals - Kids 2-6 stay and eat free when sharing a room and existing bedding with 2 adults; pay only air and transfers. Max 2 kids. Kids 7-12 pay kids rate.

For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 can enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club, games room, Playground, and kid's pool. Babysitting service available. (fee)

Honeymooners - Receive upgrade to Junior Suite (based on availability at check-in), a fruit basket, bottle of rum, a candlelight dinner for 2, and turndown service. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at check-in.

Wedding Bonus - Packages available. Please inquire for details.

Golf Deal - Enjoy reduced rates at the Playa Dorada Golf Course ranked the 53rd best course in the Caribbean by the Golf Digest. Located adjacent to the hotel. Arrange locally.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort
    Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic

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VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort
Playa Dorada PO Box 22, Puerto Plata 57000 Dominican Republic

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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