This is classed as a five star all inclusive. At dinner in the restaurant we are allocated one of the nicest tables in the corner of the spacious dining room with a window letting in a gentle evening breeze, as well as the sound of the wildlife outside. We realised how friendly everyone was.
The waiters also made sure we were happy with everything. The food was really nice, they had so many different courses and there's no way we could try them all. They had also carved out figures like animals from fruit everywhere. Chefs cooked while you helped yourselves to whatever you wanted. Tours of the kitchens were available, so they have nothing to hide! Entertainment while dining was generally a group of local singers with guitar etc playing songs especially for you, and other tables, which was nice.
If drinking is your thing, then of course you'll be at home here. As well as the room bar and drinks dispensers mentioned earlier, drinks at any of the bars in either the Merengue, Bachata or Mambo are free and unlimited. I won't mention each one, there are many though. Each bar has a menu, although the bar staff will make anything you can describe. Some of the cocktails are superb, and the measures are not measured. Bars close around midnight, but their is the disco within the hotel grounds if you want more, which opens until 2am. The air-conditioning made it really cold in there, so we needed to keep popping outside to warm up (yes, we went outside to warm up).
I just got back from Hamaca Coral in Dominican Republic and was scammed in the keno game. I found out that this scam started in 1999 and is very common all over Dominican Republic. I disputed the charges on my credit card and I notified the casino.
I want to file a complanit against the hotels that are under American possession, are aware of this scam, and are still letting it happend in their properties. Especially I want to sue Hilton, where I stayed.
If this scam happend to you, in Hilton or in a different hotel in DR, contact me.
I've been traveling around the world as an airline employee for over twenty years. I usually avoid all-inclusives because they limit your exposure to the people and culture you are visiting - and this was my first all-inclusive experience. First the pros - the food was OK and plentiful. I just love it when I'm not doing the cooking - I'll eat almost anything (that's vegetarian). We ate at the Italian restaurant (appetizers were OK, entrees were literally inedible - pasta was overcooked & soggy), the Mexican restaurant (fair), and the buffet (great variety of food - bread was awesome, breakfast buffet very good - all else about what I'd expect from a buffet & an all-inclusive). The grounds were well-maintained. The staff was friendly, responsive, & active. The beach was pretty & lots of chairs though go early if you want a shady spot. Cons - first the minor cons. The pools and beach facilities close early - around 1800. So forget about a drink by the sea or pool in the moonlight unless you go up to the hotel, find an open bar (there aren't many) & then carry it back. The pools & beach are incredibly noisy. Music, people screaming, and various organized competitions. Great for kids, families, maybe some singles - crummy for someone wanting a quiet, restful day to read & relax. In our reservation, we asked for ocean-view, king beds, adjoining rooms. We got one over the courtyard that was so loud at night (old elevator, screaming & hollering between decks & the courtyard all night long, no exaggeration - the couple in that room slept with the TV on & toilet tissue in their ears) - and one in another complex across the street, quiet, but with 2 double beds. The food was OK (see pros above). And the disco doesn't open till 2300. Not much to do in the interim. The "shows" were pretty goofy. No live music. Bring a book - go to town - or entertain yourself. The main con (literally) & the reason we will never return is
the Super Keno game in the casino. I'm not a gambler - have just played a little slots & blackjack & when I lose my 20-40 $, I'm done. This was different - they sucker you in with free chips, bring you to the table, then rope off the table so no one else can approach you. You quickly & easily make your first 95 or so points, then every ball you pull is either a dupe or a double - and you watch your bets double & double (ours went from $5 to $640) - but you feel you cannot walk away because by now, you've got so much "invested", and it was so easy to get those first 95 points, how could you not get those last 5? But in fact, you won't. Ever. The dealers hide the ball #s and tell you they are one number (a dupe) when they aren't. Somehow (we have no direct proof other than the fact this happened to everyone else we talked with) they weigh the balls down once you're suckered in, so you cannot get the last few points you need. I would have chalked this up to bad luck if it weren't for meeting 7 other couples (all previously strangers to one other) over the next few days who had the EXACT same experience - rapid move to 95 points, then doubles & dupes & never gaining the last few points. Each lost from $500 - $20,000! We have filed, as a group, complaints with Hilton management at the Coral Hamaca & U.S. corporate offices, and with the casino. Lots of promises from the locals that they would get back with us - it's been over a week & nothing communicated to any of us yet. Beware!! Stay out of the casino.
We stayed for 2 weeks in Boca Chica in a hotel named Hotel Hamaca. We would definately go back. We got married whilst we were there, in a beautiful garden and then had photos taken on the beach. This hotel has a man made beach which is cleaned every day. It is private and for hotel guests only, there are even security guards at the end of the beach to stop the locals using it. It has great pools,casino, restaurants, bars and shops. This is a fairly large hotel so there are a wide variety of rooms.We had 2 double beds, bathroom and balcony. We travelled with Thomson and found the Reps very helpful. They gave us advice on not travelling out at night and the safest places to shop and which areas to avoid. It's a very poor country so don't be surprised if children approach you for money or even sweets. However despite the poverty there are some wonderful places to visit. We went on a cruise to a secluded island and had a beach bbq, sunbathed and went snorkelling in the clear blue sea. You can take part in white water rafting or various coach trips. My favourite was the jeep safari, this is a day in the mountains learning about the locals and their culture and even witch doctors. It's great fun and educational. The only advice I would give is to only eat in the hotel, don't buy food from street vendors and wash all fruit. Buy loads of bottle water, never drink from the taps. Spare a thought for the kids along the roadside, if you saw how they lived you'd be glad to give them some change or some food.