Tami Goes to Punta Cana

OMG the Dominican is the Bomb!

The Dominican had been a place I had wanted to visit for more than 10 years but because all my friends wanted to travel to Jamaica I could never seem to get there.  In the Fall of 2015 my husbands best friend invited us to go with them on a last minute trip.  I investigated resorts and chose Iberostar because it was the best rated of the All Inclusive for the price.  That was how we discovered IBEROSTAR!

Our first trip in 2015 was awesome and we fell in love with the resort and we immediately started planning for our trip back.  Fast forward to January 2016.  This was our second trip to Punta Cana and our second stay at the Iberostar Resort but we upgraded this time from the Iberostar Punta Cana to the Iberostar Bavaro Suites. (Side note it is definitely worth the upgrade)  Both resorts are on the same grounds but grounds are so massive you don’t even realize that there are actually 4 resorts in the same place. 

We arrived in the Dominican Republic on the 4th of January.  Our reason for our trip was of course rest and relaxation but to also celebrate our anniversary. Our check in was quick, with out much hassle.  Of course like any other big resort they want you schedule & go on a presentation but because they could tell by the look on my tired face that I was not having it, our concierge Norberto, asked us to come back the next day.  They put us and our Luggage on a cart and took us to our room 3507 with no issues. 

Just like on the Punta Cana & Dominicana side of the resort, the rooms could use some upgrades in décor but who cares, as long as I have a shower and a separate tub I’m happy.  Who goes on vacation just to stay in their room anyway.  If that is your goal you will miss 80% of why Iberostar in Punta Cana is so great.

Side note, we went to the resort during the time of the Epiphany so the resort is decorated in beautiful holiday lights and decor during this time.  Definitely a must see. 

 

After getting cleaned up from our day of travel, it was time to go eat.  I fell in love with the Hiatus, a buffet style restaurant at the Iberostar Resorts, because there is so much food to chose from.  Being Vegan and going on vacation isn’t always easy but at the Iberostar buffets I was able to fix up something different and special everyday with out getting bored of the selection.  

After our first night of staying in our room we did have to request to be moved because there were creepy crawly critters in and outside our room.  At first I chalked it up to the tropical climate but once I found a big fat juicy one in our room ALIVE, I was done and we had to go. The resort graciously upgraded us to a room very close to the beach and on an upper floor for our trouble.  Critter problem solved and we were happier to be closer to beach.  

The entertainment at the Iberostar Resort is awesome.  We are talking Las Vegas style entertainment.  The singers can actually sing, the choreography is great and their costumes are amazing.  Even the stage crafts are well thought out. The entertainers do a good job of interacting with vacationers making every night enjoyable. If you miss the nightly shows you will be missing a big part of why this resort is so great.

There are 7/8 different restaurants (no reservations needed except the Japanese/Hibachi Style restaurant) and each one we go to the staff is very attentive, making sure you have what you need as you dine.  Some of the staff even greeting us by name each time they saw us which really made us feel special.  I’d say they treated us like Movie Stars but you probably think I was exaggerating.  All jokes aside, they really seem to love their jobs and you can tell by how excited they are to help you. 

Even with all the specialty restaurants, the food at the buffets was the best with many varieties of food and again if you are vegan like me the buffet is a win win.  The other (fancier) restaurant do not have vegan options; although if you are pescatarian you will have no issues.  There is plenty of seafood to choose from and several different kinds of Ceviche. 

The beach is beautiful {I would give the beach 5 stars by itself} We have visited it daily.  The white sand was so soft with no rocks or shells in it.  I caught myself just curling my toes into the sand it felt so good. There is wait staff on the beach to serve you drinks and a buffet not to far away to get snacks and food while you zone out to the ocean waves. 

One thing I really liked is that the resort has a rain plan.  One of the days we were there it rained a good part of the day.  The staff goes above and beyond to ensure you are entertained with interactive games and activities in the covered areas.  They had an extra show during the day to entertain guests so they wouldn’t be bored and feel the need to go back to their rooms. 

One thing I didn’t like about our trip was that we didn’t go off property.  Normally I like to visit the people in the countries I visit to see how they live and eat what the locals eat but we had so much fun on our vacation we never left the resort and that is very unlike me.  The Iberostar Resorts do a very good job of bringing you a taste of the culture by preparing local foods for you to eat at the restaurants as well as bringing in local vendors and letting them set up their goods for sale so you can shop.  

You should travel with me, you’d have so much fun. 

Till next time.  Hugs & Kisses

Vegan Tami

About the author

Tami is a mother of 7 children and Jedah (Grandmother) to 5. Inspired by her daughter, Krystal, she decided to go natural in April of 2016. Tami wanted to learn to love her natural hair, her body and herself more completely. Soon after in May of 2016 she decided to go vegan in an effort to take her natural journey even further. She is an avid believer in supporting black business and even created her own company with the desire that her accounting and graphic services would assist these businesses in owning and sustaining their businesses for the long haul. Tami is also a lover of history, ancient cultures and is addicted to travel. She has been accused of being an over sharer when it comes to social media but having her Masters of Science in Internet Marketing, sharing is just how she lives her life. She wants other people to see the world through her eyes and know that we can all do anything we want if we just try.

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