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Hotel Blue JackTar Hotel 4 star
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P.O Box Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor



You don't like large hotel complexes and the 'all-inclusive' concept makes you shiver? But you are looking for a hotel with a beautiful beach, a delightful swimming pool and a great restaurant? Then the Blue JackTar could be the place for you.

The hotel is located in Puerto Plata, on the Atlantic Coast of the Dominican Republic. Made up of villas, you'll feel like you're in a protected little village. The site is huge, but the beach (playa Dorada, one of the most beautiful in the area) is less than a 5-minute walk from the guest rooms. Overall, this is a quality establishment.

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  • International Standard
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    Location 7.57 /10

    The Blue JackTar Hotel is less than 3 miles from the pretty city of Puerto Plata, which we recommend visiting. The closest airport is Gregorio Luperón, around 15 minutes away. The hotel surroundings are charming. Scattered among the vegetation, the little villas contain 69 guest rooms.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10



    The guest rooms are spacious (more than 25m²), and their ultramarine blue decoration is in keeping with the Caribbean spirit! In terms of technology, you will find a large flat-screen satellite television with a choice of local and international channels.

    The tiled floor is particularly suited to this tropical destination as it cools down the room. Of course there is also air-conditioning and a fan. To top it off, a minibar, safe, electric coffee-maker and toiletries are all provided.

    The only slightly disappointing area is the bathroom, which is a bit narrow though still comfortable. It is fitted with a bathtub and unfortunately for couples, the toilets are not separate!

    Fashion addicts will find a large cupboard and a 4-drawer chest of drawers to tidy away their clothes.

    Overall, we liked the guest rooms. The amenities are simple but good quality, and every room opens out onto the garden or a small private terrace where guests can enjoy the surroundings.

    Overview



    Those who like club hotels without the inconveniences will appreciate the hotel facilities: here guests are greeted in a small reception area by a concierge service that aims to personalise each arrival. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool and although it is nothing like the immense pools you find in large hotels, if you like swimming you will have plenty of space. What's more, the poolside is pleasant with comfortable deckchairs and no noise as the whole site is very quiet.

    If you need to unwind, head to the little spa. Nothing exceptional, but the massage room is cheerful (it is best to book massage a day in advance) and there is a Jacuzzi. Sport fans will appreciate the two tennis courts, the basketball court, the football pitch, and the well-equipped gym. Kayaks and snorkelling masks are available on the beach, but motorised water sports are charged extra, as are the kite surfing and diving lessons run by an external company.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10



    The Green Jack Restaurant serves fusion cuisine with Mediterranean and Dominican flavours. The chef is particularly creative and we were won over by the food that we had the pleasure of tasting. Homemade pizzas as appetizers, fresh fish for the main course, a homemade ice cream dessert...a real explosion of flavours.

    The setting itself is delightful: guests can enjoy a drink (the cocktails are particularly tasty) on the large white benches near the beach before walking under a sort of arbour where tables are beautifully laid out. We liked the revamped Empire-style chairs, the attentive service and the Saturday night atmosphere livened up by a live music group that knows how to adapt to its audience...

    Beach 7.70 /10

    This is the hotel's main advantage! Fine golden sand, a four-poster beach bed with a white cotton curtain to shelter you from prying eyes... Hmm it really feels like paradise! The clear sea has a gentle slope, nothing to worry about... The only small drawback is that the first few metres of water are sometimes full of seaweed, though nothing serious! A beach bar is open for refreshments, wardens keep an eye on your belongings and the bathing zone is secure. A totally cliché state of bliss, but that's what people come here for. In the distance you can see the Silver Mountain, as named by Christopher Columbus because of the silver-coloured leaves of the almond trees that cover it. The beach extends for several miles, which is ideal for taking a jog or simply a walk. For now, the coastline is unspoilt by gigantic constructions...in other words, you will feel like you are in an exotic and enchanting paradise.

    To know

    The hotel was originally designed for families, with a small playground area, constant lifeguard surveillance on the beach and a babysitting service available on request. However, it is also a great place for couples. The huge site and the particularly stunning beach are suited to all types of guests. Golf enthusiasts will find a world famous 18-hole golf course just next door (the Robert Trent Jones golf course).

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, basketball, horse riding, (nearby), golf, (nearby), kayak, paddle boats, dance, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The spacious and independent villas
    • The animation team

    disadvantages

    • The buffet lacks variety
    • The imposing size of the complex

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