Casa Marina Beach Resort
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We stayed in the Puerto Plata area for 3 weeks in February/March 2017 and spent the last week at the Reef. It was great to be right in Sosua within walking distance of the main Sosua beach and the shops and restaurants. We enjoyed the Reef which offered reasonable amenities for a 4 star.We booked an ocean view room and had amazing views from a 3rd floor room in building 6 on the beach side of the resort. Although the room was somewhat dated it was huge and kept very clean. My only real complaint about the room was the noise from the disco (booming base until after midnight!). Because we loved the location and the view so much I didn't want to move so I spoke to the manager at the front desk and he said he would speak to the disco manager. The disco noise level improved greatly after that thankfully.The resort is larger than I expected. Originally the resort was actually 2 separate resorts which is why there is the Reef side and the Beach side which are a little different looking. It looked like the rooms on the Reef side were smaller.There are 3 separate pool areas that were all awesome but different. There are also a series of little pools on the coral cliff area that were very cool and incredibly picturesque for primo photo ops! Walking along the paths in the coral cliff area is very beautiful. There are 2 beaches - one on either side of the coral cliff area. Both are semi-private beaches. One is very large and the other (on the "beach side") is smaller but still wonderful. I loved that most of the areas around the pools had awesome views of the beach and/or ocean. I was surprised to find that you had to pay for the use of an umbrella on the beach. I've never seen that an all inclusive resort before. It was cheap ($3 a day) and well worth it especially since the umbrella guy was at your beck and call once you made his acquaintance.The food at the main buffet on the beach and at the snack bar was good. We did not, however, get a chance to try an a la carte restaurant because the booking system was so difficult and I was not prepared to waste an hour and a half of my time standing in line in the lobby. There are several bars that had reasonably good drinks but I found it odd that they wouldn't serve wine at the bars. Wine was only available with dinner. You should really take advantage of the many restaurants off the resort anyway both in town and at the main beach. You will find lots of great food, interesting decor and atmospheres in the spots off the resort and there is usually great people watching!I wanted to buy some silver and larimar jewellery and waited until I got to Sosua because I thought there would be lots of jewellery shops and found out that was not in fact the case. Waiting turned out for the best though because an expat eventually told me where to find Patrick's Silversmith Shop (near the casino) which was amazing! Patrick has lots of beautiful custom made silver pieces with both larimar and amber which the Dominican is known for - quality pieces and you don't have to worry about whether the stones or the silver are genuine.Unlike many all inclusive resorts the Reef is right in the middle of a bustling tourist town with everything within walking distance. I loved that you could just go for a stroll in town, walk over to a bank or grocery store, or have a lunch at a little spot in the sand on the main beach. Between that and the gorgeous ocean views from our room, the beautiful beaches, and the wonderful pools we very much enjoyed our stay at the Reef and wouldn't hesitate to return.
Lobby is sketchy but once you are through it opens up to a very nice resort - I found most of the entertainment boring compared to other place I've travelled. It rained the first 3 days we were there and well you can't do nothing about mother nature. It would have been nice if they provided umbrellas in the room like all other resorts. Even with the rain, we wondered into town literally right outside of the resort - Walking Distance, downtown Sosua and the market was 3-5 min walk. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants. The beach was rough, and could swim until the last 2 days - but well worth the wait. Safes are not free and you need to pay for them. No hairdryers in our room but just asked 3x at front desk and finally had the maid bring us one. The pool was nice but really COLD. No swim up bar nor drinks being served poolside. Food was really good, but repetitive. Al-La-Carte (Italian) was the best in my opinion. No dress code is required for any of them - All in all, not a bad resort, but I think there are better places to stay for the same price. I would stay again if the price was really cheap!!! Not complaining, just giving viewers our take on this resort.
When I stayed at this resort I had the best time of my life, every night. The entertainment staff put on amazing shows at the theatre and under the stars. They have karaoke, dance party's, Latino shows and more. My favourite entertainment worker is Isaac, he came over and sat with me and my mom most nights and made us feel welcomed at the resort. Was definitely the best week of my life!
We traveled March 7-14/17 and had a fantastic time! Travel to and from the airport was great and only 15 minutes! Check in was busy but easy! Our only preferences were a clean room, decent food, feeling safe on the resort, great service and lots of sun! This resort did not disappoint! There is no free wifi however we did not come to DR to be on our phones...We purchased wifi $27 USD for 7 days (they had other options for less days) This did not work in our room but throughout many areas of the resort! A little advice for checkout: if you have a night flight (our pick for airport time was 5:45pm) I suggest you go up before 4:30pm to get a room to shower in as they only give out 2 or 3 rooms for everyone leaving to take their turn to shower and change in. MEDICAL: To me this was most important and I wanted this to be first in my review! While walking through town my husband stepped on a broken neck of a beer bottle (freak accident) the glass went up through his crock and quite deep into the bottom of his foot...he was able to make it back to the resort's medical center as we were only 5 minutes from the resort. The doctor and nurse were EXCELLENT! The clinic was extremely clean, the doctor took him right in and asked me to go get our medical coverage and my husbands passport and by the time I got back (wasn't gone more then 5 minutes) they had cleaned up his foot and were putting the freezing in...my husband received 3 stitches, a tetanus shot as his cut was full of sand, antibiotics, pain meds and a cream for his foot. The doctor did an excellent job with his stitches and he was very easy to communicate with... he had me fill out all the paper work he needed and made the phone calls for our claim number from his office and we were good to go...my husband went back the next day to have the gauze changed without issue and was able to enjoy the water and drinks again after 36 hrs!ROOMS: We were in building A 3rd floor! Room was dated but very clean and no bugs and the AC worked awesome! Maid restocked our fridge daily (if you don't drink your pop or water just hide it in your luggage and it will be replaced) Because of our room being on one end of the resort we used the beach and pool by our room as they tended to be a bit quieter. (not that the bigger pools were too noisy, just had a lot more activity going on, which was also another plus) When the bellhop took us and two brothers to our rooms we had been given 2 double beds, we mentioned to the bellhop that this was fine but would prefer a king, he said he would check and within minutes we ended up switching with the brothers who had a king and wanted two doubles. The switch was easy and the bellhop took care of it all and was happy to help! The only room options are one king or two doubles!BEACH: Red flags were out most days. It is very rough with strong undertow...We rented an umbrella on the beach most days for $3 USD and the friendly young man with the awesome dreads who rents them will place your umbrella where ever you like. We spent a day at Sosua Beach and also rented chairs there! If you are comfortable going off the resort its a must see. There is a market that runs along the whole length of the beach with vendors, food and drink! The water is calm and its great for swimming and snorkeling! It is a 5 minute walk from the resort.FOOD: You will not go hungry! The resort runs two buffets for every meal. One buffet you pass when you enter the resort and the main one is down by the beach and the middle pool! Breakfast was always my favorite and if you love omelettes you will love the omelette bar and the awesome gentleman who runs it! I am not a picky eater but I am also not adventurous and I ate just fine all week! At lunch they serve chirros for dessert at the main buffet and they are amazing! Also from 1p-4p there is a snack bar in the Mexican and Italian restaurant space, they serve nachos, pizza, fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, salad fixings, breads and dessert. At night the Seafood restaurant has a snack bar from 11:30p-1am. We only ate at the Mexican a la carte and it was excellent, we also heard Italian was as well!POOL: They all looked awesome, like I said earlier we stayed on the one side of the resort, no complaints!OFF RESORT: I read a review about the Jolly Roger Bar where you can get a true Canadian Caesar so of course we had to go! It does not disappoint! My Caesar was amazing and our friend ate there and said the food was excellent as well! Just to put it into perspective, our friends got 3 beer, 2 Caesars, 2 t-shirts, potato skins and wings for $52 USD A must!Yes the locals will heckle you to come into their shops, that's pretty typical when going off the resort! We found them friendly, and after a few "no gracias" they get the hint! I also walked to town (5 minutes from resort) twice by myself (female, 33) two mornings in a row and went to the supermarket! I felt safe both days...we have been told that you shouldn't leave the resort at night, but we did hear if you are female and with a male you would be fine to walk into town at night...just do what your comfortable with!GENERAL: The lobby is not huge but then again we are not there to hang in the lobby...Items at the store in the lobby are much cheaper in town at the supermarket...Other then your room and the disco there is no indoor air conditioned space on the resort...This certainly was not a negative for us, it just doesn't give you and option to get a break from the heat and still be social other then your room. If you are bringing items to give out, some of the workers families come onto the beach over the weekend with their little ones, which is a great opportunity to do so! This was also my husbands first time to an all inclusive and we would definitely come back to this resort!Married couple aged 33, easy going, low maintenance and just looking to have a good time!
Great trip! The employees are nice and friendly beautiful beaches. The food has been awesome I've been able to eat everything without being picky. The entertainment show at night have been funny and enjoyable my new friends Julia Scarlett 😊😊💗
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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
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