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Hotel Be Live Collection Gran Marien Hotel 5 star
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Carretera Luperón, Km. 4,5, Complejo turístico Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

One of the best resort hotels we have reviewed in the last few years, the Be Live Gran Marien, has been extremely tastefully renovated, especially in bedrooms, and is a spacious enough resort to welcome the lively crowds of friends and families on holiday. Located in the heart of the Playa Dorada, the Be Live Marien is a luxury resort that offers a 24/7 all inclusive formula and numerous facilities, including a spa centre, a well-equipped mini-golf, a large lagoon swimming-pool, a nightclub, a casino, an ultra-modern fitness centre, a large culinary choice and an 18-hole golf course. This lively hotel is perfect for party-goers, sports enthusiasts, fitness fiends and families on a budget.

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      Be Live Collection Gran Marien   -   © C. Hiltgen / EASYVOYAGE

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      Be Live Collection Gran Marien   -   © C. Hiltgen / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.75 /10

    The Be Live Gran Marien hotel is located on the north coast of the island, in the heart of the Playa Dorada complex, three miles east of Puerto Plata town. To reach the hotel from the airport (located 11 miles away), it takes about 20 minutes by car.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The resort has 584 rooms (100 of which are communicating rooms), so there can be quite a crowd, especially in the restaurant and around the pool. The spacious rooms are tiled red and tastefully decorated. They include individual air-conditioning with a ceiling fan, satellite TV (numerous channels), iron and ironing board, an umbrella, a key-safe (extra charge), a fully-stocked refrigerated mini bar (water, soda, beer; changed daily) with tea and coffee making facilities, a direct phone line and Wi-Fi Internet access (extra). Every room has its own small balcony. There is 24/7 room-service. The bathroom includes a bath with a fixed shower head, a washing line, toilet, a magnifying mirror, handkerchiefs, a hair-dryer and welcome toiletries. The superior rooms are more spacious and boast a bubble bath, a plasma-screen TV, a sofa bed and separate toilets.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The large resort, formerly the Grand Oasis Marien, was built in 2001, renovated in 2008, and is a member of the Spanish hotel group, Globalia. It includes 584 rooms in three-storey buildings. Well planted flowery lanes and palm-tree lined lawns help to break up the monotony of the concrete structure. The lobby sets the tone with a large open thatched roof pavilion. Clean, fresh and well maintained, the resort is one of the best we have reviewed so far.

    In terms of facilities, a lagoon swimming pool with its fountains, water hoses, cascades and wooden bridges, provides a pleasant backdrop for sunbathing. Around the pool there is a solarium terrace with deck-chairs, palm-leaf sun shades and showers. Beach towels are supplied on site for free. The children have their own paddling pool (and a proper swimming-pool at the beach's mini-club). The swimming pool bar is open from 10:00am till midnight. There is also a giant chess board.

    It includes numerous boutiques, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, game areas for children, banking establishments and a medical centre that stays open 24/7, all located in the Plaza shopping centre, some five minutes away on foot. A very beautiful 18-hole golf course, designed by the famous American architect Robert Trent Jones, is located across the road that runs in front of the hotel. The Ocean World Adventure Park (where you can swim with dolphins) is only 40 minutes away, six miles from Puerto Plata. Located directly on the beach and facing the sea, there is a particularly well-equipped children's club with its own pool, a mini billiards table, a mini football table and a trampoline.

    Sports fans will like the sports bar, which stays open 24/7. You can play pool, table football or follow sporting events on large flat-screen TVs. The nightclub opens its doors from 11:00pm to 2:00am. The establishment also includes a casino. There is a large amphitheatre where shows are staged under an open palapa, next to the main buffet. The four conference rooms have a capacity of 400 people.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The resort has one enormous buffet restaurant located close to the main pool area. Open on all sides, the restaurant looks more like a large canteen than an intimate affair. All guests here are on an all-inclusive meal plan. All meals are served at the main restaurant and the fare comprises specialities from all over the world.

    There are also several à la carte restaurants, offering Italian, Mexican, fish and seafood. During the day, the swimming-pool bar serves snacks from 11:00am to 5:30pm.

    Spa

    One of the stronger points of the resort is the Kingla spa. It is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm and includes six treatment and massage booths, one of which is reserved for couples, a beauty parlour and a hairdresser, four exterior bubble baths, a Vichy shower, a relaxation area, an artificial river, a sauna and Turkish baths.

    Beach 7.95 /10

    The hotel is right on the beach and it's just like on the postcards - expect warm turquoise waters lined by golden sands. The beach here is clean and is public, like all beaches in the country, so don't be surprised by hawkers selling various items along the strip. As this is the most popular holiday spot in the province, expect there to be constant water sport activities going on. Security here is something important as a minority used to create problems for tourists - hotels on the beach have round-the-clock security watching the beach to avoid any problems. It's worth noting that if you walk east along the beach, you will be stopped at a certain point by a security guard. Tourists have restricted access along the beach.

    To know

    The hotel has a very elaborate kids' club that is worth noting.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, dance, water-polo, surfing, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The wide range of restaurants
    • The 24/7 all-inclusive formula
    • The multitude of activities onsite.
    • The beautiful backdrop of the green rolling hills surrounding the peak Isabel de Torres.

    disadvantages

    • Wi-Fi comes at an extra charge.
    • The resort gets quite crowded especially during peak season.

    Traveller Reviews

    7
    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Nadine G. Nadine G.  
      5 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2014 Posted on 2014-05-01 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        grand hotel avec piscine, personnel très agréable que ce soit au service bar et restaurant que les femmes de chambre. restauration impeccable, très bon et très varié avec des nouveautés tous les jours.

      • Advantages

        restauration, près de la plage

      • Disavantages

        un peu loin du centre ville

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
    • Yoann L. Yoann L.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in avril 2012 Posted on 2013-11-03 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        ressort agréable et propre dans joli jardin bien entretenu. Personnel accueillant non francophone (espagnol). Très belle et grande piscine. Buffet sympa mais fixe. Trois restaurant différent sur réservation, très bon. Plage et mer agréable sauf lendemain de pluie. Bonne animation en journée et matériel de loisir assez complet. Spectacles passables (beaucoup de danse) mais super casino et discothèque entre touriste et locaux. Excusions tops, guide francophone.

      • Advantages

        au abord de puerto plata ( ville très typique), piscine, casino, ambiance dans la journée, nourriture de 7h à 23h.

      • Disavantages

        Buffet si 15 jours, sol glissant, et prostituées dans la discothèque...

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      • Overall Score 7.29/10
    • Karine B. Karine B.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2012 Posted on 2013-09-23 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        tres bon rapport qualite prix piscine immense plage moyenne personnel accueillant et serviable

      • Advantages

        piscine personnel accueillant buffet varies et restaurants a theme tres bon

      • Disavantages

        plage pas tres propre

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      • Overall Score 8.00/10
    • Michele N. Michele N.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in avril 2012 Posted on 2013-09-06 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        très bel ensemble tout est magnifique chambre avec grand lit soirées magnifiques animateurs et service impeccables ceux qui aiment les fruits et le poisson vous serez servis

      • Advantages

        chambres - restauration - soirée animations

      • Disavantages

        les sorties il faut faire attention trop de guides qui profitent des estivants vols et on ne peut pas sortir tout seul

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
      • Package deals in mars 2013 Posted on 2013-08-12 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Hotel trés grand avec un accès direct sur une grande plage de sable fin, trés grande piscine également. Le buffet est varié avec des soirées à thèmes, les animations sont quelques peu légères et internationales donc il faut suivre pour ceux qui parlent uniquement français. L'hôtel est situé dans une zone moins touristique que Punta Cana l'environnement est plus verdoyant avec des petites montagnes, trés agréable pour sortir de la folie touristique de Punta Cana. Dominicains trés

      • Advantages

        Trés belle infrastructure, le personnel est trés accueillant, zone de puerto plata plus anthentique que Punta Cana, buffet varié et trés bon

      • Disavantages

        La grandeur de cet hôtel rend les échanges avec les autres touristes trés limités, les animations n'étaient pas à la hauteur d'un 5 étoiles. Animateur peu présent

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      • Overall Score 8.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in avril 2012 Posted on 2013-07-22 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Premiere vac en couple, super moment , tres bel hotel , chambre vu mer avc balcon au top ! excursion pas trop cher et géniale ! mention spéciale pour le resto brésilien un pur déciice ! bravo au serveuse qui sont trés sympas, pluie quotidienne en fin d'aprem, pas génant. Super vacance je conseil cet hotel sans probleme ni regret particulier

      • Advantages

        hotel Piscine Bar Restaurant brésilien !

      • Disavantages

        déçu de la mer, mais les excursion permettent de voir de tres beau quoi plus paradisiaque

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in novembre 2010 Posted on 2011-12-08 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        HOTEL VRAIMENT NIKEL avec très bonne prestation au niveau spa nourriture de qualité piscine superbe equipe d'animation très bien!super

      • Advantages

        plage pour celui qui le souhaite ou piscine ! equipe d'animation super bonne nouriiture

      • Disavantages

        la montagne pas très loin qui peut parfois faire la concentration de nuages mais environnement magnifique

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      • Overall Score 8.43/10
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