I’ve never been on an all-inclusive holiday before, and to be honest it’s never really appealed to me, as I’m all for trying out different restaurants and bars when on holiday, however when my mum asked me if I wanted to go over to the Dominican Republic to celebrate her 50th Birthday I obviously wasn’t going to say no!
We booked through TUI UK and stayed at the ‘Club Hotel RUI Bambu’ in Punta Cana, which is part of a chain of 5 different hotels in the area. The resort was huge, a bit bigger than we were expecting and probably a bit bigger than we would have liked, however, we didn’t have any other complaints. There were 6 different restaurants on-site, Bars that served drinks all day and night, themed shows every evening, a Pacha nightclub, 4 different swimming pools and top that all off we were situated right on the beautiful beachfront surrounded by allll of daaa palm trees. However what really made our stay here were the staff, they were so polite, friendly and just happy all the time- it was infectious.
Now for the most part of our holiday, we chilled in our resort either on the beach or by the pool drinking copious amounts of G&T’s and Strawberry Daiquiris and listening to Reggaeton, but we booked onto some trips so that we could discover a bit more of the island. There were a lot of excursions to choose from but we settled with 2 to split up our week.
We were picked up early in the morning and headed towards the port. We then hopped onto a Luxury catamaran, stopped off for a bit of snorkelling then and set sail towards the island, glugging back a lot of rum and cokes along the way, which ultimately eased everyone into the salsa dancing which we had to join in with. We finally arrived on the island and let me tell you this place was AMAZING! Now, I don’t mean to sound like a twat when I say this, but I have been to some pretty stunning places on my travels but this place has to be right up there near the top- White sand, Clear blue water and yet again, all of da palm trees. IN LOVE!
We spent around 3 hours on the island, were given beers, more rum and cokes, and a delicious BBQ’d lunch that even included fresh lobster on the menu. After our time on the island we headed back on the boat and headed towards a Natural ‘Swimming Pool’ just off the island, where we chilled, swam, drank, danced and starfish spotted for about another hour before heading back to the resort.
This trip is a MUST DO!
Samana Whale Watching Tour
Again we set off early in the morning and headed to Samana Bay. The drive up to Samana is a couple of hours, but you can pass the time by looking at the lush green landscape on the way up there. Before you get on the boat your guide will offer seasickness tablets…TAKE THEM, the ride is very bumpy and you will get extremely wet, and to be honest, if you suffer terribly with seasickness, or have a really bad hangover, then I wouldn’t go on this trip.
We spent two hours on the boat and only briefly managed to see one whale, which was a slight shame, but it’s nature and not SeaWorld- at least we got to see one!
When we got off the boat we were treated to some lunch at a small traditional restaurant and then set off on a small trek into the Rainforest to see a waterfall. As stunning as the scenery was, the path towards the waterfall was extremely muddy and slippery, and I spent most of my time looking down watching my footing.
We arrived at the waterfall and had a little swim for about 30 minutes before heading back. On the way back I slipped fell right on my arse and covered my white Caftan in Mud- You can imagine what it looked like.
The third and final part of our trip involved getting back on the boat and heading towards yet another stunning island called ‘Cayo Leventado’. We sunbathed here for a couple of hours with beers on tap and for an extra few $$ you could also purchase some cocktails in pineapples and coconuts.
I know I say this about almost every place I have been to but, you need to come here. Beautiful Scenery, weather and people. What more could you want?
Dates- 14th-19th January 2018
Price of Package Holiday- £946
Price of Trips- $150 per trip