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Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace

Dominican Republic - La Romana

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4 Nights with Air from $639 All-Inclusive
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Prepare yourself for some hardcore rest and relaxation, and make your way to the all-inclusive Viva Dominicus Palace in ... More

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"Everything was good. I just wish the food would have been better. The appearance of the food was not too delight." – StephMonte
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Customer Rating 179 Reviews
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3.8 out of 5
"Everything was good. I just wish the food would have been better. The appearance of the food was not too delight." – StephMonte
156 out of 211 (74%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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December 19, 2012
awesome

I am an avid traveler and I always do my research before my trips. One thing I dont understand is why there are so many negative people in the world. Despite that no one speaks, seriously no one,snobby foreignors and the 2 hour car ride to get there.....the place was amazing. top to bottom, the people there try their best to accomodate you. the beach was perfect, no need for a snorkel excursion because you can just walk out. so bring your own. if your gonna do an excursion do the catarmaran to saona island. the food makes or breaks a vacation for me. the buffets were ok, never felt sick from that. but the fine dinings were amazing, except for la roca....dont waste a dinner night there, all the rest are a go escpecially bambu. bring all the cash your gonna need while your there, especially 1 dollar bills for tip, bc they dont have them for you. do not exchange your money....ever, not in the airport or resort,you wont get as much back, but if you have been anywhere you already know that. tip your cleaning lady always. no internet, no wi-fi. dont let them lie to you it never works, be prepared before you go. try not to fly on spirit airways, you might think your getting a deal until they charge you an additional 100$ each way for luggage and nothing is complimentary....no water, no peanuts, chairs dont lean back and your packed in so tight so they can put more people on their planes.


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From: Harrisburg, PA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

March 5, 2013
Absolutely beautiful.... BUT....

We stayed at the Dominicus Palace for 1 week. It's a beautiful resort and the fact that it's connected to its sister resort Dominicus Beach was a major selling point for us. We got double the restaurants, bars, pools, etc. for the price of one. We saw a different show every night, lounged on the beach, and took advantage of the many excursions they had to offer. Here are some of the negatives: We are from the U.S. and we maybe came across 3 people that spoke English, so communication was very, very difficult. The food was OK. It wasn't bad, but we expected better. You have 8 restaurants to choose from, but you're only allowed to make reservations at 4 restaurants. We went to Il Palco, Viva Cafe, La Mexicana and 25. The best restaurant by FAR was 25.. My mouth is still watering over the food. The others were just OK. When you can't make a reservation, you have to eat at the buffet. They do a good job switching out the food every day, but still, eating there for the majority of your meals gets annoying. There are a lot of women that run around topless. Maybe that's something you get at any resort, but we weren't expecting that. When they take you on a tour of the resort, they talk about a welcome package held by the Viva Vacation Club. It's basically a Vacation Club that's supposed to save you money when you travel. Long story short, avoid it, or at least take some time to think about it and do your research! They mislead us and exaggerated about many things. They want your money so bad.. even on the resort. We went into the shops and they harassed us to buy items. They don't have a packet telling you all the things you can do on the resort. They offer so much, and they tell you on the tour, but you can't remember it all. They offer dance lessons, classes, shows, and so many other things, but you have no idea what's available because they don't have it all listed somewhere. The beach is really rocky, even in the water. My husband kicked a rock when we were swimming and banged his foot up really bad. Another thing was when my husband banged his foot up we went to the medical place to get it cleaned up. The worker then asked us if we could go get him a hamburger and fries. I'm sorry, but we were on vacation, not there to go get the staff their lunch. I thought that was so rude. Here are some of the positives: We enjoyed the Safari excursion through Olympus Tours so much and would highly recommend it! We also did the ATV/Buggy excursion.. it was OK. It was something we could have done at home. We got to drive ATV's and Buggy's through the city and some sugar cane fields. One thing I would recommend is waiting to book excursions until you actually get there. When we booked online we had 2 to choose from. When we got there, there was an entire list. Our room was huge! Very clean and very comfy. Again, the resort was BEAUTIFUL and there were a variety of things to do. There are different shows every night at the Theater. We saw a comedy, Aladdin, Michael Jackson (which was awesome), and a Dominican Dance. All were great! We experienced more negatives than positives with this resort, so I can't say that we would visit this resort again, but we would definitely visit the country to try a different resort.


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From: USA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

September 28, 2012
Absolute Best Vacation I've ever had....

In the beginning of August my husband and I stayed at the palace. Both of us have never been on a vacation alone without our children, and the was the best experience we've had. Going into it only seeing the pictures online, I was a little skeptical..However, once we arrived all of our expectations were met above and beyond. We are two americans who aren't snobby, weren't going to whine and moan because our pillows and room wasn't white and fluffy. To us, the rooms are medicocre...but who cares, you're there to rest and get up and be outside! Never did we just go hang out in our rooms, we wanted to be by the gorgeous beaches! We were taken care of promptly when we arrived. Our room service was everyday. However, when I paid in pesos, opposed to dollars we got a towel statue on our bed...haha it's the little things, I liked walking in seeing that at night. We took full advantage of the free water sports, we kayaked, took out the katamaran, and snorkeled. We had to buy snorkels from the gift shop, but for 13 usd, that was GREAT! and they were great quality. Alot of the coral off the beached were dead which is sad, but on the other hand there was a plethora of fish to see. Angel fish, Rock fish, sand fish....just millions of different schools of fish right at your feet. We did this almost daily!. All the restaurants were good....Viva Cafe and the Italian were our favorites. We weren't too keen on Bamboo, must of been an off night. The Buffetts were always fresh and plentiful! The staff definitely don't speak a lot of english, but we managed and got by...it wasn't enough to complain about. The entertainment staff were awesome. very nice! The shows are fun and a little raunchy, but something to d each night at 930 was nice. Being that we stayed at the palace and were able to use the Beach hotel amenities as well was nice. This resort is so spread out, we never had to chase to get a chair. If we wanted a busy pool you can find one, if you want a peaceful pool with nobody, there's that too. The infiniti pool at the end of the resort was always super quiet with great views! I noticed there was plenty to do for kids if you do bring them, and is kid friendly everywhere. We paid $35 usd each to do the Saona Island day trip. SO WORTH IT. take bug spray though....the walk through the forest to get there has a lot of mozzies. the beach was great....then the stop at the natural swimming pool was awesome! take the snorkel set! you get to dive for starfish....and they are HUGE!!!!! If you get a chance have the photographer that goes on the trips to take some shots....They're amazing and they do a professional job and they turn out great. It's worth it. We will definitely go back, and take the kids next time. This trip was awesome! Oh and the sand on the beach was exactly what I wanted.....soft sand! no rocks....and the sand at Saona Island is even better...it's baby powder soft. To read complaints on here about the language barrier annoys me and saddens me that it gets a bad review. It's very advertised that it's Italian Owned, and the local languages are Italian and Spanish. I loved hearing all the different languages, and for the most part....they knew as much English as we knew their language....we got by, and it was perfect. 5 STARS! Thanks for the best vacation we have ever had. Highly Recommended

shot from snorkeling right off the beach Very quiet beaches!
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From: Wheat Ridge, CO USA!
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 10, 2013
Pretty but disappointing

This hotel is actually a "two in one;" it is huge and pretty, but they cut corners, "nickel and diming" by charging for the room safe, only occasionally having bacon for breakfast, on request, charging for WiFi, not having enough beach towels, and generally providing little guest services. Even though my wife and I both had a relaxing week at the beach and swimming pools, we would never recommemnd this resort to anyone we cared about. On the "plus" side: The food ranged from excellent to poor, depending on the restaurant and the meal. The breads, pastries and linguini at La Yuca buffet were, however, consistently excellent! The soups were not particularly good, though the variety and choices of entrees were generally fine and, for the most part, very tasty. All but one of the five specialty restaurants required no additional charge, though reservations had to be made in advance and in person (not by phone.) Though we were able to make reservations for the entire week "in one blow" on our first morning (second day,) many of our choices were already "filled," though all of our alternive requests were met. Both the food and the service at the open air restaurant on the water near the pier was very good. The Asian restaurant was OK. The entrees were good but the sashimi was not fresh. The beach is wide, the Caribbean waters clear and beautiful, but the constant wave action makes snorkeling a bit difficult from the beach.The swimming pools were all nice, with varying degrees of activity and/or congestion. In fact, there was always at least one pool that was as quiet as another was raucous. Otherwise, even though the grounds were well manicured, the beach nice and wide, the water varying shades of pretty blues and clear throughout, there were too many waves for snorkeling. On the "minus" side: The staff (with very few exceptions, including attentive housekeeping service staff) pretty much sucked. "Service" was either non-existent or inadequate, and the "helpfulness" of the management could not be found. Staff at the front desk referred all concerns and complains to "customer service," which consisted of one staff member person ponderously dealing with lines of guests with varying concerns. We were never able to access the purportedly free WiFi to link up our Kindles and the available WiFi that charged $4 for 15 minutes (about twice the daily rental fee for the safe in our room) did not function more than sporadically. At one of my three separate attemps to access the fee-required WiFi through the "business center," I was totally unable to access the web. When I requested a refund of my $4 (really on principle, rather than on cheapskateness,) I was refused. When I brought the matter to the front desk and asked to speak to management, I was passed on to "customer service," and when I went to "customer service," I had to wait behind a line of seven other guests, ... which I chose not to waste time doing. (It was "only" $4.) Telephone attempts to contact management proved unsuccessful. And yet, the place was physically very nice and we had a relaxing time swimming, sunning, reading, beachcoming, and just enjoying a slothful, sun-filled week. BUT, this place is a 2 hour car ride away from Santo Domingo, far away from the nearest towns, far less charming and interesting than many other places we have been, and I would NEVER recommend it to friends. In fact, if it is representative of Wyndham service and accomodatuions, I will steer all AWAY from Wyndham resorts.


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From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace features 330 rooms spread throughout several colonial-style buildings. All rooms feature air conditioning, color satellite TV, mini-bar with soft drinks, safe deposit box and a private balcony. Adjoining and handicapped rooms are also available.

Room Details

Superior Garden View Room
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Superior Ocean Front Room
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

What's to Love

Guest of this property have full access to all the facilities and A La Carte Restaurants available at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach.

 

What We'd Change

The beaches can get pretty crowded, but for good reason! This white-sand beaches are some of the finest in the world.

 

Why You Should Go

Wyndham Dominicus Palace is next door to its sister property, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, and guests are encouraged to dine, shop, and play at both resorts for the ultimate island vacation.

Available Amenities

  • Beach
  • Beach Bar
  • Volleyball
  • Business Center ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge Services
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dive Shop
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Internet Access ($)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Windsurfing
  • Fishing
  • Aerobics
  • Wedding Services
  • Sauna
  • Parking
  • Archery
  • Soccer
  • Dance Classes
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Water Skiing ($)
  • Water Polo
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Game Room
  • Billiards
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 9 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars/Lounges
  • Bocce Ball
  • Massage ($)
  • Snack Bar
  • Theater
  • Table Soccer
  • Fax Machine ($)
  • Health Club
  • Yoga
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling ($)
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Wireless Internet
  • Tour Desk
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Handicap Facilities/Wheelchair Accessible
  • Freshwater Swimming Pool(s)
  • Lounge Chairs
  • In-Room Safe ($)
  • Car Rental Available ($)
  • Scuba Demonstration
  • Banquet Facilities ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Water-Skiing
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

The Dominican Republic continues to grow as a major tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches, rich culture, and abundance of available activities.

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Hotel Description

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace: Dive into the Big Top

Prepare yourself for some hardcore rest and relaxation, and make your way to the all-inclusive Viva Dominicus Palace in La Romana, located on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This 83,000-sq-ft resort rests on the island's most pristine, white-sand beach facing the verdant islands of Saona and Catalina.

Should diving be your bag, whether you need a beginner's lesson in the pool or were born with gills, grab a four-night, all-inclusive dive package and explore the Dominican Republic, marine-mammal style. You'll find a wonderland beneath the shimmering indigo surf, as well as horse-eye jacks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and brain coral. Wreck divers won't be able to resist the St. George, a 240-ft shipwreck resting 135 ft. below the surface of the water, just off the shore of Viva Dominicus Palace.

Land activities more your style? Grab a catamaran and explore the untouched perfection of Saona or Catalina. Or take some all inclusive dance lessons with that special someone. Looking for something unique? Wander over to Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace's sister resort, next door (all restaurants and drinks here a part of your all inclusive package as well), and take a trapeze lesson. The professional, trapeze-training team offers lessons for adults in the afternoon, while the mornings are reserved for children. And if you think you won't get bragging rights for your newfound skills, a circus-themed show (every Friday) allows you to show off your big-top act to an awestruck public.

While you're basking in all that circus glory, why not do it poolside, lounging in a chair, rum punch in hand? Now that you've worked up a good appetite, visit the La Yuca Buffet for some international cuisine, including grilled local fish, with a side of exotic, fresh fruit.

Sleeping too good this morning to get out of your king-sized bed? Pull back the curtains and gaze out at the surf from your Superior Ocean Front room, while Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace serves you a continental breakfast, room-service style.

This hotel is All-Inclusive.
Features include:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Unlimited drinks, cocktails and wine (some drinks at an additional charge)
  • Unlimited non-motorized sports
  • Daily entertainment and themed parties
  • All taxes, surcharges and gratuities

Viva Boomer
Available to U.S. residents, 60 years and older, for no additional charge. ID is required at check-in and the package must be requested at time reservation is booked.
Features include:

  • Personalized check-in
  • Priority luggage delivered to the room
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • In-room welcome amenities
  • Books and board games of your choice
  • Dance classes
  • Priority at a la carte restaurants
  • 10% discount in affiliated stores
  • 10% discount on meals and beverages additional to the all-inclusive package
  • Late check-out (subject to availability)


DINING

This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks, but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details. **Guest of this property have full access to all the facilities and a La Carte Restaurants available at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach.

La Yuca
Type: International Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-11am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: La Yuca offers a wide range of cuisine from traditional fare to local specialties. Items from fresh fruit at breakfast to local grilled fish for dinner are also available.

Il Paco
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-9:15pm
Description: Il Paco boasts a reputation for having exceptional Italian cuisine. Pair a fine wine with a traditional taste of Italy. Reservations are required.
Dress code:
Elegant casual. Men are expected to wear long pants for dinner.

Bambu
Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Bambu brings a taste of Asia to the Caribbean. Guests will have difficulty choosing just one dinner item from the menu. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Men are expected to wear long pants for dinner.

Viva Cafe
Type: International
Hours: Snacks - daily, 11am-7pm; Lunch - daily, noon-3pm; Dinner, daily, 6:30pm-9:15pm; Snacks - daily, 11am-7pm
Description: Located oceanfront, featuring Mediterranean food, tropical cocktails and beautiful views. Reservations are required.

La Roca Grill
Type: Beachfront grill
Hours: Lunch - daily, noon-3pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-9:15pm
Description: Located beachfront, lunch at La Roca Grill is served buffet style while dinner is a la carte. Reservations are required for dinner.
Dress code: Men are expected to wear long pants for dinner.

La Terraza
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-11am; Lunch - daily, noon-3pm; Dinner - daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Enjoy buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Viva Mexico
Type: Fine dining
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-9:15pm
Description: Enjoy a Mexican a la carte restaurant. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Men are expected to wear long pants for dinner.

La Pizzeria
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 7pm-7am
Description: La Pizzeria is praised for its original Italian wood-oven cooked pizza.

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Type: Fusion
Hours: Open for dinner only with reservations required
Description: A la carte fusion restaurant open for dinner only. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Long pants required for men.

Palito de Coco
Type: Dominican
Hours: Dinner - daily, 7pm-9:30pm
Description: Enjoy Dominican fare like Casabitos de Mocion, Mofongo and grilled dorado with coconut sauce and rice. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Men are expected to wear long pants for dinner.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

The Lobby Bar
Daily, 10am-1am.

Pool Bar
Daily, 7am-1am.

Viva Cafe
Daily, 9am-7pm.



BEACH

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort is on a strip of white-sand beach and crystal-blue water. There is a lifeguard on duty, and the waves are calm enough for children. The hotel provides loungers along the beach. Handicap accessible beach equipment: Job Chair and Job Walker are available at the water sport center to facilitate mobility on the beach and also access to the sea.

POOLS

Catch some rays at the resort's beachfront, fresh-water pool. With a children's pool nearby, you can sit back and relax while the kids splash around.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Swimming
  • Water polo
  • Paddle board

Available for an additional charge:

  • Snorkeling
  • Viva Diving Center - PADI onsite
  • Scuba
Land
  • Trapeze lessons
  • Beach volleyball
  • Dance lessons
  • Fitness
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Bocce ball
  • Archery

Golf
Tee it up at Casa de Campo, a beautiful golf course surrounded by rocky cliffs and warm ocean breezes.



INTERNET

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace features complimentary Wi-Fi in designated areas of the resort.

SPA SERVICES

Metamorphosis is a full-service spa and offers a variety of treatments for utmost relaxation and rejuvenation for an additional charge. Services include:
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Hairstylist
  • Manicure and pedicure


WEDDING/HONEYMOON

What better place to say "I do" than on the beautiful coast of the Dominican Republic. The resort offers a variety of wedding packages. Please contact the front desk for more information.

Honeymoon Bonus
When staying at the Viva Wyndham for 3 nights, honeymooners can enjoy an upgraded room based on hotel availability, a bottle of champagne, fruit basket, hors d'ovres tray, a 7" x 4" picture, 2 t-shirts and the benefits of an all-inclusive package. Couples must have been married within the past 6 months and a copy of the marriage certificate is required. Please contact the hotel for more details.



CHILD CARE

Viva Wyndham Kid's Retreat is available for children ages 4-12 years old, and a junior club for those ages 13-16. For a small charge, babysitting services are available upon request, and first-aid and medical services are also available.

The Borboleta Infant Program is available upon request once families arrive to the hotel and includes:
  • Changing station
  • Baby bathtub
  • Feeding chair in restaurants
  • Bottle sterilizer
  • Bouncer


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
On the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, facing the gorgeous islands of Saona and Catalina. 72 Miles / 115 km from Las Americas International Airport (approx. 1 hr. 45 min. drive), 62 Miles /100 km from Punta Cana Airport (approx. 1 hr. 15 min. drive), 11 Miles /18 km from La Romana International Airport (approx. 15 min. drive) 25 minutes from La Romana city.

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: 12pm.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Resort Update
Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace has advised that they will be adding 54 rooms to the property. Construction will start on August 27, 2018 and continue through October 31, 2018. Rooms close to the area will be closed during this time. All services and amenities will be available, however, guests should expect some noise during work hours.



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