February/March, 2012, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

We vacationed at the fabulous Paradisus Palma Real Resort on the far eastern shore ("La Altagracia" region) of the Dominican Republic this winter. We made it an "all included" vacation, so that meals, drinks, transportation, activities of all kinds, entertainment, and so on were all included in one price. We stayed in a top-floor room with a view of the ocean, overlooking a garden from our balcony. The room itself was a suite, really, with a great bathroom (jacuzzi, shower, and all), and a canopy bed with netting. We had an HDTV, fridge that was restocked every day, and a bar withall booze included.

We flew on USAirways' A320s both ways, direct and in select seating. We had leather seats with the middle row empty, so we had a very comfortable ride. A brief wait on the transportation and then 20 minutes to the resort. Driving into the property was a revelation, with beautiful tropical gardens all along the entrance road, but we were still stunned by the resort itself.

We were greeted by our personal consierge, Alvarro Castillo, who arranged all of our meals and made whatever plans we needed taken care of. We were quickly accustomed to the place, and set out to explore and enjoy. And we did!

The architecture was a beautiful combination of Romanesque lobbies of travetine and island palapas (thatched roofs). The beach was very wide and featured a fine, white sand and beautiful multi-colored water with only mild waves. Each day we had a private palapa with beach lounges and with beach service delivering any drinks we might want (included in the resort price). Between the beach and the resort hotel was a massive swimming pool and georgeous tropical gardens.

Following are some photos:

The lobby upon entering Palma Real:
Lobby, through to ocean view Lobby view
A view of our suite and a view from the balcony:
Our room View from the balcony
Karen on the balcony, and some flamingos in a garden by the lobby:
Karen on Deck Flam\ingos
The beach, looking north, and a view of the palapas as you approach the beach from the pool:
Beach looking north Palapas
A view from the golf course at Cocotal, and part of Palma Real's swimming pool:
Golf course at Cocotal A view of part of the pool
The view from breakfast, and Chuck at the table:
Breakfast scene Chuck

We played golf two days at Cocotal, a course that is walking distance from The Paradisis Palma Real Resort where we stayed. Getting there was even easier, however, in that a golf cart "limo" picked us up and brought us back. Beautiful day, great time. It did rain when we got to hole 17 the second time we played. It was actually not a problem. Very little rain, came and went fast. Mostly warm, mild, with a bit of wind.

We ate at a different restaurant in the resort almost every evening. The food was good, not great, but enjoyable. The servcie was very good and they always kept your glass full... whatever you drank. We ate at Bana (Asian fusion & Teppenyaki), Gabi Beach (seafood), Vento (Italian), Market Grill, and Hydra Grill (which we liked the best). We ate breakfast and lunch at the Gabi Beach, Market Grill, or Naos... Naos mostly, and it was a great buffet.

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