Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

majestic colonialLast year, my husband and I finally dug ourselves out of consumer debt. Excited, we started planning the “honeymoon we never had.”  I searched for locations all over the world and read countless articles and reviews for resorts in Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Somewhere along the line, I got intrigued by the idea of an “all-inclusive vacation” and narrowed  down my search to the Caribbean. While I had my heart set on vacationing in Aruba, I ended up deciding that it was just too expensive. For about half the cost, we could vacation elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Enter Punta Cana

Once I narrowed down my search to the Caribbean, I started to focus on the Dominican Republic.   And, once I decided that we wanted to visit Punta Cana, we ultimately decided to vacation at the Majestic Colonial.  What sold me were the countless positive reviews on TripAdvisor, the beautiful pictures, the option of “adults only,” and the in-room jacuzzi. We booked our trip through Expedia.com, and we were on our way!

Our Majestic Colonial Experience

Let’s start at the beginning.

We arrived at the resort late in the afternoon.  Check-in was a breeze and our butler, David, showed up almost immediately to give us a tour of the resort.  He showed us around and ended the tour in our beautiful and clean room.   We stayed in room 3207 which overlooked one of the Colonial Club (adults only) pool bars.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

The Pools

The Majestic Colonial has one giant pool and two smaller adults only pools.  All of the pools are spacious and clean.  There are loud areas (mostly near the swim-up bars) and there are quiet places to relax as well.  The water is always cool enough to be refreshing but warm enough to be comfortable.  The pools are basically perfect.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

The Beach

The beach is absolutely heaven on earth.  The ocean is an amazing turquoise color.  Beach chairs and palapas are everywhere. Even with the resort being completely full, we never had any problem finding a place to sit in the sun or shade.  To top it off, the Majestic Colonial has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

The Resort

The resort grounds are immaculate.  The employees seem obsessed with keeping them in perfect condition, as we could always find people sweeping, trimming hedges, and watering the beautiful gardens.  Every inch of the resort is clean and cared for, and we were extremely impressed with the detail that was put into maintaining the resort.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

The Staff

The staff made our vacation the very best it could have been.  Every employee was helpful and kind.  We did tip, but we got great service regardless.  The people of this resort are hardworking, kind, and honest.  They work very long days, but always go the extra mile to make sure you are having a good time.  Everyone we encountered was extremely friendly and helpful. It was obvious that they take a lot of pride in what they do. Furthermore, communication with the staff was rarely a problem. Most of the staff knew at least a little bit of English. If not, it was easy to find somebody who did.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A ReviewThe Food

Most of the food was great.  There were a few things that I didn’t care for, but that is the great thing about an all-inclusive vacation.  Some of the food was amazing – the grilled lobster, the Japanese restaurant, the sushi.  I am a fairly picky eater but was always able to find something that I enjoyed.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

The Drinks

There are bars all over the place.  We never had a problem getting a drink.  Even on the beach, there are waiters walking around taking drink orders.  It is fantastic. My favorite drink I had at the resort was the “Dominican Sunrise.”  Ironically, having too many of them kept me in bed too late to ever see the actual sunrise!!!

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

The Party Scene

If you are coming to party, the Majestic Colonial may be your place.  However, the scene is more upscale and doesn’t fall within the college age group.  You won’t find people doing keg stands or puking on the sidewalks, but you will find people having a few too many drinks and falling asleep on a Bali Bed.  There is also a nightclub right on the resort…if you are into techno and strobe lights.  We went a few times during our visit, and it was a ton of fun!

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

We will definitely be going back to the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana.  Not only was it beautiful, but it was reasonably priced as well.  In addition, we found the beach to be much nicer than the neighboring resorts we would pass in our daily walks.  All in all, we had an amazing vacation.  We highly suggest the Majestic Colonial Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic…and we cannot wait to go back!  Want to learn how to travel hack your way to a free vacation?  Check out these posts:

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Majestic Colonial Punta Cana: A Review

About Holly

Holly Johnson is a wife, mother of two, and frugal lifestyle enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Club Thrifty and a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly, Frugal Travel Guy, and U.S. News and World Report's "My Money Blog." Holly has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Fox Business, and Daily Finance.

Comments

  1. That looks like a great vacation. You shouldn’t show that in the middle of winter. I’m very envious.

  2. Looks like a wicked trip guys! Made me even more excited for our holiday to Mexico in 10 weeks :D

  3. Looks like you guys had a great time! In particular those pools look absolutely amazing. I would love to go to this resort someday.

  4. Looks like a great trip. I have heard nothing but good things about the DR and you are just adding to that list. This will surely be a place my old lady and I go in the future!

  5. Looks like an awesome vacation guys! The pictures are just great, especially with the snow we have on the ground :) We’ve not done the all-inclusive resort yet, but have cruised several times. I think something like this is definitely next on our list.

    • We hadn’t done in all inclusive either…but we LOVED it. All of the alcohol was included as well! Not that we drank *that* much, but it was nice not having to carry money around (except for tipping)

  6. It looks like you guys had a fantastic trip! I’ve never even heard of Punta Cana but I will definitely put it on my travel list now. I’ve been to a few all-inclusive resorts and they are amazing — without a doubt the way to have a vacation!

    The pictures are beautiful and the scenery is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. :)

    • We had never done an all inclusive before. Now, I think we’re hooked!

      • Puna Cana is probably the #2 destination for people from this neck of the woods (only behind Florida). We went to an all inclusive a few years ago in Cuba and we loved it. We also went to an adult only resort which was nice. Havana was an amazing city too.

  7. That looks AMAZING! I had no idea the beaches were so nice over there.

    If you don’t mind me asking – how much does it cost to stay there? We are looking for our next holiday destination and that looks like a winner to me!

    • The hotel itself was only $1600 USD for the week which works out to $231 per day. I think that is an insane value for what we got- a fancy room with minifridge and minibar and in room jacuzzi, beach front and ocean front, beautiful resort, and 100% of all meals and alcohol included. That’s about $115 per day per person!

  8. I’m envious! We stayed at teh Punta Cana Resort and Spa several years ago and absolutely loved it. The staff was wonderful, it seemed like we had a gaggle of them following us around in the evenings making sure we were 100% enjoying ourselves. That was actually my first dive ever. I’m a PADI Divemaster now so if I have to blame anyone for getting bit with that particular bug, I’ll blame the Domincan Republic :)

  9. Great pictures! What a wonderful vacation for you both. I assume from your description that the honeymoon was worth waiting for!

  10. Michelle and I went to Punta Cana back in 2008 and it really was the experience of a lifetime.. The people down there are so nice and wonderful, and the beaches are breathtaking. We met people there from all over the world, which was awesome, and found a few other couples to hang out with during the evenings. All and all, we would love to go back down there, given the opportunity.

  11. I love your pictures! I am so jealous.

  12. Wonderful pictures. That ocean speaks to me. I’m ready to leave now….

  13. Putting that on my list. I want to be there right at this moment. ahhhhh sigh…btw why is there always that one big guy in a speedo? :)

  14. Looks absolutely beautiful! Glad you guys had a great time :)

  15. What amazing pictures – love turquoise waters!! Thanks for the write-up and you two look like you had a great and relaxing time. :)

  16. It reminds me of my honeymoon a long time ago only we went to the Bahamas. Your pictures are beautiful! Ours was all inclusive too with 2 meals a day. I remember we were across the street from a casino. We had our choice of gambling, floor shows and lounges.

  17. Thanks for the review, I’ll definitely consider this place for me and the BF’s next tropical vacay :)

  18. I just HAVE to visit the Caribbean someday! These pictures are so beautiful, and the review was great! I`ve always dreamt of experiencing a luxurious all inclusive resort, and just relax and enjoy the company!

  19. Looks super awesome!!!!! :)
    I am so jealous! Currently dreaming of a beach vacation :)

    What other types of entertainment did y’all have?

  20. With all of the snow in the forecast all of these tropical vacations that everyone is sharing are really making me jealous. It sounds like you two had a great time.

  21. You had me sold until that picture with the fat guy in the speedo of to the side! No, it looks great, and I’m glad you finally got your jacuzzi room!

  22. Looks awesome. We’ve never done an all inclusive, but would like to. I never considered the Dominican though… Mexico is usually the first thought, living on the west coast.

  23. Looks amazing! The beach – Wow! I’d love to curl up on a chair with a nice drink. :) We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in Turks and Caicos and loved it. It just makes life easier and that’s what you want on a vacation.

  24. Sounds like a fun time! My wife and I also love all inclusive – but we usually do it on a cruise (one with working bathrooms!)

  25. This looks amazing~ I went to Punta Cana a few years ago and it was so relaxing.
    I love the all inclusive resorts and it saves so much money if you calculate all the drinks, food, service, and etc. Happy for you~

  26. Looks like it was an awesome trip, and a bit more upscale than my more college friendly resort that I recently went to. I’m hoping you stayed away during Canadian and American spring break! Overall I loved Punta Cana as well, great beaches and nicer than Varadero when I went a while back with my parents.

  27. Looks like a wonderful time, guys! I can’t wait till we’re at the place financially where we can do this too. Glad you had a great break from the cold winter. :-)

  28. That’s about EXACTLY what we need right now! Can my kids stay with you guys for about a week?

  29. Shannon says:

    Holly,

    I am incredibly glad I came up upon your site about the Majestic Colonial & the new Colonial Club. We leave early tomorrow morning to go there and our staying in the Club area. Any room # recommendations? Tips? Suggestions? Anything that would help us? How much did you normally tip your butler per day? Bartenders and wait staff? Did you tip the housekeeping? We’re doing the dolphin (swim with them) excursion. Sorry for all of the questions, just curious :) Also, what is the restaurant called that faces the ocean and you can sit outside at night time?

    Thank you so much

    Shannon

    • I hope that you have a great time!

      I forget our room number…but we were on the 2nd floor and our balcony overlooked one of the pool bars. It was fun watching people get progressively drunker as the day went on. Every room has a great view IMO, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

      The resort is awesome. The food is just okay. There are two oceanfront, one is seafood and one is a steakhouse. It is open air dining but it does have a roof over your head. We don’t eat meat but we loved the seafood place. They had grilled lobster that was pretty yummy. They also had a salad bar with a variety of stuff on it. Everything we had was good or okay, and if you don’t like what you’re served you can always just go eat somewhere else. Whenever I didn’t like my dinner, I would just go to the main buffet and eat French fries. That is what’s so great about an all-inclusive!!!

      It’s seriously a great resort and you will have an awesome time. Get drunk, people watch, and leave your worries at home. The Dominican exceeded all of my expectations and the so-so food was more than made up for by how awesome everything else was.

      Make sure to report back to tell me what you did/didn’t like. We plan to visit that resort again in the next few years!

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  34. LOVE the pictures! I was on the Majestic Elegance side two years ago and this really makes me want to go back. I’ve been to several all inclusives and different islands on cruises and Punta Cana has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean! Thanks for posting.

    • I wanna go back too! The problem is, there are so many other places we wanna go as well! We are going to Playa Del Carmen in 5 days. It will be our first time…I hope that it is somewhat comparable to Punta Cana. The beaches there are just sooooooooooo beautiful.

      • Hi Holly,

        We are booked at this resort in the Club (all adults) section as well, this coming Feb.
        Do you have any suggestions for special requests, like building/room location, floor?? etc. Wouldn’t want to be right outside the swimup bar. Would appreciate a quiet area. Any hints would be great. Thanks so much.
        Diane

  35. Looks amazing. Price is super. Did you have to tip your butler? If so, how much did you spend in tips? Just to be prepared

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