In February of 2013, we traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for the very first time. Truth be told, it was our first international trip. It was also the first time that either of us had ever seen a beach outside of the United States. Well, if you’re planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, you need to brace yourself. Not only is it a country rich in culture and scenery, but the D.R. also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The Majestic Colonial
We chose to stay at the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana for a few reasons. First, we wanted to stay at an all-inclusive resort since it was our first time venturing outside of the United States. Second, the Majestic Colonial was reasonably priced as well. It definitely wasn’t the cheapest resort we looked at, but it wasn’t the most expensive either. Ultimately, we decided that the resort offered a good value for our dollars and chose to go for it. And I’m so glad we did.
The resort is divided into two halves, one for families and the other only accessible for adults. Since we didn’t have our kids in tow, we chose to stay on the adults-only side of the resort for about $10 more per night. Doing so allowed us to use both sides of the resort, which was a bonus. I didn’t mind being on the family side around kids, but it was nice to hit up the adults-only side when we wanted to relax and have a few drinks.
Our room was large, clean, and nicely appointed. We had a Jacuzzi tub, a private bathroom, and a minibar filled with beer, liquor, and soft drinks- all free-of-charge. Our bed was large and comfortable and the maids did an excellent job keeping it clean and picked up. We did leave a few bucks on our bed each day but I believe that the service would be wonderful regardless.
Our room overlooked one of the adults-only swimup bars, and that was a ton of fun. We had a huge balcony and it was pretty entertaining to see all the people lined up at the pool bar each day. They were sometimes a little bit loud and obnoxious but it didn’t bother us at all. Once we closed the door to our balcony, we couldn’t hear anything that was going on outside anyway.
The Majestic Colonial has a large main buffet and several sit-down restaurants. We ate at each and every one and found the food to be quite good. I don’t eat meat but we always found several things to eat at each meal. My favorite meal was the Japanese restaurant which cooked our dinner tableside – hibachi style. If you’re from the U.S., the experience is a lot like eating dinner at Benihana. It was excellent, as was everything else we ate while there.
The drinks were also excellent and I proved it by having a few too many each day. My favorite by far was the Dominican Sunrise. A popular drink with the locals is called Mama Juana and it was served generously all over the resort. I recommend you try it, but brace yourself. It’s strong!
The beach is absolutely breathtaking. With turquoise water, huge palm trees, and a beach that goes on for miles, there isn’t a lot more you can ask for. There were a ton of palapas as well and it was easy to find one in the shade almost any time of the day or evening. We spent a lot of time just laying around on the beach and meeting people from all over the world.
The Majestic Colonial has one giant main pool and two smaller pools in the adults-only side. If you’re a pool person, I would definitely check this resort out. The main pool is probably one of the biggest I’ve seen in my life. It literally goes on forever with loud parts near the pool bars and quieter parts away from them. The adults-only pools were also large and nice and sometimes a littler quieter, although it really did depend on who was there and how many drinks they had.
The Bottom Line
The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country, and the Majestic Colonial manages to give you a great taste of what all that the DR has to offer. Friendly people, beautiful beaches, and lively entertainment await you at the resort, and all for a price that you can afford. I highly suggest you visit and check it out. You’ll be glad you did.