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Hotel Majestic Colonial Hotel 5 star
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The Majestic Colonial is one of Punta Cana's newest hotels. Standing alongside the beautiful beach of Arena Gorda to the north of the tourist area of Punta Cana, this complete resort with an all-inclusive option has numerous activities available for children and grown-ups alike, numerous restaurants (buffet or à la carte), a quality fitness centre, a casino and a night club, a quality mini-club, to sum up, nothing was forgotten in this high-standard hotel complex where it is very hard to get bored!

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

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is situated directly on the beach of Arena Gorda, north of the tourist area of Punta Cana, the epicentre of tourism in the Dominican Republic on the south-eastern coast, stretching over 25 mi of fine sand. It takes 45 minutes by car from the international airport in Punta Cana (22 mi) and three and a half hours to reach the capital. The town of Higüey and its famous historic basilica is 30 mi away (a one hour's drive), and the fishing village of El Cortecito is 7 mi away.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The bedrooms of the Majestic Colonial are spacious (538 sq ft) and decorated in the colonial style, adorned with a naive painting. Provided with tile flooring and wooden furniture, they have satellite TV (35 channels), a free safe, discreet individual air-conditioning combined to a ceiling fan, a mini-bar refrigerator, facilities for tea and coffee, a telephone, high-speed Internet access (extra charge), an iron and board, as well as a terrace furnished with two armchairs, a round table and a clotheshorse. You also have a desk, a light wood table and a leather sofa. The open marble bathroom is spacious, clean and nicely decorated with a double sink. It includes a large bubbling bath tub nestled between two pillars, from which you can watch TV. There is, however, no shower head with which to rinse yourself, you must use the large separate tropical shower equipped with a flexible shower head. The water pressure is weak. At your disposal are also some tissues, a hairdryer, a robe and hospitality products but no waste basket... The superior standard bedrooms have a whirlpool bath on the outer terrace (furnished with two wooden deck chairs with mats), a small private garden looking out to the swimming pool and a four poster king size bed.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Inaugurated in December 2005, the Majestic Colonial belongs to the Spanish hotel group Majestic Hotels and Resort. It has 658 bedrooms distributed in four pastel pink, 2- and 3-storey buildings, nestled in a vast tropical garden scattered with palm trees and traveller's trees. Open from 9am to 6pm and 3.77 ft deep, the vast swimming pool stretches over almost 1,312 ft all along the estate down to the beach, crossed over by little bridges and with small children's pools, whirlpool baths and an aquatic bar. Several solarium terraces lie next to one another, arranged with deckchairs, palm leaf parasols and showers. Towels are provided directly on the spot. Located in the heart of the swimming pool area, half-way between the beach and the lobby, the spa welcomes you from 8am to 8pm. It has a large pool with a fountain under a large palapa made of palm leaves, 11 body care booths, a sauna, a hammam, a whirlpool bath and sensation showers. The decoration is nice, the fragrance of the Mary Cohr cosmetics is very pleasant but it's a shame that the swimming pool activities take place just in front of it.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The main meals are served at the gargantuan buffet, copious, varied and delicious in an immense hall with a capacity of 700 guests, decorated with large naive paintings, with show cooking. You won't know what to choose out of all the pizzas, pasta, salads, cold cuts, suckling pig, spare ribs and a thousand and one dishes from every corner of the world. For breakfast, a profusion of fresh tropical fruit is served either squeezed or chopped before your eyes, an infinite variety of cookies and home-made cakes, a farandole of pancakes, waffles, crêpes, cold cuts, cheese, sausages, hams, etc. Waiters go from table to table, serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For dinner, you have a choice of restaurants such as Mexican, Japanese (sushi bar and teppaniaky), seafood and gourmet (for adults only and with compulsory booking). No less than 9 bars are available for you within the resort. On one of the paths, you will enjoy a break for tropical punch served by a smiley Dominican lady in a straw hat, from her small boat used as a bar!

    Spa

    Situated at the heart of the swimming pool area halfway between the beach and the lobby, the spa welcomes you from 8am to 8pm. It has a large pool with a fountain under a large palapa made of palm leaves, 11 treatment booths, a sauna, a hammam, a whirlpool bath and sensation showers. The decoration is tasteful, and the Mary Cohr brand cosmetic products give off a pleasant aroma. It's a shame that the swimming pool entertainment takes place just opposite!

    Beach 7.95 /10

    The beach of Arena Gorda is a long strip of fine, soft and white sand, lined with coconut trees and surrounded by rocks. The water is crystal-clear and 28° C, the coconut trees can be used as natural parasols, it is difficult to remain impervious to this setting! However, there are more waves here than on Bavaro beach. The Majestic's beach is less busy than those of the nearby resorts (Riu and Grand Bahia Principe). Off the coast, a rusty shipwreck is visible, beached on the coral reef because of a hurricane. It was a pirate's ship, so the story goes! You can play beach soccer and beach volleyball, in the shade of coconut trees. From the sea, all you can see is the coconut trees, which completely hide the resort. In the evening, you can admire the superb sunset on the left, in the direction of the Central Cordillera. Massage huts with a palm leaf roof are available on the beach, themselves equipped with deckchairs and showers. The water sports base has a great number of activities to offer from 8am to 5pm. One part of the beach is reserved for swimmers, so they don't find themselves in the middle of the water sports activities. The beach bar serves snacks all day.

    To know

    A mass service is held every Sunday in the resort's chapel. They also celebrate weddings. Shows are performed in an immense amphitheatre with a capacity of 700 people. A second resort of the Majestic Group was due to be inaugurated in October 2008 next to this one, the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana. It will be of even higher standards. You can purchase many things such as souvenirs, stamps, postcards, naive art paintings, bottles of rum, but also cigar boxes and jewels. You can play on the giant chess board if you like the game, but also on a regular size board, and other board games, table tennis, table football and snooker in an outdoor games area, in a 1980's musical ambiance. Children can go to a quality kids' club with a paper maché castle straight out of Disneyland. Children have their own swimming pool with slides. Such a shame that it is so far from the beach. Old enough guests will go to the casino and the night club at night time. If you like sports, a fitness room with the latest apparatus is available, but also tennis and basketball courts and even a baseball pitch!

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, (paying), hammam, (paying), stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, mountain bike, sailing, kayak, canoe, dance, step, bums and tums, archery, badminton, water-polo, surfing, baseball, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • The equipment and facilities.
    • The beach.
    • The gargantuan buffet.
    • Room comfort.

    disadvantages

    • The access to the bedrooms sometimes long and complex.
    • The distances.
    • The noisy activities near the spa.
    • The lack of Dominican lifestyle in Punta Cana.

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