Grand Palladium Punta Cana
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The Grand Palladium Punta Cana is another resort that makes up the Grand Palladium Strip in Punta Cana. This is the resort to go to, if you're looking for plenty of food options. There is a plethora of food choices in this resort - it sometimes gets a bit overwhelming. The resort is staffed with incredible staff. There is always someone available to address your needs and concerns. Because this resort is connected with two others, the beach area is very big, making it easy to find loungers. The rooms however, are in need of a huge overhaul. Some of the suites are outdated. However, they are cleaned and re-stocked daily.
From beginning to end, the trip was amazing. From how we were gracefully greeted at the lobby by the bellmen and the receptionist, to the excursion, to on our way back to the US; everything was beautiful. Nothing but good weather, our room was very clean and close to the beach, the lobby, and everything else included. The walks around the resort were beautiful and full of green grass and healthy trees. There were open bars at almost every venue that were very attentive and the service within itself was excellent. The food at the restaurants was delicious and plentiful and the service at the buffets as well as the servers at the pool were excellent. Everything on the resort was beautiful and everyone treated you as family. I definitely plan on coming back.
Very nice resort. Brush up on your Spanish language skills. The staff is very friendly. Lots of walking. Beautiful weather. Lots of resort activities. Bad-- the poolside vendors are aggressive and annoying. Food is good. Beach wedding was incredible, beautiful photos of the wedding. The wedding dinner at the steakhouse was okay..the servers did not seem to know what they were doing. But overall, good.
I stayed here for my best friends wedding. They are currently working on the resort so some things were closed. This didn’t stop us though! We had a a party of 22 people! The staff is awesome and very friendly! Food was great and there was so many things for us to do! I would definitely come back!
We arrived on 28 September 2017 for 11 nights flying from Manchester with Thomson. Flight was great and the 8 hours went very quickly – plenty of movies and tv shows to watch and 2 meals. The airport was relatively small and the pickup was simple – the drive to the resort is about 20 – 25 minutes. One thing to note is the $10 arrival tax you pay entering the DR and $20 leaving. You also have to complete a small form giving your flight and accommodation details.Check in As soon as we arrived at the resort we realised there were numerous lobbies for checking in. We jumped off at the Bavaro lobby which was the first stop Bavaro lobby but was actually not the right one (we just followed the other 2 couples who had stayed before and got off here). The resort is very large covering a vast area. We were given a glass of juice like prosecco and some cold towels and then hopped on a golf buggy and driven to the Palladium palace reception by a very helpful bellboy which took about 6 minutes and gave us a good quick tour of the resort to get our bearings. Tipping for these journeys is appreciated and pretty much considered the norm, 2-5$ is about the standard. Check in was straightforward and we hopped on another golf buggy to take us to the apartments which were about a 5-minute walk away in Block 67. Apartments / Room The room was on the second floor of a small 2 story building of maybe 15-20 apartments. It was very clean with a communal staircase and lift if needed. We chose the standard room which was called Deluxe and was just that. The room itself was excellent – air conditioning was superb and very much a necessity to be constantly on. The room had a large flat screen tv and a large ceiling fan. The room had a very large bed and was extremely comfortable. There is a safe in the room. The bathroom was incredible, marble throughout with a large hot tub / bath and excellent shower (which did mainly only come out as cold however this was not really issue at all due to the heat). We did mention to the reception after a few days we could not get hot water and this was promptly resolved. There was a good size private balcony overlooking the lawns, palm trees and shops. Room service fill up the fridge free of charge each day with water, a few beers, snacks and soft drinks. The coffee is also replaced which is excellent San Domingo ground coffee – I’m not really a coffee expert but this was the nicest I’ve ever had and we took quite a lot back home (they sell it in a few shops in the resort). Water bottles can be obtained from reception. Resort and Grounds These are maintained by an army of employees and are immaculate – perfect lawns, plants and palm trees galore. Large coconuts can be heard regularly crashing to the ground from 30+ feet trees so this is something to watch out for but they cut them down to avoid this where they can. There is clear signage to all areas of the resort. There are tennis courts, a large theatre, a casino, table tennis tables, beach volleyball in a sand pit etc if you wish to use these. There are 2 buggy trains which constantly circle the resort on a loop which are extremely handy to hop on to go between bars / pools / the beach and restaurants during the day or evening. There are a variety of really wonderfully decorated shops including a couple of large gift shops stocking alcohol and tobacco etc plus several clothes shops and a Quicksilver. There is also a 24-hour medical facility on site situated on the row of shops near the palace lobby. Our trip was 2 weeks or so after hurricane urma however you could not tell at all – the only signs were a bit of flooding on the roads near the mangroves close to the resort entrance and a few palms scattered on the beach – they had really made a remarkable effort to clear the place up. RestaurantsThere are 8 maybe 9 restaurants to choose from to cater to every taste. Mexican, Spanish, Steakhouse, Italian, Indian, Japanese etc plus 2 very large, excellent buffets. The Italian and the fish restaurant were favourites. A couple were closed during our stay including the Japanese one. There are a couple overlooking the beach which are very good during the evening. Breakfast is very good with an extraordinary range of choices. The homemade iced smoothies and omelettes cooked in front of you to your own taste were highlights. The lunch snack bars are just that – okay to keep you going until the evening. They really do cater for vegetarians as well – you won’t be stuck for options. TripsWe went on the Adventure Boogies / Dune Buggies and the Day long trip to Saona Island. Both were unforgettable truly amazing experiences. It is worth the extra to pay for the slightly more expensive options for both – the buggies are in a group of 20 or so English-speaking people and are much sturdier than the others we saw. They were about $600 for 2 people for both trips so not cheap but definitely worth it. Adventure Boogies – They pick you up about 8am and drive about half an hour picking guests up and various other resorts. Once you arrive they go through the rules and procedures then it is in to your buggies and off! This was so much fun racing through the mud tracks and jungle parts of the island. There were maybe 30 people in the group and the buggies go up to 30/40ish mph. You ride for 20 mins and then stop off for a very interesting talk and sample of mamajuana (very much worth trying!), chocolate, coffee and cigars if you want them. You see a Dominican show with actors and go to a cave with a large pool and have a quick refreshing swim then its back on the road after a snack and drink. Another stop is to a quaint Dominican village where you get a quick tour – all very interesting. They give you a bandana to use as a dust mask and it can get quite muddle as the tracks are very uneven and if has rained the night before you will get muddy. Overall it comes to a gorgeous beach and then back to the centre and the coach home. This really was a superb and fun filled trip seeing the Dominican countryside and well worth the money. You are back at the hotel by about 2.30pm.Saona IslandWe did this 2 days before coming home so seemed a perfect way to see out the remainder of our trip. The extra money is worth it for the Thompson inclusive trip which includes all free drinks and some snacks plus English-speaking people on the trip. This one was an early start at 7am – about an hour and 15 coach journey and then onto the boat. Probably about 30-40 people in total. Starts off with the snorkelling – there are some amazing fish you can see. Then onto another stop in the shallow tranquil waters near saona island after a few rum and cokes. Here you can wade out in the crystal blue water and pick up starfish – seriously unforgettable stuff. The next stop is 10 minutes or so to Saona island itself – largely uninhabited (about 70 people live there) and is known as the bounty island. There is an area they drop you off and get a small boat to the shore. Here there are several rows of sun loungers and 3 log cabins behind all cooking up and preparing for the meal underneath the cover of the palm trees. There are also a few bars which serve everything all inclusive. The beach and sea here is breath-takingly beautiful and tranquil. You get a couple of hours to relax and have a swim and a drink including a superb meal including fresh barbecued lobster. Mamajuana is passed around for those who want it (quite a lot in our party did and made full use of the free bar). There is a really good vibe and the hosts are very funny and friendly. Back on the boat it’s an hour or so back to the coach with more rum, music and dancing as you follow the Caribbean shoreline back to the harbour. You land back at the hotel about 6pm and absolutely knackered. Beach – The best part of the stay and the resort. It is on a mile long stretch of Caribbean sandy beach fronted with palm trees – absolutely stunning. The first time you see it it’s everything you thought it would be. The beach was pretty quiet on the whole as it’s so big there were always hundreds of spare sunbeds and palm umbrellas. The sea really is the shade of blue you see in the brochures. There are maybe 3 or 4 bars lined along the beach. The water was warm, calm (most days) and perfect for taking a swim. People do occasionally try and sell you things but a simple no thanks and that’s it. Pools There are 5 or 6 pools, all very large and can get quite busy in terms of finding a sun lounger after 11ish. The pool in the centre of the resort was being upgraded. All have swim up bars which really are incredible. Our favourite was the adults only secret pool – pure heaven although there were hardly any children at the resort during our stay anyway. The pools are only a 5-minute stroll from the beach and are a perfect way to while away the hot hazy afternoons with a pina colada and some live jazz where a saxophonist occasionally came and played a few songs poolside. The adult pool is also open until 11pm. BarsThe bars were very good, including the 3 or 4 on the beach. We mostly used the swim up bars by the pools. The cocktails were what you would expect and the beers were largely Budweiser and presidente. There are also bars within the lobbies which also have night time entertainment. The Sports bar is open 24 hours, shows all manner of live sports and is like walking into a fridge (perfect to get a bit of a break from the heat in the daytime). They also do reasonably good breakfasts and lunchtime food (pizzas etc) for a snack in the day.The weather was exceptional. The first 5 or 6 days were 31+ degrees, clear skies and 10 hours of sunshine – perfect. The last few were a bit cloudier but just as warm with the occasional very sporadic rain shower and a couple of thunderstorms early in the morning which freshen everything up and were actually most welcome. The resort truly caters for everyone and every nationality and I would say that during our stay people from the UK made up about 5% of the guests. All staff really were helpful, polite and could not do enough for you. Overall this was the best holiday we have been on so far and the first time outside Europe but certainly won’t be the last. It was really a step above even what we expected. The only way it could’ve been improved is the construction work currently being done and a few pools / restaurants not fully open which cannot be helped and will improve things in future. Whilst these did not detract from our stay in any way, once these are completed next year the resort will be absolutely perfect. This resort and Punta Cana in general are highly recommended. Until next time.
Dec. 26-31, 2017.I see Expedia rating is 3.6 out of 5. About right.RESERVATION: We reserved 4 rooms, but two were allegedly unavailable in our price range, so we had to pay extra to get what we’d already paid for.ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF CHAIRS: There were plenty at the beach under umbrella trees, as well as at the pool. If you wanted a pool towel, you needed to get there before noon (or wait).BEACH: Atlantic with waves; no debris.TENNIS AVAILABILITY: Courts “for Club members only” are fine, but 3 courts for non-VIPs in poor shape: surface worn, parts peeing, fence too low, no lights.FOOD: Huge, but buffet food was often not hot. Restaurants closed without warning. They ran out of what should be staples, like passion fruit. Even fish cooked to order was tough. Coffee didn’t meet expectations, except in lobby bar. Overall, the food was mediocre.BARS: PlentifulICE: Not always available.MINI-BAR: Re-stocked in morning, so if you sleep late, you may have to wait; fridges varied in temperature.NON-HARRASSMENT: Hotel rents space to vendors, and others prowl the beach, not to mention time-share and spa employees bothering people. Teen girls in our party detoured to avoid aggressive jewelry salesmen.TV STATIONS: A large number in many languages, but not that many US.WI-FI: SpottyQUIET: The pools had the usual annoying music. Beach-goers could avoid noise. Rooms were especially quiet.STAFF: They seem to enjoy helping guests, though many don’t understand much English.CLEANING: Hotel offers a choice of cleaning times, but rquests aren’t honored. Some days we were cleaned in the morning, some we needed to ask the maid to do us next.GROUNDS: Nice like most resorts.ROOM: Poorly designed. Impossible to turn on shower or Jacuzzi (in same unit) without climbing in. Rooms with 2 beds had frosted glass walls, so bathroom privacy impossible.TRANSPORTATION: A huge resort, with trams frequently circling. There are speed-bumps in their roads; what does this say about how their drivers are supervised? (and they can trip you up at night)ELECTRICITY: Could shut off for short periods.WRISTBANDS: Required, apparently to keep guests out of the VIP area..CASINO: We won on slots on our only visit
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Grand Palladium Punta CanaPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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Avda. Francia s/n Playas de Bavaro Higuey, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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