27 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Another relaxing holiday at Hacienda Dominicus, Bayahibe.
"Despite our excellent representative being made redundant on the last day and then having a 2 hour delay at Punta Cana on return journey. The fact that the air-conditioning on the plane was not working whilst at the Airport, unfortunately longer than we should because of the absence of two passengers, this was still a very enjoyable holiday. This was our 4th visit to this pretty, well-laid out hotel. It was just as good as previous visits, felt as though we had never left as we met so many guests whom we had met there previously. Like us, they had returned yet again because we all find it an excellent hotel with staff who make you feel so welcome and we feel safe here. Been to other places in Dom.Repub. but really like it here This the only hotel I have ever been to more than once but I would consider going again â Iâm sure we will fit in another trip in the future. In my opinion it is worth the long journey from Punta Cana. My partner always found things to eat but I am very picky on food wherever I go, despite this I never went hungry and always found something to eat. There is a good selection at breakfast, which I think caters for all nationalities and there is always fresh fruit at all meals. Sound silly, but I like fried tomatoes at breakfast, and the chefs were happy to do these for me, whilst they were doing individual omelettes and fried eggs for other guests. There are always the specialities restaurants so make sure you reserve your places here, it makes a pleasant change. This year there seemed to be even more nationalities, in the shooting competition we had at least 12 different ones taking apart â our own mini Olympics. Weather really hot for the first eight days, had torrential rain for a couple of days and another couple of mornings and afternoons, not unexpected at this time of year and we made the best of it, ended with two full days of sun. Sat under the palapa with our books and swam in the pouring rain, itâs still quite warm and it certainly beats England in November. All areas are kept immaculate and the gardens are a credit to this hotel (look for the birdlife, keep your camera handy). The bedrooms are a decent size and have more than adequate storage facilities. We had a daily supply of clean towels and bottled water and the room was spotless. They charge for the safes in the room now, about Â£10 per week, not excessive. There are seven blocks of accommodation each block built around itâs own courtyard with an individually themed garden All the blocks are interconnecting and even in torrential rain you can get practically everywhere without getting wet. The only exception being the Steakhouse where the last few yards are not covered. We always take our trusted brolly so that was not a problem. The only thing that detracts slightly is that the very large swimming pool is tiled with micro tiles and there are several missing and, as we have commented previously, it really does need work but it does not seem to stop guests from enjoying this facility. One part of this large pool has a gently sloping, beachlike area, which is ideal for small children. Of course there is the pool bar which is served by yet more friendly staff. The lighthouse bar on the beach has been refurbished with a new deck and new steps which has greatly improved this facility. Take your choice, a bed on the beach or one round the pool. Beach towels provided and you can change them when necessary. There was a problem with the air-conditioning in the TV/Card/Library room but this was dealt with when we mentioned it to Reception staff. The entertainment staff work very hard throughout the day and at their shows at night, not particularly our scene but they seemed very popular. Many thanks to all the staff, it would be unfair to single any one of them out for individual praise as they ALL made this another great holiday. A tip for Punta Cana Airport make sure you go left to Terminal 2 (follow signs for VIP lounge) which is air conditioned, Terminal 1 is not and can be very uncomfortable. Itâs easy to walk back to Terminal 1 for the departure gate. Couple of places in here to get drinks, sandwiches etc, and there is a place doing chicken breast with chips which were very tasty and kept us going through the two hour delay! "
- Travel date: 8th November 2011
my partner and myself went to bayahibe w...
"my partner and myself went to bayahibe with our friends and had a fantastic time. the people were amazing! everyone was so friendly and helpfull and really get to know you. freddie was great and such a laugh!! the food was fantastic. the rooms were bright and clean, and the chamber maid were really good, and so friendly. they were cleaned everyday and we had fresh towels made into swans and hearts everyday, and the maids decorated the rooms everyday with fresh flowers. we went parasailing, it cost $80 and was totally worth it. the weather was brilliant it only rained on 2 days and it was light rain and didnt effect our day at all. i would recomend this resort to anyone. it was amazing and i would go back there."
- Travel date: 24th February 2008
Returned yesterday from the very best ho...
"Returned yesterday from the very best holiday!! If you are booked to holiday in the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus you can rest assured that you are in for a treat!! My husband, myself, and our three children age 20, 18 and 16 flew out with first choice on 2nd Oct for 2 weeks. I had read all the reviews possible in order to choose a suitable hotel, so many to choose from, I was anxious that this family holiday was the best it could possibly be, my concerns regarding food were upper most, having suffered terrible food poisoning in Cuba a couple of years ago, I didn`t want a repeat performance particularly for my kids!! I need not have worried, the food at the IHD was the best I have ever tasted, the quality was consistently first class, we choose to eat in the Buffet for the majority of the time, simply because the choice and quality were both astounding, a none stop supply of both red and white wine with your meal also. Do however book for the a la carte restaurants as well, we choose the steak house, the Japanese and the colonial. FANTASTIC!! Japanese we did twice, a fantastic meal and added entertainment of the meal being cooked in front of you! Steak in the steak house tender, mouth watering, although not big on veg at this one!! And colonial what I would call very very pretty food the presentation was second to none!! I have read reviews advising people not to have ice in their drinks, not to eat the ice cream etc for fear of tummy trouble, not necessary, if anybody is going to react to anything itâs me, with a delicate stomach, I had no trouble at all, neither did any of my family, and I can assure you we had loads of ice, and between us ice cream every day. We had three rooms all together as requested, the kids rooms with an adjoining door again requested by email before we arrived, rooms brilliant, our little maid did a great job, all the usual towel decorations with flowers left for us every day, mini bar well stocked on a regular basis, we left her a couple of dollars tip each day, in my opinion she deserved it looking after us lot for 2 weeks!! we visited Catalina Island, Saona Island and did the outback safari during our stay, all three excellent days out, one word of warning if you go to saona, do take plenty of sun screen, there seemed to be not as much as a breath of wind on the island, and it became very very hot, although there is plenty of shade. the BBQ lunch we had on the island, and indeed on all of the trips was good, I had also read on a review before we went that the toilets on this island were little more than holes in the ground. NOT TRUE, good clean loos that flush!! Out of the two island trips Catalina offered better snorkelling if thatâs important to know to anybody. The entertainment staff are amazing, nonstop, doing their job to make everybody happy, from organising games etc on the beach in the morning/afternoon to performing in the hotel show at night, a great bunch of guys and girls and Lenny you will always hear before you see, great guy!! If you visit this hotel and don`t come back sad to be leaving I would be very surprised. the one single thing that makes this hotel great if I had to choose (which is hard) I would say the staff, from the cleaners, to the waiters ,entertainment staff, just everybody you have contact with will make you feel special, when people write on these review sites that the people are friendly, my god you better believe it!!! Fantastic holiday, if you go you wonât be disappointed, I feel quite sad at having just left but I know for sure we will go back!!"
- Travel date: 19th October 2007
I stayed with my family at the hotel for...
"I stayed with my family at the hotel for 2 weeks and found this a fascinating experience. All the staff were very friendly and went out their way to make sure everyone was ok. I cannot fault any member of the staff as they all work exceptionally hard to make your stay enjoyable providing entertainment for everyone as and when possible. I particularly enjoyed the pool bar as I found this very handy and Raul (who worked behind the bar) made everyone feel welcome and most certainly kept us all entertained. A big thank you to him. I also found Lenny stood out everyday I would notice him welcoming guests and ensuring they were ok. He was very popular with all the guests. Overall is was a great holiday that I couldn't fault, only one thing I could mention was my long blonde hair seemed to get a green hint from the pool so those with blonde hair be aware other than that, everything was great. I would strongly recomend the Japanese and Mexican restaurants, the chefs are great! It was hard to say goodbye and I didn't want to leave i could have easily stayed another 2 weeks!"
- Travel date: 6th September 2007
We flew from Manchester with First Choic...
"We flew from Manchester with First Choice. The flight was on time and the aeroplane was very comfortable with leather seats and seat back TV screens. In addition to the usual films there was a variety of games to play such as hangman, crossword puzzles, solitaire, etc., which helped to pass the time. Check in went smoothly and we quickly began our journey to Bayahibe. Although the journey was somewhat lengthy, it was interesting to pass through the small towns and countryside, which gave us a flavour of the country. On arriving at the hotel we were greeted with a complimentary drink and given a brief orientation of the resort. The reception area was light and spacious. We had a little difficulty locating our rooms, which were situated on the second floor of Block 2. We were allocated interconnecting rooms which I had requested by e-mail a few weeks prior to our arrival. We requested that the interconnecting door be opened, since our children were 13 and 11 yrs old. Although this proved difficult, since the key could not be located, a workman arrived some 30 mins or so later and took off the door frame, in order that we could make use of the interconnecting door. The rooms were of a good size, clean and well presented. One room had a king size bed and the other had twin queen sized beds. The room with the king size bed had a bathroom with shower over bath; the twin room had a large walk-in shower, which proved to be ideal for the boys. The rooms were regularly decorated with floral and sculpted towel designs. There was a good choice of food at the buffet restaurant both at breakfast and in the evening. The freshly cooked omelettes were particularly good, as was the choice of fresh tropical fruits and juices. There were a couple of themed evenings in the buffet each week, one of which included crayfish and giant prawns. We didn't use the main buffet restaurant during the day as we preferred to grab a snack from the self service restaurant near to the beach where there was a selection of food which included, freshly made pizzas, hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. This restaurant doubled as the Steak House in the evening. There was also a beach barbeque and paella party on the beach a couple of times a week. We tried all but the Japanese speciality restaurants. Whilst all proved popular, the Mexican was our family's favourite. The French (gourmet) restaurant although having a somewhat limited menu (mains comprised of steak or lobster) was very elegant and gave a good opportunity to dress up a little. Gentlemen were required to wear long trousers in the speciality restaurants but this requirement didn't extend to the children. The beach/pool chairs were reserved early in the morning. Although there were usually beach loungers available throughout the day, you needed to get to the beach early if you were particular as to where you wanted to pitch up. The water was very calm for most of our 14 nights with gentle waves on a couple of days which made for good fun. There were some pots towards the furthest point of the designated swimming area containing sea creatures and whilst there was not a great variety of fish to be seen close by the shore, what there was could easily be encouraged with a bread roll. We took a couple of trips booked through the First Choice Rep: one to Saona Island and the Jeep Safari. We enjoyed both trips and considered them to have been good value for money. The alcohol was free flowing - so be warned! All-in-all we had a most enjoyable stay at the IHD and would highly recommend this hotel for a family holiday. On a cautionary note - the hotel was quite isolated, so if you are the kind of people who enjoy a stroll to a bar in the evening, this would most probably not suit you."
- Travel date: 28th May 2007
First class service from all Thomson sta...
"First class service from all Thomson staff on flight airports and at the hotel. Well worth paying extra for premium seats on plane. Hotel Rep. Katie was very knowledgeable and helpful. All staff at the Hotel were excellent could not do enough for you and always had a smile. Food was very good with plenty of choice. Hotel and rooms were kept very clean and tidy. Plenty of sun loungers available around the pool area but loungers near beach bar were soon reserved? The main downside to this holiday was the transfer time to the hotel from the airport the journey took nearly two hours due to the traffic and roads not being what we are used to. This was an excellent holiday and will return to the Dom Rep again. "
- Travel date: 19th March 2007
We've just come back from a diving holid...
"We've just come back from a diving holiday based at the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Dressel Divers (on site) were just fantastic and made everything so easy. Indeed, the whole holiday was unforgettable. The hotel is so pretty for a start, arched corridors surround tropical gardens with shady bowers, fountains, palms, orchids and hibiscus, ponds with flamingos and swans. Sweetly scented by day but a little pongy at night when they sensibly recycle the water to sprinkle the garden, no wonder it's so lush! Each block has its own planted courtyard, an entrance hall with hand-decorated tiles, copper lantern and traditionally painted ceramics. The rooms are large, spacious, clean and well-equipped. Everything worked! The food is delicious, fresh, imaginative and beautifully presented (usually with carved fruit sculptures) and there is huge choice. However, it was the staff that made this holiday so distinctive, without exception, they were so friendly, genuinely warm, helpful and efficient. The evening entertainment ranged from cringe worthy competitive events for gullible good sports to spectacular professional shows with dazzling costumes and world-class dancing. Despite arduous practice schedules, the performers always reserved enough energy to provide a variety of fun activities throughout the day and fabulous dancing partnership to anyone who stayed up for the disco, with all that legendary Caribbean rhythm and hip swaying, we were hooked! I hope I'll return to the Dominican Republic, with its white coral sand beaches and turquoise seas full of gorgeously coloured corals and sponges, and I won't be looking for an alternative hotel, I made so many friends at this one."
- Travel date: 14th October 2006
Me and my husband traveled to Dominican ...
"Me and my husband traveled to Dominican Republic on our honeymoon and returned back 10 days ago. Firstly let me just say that this was the most fantastic place that we have ever stayed at. The Hacienda Dominicus was amazing, my husband and I have been all over the world including St Lucia, Singapore and Dubai and this hotel was the best by far. We traveled with Thomas Cook and found the rep in the resort to be very helpful (when at the resort which was not very often!). The staff at this hotel cannot do enough for you, they go out of their way to make your stay the best it can be from the waiters in the restaurant remembering what you drink to the entertainment team asking you everyday if you are OK and if they can do anything for you. We read the other reviews and left a tip of 2 dollars everyday for the maids who very kindly changed the towels, sheets and put new drinks in the mini-bar everyday. (They also lined the shoes up and straighter the toiletries which was quite funny). The evening entertainment was good for the first week but became quiet monotonous by the end of the fortnight but donât let this put you off as the hotel really is amazing. A little bit of advise - I have long blonde hair and found that my hair attracted a tinge of blue from the pool! So be wary. I cannot stress how much we enjoyed this place and will return at the next opportunity, if you are traveling from the UK it is very definitely worth upgrading your flight as the plane that we traveled on was very cramped. Enjoy your holiday if you are traveling here as you will not be disappointed."
- Travel date: 27th September 2006
WOW! What a hotel... But then again one ...
"WOW! What a hotel... But then again one thing I can say is Iberostar never let me down! We had been lucky enough to be upgraded to a Jr. Suite on arrival and it was great. Huge room which was kept very clean for the entire stay. This was also the case in the common areas of the hotel. This hotel has four al a carte restaurants and one buffet. The food in all five is second to no other hotel I have visited. Drink is great too. They have all the good names like Jack Daniels, absolute etc. Could not recommend this hotel more, so if youâre thinking of booking it... Go! Go! Go! The food was FANTASTIC."
- Travel date: 6th May 2006
I stayed at the Iberostar Hacienda Domin...
"I stayed at the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus for 14 nights in Feb 06 and didnât want to leave. Every element of the holiday was fantastic. I work as a travel consultant and will be the first to find fault but I will also give praise - I have nothing but praise for this hotel. It is certainly 5 star! Everything from the rooms to the restaurants, from the pool to the people was superb. The rooms are spotlessly clean, spacious and airy. There is a brilliant choice of food in numerous restaurants and the waiters cannot be faulted, they all work so hard and always wear a smile. The pool area is beautiful and the beach - paradise! The thing that really made the holiday was the people - every member of staff were wonderful. The waiters, gardeners, cleaners and the Star Friends were all friendly - it was hard to say goodbye! I would not hesitate to recommend the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus it is a fantastic choice and makes a wonderful holiday!"
- Travel date: 23rd April 2006
Our holiday was changed 1 week prior to ...
"Our holiday was changed 1 week prior to departure due to the unknown virus at the Riu Bachata hotel in the North. After alot of stress we definitely made the right decision to travel to the South of the island. The Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus was by far one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in however it did not come without problems. Being our wedding anniversary & my birthday the hotel confirmed a room upgrade before arrival - the view given was of bushes & only after a week were we upgraded to one of the owners rooms on the seafront. The maintenance staff are very laid back here & when called to ask them to fix the patio doors that did not lock was told our belongings were safe - took 2.5 hours for them to come & fix by which our children were asleep & missed dinner but unavoidable as our insurance certainly would not have paid out & after all this is a third world country. Having 2 children the kids club was a plus however after my son hit his head there & started becoming violently sick I became worried & rang home. After gaining an appetite I decided to go & get my 4 year old some food however due to health & safety you are not allowed to carry plates around the hotel but thinking this was an exceptional circumstance I asked reception who rudely told me to ask the head waiter who said no at 1st, then on return to my room was shouted at by the customer relations manager - believe me not a good experience. After this we became royalty & the hotel could not have done more in making us feel welcome - fruit, champagne, gifts for the children. This hotel is starting to age a little & needs some renovation work doing i.e. re tiling the swimming pool, however if completed it would simply be like paradise. Hotel is situated right on its own private beach with security guards ensuring guests of nearby hotels cannot enter the complex. The food is great for adults including Japanese, Colonial, Mexican & Steak restaurants however unless your children live on chips a little too extravagant for them however the chefs are only too happy to cook something specially. The rooms are very spacious - anyone travelling here should request block 4 which has both pool & sea views available. This hotel is better suited to honeymoon couples with children really in a minority probably due to cost however it will not deter us from returning this year as we have been promised to be looked after."
- Travel date: 6th January 2006
We stayed here from the 22nd Aug for 2 w...
"We stayed here from the 22nd Aug for 2 weeks and had a great time everything about this place is great letâs hope it stays that way definitely worth a return visit. Down side journey from the airport 1 hour 20 mins and tour operator Thomas Cook look out for the stop at the North Airport to pick up passengers on your way home and the brain dead Rep. Hotel canât help that so boo to Thomas Cook! "
- Travel date: 31st July 2005
Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus is also called
- iberostar hotel bayahibe
- hacienda dominicus
- iberostar hotel hacienda dominicus