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Caribe Club Princess
Milwaukee, WI
December 2008
Arrival: Feb 2008
Lets see, it took forever to get the bag, so we went for a drink. When we did get the bags 2 hours later then we took a dip to no surprize no one at the pool bar had to wait again.

Thin walled mildew stained stinky, we bring candles (becouse of being in the DR before) but that wouldnt cure the noise, just the smell...The walls are so thin and the doors are worse.

Restaurants and Bars:
food was AGH!! Grand palladium and the Ocean blue had them beat big time the Barcelo?? (stayed drunk the most of the time). I do have to say the people are great!!!

Sand wasnt cleared from seaweed. Grounds where good. Apple Rep sucked.

Other Comments:
If you excpect a 4 you get a 2 apple.
Caribe Club Princess
October 2008
We arrived at the Caribe Club Princess on Sept 28th a half hour earlier than expected. It was a Sunday so there was not any music or drinks waiting for us. But the bar in the lobby was open and the workers at the counter were in great spirits. We were a group of four. Our room was ready but our friend was not ready, so they immediately upgraded them to a suite at no extra charge. We were then immediately taken to our rooms by a tram that runs throughout the complex. E mail me on trip advisor and I can direct you to our photos of the suite. We were told that we could upgrade to a suite the following day. We were happy with the room we had and did not upgrade.

Rooms: The rooms were clean and we had vaulted ceilings on the third floor of the Coralillo Building #34 which made the room seem even larger. They have a mini fridge with beer, water and soda. There are two sinks in the bathroom and a hair dryer. You do not need electrical converters. There is an in-room safe with a key, cost of about 23 us dollars. We had a deck over looking the Tropical side of the resort and their swimming pool and a glimpse of the ocean. We could hear the ocean all night long even through our closed doors.

Restaurants: Buffet was always neat and clean and great food presentation. The workers were fun and very helpful. There was always a variety of foods. Something for everyone even if you are a picky eater. We ate at the Chinese, Italian, Dominican and Asian Restaurants. Our two favorites were the Italian and the Asian. Last year we liked the Chinese and Dominican best. I guess it all boils down to who is doing the cooking. Our favorite was the Asian. We got Turkey, Chicken, Beef and Pork, with black bean rice. We were a little disappointed that the Creapery was not open, this is on the Tropical side. It was probably because we were there during the off season. If it is open when you are there, it is a must try. The Snack bar by the beach had Hamburgers, Hot dogs, French Fries, chips, salad fruit and deserts.

Bars: The lobby bar has the most to offer as far as selection. The pool bar was the next bar to have the most. They have blenders and also pre-blended drinks. Vodka, Rum, Beer etc. The beach bar La Matica was right off the snack bar and beach. All of the bars also had bottled water.

We had EXCELLENT service. Not just the bars but everywhere, maid service, bartenders, waiter/waitresses, and the cooks at the buffet and snack bar. We are not big tippers but we are consistent tippers. No matter who they were if they were doing a good job we gave them a tip. We gave T-shirts and hats to our favorites at the end of our stay as well as an additional tip.

Activities: First of all the beach is really beautiful and well maintained. We also did not have a problem finding chairs at the beach or the pools.

There are nightly show and then dancing in the lobby afterwards. There is a disco which we did not go to the “Areito”. There is a beach party with dancing one night. There is a cookout another night by the pool. There is a kids play area and a teen club with pool and foosball. There is also archery, bocce ball, shuffle board, miniature golf, tennis, basketball. There is water aerobics, step aerobics, dart contest, stretching class. They have kayaks, boogie boards, catamarans, volleyball, soccer. Parasailing is also available and snorkeling. There are henna tattoos, massages and hair braiding.

Shopping: There is shopping on the beach about a mile in each direction, also the Bavaro shopping outside the complex is about a 15 minute walk. Or you can shop right there at the stores right by the lobby.

Check Out: Just as smooth as checking in (no problems or extra charges)

We will definitely go back
Caribe Club Princess
Leicester, England (one of a party of 8)
August 2008
Thought I would just let you know about our wonderful holiday at the Caribe Club Princess. I too had read the review and inview of the low price of this hotel compared with others in the area I was a little concerned as to what we were going to. I/we had no need to worry. The Hotel was fabulous. From arrival until departure I could not fault it. Booking in was quick with a welcoming drink on arrival, we were taken to out room block by little trams and we were delighted with our room, It was very large with two queen size beds , a table and chairs, large wardrobes with shelve storage and a dressing table. The bathroom was excellent - clean towels daily. and cleaned beautifully every day.

The grounds were amazing as was the pool area and the beach, well it was everything you expect a carribean beach to be, stunning, white sands and turquoise water. The beach had great waves so getting out a boogie board is a must. Plenty of sunloungers and shade if you required it. The swim up pool bar was amazing - so were the Happy Birthdays!!!! lots of mamajuana and a very happy barman - an experience.

The food was fantastic, the buffet was always good, the Mexican was exceptional, the italian was OK but Im not a great lover of italian food, didnt try the other restuarants. Had the odd upset stomach but I think it is par for the course when you go abroad, it certainly didn't affect the wonderful holiday.

And on top of all that the weather was wonderful, Did the half day Happy hour boat trip which was great fun other than that we had a relaxing two weeks

As I said this hotel is amazing and so are the staff, so friendly and always helpful and smiling. But I just love the Dominican Republic it is my favourite holiday destination and I cant wait to go back!!
Caribe Club Princess
New Brunswick Canada
April 2008
This is my third trip to Punta Cana DR. We do a girl trip each year, we are single gals 25-35. This year we stayed at Caribe Club Princess. The resort was beautiful, our room was third floor with a balcony and cathedral ceiling. Our mini-bar was stocked daily, and our room clean.

The beach is terrific, soft white sand and the water is crystal clear with waves. The restaurants are delicious, we ate at Mama Mia, Mexician twice, a-la-carte, and the Shanghi, the Creperie is great for an afternoon snack. The Beach Bar has a great lunch menu as well. Brazillian restaurant bar make the best banana mamas fresh blended.

The nightly entertainment was not as good as previous years, but they do work hard. I certainly recommend the spa, the aromatherapy full body massage is a must the day before you leave.

My only negative, it that for the first three days my friends and I where the only english speaking people, it was all Europians, and we being from Canada, certainly do not appreciate the endless smoking whenever, whereever. We found them very rude to the resort staff, and they assumed they owned every beach hut on the beach even if you towels where on the chairs. Perhaps is was just the week we picked and Caribe Club Princess or maybe it is known to cater to the Europians and we where not aware of this before hand.

Over all we had a lovely vacation, and cannot wait to return.
Caribe Club Princess

August 2007
We are a couple of 26 and 32 years old. I am French Canadian and Kevin is American. We are both very well traveled, between the two of us, having traveled to Venezuela, DR, Mexico, India, China, Europe, South Africa and all over the US… The purpose of this trip was to spend a relaxing and romantic week. This was my fourth trip to the DR and Kevin’s third.

Resort layout
The Caribe Club Princess is located on a wonderful stretch of Beach. The resort shares its grounds and amenities with guests of the Tropical Princess (they are basically the same resort). The grounds are mostly very compact, the rooms, restaurants, pools and beach all being with approximately 5 minutes of eachother. The lobby, theatre and Disco are further in the back of the resort, approximately a 10 minute walk from the rest of the amenities, through a nice path through the mangroves. After having visited extremely large resorts like the Palladium in PC and the Barcelo Maya in Mexico, it was refreshing to visit a resort where all is close by.

We had a standard room located in the Cayena Building. Our room number was 1372. 3rd floor, with a King Size bed, small table with chairs, dresser, couch, fridge… Pretty much the standard in DR. The room was very clean and we were satisfied with its size. A perk of being on the third floor is the rooms have a Cathedral ceiling which makes the room seem bigger. The bathroom was fine with a large counter. The water pressure for the shower wasn’t great. There is a safe in the room but one must pay 24$ to use it. We meant to go and pay for the key but never got around to it. The maid did a great job. The times at which they made up the room alternated a lot, the first day it was a round 9 AM and the last day, not till 5PM. Our balcony had a view of the pool and of the ocean in the distance.

The resort has one main buffet area. It is open air therefore very hot in there. The food was standard. The breakfast was the best meal of the day at the buffet, as is standard in the DR. We had dinner twice at the buffet and both times found the food satisfying. The had grilled scampi one night which was great. We ate at 5 à la cartes: Italian (Mama Mia), Mexican (Sombrero), Dominican (El Pilon), Brazilian and Asian (Shanghai). All meals at the a la cartes were very good. My favorite was the Dominican Restaurant El Pilon which was very quaint and where the waiters were super. All but the Brazilian restaurant were air conditioned which was really nice. We usually had lunch at one of two beach buffet restaurants. Food there was the same every day. Nachos with cheeses, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, fries, fruit and a variety of salads/vegetables. This was sufficient to keep us fed but people who spend two weeks here might find it gets old. By far, the best food feature of this restaurant is the “Crêperie”. It is open all afternoon long and has a nice shaded terrace where one can eat or play board games. They offer 8 varieties of Crêpes: Cheese, Cheese and Ham, Cheese and Chicke, Vegetables and Cheese and Chocolate, Strawberry/Mango, Pineapple and one other I can’t remember. They also have Ice Cream and flavored coffees here. It is a wonderful place to have a mid-afternoon snack.

Beach and Pools
The Beach is wonderful here, as in most places in PC. There are several palapas, yet still not enough for the demand. This is the hotel I have visited where the towel/chair game is played most aggressively. There are signs that say no chair/palapa reserving everywhere yet people still do this. After getting caught palapaless the first day, we figured we might as well join in. To get a palapa oceanfront, one had to be up at 5:30AM, to get a palapa period, one had to be out on the beach by 8AM. Of course, we found this unpleasant but after several trips to the DR, we are sort of used to it…

There are 3 pools at this resort. The pools are nice. They could use a coat of paint. Activities are at the pool between the Cayena and Corallilo buildings, as is the pool bar. The two other pools are more quiet.

Front desk staff was great. We had no major problems or request but every time we had a question we were answered very nicely and there was always someone there who spoke French or English. The service in the a la cartes restaurants was great. We love Gabriel at the Brazilian Restaurant. Service at the buffets was average at best. We often had to go look or ask for cutlery. Coffee at breakfast was rarely offered nor did orders for drinks often taken. The staff at the buffets did not seem very happy to be there. This was not a big deal to us but could be annoying to some people so it is worth noting.

There is the standard Dominican Entertainment Team. They organize dance lessons, volleyball, waterpolo, crazy games… There is also the ElDorador team which is a French Entertainment Crew which focuses primarily on Francophones and the Blue Club which is an animation team geared towards the Italian. The El Dorador team and Dominican Team sometimes work together to organize games. There is a Children’s Club and a teenager club. There are the standard spa and massages offered. There was also hair braiding and Henna tattoos. All of these warrant a fee, of course. There is a show at the theatre every night. Mostly it is the standard Miss Caribe contests, Joke Shows… One night there was a show called Gothic which featured a professional dance troup. This show was pretty good and should not be missed. There was a wonderful contemporary dancer in a few of the acts.

There was a beach party one night with dancing on the beach. This was great fun and drew in lots of guests. The internet service is 10$ for 1 hour. The hour can be used over 5 days. The computers were very recent and the connection very fast! The resort could use a little updating. It is still very nice but you can tell that it is old. The vegetation at this resort is gorgeous and lush. It has a great tropical feel to it. There is the standard photographer with Monkeys and Iguanas and Birds and such. Mariachis go around the à la carte restaurants and offer to serenade you for a tip. I always enjoy this type of entertainment. The discothèque is fairly large and allows guests of other hotels as well as Dominicans in. We only went one night and went pretty early so there were not many people but the layout was pretty nice.

Overall we had a very nice vacation. This was not the most upscale resort we have been to but as I always say, a vacation is what you make of it. It had the most important: Sun, Sand, Alcohol and Food. You have to go with the flow and enjoy the fact that you are privileged enough to visit one of these resorts.

You can see my pictures here:

Please keep in mind they are my personal pictures so you may not be interested in the people shots. However, there are several pictures of the resort, beach, pool and room. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at marilouemard@hotmail.com
Caribe Club Princess

August 2007
We just returned from 8 days at this resort. I must say you get what you pay for. We got a very good deal on the trip. The place is at best average. The best thing about it was the beach. It's gorgeous & the best I've seen in PC. We stayed at the 2 Sunscape resorts & their beaches were not as nice. The grounds on the resort are kept very clean & the lobby is beautiful with lots of places to sit & the best bar. This was the only bar where the drinks were not watery. Most bars run out of ice & drinks are warm. There are no blender drinks unless you have VIP. The trolly from the lobby to the rooms was nice if you didn't feel like walking & came frequently. The hallways to our room smelled horrible like trash. The rooms were kept clean but we hardly ever had towels or received them very late (8 PM one night). My suggestion is get clean pool towels at the end of the day in case you don't get bath towels. When we did get bath towels they were gray & nasty looking. There are no wash cloths so if you like them bring your own. They only give you 2 towels per room & 1 hand towel. The rooms need upgrading but they are clean. Mattresses are horrible. We had to get up every day by 7 AM to reserve chairs by the pool. If you don't do this by 8 AM you won't have a chair by the pool. Stay away from the main pool. So many people are in it, it gets very dirty by the afternoon. There was also brown scum on the sides. The other 2 pools are much quieter & cleaner. Even the chairs by the beach get taken early. If you are from the US & like a resort with English speaking guests don't go here. Most of the guests are foreign. We didn't have a problem with the staff - most could figure out what you needed.

Food: Specialty restaurants are very good especially Italian. You have to make reservations every day which didn't take too much time but they fill up quickly. They don't enforce the dress code so men can wear shorts. The buffet was OK at best & in the evening gets very HOT. There is no air conditioning or even fans so it gets very uncomfortable especially in the evening. Breakfast is the same thing every day so it gets pretty boring. They only open 1 omelet station so the line is always long. There was always pasta at dinner which was good. Eat dinner in the specialty restaurants as much as you can. We did not do the VIP plan because it was $22 per person per day & you had to take it for the whole week which did not seem worth it. Glad we didn't pay the extra. Bring Pepto - our daughter got sick for a few days. Also lots of sunscreen - it's very expensive to buy. I would not return to this resort - I would probably pay a little more & go someplace nicer but on the same beach. I'll never try anything less than 5 stars!
Caribe Club Princess
Pembroke, Ont.
April 2007
Wonderful place to go! My friend, my 14 year old daughter and myself travelled to the Dominican and stayed at the Caribe Club Princess/Tropical Princess. These are two properties in one. This was my 11th time travelling to the Dominican. I have stayed at Puerto Plata several times, Punta Cana and on the Carribean side. I do not know how people can say anything but good things about the Dominican people. The are to me the kindest, friendliest , hard working and most helpful people I have ever come across in my travels. I have also been to Mexico and Cuba . The people in my opinion are the best in the Dominican. I think that people who travel to the Dominican go with very high expectations, you have to remember that this is a third world country, and they work for $5.00 a day, they are poor, but they will bend over backwards for you. The one thing that most Canadians have problems with is that they do have lots of garbage in their streets, so does Mexico.

This resort was rated a 4* hotel, I give it 4+. I thought this hotel was amazing. The grounds were the best. I was so impressed by the long walkway that led to the front lobby, it had ducks, wild birds, fish, tropical flowers and the best of all piped in music. That walkway had the most relaxing atmosphere.

If you have never travelled to the Dominican, the beaches in Punta Cana, are very much compareable to the beaches in Cuba. The sand is white, soft and the water is aqua and clear. The beaches are nice in Puerto Plata but not as nice as Punta Cana.

The food at this resort was " AMAZING", there were 11 buffet stations that you could choose from, that is an incredible amount of food. If anyone complains about the food at this resort, just disregard their comment. There were theme nights each night, Mexican, Dominican, Italian, Seafood etc....There were a-la-carte restaurants but we did not want or desire any other food, there was plenty to choose from right at the buffet restaurant. You did have to pay for some of the a-la-carte restaurants. Two were included, three were $11.00 per person, and two specialty ones were $25.00 per person, one being a seafood restaurant. They not only had wine with dinner but champagne, and that was at the buffet restaurant. That was the first time that has ever been offered at any of the `15 trips I have been on.

This resort was fantastic, and I would love to return again, I am hoping that my son will get married at this resort. It has an on-site chapel, a cinderella carriage just outside the chapel for pictures, and they decorated the dinner area for their weddings so nice. (there were two that we saw)......GREAT PLACE, YOU WILL LOVE IT.
Caribe Club Princess

March 2007
My friend and I just got back from Punta Cana after a 9 day visit Just two women on our own (late 40's early 50's). We stayed at the Tropical/Caribe Club Princess two resorts in one. We were on the Tropical Princess side.

I have nothing bad to say about this resort. Everything was great. The rooms are well away from the lobby and theater area with shuttle buses running all the time or you can walk along the well maintained walkways while listening to the ever playing music and see all the birds living in the bushes along the way - ducks, geese, water chickens and even peacocks.

We flew direct from Charlottetown which was even better but unfortunately had to come back by way of Saint John in order to clear customs.

Room: We had a suite with two washrooms which we did not expect. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The maid was very helpful in getting us an extra pillow and extra towels when requested.

Food: There was lots of variety and everything was well presented. Depending on where you started with the buffet, some of the food would be getting cold when you reached your table. Thus, start with the cold and end with the hot. After a couple of days we learnt the trick of getting out table, going for our breakfast and then asking for tea. Other wise, your water would be cold by the time you came back to the table with your plate. We ate at two of the a la carts - Dominican which we just didn't care for the taste of, and Brazilian which was great but was mostly meat. There were three other a la carts which are included for Caribe Club guests but Tropical guests would have to pay extra. These are Chinese, Mexican and Italian.

Beach: The beach area was very nice. White sand, lots of chairs and huts, and well maintained. There were lots of activities that you could take part in. The water was very wavy and hard to actually swim in but great for bogie boards. Besides, there were three pools if you really wanted to swim.

People: All the people working at the resort were very friendly and always willing to help you with any questions. Some of the guys of course were extra friendly to us gals!

Shopping: There is a great little mini mart on the resort with a little bit of everything in it. However, if you want to go to a bigger area $200 pesos for a taxi will take you to Bavaro Shopping Mall where you can spend the day and still not get to all the shops.

Entertainment: The resort has a theme show in the theater every night of which they do a great job. After the show there is a 1/2 of dance lessons in the lobby and then if you like, the disco at the edge of the resort opens at 11:00 p.m. where your drinks are free till 12:00 midnight. If you feel real adventurous, you can go to the Mangu disco which is on another resort but has two levels. You will have to pay $6.00 US admission here but that also includes one drink. Both discos are open to the locals. We even had a beach party one night instead of the theater show.

Excursions: There are many different excursion that you can take. We went on two. Saona Island we felt was not worth the money. It took us over two hours on the bus and then 1 & 1/2 hours on the catamaran to get there. Venders were waiting to pounce on us as soon as we got there. The beach is nice but nothing spectacular - at least not the area where we were taken. Then it was a speedboat trip back to the bus. Manati Park on the otherhand was well worth the money. We spent the day there. Swam with the dolphins, saw all the shows and had lots of time to explore on our own. We also went parasailing at the resort itself which we both loved and were glad we did.

Overall: I would definitely revisit this resort. My friend was sick a couple of nights but seeing as I was sick on the plane on the way down and others from the same plane we sick even though they stayed at different resorts, I feel that we took the flu down with us on the plane and it had nothing to do with the resorts themselves.
Caribe Club Princess
March 2007
I have traveled extensively over the past 25 years with a special emphasis on beaches. Still, I was a bit concerned when booking this trip because of the wide variety of mixed reviews and because it would be just my 19 year old daughter and I. We had an absolutely wonderful time start to finish. All of the staff was pleasant and friendly and helpful. Both check in and check out were simple and quick. We asked for and received a TV remote control. Our room was spacious and clean and everything in it worked correctly. There are no clocks in the rooms, but the wakeup call service is reliable, with a second call for snoozers.

MEALS - The buffet meals offered an amazing variety of meats, vegetables, fruits, breads, beverages, and sweets. Something was always being offered freshly grilled to order, eggs, burger, fish, pasta, lamb chops, etc. Hot foods were hot, cold foods were cold. (However, it is not the Cheesecake Factory, Cracker Barrel or McDonalds, if you are afraid of new foods or familiar foods cooked new ways, take your vacation in the states). The buffet waiters were always attentive. We never made it to the reservations desk for restaurants before 11:00 am and always had at least 2 to choose from. We also stopped by the buffet each night to see what we were missing and, !surprise!, the buffet offers a different theme each night reflecting the restaurants with the exact same food and a beautiful presentation, in addition to the regular variety. So, while the restaurants offer menus and personal service, the food is the exact same as the corresponding theme night at the fabulous buffet. If you think you are getting a superior meal in the restaurants, that is just an illusion. Based on various reviews we had read, we brought some snack foods from home just in case and never touched them. Between lunch and dinner and late night, beach bar offered nachos and cheese, salad makings, chicken, pasta, etc.

BEACH – The soft white sand beach is deep and wide in front of this resort, spacious even when every chair is filled. Endless walks are available in either direction. We did bring our own beach towels which was nice only because we on the beach well before the beach towel hut opened, and had no trouble finding loungers as we were up for the glorious sunrise each day. I did notice that by 7 AM each day all the shade chairs were taken on the beach. We took our first sailing lesson on the beach from the resort beach/ocean toy guys and then sailed confidently every day on our own. The water was too choppy the day we wanted a windsurfing lesson, but they were great about letting us take one out anyway in the shallows to just get a feel for it. Yes, there is a small bit of seaweed/sea grass, it is an ocean. Volleyball games and soccer were easy to join into, and with the pool right on the beach, we could just lift our heads to see if that was an activity we were interested in as well.

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT - The evening shows, well, ... the choreography lip syncing, and dancing were excellent. Unfortunately, the sound system is just awful, sitting in the very last row made it tolerable. The nightly lobby dances were great, lots of energy, enthusiastic, friendly animation staff. They do enjoy pretty girls and flirt extensively, but will concede to the boundaries set by the guest. They are incredible dancers and happy to gently and patiently teach everyone their steps.

TOUR - We did the Apple safari tour early in the week. It is an excellent tour for seeing the country side, learning a lot about the dr, and seeing a completely different beach. We also met some great people who were with us on the tour and it was fun to run into them throughout the week and learn what they had been up to. We had pencils, crayons, colored pencils for the school children which they were very happy to receive. We also took several recorders (penny flutes) and these really lit up their little faces, wish I had brought lots more!!

SHOPPING – Bargains are to be had. Haggle, and haggle some more. Try to pay 1/3 or less of the asking price. If you pay too much in one shop, you are bound to make up for it in the next. There are shops both to the right and left of the resort on the beach. The ones to the left are closer and a bit more relaxed with a wider variety of goods. They are all open approx 9 – 5. Of course the prices in the resort shops are high for things you could have brought from home; they have to pay shipping and import taxes and make a profit.

TIPPING – We were haphazard about it, didn’t always have a wallet with us. Of course everyone likes and deserves to be rewarded for jobs well done, but whether we had a dollar ready or not, we always had a ready smile, good humor and a kind word and always got good service.

LANGUAGE – Neither of us knew any Spanish beforehand. We did make an effort to learn a few basic travelers’ phrases on the plane ride such as please, thank you, good morning-afternoon-evening, how are you, what is your name, where is, what is, when is, how much is, too expensive, it’s delicious, etc, and picked up more as the week went on. It was fun to surprise the staff with our Spanish; they almost always answered us with a big smile and in English. It appeared that only the maids and a few of the wait staff knew very little if any English, but it was not a problem at all.

MISC - We, nor any of the folks we met were on the VIP plan and did not miss it or feel the least bit slighted. Brought bug spay, didn’t need it, got 3 bites between us all week. Had drinks at various times in all the bars and always found the drinks delicious and bartenders fun and eager to serve.

COMPLAINTS - #3. We were told by Apple that a hospitality room would be available for us to shower and change after check out on our last day since our flight home was not until 8:00 PM. We went to the desk an hour before our bus to the airport and none were unoccupied, so we had to take our hospitality shower in the open air shower by the pool and change in a nearby restroom. Really, no problem! #2. The maid left no clean towels one day. We called housekeeping mid-morning, but still had no towels in the afternoon. After a second call, we received towels within 30 minutes. We had been tipping her, but stopped after that. #1. Trash left all over the beaches by inconsiderate, lazy resort guest. Yes, there are workers who clean it all up, but why not leave it the way you found it for all to enjoy?

OVERALL - This resort is large, but has a compact, cozy feel and is it very simple to find one's way around. The nature walk to and fro the lobby, stores, night show stage, is well lit, lots of peaceful wildlife and interesting vegetation and takes about 5-7 minutes. We always saw trams available especially at night, both after the shows and the lobby dancing. None of my pre-trip worries came true. I would definitely recommend this resort and I would definitely stay here again myself. It is safe, fun, clean, has good food, plenty of activities, wonderful staff, and a great location on a perfect beach. Sure there are ritzier, more posh, and more pampering resorts. You do get what you pay for and sometimes a little more. This resort delivers a lot for a little. Do read and learn from others reviews, but don’t let the whiners discourage you. We will answer any other questions we can, just ask. Go, Experience, Play, Enjoy!!! martleeww@hotmail.com
Caribe Club Princess
March 2007
Day 1:
We (eight of us) left the airport on Allegiant Charter out of Milwaukee on time. This is a very noisy plane with a bad PA system. Food was good as well as the drinks. We arrived on time at the Punta Cana Airport, picked up our luggage and saw the Apple rep and boarded a bus. There were only 10 of us on the bus and we made no stops until we got to the resort.

We arrived at the resort around 3:30 and rooms were ready. We asked out Travel Representative to request 3 things for us. 1) The same building, 2) upper floor and travel together group. Well the hotel said there were no more upper floor rooms available. We paid our $24 for our safe key and requested our remote for the TV as we were told. They told us that these were already in the room. The luggage was loaded on the tram and we were taken direct to the room. Porter put luggage in the rooms and left. We fumbled around trying to figure out the light switches, etc. The bulb was out in our hallway outside the closet and we used the bathroom light to see where to put things. One of the people in our group got into their room and after putting everything away decided to take a shower. Opps, not working, so they called the front desk and about 2 hours later someone from maintenance showed up, took a look and left not fixed. They had to call 3 times and finally they cam and completely redid the shower. We went to turn on the TV and guess what, no remote. Another one of the rooms had a refrigerator that heated everything instead of cooling everything in it. They called 3 times and finally 2 days later at 11:00pm they came and put a new refrigerator in.

We decided to go to the beach bar have a few drinks and then go to the buffet, since we had no reservations for any of the restaurants. Walked back to the lobby to get a remote and around the resort and made an early night of it. I figured, I’d get the coffee maker ready, so all I would have to do was plug it in the next morning. Opps, no carafe. So we called the front desk and requested one, housekeeping showed up with coffee instead. My wife showed the gal what we needed and she brought one back. I filled the coffee maker with coffee and water and we went to sleep.

Day 2:
We all got up around 8:00am and I went to the coffee maker to plug it in and Opps, not converter plug on it and mine would not fit this coffee maker. No coffee. We all met for breakfast at the buffet. The food was very good and the variety was fantastic. Anything you wanted for breakfast could be found. We went back to the room got our towel carts and went to the beach. We got towels and walked the entire pool and beach area and not one available chair could be found. We ended up laying on the beach on our towels. As you can imagine, sitting or laying on this for the entire day was not comfortable. I can’t believe the 3 resorts couldn’t have at lease one chair available per person at the resorts. From what we could see no one was using more than one per person or hording them. Lesson learned. We made reservation for the Mexican restaurant for 9:00pm that night, but ended up eating at the buffet instead of eating that late. Left the beach around 4:30, showered and dressed and went to buffet at 6:00pm. After dinner we went back to the lobby met Tony the Apple rep and told him the problems we were running into, he said he was sorry to hear that. Nothing more. We went to the Front Desk and told them about the coffee maker converter plug and they wanted to sell us one, my wife said no, there should have been one in the room on their equipment. They gave us their last one. We caught a show, had a few drinks and went back to the room. Guess what their converter plug would not fit the coffee maker. Okay, I had it and no coffee in the room the rest of the trip.

Day 3:
Two of us guys got up the next morning at 7:00am and went to the beach with towels in hand a reserved 8 chairs under two cabanas, plopped ourselves in the chairs and tried to go back to sleep. Not happening because the beach was very busy with people doing the same thing. We made reservations for the Mexican restaurant for tonight and also Chinese for the next night at 6:00pm. The beach at this resort is some of the best we have ever been on. The drinks good and you never really waited a long time to get them. Sometimes there were 4 bartenders falling over each other and other times there was 1 trying to keep up with the orders. At the Mexican restaurant they put Mexican hats on us after they let us in around 6:30pm. Food was good and the menu choices were many. Again we walked up to the lobby had a few drinks and took in the live entertainment. I don’t think we ever caught the tram up to the lobby even one the first 4 days. It was either full or didn’t show up until we were almost at the Lobby or back near our rooms.

Day 4:
We decided to do a day of shopping. We went for breakfast and then took water bottle from near one of the entrances to our building. They only came to fill up our refrigerator once the entire week, so we helped ourselves. We got to the Lobby and talked to Tony from Apple and he told us we could get a van taxi to take us to Playa Bavaro for shopping. 8 people $11.00, no complaint. Walking would have taken us about 20 minutes and it was hot and no breeze, easy choice. The taxi driver left us off and we went about our shopping. Girls shop, guys follow along. I thing we must have gone into 30 different stores, same stuff different stores. We got a few good bargains, especially coffee. Now, I will tell you, you can find the same stuff a bit cheaper at the shack stores up the beach from the resort and save yourself some money. We were about to head back to the resort and the taxi guy who dropped us off saw us, but we told him 10 more minute, because we wanted to look into some bottle holders at a local bar. He never came back. We got another guy from the same company and he charged us $10 to take us back to the resort. We changed clothes and sat by the pool bubble pool. Not a hot tub, but a cold bubble tub. Again, there were no chairs available. Around 4:30pm, we went to turn in our towels to get new ones for the next day and there were none available, so we kept the wet ones for saving chairs the next morning. We got changed, showered and went to the Chinese restaurant. Again, we waited until 6:15 before they let us in. The food again was good and there were a lot of choices. Sushi was good (I am the only one who ate it), soup and salad came right away and they we waited for almost an hour for the main course, way too long. We again went to the Lobby, had a few drinks went to see the show and left within 10 minutes, not really a show, just a pick on male guest night. We shopped at some of the local vendors who were allowed on the resort to sell their goods and turned in for the night.

Day 5:
Again two of us got up early, this time at 6:00am because we wanted chairs at the pool. Almost all were already taken, but we got the last 8 under two cabanas and across from the swim up bar. Tried to go back to sleep, but nothing doing. Around 9:00am one of the couples went to make reservations for dinner that night and got reservations for the Dominican restaurant for tonight and the Italian for tomorrow night at 6:00pm. We spent the entire day around the pool. This is a real nice pool and there weren’t many people in it and not a lot of noise from kids, etc. BUT, the loudspeaker system at the foot of the pool is used for aerobics, Merengue and Bachata dancing lessons and is extremely loud. Don’t look for a quite relaxing time, it is not to be found. We left the pool around 4:30pm as usual, showered. Changed and went to the Dominican restaurant. We were invited in right away and had a great meal. I will tell you we always found something on the menus that everyone wanted or would eat. We hopped a trolley and went to the casino by the Bavaro Princess All-Suites resort. We lost our money as we expected and left there within an hour. We were taken back to the resort had a drink and called it a night.

Day 6:
We got up at 5:30am and headed for the beach to reserve chairs and cabanas. We got what we wanted and since it was dark, the light on the beach helped. By 6:30am all chairs we could see were taken. We walked the beach from the resort south to the Occidental Flamenco and also took a walk north to the LTI Punta Cana. My wife and one of the guys went parasailing for about $89 for the two of them together. She really enjoyed the trip and the view. Most of the group went for a walk to the fishing piers where the fishermen come in and they were skinning a shark that was caught and they also got a couple of looks at a whale’s tail off the shore. We left the beach around 4:30pm and showered and dressed for going to the Italian restaurant. I think this one was the favorite for the trip. Food was great. We walked around and again ended up at the Lobby and watched a couple of comic skits, but left early. We went to the beach bar (next to the seafood restaurant) for a couple of drinks, but the fried seafood smell was enough to make you sick so to bed we went.

Day 7:
One of the other guys in our group offered to get up the next morning to get chairs by the pool. We figured since it was our last night at the resort, we wouldn’t make reservations at any of the restaurants and just lounge around the pool late and then hit the buffet. This was Carnival day and they made plenty of noise around the pool. Loud speakers blaring and dancing in costumes, etc. We stayed there until about 5:30pm and turned our towels for the last time and got our towel cards back. We went to shower and get dressed. My wife went into the broken drawer to get some clothes and out popped a roach and she jumped. This was the only one we saw the entire trip. We went to the buffet and skipped the Lobby, show etc. We walked around the resort and ended up at the little bar in back of the buffet (next to the little kid’s theatre. The kids had some program going on and again it was very loud. We called it a night. Went back to the room and did a little pre-packing.

Day 8:
Time to leave. We got up around 8:00am, packed most everything and all left for the buffet around 9:00am. We then went back to the room and finished packing. Once this was done we walked around the Tropical Princess and the Punta Cana Princess resorts taking pictures. Now the Punta Cana Princess has a beautiful pool that is surrounded by trees and has no loud speaker system. Looked like plenty of chairs and room. Wish we would have seen this sooner, we would have gone over there for a day. Went to the room and called the porter for luggage pickup and got someone who did not understand English and hung up on me. A couple minutes later someone who spoke English called us and confirmed the 11:00am pickup and the room numbers. They showed up on time and got us to the Lobby in plenty of time for checkout and bus pick-up. We had a large bus with only 2 other people on it and other than a school bus accident on one of the reads, getting to the airport was no eventful and always interesting viewing the cities and the people along the way.

After 10 guys climbed over each other to remove our luggage from the bus, we took our luggage to the Allegiant Terminal and checked in our luggage, got our seats assigned and went to the customs area. They asked two of our couples to fill out Declaration forms and they next gal got two of us couples and waived us through. This has never happened in 4 years of traveling into this airport. We did some shopping ate some food and went to gate 1 to await our plane. Surprise, it loaded almost 40 minutes early and they were on last call. We ran to get on the plane. Once on the plane (which was very warm as you can imagine, the pilot came on to explain the since there were two flight leaving around the same time our luggage was on the wrong plane and it would be 20 minutes before all of it was switched. The attendants started to serve cool water right away, since the fan above the seats will not really work until the engines are running. They got it all switched and we left within the 20 minutes. Then the pilot said it would be 4 hours and 40 minutes for the trip. This trip has never taken more that 3-1/2 to 4 hours before this, ever. We got outside of Milwaukee by about 100 miles and the pilot told us the airport was closed temporarily and that we were 5th in line for landing in 31 mph cross winds and snow. It was a long and bumpy landing but we made it amen.

General Comments:
Some in our group played miniature golf at the Tropical Princess. Some went for rides on bikes. Two in our group got into the ping-pong ball tournament (one won it). There is always something to do, from Bache ball to archery, etc. The entertainment group was great. Each morning we would be greeted by Victor and Geraldo. The maid service was great. They didn’t always have towels after they cleaned the rooms, but most night we had them before we went to bed. The waiters and waitresses at all of the restaurants always had a smile on their faces and enjoyed joking with us.

This resort was listed as a 4 Apple. I disagree with this assessment. I would put it at more of a 3 Apple. What is needed is for each room to be completely looked over electrically and plumbing wise. Small repairs would remove quite a few of the complaints. Yes, the pillows seemed to be filled with socks or rags and the mattresses were hard, but that never seemed to bother me anywhere else, so I had no complaints here. You get what you pay for. The drinks were good, but I have to admit I prefer premium liquid refreshment. I could have paid for VIP, but really, it isn’t worth it, unless you really need the bathrobes, cigars, bottle of rum and the premium drink brands. Besides, if you want 1 or 2 drinks of premium, you can purchase for $4-$6 each.

The beach and pool were some of the nicest I have been on or in. Other than the loud blaring music and speakers, it was a relaxing place. I was extremely un-relaxing to have to get up so early in the morning just to get a chair and should never be the case at a resort ever.
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Wayne & Carol 
February 2007
My wife, I and another couple were guests at Caribe Club Princess February 9 through February 16, 2007. We upgraded to the VIP package prior to arriving. We felt the upgrade was worthwhile. The clientele at this resort is mostly European i.e Italian, French and German. Spanish is this country’s language, learn a few words, it goes a long way. If topless women offend you find another island. Overall our stay was most enjoyable. The overall appearance is tropical, clean, organized and efficient. We had a junior suite overlooking a pool and a view of the ocean. It was clean and spacious. The 3 pools are clean, warm and large. We ate at the buffet as well as 5 of 7 specialty or ala carte restaurants and found all of them to be exceptional in quality and quantity. Enjoyed the presentation at Rodizio (Brazilian) and the Soncocho at the Dominican restaurant. And don’t miss the Le Creperie. We have seen beaches in Brazil, Hawaii, Florida and other islands and found Bavaro beach to be the softest and longest. It’s also clean and wide with many activities offered. The ocean is warm, free of coral and rock and lots of fun. We recommend this resort and plan to return next year.
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Jacques & Lucie 
Montreal, Canada
February 2007
We just came back from this hotel, we stayed 2 weeks in February 2007. Very nice hotel.

Check-in : We arrived at 12:00 am and I was preparing to wait for our room until 4:00 pm (normally rooms are not ready until 3:00 pm). Surprise !!! our room was ready. By the way the Lobby is grandiose.

Rooms: We had a very nice room (1259) view on the pool and sea. Superior room, bathroom was very large, king bed, t.v., fridge with Coca, sprite and water. Our maid was Johanny and very nice, our room was always really clean and even with decorations done by the maid. Tip every day, as you would do in North America. At night it's very quiet in the room area because all the nightlife is near the lobby that is not situated near the rooms. Very good thought
It's not true that the shower towels are in the room only at 6:00 pm. It never happen to us and we were there 2 weeks, it's the first thing they put back in the room before even doing the daily cleaning

Beach : Very nice and long beach, water is warm, the sand is pink and the weather was gorgeous. The only things I have to say is that some tourist are very disgusting. They throw their garbage everywhere; they think that if it's all-inclusive, everybody will grab their garbage. Very bad attitude and disrespectful the poor guy cleaning the beach is not a slave. Would you throw away your empty glass everywhere if you were at home ??????? Italian people : can’t you just talk normally between each other or do you always have to yell at each other, respect for other than your own person would be appreciated.

Some people were complaining concerning the beach towels saying that they were out of clean towel 12:00 My question to these people was: did you bring back your towel yesterday at the end of the day or only this morning ?? Answer wasThis morning !!!!, Can't you be logic ??? If everybody only brings back their dirty towels in the morning, when do you think they will wash them ??? On daytime of course, If everybody were bringing their dirty towels at the end of the day instead of the morning, all towel would be cleaned during the night and ready for the day after, it's only LOGIC.

Buffet: Very good food, if you don't find anything you like, just stay home !!!!, Maria is very nice a the buffet entrance, Jose is also very nice, they will go out of their way to make you happy. Just be kind with the staff and they also will

Restaurants: Good too, I have been traveling every year for 15 years and everybody knows that restaurant a la carte are in fact regular foods but with a different service. Don't think you will have a 5 * dinner, you will be disappointed. Just think that you're in Caribbean and not in North America.

Lobby: The little road to go to the lobby is wonderful, music, exotics birds, fishes, and luxurious vegetation. A very pleasant walk of 5 minutes to go to the lobby, if you don't want to walk you can take the bus. People saying it's a long way (10 minutes walk), I think they have a handicap because it's a maximum 5 minutes walk and it's a really pleasant walk.

TIPS: Bring bugs spray, just in case. I was not disturbed by bugs but some people were, so just be prepare and it's not worst than our summer here, don't think the mosquito are only in Quebec.

Entertainment: We had a wonderful night at St-Valentine day; they have arranged a special show at the pool, with champagne, dancers, etc. Was very nice, the buffet on that night was also very special, shrimps, sushi, etc.... For night shows, I cannot say anything, I am going to sleep too early to see them but I am awake at 6:00 am every morning to see the sunrise.

Bars: Very good service, all staff is very friendly and people who are saying the opposite must probably have a very bad attitude towards them to receive bad service. If you’re polite and smiling to them they will automatically love you. But of course some people think they can have bad attitude because they pay and they want to be serve like king & Queen. Your behavior should be the same on vacation than at home.

Overall: Very large and clean resort, I would recommend this resort to everybody. I still don't understand the negative comments, some people are very difficult and they should just stay home and complaint about themselves in there own mirror. For god sake you're not in Paris as someone mentioned and you're not even if Vegas for spectacular shows

I will recommend this hotel without any hesitation!!!!!
Caribe Club Princess
Boston, MA
February 2007
First, a big thank you to Debbie for managing this great site and to everyone who contributes. This is a wonderful resource.

My husband and I, both early 50’s, traveled from Boston to Punta Cana on Feb 2 with TNT Vacations. Some other years we have traveled with other couples but this year we went alone. This was our 5th trip to this great destination and our 3rd time at Caribe Club Princess. We love it, obviously!

We arrived late afternoon after a standard flight…cramped, little food…but who cares – it was safe and priced right! We were pleasantly surprised to see the PC airport less crowded than previous years, probably due to our Friday arrival. I know that Sat and Sun were sold out. I sure do wish that they would add another ladies rest room near baggage claim. The line is out the door even with only a couple of flights arriving near ours. The road leaving the airport is still under construction. I guess government jobs are the same everywhere…we have similar complaints here in Boston.

I’m pausing for a moment now to recall the first deep breath of tropical air, the first warm sunshine on bare skin and the heady excitement of facing a week in paradise….aaahhh. Okay, back to business.

Quick checkin at the CCP. Maybe due to the time of day, no tropical drink on arrival this year but the tram was immediately ready to take us and our luggage to our ocean facing room. We purchased the VIP upgrade last year and again this year, after not having it for the first time at the CCP. We feel it’s worth it for the ocean facing room and premium drinks.

Our room was great, second floor in building 2, facing the ocean, just as we requested via e-mail one week before arrival. We had the third floor last year, but with no elevator we opted for one less flight of stairs. These rooms are large with a king size bed and big double sink bathroom, sunken sitting area leading to the balcony. The safe was included with VIP, otherwise it is definitely worth the money. Large new TV, mini fridge with beer, soda and water. Plenty of closet space, but few hangers. Clean, no odor, and everything worked. Be very careful of the few stairs leading down to the sitting area – specially in the middle of the night!

The CCP resort is not brand new and you can see that the climate is hard on furniture, fixtures and paint. There is ongoing maintenance for upkeep but you will notice things that are not perfect. We noticed new paint, new cushions, new palapas, sidewalk repairs. We also noticed the need for repairs to the doors and sliders in our room, and for the first time ever…mosquitoes in our bathroom.

On our first trip to the lovely lobby bar after dinner, we stopped by the front desk and mentioned the bugs. They sent someone to spray the next day and all was fine until our last night when we noticed them again. I will pack bug spray for our next trip to the CCP.

The beach, the waves, the sand, the breeze, the sunrises, the frozen drinks, the Dominican people…all wonderful and the reasons we keep coming back. It is necessary to get up early to reserve a good spot on the beach, but since I watch the sunrise every day that is no chore for me. Even if you are not a morning person, give yourself the experience of seeing the sunrise from the beach once in your life. It is something you will always remember. On this trip I was blessed to see the elusive green flash one morning, something I had only read about before. Truly amazing.

The food is plentiful if not wonderful. We enjoyed breakfast at the buffet every morning and lunch at either beach grill everyday. Some nights we ate at the buffet. We ate at the seafood restaurant, included in our VIP package. It was good but I would not go if it wasn’t included. We also ate at the Mexican, the Italian and the Brazilian restaurants. Other years we have eaten at the steakhouse (included in VIP but not worth it otherwise), the Chinese and the Dominican. The food is different than what we are used to, but it is nicely presented. If you don’t like something keep looking and you will find something else you do like. My advice – relax and enjoy the experience. The Brazilian is my favorite, my husband likes the buffet best but I think it’s more that he can wear shorts there.

The quiet pool is not always quiet, but when it is - it’s a great place to relax if you are looking for peace! I wish they would remove the animation program from that pool and it was like it had been last year. The animation people are nice and it’s fun to watch or join the activity sometimes, but it’s also important to have a quiet refuge somewhere.

The Superbowl was played on Sunday during our trip. The CCP set up a large projection screen TV and a bar in their function room near the lobby. Even though the Patriots were not contenders this year and even though Indy won, we had fun watching the game with many enthusiastic Canadians. I love Canadians!

We went snorkeling, banana boating and each had a massage. We enjoyed the swim up bar and the shopping evening when the vendors set up inside the resort. Yes, you must bargain with them. We went to the casino 3 nights and actually won a few bucks. In past years we took the Saona Island trip (but would only do that once due to the LONG bus ride), and the Kontiki boat trip (more fun if you are traveling with a group).

Important things to bring: lots of $1 bills for tips, sunscreen, Imodium, wire hangers, bug spray, camera, sunglasses, a good book, but most importantly a smile and good attitude.

It was a wonderful vacation to a wonderful place and we are already looking forward to a return trip.
Caribe Club Princess

February 2007
We stayed at the Caribe Club in January 2007. Thoroughly enjoyed it! We went the V.I.P way and thought it was worth the extra money- the massages on the beach in itself made the package! Our friends had regular suites and were quite satisfied too. Check in went extremly well and there was beer, coke,sprite and water in our room fridge chilled and waiting for us.

The food was great - the buffet was amazing - always something for even the fussiest of eaters. I think I had seafood every single day and never the same thing twice! We went to a few of the a la cartes, and they were all right, but I actually think the buffet had the best bet for a larger group of people. The bars were great and well located so there was always one nearby.

Plenty of activities to do without even leaving the resort, shopping on site (with actual price tags!) plus just a few minute walk down the beach there was a large market with more tourist shopping than you even want to deal with!

Our only issue is watch out for the time share people! they will look at your VIP bracelet and offer you "special welcome tours". We were taken on a tour and brought to a 5 star and then informed we would be given a short information tour. Great;{ 1 hour later we manage to get out to find out our guide has left us there! Luckily it was only a few minute walk back to our resort!

All in all it was a very relaxing and beautiful vacation and I would suggest this resort to anyone! The rooms were well kept and clean - our friends were as well. Everything went as well as we would expect in a country as poor as they are. Looking forward to going back!
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Deb and Bill 
Victoria, BC
December 2006
My husband and I stayed at the Carib Club Princess for a week in Nov 2006 after finding out that family members back east had booked there and we thought it would be fun to surprise them and just show up. We had stayed at Secrets Excellence a few years ago for two weeks and had a wonderful time however it was clear that Carib Club Princess would not be in the same league from reading past reviews prior to our holiday.

We were warned that the resort catered to Europeans, especially French and German tourists and although there were many while we stayed there, we did not feel "slighted" except for the concierge girl in our building who all but ignored us until we made it apparent that it was not acceptable. She quickly changed her tune for the remainder of our stay.

The food, as previous reviews have stated, was plentiful and one could always find something to eat. We were not fans of the Beach bar. The hamburgers were an off-white colour, the buns stale and my husband bit into something hard while earting a hotdog. We gave that a pass for the remainder of the week. As VIP members we ate at the Specialty Restaurant (La Cava??) one evening however our dinners were different than those who actually had to pay for their meal. My lobster was one quarter the size and my husband's New York steak had a bone in it!! When we were speaking to the Front Desk staff on another matter, we asked if this was the norm and the response was just a laugh. So apparently it is.

We had a lovely beachfront room (2210) and a sweet efficient maid who we were happy to tip daily. When we checked in, we realized that our shower was broken and had been literally ripped from the wall. Throughout the week, we called the front desk, let our maid know, and finally when down to the lobby with $20.00 in our hands, hoping that it might be incentive to fix the problem or at least come in, look at the problem and see if it could be fixed. Long story short, the shower was still broken when were checked out and chances are, it still is. My mother-in-law's shower did not work either, however with a new $20.00 bill in hand and a trip to the lobby after Day 3 of baths only, the shower wasn't fixed, however a new room was found.

Although these are minor problems in the scheme of things, in a country where tourism is booming and there is so much hotel competition and comparable prices, they are enough to keep us from returning to the Hotel. We did let the Princess Resort website know (in an area where they asked for reviews or suggestions) however we never did get a response. Not that we expected one.
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Pamela Terry-Lewis 
Baltimore, Maryland
August 2006
I traveled to the resort with friends for a restful vacation. I originally stayed at this resort when it first opened under the Hodelpa management. At that time, I felt the resort was almost impeccable with the exception of the service in main buffet. Waiters used to walk all around you with coffee pots and not wait on you in a timely fashion. While we noticed this again during this trip, we managed to use some our Spanish and got to know some of the wait staff. We also tipped well. This seemed to remedy the problem for the remainder of the trip as we continued to sit where our favorite wait staff was located in the buffet. We loved the service in all of the ala cartes. Even though the resort is under the Princess chain now, they continue to serve Dominican specialties in the buffets which we loved. Other resorts seem to lack that Dominican flair when you look at their bland or greasy buffets geared toward certain nationalities. The food is still very good with plenty of variety but plan on repetition during the course of the week. Repetition was a good thing in this case. Don’t miss the morning juice bar, the rice and beans, twisted dinner rolls, fried chicken, fried fish, coffee with milk, and lobster night. The two beach snack bars were great. We loved the pizza, crepes and onion rings. The Italian, Dominican and Japanese ala cartes were our favorites. The food was amazing. I would skip the Brazilian which is simply the buffet meats served like appetizers on swords every few minutes. Really strange! We left that one hungry and headed straight for the buffet. We also disliked the Mexican. The sauce tasted like catsup to me.No problems getting reservations each day in our room buildings. We didn’t try the Gourmet La Cava or the Seafood place and chose to repeat our favorites.

BEACH-The beach is still wonderful although the sand seemed tanner than it used to be. The weather was windy and cloudy for the first three days so there was some seagrass in the water. The water is still wavy. The water was great for boogie boarding. Don’t plan to snorkel on the beach. You will have to book a snorkel tour. We took the Marinarium tour with the sharks and stingrays. Warning!! Skip/Reschedule this tour if it is cloudy and or windy. We had a rough time out there in rough water due to weather. Nothing makes you more nervous than swimming with sharks and stingrays in dark water with no sun. There were plenty of beach chairs and palapas on the resort’s beach even when we arrived late.

ROOM -The room was not without issues on the first day. When I arrived they allowed me to check in immediately without waiting around for hours. However, the toilet was not operational. The television remotes are stored at the front desk and so are the safe keys. I had to return to the front desk in the heat, toting my heavy valuables( documents, cd player, jewelry etc) to get the key and remote. After retrieving the needed items, and returning to the room, I discovered that the previous guest left the removable lock in the safe. I needed to have it removed before I could use the safe. I again returned to the front desk in the heat still toting my valuables. The lobby is about ½ mile away from the rooms. They handed me a bag of safe keys and told me to try all of the keys and then return the bag of keys to them which required one more trip to the front desk in the heat. Now this was strange VIP service!! They fixed the toilet problem relatively quickly thank goodness. I thought they were going to hand me a plunger. I still lost a couple of hours on this adventure and lost some of my beach day with my friends. I wasn’t a happy camper on day one. The room was a jr. suite with a view of the pool. It was nice. Maid service was adequate, rum, cigars, fruit platter and VIP nightly turn down mint on the pillow service, which began after day 2 and ended after day 6. I liked the fact that the maids remade the bed and replaced towels when they did the nightly turn down service. I wanted to see them do a better job of getting the sand off of the room floor. It always felt gritty.

Resort Appearance – The resort’s landscaping was better when it first opened. I was shocked to see a wooden bridge over water at the ala cartes blocked off with red danger tape. The resort grass was completely dead/dry in spots and full of debris( paper, cigarette butts) and rocks. This is not the norm for the DR at all. Ponds are unkempt and brown. Fountains are inoperative. The Dominican music that used to play throughout the mangroves is now inoperative in places. A couple of working speakers blared disco tunes. There were groundskeepers working but they really need to clean up. This resort was gorgeous when it first opened. Landscaping generally improves over time but not in this case.

Another Problem- For about 3-4 days of the vacation, the resort which was calm for the first 2 days, filled to capacity with Spanish speaking guests from another single country and locals. These guests took over all three pools and all of the bars. I have heard of this happening at other resorts but never experienced it until this trip. It appeared that entire families with children and extended generations descended upon the resort. We began to wonder what travel deals were available and questioned some of the guests who traveled in large family units. It became a problem because numerous children appeared to be largely unsupervised and continuously jumped into the pools splashing everyone. The also ran, screamed etc. and forced many guests onto the beach. You couldn’t even reach the swim up bar. The pools were full of loud, drunk people. It was like MTV spring break. Loud behavior could be heard in the hallways at night during this period and I even experienced strange knocks on the door late at night. There are no peep holes in the room doors( a safety concern) so I ignored the knocking. After a few days, this large group of rowdy guests, suddenly departed and a calm was experienced for the final two days of our vacation.

ENTERTAINMENT- The entertainment staff is still top notch! They really worked to get everyone involved on the beach and in the available shows. We loved them. The comedy show was hysterical. The dance shows were wonderful and well choreographed. The stage is still the best in Punta Cana with its light and smoke effects. The did preempt shows one night because they brought in a Puerto Rican singing star (coincidentally during the crowded period) in the disco and charged a $10. cover and another night for a disco on the beach. We aren’t disco people and felt cheated out of two shows.

Overall- I had a good vacation with my friends on the beach and enjoyed some great food and service. Unfortunately, the vacation was not as problem free and as restful as I wanted . I hope the Princess resorts works harder to reclaim the luster that this resort once had. It certainly has good bones to build on with decent rooms, food and entertainment. I will certainly return to the DR next year but will continue to search for a new resort to try.
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Todd and Lisa 
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
June 2006
Caribe Club Princess is a fantastic place to stay!

Nothing like going to a resort during slow season and having a pool all to yourself! I am 39 and my girlfriend is 39. I proposed to her on the beach with a full moon and it was spectacular! Getting married in January on a beach, but somewhere else as there are so many places to go to, going back to the same place is not for us.

Travelled via Sunwing Vacations and since they do not own any planes we actually flew North American Air. Flight was to be at 4:25pm Sunday but was delayed by several hours, so we didn’t get in until 5am Monday. NA is as crappy as AirTransat, and even though it was a full flight Sunwing would not provide a full set of pillows, where only 75 were made available to the flight crew, from what we were told. Flight crew was excellent though. I will never use Sunwing Vacations again and do not recommend them at all!

Since it was pre-dawn, a breeze. Asked for upgrade to ocean-view suite with sunken living room and no problem.

We stayed in 2215, and that block is ocean-view, quiet and over-looks the pool and beach. Rooms are clean and mini-fridge stocked with water, pop and beers. Two queen beds and we pushed them together for a huge sleeping area. Previous reviewer says to bring bottle opener, but if they would have looked on the cupboard door of the mini-fridge they would have found it attached and convenient. No complaints!

Excellent and better than I expected. Since it is off-season, never a problem for tables, line-ups, etc. Leave a tip of a buck when you eat and the staff is attentive every time. Breakfast crepes were fantastic, and the a-la-cartes wonderful. Our fave was the Mexican. There is also a crepe restaurant off the beach that serves them with ice cream, fruit, chicken, what ever… yummy!!!! And the beach grill makes awesome burgers and fries.

Exceptional. Manny at the front desk was great! As was Ricardo and Emilio, our Sunwing rep. The spa/gym is up-to-date and the massages were awesome. On both occasions she had to tap me awake! Lisa got a pedicure and manicure that were professionally done, better than back home even.

These guys work really hard. Shows were above-par, and they did a Lion King that was almost worthy of the big stage back home.


1- We did the dune buggy afternoon tour. What a riot!!! Roads through the jungle and lots of water puddles for big waves. We were both covered in mud! We happen to break our buggy, so at the halfway point at a secluded beach (beautiful!) we were given an ATV. Wow! The dunebuggies are fun, but the ATVs are a riot! Glad we broke ours to get the best of both! 2- Our other trip was to Saona Island. DO NOT RECOMMEND IT. I hate bus rides, being 6’3” 290 and a 3 hr trip there and then back again at the end of the day was not worth the trip. We will always ask how long to get to the activity from now on…

Loved it! A golf cart train takes you from the lobby to the Bavaro Tower Casino down the street and was always there to take us home (with our winnings!!!)

Stayed away from the main pool. Too loud and I like my quiet on vacation, so we were at the other pool, which no one was at! We would either go for a dip in the ocean or roll over into the pool. It was great!

A 10+. Just make sure when you book, to not book VIP, as if you ask nicely when you arrive you may get it cheaper at the front desk. Also, make sure that you book the Caribe, as there is also the Tropical Princess right there, but away from the beach and no access to the a-la-cartes. A couple from Barrie stayed in the area and they told us they were not happy with the booking as they were not informed that the Tropical does not have A-la-cartes included. On the Saturday night, my future-wife-to-be had coordinated a special surprise dinner for my birthday RIGHT ON THE BEACH with our own personal waiter (Wilson was the best waiter ever!!) and we had sea food from the gourmet restaurant. THE BEST SEAFOOD DINNER I HAVE EVER HAD!!. Nothing but thumbs up to the people in the kitchen. The resort staff was so helpful that our stay there qualifies for the best trip we have had so far!
Caribe Club Princess
Cincinnati Ohio
May 2006
This was our (My wife and I) second trip to Punta Cana. The first time (2003) we stayed at the Barcela Bavaro Beach Resort and this time we stayed at the Club Princess Caribe during the last of week of April (2006). I have read many of the other reviews and it's hard to believe some of the negative comments. It makes you wonder if we were at the same place. We went with two other couples and even though I have listed below several cons, all things considered, we had a great time.


  • The resort and grounds were immaculate

  • The beach and water were beautiful.

  • There are 3 large pools and one with a swim up bar.

  • Weather was fantastic

  • Staff was very friendly and eager to please

  • We had no problems with sickness at all. We only used the tap water for brushing our teeth though.

  • Our room # 2313 was superb. We had cathedral ceilings, sunken living room, an ocean + pool view with a balcony.

  • Some rooms were updated with a large flat screen HDTV.


  • Rooms are a 10-minute walk from the Lobby.

  • Trolleys are supposed to run every 15 minutes, but they seldom did.

  • No elevators so be prepared to walk up and down a lot of stairs, depending on your room location.

  • Nothing is air conditioned except for your room so get used to the heat and humidity at mealtime.

  • Food was kind of "sucky" but choices were plentiful and varied.

  • Lounge chairs on the beach and by the pools get "snatched" up early by guests coming out at daybreak and leaving their towels so be ready to play that game if seating is important to you.

  • There is some brackish water there incorprated as part of the landscape design so biting insects were a problem after sunset.

  • Not too much of a nightlife at this resort.

EXCURSIONS We took the " Outback Jungle Safari " which was an 8-hour trip on the back of a flatbed truck. 4-hours would've been better considering the condition of the roads. Our guide (Louis) was very informative and the scenery was breathtaking but, it consumed most of our day and was quite exhausting. We also did the "Speedboat" excursion which was a 4-hour trip. This entailed driving a 30hp, two-person boat a mile or so down the beach to an anchored pontoon platform, at which we were given snorkel gear and allowed to snorkel for an hour or so. This was a pleasant experience except our boat quit twice during the trip.

We did not purchase this and we have no regrets in not doing so. You can eat free in all the restaurants except the steakhouse (La Cava) and the seafood place (La Pescadore) without a VIP package. To eat in either of these two places will cost you $25 per person without the VIP. To me, the only time a VIP package would be worth the expense ($15 per person per day) is if you "have to" drink domestic beer and you plan on consuming it in large quantities. Otherwise domestic beer will cost you $4.00 per bottle. El Presidente doesn't taste bad after the 4th or 5th one.

There is a flea market about a 20 minute walk up the beach (Turn left at the ocean). I couldn't walk too far due to recent knee surgery so we paid $10 for a catamaran ride back down to the hotel. There is shopping plaza just outside the resort ($2.00 cab fare per person from the Casino). The merchants there are more aggressive than at the flea market but it's a safe place to shop. Most vendors will accept 30% - 40% of their asking price we found.

One thing that might be worth mentioning is that before your departure from Punta Cana Airport, "all your baggage" is manually searched (in front of God and everybody) by airport security, so if you're carrying anything of a personal or embarrassing nature, consider yourself forewarned.

The rooms and view were nicer at the Princess Caribe.
The waves are bigger on this part of the island than they were at Barcela Bavaro if you like a higher surf. I personally like it calm.
Other than that, if i had to choose a place to return to, I would choose Barcela Bavaro Beach resort. I can't think of any cons as far as Barcela Bavaro goes. You will certainly enjoy your stay at the Princess Caribe if you don't mind walking a bit and climbing a few stairs. Hope this helps. Enjoy!!!
Caribe Club Princess
April 2006
My Husband and I went to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, March 26 through April 2, 2006. We stayed at the Caribe Club Princess. We went through TNT vacations. We were pleased with TNT per se. When we arrived at Boston, there was a TNT rep there that passed out our Tourist cards ($10 otherwise when you arrive at Punta Cana). Also included was a $20 departure tax. We never received a voucher or anything, just nothing was ever mentioned of it when we left. Be advised that the picture they take of you when you first enter the airport in Punta Cana will be for sale for $7 when you leave, so look for the area selling the photos on your departure.

The morning of our second day there we had a meeting with our TNT rep. It is very important you go to this. Make a list of all your questions and be sure to ask him. He/She is a good resource. We scheduled two tours through him: Santo Domingo and Saona Catamaran. These were in the $80 per person range. Have your VISA with you to pay. I wouldn’t recommend the Santo Domingo trip. It is about a 4 ½ hour bus ride both ways. The ride itself was an experience. The roads and drivers are terrible. The trip didn’t really show the best parts of Santo Domingo. It took us to a memorial to Christopher Columbus where his remains are “supposedly” in this guarded “casket”. We went to a church and through the house where his son and daughter in law lived. Then we had 1 ½ hours to shop, which was way too long! We went to a buffet for lunch at a local place that was pretty good. It was a LONG day. If you reserve a restaurant for that night, make it for the 8:00 or later time! The Saona Catamaran trip would have been better had the conditions been better. The TNT rep had told us it was an hour bus ride, but it was two. It wasn’t good weather to start, cold and windy. We took the catamaran to the island, which was the best part. The island was beautiful and we had a nice buffet there as well. Then began the speed boat trip back to the bus for the trip home!! The motors wouldn’t start. After several boat changes, we made it back to the bus. There is a shallow area in the ocean for swimming and seeing starfish. Everyone was so cold and it was so late, that no one wanted to get out of the boat. One of the Dominicans jumped in and found some star fish. So we did see the starfish. . The conditions were deplorable where we were supposed to change and go to the bathroom. I know it is 3rd world, but this was awful. It was a real challenge trying to change and not let anything touch the floor!! So another long day!! Some people we met went on the Bavaro Runner and said it was awesome, worth twice the price.

The Caribe Club Princess was a very nice resort. Our room looked out to the ocean and pool. It was quite most of the time. One time there was no water for a short period. You could go about a 20 minute walk down the beach to a flea market. They weren’t too pushy there, but you have to offer half of what they ask. This resort is also within walking distance into Bavaro, a small tourist town. By contrast they are VERY pushy and you really have to watch what you’re doing. We felt safe walking there. It was about a 20-25 min walk.

We got the VIP package. I highly recommend it. Included in it is: Safe key (if you don’t get the VIP, I highly recommend paying $20 for the key. It’s good peace of mind), beach towels, small bottle of rum, use of bathrobes during the stay, eating at all the restaurants for nothing and an included meal at one of the 2 gourmet restaurants which would be about $30 each plus tax. There is also included a motorized water sport, 20 min massage, upper shelf liquor, and 3 cigars, and some internet time. If you don’t have the VIP package, you have to pay $8 per person for the other restaurants – Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Brazilian and Dominican. We chose the fish one for our gourmet one and really liked it. The other option was a steak restaurant.

The buffet really gets old very quickly. It is okay for breakfast as they do “omelets” and there’s cereal, toast, peanut butter, etc. For lunches, there are several little places having lunch or the buffet is there as well. We avoided it for dinner. We learned that if you don’t get to reserve your restaurant in time, you can go and if someone doesn’t show, they will seat you. Every time we went there were empty seats, so this is really worth a try, given the option of the buffet! We were able to reserve all but one night. If you are going on an excursion, they will let you reserve a night ahead.

As far as not getting sick, I don’t have any suggestions. My husband and I avoided salads and tap water (hint here, as soon as you are in your room, put a water bottle next to the faucet to remind you to NOT drink or brush your teeth with the water). We both got sick. His was gone in 2 days, mine longer. I really felt badly just one day. You just need to be aware of where the bathrooms are!! However, it did cut into my beer consumption!! The El Presidente beer was really good. The people next to me on the way home had been sick as well. We got Hepatitis A immunization, but didn’t take malaria pills. Got some small bites but never felt the need to use bug spray. Really didn’t see many bugs.

Some things to be sure to take: 50+ single dollars for tipping, sunscreen, a hat, Imodium, pepto bismol tablets, Tylenol, bug spray with deet. You don’t need to change any money into Dominican pesos. Everyone takes US $$. In tourist places along the way on the excursions, they do the exchanging right there. We have verizon cell phones, and they worked fine, but you will pay roaming fees. We left the maid a couple of dollars every day. Never saw her, so don’t know if it made a difference. We always had towels and what we needed.

Now that I’ve gone, I'm not sure if I’d go back. Ask me in a year!! Good weather would have made it more enjoyable, and my husband and I just aren’t lay in the sun and do nothing people! We like beer and wine, but really aren’t into the hard liquor. Reserving a chair and umbrella really wasn’t a problem for us, as we aren’t sun worshipers! We’d get our sun walking on the beach or just being outside. This particular trip, getting too much sun wasn’t a real problem! It was nice getting away and spending time together and seeing a different culture, and I highly recommend the Caribe Club Princess and TNT vacations. The Dominicans are a very friendly, happy people. They try very hard to deal with all the people and I was very impressed with them as a whole. Not speaking Spanish was somewhat of a barrier, but nothing serious. Someone who spoke English was usually nearby.

Go and enjoy!
Caribe Club Princess
Illinois USA
April 2006
HI Debbie,
My best friend and I went to Punta Cana and stayed at the Caribe Club Princess March 24-31 2006. I also read the reviews and was not sure about what to think. I read a lot of bad reviews. Well let me tell you, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. This is my first all-inclusive.

Our flight left Milwaukee at 6:00 a.m. on the 24th of March. We went thru Apple. The plane ride was nice but we did get stuck in the exit rows and we could not put our seat backs, seems how we had not slept all night it was uncomfortable. We arrived in Punta Cana at 12:30 p.m. It was quick and fast thru the airport. (remember this is my first time also out of the country) going thru immigration was fast also, we we greeted by ladies from the airport dressed up and took our pictures and we are glad they did they turned out great and we picked them up at the airport on our way home for $6.00 US. There are a lot of men waiting for you that want to take your luggage and they are demanding, but we just walked right by them, I wished we would of took them up on the offer, our bus was night far away, but after a long day we could of used it. We only stopped off at 2 other resorts and we got to ours in 30 minutes after we left the airport. We had no problems with our luggage what so ever.

Was very easy thanks to my friend who knew some Spanish, but they pretty much knew most English. We upgraded to VIP it was cheep and well worth it. It did not kick in until the next day. We did have to wait around for the trolley, but that was okay we were taking in the beauty of the lobby, it was so beautiful. Our room was not ready yet so we went and ate at a buffet.

We had just a room with 2 queen beds nice area. We were in the 1300 and the view is great. You can look out the balcony and see everything. We had a view of the main pool which was the America pool and the maids were great. We had a overabundance of towels which was nice we did have our bar stocked every night. Tipping even a $1.00 goes along ways for one person they really like it and they appreciate it.

Definitely would recommend. We had very nice bathrobes and slippers, loved the slippers. We got a bottle of rum, cigars, one free hour of Internet service and a free meal which they gave us 2. The massage was the best we got that our first night and it was the best I have ever had and I have had many here in the United States.

It was a great beach, a little surprised at the topless but hey I ended up doing it also the next day I was there. The water was beautiful and warm. There was a bar right by us so we didn't have to walk far. We did walk down a ways on the beach and out of all of them this was the best beach that I saw. The water was a little rough.

We only went to the main pool for a half day, we just enjoyed the beach more.

We went to the EL Prescador twice loved it. Lobsters grilled just thinking about makes my mouth water now. We ate there the last night and did get charged for that it was $63.00 USA but so worth it. We also ate at La Cava it was also great we ate outside. we ate at Mama Mia Italian and the Japanese restaurants they were all great. And the service was great. They are not in any hurry, they do sever it slow it seemed like we waited awhile but well worth it. Make sure you get up early in order to make your reservations because they do go fast, I did notice that they were not full at some eating times, I don't know why they only let so many in.We did eat at the buffet every morning you do get kind of tired of the same food every morning, but we did make blt's and they worked. We did have a lot of crevases but it took us till the 5th night to figure out that we could have MGD beers. I did not have any problems with the water, we drank only bottled and what they served us at the table. It did hit me when I got home and still having problems. But that would not stop me from going again.

We did go shopping out of the resort it was a 20 minute walk, they will tell you 10 but trust me it is longer. The gift shops carry the same things, it was real hard on the choosing it seemed like it was all the same. It was fun negotiating with them, but they are not happy campers if you come into there store and do not buy anything and watch out if you do go out of the resort shopping because they lure you in by holding your hand. They are very aggressive.

We did not watch any shows but we did meet a lot of nice people and they said they liked them. We did not make it to the disco we were already in bed. It was real quiet around our hotel always by 7:30 p.m.

We went on the Outback Jungle Safari Sunday the 26th it was the best time I had there. We left our resort at 8:30 a.m. and we got to see a lot of things to many to list. I do know that we went with about 20 people from different resorts and they were all nice, we did go thru 4 bottles of rum and 6 cases of beer all included. I would tell anyone who goes to Punta Cana you have to do this. (It all does not have to do with the beer and rum) I believe we had just a wild group. I did see one leaving, the day we left for home and there were a lot of kids.

We left our resort (very emotional for our new friends that work at the resort and us) around 9:30 a.m. we decided to take a taxi with another couple and the staff said that it would cost us $25.00 US so we thought we would split it, when we got to the airport we found out different he charged us $25.00 US per couple, but that was okay. By the time we got to the airport about 30 mins later, we had to wait for our Milwaukee sign to come up, we were not due to leave the airport until 1:35 p.m. but it was worth it because we were the first to check in and let me tell you we got to pick the seat that we wanted for the trip home. That was about a 2 hr. wait they do have dogs there to check your bags and they do go thru your bags also. And there was a long line behind us so it does pay to go early. So we got to have some American food, real pizza made out of real crust. $6.00 Us dollars for 1 slice. I did get a pop and a candy bar which was all melted and could tell it was out of date. For $5.00 Us dollars. So the airport is pretty expensive. It rained the whole day we were there. We were early to our flight and we ended up taking off 15 minutes early. We did have to walk a ways to get to our plane in the rain, but I didn't mind, but I heard others that did.

Our weather for the most part was nice there was a couple of days it rained either all morning or all afternoon. But it was still nice. We had one day the last day we were there that it did not rain at all. They did tell us at the resort that this is unusual to have this much rain there at this time, but hey tell me what place you go to now where the weather is not different now? Over all I would rate this hotel a 5 and I would leave again tomorrow if I had the money of course.But I cannot wait until next year, they say if you go out of the resort it is expensive compared to Mexico, and my friend had been to Mexico and this is her first trip also to Punta Cana and she said she would come here before she would go back to Mexico. We did not do any watersports, you would need 2 weeks to be able to get everything in and see all the sites. I just love this resort because everything is all right by you, the lobby and their gifts shops are about a 7 minute walk, but after eating a big meal it comes in handy.

I would highly recommend this to anyone and I can't wait to go back again.