|Playa Naco||Bmnichol||Halifax NS|
Playa Naco, April 21-28/06 Darrell and Brenda, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Our 6 a.m. flight with Go Travel Direct left on time and thanks to a tail wind arrived 20 minutes early. Breakfast on board was an egg omelet, hash brown, fruit salad, juice and roll. Coffee, Tea, soft drinks and a snack were also offered. Return flight arrived back in Halifax early also. We had no problem at the Puerto Plata airport.
The Room: I had emailed the resort to request a room on the 2nd floor. Upon check-in we were given room 1010, building #10, bottom floor. The room was in the back of the building, had a nasty odor and the view was a brick wall. We mentioned to the bellboy that we were going back to reception to request a different room, he told up to just leave the luggage there. We took our carry on luggage, left the rest and headed back to reception. The front desk clerk checked the computer and asked us to wait a minute. The bellboy came back to reception and told us he had a key for a room that we could go look at. He took us to room 1245, Bldg. 12, 3rd floor. The room had two levels. Lower level had a table with four chairs, mini fridge, couch and two chairs, balcony overlooking a garden, side table and telephone. A spiral staircase led us to the upper level where there was a king size bed, armoire with TV, a bedside table with lamps, armchair, walk-in closet and bathroom. There was a window in the bedroom that overlooked the lower level and the second window overlooked the garden. No smell at all, the A/C worked perfectly but was a little on the noisy side so we turned it off at night.
Food: There were three restaurants, we didnít eat at any we were quite happy with the buffet. The buffet had a different theme each night. There was a microwave in the buffet at the bread station. Breakfast: Hot and cold cereals, jams, yogurt, fresh fruit, sliced meat, cheese, rolls, sweet rolls, banana bread, etc. Coffee, tea, fresh squeezed juice. Boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, syrup, bacon (every other day), sausages, potatoes, etc. Egg grill where you could get fresh cooked eggs or omelets. Breakfast food pretty well covered anything you could want. Lunch: Bread and rolls, Pasta station, fresh grill (different meat daily). Salads, pasta salads, potato salads, cheese, cubed ham, tomatoes, cucumbers, soup, rice, veggies, chicken, fish, beef and pork. Hamburgers, French-fries, sandwich grill. Lots of desserts, ice cram and fruit. Dinner: Monday night all restaurants and buffet are closed and tables are set up by the beach for the Beach Party. The resort does a fantastic job on the beach banquet. Lots of different seafood. Theme nights were Mexican, Italian, French, Dominican, Spanish (canít remember the other one). Same stations as lunch, lots to choose from. Salads, fresh fruit, breads and rolls, soup, cheese and cold meat. Something made with fish, port, chicken and beef. Usually two kinds of rice and two different kinds potatoes and veggies. Iíve seen stuffed peppers, eggplant, plantain, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, peas, etc. There was always something at the grill. On Friday night they BBQ pig and had whole BBQ chicken. Another day they were carving from a large fish, you might see them grilling fresh fish, chicken, pork, etc. One day at lunch they were carving large hams. There was also quite a selection of desserts, mini puff pastries, cookies, cakes, squares, fresh fruit and ice cream. Some nights there were puddings and fruit in sauce.
Iíve read reviews about this resort where people complained about the food, I have a comment about that, those people must be very hard to please or super picky and should probably either stay home or bring their own food. There were all kinds of food, plenty of variety. The hot food was hot and the cold food was cold.
The Beach Club served alcohol from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., food from 12:00 noon to 3 p.m. Beach buffet offered French fries, rice, chicken, veggies, tortilla chips and cheese, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. Cold salads, tomatoes, fresh fruit and some kind of dessert. Usually the pizza was still available at 5 p.m. As long as there were people eating it, they were making it.
There was one large pool with an adjacent small round pool. We didnít spend a whole lot of time around the pool, there were activities during the day. There was a Jacuzzi on one of the paths to the beach. We counted three bars, beach bar, pool bar and a bar on the top level of the main building by the pool tables. There were also bars in the restaurants and buffet. The resort also had four tennis courts, games room, gym, spa, mini golf, bicycles, shops, an art school. By the beach there was a basketball court, entertainment stage, water sports hut. Water sports, included snorkeling, boogie boards, kayaks and wind surfers. We also had a free horseback ride. This was an introductory ride offered by Lorilar Fine Horses. The beach was nice and long; you cold walk forever in either direction. We were a 15-minute walk to the orange market and about Ĺ hour to the blue market. Never a problem finding a sun lounger no matter what time you got to the beach. Lots of shade from the trees and a few palapas. There were a few people that felt entitled to keep a spot under a palapa and also take up a chair in the sun. Not much shade at the pool in the afternoon.
We booked a Ĺ day horse ride and also the Banana Republic Party Catamaran operated by Cats Catamaran. The horse back riding was about three plus hours with a break in the middle. Beautiful scenery, well behaved horses. We had a great time. We also loved the catamaran. The crew is a fun loving bunch of guys with a female bartender to look after you. We were on our way by 9 a.m. and returned around 3:30 p.m. We cruised to Sosua Bay where we snorkeled and had lunch. There is a waterslide and diving platform on the catamaran. When we left Sosua Bay we headed out to sea a little way where they raised the sail for our return to Playa Dorada. On the way back there was Karoke and a sexy man contest (quite funny). We had a great time and would consider doing both of these excursions again.
We have been to Cuba, Mexico and the DR. We have stayed in 4, 4+ and 5* resorts. We could find no complaints with this resort and would return in a minute. We also liked the layout of this resort. It is easy to navigate. It is big enough that you don't bump into people, but small enough to be friendly. This resort has a lot to offer. We have a limited knowledge of Spanish but had no problem communicating with the resort staff. We found them to be pleasant and very helpful. Canít wait to return.