The Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana was more like Pop Rock Punta Cana, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
Traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic over Christmas 2015 & stayed at the Hard Rock Resort for 7 NTS with my husband & 2 teenagers. Beside the annoying Caribbean pop rock which played continually we really enjoyed ourselves. This may be unfair but I expected to hear more rock & roll as we were staying at the Hard Rock Resort. (I did get to know the DJ at one of the music pools. He took & played requests...yeah!)
The resort is large & spread out but the placement of our room, a sand suite, in the center of the resort was a grand location. Pictures, quotes & paraphernalia of all kinds from current & past rockers filled the lobby, restaurants & suites. Our spacious sand suite, with a full Jacuzzi in the center, had an early picture of the Fab Four i.e. the Beatles relaxing in the sun…very cool. But, I never once heard their music played.
The resort has decent restaurants & bars and the restaurant by the beach “Isla” (open air) proved to be my favorite. We had the breakfast buffet & lunch their almost daily. The Mexican & Asian dining also deserve a nod! The resort offered nightly events like a beach party barbeque & a Michael Jackson show which were very fun. Prefect weather -Rained at night but in the low 80's every day.
Service at the Hard Rock was pleasant. The staff is very helpful & friendly considering how hard they have to work. Although gratuities are included a tip does bring a smile.
The main building furthest from the beach has the large air conditioned cool indoor mall which houses the shops, restaurants, gym & the spa. We used are Hard Rock points in the spa which was truly a treat. The Spa & service in it are excellent. All 4 of us had a massage via resort credit points + the 20% tax on the service.
If you seek beach, sun & sand then Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is for you. Walking the beach near the Hard Rock Resort was lovely & cleansing to the soul. You can walk for miles but swimming is not recommended for those who cannot handle the high surf in this area.
I would suggest this resort as destination for family vacations & destination weddings. There is a lot to do & many beautiful venues for a beach or gazebo wedding near the beach.
Tip-If you never take the resort carts & we did not. You can eat & drink as much as you want!
If you have not booked a winter getaway yet there are amazing travel packages still available for travel in late Jan, Feb, March & April, 2016.
Be flexible & recieve the best values.
Lert me help you escape. Andre' Leavitt, Time Travels inc. 651-771-5666