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Set your watch to "island time" and let the hours melt away on the sun-drenched shores of Puerto Plata. Atop the sugary
Set your watch to "island time" and let the hours melt away on the sun-drenched shores of Puerto Plata. Atop the sugary sands of the Dominican Republic sits the stunning, adults-only, all inclusive BlueBay Villas Doradas where you can play 24 hours of the day away on the shimmering waters of the Caribbean and the emerald fairways of Blue Bay's next-door neighbor, Playa Dorada Golf Course, an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
"this was my third time to the domincian republic. this resort was one of my best stays. the service from check in to check out was excellent. the rooms were clean, fresh towels everyday. not far from t..." – ksmo
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"this was my third time to the domincian republic. this resort was one of my best stays. the service from check in to check out was excellent. the rooms were clean, fresh towels everyday. not far from t..." – ksmo
70 out of 102 (69%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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January 31, 2020
We had a very relaxing vacation ... an all inclusive is something we had never done before. We were looking for warmth and a place to really rest.
The most disagreeable part of the trip was the 'front desk service and information desk'. The employee at the information desk was very rude, and provided no or bad information ... when she was even at the desk. The hours that were posted were rarely maintained.
In particular was the need for 'reservations for dinner' at the restaurants. We were more than once told the restaurants were full and that we couldn't get reservations. However, every night we were there (10 days) the restaurants were almost empty.. and were able to walk in (without a reservation card) every night!!! Not to mention that a couple of times we were told a restaurant was closed... only to walk there and find it open. The service at the restaurants was wonderful!!!
A complete lack of useful information regarding the surrounding areas... I understand you don't want guests to leave the all inclusive unless on one of your tours but if asked it seems like your staff could be a little more helpful. For instance... anyone wanting to go to Puerto Plato but on a budget... there's a great little bus that runs every 10-15 minutes at the main road for approximately $1 a person. (we were actually told that we overpaid and it should have been $1 for two persons). Perfectly safe, fun
and left us with extra money to buy a bottle of wine at dinner.
We thought the house wines were terrible!! We couldn't even drink them.. although we noticed other people didn't seem to mind. The other drinks and alcohol (and all the bartenders) were wonderful!!!! And we didn't mind buying a bottle at dinner, as we could take any unfinished wine back to our room... and there was a varied choice of bottled wines ant different prices.
Charging for a safe deposit box seemed a bit ridiculous. Especially when we were told not to trust the staff and not to leave anything of value in our room unless it was locked up.
We had a great room on the back side of one of the buildings so we didn't hear the outrageous noise of the loud speaker and didn't have drunk guest parading by our room. We really lucked out. If we had been facing the pools we would have either requested a room change or left as there was no peace for those rooms.
We enjoyed the palm tree shade at the beach, we didn't use the pools(too loud most of the time) ... loved being at the 'end' of the all inclusive hotels... it will be a different experience when the high rise next door is completed. :( I loved the kayaking... wished the stand-up paddle boards weren't so expensive
And lastly... we were in the Dominican... with the exception of conversing with some of the fun beach vendors, and a few staff members, it seemed as though they really didn't want you to experience the DR or Puerto Plata. Telling guests that it wasn't safe unless you paid for their taxes and excursions. The history is fascinating, the town and beaches and restaurants were safe and interesting, and everyone we met outside of the hotel was informative, and helpful happy to see us.
We are glad we went ...
From:United States Age:55-64 Travel:3-6 trips/year
January 7, 2020
Don’t book this resort
We did not like the service and our room . We paid extra for the suit, which smelled very bad like mold . It also had mosquitos . We checked other 4 rooms they were all smelly and had outdated furniture. We had bagged for basic things like drinking water . We complained to the front desk many times. Nothing was resolved. The only positive thing was the beach. I would never choose this resort again!
Positives, the people were very friendly. The resort cleaned the beach area every morning of any seaweed or debris that had washed up. Our room was comfortable and the resort was kept clean. They did provide activities that you could participate in or not as well as a simple show in the evening.
Negatives: The mosquitoes and no see ums were very active and I would recommend Off or other bug repellent. The hotel only would provide one key per room which was off putting but after complaining and begging they did finally give in and gave us a second key. The key also controls the AC and they don't want you to keep one key in the AC and the other with you. The WIFI is only good for one person in each room. We weren't able to get around that. The food was not great, and their is basically very little actual alcohol to be had. None in the wine unless you purchase a bottle. You don't need to worry about hangovers. Check out is at noon, however for us they cut off the WIFI at 10 am and the water for our room sometime between 11-11:15 am.
Important information to note, bring cash most places outside of the resort do not take credit cards. There is a little mall maybe a quarter of a mile to the west of the resort, it has a few shops and also some booths where you can book excursions much cheaper than in the resort. But again everything is cash. If you play golf there is a golf course right across the street that looks nice. We did the waterfall excursion and it was exceptional. Also did the snorkeling but the reefs are not really very good if you've snorkeled other places.
We simply had the best time for the price paid. The water was beautiful the people super friendly. We've decided we are going to return to Blue Bay every December - that's how much fun we had. Low key, quiet...relaxing...really exactly what we wanted to experience.
WHAT WE LIKED:
1. Very compact resort. From our room if we went to the left, we walked past two pools and into the buffet area. If we went to the right we walked through the tropical forest area and on to the beach. If we went behind us we were in the quite spa area.
2. When booking we made a note that we were celebrating our anniversary. We arrived to find our door decorated with a sash, we received a complimentary bottle of rum and fruit plate.
3. Room was perfectly adequate. Bed was firm, tv had English speaking channels (Weather Channel plus Miami and NYC channels w/ local news).
4. Grounds crew does a great job keeping the place clean and walkways dry.
5. Food/buffet crew were delightful. Always cheery and remembered our names. Beach bar lead Franklin is a class act.
6. Food hit the spot. Omelettes made fresh to order, lunch always had a good variety and dinner had good selection. We loved the fried chicken at the lunch time snack bar.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
1. The timeshare people. I know they have a job to do but no means no. It was unsettling to us and we weren't willing to give time knowing that we would not be buying any timeshare packages.
2. Cigarette butts - lots of opportunity to put your cigarette out in the proper spot but found a lot of butts in the sand and on the grass. Grounds crew were busy keeping up with this.
3. Room bathroom - toilet was very small and cramped. No vent in the bathroom.
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All Inclusive Details?10 answers
What is included with the All Inclusive package? example: what type of unlimited beverages (Domestic, International)? What type of food? Access to which nightclubs?
8 years, 97 months ago
The all inclusive includes all drinks, domestic alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, all meals and snacks, non motorized water sports and access to whatever nightclubs are located on the property
You get buffet food and the restaurant near the beach is included as part of the all inclusive. Also, you get unlimited drinks, presidentes and another type of beer and cocktails. I love the caprignia and my other friends loved the rum punch. :)
There aren't any clubs in the hotel, but there is one that is 5 mins away the shuttle from the hotel takes you there, called "Pure".
This hotel is a no- kids hotel.
the beverages at most places that is included in domestic not top shelf; the resorts offer different types of foods like specialty restaurants (steak, chinese) etc.
All Inclusive makes your life easier...
The unlimited beverages were their domestic beer and very little top shelf liquor. The food was mostly domestic food. We were able to get into one night club in the Dominican Republic. It was interesting.
All inclusive is access rights to beaches on the property, Domestic alochol (24/7) and food varies from day to day (buffet style). However, they have restaurants for which you can make reservations and close by casino and beach and a club (good one). Be sure to review the All-Inclusive section for any/all hotels when booking your trips as it will tell you if you have 24/7 unlimited alcohol or not and other services.
If single and with friends, might want to enjoy the nightlife in local places but do not wander off on your own (be sure to take someone from the staff or a designated person). Its more fun and its like partying it up in the CITY (NYC).
All local drinks are included (so Dominican beer, rum, etc.--I did not see any non-Dominican beers) The buffet seems to have a different theme every night (e.g., Mexican, Italian) plus Dominican and continental choices. Desserts are particularly good. I didn't check out the nightclubs so I can't answer that part of the question.
All meals, Domestic drinks, they have a international bar which you can upgrade your package to or pay out of pocket.... they do have a pretty good foreign wine selection with the buffet... Access is only to Pure Nightclub/ Casino.. they have 5 pretty good choices of reservation restaurants rotating during the week , but the buffet menu is pretty varied... (however not very exotic- creative)
P.s. This is def not a singles hotel... not many singles floating around to mingle with.. unless they are coming with a group for a wedding...
Unlimited well drinks. No brand names. Beer is Presidente.
There are 3 restaurants and a buffet to eat at. The restaurants were difficult to get reservations in. The buffet was average. From what I noticed, food is not available all the time. Breakfast was served until 10 then nothing else was available until the buffet opened at 12:30 for lunch. Dinner buffet opened at 6:30 I believe.
The hotel offered a free taxi to Pure nightclub but the club itself wasn't free. The nightlife wasn't that great at the hotel.
All the food at buffet and the three restaurant is included. You can purchase other food at the three restaurant. Room service is extra. All the alcohol is domnican brands. They do have a cash bar with premium brands.
Unlimited domestic alcoholic beverages. There is a cash bar for top shelf drinks.
There are no night clubs in this resort.
The buffet has different themes each night, like international, Mexican, BBQ, etc. I recommend the buffet 100% versus the three sit-down restaurants. I got sick eating a shrimp soup in the Fusion restaurant and really not impressed in the steakhouse rest as this is on the beach and the vegetables were cold.
Is there a tennis pro on property ?6 answers
is it possible to book time to play with a tennis pro on staff
7 years, 85 months ago
For specific questions such as this, we do suggest contacting the resort directly as they would be best to assist you. The email address found directly on the resort's website to contact them is email@example.com.
No where to play tennis
Saw tennis court, and were told they a pro on site, but we never saw one.
No Tennis pro, and courts are not up to par
Blue Bay is linked with other Playa Dorada Hotels which offered pro services ( there's a fee) especially for Golf.
Don't think there is a Pro anything at this resort.
What kind of beer and rum is served at the bars?4 answers
6 years, 79 months ago
This hotel is All-Inclusive
•Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the buffet restaurant, drinks included
•24-hr local drinks and snacks at the Beach Club
•Three themed dinners in the a la carte restaurants per week; reservations are required
Alcohol served is house wine, liquor, and beer.
Presidente is the only beer served. I didn't notice the brand of rum but it was a well brand. They offered light and dark rum.
Local Drinks only
Is this hotel great for single women?7 answers
My best friend and I are looking for a hotel (all inclusive) that we can enjoyed. We're both in our late 20s and looking for a place to relax and have a lot of fun. We were going to Punta Cana but I heard Puerto Plata has a better nightlife.
6 years, 73 months ago
This resort does get great reviews from singles due to the close proximity to local nightlife.
It is a very relaxing place but not alot of single guys there....Maybe your age would be different but my friend is single that I went with and she didn't meet anyone. Fantastic for relaxing and alot of laughs.
Noo do not stay at this hotel! It is full of old couples, the club was empty and the food horrible. Go to cancun and stay at riu resort or grand oasis and u will have an amazing fun time!
Its adult only resort. There were lots of single men when we were there, and the city is a short taxi ride away. The Entertainers will know exactly the hot spots in the City, and there is a Disco party every night at the bar right on the beach.
I saw a lot of groups of single women but not too many single men.
yes you would be very safe. good staff
Yes this hotel is an All Inclusive and Punta Cana is more Family / Couple oriented whereas, Puerto Plata has a better nightlife. You can sit back and relax on the beach or go out to town to have a nice time.
What are the gidelines for "Formal Attire"? Can this be Slacks/Nice button down shirt?3 answers
5 years, 67 months ago
Formal attire usually encompasses a collared shirt with nice slacks, but every resort is different. For further information, please call one of our Beach Experts at 1.800.915.2322.
I saw men in jeans and tee shirts. the only requirement is long pants in the 3 ala carte restaurants.
Pretty much. or just a nice t-shirt.
How much is jet skiing? Can you go o byself or has to be staff member?2 answers
5 years, 66 months ago
As CheapCaribbean.com does not sell Jet Ski excursions for this resort, we advise you contact the resort directly for pricing.
We negogiated 1 hr 120 dollars + para sailing. my gf and i shared a jet ski and got an actual 1hr on the jet ski and no staff following us just watching by beach side with thier jet ski ready incase of an emergency
Is thong swimwear allowed around the pools or on the beach at this resort?
5 years, 61 months ago
This resort is adults only, so yes, it is allowed at the pool/beach.
Yes, most ppl had a sheer cover.
Yes. and the beach is topless.
thongs are fine also topless is OK it is a adult only resort !
How close is the nearest casino?3 answers
4 years, 58 months ago
The closest casino is about a 10-15 minute walk from the resort.
There is a very small one in a nearby hotel. I think it is the Paradise. Not worth the walk over there. There is a much larger casino several miles away that we did not visit.
the nearest casino is mins. away and they always ask if you want to go!
Does the standard room have a balcony and is room service included?4 answers
3 years, 45 months ago
The standard room does not come with a balcony. As for room service, it is not included and would come at an additional cost.
The standard room that we had did not have a balcony. There was a room service menu but I never looked at it since it was more enjoyable to eat at the buffet or one of the restaurants.
I always ask for a ground floor, with comes with a small patio, with a few chairs, and a table.
resort size4 answers
Is this a large resort with alot of walking and how is the beach.
3 years, 44 months ago
This resort is a moderate size, with a good amount of walking but not excessively so. BlueBay Villas Doradas is located on a gorgeous, swimmable beach. Loungers and palapas for shade are available
Fairly big resort and Beach is nice; water is clean and warm (for most times of year). Service on the beach is good as well.
this place is just the right size for us walking to everything is a breeze,or you can walk the beach for a few miles, and be safe.,
It's about 150 yards in length - the length of 1.5 football fields from end to end. Super easy to walk - very compact in my opinion.
Restaurant reservations5 answers
This is my first time booking an all-inclusive package and have read about the restaurant reservation on several of the resorts. From my understanding, is it normal that you have to wake up at 6 AM and stand in line in order to make a reservation for a restaurant for dinner?
3 years, 37 months ago
This can vary from resort to resort. As their policies, occupancy levels, etc are always subject to change, please contact the resort directly to discuss what is needed to make reservations.
At Blue Bay Villas I made dinner reservations one afternoon for each of the restaurants for the next three days. I had no problem booking them a few days in advance.
I always make a reservation for dinner when I walk by and don't see a line, I never waited more then a few mins.
Simply untrue at this resort. We walked in after breakfast and made reservations for several nights at the different restaurants.
The reservation system seemed crazy at Bluebay Villa. We were told almost every day that we couldn't get reservations that the restaurants were full. And every night at 6:30 we would stroll down to one of the restaurant and ask for a table of two and be seated immediately. Only once did we EVER see the restaurants even close to full and that was when we ate with a group of 6 (did have reservations) and left around 9 pm
What do you get with the superior platinum upgrade?1 answer
2 years, 31 months ago
You get upgraded amenities, which I have listed below.
Private and personalized Check in.
Personalized Welcome letter from the General Manager.
Fruit plate upon arrival.
Small bottle of Dominican rum upon arrival.
Fresh beach towels in the room upon arrival.
Daily Stocked Mini bar.Tea and coffee facilities.
3 hours complementary WIFI per day.
15% discount for one Lobster Dinner per person (not combinable).
15 % discount on all SPA treatments only (no products and not combinable).
Unlimited a la carte dinners per week (Reservation request previously).
Nightly courtesy /Turn down service.
Unlimited Premium Beverages (available at the lobby bar Black & White).
VIP Private cocktail once a week.
VIP Beach access.
Vegetarian options?4 answers
Any vegetarian or vegan food options in the restaurants?
2 years, 31 months ago
Please check with the resort directly for the most up to date information regarding food selection. If you have any further questions, you may contact the resort directly or call and speak to one of our Beachologists at 1-800-915-2322.
Vegetarian, yes I think there were plenty. I don't think there are any vegan - maybe some of the soup choices?
Yes... in fact there were lots of good fresh fruits and vegetables every day at the buffet. And there were vegetarian selections at the restaurants although I didn't try them. (Can't really speak to the Vegan)
Also... way off to the side in the buffet room was a section with a little sign that said "Healthy Corner" and they usually had steamed broccoli or cauliflower, lentil or vegetable soups, and usually steamed or broiled fish or chicken.
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245 spacious and cozy double rooms decorated with style. Equipped to the highest standard, in keeping with the quality of the resort and its recent refurbishment. All include cable TV, mini bars and ironing facilities.
The food here is simply superb. Award-winning chefs create innovative seafood and Asian menus so spectacular that every meal is better than the last and impossible to top.
What We'd Change
All rooms have a mini bar, but it's stocked only once on the Deluxe plan. Upgrade to Silver Deluxe, and it gets restocked every day.
Why You Should Go
BlueBay Villas Doradas in Puerto Plata has island elegance while sporting a fresh feel. And don't forget island golf that is out of this world.
Car Rental Available
Daily Maid Service
Golf Course ($)
Laundry Services ($)
Room Service ($)
Scuba Certification ($)
Internet Access ($)
24 Hour Front Desk
24 Hour All-Inclusive
Medical Services ($)
Jet Skis ($)
Horseback Riding ($)
Spa Services ($)
Wedding Services ($)
Dry Cleaning Services ($)
Bell Staff Service
Safe Deposit Box ($)
Honeymoon Packages ($)
Wireless Internet Access ($)
Loungers at Beach and Pool
Introductory Scuba Lesson
Beauty Salon ($)
Room Service - Limited
Dive Shop ($)
Gift Shop ($)
Nearby Excursions & Attractions
Bars and Nightlife
Jet Ski Rentals
Motor Boat 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.
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BlueBay Villas Doradas: Puerto Plata Pampering, Gourmet Dining
Set your watch to "island time" and let the hours melt away on the sun-drenched
shores of Puerto Plata. Atop the sugary sands of the Dominican Republic sits
the stunning, adults-only, all inclusive BlueBay Villas Doradas where you can
play 24 hours of the day away on the shimmering waters of the Caribbean and the
emerald fairways of Blue Bay's next-door neighbor, Playa Dorada Golf Course, an
18-hole, par-72 course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Winner of the Thomas Cook Award for Excellence, the oceanfront Blue Bay
Villas Doradas really knows how to pamper. Let the lapping sapphire waves carry
your cares away as you laze under thatched beach umbrellas, or slip into one of
the resort's three glittering swimming pools and order your favorite cocktail
from the swim-up bar, Merengue.
When it comes time to dine, your taste buds won't be disappointed with
exquisite menus at four delicious on-site restaurants, including El Jardin de
Jade, serving up Asian fusion cuisine, and El Pescador, serving local catches
straight from the surf to your seat. After you've cleaned your plate, get the
party started at Oxygen Bar and welcome the wee-hours from the 24-hour Beach
Club, where you can play, drink and snack all night.
Relax in the sauna before getting a couple's massage and finish with a dip
in the Jacuzzi for maximum indulgence. Or, swap your white dress for a tennis
skirt and get in a match on the resort's three tennis courts. Part of the Playa
Dorada Complex, the resort offers plenty to do on-site (even a cable car that
takes you to a spot for panoramic views of the bay) plus local area activities
like shopping and horseback-riding. But if the silvery seas are calling to you
the resort offers water-bound fun, too, like snorkeling and kayaking, included
in the all inclusive plan.
And when you finally decide to hit the hay, grab a night cap from your
suite's mini bar, dive into your luscious bed and snuggle with your honey until
the sun makes another appearance in paradise
This hotel is All-Inclusive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the buffet restaurant, drinks included
24-hr local drinks and snacks at the Beach Club
Three themed dinners in the a la carte restaurants per week; reservations
This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks, but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details.
Type: International Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-3:15pm;
Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm Description: Buffet restaurant located near the lobby, serving
Dress code: Formal attire is required for dinner.
El Jardin de Jade Type: Asian Fusion Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm Description: A la carte restaurant, located near the parking area.
Specializing in Asian fusion cuisine. Reservations required. Dress code: Formal.
El Dorado Type: Steakhouse Hours: Snacks - daily, 10:30am-6pm, 11pm-7am; Dinner - daily,
6:30pm-10pm Description: Located near the beach. A la carte restaurant in the
evening, specializing in grilled meats. Dinner reservations required. Dress code: Formal attire is required for
El Pescador Type: Seafood Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm Description: A la carte restaurant, located near the beach. Serving
fresh, local seafood and fish. Reservations required. Dress code: Formal.
Hours are subject to change.
Beach Club Snack Bar
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Open 24 hours.
Pool bar, offering cocktails and snacks. Daily, 10am-midnight.
Swim-up bar; relax in the pool with your favorite beverage. Daily,
Chill-out bar, for relaxation and fun in one place. Daily, 10am-11pm.
The resort is located on a gorgeous, swimmable beach. Loungers and palapas for
shade are available at the beach.
The resort offers three swimming pools. Loungers and towels are available at
Available for an additional cost:
Banana boat rides
Adjacent to the hotel is the Playa Dorada Golf Course, an 18-hole, 72-par
course that was recently ranked 53rd among the top 100 courses in the world.
The hotel also has its own golf shop.
Wireless Internet access is available in some parts of the hotel for an
The Spa at BlueBay Villas Doradas is a full-service spa that is available for
an additional charge . Daily, 9am-8pm.
Yoga and relaxation classes
3.1 miles from the city center of Puerto Plata and only 9.3 miles from Puerto
Plata La Union International Airport (POP).
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.
Age Requirement This hotel is an adult-only resort. Minimum age is 18 years.
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
All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.