Dunes Hotel and Beach Resort

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by getawayguy on July 13, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
The resort is located in the Pedro Gonzalez Valley and is surrounded by beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery. Scuba diving lessons are taught on-site. The nearest casino is 22 miles away.

Best Things About the Resort:
Hundreds of small black birds serenade the guests nightly as they arrive for the evening meal. The grounds are lush and beautifully maintained. The rooms are spacious and well equipped. The multiple pools are large and not crowded. The staff members are gracious and extremely helpful. The resort offers an all-inclusive package, but it is optional. Adults pay $25 per day. Children are half that much. Otherwise, you can just pay for the meals you eat there. There is a fancy Italian restaurant on-site, too, for under $20 per person.

Resort Experience:
Check-in was quick and easy. We were given a junior suite with one bedroom with one double bed; one living room with a sofa bed; a kitchenette with a refrigerator, range, microwave oven, and all necessary dishes and utensils; two bathrooms; and a small room for storage. The unit was located in one of the quads, a short walk from the check-in area, amid the well-maintained gardens and fountains. The living room and bedroom each had a TV with 13 cable channels, some in English and some in Spanish. All units have air-conditioning and garden views.

The resort opened in July 1993, and has over 70 hectares, with 22 hectares already developed and about another 50 to be developed. The beach is 2.5km of calcareous sand. There are three pools, two for adults only and one for small children. The children's area has an activities room, a child play park, and an area with surveillance for smaller children. There are seven tennis courts, five game courts and two practice courts.

Three restaurants are on-site. La Cachama, the main restaurant, with buffet style service, is located on the first floor, beside the main banquet hall, and has a capacity for 200 people. Luciana’s, an á la carte Italian specialty restaurant, is located on the lower floor next to the general manager’s offices. It calls for semiformal wear and has a capacity for 80 people. El Caney Beach Restaurant, offering buffet and snack service, is located on the beach and has a capacity for 160 people.

The game area has two pool tables, two Ping-Pong tables, table soccer, and assorted table games. The gym has a wide variety of equipments and a steam bath area, with service available for a fee. The on-site stores offer jewelry, bathing suits, and souvenirs; a travel agency; a mini market; a personal articles store; and Internet service. There are also four bars, a theatre, and a disco with a capacity for 100 people. The resort provides live musical entertainment nightly. There are daily water aerobics exercises and volleyball games. Local PADI instructors provide on-site scuba diving lessons (in the pool) and certification (including off-site open water dives).

This is truly a Gold Crown resort in every way. We recommend it enthusiastically.

Dunes Hotel and Beach Resort
Valle de Pedro Gonzalez
Isla de Margarita, Venezuela


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