Earlier this year, I and my family decided to travel all together for the first time to the Carribean, and the place chosen was the Dominican Republic.
It was the third time we have traveled to the Dominican Republic, having stayed earlier at Punta Cana, so this time had to be something different.
After a quite long and exhaustive search for the best and most luxury hotel to stay, we decided for Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, at Bayahibe nearby Saona Island.
When traveling with babies, specially for such places far away from home, the choice of the hotel is extremely important.
Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus has been awarded over the years as one of the best all-inclusive hotels in the Caribbean and in the World. Here are some awards I have found when searching for this hotel:
- Top 25 Caribbean All-Inclusive 2018
- Number #1 Rated Hotel in Bayahibe 2017
- Top 25 All-inclusive Resorts In The World
As I have been couple times before to the Dominican Republic, and several times to the Caribbean, I knew more or less about what expect and what to look for.
The beach is located nearby/around the lighthouse. The lighthouse belongs to the hotel and features a beach bar for guests. Some people reported the beach and its sunbeds being always busy since the early morning. Although we never used the normal beach area, since we had our own reserved area on Star Prestige Private zone, we found that normally there were enough sunbeds along the day. Just found sometimes a little bit noisy on that section of the beach, when activities are happening. Again, it’s located on the opposite site of Star Prestige Beach area, so no issues on noise or being crowded. the beach is protected from the wind (on the opposite to windy Punta Cana), and very close to Isla Saona (we’ve been there already two times before, so no trip to Saona this time).
The beach is sandy (no rocks), and great for both adults and kids. It was one of the reasons I have chosen this hotel, due to my 2.5-year-old girl, to be able to go into the water without waves or currents.
The Star Prestige service is totally recommended to have your own private area on the beach, away from any crowds or noise, and with drinks served all day (premium wines, fruits, snacks, etc). It was one of the additional reasons why we have chosen this hotel. There is a cost of 30USD per day, per person, plus 15USD per day, per children, but it totally worth the cost. This also gives you access to a different wine menu on all restaurants, with some very good/reasonable wines, on the opposite to basic wines from all-inclusive service. More about Star Prestige Service below.
One of the things I have most enjoyed here at this resort was the staff. I understood during my stay that for an average of 1500 guests staying at the hotel, there are around 500 people from staff, to make sure everything goes well and smooth. I have stayed before on other Iberostar hotels (5 stars), and this one of extremely well organized. No waiting times, there is always someone to promptly assist you. Although we have spoken and helped by many people from the staff, here are some names I did memorize due to their extremely professional and kind service:
– Yudelka (Camarera / Room Cleaning)
– Heriberto and Rodolfo from Guest Services / Supervisor
– Jesus, Nino, and Berkis from the Beach (Star Prestige VIP Area)
– Jose, Morena, Berkis, from Restaurants
– And some others such as Wilkin, Maribela, Edwin, Grisy, etc
And never forgetting the professionalism of Rodolfo Santana (Guest Services Manager) and David Lopez, Hotel General Manager
The Swimming Pools:
They have one of the best all-inclusive service I had in the Caribbean. They feature 6 restaurants and 5 bars, for a total of 11 places for all guests:
- El Colonial
- La Geisha
- La Hacienda
- La Goleta Steakhouse
- El Ingenio – Buffet
- La Palapa – Buffet
- Bars & Snack Bars
- Los Arcos
- Captain Nemo Bar
- La Sirena Bar
- La Hacienda Snack
- Faro Bar
We had a chance to stay during the whole week at one of their presidential suites, which is actually the biggest room they have at the resort, at the closest building from the beach (Building 4). This building is normally reserved to star prestige members and/or Iberostar paying members (Iberostar club).
The room featured a large bedroom, with a balcony and a complete bathroom with shower, including a walking closet. Together with the main bedroom, there’s access to one very large living room, with a large balcony facing the beach area. Includes also one additional toilet and three access doors for guests convenience.
Luxury amenities provided are from L’Occitane in both bathrooms, and well equipped and clean.
Cleaning services provided by our Camarara Yudelka was always outstanding and on time, allowing us to have our own timing during the day between each cleaning service.
The Star Prestige VIP Service:
The Star Prestige service an addon you can pay when you book, or directly at check-in. It is totally recommended if you wish to have your own private area on the beach, away from any crowds or noise, and with drinks served all day (premium wines, fruits, snacks, etc). It was one of the additional reasons why we have chosen this hotel. There is a cost of 30USD per day, per person, plus 15USD per day, per children, but it totally worth the cost. This also gives you access to a different wine menu on all restaurants, with some very good/reasonable wines, on the opposite to basic wines from all-inclusive service. You will have a different bracelet from the other guests, a dedicated concierge service available, and two massages at SPA included, plus many other valuable options.
From the whole review and experience I have described above, I would say definitely Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus was one of the best experiences we had lately, and certainly the best the Dominican Republic.
The prices vary depending on the season and room chosen. The presidential suite for two adults has an approximate price of 5.000USD for seven nights, excluding Star Prestige Program, flights, and transfers, plus any premium wines and optional tipping. Would definitely return here again to this beautiful and outstanding hotel.
IberoStar Hacienda Dominicus
Bayahibe / La Romana – Dominican Republic
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