Huge and stylish, with great reviews (on occidental-caribe.puntacanahotelsguide.com ) and a flat-screen in the bathroom.
Our Deluxe rooms in the Occidental Caribe Hotel were huge, with balconies large enough for a couple of chairs and a table, and a bathroom the size of a New York City studio apartment.
Both rooms have a safari feel, with floor-to-ceiling wooden shutters framing a view of one of the two golf courses. In the Golf View Room, the balcony started right after the shutters. The Deluxe Golf View Room, however, has a small study area with a pull-out couch before opening to the balcony.
The huge rooms had a neutral color palette, which the sunlight coming through the windows painted a faint gold. There’s a desk with an Internet cable, a 36-inch flat-screen TV opposite the king-size bed and an iPod dock on the bedside table. With loads of closet space and a small counter with a mini-fridge and a coffee maker, I found it difficult to leave the room!
The enormous bathroom had two sinks, a separate makeup area, a Jacuzzi, a separate shower stall and a small flat-screen TV. Frankly, you might not be able to get yourself out of the bathroom, either. Location
Many guests stay put on the hotel’s 300 acres. Those that stray will find the Aventura Mall but not much else.
Suburb of Punta Cana, has little besides golf courses, condominiums and hotels. Given Punta Cana’s penchant for high-rises, it’s a pity that the Occidental Caribe Hotel in Punta Cana’s enormous and beautifully manicured grounds never feel like a complete retreat there are too many towers looming over the borders. The Occidental Caribe Hotel, Punta Cana is huge, with virtually everything on-site, so many guests rarely leave the resort. But there is a CVS right across from the entrance, and a five- to 10-minute walk will take you to the Mall. If you ever manage to find your way out of the Occidental Caribe Hotel in Punta Cana, that is.
Top-of-the-line equipment and recreation, but a lot of it will cost you, or you can simply choose all inclusive package (read more reviews: applevacations.com/hotels/occidental-caribe)
There are well-lit 24/7 tennis courts right by the huge and newly designed lagoon pool. With an excellent but pricey bar and cabanas with flat-screen TVs, the lagoon is possibly the most luxurious pool setting I’ve seen in Punta Cana. If the waterslide still in the works during my visit turns the lagoon into too much of a playground, there’s a smaller 24-hour pool for adults.
The enormous spa and gym puts other fitness franchises to shame. Simply decorated, beautifully lit and filled with well-maintained, top-of-the-line equipment, it has a whole building to itself by the entrance to the compound.
The Hotel Occidental Caribe has three restaurants.Steak house is the most popular and best designed but is also prohibitively expensive. The grill bars are cheaper, but only relatively. Mac and cheese even with chorizo shouldn’t cost $20!
I am really happy to have spent my holiday at this hotel, and even more pleased that groupon.com/hotels/punta-cana-punta-cana-do/barcelo-punta-cana helped me to save almost 15% !