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The Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada is a hotel with many facilities that offers "all inclusive" service and is particularly suitable for families.

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

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      Viva Wyndham V Heavens   -   © C. Hiltgen/ EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.75 /10

    The Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada hotel is located on the northern coast of the island, in the heart of the Playa Dorada complex, 9 miles east of Puerto Plata. To reach the hotel from the airport ( located 19 miles away ), you will need 20 minutes.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The hotel has 204 rooms categorized as 48 standard rooms, 36 superior suites and 120 junior suites. The rooms are well equipped and decorated with Dominican paintings with seashells : they each have a king-size bed or two queen size beds, a large electronic safe ( free ), a telephone, a television ( 25 channels ) and a clock radio. The remote control is hung on the wall with a wire, which is not always practical but at least avoids loss. All the rooms have air conditioning. The superior and junior suites have, in addition, a stocked fridge that is regularly supplied, satellite TV ( 100 channels, placed on a rolling console that can be turned towards the bed or the lounge ) and a balcony overlooking the swimming pool or the garden. An iron and an ironing board are available at the reception upon request, and directly available in the superior rooms and the junior suites. The bathroom has a bathtub with a fixed shower, a clothes line, welcome products and a hair dryer.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The 204 rooms are housed in six two-storey buildings grouped around the reception area. A little farther to the right is the Kelive spa ( 8 massage rooms ) and the gym on the first floor of the building, then the theater and the Goa nightclub, and the main buffet restaurant "Las Palmas ", together with the Asian restaurant "Bamboo" serving a la carte. Right in front, you will find a huge swimming pool spanned by a bridge and embellished with a large waterfall that hides the "La Cueva" bar, topped by a terrace with a Jacuzzi ( the water is cold, but here you can get refreshed ). There is no ladder to the swimming pool, where you gradually sink into it just like in a beach. From there, a pleasant long path skirts a lagoon down to the beach, where you can find a tennis court, a climbing wall ( open from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm ), the kids club and the snack bar "Ibiza Beach" which turns into the a la carte "Mediterrannean Restaurant" in the evening.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada offers a varied choice among three restaurants, including the main buffet "Las Palmas" which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner ( not to mention the snack bar from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. ), the snack bar Ibiza Beach on the beach ( 11h-18h ), and two a la carte restaurants open only in the evening, with a reservation : the "Bambou Restaurant" by the swimming pool offers Chinese cuisine and the "Mediterranean Restaurant", part of Snack Ibiza Beach during the day, offers specially Italian specialities. A special menu of spiny lobster is offered for an extra fee. You can have a drink in any of the three bars - the "Ibiza Beach" snackbar, "La Cueva" by the swimming pool, and the disco bar.

    Beach 7.95 /10

    Caught between the Puerto Plata Village beach and the Paradise Beach Resort and Casino beach, the space reserved for the Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada is quite limited. However, the facilities are quite numerous, just behind the beach, with a tennis court ( shared with the customers of the Puerto Plata Village ), a climbing wall, a kid's club and a snack bar the "Ibiza Beach, which becomes the Mediterranean a la carte restaurant in the evening. The beach towels are available at the swimming pool in exchange for a card that you are given upon arrival.

    To know

    Built in 1997, the Playa Dorada underwent a major renovation in 2004, when it was acquired by the Viva Wyndham group. The Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada hotel has installed many ramps to facilitate access for handicapped people. Customers wear a bracelet in different colours depending on the language they speak, a very convenient system for the hotel staff. Worth noting is the fact that the safe is free, which is rare among the hotels in the Dominican Republic.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, beach volley, basketball, golf, sailing, kayak, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo, windsurfing, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • The facilities ( spa, gym, nightclub, jacuzzi, kid's club )
    • The large swimming pool with a waterfall and the pool bar.
    • The free massage at the swimming pool.

    disadvantages

    • The beach is a little too far away.
    • The beach is too narrow.
    • The absence of sea view from the rooms.

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