Casa Marina Beach Resort
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Stayed at Casa Marina from Feb 7 to Feb 14, 2017. It was listed as "cheap and cheerful" and it didn't disappoint. We arrived at the resort 10:30 at night and check in was a breeze. 5 minutes and we were on our way to our room. Our bellboy Jonathan was great. As he led us through the resort, he answered our questions and pointed out where we could find open amenities late night. We booked a superior gardenview room and totally hit the jackpot on an amazing room. We were in building 5 room 536. I normally dislike 3rd floor as I have bad knees, but this one I was ok with. The climb was worth it. Room We not only had a gardenview but a poolview and an amazing oceanview. We had a wrap around balcony and even though the room is in desperate need of updating, we were willing to overlook the spots in the concrete walls in need of repair and paint because that view was so worth it. They had started upgrades on the building's exterior. Once they get to the interior, this room will be completely amazing. The bed was super comfy and everything worked in the room. We had no hot water the first night but that was fixed right away. The only thing I would say was a negative would be the lack of usable drawer space. Others might moan about the sticky closet and patio doors, but that is pretty miniscule in the grand scheme. Neither detracted from our stay or that amazing view. One maid handles the whole building, so our room didn't get some much before 4 or 5 o'clock daily. Not a big deal. Keep remembering that you are on vacation.. she is cleaning the ENTIRE BUILDING daily. Trade places with her for the day and see if you still want to complain about the hour your room gets done. Beach - the beach is ok. Not the best I have been on, but still ok. It is not a "calm" beach and there are always waves, which is ok if you are a strong swimmer but those less aware can have their legs taken out from under them in a heartbeat. While we were there the beach was closed for 4 days due to exceptionally high waves. These were surfing height waves but the undertow was really strong. The security guards were having to keep telling people to get out of the water. There are no lifeguards. When the flag is red it is closed for a reason. Don't be stupid and risk your life, nevermind the life of others that will need to try to save you. We were told someone (both local and tourist) drowns along that coast about once a week because they ignore the red flags. Pools - There are three. The main activity pool directly below the lobby and amphitheater, the second (family) pool next to the buffet and the third pool, which was described as the "European pool" which was by our room. The main pool has steps in and out, the family pool has a sloping incline on either end, but the European pool only has a small ladder and has no shallow area. Recardmi takes great care of the pools everyday. Food - The food was good. We were just as happy with the buffet as we were with the a la cartes... if not more. I had brochettes at the seafood restaurant, which were good, but hubby wasn't thrilled with his calamari. We did have chicken crepes as a starter and we both loved them, but starters are not big enough to share. The reviews of the other food wasn't higher than "ok" from what we heard. The Italian restaurant was also "just ok" overall. Be mindful that they don't take the tail shells off the shrimp even when use them in the seafood risotto.. they had chateau briand as the special and hubby had that. He said it was very good. We ate twice at the Mexican restaurant (which is the same place as the Italian but with different coloured table cloths) and I had the buŕrito y tacos once (there was a suspicious absence of any tacos) and I had the fajitas the other time. Not the best fajitas I have had. Hubby wasn't impressed with either meal. I will say, they had tacos twice at the buffet during the week and they were AMAZING!!! Other - Public bathrooms were kept moderately clean. It would help if other tourists wouldn't treat the public areas like their own personal trash cans.. pick your crap up after yourself..paper towels in the washrooms, cigarette butts on the beach, plates and glasses left along the walkways, etc. I don't know how some people treat their own houses but slobby, trashy, lazy people should stay home. You can't blame the resort for those people. The staff are doing the best they can to keep public areas clean. You can walk out of the resort and up the road and go to Bailey's, owned by an American ex pat, or Jolly Rogers, owned by a Canadian ex pat. The town is safe, but you will be winding your way through lots of "escorts", whom our tour guide and bus driver called "chappy chappies". A simple "no gracias" will do the trick.. unless it is, in fact, a trick you are looking for! 😉Vendors were at the resort 4 times while we were there. They all sold the same trinkety stuff. There are three stores up the road from the resort and vendor booths on Sosua beach. As always, haggling the price is the name of the game.We didn't go to any shows so can't comment on that. One final comment about Sunwing. We were delayed until the next day due to a major snow storm at home and all the resorts in the Puerto Plata area were full do they bussed us to Santiago where were put up in an amazing 5* hotel for the night (or a couple hours really, as we were picked up at 4:30 am to go back to the airport). What I didn't like was that Sunwing gave us a "breakfast" voucher for $15 only good at one restaurant in the airport that only served greasy fries, burgers and nothing remotely breakfast. I am sorry, but that kind of food at 7 am is not appropriate. Vouchers should be good for any restaurant in the airport. Would we go back? Sure we would. It was cheap and it was cheerful.
Flew into Puerto Plata and within 20 minutes we were checked into resort and having lunch in the snack bar. Resort is lovely and clean, staff were always busy tending to the resort. Rooms/hallways/grounds were always spotless. Didn't watch the nightly entertainment so can't comment.ROOMS: We stayed in gardenview room and quite honestly we really enjoyed this. Our balcony was private with vegetation growing in front so we often sat and drank a pre-supper glass of wine (which we brought from duty free) and listened to music....very relaxing BUT if you had oceanview balcony it faced the ocean but also the bars/beach/walkways so you basically had no privacy at all...hmmm I'd take privacy over view any day :)Bring things like an few hangers and an extendible shower rod to hang your bathingsuits up on the balcony, Bubba Keg or Contigo insulated mug and a towel for the beach if you don't want to pay for a lost towel.Twice a week they invited the locals in to sell their crafts. Thursday and Saturday if I remember correctly. They set up on the walkway beside the bar on route to the larger buffet and if your oceanview room is right there, you have no peace. Sin peso and no gracias were the sayings of the day :/ OH YES, YOU COME LOOKY LOOKY, CHEAPY CHEAPY..... no way Jose!! lolFOOD: two buffets, 3 a la cartes and a snack bar. We always ate at the buffet so I can't comment on the a la cartes. Buffets were excellent with plenty to choose from, soup, pasta, meat, salads and desserts (OMG the desserts were YUMMY). Breakfast was always quieter at the smaller buffet by the reception and just as much selection. BEACH: Playa Alicia was our preferred location (to the left facing the ocean) but while we were there the waves were huge and you took your life in your hands some days. There were locals selling brittle on the beach and OMG IT WAS YUMMY, I loved the coconut brittle. There was a tragedy on the beach while we were there so please people ---> RESPECT THE FLAGS AND TAKE NOTE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!!!POOLS: 3 pools plus 3 cold jaccuzi's..... jacuzzi's were a breeding ground for bacteria later in the day so be careful (mornings were best if you really wanted to hang out)SOSUA: The town is just outside the front door of resort and we ventured out daily to take in the culture. Mind your wallet. Mind your camera and if you take pictures of the locals without consent be prepared for a dirty look and sometimes a confrontation so please respect the locals and compensate with a peso or two. We frequented the Jolly Roger on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (Karaoke, Denver the one man band, and sometimes live music on Saturday). Drinks were reasonably priced. Kelly and Patty the owners are wonderful people and run a great establishment. Visit the Playa Supermercado (supermarket) for a few snacks, pure vanilla extract so cheap and it does make for a nice souvenir gift and some little things you may have forgotten because they have everything from food to cable ties :)EXCURSIONS: We did the VIP Playa Paradiso.... was it worth the $430 CAD for 2 people, after the exchange, NO but we are happy to have done it. You live once!! 6 hours on the bus (there and back), you're on a boat not a catamaran, lobster lunch with a champagne toast on a sand bar...... not worth the money but was told it's definitely better than the catamaran to the island.We also hired Pablo (you'll find him in front of resort) for a private tour into Puerto Plata to see Isabel de Torres cable car, the Fort San Filipe, Amber museum, the city center and more.....great day but wear good walking shoes for the mountain, extra cash for the amber museum to buy jewellery and the cigar factory :) We walked off resort to Sosua Beach. We went early in the morning when things were quiet and had time to joke around with the vendors and enjoy a yummy strawberry dacquiri. OVERALL: We loved it here and will definitely return. Everyone is very nice, the food is good, and the fact that you're right there in the town of Sosua makes it the best possible resort for the area. See you soon Sosua!!!
The Barefoot Billy's crew was excellent, John Weiss provided outstanding customer service! Hayden was our Waiter at the poolside, he was excellent as well. The resort itself was beautiful, but the room (for the price we paid) needed some work/renovations.
Awesome entertainment staff especially Luis! The grounds are beautiful. Stunning views. Food is good. Staff is very nice. Beds are comfortable. There are shows every night that have professional dancers as well as the entertainment staff which are lots of fun to watch! All around great resort. CMt beat it!
you might have to change rooms as some needs fixing. The staff was very understanding and allowed us to move. There are some buildings that are far away from the rest but there's a small pool nearby that is hardly used. Perfect for us. My one wish would be that they create service areas for their noisy carts which woke us up at 7a.m. every morning. The "a la carte" menu was nothing special but it meant you didn't have to hunt for a table at dinner time. This place was so busy, there were never enough beach chairs, tables, and sitting chairs at any time. Snack bars are not open 24hrs and are closed between 4:00 until 6:30p.m. Expect lots of waves at the beach which was awesome to see and hear. Gorgeous location, can walk to Sosua beach and fleamarket. Great people, friendly, very French, most were very bilingual.
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- 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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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- Unlimited Domestic drinks from 10am-11pm
- House wine w/meals
- Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
- Use of bicycles
- Water aerobics
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 678 rooms in two 3-storey buildings
- 2 buffet restaurants
- 3 a la carte restaurants: Italian, Seafood and Mexican, dress code & reservations required
- 9 Bars
- 3 pools
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Internet (fee)
- Casino nearby
- Golf nearby
Hotel Rooms include:
- 2 double beds
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 4 persons
- Oceanview Rooms also available
Kids Deals - UNDER 7 STAY, PLAY & EAT FREE (pay a special rate including airfare & transfers when sharing a room with 2 adults. Maximum 2 children.)
For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club from 10am-Noon & 3pm-5pm. Babysitting service available (fee).
Single Parent Offer - For single parents traveling with at least one child, pay the per person double rate and child pays special children's rate. Not combinable with child free offer. Inquire for details.
Honeymooners Bonus - Guaranteed upgrade to the next available room category, Fruit basket & bottle of rum in your room on arrival. Request at time of booking & proof of marriage within the last 6 months required at check-in.
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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Casa Marina Beach ResortSosua,Dominican Republic
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El Batey, Sosua 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.
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