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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

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  • Helle-Mona-Pia : Copenhagen - Denmark
Wounderful hotel

A wounderful hotel. The VIP room with sea view was great. Good restaurants and at the beachbar you can have really good burgers. Pablo at the beachbar makes a lot of fun. The cleaning at the room and everywhere on the hotel is top 10, also on the beach area. The service was magnificient. The staff, the animation team...... Franklin is a simply the best..... as he says"I love my job" he is so passionated. Also the reception personal are so friendly. And I will mention Jodson at the Diving Center he is so serviceminded and a great great person. The recidence manager Demetre Katsamboulas was an extraordinary person, kind and very very serviceminded. The coffee shop is simply the best I have ever tried in my hole life!You can have aerobic in the sea, dancing lessons at an absolute beginner level and a huge kind of different activities all day long.The only thing I have to complain about was the sound of music all around the hotel area which was too loud all the time both in the beach area and on the scene area. I miss to dance more Latin American dances. I was the only guest who could dance this on a advance level. It was only the staff I could dance with or go to Chocolate Bar, downtown San Pedro or Boca Chica..... May I suggest that the Animation Team make more dance on the beach as I experience at the Island Sauna and that the hotel play more Dominican music in stead of lounge music.

  • Mirko P : Brampton, Canada
Place with a character !

A lot of little things and attention to details makes this place very unique. It contains of two separated complex, Emotions and Essentia and they are divided by narrow road, which is not much busy at all, pretty much just tour buses are passing by, so it was not issue at all. Crossing guard is also there on the duties .So this little 2 part resort does not have that typical 'closed& separated' , 'cut out of the rest of the world' atmosphere , feeling and that is what I really liked about this charming place.It's open concept type of the resort.Essentia is on the beach but I have stayed at Emotions, it's a busier and more active throughout the day and evening. I was at adult only section but few days later realized there is no really benefit to it, it's not worth it extra money for it. It is very small, separated and fenced by gate and some bamboo trees and palms but it's right beside the entertainment stage and main pool, so the noise from the activities, pool games and kids are easily heard. Even the music was interfering with our relaxing and chiling music. If you are looking for quiet and peaceful time at adults only section, you are not getting it. Better off booking regular room elsewhere, it will be cheaper.It was not an issue for me at all because I was at beach for the most of the time, just pointing it out for someone who is looking into that option.Emotions section is offering something very cool, something I have not seen in any resorts - coffee shop, vine bar, beer place, all with A/C, also with patios looking at the main pool.All kind of coffees are included, free of charge but wine and beer are not, because it's a higher end, but it's great option to have if you want to treat yourself, and have a special, different evening.Just to clarify, regular wine and beer is included at other bars and restaurants in the resort.Very clean resort, clean rooms, good A/C, with a fan at ceiling, quality beds, large bathroom, mini fridge with a beer and pop, bottled water. Safe was free of charge at adults only section. Not sure in the other sections.Very good quality of food, variety is also great. Good drinks selection too.Long beach, clear water, with a little bit of small rocks and sea weed here and there, but mainly very good.Enough chairs and shades at the beach. Mixture of all kind of people, older, younger, couples, singles, families with kids.Buffet Restaurant and bar also available ,right at the beach, so you can have breakfast and lunch there, with an ocean view.Snacks also available(pizza, hot dogs, burgers etc.) in the afternoon.Very cool, instrumental, relaxing music is periodically playing throughout the resort and even on the beach.Definitely would recommend this place.

  • Ileana M :
Best service ever😊

We spent a very nice week vacation because the resort staff, they were very familiar and make us feels at home. The food, OMG!!! You guys are #1 We really like all restaurants in special the Dominican. The animation team is amazing, Melvin, the Zumba was very fun 😉. All management we want to thanks for making everything possible. Ahora en español, que aunque recidimos en Canada somos cubanos de pies a cabeza. Nos encanto todo, son la gente mas linda del mundo. Volveremos😚😚😚😚Gabriel, Yusmary, Ileana, Samy y Yolanda

  • Aimehc : Coral Springs, Florida
Emotions Spa

We visit the spa. But the sauna don't work ! it does NOT get HOT enough, after 25 min I didn't sweat any I told the staff, they said that's a hot as it get. After a relaxing massage a good sauna help your lymphatic system release toxin. I couldn't have that. :(

  • ShareenMAC :
Great Beach , Small and Friendly Resort

Our party of 5, which included 3 young ladies aged 12 to 15, loved our stay at Emotions. The beach was the best ! Beautiful turquoise clear water, calm surf and Staff kept the sand clear of debris. Surrounded by palm trees, it never seemed over crowded , even on March break. We had great weather every day of our late March to early April visit. We all did a little snorkling and I Enjoyed watching the sunset , with a Margarita, by the surf daily. The 'older folks' in our group enjoyed that the resort was smaller, staff was friendly and attentive and the food was always very good and fresh. The Buffets were not 'Super Sized' as in many all inclusives. The A la Carte restaurants were very good. The Dominican Fusion was our favourite, we had a several delicious meals there. The Mexican was only average, so we only went once. Unlike other all inclusives, you could book every night of your holiday at one of the A la Cartes (not limited to 3 per week as many resorts do). Admittedly, the youngest in our group missed having several large pools and the Lazy River that our last 'big' all inclusive holiday offered. Only thing that brings down my rating would be the room. It was very nice , but not 5 star for sure. We had to stay in the family building due to the ages of our girls. We asked to move to a better room on day 1. Staff was as accommodating as they could be in a very booked resort. They moved us fromA very 'beat up' ground floor room, paint was soiled, walls dented etc. , to a third/top floor room which had cathedral ceilings. It was brighter and was over all in much better shape. I think in general the 'family buildings' are in need renovations. The adults only building did appear to be in better shape. And all the other areas of the resort , from buffets to A la Cartes, were very nicely finished. This is an all inclusive with a rather 'Boutique Hotel' feel to it. All in all, we would definitely go back. We may in fact return in the Spring of 2018. Thanks Emotions for a great stay !

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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  • Essentia by Emotions
    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.