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We’re pretty sure we have settled on the Sun Village for March 18 - April 1st, flying out of Halifax. This would be our fourth year in POP, first outside of Playa Dorada.
I have a few questions about the place and if anyone can help, it would be super appreciated! :slight_smile:

1 - We’d be going with our two children (ages 2 and 4). How treacherous are the stairs within the resort? They’re not babies, so it’s not a deal breaker or anything, but we wanted to be prepared!

2 - I have read about a big inflatable waterslide nearby… anyone know if that is still there?

3 - Wi-fi access… any nearby? We’re used to being able to stroll over to Hemingway’s and check in with everyone at home via email every couple of days, so are just wondering if there are any hot spots nearby.

4 - None of the reviews really talk much about the beach. How is it? Looks awesome in the pics I have seen online, but am wondering how safe it is, how clean it is and how hard it is to score loungers or shade there? Is the bottom rocky or is it sandy?

Thanks so much for any help! :slight_smile:

[quote=@gaitergal]We’re pretty sure we have settled on the Sun Village for March 18 - April 1st, flying out of Halifax. This would be our fourth year in POP, first outside of Playa Dorada.
I have a few questions about the place and if anyone can help, it would be super appreciated! :slight_smile:

1 - We’d be going with our two children (ages 2 and 4). How treacherous are the stairs within the resort? They’re not babies, so it’s not a deal breaker or anything, but we wanted to be prepared! I would not call the stairs treacherous, but I don’t think that 2, and 4 year old children would be able to navagate them by theirselves. There are paths that go through the resort, and you can advoid the stairs. They are the long way around though. Also, you can call for a cart to come and get you, if needed.
2 - I have read about a big inflatable waterslide nearby… anyone know if that is still there?I am guessing that the slide is at Ocean World
3 - Wi-fi access… any nearby? We’re used to being able to stroll over to Hemingway’s and check in with everyone at home via email every couple of days, so are just wondering if there are any hot spots nearby.There is WiFi in the lobby, not sure what they charge though. Down the road towards Ocean World is a resturant called Chris and Madys. He has free WiFi.
4 - None of the reviews really talk much about the beach. How is it? Looks awesome in the pics I have seen online, but am wondering how safe it is, how clean it is and how hard it is to score loungers or shade there? Is the bottom rocky or is it sandy?The beach is O.K. not overly long if walking is one of the things that you like to do. There are lots of loungers, never a problem finding one. The water can be quite rough, not like Playa Dorada. It is safe for walking though, you should not be bothered by anyone, except for the timeshare guys from the resort next door. We have found that the best way to get past them is to walk in the water as you go by the resort, the don’t want to get wet…lol. But watch out for them on the road too, as they will try to pick you up and take you to their hotel for the "hard sell"
Thanks so much for any help! :)[/quote]

Thanks, smilely_lm! :slight_smile:

I’m assuming you’ve stayed at Sun Village? Would you recommend it?

[quote=@gaitergal]Thanks, smilely_lm! :slight_smile:

I’m assuming you’ve stayed at Sun Village? Would you recommend it?[/quote]

We have stayed there 3 times, twice last year. We have also stayed at the Tropical next door twice. I love Sunvillage, would go back in a heart beat. But this year we decided to try something different.

Awesome! Thank you so much :slight_smile:

thank you for the review as well :sunglasses:

I’m counting down, too, John! WOO HOO! It’s been so darn cold at home, it’ll be nice to sit in the sun and not scrape the ice and snow off the car every morning. :wink:

sun village is not in playa dorada where i think hemingways is. so you wont be able to stroll over, sun villlage in in cofresi which is just outside of or at the end of the city of puerto plata. the beach is beautiful and not too crowded. its a gorgeous resort, but for an elderly person or someone with mobility problems, the stairs would be too much!

oops!!! sorry, i think i misread your email! disregard everything i just said, i now realize that you KNOW its not in playa dorada! maybe im not fully awake yet!

LOL :slight_smile: Thanks anyway, coronita :slight_smile:

I also was looking into the Sun Village Resort as well as the RIUs, stopped by our Liberty Travel office
yesterday to pick up some more info, and the three girls there said they are not recommending Puerto
Plata to anyone because they are getting reports that it has really become run-down. I’ve been to
Punta Cana, La Romana, and Juan Dolio and was really looking forward to seeing the north coast…
Can anyone give me any more input on recent visits to these resorts? Thanks!

I just got back from the Puerto Plata Riu’s and had a great time. No idea what the TA meant by Run Down… I’m thinking they want to sell you a more expensive package instead… As for Sun Village, I’ve never been but if memory serves me correctly it’s only about 7 years old.

I think I’d talk to a different Travel Agency if I were you.

Thanks Brian -
I don’t usually take much stock in Liberty Travel as a rule (you’re correct, they just
want to sell you a more expensive vacation). Just wanted to hear from some
members and get their opinion. This trip will be for our 10th anniv. - want to try
the north coast for something new, but don’t know much about it.

SunVillage is a lovely resort. The standard rooms are a bit dated, but the superior, and spa rooms are all up-dated. You have 6 pools to choose from, and never have a problem finding a lounger. The food is also pretty good, and you do not need reservations for the ala-carts.
The only real downfall, is that there is not alot to do there. The disco is pretty lame, and the shows at night aren’t much better.
Down the road is Ocean world, which you can walk to. We went last year, and really enjoyed it. Also down the same road is a restaurant called Chris and Madys. We go there a fair bit. Chris is a great guy, and he shows all of the games on his tv’s

Oh gosh, charris, this will be our fourth year in a row to Puerto Plata. We’ve had a blast every year :slight_smile:
I don’t see it being any more “run down” than any other city we have travelled to. We wouldn’t be going back again and again if it was. :wink:

smilely, We’re not nightlife people, so much, seeing as we travel with our kids, so that is kind of why the Sun Village sounded so great to us. Once the kids fall asleep, we leave the in-laws to hang out in our room with them and sit on the beach and have a few drinks alone. It’s HEAVEN. :slight_smile:

24 more days!!! :slight_smile:

That does sound like heaven Gaitergal! We’re not much “night life” people either…
give me a gorgeous beach, a nice pool, and some alcohol, and I have all I need for
a relaxing vacation. How is the food? Is there a casino nearby (for our friends - I couldn’t
care less!)? Are the people as friendly and wonderful as they are in Bayahibe & Punta Cana?

Ocean World is very close by and it has a casino.
We’ve always found the people very friendly in POP, as a general rule. :slight_smile:

Snowing hard in NJ right now.
Can’t wait to get there and relax. JJ

Anyone have any idea how much wireless internet runs at the resort? My husband needs to check in with work while we’re away and it’d be easier if we could do it from our room. :slight_smile:

Father in law who is joining us broke his ankle skiing last week. With all those stairs, I don’t think he’s going to have much fun! :frowning:

i just got back and wireless only worked in the lobby and it was $12.95 for 24 hrs