Last 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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: