Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa

Dominican Republic - Puerto Plata

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3.7 out of 5
"Unfortunately it rained the entire time I was there and therefore it is difficult to give a glowing review. There isn't much to do in those instances." – blkwdw
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VIP Beach Great dining! VIP Beach Frosty bar at the pool Early morning view of the VIP Beach Happy staff! Sunday welcome party love the drinks! Entrance Bugs on the floor GREAT FRIENDS An amazing view from Lifestyles Resort! VIP BEACH Welcome Party VIP beach aka the boom boom rooms Poolside at the sister hotel may 2014 ViP beach Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa from Mount Isabel de Torres from our balcony View from our balcony VIP party Dream Wedding main pool the family Blue lagoon late night snacks VIP beach Good times !!! Nice courtyard view from the resort over beach Wall Mart- they have everything Jugs by Jen! The views were spectacular! entertainment at one of the evening pool parties VIP Beach beds VIEW OF LIFESTYLES Meet new friends on this awesome vacation. Paradise Room with balcony pool side Sunset our first night there -- outstanding beauty! View from Room View from our V.I.P. bed Pool view the resort from the east end of the beach view from adult pool to ocean pool cabanas at adults only pool Enjoying one of the beautiful jaccuzzis facing the beach 27 waterfalls Beds on the beach.. how relaxing!! birthday bash! The VIP section Food at VIP beach! Sunrise view from building #1, room #1107 VIP BEACH Pool Bar Bartender Andres! View from our room VIP beach 4th of July show Beach Fun!! View from the deck of our room What bird? the mian pool CAT snorkeling trip View of VIP Beach The hotel's beach Beautiful view view from our room VIP beach beautiful rainbow Party time!! From our balcony the most relaxing place in the world! Enjoying one of many delicious dinners. The view of the ocean from our cabana bed. Cofresi Beach entrance balcony view of main pool Room #2008 Dinner at the Blue Lagoon restauraunt Ocean World Sea Lion Encounter Dinner On the Beach casitas on VIP Beach main pool Resort Beach - arrival Cloudy beach (both sky and water) Rested Travelers What a view VIP Beach Serenity Beach View from the suite balcony. Paradise Island! view from our balcony Resort Map VIP beach Nice Cabanas that are included Sunday night VIP party VIP AREA view from our room VIP party Lifestyle Building 5 oceanview superior room view from horseback riding trip The Ocean View View of V.I.P. Beach Poolside at the Tropical Want a drink? VIP Beach Bed VIP Beach View from our favorite 2nd floor cabana The VIP beach Rocks View of Beach from the point Tropical Beach area View from 2nd fl bldg #5 Welcome Party Private bed on beach, OMG!!!! A view of the ocean overlooking one of the pools, from the deck of the Chinese restaurant view from room VIP beds VIP Beach - relaxing! POOL 27 waterfalls simply beautiful View from our room Beautiful beaches! Beach bed view!! VIP area VIP beach VIP Beach VIP beach Only good shot of the lush vegetation that surrounds the resort. VIP Beach!! VIP beds and beach The showers were disgusting! I asked for the bathroom to be cleaned numerous times and each time it was the same result. Theirs are also no shower doors so the entire bathroom floods with water while the shower is running. DO NOT DIVE WITH THESE GUYS! VIP section of Lifestyles Harmony Beach is a beautiful private beach. Now this is a vacation VIP party our family birthday dinner Private Beach sunrise Enjoying a day on the VIP beach. Beach This is their logo -- towels for beach beds birthday girl On the VIP beach A view of Paradise Island from the schooner great landscaping! Confresi Beach view from the east end Our home away from home beautiful scenery JR the best tour guide Casablanca Buffet relax The VIP Beach is fantastic! VIP Beach view from top bunk Pool! Superior room BETERR IN THE D.R View from room balconey VIP Beach Main pool area Great Show! Our happy, relaxed family!! vip beach This is mold growing around the light fixtures in the bathroom. I between each ceiling beam old was visible. VIP Beach Beautiful the veranda of our room PARADISE FOUND My Room Jaqueline....the best server! Nice flower Day at the beach Pool Bar! Relaxing on the Beds at VIP Beach TRUE LOVE bugs on bed and side tables View from the VIP Beach cabana One of the pools on site. the regular beach Beautiful poolside waterfalls. Easy to chill here all day long. Hot tub overlooking the ocean VIP Beach Beautiful Beach! vip beach Lifestyle Beach View VIP Beach Welcome Party House in between Palm Trees Beach beds! VIP beach beautiful Tropical Pool The wild guy I met at the resort!
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June 13, 2014
The EVERYTHING review, plus TIPS and TRICKS

The quick summary is that my boyfriend and I had a fantastic vacation at Lifestyles Tropical Resort. I read HUNDREDS of reviews before going, so this will be a combination of my own observations along with some responses to things you may have read elsewhere. WHO SHOULD GO: Honestly, I feel like this is a place designed for adults. There are areas for kids, but this place truly caters to adults. As I don’t have children, this was great! There were whole pools that were “Adults Only” and the lifeguards did a great job enforcing this. HOTEL ROOM: Our room was great. I had read that buildings 5 and 6 are newer, so I requested those and got building 5. Everything in our room worked perfectly. In fact, our AC would make us cold! I read before leaving that some had trouble getting items they needed (water refills, towels, etc.) Every morning, I laid $3 on a pillow with a note (in Spanish) asking the woman who cleaned our room for what we needed, and we got everything we asked for, always. Every room has its own balcony. There’s a safe attached inside the closet that you can rent for $3 a day. We placed all our valuables inside the safe while away from the room and never had any problem. So, the television has many channels, some of them come in better than others and a lot are in Spanish (this shouldn’t be surprising). If you are going on vacation for the television, maybe you should just stay home? I had read before leaving of people complaining about their toilet clogging. Next to the toilet is a little sign that says to put the paper in the trash can, not the toilet. This may seem gross to people from other places, but we followed the instructions, and never had a problem with our toilet. We never had problems with having hot water or with losing electricity. The electricity was out when we checked in for about 30 minutes and that was all. There are local people in the DR who only get to use electricity after 5pm, so it seems almost sinful the way I’ve seen certain people complain in reviews. BEACH: The cabanas owned by the resort are about one story above the ocean. The actual beach is public, but it was never very crowded while we were there. We thought the beach was very nice. It was clean and the waves were nice – not too crazy, but not unmoving. The Lifestyle cabanas are very nice (the size of a double bed and comfortable). The beach is open from 8am to 6pm. Every morning, my boyfriend and I would go wait at the gate (arriving between 7:30 and 7:45am) to grab a good cabana. Bring something with you (flip flops, t-shirt, book, whatever) that you can leave on the bed. This will save your spot all day. You can come and go! At the VIP beach, you can get sushi. You can get other food from a menu as well, but that can take a long time to receive. Drinks are ever flowing. Pina coladas are AMAZING! POOLS: There are a couple pools by Lifestyles (and then more by the Confresi). My boyfriend and I most enjoyed the one with the swim-up bar (adults only). You could also look down from that pool into another that has a volleyball net and a basketball hoop. There is another very quiet pool by buildings 5 and 6. SERVICE AND TIPPING: The staff here is lovely. They are always popping up to ask if you want drinks. They smile and say “hola.” You should tip people and say “gracias.” Before you leave for your trip, go to the bank and get a stack of dollar bills. You don’t really need to exchange your money when you arrive. We did with some and then were just having to find ways to use it, everyone would rather have US money. (The following monetary suggestions are in US currency. The Dominican peso is about 40 to the US dollar.) The average salary in the DR is a fraction of what it is in the US, give a $1 to those who help you. We typically tipped those who brought us things on the beach $1-2. We would tip bartenders $1-2. As I said earlier, I tipped my maid $3 a day. After getting an omelet made by the same guy a few days, I gave him $1. We tipped at the a la carte restaurants as well. Also, the staff works round the clock it seems to keep a place that could fall into a trashy dump (with so many people drinking and eating all the time) in clean condition. Seriously, great job with this. FOOD: Depending on how long you are staying, you will be given a certain number of reservations at the a la carte restaurants. (We were there 5 nights, and we got 2 automatic reservations). For the days you already have a reservation, you can go to guest services between 9 and 10am and request something different. If you don’t have a reservation, you can show up between 3 and 5pm and ask if there have been any cancelations. If you don’t have a reservation, you eat at one of the buffets. We only had to do this one night. Note that all of the a la carte restaurants are closed on Sunday as there is the big welcome party with lots of food for everyone. The food here is fine. Would I brag about it, no. Was it edible, most definitely. My first tip, go to the Pearl (buffet at the Confresi) for breakfast. It is larger and much less hectic than the Casablanca (buffet at Lifestyles). The food is also better at the Pearl (for example, they make the pancakes to order rather than just making a pile). It only takes about 5 minutes to walk there. We ate at 4 a la carte restaurants: Blue Lagoon (seafood), Trapiche (Mexican), Bellini (Italian), and Moomtaz (Indian). At the Blue Lagoon, I had some salmon that was quite good. Bellini had fresher vegetables than we had seen before. Moomtaz was probably the most authentic if you like Indian food. We avoided Indochine because we heard it was bad. At the beach, you can get crab, fish tempera, and veggie maki rolls. They are pretty good and you don’t have to leave the beach! SALESMEN/TIMESHARE: Alright, so this was an area I was concerned with but shouldn’t have been. This is a resort that sells timeshares, and there are specific people that are there to sell them to you. When you arrive, they will call them the “concierge.” The person will tell you that they will meet you at breakfast and take you on your “welcome tour” and give you your gift. If you have any interest in a timeshare or want the gift (bottle of rum) then, by all means, go on the tour. The tour is meant to try and sell you a timeshare. From all the feedback I got from others while I was there, the tour didn’t take up too much of people’s time and they didn’t have a lot of trouble saying no. I never saw the timeshare guys trolling the beach or bothering people as they were trying to enjoy relaxing. However, my boyfriend and I wanted to avoid the tour altogether. Therefore, we ate breakfast at the Pearl (which as I said has better food anyway). Since we escaped that first morning, we likely got moved down on the list as new people came in. Other mornings we would be walking around and a timeshare person would ask “did you guys get here yesterday?” and we would say “no.” That would be that. They assume that if you have been there longer than a day that you’ve already taken the welcome tour. Some people I read were angry that there are places you don’t have access to if you don’t have a timeshare. This did not bother us at all. We paid for a certain amount of access. We had beaches and pools; plenty to eat and drink. If you want access to more beaches and other things, then pay more. That’s really all I have to say about that. EXCURSIONS: This is one area that I cannot be of much help. Many excursions are many hours, and we did not want to devote whole days to things. So, we only went on one excursion – horseback riding through the countryside. It was just a couple hours (bought from John Wayne in the Lifestyles lobby). I had never ridden a horse before, but I was able to do it. (It does hurt your butt though!) The highlight was getting to see the beautiful Dominican Republic landscape. Just gorgeous. We also took advantage of the spa (Metamorphosis) at Lifestyles. We got a one hour couples massage. So nice. SAFETY: I felt completely safe at the resort. There is a lot of security. We only ventured outside of the resort for the one excursion, and were always with a guide. I felt safe then as well, but I’ve read that you should be careful if you plan on going around by yourself. HEALTH: Before you go, you should make an appointment with your doctor or travel nurse (a month ahead would be best). You will need to make sure you are caught up on Hep A and Typhoid. They should also give you pills for malaria and traveler’s diarrhea. All are important. Bring bug spray with you and spray every day. Whenever I didn’t spray, I would get bites. Wear sunscreen. The sun can be brutal and will burn you. I saw so many people with burns, one guy with giant blisters on his calves. Ouch! Buy sunscreen and bug spray before you come unless you want to pay $30USD for a bottle. Also, DO NOT PUT THE WATER IN YOUR MOUTH. Do not open your mouth while showering, do not brush your teeth with the water. Don’t do it. CONCLUSION: If you are a laid back person who wants sun, beach, pool, food and drinks whenever you want, then don’t think anymore about it. Go to Lifestyle Tropical, follow these tips and you’ll have a great time. Ugh, I miss I already.


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From: Boston
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

February 5, 2013
LifestyleTropical Beach Resort & Spa

While the location was nice, I wish the Cheap Caribbean site would have said the only way to get access to the "nice" beaches, bars, food, etc. was to purchase the VIP option. We thought since we were "all inclusive" that's what it meant...not even close. A non VIP person only gets a sliver of ok beach. On both sides of you are beautiful beaches, good food & snacks, bars, free wifi, etc. You are treated like dirt if you are not a VIP. No name brand alcohol, a lousy smelly old room that backs up to the road that all the hotel staff use so it's noisy day and night. It's a shame. Very deceiving and I don't plan on using Cheap Carribean again or recommending them any time soon.


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From: CT
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

January 6, 2012
Great experience & booked our next trip already!

I was a little nervous from the reviews. Check in was a nightmare but after a couple of different trips to different rooms any many trips back to the front desk we finally got a room in bldg#1 that was comfortable! The front desk staff is not very friendly....It is a big resort & there is alot of walking if you are not use to it. Great exercise! The room is stocked everyday with water bottles/beer & soda at no extra charge. You can get a safe key for a few dollars a day. Bring ALOT of Dollar bills...tipping will get you excellent services! The staff works hard. Bring a beach towel so you don't have to deal with the towel keys-use them for the a/c unit on the wall when you enter your room. You can get some great deals on the beach from the venders you really don't have to leave the resort. This resort is VERY SAFE! That was a plus. Security is really tight & they are very friendly & helpful. There are many gates to get into the resort. The food was good for a three star resort. Keep in mind it is a three star resort. The fresh omlettes/fruit & oatmeal in the am ..snacks all day to the buffet at night. The pasta was every good. The blue lagoon was the best by far. The V.I.P. is a must..fantastic..The pool bar was great-so was the staff at all the bars. It rained every day for a little bit but we made the best of it. There are time-share staff but they are just doing there job to promote this hotel. If you want to see the resort then go & get your welcome package. it is a bottle of rum & a t-shirt! It is worth it to pay the extra for the bus to take you to the resort. *Bumpy ride on a bus -it does have a/c & much better than getting a taxi! The best part of this resort is the entertainment staff. They made you feel like part of the family from morning to night. Starting with the water erobics with babyface in the am to the full staff at the pool playing vollyball and differnent games around the pool to karoekee/bingo and much more activites before & after dinner. Scooby, babyface & all the staff girls & guys were very entertaining. The dance lessons were fun. The shows at night were all fantastic. Everynight was a great show. The disco was also great. Never a boring moment at this resort! I have been to five star resorts all over & this resort has the best entertainment by far-they really go out of there way. It is a great get-a-way. Meet alot of nice people from all around the world. This is a great resort to relax with friends or for a family. We just booked our next four night getaway..can't wait to get back to have fun & relax in the sun!


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From: Connecticut
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

January 11, 2013
BE AWARE

I just came back from the Resort on 01/09 and I would like to share my experience with Lifestyle. The personal of the hotel itself are very friendly. However, those people that work for the OLYMPUS TOUR are not helpful at all! My family and other guests that we met in the resort have bought the round trip transportation from the airport to the resort and paid the $56. What we did not know is that from the Resort to the airport there is ONLY one transportation leaving at 9:45am which is arranged through OLYMPUS TOUR. It means that if your flight leaves in the afternoon (which was our case) we would need to be stuck in the airport for 4 to 5 hours!!! They do have later times of transportation, but it is reserved for those people that DID NOT buy with cheapCaribbean coming with JETBLUE. We shared a large taxi which the hotel have called for us and paid $45. It is about 25 minutes ride. The people from Olympus tour are friendly to get you to buy their touristic trips, but they are not accommodating at all to your transportation back to the airport which many have paid for in advance! The food is just OK in the buffet at Casa Blanca!! I advise NOT to do any reservation at the Mexican, Domenican and Chinese restaurant the food has very poor quality! The Indian and Italian food was OK. If you book through cheapCaribbean you are considered VIP and can go to the VIP beach where the waiter comes to you offering drinks and you can other food as well! When you just arrive they assign a representative to give you the welcome gift, but underlined this " welcome gift" what they are trying to do is to sell you an membership/timeshare. From the beginning you can say that you are not interested and they leave you alone. I have been in many all inclusive resort which they always try to sell you the timeshare. They can be very persistent if you don't cut it from the beginning!!


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