Vista Sol Punta Cana
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Our OpinionA decent resort for those looking for great value. While the quality and array of amenities aren't as comparable to those of other luxury resorts, you do get good value in what you pay for. There are decent options with regards to food and beverages. However, if you are looking for a place that offers better choice and quality, it's best to look at other options.
Location: On Cortecito Beach, 60 minute drive to the nearest town of Higuey, 20 minutes from the airport.
This resort caters to smokers only. There is no where in the lobbywhere a non-smoker can go and have a seat and enjoy their vacation.There are ashtrays everywhere, and the people who visit this resort smoke cigarette after cigarette - and they do not care about non-smokers. Every place you line up, excursions, to book an a-la-carte, people in the line up are smoking. At the bar in the lobby, it is the same thing - people waiting for a drink, sitting around the bar are smoking. The resort enlarged a lovely area off the lobby to sit, complete with chairs, tables, small couches and every time we went to sit, there were people smoking all around us so we had to leave. At the theatre for the nightly shows, we went the first evening and were surrounded by smokers, so we had to leave. We tried again the following evening, but again smokers are allaround inside the theater. There is no area designated for non-smokers. I went to the main lobby two days in a row to see if there was something the resort could do to ensure we could enjoy the lobby, bars, or theatre. I spoke with a woman at the lobby who told me she was the assistant manager, and basically she told me they can do nothing, - they do not want to do anything about the smokers. Also, we could not go onto our balcony as people all around us are smoking, and on the balconies at either end is a lattice short piece of wood - so the smoke goes around and around the balcony. I went to the lobby again to attempt to see the manager and complain again - but the manager must hide in his office and not go around the resort - does not want anyone to see him. This resort does not give a damn about people who do not smoke. If you smoke, you will love it, if you do not you are in for a miserable time. Even at the beach, we had to keep moving around because so many people continuously smoke. It is a shame. I was told by the Sunwing rep and other staff working in the resort that the management does not care about non-smokers. It appears, and I was told, that Germans and Italians frequent this resort and they smoke because they do this at home. We even saw a lot of parents with small babies smoking and blowing smoke around their babies. There are very few Canadians at this resort and Sunwing should mention in their brochure that this is a resort for smokers only.The food was good - and for a surprise in the buffett, tables near the food have little signs that say non-smoking. The only place in the resort, obviously there had to have been complaints about the smoking for the resort to at least put non-smoking signs in the buffet. If the resort wants to cater to smokers they should state that on their website.
We arrived at Vista Sol Nov 25 and left Dec 5. The first 5 days we stayed in the swim out room, it was great. We spent our days in the beach, mostly walking from Vista Sol to Princess Punta Cana daily a 6km walk on the beach, where we stopped at the Princess resort and battle the high waves like little kids. Believe me when you reached this resort, you want to swim, but you enjoy it so much you don't want to get out When you get back, it's time for lunch. Most of the time we eat at the main buffet area, where there are more selection, if you just want burgers, chicken, fries, nachos (finger food) then stay on the beach restaurant, there's enough there to fill you up, you might get tired of it, it's usually the same food every day, but again there are days I just want to eat chicken and fries and ketchup...lol. After 3pm, the sun is pretty much gone from beach so we move to our swim up room or the pool areas where the sun last till about 6pm, then we shower and get ready for dinner. the first 3 nights we had the ala carte, Italian, French, Dominican, all are not bad. They try hard, but hey you're in Dominican. The swim up room is big, the only difference between an updated room and non-updated room is the bed. The swim up room has king size bed, the updated room has double beds, two in each room. By the 5th day, yes we were ready for the new bed, and we did asked for the updated room, and we had no problem getting it. Mind you even though we had the ala carte, which we reserved at 8:30 every night, we managed to go to the buffet for a light snack, we didn't want to missed what was served that night, it seemed from our observation that dinner is rotated every two weeks. The ten days we stayed, I don't remember having the same meals twice. So I'll breakdown my observation of the resort:Room: The room gets cleaned daily, but we did leave daily $2US dollars a day, plus a treat ( a bag of cookies (oreo, choclolate chip, fudge cookies, mini toblerone), it goes a long way and they appreciate it for these hard working people. Also the first night, you get a welcome dish of fruit, a nice touch. Don't get alarm if your room is not cleaned by 3pm, they'll get it cleaned, sometimes don't forget that you also got up late! Something I noticed is that they don't have face cloth, so thank goodness that I brought my own, I brought a different colour, other than white so they don't take it away. Food: Ala Carte - Italian salad bar is great, menu is good. Dominican salad bar is great, menu is good. French appetizer is not bad, menu I selected the Chefs recommendation which is the steak, can't go wrong with that, hopefully when you read this, they don't change the menu...lol. Main Buffet, has enough selection of meat, salad, desserts, but I wish they have more selection of fruits. The pork we find is usually over done, not tender, so you take a bite, and you end up not eating the rest, waste of food which I normally don't do. But the salad selections that they do, are great, specially the pickles, I never have thought of adding sweet pickles to a greek style salad, it's great. Drinks. I wish they have more slushy drinks to offer other than what they have on the slushy machine. There are some bars that would make you some slushy drinks depending on the bartender, I won't mention who makes the best one, but there is a bartender that makes the best pina colada with real blender ice cubes as well as other slushy drinks. You can tell by the tips alone, that bartender is the favourite because that person pay attention to details and that person knows what the customer likes, I walk over and that person knows what we like to drink already.Beach. Beach is not bad. The tide is a high for my liking in this area and is deeper, unlike the beach in Majestic Elegance area its nice and low and you can walk in and shallow. I'm 5'2" and I walk in 5 steps and it's already on my shoulder, so luckily I brought my noodles so I can float. We found that walking to your right, that Princess Punta Cana beaches is the best, not only for the beach but for swimming as well. Going to your left, we found that Secrets and the New Larimar are the great beaches as well and for swimming as well. We don't know what the resorts are like, but beaches are great. Staff: The only thing we noticed is that, not all staff specially in the bar area and serving staff do not smile enough. I can understand, because people are rude specially those who don't speak English, they also don't tip, we tried, we don't tiverp every time we order, but we tip $1 here and there. I did however hear did lady accused the staff of stealing from the safe, which is impossible to do because each safe is unique, she said they take $5 or $10 dollars so you don't notice it. We were there 10 days and we spent $200 dollars on tips and buying small stuff that we can't account for, just from the airport to our room we spent $10 dollars in tips, money go so quickly, you can't go in public and accusing the staff without proof. Other than that, we had no issue with staff, just an observation.Animation Team. They work hard, but I wish they would post what entertainment is going on for the night consistently by the main buffet area every night. It's hit and miss, Sometime they would post it, other nights nothing. So you can't plan your night whether you should go to sleep or stay up to watch the show. We always check at lunch time if there's any posting or later in the day, like I said, sometimes they post it, majority of the time, there's nothing. Some shows are okay, some 'shows are good. Come to think of it, I don't think I see the daily activity posted either?Pool: There are 3 pools, all have bars in them, all have kids pools in them, all are great pools. One has swim up pool to your room, but I see people who doesn't have a room in the area still use the pool and the amenities in the area. The quiet pool is the one closest to the beach, it plays soft relaxing music and they do yoga and exercise on the pool, not sure how often. Then the pool right across from the buffet area. Not a lot of people use the pools, mostly they're at the beach.Disco: Is a bonus, for those who wants to stay up from 11 to 3am. We stayed up a couple of times after the animation show, just till 1am, we found that after a while the music is catered to younger people, we like to dance to latin song after all that's where we are, but hey, music is for everyone, not just us.Overall, even though Vista Sol is a big resort, it doesn't give you that over crowded feeling. I will go back to this resort. If they can improve is some of the above areas mentioned, that would be nice.Note: If you like live Entertainment, please do yourself a favor and see Coco Bongo, we saw this in Cancun and now in Punta Cana. Worth every penny we paid. Just go regular, all you can drink, best night you'll have.Hope this review helps you and I covered everything.
Currently at Vista Sol , this is my third trip this year to Punta Cana and I saved the best for last ! Food was amazing , clean facilities, everything is within walking distance, Lucius gardens, not a noisy party resort, family friendly and really got no complaints... I am definitely coming back to this resort and by the way the beach is more calm this part of Bavaro beach which I really like
We went to Vista Sol in mid November and we had a great time even though the weather wasn't too great. Food is very good, beach is very pretty and the man (chef) who is the egg/omlette station at breakfast is a very nice, friendly man. He did the omelettes and eggs perfect! We would always stay and chat with him. As well as the entertainment crew. Always finding a way to entertain the tourists. We chatted with a few especially Ramon Rojas, Lenny Sontana, Francisco and Suleini Checo. They are very kind people and we were pleased how they were always ready to entertain the tourists in a fun, professional way.
We recently stayed at vista sol through sunwing, the vacation was nice but the language barrier was very noticable from the beginning, we enjoyed our own space and were only bothered by people trying to sell us various "extras". Our house keeping definatly gives zero effort unless we tip at least 5 dollars us, and my biggest complaint would definatly be the staff at the front desk, every time i spoke to them, they were in my opinion "useless" and very rude. I have no complaints about the facility itself its a smaller resort that gives you what you need for some time away, but dont count on much evening entertainment, also im almost positive i was served tap water when we ate at the mexican restaurant which was not.a pleasant evening to say the least. Fair warnings to anyone planning on booking they're next vacation. After costing me close to 4000 i can definatly do better in the future with that budget, live and learn.
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Vista Sol Punta CanaPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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Av Alemania s/n El Cortecito, Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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