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Hard Rock Resorts All Inclusive Mexico & Dominican Republic-Ultimate Guide & Reviews
How Hard Rock does it different, and 5 Reasons Why Hard Rock Makes a Great Vacation
1) Gourmet Food 🎸 2) Great Mixology 🎸 3) Beautiful Beaches 🎸 4) Pool Vibes for All 🎸 5) Rockstar Accommodations 🎸 hard rock hotel punta cana, hard rock hotel riviera maya, The Hard Rock Hotels cover the above, but then they add in what Hard Rock considers some brand pillars:
Free-Spirited - Hard Rock guests just want to have fun, and no age requirement high or low to do so 🥳
Unique - we deliver a one of a kind world class experience from the memorabilia to the musical influence the vibes are endless 😎
Energetic - coolest job in the industry (Vibe Manager): controls the guest vibe and experience from morning wellness to afternoon rock bands, they gauge the guests and respond accordingly 🤩
Consistent - the destinations may change but the quality and standards are across the board, just choose the resort and destination that fits your personality 🙌
Hard Rock Resorts All-Inclusive
The all‑inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic are guaranteed to rock your world. With service that knows no limits, we took all the awesome of Rock & Roll and made it a vacation that has to be experienced to be believed. Live it up in stylish digs decked out with fully stocked liquor dispensers, hydro spa tubs, and wall-to-wall awesome. Sip limitless luxury from the top shelf, wine and dine like a boss, and feast on decadent views from Riviera Nayarit to Punta Cana.
Now Let’s Break it Down Even More with Each Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos
Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos: The first ever Hard Rock built from the ground up. Features a beautiful foot print in Diamanté with ocean views and a long flat beach to roam, just no getting into the ocean water, please. No worries - many pools are oceanfront, so you can enjoy water and the views. Short 20 min ride to downtown to explore but the resort features so much for everyone you may never leave. Modern designs with lead in rooms being ocean view, spacious and featuring adult only areas as well. Perfect hotel for a combination of relaxation and escape to views, but also find the fun from a poolside DJ, and amazing cabanas, to night time entertainment, and a lounge to take the after party to. All types of travelers will enjoy this oasis, no matter the age. ( Secret Insider Tip: The rock suite swim up oceanfront is one of the best suites around, oceanfront plunge pool, and a fire pit vibe at night, thank me later!)
Resort at a glance: Over 8 dining outlets, 7 bars and 2 lounges, indulgence comes standard. Relax at the legendary Rock Spa® or hit a few rounds on, not one, but two championship golf courses, while the kids chill at the Roxity Kids Club™. 32,000 square foot Rock Spa® – 36 rooms. Over 60,000 square feet of meeting and outdoor space to work with to ensure your event steals the show time after time.
More information: Two world class golf courses, designed by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. Head to either the Sunlight Bar, Moonlight Bar, and Moonlight Lounge, equipped with Hard Rock's very own bowling alley, where you’ll find all of your top-shelf favorites on deck. Get a taste for traditional Mexican flavors at Los Gallos, opt for exotic Brazilian at Ipanema, or enjoy a premium steak at Toro, with 8 phenomenal restaurants to choose from, satisfy each and every craving during your stay.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya: A long resort style hotel with two dynamic sides; hacienda open to all ages and Heaven adults only. Newly remodeled pool and common areas and updated Heaven side with new swim up suites and new Heaven pool is sure to please all guests. Located 90 mins from the airport in a true resort experience surrounded by beautiful Beach areas and the Mexican jungle. Featuring lagoon style beach coves which boast green flags for water activities and wildlife where kids and adults can both see right from in the cove (🎸the fish love French fries 😉). This is Vibe central from quiet escapes on the mini coves to relaxing pool areas to the main activity pool with live music and fun. This getaway combines the beat of every vacationer’s needs such as the spa, excursions, fun, nightlife, dancing, singing, romantic dinners, and much more! Perfect for couples, honeymoons, adventurous and active guests, families with smaller kids, and all ages looking for fun and relaxation. Music connects this resort for all ages as does a beautiful walk way to get across the hotel by Oceanside. ( Secret Insider Tip: new experiences add a lasting memory such as beach camping and tequila tastings)
Resort at a glance: Woodward, premier action sports experience in paradise, 6 sprawling pools, water park, private and protected white sand beach, 9 first class restaurants, 9 bars and lounges, championship golf. Water park features 3 attractions with over 20 slides, a snack bar, an adults-only pool with a swim-up bar and more. Roxity Kids Club™, splash parks. 91,556 square feet of meeting and event space, Club Heaven. Enjoy a reserved adults-only section of Hard Rock's naturally protected private beach, 3 adults-only pools, and the POSH® Beauty Salon & Boutique.
More information: A private balcony, double hydro spa tubs, and wall-to-wall extras. From Family Suites to luxurious third floor Sky Terraces and everything in between. 393 ultra posh rooms and suites exclusive to adult guests, Heaven features some of the most boutique and stylish amenities your vacation has ever known. Enjoy a private balcony, double hydro spa tubs, a fully stocked mini bar, and unique décor exclusive to Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. From the Deluxe Gold rooms to the two-bedroom Rock Star Suite, nothing can compare to a stay at Heaven.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana: The true definition of something for everyone, called a cruise ship on land, the Vegas of the Caribbean. 1700+ room resort with 13 pools, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and activities for every age, and then some. You pick your suite here by if you’d rather be closer to day time action by the main pools and beach, or closer to night time fun and the boulevard - which boasts some of the best bars, restaurants, stores, casino, gaming areas and entertainment.
🐳Waterpark🐳 OPEN! This incredible Rockaway water park features 26 slides varying in heights - great for all ages, a dry and wet bar, a food truck area, mini market store, family pool and bali beds! 🍴 Restaurants🍴 🍝 Ciao REOPENED With 200 seats available, Ciao offers an exceptional contemporary Italian cuisine a la carte for dinner, offering antipasti, fresh pastas made to order or a 'dolce' treat for dessert. 🥩 Toro REOPENED Toro offers exceptional international cuisine for breakfast. At night it becomes a steakhouse offering Premium cuts grilled to perfection & an extensive wine list. 🥗 New Vegan Restaurant Coming soon! the Pizzeto restaurant is now closed. It will be replaced with a vegan restaurant as well as a burger restaurant (name still pending). 🌮 Los Gallos closed for renovation Will reopen as Los Gallos Restaurant reservations will no longer be required at Hard Rock Hotel All Inclusive properties as of May 15, 2022🍴 Newly renovated rooms and suites boast incredibly spacious and welcoming modern vibes with Hard Rock twists. Great dining selections and mixology to go with it. Entertainment is a plenty for all ages. Perfect for family vacations with active kids, honeymooners and couples looking for a gorgeous beach resort with lots to do, friends groups, destination weddings are a huge hit here, and extended family trips. ( Insider Tip: you won’t do it all but find your 3-4 go to pools and beach spots to enjoy)
Resort at a glance: On 121 acres of beachfront, 23 top-shelf bars, 9 amazing restaurants, Casino restaurant, Monserrat Manor, which is not included as part of the all-inclusive offering. Features on-property championship golf, the legendary Rock Spa®, thrilling action at one of the Caribbean’s largest casinos, endless nightlife at ORO Nightclub, and even fun for your little rock stars at the Kids Club. 60,000 square feet of event space.
More information: 13 amazing pools it takes you straight to the edge of opulence. The perfect way to chill, there’s no shortage of awesomeness thanks to a lazy river, swim-up bars, a breathtaking beach, family-friendly and adults-only pools, and amazing kids-only waterslides — all with full food and drink service, live events, and yeah, all the luxury you can handle.
Hard Rock Cancún
Hard Rock Cancún: High Energy high rise perfect for that gorgeous beach vibe, views for days, infinity pool with views and live music, compact for experiencing all the hotel offers, close to shopping, nightlife and local attractions. Perfect for long weekends remember land at 10am on beach by noon! Ideal clientele is high energy adults, friends, couples, singles, and parents with teens. ( Secret Insider Tip: the cabanas on the beach and a romantic beach dinner are worth every 💵)
Resort at a glance: 601 luxury packed rooms, in-room service, top-shelf drinks, and free Wi-Fi, 4 stellar pools with 2 swim-up bars and 2 outdoor hydro spas, an on-site amphitheater and live entertainment, world-class shopping, and all taxes and gratuity included.
More information: A 12-story monument to all things awesome in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun takes the Caribbean to a whole new level of sophistication straight to the edge of opulence. That means access to unforgettable tours, live entertainment, and an amazing nightlife. Enjoy unparalleled dining at 6 restaurants and 5 bars, championship golf, the legendary Rock Spa®, and even Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ for your young rock stars. Perfect for any event, this all-inclusive headliner boasts 29,272 square feet of meeting space for your next get-together and ultra-chic wedding inspirations for the ultimate display of romance and love.
Hard Rock Vallarta
Hard Rock Vallarta: this gem of a boutique style small hotel is located in one of the most classic and historic parts of the pacific Mexican side. Close to the airport and downtown Vallarta but also close to historic striding towns and cultural escapes. This hotel features beautiful golden sand and calm waters but also very service focused due to its size. Perfect for honeymoon couples wanting a place to be pampered and relax but enjoy the Hard Rock touches of music. The location makes it central to explore the pacific coast of Mexico and meet locals from fishing towns to surf towns explore away. Also perfect for adventure seekers and families who enjoy spending time together and connecting on vacation and showcasing history to their kids. ( Secret Insider Tip: Salyulita is a must visit and of course Hidden Beach)
Resort at a glance: 362-rooms, 6 restaurants, 5 amazing bars, access to world class golf courses, Roxity Kids Club™ for your young rock stars, the Cavern Teens Club, and the legendary Rock Spa®. Enjoy amazing tours, live music, endless parties, and more in the heart of paradise. Take your meeting to the top of the charts with 24,132 square feet of meeting space, Flamingo Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72-course only 15 minutes away from the hotel.
More information: Rock Spa® is the perfect way to cool with an aromatherapy massage or charge up with an antioxidant facial. With 13 treatment rooms for both individuals and couples alongside a setlist of top-rated WE’VE GOT THE REST treatments, there’s no better way to indulge your inner diva. I hope these help give you some minor insight into these fabulous hotels!
Hard Rock Offers So Much More!
Destination weddings, groups, meetings, corporate incentive trips, there is so much more to experience with Hard Rock Resorts!
With Hard Rock's beautiful beachside locations, world-class dining and top-shelf cocktails, business at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels feels more like an indulgence than work. Learn more about how Hard Rock's properties can take your meetings to a whole new level of luxury and sophistication.
ALL-INCLUSIVE MEETINGS THAT ROCK
Planning a conference at one of the new all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or the Dominican Republic couldn’t be easier. You control the costs at your next meeting or incentives event and we do all the rest. Trade in the expense report hassles and constant up-charging for top-notch service and world-class amenities. It’s the luxury you deserve without the nickel-and-diming.
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Medical insurance protection is now available for purchase. We’ll be here to take care of all the details so you can work hard and pause hard with ease of mind. Book your meeting, incentive trip, or group at one of the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or the Dominican Republic starting April 1, 2022 through December 15, 2023 for travel until December 15, 2023, and purchase My Travel Assistance Basic medical insurance protection for $10 USD per person to cover up to 10 nights due to convalescence and medical expenses such as doctor, medication and hospitalization. Upgrade to My Travel Assistance Plus for an additional $20 per person for the entire trip.
Destination Weddings/Beach Weddings
Begin your happily ever after in the heart of paradise. Whether you’re searching for timeless elegance or something a little more edgy, Hard Rock's ultra-luxurious resorts have all the world class amenities you need to make your wedding dreams come true.
ALL-INCLUSIVE HARD ROCK HOTEL WEDDINGS
Your love is not shy; your wedding day shouldn’t be either. Whether you are wedding planning, renewing your vows, or honeymooning, the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Riviera Maya, Cancun, Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Punta Cana will help make it the day you’ve always envisioned.
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Lia Vincent is the founder and owner of Vincent Vacations, All Inclusive Weddings, Magical Vacations, TravelAgentPro, Vincent Cruises and Vincent Events.
Vincent Vacations is an award-winning travel agency established in 2013 that is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. All Inclusive Weddings is an affiliate of Vincent Vacations and was established in 2019.
Lia has been recognized for her own work as a travel advisor since 2002 but has transitioned her focus to managing the brick and mortar location as well as a team of over 250 independent advisors across the country. She is passionate about marketing and enjoys planning incentive travel and events for her team. She hosts an annual awards gala for the top in sales as well as recognition travel for agents with over 1 million in annual sales on her independent team. While being a sales powerhouse is of course a motivation, the culture of her agency is one of the things she is most proud of. The team loves to travel together, attend events and be in each other’s corner.
Lia was recognized as a Trendsetter with TravelAge West in 2021 for her agency growth during the pandemic offering training classes to dive into the travel industry. She took it as a positive and let’s get ready for when travel is back. Lia is a regular guest travel speaker on Oklahoma NBC news, member of American Airlines Vacations Advisory Council, Delta Vacations Emerging Leaders, Hilton Advisory, Marival Advisory and La Coleccion’s Think Tank.
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I get this question a lot. There are a lot of great all inclusive resorts for families but what about the ones for older kids. You know the ones that are not just going to be entertained with a daycare room or a bucket and shovel in the sand. Almost all resorts tote the “we have kid’s club” but will your kids even be interested in going? My boys are well seasoned vacation testers. Here’s what I have seen be a HIT with them.
Beaches Turks & Caicos
This resort does have a great young kid program. It was also a favorite when they were little….even babies. BUT as older kids (and when I say older 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade) what they love has changed. The kid’s club is more like a day camp. They have “cool” camp counselors that have all sorts of activities with them all over the hotel. They don’t even feel like they are in “kid’s camp” which I have found to be almost a dirty word in my house. They don’t want to feel like they are just being ditched at a daycare for littles. They also schedule downtime at the club which is an open air spot with game tables and bean bag chairs and movies.
In addition to the kid’s club experience, the kids love the included watersports. From hobie cats (mini sailboats), paddleboards, aqua trikes and daily snorkel trips, it is truly like an ocean playground for this age. The water has a “like a swimming pool” feel and is generally very calm to be able to do these activities year round. If your family is into scuba there is also a young certification program for as young as 10 that your child can try scuba diving in one of the most beautiful reefs in the world.
Of course this hotel also has a waterpark. The waterpark I would say is not a thrill seekers waterpark like you will see at some of the mega resorts. There are a few tall slides and a great lazy river. There’s a Flowrider which as always was a hit with the boys. There’s a swim up mocktails bar for the kids. There is also a 50s style diner with the typical hamburgers, onion rings and milkshakes. There’s outside seating for those in dripping bathing suits. They do not serve alcohol at the waterpark.
Adjacent to the waterpark is a game lounge. I think I had a bad attitude before my boys got a little older. I was, “Why does there need to be video games? They have this amazing resort to explore.” BUT it was a welcome change to break up the day. It was also a great option when we had a rainy day and the day after a sunburn. I stand corrected. The kids loved getting to run in there for some game time and I loved the break.
My family loves the Italian Village Family Suites at this resort. They are surrounding the Italian Village pool which is centrally located and one of the more lively pools during the day. The suites are a king bed and day bed in the main bedroom with a kid’s bedroom with a triple bunk. If you have a large family you can even get these rooms to adjoin so you could have sleeping for up to 12 all together. There are also some amazing villas at this resort. They book up early for prime family time so we try to book villas at least 2 year in advance (yup! You read that right!)
The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun
I was skeptical of this one. It’s a MEGA resort. When I say mega – think of the largest resort you have ever stayed in and it’s bigger. It is part of the whole Moon Palace complex which guest at The Grand can use the entire complex but it’s not reciprocal. It is set up like it’s own hotel. You check in at The Grand. The Grand has it’s own restaurants, pools, beach club, kid’s club and more.
The Grand has the most impressive waterpark I’ve ever seen at an all inclusive resort. There is truly something for all ages from toddler area, kid splash, lazy river and slide and some big kid slides that start at age 12. There is pop up entertainment (there was a really funny interactive marionette guy that involved the kids), included food (grilling burgers and hot dogs) and open bar. They also have 2 Flowriders (surfing simulators) which my boys just wanted to ride over and over at no extra charge. The quality is just elevated from the food to the towels (no towel cards here!) and staff.
The Playroom was a huge highlight at The Grand. This is their 2 story “kid’s club” but it’s a whole different level than any other hotel. The top level is for kids 7 and under with toddler play houses, maze and more. The lower level has an arcade, ropes course (bring tennis shoes!), bumper cars and so much more. I felt like we were at a free mini Main Event. My kids were obsessed with this laser game that was something out of Mission Impossible that they had to army crawl and jump over laser to make it to the other side of the room. The Playroom is next to the waterpark so kid’s can go back and forth. They just have to dry off but they have this dryer that blows warm air. It was so funny but it worked!
Off the lobby there is also a game lounge called Wired which was a hit. I think a huge thing for this was that there’s no extra charge for all the games. As a parent I really appreciate the games just being all included. There was a variety of game tables, a snack bar and even PC gaming. The kids were in heaven popping around from one spot to the next.
You can guarantee adjoining rooms by booking a family suite. This is a room with a king connecting to a room with 2 full size beds. I wish they were queens but alas I guess I can’t have everything I want at this hotel. I hope hotel designers read this and never plan a room with full size beds.
We were impressed with the food, the service was great and I would say the only bummer is the beach.. This hotel is prone to bad sargassum or seaweed in the water. If you’re hard core beach people then this might not be your spot but the rest of the hotel made up for it in my opinion.
Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana
I sing this hotel’s praises a lot in different scenarios but it really is a great family resort. There’s something for all ages. It is kind of like a big cruise ship on land. There’s a huge casino, amazing golf course, fun disco, shops and lots of restaurants.
The waterpark here is huge and so fun. The kid’s loved all the slides and the water park play area. It has 3 different areas with the big kid slides, waterpark, and then a more toddler area. It sits in the back of the hotel but you can easily ride the golf cart service right to the front door. There’s snack bar type food. There’s not bar service here when we came. I know it was in discussion. I guess we need to go back and check it out. There is no extra charge for the waterpark.
The kid’s club isn’t anything to write home about. It’s there but more like a daycare room thus why this blog is about best for kid’s over 8. This club is basically a “drop off for an hour or 2 for a trip to the spa. I wouldn’t plan for it to entertain kid’s much longer.
This resort was my boogie board loving boys dream. The resort sits on a huge stretch of beach with turquoise beautiful water and waves. They sold boogie boards in the gift shop and it was hours of fun. They have measured beaches by the ability to enjoy a boogie board so this one wins. Sometimes the waves were a little crazy for mom though.
There are a lot of pools all spread down the beach so the pool hopping ability is impressive. There is live entertainment and DJs by the main pool. The snack bar by the main pool is quick and everything they like. Another super fun option is you can rent a golf cart here. There is almost nothing my kids love more than riding in a golf cart. You do need to pay a cash deposit so make sure to bring extra cash if you plan to rent a golf cart for some or all of your stay.
Favorite room? There are a lot of suites at this resort that work for families. Rooms have undergone renovations since Covid which has been a welcome update. One room category that I am obsessed with has 2 King size beds and a sleeper sofa! What?! It works so great for families of 5 like mine and you aren’t paying the higher prices for a big suite.
I think there are a lot of all inclusives families would enjoy. I think I said, “Well their childhood sure is epic!” multiple times while staying at these resorts. We would love to help you plan your next family vacation!
This is a common question we get from clients. Keep in mind Spring Break is wide spread. We were in Punta Cana March 7 – 10 which was Spring Break for University of Georgia, amongst other Universities across the country. I mention University of Georgia because word on the street was, there was a group of over 600 at the hotel for the week.
Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly.
The resort is huge. There’s so much to do from the expected beach and variety of pool selection to also the largest casino in the Dominican Republic, activities like VR, laser tag, bowling, arcade, and more. There’s also a ton of onsite shopping from tourist trinkets to trendy beachwear. I loved that there’s so much to do. The Spring Breakers were not bored. Even at night there was a huge outdoor disco set up with either a DJ mixing music at night or a live band and more. One night in the Moon Lounge they even held a Silent Disco where each guest wore headphones and chose their one genre of music. So fun. It’s really impressive how Hard Rock spends the money to keep everyone entertained. The casino has a ton of slot machines and table games. There were a lot of Blackjack tables were are my favorite and the tables start at $15 minimum. Something I want to note is the casino is available for outside guests to come in and gamble. Drinks are not included unless you are playing and there’s a champagne bar and restaurant that is not part of the all inclusive plan.
[video width='300' mp4='https://blog.vincentvacations.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/119561597_301295048594802_4496958459543366550_n.mp4'][/video]There are 12 pools. You could pick what style you want from extreme Spring Break party pool or a quiet adults only pool in the gardens called Eden or if you are traveling with kids you can venture down to the kid’s pool with some smaller slides and even a lazy river complete with tubes.
One tip I have - Spend the money on a cabana. I rented one for our pool day. It was $100 and came with a dedicated waitstaff to makes sure we were taken care of with drinks. She brought us a cooler of ice filled with Pepsis and bottled water. She took drink orders and we didn’t have to wait in the long line at the bar. You can reserve this upon arrival in the lobby. We loved seeing Ramon who is the star pool waiter at the main pool. He’s so talented bringing you drinks he can balance on his head while riding a bicycle. I told him I saw him on TikTok and he smiled and gave me a big hug. The main pool is where you are going to find the DJ mixing music, live dancers in the afternoon and a great snack bar. If you prefer quiet – I would recommend Eden pool. If you prefer something more in the middle then just do one of the pools next to the main. This is a great thing about Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana. You can pick your mood each day.
Since I also take pride in being a “tell it like it is” travel advisor I also want to tell you the not so great parts. It’s crowded. At night if you enjoy a laid back bar for cocktails, don’t go during Spring Break. I know clients that this would be the end of the world to not be able to do. The young adult crowd really took over every bar. It was 4 and 5 people deep at every single one especially when it got to be later than 10PM. I kept saying it reminded me of Vegas. If you were out late, some of the bars even ran out of alcohol. I’ve never experienced this at a resort before. I was surprised. I kind of wonder if it was a true run out or a que to go to bed. Ha!
Another issue when you travel during peak times, like Spring Break, is it was also harder to get dinner reservations. You had to make a reservation even at the buffet for dinner time if you didn’t want to have to wait. There’s a place in the lobby that does all the reservations for the restaurants. Other feedback I had was it did also get kind of loud in the hallways at night. I can sleep through a marching band so it didn’t bother me one bit. I know some are light sleepers. I love to use the box fan YouTube to play if I need some white noise which would work just fine there with included free wifi. We also did see quite the scene with some drunk young adults but it wasn’t more than I would expect with the age occupancy like that. I have always seen how Hard Rock takes young people’s safety seriously. They will not hesitate to cut someone off. When you check in they also only issue the adult bracelets to over 18 years of age with a valid Passport.
To turn this around, let’s talk more about the food. We at the Mexican restaurant “Los Gallos” for dinner the first night. I had the cactus salad and it was so good. I ordered it to try something new which is the glory of staying at an all inclusive. It was pickled cactus and a huge slice of fresh avocado. I really enjoyed it. We also had some great flautas and fresh churros for dessert. The second night we ate at the steakhouse Torro. This is one of the most popular restaurants. I do live in Oklahoma so I don’t go into this like I’m expecting a prime steak. I’m all about setting expectations correctly. The steaks are thinner but they had good flavor. The atmosphere was great and the service was really good.
I will say the last night we ended up at “The Market” which is the buffet. I would say calling it “the buffet” doesn’t do it justice. It’s more like cooking stations around the world. I said “I feel like I’m at the Wynn in Las Vegas” because the décor is so cool. I ate a teriyaki chicken rice bowl and it was so yummy. I wish I had it earlier in the trip so I could have had it twice. I have been to this hotel multiple times and the food was just so/so. They have stepped up their game. Every meal I had I really enjoyed. I even had room service for breakfast on the last morning. It arrived within 30 minutes and the eggs were cooked correctly (I like over easy eggs) and everything was hot and fresh.
I think a highlight for me as a travel agent was seeing the room renovations they are completed at the hotel. I was in a Caribbean suite which is the back half of the hotel. I prefer the Caribbean Suite side as opposed to being in a Caribbean Sand in the front part of the hotel by the beach. A lot of people are always confused when I say this because typical hotel mode would be trying to get as close to the ocean as possible BUT there’s so much off the main lobby. I would rather walk to the pool/beach in my flip flops during the day and have a easy walk to the casino/restaurants when I’m dressed up at night. If you really don’t like to walk did you know they also rent golf carts? It’s a fun option and you can do it day by day that you know you’re going to use it. Anyway! The hotel renovations are perfect. They removed the big square tub from the middle of the room and put a jacuzzi tub on the balcony. They toned down the colors and added where you would normally step down and be at the jacuzzi is now a sitting area with a sleeper sofa. This is going to open up so many more sleeping options. Another amazing option is in some of the renovated islander junior suites are 2 King size beds and a sleeper sofa. It’s perfect for families traveling with 3 kids that need the extra room. The 2 King Islander sleeps up to 5 if 1 is a child. These also have the option to connect to a Rock Star 1 Bedroom Suite if you’re traveling with a group. The bedding combinations make this hotel such a great choice for groups with different needs.
[video width='300' style='float:right;' mp4='https://blog.vincentvacations.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/dominican-republic-travel-agents.mp4'][/video]Did I answer your questions about Spring Break? Keep in mind Spring Break runs from the 2nd week of March through April in most cases. It’s a busy hotel but with a lot to do to keep everyone entertained. If the increased young adult groups would be a turn off but you still want to go when kid’s are out of school, I would say this would be a great one for Christmas Break when it’s heavier on the family travel or summer if you are looking for a lower price point.
Traveling to celebrate a milestone? Ask us about their great group program called, “Rock Your Milestone” where you can get a private event complimentary. We have had this work out for graduation groups or big birthdays. It’s a great option.
We look forward to helping you plan Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana.
What I liked and didn’t like about Disneyland Paris, including staying on-property.
We are a Disney family. We aren’t annual pass holders level, but I would say we are almost there. We go often and sometimes I personally go more than once a year with work events. My kids have stayed on property at Disney in all levels from Deluxe to Value, and at Grand Californian in Anaheim.
We headed on a European adventure and made Paris one of our stops. At the time of the trip my three boys were 9, 7 and 6. We flew from London to Paris and then took a cab to the hotel. The cab line was easy to find and cost about 90 euros (in a larger van since there was 5 of us).
Upon arrival, it doesn’t have the warm fuzzy feeling like at Disney World. There wasn’t a welcome greeting but a direct to take our bags to a X-ray machine. We then went through a metal detector. We had Compass Club so we were able to check in right to the left. This was a great time saver as opposed to the main check in desk so I highly recommend this.
We chose to stay at Newport Bay. It sits walking distance from the parks (about 10 minutes) and has a shuttle. We walked each time, but they said the shuttle came every 1 minute. Our room had 2 double beds and 2 sleeper chairs, which worked great for our family to spread out. The bathroom had a shower and a separate tub all in the same little bathroom so that was odd, but convenient. The room was stocked with a couple of bottles of water and bathroom toiletries including robes and slippers.
The hotel is kind of dated. The wall paper in the halls needs to be redone and a lot of the hotel is a little tired. I can only imagine how a kid oriented hotel is treated on a regular basis. The beds were comfortable, though so no complaints on that. I can just see some being surprised especially given the price point.
The hotel had surprise meet and greets, so our first hour of being there my kids met Pluto, which they were excited about. The staff was good about transitioning between French and English. I noticed there were a lot of UK families staying, but not many from the USA, which was expected.
The hotel has both an indoor and outdoor pool. It’s a whole check in where they ask your room number, which is different than in the USA. The most startling thing to me - the unisex locker rooms for the pool. This, I’m sure is the norm in France, but I can see this being awkward for American travelers. The European guests are also not as modest as most Americans. My kids were like “why aren’t they wearing a swim suit top?” and things like that.
For having a club level room, we had access to the lounge. In club level rooms at Disney hotels I’ve stayed in previously, the club lounge is in the area of the rooms. This was on ground floor close to the lobby. They served daily breakfast and then snacks from 4-530PM. Snacks included different kinds of cakes, cake pops, pastries, fruit, cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and a lot of yogurt. My kids ate so my croissants. I was glad they would try new things like this banana Mickey cake they had. My biggest shock is they didn’t serve wine or beer. I would have thought in all places like France that wine or champagne would flow like water. It did not. Ha! You had your option of Coca-Cola products, Fuze Tea, coffee or hot tea. The drinks were always available.
In case you’re not totally familiar, Disney in Paris is 2 parks connected to Disney Village which is their version of Disney Springs. We chuckled at all the American brands in Disney Village from McDonalds which was always hopping to a 50’s style dinner, a BBQ place called Billy Bobs, Planet Hollywood and more. Disney Studios kind of reminds me of Hollywood Studios. Disneyland is laid out very similarly to Disneyland in California but with some fun differences.
One of the things we loved, you are able to climb up in and around the castle. The castle is Sleeping Beauty’s castle. There are stairs going up and it tells her story in stained glass. You can also go out and wave on the balcony like you see characters doing at other parks. There’s a neat glass blowing shop also in the castle with a door in the back of the shop that takes you downstairs under the castle with an animatronic dragon. My kids probably talked about this the most since they thought they discovered something on their own.
The kids loved Skull Island which is their version of Tom Sawyer’s Island with playground and caves to explore. There is also a cute Pinocchio ride.
Just this last year they completely refurbished and changed Space Mountain into HyperSpace Mountain. This is all Star Wars themed with the song blasting you off at the beginning. A big change for HyperSpace? This ride takes you upside down on one loop. My oldest said it was pitch dark and he only knew he was upside down by how his cheeks felt. I was too chicken to ride it.
Another unique part of Disneyland is the Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. This is the Queen of Hearts garden maze complete with card characters popping up, cute photo stops and a fun castle to climb up at the end. If you’re a big Disney person just coming for the unique experiences I think is worth it.
One thing about the park is from my perspective it’s very understaffed. I’m going to assume this is a worldwide issue caused my the pandemic. I'm used to being greeted at rides. I’m use to a lot of staff everywhere. It was sometimes hard to find someone. It was surprising when we had that amazing Disney service from an employee. This was probably the most disappointing. It wasn’t the same. I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing but it wasn’t the interactive chatty happy workers like what we experience all the time in the United States.
Park hopping is common and you don’t pay extra for it here. You easily can walk between the parks. Over at Disney Studios they have a great Cars and Toy Story area. There are some unique rides including a race car ride from Toy Story that does this half circle fall. It reminds me of the boat rides at the fair that swing.
Disney Studios, of course, has a lot of shows. From Frozen, to a magician Mickey show. Their new attraction for the park is Avengers Campus. They have modified Rockin' Roller Coaster into Avengers Assemble: Flight Force an Iron man and Captain Marvel ride and also added WEB to the campus just a couple weeks before we arrived. This is the same Spider-Man ride at Disneyland in California. It was a resounding favorite of everyone. It can sense your movements so it looks like you’re really throwing webs to help Spider-Man fight off some evil spiders. It’s so cool. We said we need a quick trip to California just to ride this one again.
Here’s some important info. We were there over a weekend in the summer. The parks were at capacity. They do reservations just like we do in the United States. We wanted to be able to maximize so we upgraded to Premier Access Ultimate. This is something not in the USA parks so let me explain with a list to make it easier:
- Cost was 140 Euros per person on top of park admission - There was a list of 9 rides at Disneyland and 4 at Disney Studios that are included. - With Ultimate you can walk up to any of these rides on the list at anytime during your day and go to the Premier line (what we like to call Fast Pass or Lightning Lane). - You only could use your Premier once per ride per person.
There was an option that was less expensive that you could schedule each ride and come back during your time slot. With us not loving making a plan, this wasn’t ideal for our family, but it would be a way to save money. You can also purchase premier access one by one with specific time slots. They ranged from $9-$18 per person per ride. This is all done on their APP.
We really loved the Premier Access. The PA lines were minimal, if anything while the regular lines were over an hour or more. I was calling it a mini-VIP guide day.
Overall, we are glad we went to Disneyland Paris. We had a great time! It was a great highlight for the kids on a European itinerary.
I tried to be as transparent and honest with our experience so you know what you’re getting. If this sounds like a vacation you would love, then please reach out. My office would love to help you plan a European vacation with Disneyland Paris as part of your adventure.