BlueBay Villas Doradas
43 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very relaxed hotel
"Once you arrive you feel in the atmosphere the tranquility and the relaxation, we spend most of the time in the spa area, they have a totally free saona there, besides a gym. What impressed me the most was the humane treatment from their staff, they are very friendly in a natural way, it is something special in this area, I definitely recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: 1st April 2018
"Everything is perfect: the service offered, the taste of food and cleanliness in general, participate in all activities and the ones I liked the most was the painting class on the beach, I did not know that I had the skills of an artist, I also enjoyed of the drinks in the bars, thanks to the lady lady of the black and white bar that attended us and greeted us daily, as well as Francisco and Hamler of customer service."
- Travel date: 1st February 2018
always great food options
"I liked the location of the hotel, only 13 minutes from the airport, easy access, the hotel has excellent partners who go further to accommodate you, I am a vegetarian and the customer service department helped us organize a healthy menu, including In the a la carte restaurants there are vegetarian options, this hotel would be my first option if I live in the Dominican Republic again, but because we visit a different place every year we would return to that hotel. good atmosphere with my friends of animation thanks to all for making me feel great."
- Travel date: 1st May 2018
"We went to celebrate our honeymoon, at first our room was not ready because the hotel was full in its entirety, but that was no reason to stop enjoying it, in compensation for the waiting time, we were rewarded with a superior room near the hotel. spa We could not go to the fish restaurant because we fell asleep and it was time, we had to go to the buffet, however we went to the oriental and the meat on the grill. The activities are very varied, the reception staff is very kind especially, Michel and the youth of the customer service. It was a very relaxing stay, thanks for the good service."
- Travel date: 1st April 2018
must go again
"We just finished an amazing week at this resort. We travel a lot (average twice a year, mostly to the Caribbean) and stay at all-inclusive resorts each time. This is one of the best resorts we’ve had the pleasure to visit. The food is about what you’d expect for the Dominican (better than Cuba, about the same as Mexico, not as good as Jamaica). We didn’t have any trouble finding something good to eat at each meal, but a few tips – if you want bacon, it’s at the omelet station (I didn’t realize this until Day 5), and the fried chicken at the beach bar is awesome! They only have Tabasco sauce though, so if you’re like us and like hot sauce on your chicken, bring your own Frank’s. The resort is fairly small, which makes getting around easy. The buildings are older, but clean and well maintained (AC and hot water were always perfect). The grounds are meticulous. It’s a very quaint and scenic resort. Great pools (and pool bar) and great beach. And of course the price to travel here and stay was very attractive… but what makes this place such a standout resort is the staff! We learned a long time ago to interact with the staff early (especially the entertainment crew – get involved and play the games, etc.) and within a couple of days at Blue Bay we felt like family."
- Travel date: 1st April 2018
This is my fifth time here at the Blue Bay resort.
"This is my fifth time here at the Blue Bay resort. I love. The customer service team helped us a lot with the dinner reservation. Francisco and Hamler is a great team. Hospitality is out of the ordinary every time I come to the Dominican Republic. I always booked the resort here, Blue Bay. All inclusive adults really have something special. The service is very human, always look for the way to please you."
- Travel date: 1st March 2018
I had a wonderful vacation at the Bleu Bay Villas Dorado
"I had a wonderful vacation at the Bleu Bay Villas Dorado hotel in the Dominican Republic. I can recommend this hotel to everyone. It is only for adults, so it is very quiet and there is enough space for everyone in the pool or on the beach. The food is very good and everyone can find the food they like. The beach and a shopping center are only 200 meters from the hotel. On the beach there is a bar where you can eat and drink (all included) The evening entertainment is very good, and there are parties and muzik on the beach. Thanks to the customer service for giving me all the information you need to spend a good holiday"
- Travel date: 1st April 2018
"The wife and I are now well into our fifties and have travelled the world on Holiday; in the Caribbean we visited Barbados, St Kitts, Aruba, Jamaica and Cuba before visiting the Dominican Republic. We first stayed at the Victoria Golf hotel in May 2006 and thought it to be too far to walk to get into any action, but we were playing golf 5 days and scuba diving for 3 days so the stay was pleasant. I never got the opportunity to have two weeks off from work so we went back to Domrep in the September and stayed at Blue Bay Villaâs. I will leave out the bits they tell you in the brochure about available facilities etc. Everything we like is at this hotel. Peace, uncrowded pools, excellent staff, unbeatable service, friendly and clean rooms. We love the fact there is always a sun bed available in September night or day (not always an umbrella but each year there seems to be new ones). Everything is a short 1 to 3 min walk; perfect. You can take or leave the beach as it is separated by a 100 meter walk through the hotel grounds. The food for any Caribbean island is always different from what youâre used to but it is always available 24 hours a day, huge choice, fresh and well presented. OK so the pork chops are thinner, the peas are less green but you are in the Caribbean, not Devon. The rooms are variable on size but always clean and all you do is sleep in them. We are at breakfast at 7 and by the pool/beach by 8 and stay there until the sun goes down, shower, change and in the dining room by 8, entertainment until 10 or 11 then on our balcony until midnight before entering the room for sleep. There is an exchange library rack by the pool towel hut where most swap their paperbacks during stays. Following that trip we went twice to BBV in 07 and twice in 08, since then I changed jobs and did 2 weeks in September of 09 and two weeks in 10 and 11. We missed 2012 but will return in 2013. Those that return get to know each other; there are dozens in our two week September spot. More importantly at returning you get to know your way round the system and the food. If you look close around the dining room there are tables with choices you may not see first time round as there is so much to choose from. We could live on the salads. The Black Band Holiday sales guys get the most complaints: At first they will try to get you to go to a presentation and they use the âlets be friendsâ approach. It is not for everyone but the Brits hate salesman to begin with so the hackles are already up. It is their job and they do not get paid unless you go to the presentation so of course they try hard. They respect a firm no, even if you have to say it three or four times on the first day. As you enter the pool area for the first time, the guy that talks to you has won you as a customer and the others will just say hi occasionally but you are his customer. Imagine his disappointment if he picks all the âno thankyouâsâ. When you return to the resort they remember you and you wonât get bothered again but they are still friendly and will sometimes just sit and chat to you. They are nice guys trying to do a job, it is just your Britishness that makes you uncomfortable. We bring $100 in ones for tips and $60 in 10âs but it is your choice, English money is crap for tipping as they canât use coins. As the staff know us, we end up changing at least Â£20 in coins to dollars for the staff. We tip the waiters on the evening who serve our drinks, after the first buck you never have to wait again. That covers about 14 x $5 a night or $70. You tip a buck each to the coach driver that brings you from airport, a buck each to the dude that takes your case to the room (and again when you leave) $8,. The $10âs we give on the last day; one to the evening bar waitress, one to the lady that cleans your room, one to the barman by the pool, rocky by day & Vincent at night, one to your day waiter and one to your night waiter in the dining room. Tipping always worries Brits but if you consider the service you get for that Â£100 extra in the fortnight I find it humbling. Bring dollars for the shopping Plaza and any eating out you may do, pounds exchange rate is less favourable and again the coins get in the way. There is a cash point at the Plaza which gives you local spondoolies. Packing: You do not need socks, you do not need the evening jumper/coat (it does not get cold), you do not need shoes (except for excursions if you fancy them). Two pairs of trousers for evening meals and a 7 shirts you can wear twice if two weeks. Sandals are everyday and night footwear. For the day time I take 7 tee shirts and wear them twice and two pairs of shorts. You use them from the room to the pool, then to breakfast and lunch, 2 hours a day tops. The wife brings similar, throw over dresses etc for lunch and light cool evening wear. Add your nicks, swimwear, toiletries, sun tan lotion, a small umbrella (for getting to evening meals in rainy season), books, music and your packed. We never fill the 20kg each with clothes so we take a box of wine each in the luggage for late evenings on the balcony or terrace instead of the entertainment (house wine is iffy but drinkable with the French trick of Ice cubes, in local lingo just ask for hielo sounds like hyellow). Everyone speaks English but asking for ice is unusual for the locals so knowing the word helps. Shampoo, soap, conditioner, towels are provided unless your âhair fussyâ. Beach and Pool towels are provided donât bring any. Long winded but hope it helps, too many complain as they are asking too much for the price we pay for this resort. Their first Caribbean stay at this price may bring out the food moaners, people not understanding what a 30 to 40 degree heat can do to a building and its surroundings, what you can cook and what you canât, what you can and canât provide. If youâre a natural moaner at work or in the pub BBV will not change you. If your chilled this Place is the mutts nuts. The one down side is the admin, they always stuff up something for at least one in every flight to arrive. "
- Travel date: 14th April 2013
"had a great time,did very little,relaxed by the pool and ate,a well earned rest.....staff very good,food good,drinks not so good,cheap brands...."
- Travel date: 16th August 2012
hotel great rooms for cheap B&B standardbut not the price!!!!
"on our honeymoon i cried for hours after seeing our room and sat in lobby for hours refusing to go in that room, very disapionted no one was bothered.... i tried to get another hotel.... hotel was great rooms horrible... fur coat no knickers... look good all over untill saw rooms don't go if you expect luxury.... "
- Travel date: 27th October 2011
A Nice and Relaxing Holiday for the Money
"We've been to many places in the Caribbean over the years, but this was our first time in Dominican Republic and we went, on a recommendation, in May this year. It was by far the cheapest of the Caribbean packages we've had and I would definitely say that the old addage, 'you get what you pay for' is very true in this case. We booked with Thomas Cook, flying with Thomas Cook Airlines. I couldn't fault the airline itself, but the reps in the resort left a lot to be desired. The ones we dealt with seemed a bit clueless to be honest, (except one older lady who was very knowledgable). They also seemed disorganised, particularly when it came to pick up for our departure from the hotel. If you had an issue or a problem they were generally blase, but, of course, if you were booking an excursion with them (which we never did), then they were much more cooperative. The hotel is spotless and comfortable and the staff are generally very helpful and friendly; our daily maid was excellent and our usual waiter in the buffet restaurant was top notch; nothing was too much trouble for them. It's great also that the hotel is 'adults only'. Our room (5112) was nice, but basic - right by the chill-out pool and bar and away from the noisy entertainment area (although, when we were there, there were a group of Americans in their mid-20's who failed to recognise that this particular area was supposed to be a quiet, no smoking area. They dominated the pool and the bar, they were obnoxious, very demanding of the staff, drunk and loud (even late at night) and persisted smoking wherever they pleased, even in the pool, which we found very off putting [even though I smoke myself]. Fortunately, they were only there for 4 days of our stay). The food was okay, though nothing special; it was definitely catering for the masses and a bit repetitive, and the wine served with the evening meal in the buffet restaurant could only be described as rank (vinegar comes to mind!) Disappointingly, the A La Carte restaurants weren't brilliant either, the best of them being the Grill/Steak Restaurant on the beach. Here the food was better and you could buy a nice bottle of wine with your meal, but it was very expensive after paying the tax on top. We went to the Fish Restaurant only once, having heard from people with tummy problems after their vist. The oriental restaurant(Jade Garden), was a bit of a joke to be honest, with a limited menu and a most annoying waiter there - we couldn't wait to leave! We had a few of our evening meals out of the hotel: the Golf Club across the road did a nice meal, but not cheap and we also went to a couple of places in or around the Plaza. We had a fab lobster supper in one restaurant, though very expensive for what it was and there is a 'Hard Rock Cafe' type of place which did an amazing Pizza. The pools at the hotel were lovely; very clean and inviting, but the main pools were obviously busier and noisier with the daily entertainment. The chill-out pool was the place to go for some R&R, but the adjacent gym was disappointing as the equipment did not work well and the spa/treatments was very expensive. We spent a lot of time on the beach, which again is very clean and safe, with a nice breeze making the high temperatures bearable. The downside here, as with most places you go, was that it was extremely annoying and infuriating that all the spots with parasols were 'reserved' with towels and beach bags at the crack of dawn, with nobody using them for hours, despite notices requesting people refrain from such practice! We later observed the beach staff removing towels etc. after a time if people were blatantly not using the parasol areas and this caused a bit of aggro and fuss now and then with the culprits when they did condiscend to show up! Another annoying aspect of the holiday were the 'touts' constantly pestering you to attend their timeshare meetings. We stood firm with them, however persistent they were (and boy, there were persistent), but you shouldn't have to put up with that within the confines of your hotel and we did complain about this. However, they are doing it on behalf of the hotel, so the response we got was pretty indifferent. (Interestingly, we met a couple over there who had taken up the timeshare deal a couple of years ago, but they were desperately looking to 'opt out' of it; they weren't happy at all - apparently they had paid an awful lot of money yet didn't received the VIP service they had been promised and were constantly having to complain). The touts also, understandingly, do not appreciate the concept that we work hard during the year and don't expect to be bothered and hassled with touts when we take time out for a well-earned holiday; at the end of the day, they are doing their job. As with many places you go, they also are under the misconception that all English people are loaded!!! The weather was generally very good, low to mid 30's as you would expect, but very humid and prime mosquito weather. And like most places in the Caribbean, when it rains, it sure does rain, though soon dries up again when the sun comes back out. In the end we didn't go on any excursions, though we had wanted to, but following reports we heard from others, we decided to save our money and, as a result, we didn't venture far from the hotel itself, save for a couple of visits to the Shopping Plaza and a few evening meals. The Plaza itself has some lovely shops, but very expensive and you do have to watch your change. You also get hassled quite a bit in there. I would also mention that we found Puerto Plata airport to be complete chaos and quite unlike anything we had experienced before; it was a 'cattle market', both entering and on departure. We were flying Premier Class, but, even so, on departure the check-in staff were very rude and unfriendly and by no means helpful. The toilets in the airport were dirty and annoyingly in the airport we had to run the gauntlet here too away from the touts trying to lure you to buy cigarettes and perfume. I would also add that, while non-smokers may consider this petty, if you do smoke and want to have a cigarette in the airport before the long flight home, you must buy a drink at an astronomical cost if you want to smoke and use an ashtray. I did not want a drink and would not buy one on principle, however, I was kindly invited to share an ashtray with another couple who had a coke between them. There were several others who also, like me, didn't have a drink and whilst we huddled around the one ashtray and were having a natter, myself and the others with me were approached by staff who point-blank demanded we either buy a drink or put our cigarettes out there and then!!! They were quite hostile and stood and patrolled until you complied. I was rather insensed by this, to say the least. All-in-all though, we had a very nice, relaxing break at Blue Bay Villas and we did enjoy it, despite the niggles mentioned above. However, compared to other 4 star all-inclusive packages we have had in the Caribbean, which admitedly have all been substantially more expensive, Dominican Republic / Blue Bay Villas did not really fulfill our expectations and I would therefore say it is worth paying the extra. Would we go back again? - Possibly, if we were on a budget, if only for the weather and relaxation."
- Travel date: 8th October 2011
Treated like royalty
"We've just come back from blue bay would highly recommend all the staff can't do enough For you day and night food is great lots to choose From rooms are very clean beach is great Waiters bring you drinks on the beach free just tip when you want to And you will meet cheepy willy what a funny man and also luis he will get you any trips that the reps can get you but a lot cheaper than them and you can trust him but be very aware of the time share men inside the hotel they walk around the complex they are called blue bay vacation club they get commission just for getting you to giro the office and you do get get a free gift for going 3hrs and they wanted me and my wife to spend Â£21.000 This gave you 25 yrs in the club for discounted hotels luxury rooms avoid them at all costs also there was was 2 Americans staying at the hotel when we were there they went swimming late at night left there belongings on the beach in the dark and had mobile and money stollen and they blame the hotel if thhis woman had a brain she should had left them in her safe not at the side of the beach and to say that the hotel was dirty that would be a lie it's spotless they are forever cleaning gardening painting yes she moaned every day she was there please ignore this woman"
- Travel date: 7th August 2011
Top traveller tips for BlueBay Villas Doradas
"Bring one dollar bills for tipping, and lots of them"
"ask for a quite room,email a week before you go"
"Everything and the paradise VIP island trip"
"Paradise Island and Cable Car tp the top of the mountain"
"Take your own parasol unless you like getting up really early "
"The fish bar made me ill"
"there is nothing outside you resort"
BlueBay Villas Doradas is also called
- BlueBay Villas Doradas
- Sealife Resort Hotel & Spa
- BlueBay Villas Doradas