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Occidental Caribe - All-Inclusive

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana

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5 Nights with Air from $779 All-Inclusive
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3.5 out of 5
"We were skeptical after reading so many negatives, but realize now, that you can't please all of the people all of the time. We did our homework and knew not to drink the tap water, knew that the beach..." – kcsunshine
299 out of 462 (65%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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3.5 out of 5
"We were skeptical after reading so many negatives, but realize now, that you can't please all of the people all of the time. We did our homework and knew not to drink the tap water, knew that the beach..." – kcsunshine
299 out of 462 (65%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Bedroom Dinner at the beach Very comfy rooms Sunrise at the beach view from my room view from room 2209 Paradise ! This was our favorite place to hang out for breakfast and lunch. Yep, the cockroach! Punta Cana April 2013 The wonderful beach Love my Dominican roots Sunrise on one of our mornings Beach view Balcony View! View from our balcony Beach - VERY close to the hotel Told you it was like a postcard Ire from our room Poolside Dinner at the beach beach...just beautiful !!! Beach & Grounds French Rest Pool 1
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May 21, 2017
Beautiful beach, horrible food

The beach is gorgeous, although the bottom is sandy, so no snorkeling. The hotel accommodations are comfortable. The pools are nice and there's loud music in only one: the other is quiet and relaxing. The service is not the greatest. Everyone seems careless with a few exceptions. On the last day they did not clean our room. That evening, we called THREE times for clean towels. Three times we were promised clean towels that never arrived. After showering we had to use wet pool towels to dry. Someone stole my wife's bag while we were taking a short night walk on the beach. The thief grabbed the bag while we were 20 feet away and took off running. Security was absent from the beach. As we chased the thief, we saw other hotels had security personnel at the beach. They tried to chase the man but to no avail. We lost an $800 phone, about $100 cash and some other belongings. But it is probably the food which will prevent us from returning to this hotel. Absolutely horrendous. The only fish selection was "dorado" and other, oily and very strong tasting fish. One day I was given a filet that was totally undercooked. Two days I say "mero" but it was only steamed and tasteless. Every day we saw tray after tray of vegetables. They obviously skimp on meat, and when they had it, it was very gamy and seemed reheated, every time. It was so gamy, it made me wonder if it was beef at all. One day I saw boiled chicken. Just like that, boiled. The sign even said BOILED CHICKEN. No spices, no attempt to make it good. The japanese restaurant....a total joke. They gave us sushi maybe from a box, hardened and old, Inedible. One piece had banana instead of fish. Banana sushi. Can't make this up. The rest was barely ok. We are not picky eaters and we had problems finding something to eat on a daily basis. Heck, one day I asked for a hamburger and the smell of the gamy meat was so strong I could not eat it. Was it really beef?? The fries were from a frozen bag, dried up and old. I really could not eat them. Definitely, this is a low budget operation, they skimp on meat and seafood, abuse the vegetables which must be very cheap to explain its abundance. I would not return here even if it was free. What a waste of a gorgeous beach. I would post pictures but we had our phone stolen.


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Overall Rating: 3
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From: Baltimore, MD
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

May 18, 2017
Great family time

My First time in Punta Cana and I was impressed with the airport's cleanliness and organization. The hotel was also very clean and the staff went out their way to please me in any request. Ambiori, at the breakfast buffet personally went to the back to make sure I was cooked a "mangu", a Dominican specialty, for breakfast as they did not have the first morning I was there. The entertainers were great. Alex and his partner were fun and very respectful. The Friday night show with the acrobats was amazing. The only small down side was the large group of teenagers that were there during my stay. Not that they were terrible, I am just passed that stage! The Polaris excursion to the natural pool at Ojos Indigenas was the best. Definitely going back again.

Great family time
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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Florida
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 15, 2017
great experience

The people are great, make sure to tip at least a $1 a person. They will highly appreciate it and help you with anything you need. If you speak Spanish even better. Food was not that great. Everything else was good


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Boston, Ma
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 15, 2017
OC is ok

Pros: pools were very clean, landscaped well, plenty of comfortable chairs, music, nice towels, conveniently located. Landscaping all over resort was very nice, no bugs really. Beaches were well groomed, comfortable chairs, water was amazing! Italian & Dominican restaurants were very good. Food was excellent, wait staff was very good at just those 2 places. Fruit on the buffet, the coffee, the morning oats, & omellette station were good. Free shuttle to shopping plaza was nice & tons of souvenirs to choose from. Very organized & felt safe. The view from our balcony was amazing! Shops at hotel had basic essentials just way overpriced. Con's: With the exception of the Italian & Dominican restaurants ALL the other food was pretty awful. We tried the Mexican, French, Japanese & both buffets. Service & food was very bad. Room cleaning daily was hit or miss. We had to request towels several times. The coffee pot was dirty & leaked, the room smelled terrible. The disco downstairs smelled worse and all the public restrooms smelled horrible to the point of feeling nauseous. The check in & check out process was downright awful! It was complete chaos, people cut in front of others by just walking right up to the counter, no signs to direct where a line is or which one to be in, staff would disappear in the back for a long time without explaining why or what they were doing, it took 3 hours to check in! We got in after 4p and were told after waiting an hour that none of the rooms were ready so we had to come back 2 other times waiting for over an hour to finally get checked in. The staff speaks little to no English so just be prepared for that if you don't know any Spanish. They are not exactly friendly either. Most of them seemed very annoyed to even interact with you. Many times they ignored guests speaking directly to them or trying to get their attention. Entertainment was not the greatest. The disco was empty except 1 night.


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 35-44
Travel: 7+ trips/year

Room Information

Occidental Caribe - All-Inclusive features 798 air-conditioned guest rooms with one king or two double beds . All guest rooms feature a balcony, air conditioning, telephone, safety deposit box, mini-fridge stocked with soft drinks, beer and water, CD player, and a cable TV with international and national channels.

Room Details

Double Room
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Double Ocean View (available beginning Dec 21, 2017)
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Superior Room
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Superior Room Ocean Front
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Suite Premium Level (available beginning Dec 21, 2017)
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What's to Love

It's all-inclusive and all-aahmazing. You'll want for nada.

Metamorphosis Spa. Aloe-vera body wraps & Shiatsu massages transform you. Body & soul.

An in-water jungle gym, water-spraying palm tree and ginormous frog for your beach babies.

Family fun like supervised trapeze training & a trampoline. Yes, you read that right.

Mediterranean-style architecture makes you feel all royal.

 

What We'd Change

Necessary items, such as sunscreen, can be pretty pricey at the resort's shops. Bring plenty with you, and you'll have no problem getting oodles of pictures of your well-protected bronzed bod.

 

Why You Should Go

It's just a 25 short minutes from the airport. Your sandsational vacay will begin pronto.

There's scuba & snorkeling. Water polo & water basketball. Get splashy.

Three tennis courts and a climbing wall offer fun on terra firma & for those who enjoy heights.

Golf is only 20 minutes away at an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Juan Manuel Gordilla.

Eco-adventures tours are available for all the explorer types out there.

Available Amenities

  • Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Business Center ($)
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Room Service ($)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Aerobics
  • Soccer
  • Medical Services ($)
  • 7 Restaurants
  • 7 Bars/Lounges
  • Bocce Ball
  • Nightclub
  • Shopping
  • Snack Bar
  • Theater
  • Climbing Wall
  • Handicap Room Available
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Wireless Internet Access ($)
  • Tour Desk
  • Tennis Courts
  • Beach Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Beauty Salon ($)
  • Lounge Chairs
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Dive Shop ($)
  • Banquet Facilities ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Eco-Adventure Tour(s)
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Watersports Rentals

Map of Local Area

The Dominican Republic continues to grow as a major tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches, rich culture, and abundance of available activities.

Occidental Caribe - All-Inclusive

Playa Arena Gorda, Higuey

+809 476 7777

Hotel Description

Occidental Caribe - All-Inclusive: All-Dominican Dreamtastic

Drink in hand in the dazzling Dominican - this could be you while your kiddos are off squealing and sliding in their splashy pool. This all-inclusive earth-heaven is swimming with all the water sports, entertainment, good grub and good eats your amazing fam can wrap their sweet sandy heads (and bodies) around. Seriously. It's a Memory Fest just waiting to happen.

DINING

Here, global goodness is yours. Nosh on Dominican & French. Italian and Japanese. There are buffets, too, where your taste buds can take a trip around the world. All on one plate.

Alcazar Buffet
Type:
Buffet
Hours: Breakfast- daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch- daily, 12:30pm-2:30pm; Dinner- daily, 6pm-10pm
Description: An extensive buffet is offered throughout the day.
Dress code: Casual. No tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are allowed. Men aren't permitted to wear sleeveless shirts.

Tokio
Type: Japanese
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10pm
Description: Tokio serves teppanyaki-style Japanese. Smoking isn't permitted.
Dress code: Casual. No tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are allowed. Men aren't permitted to wear sleeveless shirts.

El Mirador
Type: International
Hours: Lunch- daily, noon-3pm; Dinner- daily, 7pm-10pm;
Description:
El Mirador offers a light lunch followed by a Tex-Mex cuisine for dinner.
Dress code:
Casual. No tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are allowed. Men aren't permitted to wear sleeveless shirts.

Paris
Type: French
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10pm
Description: Offering French specialties. Smoking isn't permitted.
Dress code: Casual. No tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are allowed. Men aren't permitted to wear sleeveless shirts.

Roma
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10pm
Description: Roma offers Italian cuisine. Smoking isn't permitted.
Dress code: Casual. No tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are allowed. Men aren't permitted to wear sleeveless shirts.

El Marlin
Type: International
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10pm
Description: El Marlin specializes cuisine that features meat and fish.
Dress code: Casual. No tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are allowed. Men aren't permitted to wear sleeveless shirts.

El Conuco
Type: Dominican
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10pm
Description: El Conuco features authentic Dominican cuisine. Smoking isn't permitted.
Dress code: Casual. No tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are allowed. Men aren't permitted to wear sleeveless shirts.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Cocktails, anyone? Meet your squad for adult beverages in the swim-up bar or the disco. The sports bar (adults-only) or the Bar del Teatro. But that's not all. There's a spot for drinks around every palm.

Alhambra
Lobby bar. Daily, 8:30am-1am with Happy Hour from 7pm-8pm.

Marien
Lobby bar. Daily, 10am-1am.

Disco Bar
Daily, 10:30pm-2am.

El Marlin Bar
Located in the El Marlin Restaurant. Daily, 5am-11pm.

El Mirador Bar
Located in the El Mirador Restaurant. Daily, 10am-6pm.

Swim-Up Bar
Daily, 10am-6pm.

Take Five Sports Bar
Adults only. Daily, 4pm-4am.

Bar del Teatro
Daily, 7:30pm-5am.



BEACHES AND POOLS

Chillax on the jaw-dropping beach of the Playa Arena Gorda, one of the largest (and swimmable) in the area. Hit the glistening lagoon-style pool, or grab the munchkins and head to the children's pool - it's got mini-slides. Your splash is our command.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Kayaking
  • Catamaran (with guide only)
  • Water volleyball
  • Water basketball
  • Windsurfing
  • Water polo

Land

  • Three tennis courts
  • Beach volleyball
  • Climbing wall
  • Aerobics
  • Circus trapeze
  • "Ice"-skating rink

Available for an additional charge:

  • Diving
  • Sailing course

Golf
Golf is available only 20 minutes away at the Bavaro Golf Course, an 18-hole par-72 course designed by Juan Manuel Gordilla. The course, with three tee sets for ladies, amateurs and professionals, was redesigned in 2010, by P. B. Dye, and features 6,710 yards of holes bordered by thick vegetation, amid a large lake that dares you to slice.



INTERNET

Occidental Caribe offers Wi-Fi and has an Internet center available for an additional charge. The Internet center is open daily, 7am-11pm.

SPA SERVICES

Metamorphosis is a modern spa that includes two hydrotherapy machines, two Jacuzzis, three massage cabins, a special "Vichy" shower, two saunas and facilities for special therapies. The beauty salon offers special hand, foot and hair therapies, Caribbean braiding, waxing and make-up.

CHILD CARE

The mini-club is available for children ages 4-12 with several activities, including:
  • Trapeze and jumping area
  • Outside and inside activities
  • Computer and board games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Lunch buffet

The Nightclub Disco welcomes children ages 4-12, and the Teen Club is for 13-17 year olds.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Occidental Caribe - All-Inclusive is located 25 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 7-night minimum stay is required for travel Apr 9-15, 2017 and Dec 21, 2017-Apr 7, 2018.
A 4-night minimum stay is required for travel Apr 8-Dec 20, 2018.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Spring Break Policy
Groups of guests age 16-23 years are required a $400 per person cash deposit at the time of check-in.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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