Hello Fred & Tracie: You will get many personal insights, both good & bad, from this forum on BPRSJ. From me, I only have good things to say about it. Hubby & I have stayed at BPRSJ twice, Jan. 2003 for 1week in the Club Hacienda section, which is now Club Golden and again Jan. 2004 for 2 weeks in the regular hotel section. What we liked about the resort is 1) it is a bit remote 2) the resort is clean, well looked after 3) the staff is wonderful & will do anything to make your stay memorable 4) the food in the main buffet restaurant was excellent with much variety 4) the beach, although not white sand, is clean with lots of area available to lay on a lounger or just to walk.
The maids did a marvelous job of cleaning the rooms everyday and always left towel sculptures for us to “aahhh” over. The buildings were spotless and staff worked hard everyday keeping the resort clean, uncluttered and polished.
The main restaurant “La Brisca” is buffett style and the food that is put out for you is phenominal. There is a lot to choose from from pizza & pasta to beef & seafood. Fresh bread each & every meal was my downfall…it was wonderful. If you go away from this place hungry, it is your own fault!! The a la carte restaurants were good but our favourites were the Mediterranean & the Italian.
Pueblo Principe (Principe Street) is the shopping & entertainment venue located on the avenue as you come into the complex. The shops are enjoyable, although you can not do much haggling in the pricing of items. The casino, disco, pool hall etc are all located here on the street and it gets used the most after the nightly show that the annimation team completes (about 11pm). There are beach vendors located at the south end of the beach and this is where you can get the best deals. Campo Tours is beyond the beach vendors (go across the yellow wooden bridge) and you will get a much better deal here for tours than by going thru your Travel Rep in the resort. An excellent tour is the Monster Truck Safari.
If you are adventurous, instead of booking a tour through a rep, book a taxi driver & his van for the day. He will take you where ever you would like to go, at the negotiated price, and I promise you that you will learn more about the Dominican people and their country this way. Try it…we have done it now 3times and wouldn’t do it anyother way. BTW…Puerta Plata is about 60minutes from BPRSJ.
I hope that I have shed some light on BPRSJ. If I can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to email me.
[b]One small correction.
“…in the Club Hacienda section, which is now Club Golden”
The Club Hacienda Section on the west side of the resort is now referred to as the Club Diamond Section. Club Golden is a collection of beachfront buildings on the east side of the resort. Club Diamond is primarily sold by Sunquest and Club Golden is primarily sold by Transat Vacations.