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CHIC Punta Cana
So, this past week, my husband and I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on vacation. We stayed at this resort right by the beach called CHIC Punta Cana.
Now I’m not any good at reviewing hotels and resorts, but I’ll try to tell you the Yays and Mehs of this one, plus my vacation in general.
- Gorgeous resort. Good mix of relaxation plus entertainment.
- Friendly staff. They were very polite and hospitable, even those who had to work on Christmas Day.
- Lots of places and rooms all over the resort for guests to lounge about or explore.
- Spa facilities plus vouchers for services.
- Huge all-inclusive buffet, with a selection of dishes from various cuisines including Mediterranean, Arabian, including Italian, and more. The buffet had a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Various restaurants on the premises which offered a selection of cuisines.
- A general store within the resort which offered medicine, items of personal hygiene, and apparel among other things.
- The fact that the beach was right next to the resort and could be accessed on foot.
- Not too many people this time of the year which I personally liked. The resort and beach weren’t crowded which meant more space and privacy.
- Spacious rooms, and ours included an adjoining private pool as well. They had vouchers for room upgrades as well.
- Singing, dancing, karaoke, belly dancing, and other forms of entertainment for guests.
- The resort was divided into families and adults only sections. We stayed in the latter, which I liked.
- Lots of stuff to do in Punta Cana including speed-boating and snuba (scuba + snorkeling) which we did. I really, really enjoyed this experience, despite actually not knowing how to swim. I held on to a raft and swam underwater with fishes and OMG it was such a rush!!! 😳😳😳🙆🏻🙆🏻🙆🏻
- The beach. Loved it.
- Excellent cleaning services. They made the place look untouched once they were through with it.
- No bugs at the resort! Yaas!
- Wifi. Duh.
- Room service food was so mediocre. I almost think this was done on purpose to redirect people to the buffet and restaurants. If you ever go to CHIC Punta Cana and order room service, choose the scrambled eggs for breakfast and chicken fingers or pizza for lunch and dinner. They’re somewhat better than the rest of the menu items.
- Here’s what I didn’t like about the bath: while there was an amazing rain shower and a jacuzzi, the bathroom wasn’t exactly one room. It was broken down into three separate sections, wherein the actual loo was in a small separate room next to two wash basins which were beside the shower/jacuzzi “room”. I know I kind of suck at describing this setting, but bear with me. The main thing is, the bathroom wasn’t one whole room, but broken down into three “sets” of rooms, which didn’t exactly invite privacy. And mama likes her privacy, ya know?
- The sea wasn’t very friendly, this time of the year at least, which some people may not like. (We still had a blast trying to keep standing upright against the waves, tough!)
- Some staff members didn’t know how to speak English which was a bit of a communication barrier.
- They kind of blasted loud music until 12 AM which early sleepers may not like.
Honestly, I would give this resort 4/5 were I to rate it. Despite some flaws, it really was a great place to stay at, especially because of its proximity to the beach! I really liked Punta Cana and the generally relaxed and friendly temperament of its people. I would definitely recommend going there on vacation, alone or with family/friends, and staying at CHIC for this experience. 😊😊 (Just remember to order what I advised you to, if you order room service. You’re welcome.)
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