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Essentia by Emotions

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ESSENTIA is an exclusive Club within the Emotions Beach Resort, offering exclusive inclusions, superior accommodations and room locations, upgraded amenities, exquisite dinning, private pools, beach area, bar and lounge and special services with attention to every detail. This lovely resort features elegant and refined rooms and suites in the luxurious ESSENTIA Club.
Location: In Juan Dolio at one of the most privileged beach areas, approximately 40 minutes away from the city of Santo Domingo

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Junior G :
Great place

I love this place they treated us like royalty food was great customer service fabulous the vibe here was fantastic everyone had a smile on they face 5 star experience for me and my wife they made us feel like family! Shout out to Jose at front desk

  • cadtravwoj :
Dominican Republic Visit

Stayed for 10 days, small resort but good time to come, begining of June, not many people around. Good entertainment and great restaurants. Had something to do every day, they made a good effort to keep us entertained throughout the day.

  • paymore4more : New York City, New York
Will never go back, will not recommend

I stayed at Emotions Hodelpa in Juan Dolio at the suggestion of a couple whose wedding I attended in the Dominican Republic. The online reviews were good and I looked forward to my stay. PRO (there is only one pro):The best thing about the resort was the staff. They were friendly, courteous and hard working and they alone deserve a 5 star rating. CONS:1- Within my first 24 hours there, I made at least six trips to reception (because my phone was not working) to report my broken phone, my broken safe and my shower that flooded all the way outside of my bathroom. 2- The resort is also not in a nice area. It sits in the midst of a bunch of abandoned resorts and houses which explains the stray cats that roam the entire property including the restaurants and pool area. 3- The beach area looks nice from afar, but is kind of dirty and full of sea shells and sticks which makes it uncomfortable to walk on the beach and into the water. The sticks and shells are normal I guess... I have just been to better beaches and this is just not your typical caribbean beach experience. This area is also filled with stray cats4- There is an office next to reception that offers excursions, giving you the impression that you will travel in a comfy air conditioned tour van however, we paid $45 to travel in a hot crowded mini van with broken seats probably driven by the tour booker's uncle. The tour was longer than advertised, because they purposely had as spend too much time in town where the street vendors harrass you, and we had to cut the tour short to get back in time for our dinner reservation. We made a complaint with the tour office and gave them our room numbers but never heard anything back. 3- Then there is Golden Travel, the timeshare company with an office on the resort who harass you as soon as you arrive trying to get you to buy a vacation home. Be careful of them as they walk around in white shirts impersonating hotel staff and try to lock you in asap. They will greet you before you check in, help you carry your bags to your room, crash your breakfast the next morning etc. The best way to get rid of them is to inform reception and then they will finally back off. In all, I will never come back here again, nor will I recommend anyone else. To my knowledge this is a fairly new resort, only approximately two years old, so the fact that the resort owners would choose an abandoned area to build a resort is an initial red flag! There is security at the resort, but the surrounding areas look hideous and the resort itself is a stray cat lair.

  • loganrun03ml : Toronto, Canada
I had a great experience at emotion by hodelpa

Great location, Beautiful beach, Good food, Really good service, The staff there are really nice,The animation team is really great Ruth amazing, Carlos,Melvins, Angeles, Juan,Mario,Perla, Franklyn and Miguel. Waitresses like Elizabeth, Josefina and Luz great service.The pool very clean next to the bar.The gym is great.Really nice rooms.The a la cart restaurant were great Mexican and Dominican.

  • Makenzie B :
Great staff, Mediocre food

This hotel really has it's ups and downs. It was recently renovated so all the amenities are great, great equipment for example in the fitness centre, updated decor, and the property was managed really well.This resort is a little different than others I've been to, it's not completely private, located by the beach but has a small road that does have through-traffic. not a lot but it is a road. There are security guards all around the resort which was comforting. The staff at this resort are 100%! They're all amazing great spirited people who want to make sure your experience is satisfactory. My biggest complaint is regarding the food. It was not up to my 4 star expectations... Some days it was simply not good. The resort is relatively empty during the week but on the weekends tons of locals come to stay here and that's when the resort really picks up. The food is better on the weekends, the entertainment is better, the disco is lively. But once they leave on Sunday afternoon, the resort returns to it's quiet lonely state. I was here for 15 days so I really saw this pattern.This hotel would be nice for couples looking for a quiet get away, or for anybody not looking for a party-scene that you might find in Punta Cana. The best part of this hotel was that they offer unlimited a la carte dinners. There are 3 types, Dominican, Italian, and Mexican. Although their menus are small, the food is better than the buffet and offers a good change if you're sick of the buffet food. My favourite was the Mexican, they had good fajitas and unlimited fresh tortilla chips, yum! Italian was pretty good, my first experience there the food was not great, but upon the second time dining there it was much much better I had the bolognese pasta, and the pesto pasta, as well as the chicken breast dinner with mashed potatoes. The Dominican restaurant was probably my least favourite, but that was just my preference. Many of the other members in my group loved the Dominican restaurant.

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
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  • Daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited a la carte lunch and dinner (preferred reservations)
  • Snacks
  • Room service (light menu breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Unlimited domestic and premium brand drinks (house wine included)
  • Personalized mini-bar restocked daily
  • Daily sports and activities program
  • Select non-motorized watersports
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free shuttle service to golf course, disco and casino nearby (2-minute drive away)
  • Free WiFi
  • Private check-in at the ESSENTIA private lounge
  • Welcome VIP cocktail
  • Private pool
  • Exclusive bar/lounge
  • Bathrobes, slippers and beach towels in room upon arrival
  • Turndown service
  • Anti-allergy pillows and blankets
  • iPod dock in room
  • Colonial City Tour of Santo Domingo
  • Free 30-minute massage
  • 300 rooms
  • Restaurants including 2 a la carte (Dominican Fusion & Italian)
  • Snack bar
  • Coffee house
  • 3 Swimming Pools
  • Tennis Courts
  • Kids Club
  • Climbing Wall
  • Gym
  • Serenity Spa (fee)
  • Bicycle Rental (fee)
  • Scuba dive centre (fee)
  • Club & Casino
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry Services
  • Shops
  • Free WiFi throughout property
ESSENTIA Garden or Ocean View includes:
  • WiFi
  • air-conditioning
  • 1 king-size or 2 double beds with anti-allergy bedding
  • full bathroom
  • hairdryer
  • flat screen TV
  • coffee-maker
  • personalized mini-bar
  • bathrobes
  • slippers
  • pool towels
  • turn-down service
  • in-room safe
  • steam iron
  • balcony or terrace
  • maximum occupancy 4 persons
For the kids - Children's pool, Kids' Club (ages 5 to 12), Playground, Babysitting (subject to availability, $).
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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    Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic

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Emotions by Hodelpa
Boulevard Juan Dolio, Juan Dolio 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. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.