Archive for July, 2010

Review of Grand Bahia Punta Cana

July 26, 2010

Hola Jo,
We had a great time in Punta Cana last week. It rained everyday but it lasted about 5 minutes. We went on 2 excursions. The outback safari was excellant. Our driver, Ramone and guide Eddie were very funny and informative. We made couple of stops. We stopped at a school, a home and little beach to go boogie boarding. Lunch was provided before the boogie boarding. 2nd excursion was Marinium. Some good/some bad points. We weren’t aware we had to swim/snorkle from boat to swim with shark/sting rays. A storm rolled in and guide helped us back to boat because water was real choppy. After getting back on boat the storm stopped. We had smoothe sailing for the rest of the trip and entertainment was good. Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro was really nice. We liked the shuttles going up and down our resort. In the heat, it was nice to ride than walk. Food was great. So much to choose from. The Apple Rep, Carlos, was very helpful. We had 2 ala cartes and wanted to go back to Garden Grill for 2nd time. Guest services couldn’t help us but Carlos suggested to go there and see if there was a cancellation. We tried an lo and behold we got another steak dinner. We mentioned we were on our anniversary and they surprised us with a small heart shaped cake with champagne. Nightly entertainment was very entertaining. Casino was small but we had no trouble getting a machine. We had a good time haggeling. All the service was good from waiters/waitress, bartenders, to maids. We would definetly go back. Thanks for all the tips you gave us. They came in handy. Another tip, don’t text or use cell phone out of country. Very expensive. Beware of parasailing, zip line and dune buggies. Storms come in very fast. Right in front of us, parasailers didn’t get in fast enough. The line snapped and the 2 people dropped 50 feet luckily in water; however, wind took them up again and flew another 50 feet. People on beach rushed along the beach to try to get parasail in waters!or it wouldn’t take the people up again. Scarry sight. Per another vacationer, zip line has no safety line like in US. Only 1 line rather than 2. Saw dune buggy hit a telephone pole because there is no rules driving on the road. We are already thinking of where we want to go next year; maybe Costa Rica? Thanks again for all your help.Alex/Tina


Review of Bahia Coba Riviera Maya

July 13, 2010

Hi Josephine,
We had a great time at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba – great service by all the staff. We took the Mayan Encounter, which was not too far, really interesting and lots of fun. Thanks for all your help. Hopefully will be in touch in the not too distant future :)! Roberta & Chris

Review of Mediterrean honeymoon

July 13, 2010

Hi Jo,
Our honeymoon was amazing and we had a great time! We made it though and both transfer drivers were very friendly! We loved our Rome tours and realized that taking the ‘Skip the line’ tours were the best decisions. We figured there would be a general public line, but didn’t expect it to be that long so early in the morning, esp. for the Vatican. The ‘Skip the line’ tours were very convenient to free up the rest of the day for some sightseeing on our own. The cruises were also a wonderful way to see the Mediterranean. We had some great excursions and on the ports we didn’t schedule anything, we had a great time exploring the cities on our own and soaking in the culture. We tried some amazing local cuisine and we are already talking about when we’ll be able to make it back. Thank you so much for all of your help with making our honeymoon so wonderful and stress-free!