All inclusive

Caribe Deluxe Princess

Higuey 4.5

Overview

Guests of all ages will enjoy all the latest and greatest conveniences and amenities this newly renovated hotel has to offer. Situated on the world-famous Bavaro beach guests can relax and soak up the sun or enjoy some of the many land and water activities available. 

Check in

3 p.m.

Check out

12 p.m.

Rooms

349

Rooms

Caribe Deluxe
  • 1 king bed, and 1 sofa bed, or 2 queen beds
  • Garden view
  • No more than 4 guests in the room
Caribe Deluxe
Featured amenities
Included in all rooms
  • 24 hour room service ($)
  • A/C
  • Coffee maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Mini-bar stocked daily
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Caribe Deluxe Suite
  • 1 king bed, or 2 ¾ beds (smaller double)
  • Garden view
  • No more than 4 guests in the room
Caribe Deluxe Suite
Featured amenities
Included in all rooms
  • 24 hour room service ($)
  • A/C
  • Coffee maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Mini-bar stocked daily
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Amenities


Location

Address
Playa Bavaro, Higuey, Dominican Republic
25 km from PUJ airport

Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 Very Good

  • Cleanliness 4.0
  • Location 4.5
  • Rooms 3.5
  • Service 4.0
  • Value 4.0
TripAdvisor users rated this property 2 out of 5

Mid tier resort

Todd V on Feb 17, 2024

Food was mostly ok. We upgraded to platinum and that got special access to some areas of the resorts. Breakfast and lunch was low tier. We had dinner at the platinum restaurant and la cava that was good. We ate at the Italian place and Tao and both were good. We weeded the vacation at fogo. It was ok. Biggest drawback from trip was not many people near any English. It made it hard to communicate food and drink orders. I ordered multiply thing a few times during my stay where I got the wrong item or nothing at all. We had a big issue being on the first floor the first two nights but they quickly moved us into a third floor room where it was much nicer. Rooms were nice and had what you needed, The shows for the most part were low tier. The show on Thursday for staff show was good. I compare it to Cancun all inclusive I have been too and much lower quality. The ambiance and scenery were beautiful and didn’t feel like it was overcrowded even though there were many people there. I would recommend to try a different resort and spend the extra money if you are going to go to Punta Cana.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 3 out of 5

A comprehensive review of Caribe Deluxe Princess resort

Paradise786008 (Richmond, Virginia) on Feb 16, 2024

This review is based on the resort experience only. There were tons of snafoos on our trip but not related to the resort so No reason to mention them. This trip was booked on Travelocity. I booked the flight, resort stay and airport transfers as a package. We traveled here for my 50th birthday. Price was reasonable and Trip Advisor reviews were mostly good or excellent for the trip. We arrived at the resort which is the sister resort to Tropical Princess. They are directly next to each other. Lobby was nice and clean and decorated well. Just as pictured on the website. There is a full bar and area for Karaoke to the left. To the right is the check in area. There were 4 staff working. Most spoke fluent English - others not so much but communication was possible. Pretty seamless check in, but I also arrived 5 pm. Check out is at 12 pm daily. You are given a bracelet to keep on your arm which is your room key. Keep an eye on it. To get it replaced is $50. Near the lobby is a large open air theater where there are nightly shows at 9:30. To the right of the theater is a sports bar with multiple TV's, and an upstairs with pool table, air hockey and some video games. Food and drink are served here 24 hours. Basic bar food: mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, chicken wings , fries, burgers etc. alcoholic drinks vary in strength based on who's the bartender. Francis was a standout. To the left is the Brazilian restaurant and the Tex Mex. These restaurants are part of the all inclusive benefit. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Last reservation is at 8:45. They close promptly at 10. I'll discuss food quality in its own paragraph. The main courtyard is lovely. It's surrounded by the photography studio, ice cream shop, coffee shop, couple of gift shops and a small chapel. We saw a peacock in the chapel who was gracious enough to let us take pictures. Gorgeous! To get around the you can walk or use trams. In the pros/cons section I will address transportation more. The walk from the main area to the are where the rooms ,pools and beach are feels long but is actually quite nice and scenic. We saw all kinds of animals along the way: turtles, different birds, iguana, flamingo and peacocks. Beautiful flowers and these trees with above ground roots that makes the tree look like it was walking abounded. The accommodations are broken down into units A,B, and C which are three story buildings. A and B are separated with a pool in between as are B and C. The main buffet is also in this area (tram stop is also at front of buffet). Next to the main buffet is the Dominican restaurant and another theater. Also in this area is a structure called The Beach House. It is a smaller buffet and bar on the first floor and an adult only lounge/bar upstairs on second floor. FOOD- The food didn't meet my expectations. The main buffet's food was under seasoned for my tastes- but I understand they were making food for the masses not just my palette. There were some dishes we tried in the buffet that were surprisingly good- white bean salad, pasta salad, and some other vegetable mixes. Meats were usually not seasoned and overcooked (dry, tough, rubbery). The desserts and lunch and dinner were surprisingly good. There are a lot of people and lines so expect that. A lot of clamoring around popular stations like omelets and meat so be prepared to elbow your way through. Avoid hot cereals like oatmeal - it was gross. Hot dogs and hamburgers did not taste like I thought they would. I'm from the states so I was expecting them to taste like I'm used to. I didn't eat anymore after the first one. Food in the restaurants were a tad better. Again, skip beef items on the menu. It's all cooked at the same temperature - over cooked, super well done and chewy. The Tex Mex restaurant- was okay. Short ribs and Sante Fe chicken were stands out. I wouldn't rush to book here, you may be better off with the variety in the main buffet. The Brazilian restaurant- was a standout. They bring around different meats (chicken, steak , lamb, grouper, smoked turkey etc) all seasoned and tender. Sides weren't that great- fries, a slaw, rice and beans. Get there at your reservation time. They come around with the meats only once or twice so get your fill when they do come. Definitely book a reservation at this restaurant. The Dominican restaurant - the goat was delicious. Also the soup appetizer. Red beans and rice were good. Pass on the chicken. You can get a lot of the same things on the buffet for either lunch or dinner so I wouldn't necessarily rush to make a reservation here either. The Asian Restaurant - for dinner they offer a hibachi style meal where they cook in front of; you mixed vegetables, fried rice, and a combination of chicken, steak, fish, and shrimp. The performance was nice, the food was very tasty and well seasoned. Definitely book a reservation at this restaurant. The coffee shop has pastries which are okay. They look like they will be delectable however when you taste them they all aren't as sweet as you would expect them to be. I heard the coffee was decent. I had black tea with almond milk and I was completely satisfied. Ice cream shop is a must do- ice cream was amazing. Beach Beach is white and not a lot of seaweed. Plenty of chairs and umbrellas. Towels are a prize commodity. Get them early. They run out very quickly. They have music, volleyball, soccer and exercise classes on the beach. There are vendors selling a little of everything. Some are nice and accept a decline. Others can be more aggressive but eventually move on. As single women we were approached often with compliments and propositions but they moved on after a while. Pool There are three different pools on the property each one is between a set of room units. They are a good size and they range from 4 ft to 6 ft and they all have swim up bars. They are ice cold, every single one of them, at all times of day. So prepare yourself for the chill. There are Jacuzzis near the pools however they were never turned on. So no bubbles no heat they were also ice cold like the pool.I never had a problem getting a chair when I went out to the beach. I feel like there was plenty of seating around the pool. Now towels, that was a whole another situation. you have to get your towels early. The way you got your towel was by exchanging a small card for the towel when you finish with your towel you would turn it back in and you would get your card back. towels were a hot commodity on this trip. You have to get down to the beach and get your towel early or you would be constantly coming back to the towel Hut asking "do you have any towels do you have any towels?" "and being told come back in 20 minutes come back in 20 minutes." The pool became increasingly louder, raucous, and crowded towards the weekend Friday Saturday sunday. We'll talk more about why that was in future paragraphs. Weather The weather- you're in the Caribbean so that means it's pretty unpredictable and expect at some point in the day to be rained on. There was rain every day of my 6-day trip however most of the storms were short like less than 15 minutes and then after the rain the sun would come back out. The only excursion I was not able to go on was parasailing because of Stormy weather. We did the catamaran, which was fun but probably would have been better if it had not been cloudy and the sun had been out. Bring your sunscreen! Because when the sun was out, it was out! It was also humid here. So if the sun wasn't beating down on you you felt like you were wrapped in a wet blanket due to the humidity. I will say there was always a nice breeze blowing through the resort from the beach. That helped in keeping you manageably cool while walking around the resort. All the restaurants, and shops were air conditioned. Entertainment/ Activities The beach was the big draw. They had a DJ and a loudspeaker to play music during the day on the beach. They had volleyball net set up people were playing soccer. People walking the beach playing in the ocean or in the pool. One day they were teaching exercise classes on the beach. Another day they were doing crowd hyping activities like dance contest etc by the pool. Otherwise there were not structured activities happening around the resort. The sports bar was a place to go to watch different sports events and games on the big screen televisions. The upstairs had a pool table, shuffleboard table, and about four video games. There were nightly shows in the theaters at 9:30. Different variety of entertainment from Latin dancing, vocalist, we had a Michael Jackson impersonator who was actually pretty good. We were here during the staff Christmas party celebration that they had. That day there was a staffing shortage as the staff engaged in the entertainment and food that was provided, And the sports bar was closed during this time, with no prior notice. The grounds were amazingly well kept and there was a lot of shade and beautiful flowers foliage and trees. So if you were someone who likes to walk it was an easy walk from the lobby and lobby activities to the area where the room units were. The Rooms- I booked a room for myself and my friend. At check-in I was offered the opportunity to upgrade to a suite which would be more room and a balcony for a particular amount extra each night. I thought why not splurge if vacation, it's my birthday, go ahead and do it. I'm not sure if I would do this again I did not see what a non upgraded room looked like so I can't compare. But several things were missing from my room so my upgraded experience felt very much like a basic one. The rooms were well appointed with modern decor and spacious. There were amenities in the room like soap shampoo conditioner and if you check the closet there were extra blankets sometimes beach towels or extra towels some rooms had slippers some rooms had robes. Balcony had an easy sliding door that did lock. I had pool/Ocean view from my room. I stayed in building B room 2303. When I got here my room had one king size bed, though I had asked for two doubles. When I went down to the front desk to ask about switching rooms they told me they didn't have any rooms available and that if I could stay in that room for one night they would move me to a room that would accommodate two people the next day. When I return to the front desk the following morning they told me I had to wait until after 12:00 when they had checkouts so that they could put me in a different room. I came back at 1:30 and they told me that I would have to wait until 5:00 to come back and get switched to another room. We eventually made it to another room. I had double beds and a better view than the previous room. Please note there are no elevators in this building. So my second room was on the third floor which was up six flights of stairs. When you can catch a housekeeper try to get as many towels and handcloths/washcloth from them. The resort has a shortage of hand towels and they are very stingy with the regular towels. So stock up when you can. Be careful walking around the accommodations. Since it rained pretty often, at least daily, the floors would often get wet and they were constantly wiping them or using squeegees to get up the water sometimes they would put a caution sign other times they wouldn't so depending on what type of shoes you have it could be pretty treacherous walking the halls or going down the steps Customer service- Highlights - Harold and the coconut man (photography studio) Harold is a young man that works in the photography studio and books photo shoots. He was very nice and communicated with the yard maintenance staff to cut us down fresh coconut from the tree. He used a machete to hack it off the tree and then to hack off the top providing a hole in the Middle where we were able to drink fresh coconut water. You must look for Harold not only if you're interested in booking a photo shoot but to have the experience of getting the fresh coconut. It was amazing Rose Marie- (front desk check in) Rose Marie is a supervisor in the check-in area. Very sweet, wants to provide the best customer service she can. Takes accountability and responsibility for her staff when they provide incorrect information. She was a joy to work with. Danna - (photo studio) Dana was a gorgeous young lady with the most amazing eyes, who was one of the photographers who did our pictures for our group photo shoot. She was a joy to work with. She was bright and energetic. she was welcoming ,she was approachable and engaging. She gave us really great ideas for different posing styles and took over 400 pictures for us in our less than two hour photo shoot. Francis- (bar) We ran across francis, a young bartender, in the bar between the Tex-Mex restaurant in the Brazilian restaurant. His drinks included very substantial pours of alcohol but they also have the right ratio of whatever mixers that we chose. we felt like his bartending and drinks were the best that we had encountered on the island. We did follow him where he was next assigned at the sports bar to continue getting drinks from him. Those were the standout staff that we encountered on during our time on the resort. I wouldn't say that I am a picky or overly entitled individual I bring most things that I need with me I rarely call the front desk for anything. But due to my friends luggage being missing there were multiple times that we had to call the front desk to ask questions about the whole process. The check-in area can get busy because there are four staff that are helping individuals. Pro's- Affordable- I'm a budget traveler and booked this trip through travelocity for about $800 including flight and transfers Beautiful - the hotel and grounds were gorgeous Beach- great stretch of beach, not much seaweed, plenty of seating Specialty restaurants - Brazilian and Asian were highlights as well as the cafe and ice cream shop Rooms - spacious rooms, nice balcony with place to hang towels and suits, fridge that was stocked daily with water and soda Con's - Transportation on resort - the tram is the only way to get from the section where your room is too the lobby area where there are restaurants, entertainment, the ice cream shop, the lobby etc. Unfortunately these did not run on a very frequent schedule and when they did arrive they were usually packed full of people. Expect to wait. However, the walk to the lobby really was not that bad. Rooms- the rooms were humid. Even though air condition was present seemed like it was perhaps controlled elsewhere not by the thermostat in our room. Never felt cold enough to me but was bearable. My clothing that was packed in my suitcase, was very moist due to the humidity. Food- the food and the buffet was an extreme disappointment. Long lines, long waits for them to replenish missing items, not a lot of variety, and just very bland. I would definitely make reservations at the specialty restaurants. The ice cream shop however was a highlight. Overall I had a great experience to celebrate my 50th birthday with close friends. I would come back to this resort but with some lowered expectations especially around the food. I would give this resort a solid three out of five.

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