Puerto Plata Journals

Living the Vida Dominicana

A March 2007 trip to Puerto Plata by globewriter

Sun Village Resort  and Spa Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic More Photos
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Sun Village Resort and Spa

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Hotel | "EMI Sun Village Beach Resort"

Sun Village Resort  and Spa Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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If you are in need of ultimate relaxation, the Sun Village Resort and Spa-Cofresi in Puerto Plata is the perfect place for you; just watch out for lots of rain, even outside the rainy season. The grounds are well kept (even during torrential rain storms), the resort is quiet, and the spa atmosphere prevails throughout the lush cobblestone paths. From the landscaping to the pools, Sun Village is well kept. There are beautiful plants and flowers around every corner, and even though it rained (poured) every single day of my 6-day stay, there were always grounds people sweeping up the debris and water from the walkways. I even met the resort manager, Mr. Jimmy, who I spotted as early as 7am and as...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2007

Sun Village Resort and Spa
1 Playa Cofresi
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
809-970-3364

Citrus

Restaurant

Citrus Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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My boyfriend and I had a great date-night at this restaurant. Although we had to wait a couple of nights to get our reservation (make sure to make your reservations for the restaruants at Malibu ASAP!), it was worth it, especially because it was included in our package!This little Italian restaurant was peaceful, yet not stuffy. The staff was very accommodating and ready to use their english as often as possible. The decor is very stylish and provincial Mediterranean at the same time. We got a great table with a view of the resort. If it had been a nice evening, I imagine the sunset would have been breathtaking.We started our dinner with a glass of the house red wine, which was dec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2007

Citrus
Sun Village Resort & Spa
Puerto Plata
(809) 970-7538

Lemongrass

Restaurant

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We visited Lemongrass the night after Citrus and were delighted again by the decor, but less impressed by the food. The service was again impeccable and the mood? Chic. I loved how the breeze from the pools below cooled us as we ate. You must make a reservation for this restaurant a couple of days in advance at the Malibu buffet-style restaurant. If you are going with the all-inclusive package, this restaurant will be included.We tried the red wine again, but it was very vinegary. First, we had the tempura vegetables and spring rolls. The tempura was tasty, but heavy on the batter and not quite asian-style. Think onion-ring transferred to various other vegetables. The spring rolls were crisp...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 12, 2007

Lemongrass
Sun Village Resort & Spa
Puerto Plata www.sunvillagep
(809) 970 7538

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The entertainment at this resort just plain stunk. Because it rained every day, many of the performances (group dances, bands, etc.) seemed as though they had been thrown together by members of the staff the night before in an effort to pacify bored guests. No such luck. All entertainment took place in the theatre. There was supposed to be some sort of beach party by Sonora Mexican restaurant on the beach one night, but either we missed it or it just didn't happen due to rain. Some of the performers' voices were good, but there was a lot of electronic backup and little in the way of instrumental ability. The staff were friendly and the dance lessons were fun the first 10 minutes and th...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Swim Time: The Pools, Hot Tubs and Beach

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Lobby Pool Photo,
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The seven pools at Sun Village were incredible and ranged from kid hangouts to topless to spa-like. My favorite was the upper pool by the lobby, for its view. Lounging in a chair, drink in hand, you get a spectacular look at the surrounding mountain range, the ocean, and a majority of the resort. The pools were kept at a slightly chilly temperature, but that didn’t stop them from being used.Aside from the view, the lobby pool is adults-only. It’s the only pool with a swim-up alcoholic bar. The servers at this bar were great and since I took my own (larger!) cups with me, I made fewer trips. Since this pool is right by the lobby and theatre, I could always run right inside whenever it rained. ...Read More