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The Fun Royale Beach Resort is an all-inclusive hotel located in the heart of the Playa Dorada complex. It has all the necessary facilities to satisfy the desires of the entire family.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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      Fun Royale Beach Resort   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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      Fun Royale Beach Resort   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.82 /10

    The Fun Royale Beach Resort hotel is located on the northern coast of the island, in the heart of the Playa Dorada complex, 9 miles east of Puerto Plata. The hotel is located 2,132 feet from the beach, beside the 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. A "little train" takes you to the beach in 5 minutes. For the transfer from the airport, located about 19 miles away, it takes about 20 minutes.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    Located in buildings of two floors, the 168 superior rooms are well equipped with a king-size bed or two queen size beds, a sitting area with sofa, and a large balcony or a terrace overlooking the garden, the mountains or the golf course. All the rooms have individual air conditioning with a fan, a telephone and satellite television with 35 channels. The bathroom includes a bathtub with a fixed shower and a sink, a hair dryer and personal skin care products, and non-separate toilets. The design is original with a beautiful decor, including three beautiful paintings in the room and the lounge. At the entrance, there is a kitchenette with an American bar, a sink and a large fridge filled up in advance and replenished for extra charge ($ 10 a week). A pretty open window serves as a separating wall between the bedroom and the living room. Finally, remember that the rooms offer Wi-Fi access.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Scattered in the heart of a tropical garden 2,135 feet from the beach of the Playa Dorada, the Fun Royale Beach Resort is adjacent to the superb 18-hole golf course designed by American architect Robert Trent Jones. Located side by side to its "brother", the Fun Tropical Beach Resort with which the hotel shares all its facilities, the hotel was built in 1986, but has benefited from regular renovations, the last dating back to 2006. In addition to the swimming pool dedicated to adults, quieter and overlooking the golf course, located beside the Calypso buffet restaurant, the customers have access to the pool reserved for children, on the other side of the complex, at the Fun Tropical Beach Resort. Located beside the Brazilian restaurant Miranda, the children's swimming pool is equipped with showers and deckchairs but no sunshades. Right next door, children can enjoy a playground and a kid's club, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located between the two hotels, the vast central swimming pool has a volleyball net and a basket hoop, many deckchairs and a few sunshades. Sunbathers can refresh directly at the pool bar without getting out of the water. Situated near the Calypso buffet and the Italian restaurant, Il Mediterraneo, you can get at the disco bar to dance salsa, bachata and merengue from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., just after the theatre show beside the main pool from 8:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    The customers at the Fun Royale Beach Resort have a choice of 5 restaurants. The Calypso buffet, located on the side of the Fun Royale Beach Resort, beside the swimming pool dedicated to adults, offers international cuisine with different themes each day. The panorama of the golf course there is really beautiful. The buffet offers a snack service from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Near the main swimming pool, Popeye's Pizza serves this universal dish from noon to 5 p.m. and offers also tea time from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gourmets in search of exotic flavours for dinner can taste, with a reservation, the Brazilian cuisine at the a la carte restaurant, Miranda, beside the swimming pool dedicated to children. Two services are offered, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The same principle for the a la carte restaurant is available at the Italian Il Mediterraneo, located beside the Calypso buffet. Except for the Brazilian restaurant, customers have to walk a little bit in order to reach the restaurants, located next to the Fun Tropical Beach Resort. Finally, you can enjoy the cuisine of the Blue grill beach club and restaurant, located on the beach, which serves a snack buffet from noon to 3 p.m. To enjoy cocktails, you can opt for one of the 5 bars: Popeye's pool bar, the Banana's bar (open 24 hours, at the swimming pool dedicated to adults near the Calypso buffet), the Sun tan bar and the Beach club bar, not to mention the bar of the nightclub, equipped with a billiard hall.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    You can access the beach in 5 minutes thanks to the small blue train pulled by a "tractor", which makes the shuttle about every quarter of an hour from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Be careful when you return to the hotel to take the proper "tractor" checking the name of the hotel as the Fun Royale Beach is not the only destination of these shuttles! You can snacks at the Blue grill beach club and restaurant from noon to 3 p.m., or enjoy excellent cocktails at the beach bar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On this side, to the far right of the beach of the Playa Dorada, the sea is calmer and has clearer water, like a lagoon. Many plastic deckchairs are scattered on the beach, equipped with showers and toilets. The water sports club, Sea Pro Divers, offers many water activities. However, the jet skis spoil the tranquillity of the place.

    To know

    The customers of the Fun Royale Beach Resort 4* have access to the facilities of the adjacent Fun Tropical Beach Resort 3*. The hotel has gorgeous views over a beautiful golf course designed by the famous American architect Robert Trent Jones, that lies along the resort complex. The aqua park Ocean World Adventure Park is only 40 minutes to the west, 6 miles from Puerto Plata.

    A lodging tip

    Elderly or disabled guests should opt for the rooms on the ground floor because the 2-storey buildings don't have elevators.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park

      (2)

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

      stretching, sauna, massage, beauty salon, keep fit, Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, football, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, jet ski, (paying), kayak, sailing, aerobics, aqua gym, gym, step, dance, paddle boats, canoe, fitness, sports, water-polo

    • Hairdresser
    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Beautiful view of the golf at the Playa Dorada.

    • Additional three swimming pools are dedicated to children, adults, and for organized animations.
    • Access to all facilities of the adjacent Fun Tropical Beach Resort.

    disadvantages

    • The beach is too far.
    • The absence of the view onto the sea.

    • The distance to access the facilities for children.

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