Dominican Republic All-Inclusive Hotels
Playa Dorada Resort Complex
Kiteboarding on the Beach by Mary Jo Plouf
The concept of the all-inclusive hotels did not start in the Caribbean, but it has become the fastest growing segment of the tourist industry in places such as the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
All-inclusive resorts offer vacationers from all walks-of-life, including families, a truly “worry free” vacation. Most all-inclusive resorts include meals, beverages, tips, day-care, entertainment and activities in the price of the room. The original appeal of the all-inclusive was to those traveling on a budget and trying to control costs. It was seldom considered to be a luxury destination. This has changed considerably. Many new all-inclusive resorts now have four or five restaurants offering a variety of cuisine. Elaborate spa treatments are available. Some resorts are adult only while others welcome children and provide day-care centers. Accommodations are on a par with many luxury hotels.
Playa Dorada is a gated resort community approximately 5 km east of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. This community attracts the greatest number of all-inclusive tourists to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The area has over a dozen separate resorts – each with their own restaurants, bars, swimming pools and activity options. The area boasts over 2 kms of white sandy beach with water-sports options. There is a shopping mall with additional restaurants, bars, gift shops and a movie theatre, two casinos, tennis clubs, horseback riding and the Robert Trent Jones designed 18 hole Playa Dorada Golf Course. Because of the variety of things available, it is tempting not to leave the resort area at all. This is certainly an option, but you would miss all of the wonderful things you can see and do within a very short distance of the resort.
Many of the resorts in the Playa Dorada complex offers special wedding packages. You can get married right on the premises and start your honeymoon immediately. Their specially trained wedding-planners can arrange for a simple ceremony on the beach or a large reception for groups of family and friends.
It is also possible to schedule meetings and conventions at many of the all-inclusive resorts in Playa Dorada. Most of the hotels have meeting rooms spacious enough to accommodate large groups of people. Business related facilities are available and it is an advantage to have a number of activities, restaurants and bars nearby without leaving the complex.
One of the hotels, The Victoria Golf and Beach Resort is located on the beach just beneath the island’s most spectacular mountain, Isabel de Torres. Set amidst the greens and fairways of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Victoria Resorts guests are treated to world-class services and amenities.
The Occidental Allegro Playa Dorada, another all-inclusive, is surrounded by lush gardens, tropical palm trees and features a large pool overlooking the ocean.
The Barcelo Puerto Plata is located right on the magnificent Golden Beach with its fine sand and crystal clear water. It offers the visitor a real Caribbean ambiance. The hotel offers different types of accommodations to assure maximum comfort. You can choose to dine and drink from any of the 8 restaurants and 5 bars.
The Blue Bay Hotel and Resort caters to singles and couples. It is especially popular with couples wishing to get married and/or spend their honeymoon, Adults only.
For those who choose to venture outside of the Playa Dorada complex to explore more of the Puerto Plata area, transportation can be arranged through most of the hotels. Some of the more interesting excursions are to Ocean World Marina and Casino, the Fortaleza de San Felipe, the Amber Museum, the Jewish Museum in Sosua and the Teleferico which ascends Mt. Isabel de Torres in just 8 minutes and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area. These are just a few of the excursions available on the North Coast.
The Dominican Republic has long been recognized as a winter playground for Europeans and Canadians. The nearly perfect weather, the miles of white sandy beaches, the almost unlimited choice of all-inclusive and luxury hotels have recently begun to attract large numbers of Americans, especially from the East Coast.
Contact Info: http://www.playadorada.com.do/page.php.
Forteleza de San Felipe
Faith and Roudan, age 15, carrying bananas to market
Part of the Second Annual Vollyball Tournament on the Beach
One of many pool areas
on 19 November 2008.
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