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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
  • 68paul : Regina, Canada
Very good

Not much bad to say. Very clean, nice pool, good beach, good food and drink, ok entertainment. Our group of two families of 4 enjoyed our time here. The buffets got fairly repetitive, but the a la carte restaurants were a good alternative if you make reservations. The Mexican was the best, followed by the Dominican restaurant. We did not have a good dining experience at the Italian. The two bars were ok. Would have been nice to see a drink list on the wall to try some new things, and also would have been great to have some canned or bottled beer available. The resort had a higher end bar but this was not part of the all inclusive. Rooms were nice and cleaned daily, but I could not get the maids to stock the mini fridge with beer, despite a couple of requests and tips. The family consensus (all 8 from both families) gave the resort a 7 out of 10.

  • Anne Sophie L : Toronto, Canada
Great hotel, great location

I stayed in the Essentia section, right on the beach. Worth paying for it, in my opinion.The hotel is impeccable, clean and well maintained. The staff was lovely. Not a party place though.To be fair, I wanted a quiet week on my own, and that's what I got. A big crowd came during my last weekend, and the place was noisier, but overall, I got the tranquility I was looking for. The only negative thing is that the hallways are noisy. From your room, you hear doors open and close, you hear people talk. It can be bothersome.The beach is gorgeous, but the water is shallow and the waves were nonexistent.Food was decent, with some very good meals (the giant seafood stew was awesome). You can safely walk in the littIe village and on the beach. I would definitely go back.

  • benny396 : Napanee, Canada
Great Vacation

We just returned from Emotions on the 19th. We had heard some negative things about the resort, but after being there for 10 days we saw none. We stayed in the essentia part of the resort right by the beach. We had special privelliges and these were well worth the extra money. This part of the resort was much more quieter than the other section which we were happy about as well. It was close to the beach, a pool for the essentia guests, the buffet, and the Dominican and Italian a la cartes. Staying in the essentia section also gave you your own section of the beach and your own private lounge for the essentia guests. Security worked hard in keeping these areas available for those who paid to be there. There were daily activities for all age groups throughout the day and some good shows at night. The staff worked hard to make sure our stay was the best. We never had a bad meal and ate a evey a la carte. We found that the buffet closest to the beach had the best food and best staff that worked in the area. Although we only ate at the buffets for supper a few times. The lobster dinner on the beach was one of the best lobster I have ever had. It doesn't taste anything like Canadian lobster. We want to thank the staff again that worked in the essentia lounge. I looked forward to having one of the best burgers for lunch at the beach bar. Although most staff spoke Spanish and French, they all worked hard trying to communicate with us in English. We highly recommend this resort for those who want to have a fun and relaxing vacation. There was talk about dogs and cats running loose on the resort and this was true, but if you have any fear of dogs or cats, these ones are the most friendly and docile I have ever seen. A special thanks to Domingo (at the Dominican a la carte), Salvador at the beach bar, Jean and Anny and the other ladies who worked in the essentia lounge, Genrao, and of course Ricardo who all worked so hard and were wanting to make our stay enjoyable and relaxing. We look forward to returning in the future.

  • Alison_Toronto : Toronto
We miss Emotions and its beautiful people!

We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. The staff were always helpful and smiling and treated us with the utmost respect. The room was immaculate and cleaned well every day. The fridge was also replenished regularly. We felt very welcomed and appreciated as guests. Our first impression of the buffet restaurants wasn't the greatest but perhaps we were too quick to judge. On our previous vacation to Punta Cana in November, we were very impressed with the fancy presentation of the food and the variety, but this wasn't the case at Emotions. However, I will say that even though it was a little repetitive, the food was wholesome & delicious and we never once went hungry - nor did we get sick. Everything was fresh and spotlessly clean. We enjoyed all our meals! My boyfriend particularly enjoyed the grilled steaks and I enjoyed the fish and seafood. For vegetarians and will be fine :)(One thing we would have liked, is access to a self-serve, soft ice-cream machine at the sport's bar during the day (when the restaurants were closed) ...we experienced it elsewhere and it was a popular and enjoyable indulgence!)Now to our VERY favorite staff at the hotel, the wonderful FRANKLIN! It was our privilege to meet such a hardworking, smiling, energetic and helpful gentleman. All the animation team were delightful but Franklin stands out for us (and we miss him!). We enjoyed the morning bike tour two times, with Franklin as our guide. Lucky for us, we were the only two guests participating on both occasions. The bike rides were interesting and informative and we enjoyed getting to know more about life in DR. Franklin is a go-getter & motivator and brings out the smile in everyone! (In our humble opinion) Emotions by Hodelpa is fortunate to have him as an employee. We were happy with the entertainment and activities...we were never bored.I will also mention that the fitness centre is brand new & fully equipped....and will be pleasing to any 'keeners' out there!Thank you to you all, for caring, for working hard and for our wonderful vacation! Alison & Merv

  • bell62449 : Binbrook, Canada
Best time away wished we stayed longer

First off don't listen to these negative people. This resort is great for the price and pictures don't do it justice. First off we arrived on Feb 11 2017 and stayed till Feb 18th 2017. Before the trip I was in constant contact with the hotel and Flavia, what other hotel takes the time out to try to go the extra mile even before you go. When we arrived our room wasn't ready yet but was offered a spot to change and was given towels while we waited so we could swim or just be comfortable. The beach bar and grill are awesome the buffet by the beach is on point with food and service. The buffet inside the complex food was good but service needs to be better. As for rooms we stayed in building 6 room 6208 on second floor and it was always clean big and modern. Beds were nice and cleaned daily and fridge was stocked daily except for our last few nights where they only put in a few bottles of water. We went with our five year old son on his first vacation ever and we used the kids club and the staff there where fantastic. Staff where all very nice and friendly and we're always on top of clean ups or helping with what you needed. They take great pride in their work and it shows maintenance of grounds are always going on and the hotel take great pride in keeping their hotel nice. The evening shows were fun to watch and interactive with audience. The Italian restaurant was awesome we only got to do one AL a cart but alot said the Dominican fusion was awesome as well. Beach was beautiful and cleaned daily only thing was being disturbed alot while on beach by vendors wanting you to buy things but I understand they are trying to make money to live and if you speak to them nicely they just walk on by. The few local dogs on the beach are friendly and usually stay out of the way of you but do walk by. Pool was nice at night it changes colours and looks nice. The bar by the pool serves drinks at a good pace and if line gets longs other staff jump in to help pump out the drinks. The coffee shop makes alot of great drinks we had one hiccup over the valentine's package I bought but the manager was kind enough to help out and make it right. This hotel takes very good pride in making sure their customers have a good experience and as we usually never go to the same hotel twice as we like to explore different hotels our whole family including my son would love to come back to this resort and this time for 2 weeks. This resort to me is a solid 4.5 star on its way to a five star.

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

  • 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.