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Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa

Dominican Republic - Puerto Plata

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5 Nights with Air from $569 All-Inclusive
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3.7 out of 5
"The staff, beaches and Sunday welcome party are outstanding!" – gmommy
1,602 out of 2,145 (75%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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 GREAT FRIENDS VIP BEACH An amazing view from Lifestyles Resort! 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 POOL VIP Beach - relaxing! 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 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 JR the best tour guide beautiful scenery 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 VIP Beach Beautiful the veranda of our room PARADISE FOUND My Room Jaqueline....the best server! Nice flower Day at the beach Pool Bar! TRUE LOVE 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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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

June 21, 2013
Great Value, Food & Beach, Good Drinks, OK Service

I'd highly recommend Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort because it offered the best value we could find BY A LOT during our Caribbean vacation search. Airfare from Boston (with a connection through JFK, departing on a Tuesday and returning on a Monday) and our six night stay here, both booked as a part of the same deal with Cheap Caribbean, was $300 cheaper than the other comparable vacations we were considering. The food was EXCELLENT. You get two reservations which are booked for you ahead of time upon check in for dinner at two of the a la carte restaurants. We were able to finagle a third after the Sunday night VIP beach party chich Cheap Caribbean guests get to attend was cancelled due to rain - and I'm glad we did, because the chile-rubbed filet mignon we had at Trapiche, the on-site Mexican-themed restaurant, was a top-two steak that I've had in my lifetime. Tremendous - definitely go to Trapiche if you can. The fish we had at Blue Lagoon the seafood restaurant, was so-so - I didn't so much like my Mahi-Mahi, but my wife's Grouper was very good. The lesson there, as with all seafood, I suppose, is to go with the more local fish. Indochine, the chinese-fusion restaurant, was good but not great. I've had better General Tso's chicken at the sketchy Chinese restaurant on my street. The pools and beach are tremendous. Avoid the sketchy vendors trying to sell you stuff on the beach - mostly rides on the banana boat or tubing in the cove where the beach is, or trinkets/cigars from a number of shacks posted up along the beach. But they give up after a while. Other than that there's just the harmless "Coco Loco" guy on the beach selling hollowed out fresh coconuts spiked with rum and pineapple juice for $ 7 a pop. The beach and resort were very safe. As Cheap Caribbean guests we had access to one of the VIP beaches, which was great because we were able to get slightly better drinks than the ones at the standard beaches because we could get some second tier call liquors as opposed to the cheap stuff (but, in the fruity rum drinks at the non-vip bars, you can't even really tell that they're using cheap rum). But I think Bacardi makes a slightly better pina colada, and a much better cuba libre. The beds/cabanas on the beach were awesome to sit upon and relax looking out at the beach. Any member of the gardening/landscaping staff will offer to bring a lounge chair out to the beach front for you. The Michael Jackson Experience show is FANTASTIC. I would've paid $40 a ticket to see it in the states. The MJ look alike is a magnificent dancer and performer, as he and his crew reenacted about 10-12 of MJ's best music videos, lip syncing and all. Incredible. During our stay we did two exursions, but not through the hotel. Excursions booked through the hotel tour company and even taxis which are called for you to the lobby are RIDICULOUSLY priced. And I mean ridiculous. We booked our two excursions privately for 2 and 2.5 times less expensive. I found the cab-stand on the resort (despite the fact that nobody who worked for the hotel was willing to tell me where that was, even after I badgered them in English and in Spanish.) We negotiated a bit by pitting several cabbies against one another and got a cab driver to take us to the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua for $40 round trip rather than the $80 advertised at the hotel. That excursion is absolutely incredible, by the way...you take a short hike up a mountain (maybe a mile) with your own guide, checking out the wild mango, avocado, coconut, coffee, and cacao trees along the way. You then jump and slide your way down a series of waterfalls and natural rock slides to the bottom, and wade your way down the falls while checking out some of the coolest natural rock formations I've ever seen. The other excursion we did was a snorkeling trip to Paradise Island, which is a small sand bar out in the middle of the ocean in the midst of a coral reef. It was reallly great snorkeling, with lots of cool types of corals and tropical fish. It's a hike from the Tropical, though - about an hour and twenty minutes each way. Back at the resort, you will have a much easier time communicating with the staff if you speak Spanish. I do, and the service was still just OK, even with the advantage of understanding everyone who didn't speak English (I'd say it's about 60/40 in terms of staff who speak English well-enough to get by). While most staff were EXCELLENT at the restaurants, bars, and shows, their greatness was somewhat canceled out by front desk staff, all of whom were all surly and exeedingly unhelpful. I say that because desipte reporting the following issues on three separate occasions, maintenance never fixed any of the issues with our room (leaky shower, shower head that refused to stay at the proper height, remote that didn't work for our TV, and AC that didn't blow cold enough). They have this weird system where if the issue doesn't get fixed the day you report it, you have to call back and report it again the next day because they don't carry over the tickets from day to day - stupid, in my opinion. The guys trying to sell you the exursions from the tour company, and the guys from the resort trying to sell you an upgrade to the VIP experience, are annoying and a bit pushy. We just told them off every time we were approached during the first two days of our stay and they ultimately took the hint. If you can deal with the little annoyances we mentioned, are self-sufficient, and can deal with a mediocre room, the truly AWESOME food, beaches, pools, and shows, are very worth it, particularly in this gorgeus tropical climate. You WILL NOT get a better value than this deal in the Caribbean. Do it.


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From: Salem, MA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

February 3, 2013
Excellent Cheap Carribean - bad Tropical LIfestyle

Cheap Carribean - Excellent Customer Service - Way to go Chuck!! Anybody can schedule a trip - not to many companies can deal with rescheduling as our Airline had an emergency landing. Olympic Tours....excellent Job guys!! Felix Nunez, Rosie, Fast Eddie.....Keep it up!! Five days - four nights with an all inclusive package - perfectly manicure grounds and a beautiful natural ocean beach. Check in was a breeze. The only thing we need to do was to meet with the Transfer people by 12:00 PM (Olympic Tours) the follow day to confirm departure. Little did we know that the Hotel Staff was actively marketing a Vacation Time shares and deceptively represented themselves and the people we were supposed to meet with. They basically lied through misrepresentation. After being shanghaied to a different part of the resort property. We were presented with a high pressure pitch to purchase a vacation plan. We told the guy we were not interested and it was not in our budget. He promptly left us standing in the street. We walked back to our Hotel. The Tropical Resort property had many different restaurants on it, but unless you wanted to eat at a Buffet that was an experience in bland - overcooked - undercooked food...you had to make a "reservation". This meant you have to stand in line between 8-10 AM to snag on of the few spots available for "yellow bands". Lets me explain.... if you have a Black wrist band - you can walk into any restaurant at any time and eat. If you have a gold wristband - you have a priority reservation. A red wrist band - another privileged and then you have the yellow bands... the package we bought. The lowest life form on the Hotel Property. Unless you stand in line form 8:00 till 10 AM.. Wifi available for an extra charge... Room safe for an extra charge... Helicopter Take-off and Landings 10-20 times a day!! YOu became nervious and apprehensive about breaking a "rule" The Tropical - or I would just imagine any Life Style Resort now... was not a pleasant experience. We alway look for the half full cup - we just could not get to it this time. It was exhausting, humulating experience. I plan to finish the detailed narritive and cover the last two days of our experience for a wider distribution. Wow....what a way to spend a "vacation".


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From: Louisville, Kentucky
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year