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The Be Live Hamaca reigns as one of the Caribbean’s crowned jewels. This 24-hour, all-inclusive resort rests serenely on the Bay of Boca Chica, enjoying the sheltered privacy of a white sandy beach protected by a natural reef.
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"My experience at the Oasis Hamaca was not a good one."
Elva from Ontario on Feb 1, 2009 >
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Visited on: Feb, 2009
442 people found this review helpful
January 24 - 31
The beach was nice and the pools were beautiful! The general condition of the grounds varies a lot, some areas look very tacky, complete with fake grass! Other areas are beautifully landscaped and well looked after.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
I went on the Jeep Safari, fun and educational! Definitely worth the money! We also walked around the area on our own, around the Boca Chica area and into town. A word of caution, if you don't like to be approached by drug dealers and prostitutes as well as constantly harrassed by vendors, you may want to stay away!
My experience at the Oasis Hamaca was not a good one. Before leaving on my vacation, I had read many mixed reviews about this resort, most of them, I must admit, not very flattering. But I decided to go anyways, as it was only for a week and it was a very last minute trip decision.
Arrival was a disaster. The front desk staff were extremely disorganized and it took hours to get checked in. I was travelling with another couple and we had requested ajoining rooms on an upper floor. Not only did we get ground level rooms, we got them at opposite ends of the resort, and this particular resort is extremely large. For the most part, the hotel staff were unfriendly, unhelpful and spoke very little English.
The rooms themselves were full of problems. Mine had a nonfunctioning air conditioner and a toilet tank that constantly overflowed. My friends room also had reoccuring problems with their toilet as well as constantly running water in their bathtub. On the second day, I was unable to access my room due to a nonfunctioning key card. Trying to explain to the staff the problem was an enormous issue, and I was locked out for a total of 2 hours before I finally got someone to the room and was able to show them what the problem was. On the positive side, the food was excellent and there was a good variety of it. The beach was very nice, however extremely crowded; you had to get to the beach by 7am every morning just to reserve chairs. There was also construction going on right beside the beach, not exactly the relaxing atmosphere one would expect on their tropical holiday! Brochure photos of this resort are very misleading. The first thing you notice is this big, beautiful restaurant/bar extending out into the water which is the main focus of every brochure photo I've seen. Suprise!!! It isn't included in your all-inclusive vacation, it is for time share members only! The beach beds that are built on stilts out in the water are also not included...they will cost you a whopping $25 American per day to use!! I have to admit, I did relax and enjoy myself after the first few days of annoyance were over and I was able to get all the problems fixed in my room. However the final day was probably the worst. As our flight home didn't leave until 10:30pm, we were told we would have a "courtesy room" to shower and clean up before the bus picked us up for the trip to the airport. We found out that the so called "courtesy room" was actually the washroom in the games hall!! It had two shower stalls, a toilet and a sink!! I have travelled extensively all across the Carribbean and I have never seen anything like this!! I have also never seen so many unhappy tourists in one hotel before! The talk on the beach everyday was about how unhappy everyone was with their rooms, the service and the staff! (I also heard people complain about the food, however as I already mentioned, I was actually quite happy with it). Please...save yourself the money and aggrevation and choose another resort!! Or, better yet, don't go to the Dominican Republic at all, choose a completely different destination!