Today is the last day of our amazing vacation in the Dominican Republic.  Fittingly, I’m writing this on our balcony as dark clouds drizzle a fine mist of rain.  It’s like the weather agrees that it’s just time to go home.  I’m sad because we had so much fun!


Many people asked for a review of our all-inclusive resort, the Catalonia Royal Bavarro (CRB), which is located in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic.  CRB – an adults-only resort – is located next to the Catalonia Bavarro, the much larger kid- and budget-friendly sister resort to CRB.  CRB guests had access to all of Catalonia Bavarro, but their guests could not come onto our resort’s property.  This was nice because we had access to all the Catalonia Bavarro amenities, and CRB stayed quiet.


Here’s a more detailed review of CRB:, based on the following scale:


1 – Lamesauce

2- Fair

3 – Good

4 – Great

5 – Awesomesauce


ROOMS (4 – Great):  We upgraded to a Deluxe Junior suite, which was spacious and well-decorated.  We had a king bed with a Jacuzzi tub, as well as a big double-headed shower. Our bed was comfortable, too. Every day, the maid came and replenished the free mini-bar and gave us new, plush beach towels.  My only compliant about the room?  It smelled of mildew, which I’m sure is a common problem in the humid tropics, but a huge turn off (and mild health concern).  Oh, and bring your own blowdryer because theirs is useless.



POOL and BEACH (5 – Awesomesauce):  The pool and beach areas were AMAZING.  This is what I think of when I think of paradise.  There were tons of chairs and huts on the CRB private beach, and many chairs at the pool.  We usually got to the beach by 8:30 or 9 and never had a problem getting chairs.  The wait staff at the beach bar and pool bar were great and mixed strong cocktails.  The cleaning crew removed the seaweed from the beach every morning, and the water was clear and warm.  There are two pools, one infinity pool and one with a swim-up bar.  We didn’t spend too much time at the pools, but other guests seemed to love them.





FOOD (2 – Fair for vegetarians; 3 – Good for meat-eaters):  The food was really my primary issue at CRB.  All food was included in the price, and although the CRB has three restaurants, only one served up acceptable vegetarian food (and it was only for breakfast).  CRB’s chefs clearly don’t understand how vegetarians need to eat – all of the vegetarian lunch and dinner entrees lack protein.  One vegetarian entrée was literally just a bowl of zucchini and carrots.  However, Sarah and her Husband said the meat-based dishes were pretty good.  The Catalonia Bavarro resort offered up several theme restaurants (Italian and Japanese), which were mediocre at best.  There were also several buffets at the sister resort, one of which was a reliable lunch spot.  But all in all, I felt like I ate like crap for seven days, often having pizza and French fries for lunch.  Honestly, I cannot WAIT to get back to my own kitchen and cook something green.



DRINKS (5 – Awesomesauce):  The resort definitely made up for the food in mixed free drinks.  The many, many bars offered a daily Drink of the Day, a fun and fruity concoction.  The drinks were strong, too!  I highly recommend the Pina Colada, the Carnival, the Blue Hawaiian, and the Hot Sun.



SERVICE (5 – Awesomesauce):  The people at this resort were AMAZING.  I have nothing but compliments for the staff.  We tipped extremely well as a a result. The staff were fun, engaging, and always willing to refill your glass.  The waiters were constantly singing and dancing, too.  I give mucho props to the staff at CRB.  Wonderful people!


ENTERTAINMENT (2 – Fair):  We golfed 9 holes at the resort’s golf course, which was a quality course.  On the beach, you could borrow free snorkels and ocean single and double kayaks – I took out the kayaks a few times and it was really fun!  We also went on one excursion (snorkeling) that I enjoyed.  However, I found myself getting a little bored every at night.  While there was no nightly entertainment on the CRB side, there were nightly shows at the sister resort.  The only one we attended was the Michael Jackson show because the other shows were a little cheesy.  And we spent MANY nights in the smaller casino with blackjack and slots.  Last night’s beach party was especially fun because it featured a huge (actually tasty) buffet spread, BBQ, and DJ on the sand. 


(Thriller dance!)




EXTRA AMENITIES (2 – Poor):  Although we didn’t get any spa treatments, they have a full-range spa available on both resorts.  The gym was small but sufficient.  But the reason I rank CRB “poor” in this category is the INTERNET.  The Internet connection was really, really bad, sometimes going out for an entire day.  I’m not sure if this is something the resort can control or just a situation in the Dominican, but it was very frustrating.  Do not expect Internet at this resort!  Just lay by the pool and drink cocktails instead.



OVERALL AMBIANCE (4 – Great):  This resort is beautiful.  The beach is gorgeous.  It’s on the Caribbean.  CRB gets bonus points just for being well-designed and snazzy!



Overall, this works out to a 4.15 out of 5, which is pretty accurate because the hotel is a 4-star resort!  Especially when you factor in value for money, I think this resort is a great choice for:


  • Girlfriend getaways
  • Couples looking for an all-inclusive vacation but not a very special vacation… I would not recommend this place for honeymooners
  • Meat-eaters, not vegetarians and definitely not vegans
  • 3 – 4 day vacations, given the lack of entertainment
  • Beach lovers
  • Fruity cocktail lovers
  • People who want an excuse not to check their work e-mails!


All in all – a wonderful vacation with the Husband, BFF Sarah, and her husband TK.  We had a blast at CRB.  


Adios!  See you in America!



  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 20, 2011, 9:09 am

    Seems like a fair review! Looks like you had an amazing time! I hate it when good things end. I actually shed a tear or two when I had to leave Costa Rica back in March after a week long trip. It was so amazing!

  • Lisa Fine May 20, 2011, 9:12 am

    Nice review. I think it’s great to share something like this with your readers.

    I have never stayed at an all-inclusive kind of place, but I have family who do, and if they ever think of doing a trip to the Dominican Republic, I’ll share this with them.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 20, 2011, 9:15 am

    Great review — if Jason and I ever take a trip like that we’d want one that is adults only. Too bad about the mildew smell because your room looks beautiful!

  • katie @ KatieDid May 20, 2011, 9:17 am

    great thorough review. It all looks gorgeous, I’m sure it’ll be tough to tear yourself away from paradise. I’ve heard a lot of negative reviews about the food at all inclusives (moderately priced ones that is). At least your coming back even more motivated to cook healthy delicious food! Could you have gotten away from the hotel for more options or were you not in an area with access to other restaurants?

    • Susan May 20, 2011, 11:29 am

      My experience with all inclusives is that there’s not much else around.

    • CaitlinHTP May 20, 2011, 7:54 pm

      Yea, there is nothing in Punta Cana BUT resorts, I think. And golf courses. LOL

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 20, 2011, 9:21 am

    Great review Caitlin! I haven’t been to this hotel but I did go to the Rio group of resorts last Feb on a grad trip. They were pretty standard and nothing over the top fancy (actually, we started the trip with some nasty spider encounters but everything from then on was fine!) As you said, there were always plenty of drinks to be had! I’m so glad you had a good time. Sounds like you’re super refreshed and relaxed! Safe travels back!

  • Samantha Angela May 20, 2011, 9:21 am

    I’m not a fan of beach vacations because I do find them really boring, especially in the evenings. There’s NOTHING to do.

    Also, I don’t get why people even bother with the pools. Honestly, there’s an entire ocean in front of you and you’re swimming in a pool? If the resort is on rocky land rather than beach, that’s one thing, but when you have a great beach a pool seems redundant.

    • Rebecca May 20, 2011, 9:45 am

      Some people hate the ocean, but just want the atmosphere or the vacation. And maybe some people are afraid of seaweed or sharks (not that they swim in terribly close, but some people can’t be convinced of that) or something.
      Also, I have a friend who cannot cannot cannot go swimming in anything other than a pool because of health reasons. I don’t know if it’s something in the water that he’s allergic to, or what, but he can’t swim in lakes, and I imagine oceans are out of the question, too.

    • Julie May 20, 2011, 10:08 am

      what Rebecca said…I’d rather a pool than a beach. Pools have no sand (ick) and swim up bars 🙂

    • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment May 20, 2011, 11:15 am

      I don’t necessarily think pools at beach resorts are redundant — as Rebecca pointed out, some people can’t handle oceans for health reasons. I can tolerate the ocean in EXTREMELY small doses, but my skin is super sensitive and can’t handle the high salt content or some of the microorganisms, and it becomes almost chapped as a result, particularly on my face! Chlorine isn’t great, either, but it doesn’t case the inflammatory reaction that saltwater does. Just some food for thought! 🙂

    • Christena May 20, 2011, 7:51 pm

      Definitely not redundant if the ocean has waves! If we get in the ocean, we usually end up in the pool to relax.

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food May 20, 2011, 9:24 am

    Great review!! I have to say the best all inclusive I’ve been to was the Royal Playa del Carmen. It had amazing food, rooms, atmosphere…but it was in the city so you could also venture out.

    I totally agree about your recommendations. I would love to go back to the Dominican one day… but for a 4 night stay or so of relaxing & drinking 😉

  • Amanda May 20, 2011, 9:25 am

    Thanks for the review! We are looking for a honeymoon location and it is nice to hear the details on different places!

  • chelsea May 20, 2011, 9:25 am

    Great review! I have been looking for a vacation spot, I’ll stay away from one with no night life or extra amenities. Although that beach, pool and drinks do look awesome but I guess you cant really go wrong with those things!

  • ashleigh May 20, 2011, 9:26 am

    I have never been to a resort or anywhere tropical outside of FL, so I’m so jealous of your trip. The beach, pool, resort all look so inviting right now considering I’m still in boots and a north face!
    That sucks about the food though because that’s such an important aspect. I hate when I’m forced to eat less healthy because it always messes with my stomach.

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms May 20, 2011, 9:38 am

    Now I’m dying to go on vacation – looks like such a great trip!!

  • Rebecca May 20, 2011, 9:41 am

    Honestly, I’ve decided I hate beaches. I’m not a big swimmer, and I can’t sit still outside for very long.
    But it sounds like you guys had a pretty good time! 🙂
    And as far as the food thing goes, from what I’ve read, the DR is very meat-based, like a lot of places. They maybe don’t have too many vegetarians and don’t figure it’s that big of a deal. I dunno for sure, but it’s something to think about. Looked up the resort website, and it’s not very specific on food; that kind of sucks for people trying to plan vacations, I suppose, if they’re veg/vegan. =\ Could you have requested more healthy stuff–would the staff have been willing to help with that, do you think?

    • Emmalinda May 20, 2011, 8:33 pm

      I did my study-abroad in the DR and lived with local host families in the capital city (Santo Domingo) and in the countryside. I can say with confidence that the Dominican diet is based on beans and rice…meat is a side accompaniment, not the main part of the meal. However, any place we went that served “American” food had very non-vegetarian friendly food, as that is the common perception of American cuisine. We stayed at a very budget friendly resort the last few days of my study abroad experience, and there was no Dominican food served there. I think that’s one of the downsides of the resorts, as they are trying to cater to visitors from all over the world, and tend not to showcase Dominican cuisine.

  • Liz May 20, 2011, 9:42 am

    I think my husband & I stayed there a few years back! I probably wouldn’t recommend it but I don’t really love all-inclusive hotels.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) May 20, 2011, 9:46 am

    Very informative overview- helpful!! The food would be a bummer for me, too, not because I’m a vegetarian, but because it’s one of my favorite things about traveling and I hate to be limited on variety.
    Of course, right now, I’d love to get away to anywhere… so I wouldn’t be picky 🙂

  • Karen @ Run Shop Travel May 20, 2011, 9:46 am

    Looks like you had a great time! I’ve also been to Punta Cana (but at a different resort) and would rate everything pretty much the same as you – the food definitely lacked (even as a meat eater in my opinion) but the pool/beach/drinks were great! I think 4 days would be perfect for this type of vacation because the nightly entertainment definitely lacked!

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey May 20, 2011, 9:53 am

    I’m not a fan of all-inclusives as a rule, but this one looks decent. It’s pretty and modern looking, definitely. You certainly seem like you had a good time! And yes, the drinks definitely help! 🙂

    We stayed one night in a moderate all-inclusive resort on our last night in Jamaica (to be closer to the airport, as we were 90 mins away at our real hideaway) – and it was AWFUL. Really. Tristan and I make jokes all the time about this or that being the “all-inclusive resort” of any given situation. The food situation was laughable… I’m not a vegetarian (but typically eat veg when eating out) and I literally ate a sad little salad (cukes,tomatoes,iceberg) and a couple of fried plantains for dinner that night. I can’t imagine staying there longer! It was only a 15-hour stay, and we were so happy to leave! The upside? We now know for certain that all-inclusives are NOT for us.


  • McKella May 20, 2011, 10:02 am

    That first picture made me laugh because it reminds me of one of my wedding pictures with my parents, because my dad made us all look short!

  • Lucy@The Sweet Touch May 20, 2011, 10:12 am

    I’m keeping this information for the next time the hubs and I decide to get out of town – looks like a great time!

    Ps. Caitlin, may I ask where you got that long green and white dress? You look fantastic in it and I am hoping it would do the same for me:D

    • CaitlinHTP May 20, 2011, 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 I got it at Marshalls so it might be hard to re-find!

  • Beth @ 990 Square May 20, 2011, 10:13 am

    Your review of the food at the resort pretty much sums up the majority of resort food for me. I’ve never been to a place where I’ve been wowed (okay, the food at some of the Disney restaurants is shockingly good, but you pay $$$ for it). And I’m not a vegetarian–more of a flexitarian!

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl May 20, 2011, 10:19 am

    Safe travels back to the States! The DR is definitely on my to visit list.

    • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl May 20, 2011, 10:20 am

      PS if you ever make it to Holland don’t count on much green either… I don’t think I’ve had so many french fries in my LIFE since I’ve moved here 🙂 It’s a luxurious problem but I miss my green options from time to time, it takes a lot of effort.

      • Baking 'n' Books May 20, 2011, 1:05 pm

        Really? What do they serve there? Are you on a trip or to live?!

        • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl May 20, 2011, 3:36 pm

          I just moved here 7 months ago with my Dutch boyfriend! We met in our Master’s program in Barcelona and moved to Amsterdam together following graduation. I love Holland but I miss all my healthy eats in California. They eat lots and lots of potatoes, meat and Gouda cheese of course. It’s more effort (and money) to eat healthy but I really enjoy living here 🙂

  • Annie May 20, 2011, 10:21 am

    The resort looks gorgeous, but what I love even more is that white and green maxidress! Where did you get it?

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 20, 2011, 10:23 am

    Thanks for the thorough review! So hard to find good vegetarian service :/ At least the free drinks help one forget about that 😉

  • Khushboo May 20, 2011, 10:25 am

    Sounds like a fair review to me! Love that there were loads of chairs at the pool- hate when there are none left! Glad u had a great stay & feel rejuvenated!

  • Shannon May 20, 2011, 10:26 am

    Looks like so much fun. That just got me super excited for my cruise to the carribean leaving THIS Sunday!!!

  • Kim L. May 20, 2011, 10:35 am

    How tall is Sarah’s husband?!?! He makes you all look short : ) Great review- sounds like a wonderful vacation. Safe travels back home!

    • CaitlinHTP May 20, 2011, 7:56 pm

      hahah he IS tall… 6 ft 7

  • Maren May 20, 2011, 10:37 am

    We are looking at vacations for this fall, so this was very helpful, Caitlin! Thank you!! Looks like you really enjoyed yourself. All those yummy fruity drinks look so delish! Have a great last day and safe flight home!

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle May 20, 2011, 10:40 am

    omg that trip looks soo awesome! I think I’d love this so much!

  • Anna May 20, 2011, 10:44 am

    Caitlin, that green maxi dress looks absolutely GORGEOUS on you. I’m so glad you had a wonderful vacation 🙂

  • Michelle May 20, 2011, 10:48 am

    Looks like an awesome vacation!! I love all-inclusives. We went to Sandals Montego Bay for our honeymoon and I REALLY want to go back. I’m honestly surprised they didn’t have more vegetarian options! Safe travels back to the States 🙂

  • Beth (Well I'll Be) May 20, 2011, 10:51 am

    Why do resorts like that always have a Michael Jackson show? The resort we went to on our honeymoon had one and it was amazing! We couldn’t decide though if “Michael” was a man or a woman.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) May 20, 2011, 11:07 am

    For me, food always makes or breaks the hotel! We stayed at the NH Real Arena when we went to the Dominican last year and there wasn’t a lot of variety or options. Also, all the veggies were soaked in butter & sauces… by the end of the trip I was craving a simple plate of roasted veggies!

    Glad to hear you had a nice time! 🙂

  • Su May 20, 2011, 11:10 am

    The internet issue is not something that they can control :(… I live in Venezuela, the internet here is really REALLY BAD everywhere.

  • becca (bellebottoms) May 20, 2011, 11:14 am

    wow! looked beautiful! i have to say though, at least the drinks were strong! you probably needed one after getting dissapointed with the food….what better way to forget all that than with an icy pina colada!? yessss! 🙂

  • Sara May 20, 2011, 11:16 am

    That sucks about the food, I think good food is an important part of a vacation! But everything else looks wonderful, I would love to visit the DR some time.

    And I love your green and white maxi dress, so cute!

  • Susan May 20, 2011, 11:34 am

    I love the idea of child-free resort. Do you know if it was more expensive than the sister resort?

    • CaitlinHTP May 20, 2011, 7:59 pm

      oh yea, it definitely was.

  • Katherine May 20, 2011, 11:38 am

    IT sounds like you had a great time!

    (FYI I am holding a Stevivia sweetener giveaway on my blog if you want to get in on it 😀 )

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In May 20, 2011, 11:38 am

    Glad you still had a wonderful time. I just wrote a letter /blog post to all restaurants about how vegetarian meals need protein too!! I’m hoping to send it to some magazines and newspapers this weekend.

  • Amber K May 20, 2011, 11:52 am

    Attempting to find and vegetarian and gluten-free food is my main concern when it comes to vacations like this. Going to Vegas last weekend was a bit difficult in the food department. I could find gluten-free places and vegetarian places on the Strip, but not places that were good at accomodating both. When our room’s mini-fridge turned into a freezer turning my breakfast into a solid block of oatmeal, I had to do some quick planning to eat!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 20, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Thanks Caitlin! The hubs and I will be sans children this Christmas and are looking into tropical vacations. This is super helpful.

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good May 20, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Can I just say, I love “lamesauce” and “awesomesauce?” Too cute.

    I had the opposite food experience on our Costa Rica trip. Although I do eat meat, I found myself eating a lot of bean dishes, along with rice, fruit and vegetables. I felt it would be pretty easy for me to eat vegetarian in Costa Rica.

    Thanks for the review! 🙂

    • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted May 20, 2011, 2:42 pm

      Where did you stay in CR?

      • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good May 20, 2011, 3:34 pm

        We split our time between: Occidental Grand Papagayo (all inclusive), Montana de Fuego, Hotel las Orquideas (simple and cheap!), and Blue River Resort. We’d like to go back and stay longer at Blue River Resort someday. It seemed nice, but we were only there for one night. We had driven around to different areas of CR during our vacation.

  • Heather C May 20, 2011, 12:24 pm

    So glad you all had a blast! Vacation is the best, isn’t it??

    I would love to help you guys next time you decide to take vacation…as a travel agent, I could’ve told you the biggest complaint we get about the D.R. is the food! In my office, we’re actually very picky about the resorts we even suggest in the DR b/c of the food situation…but there’s always next time & a new island 🙂

    Safe travels back!!

  • Katherine: Unemployed May 20, 2011, 12:28 pm

    paradise has a swim-up bar. your upgraded room is awesome

  • Ashley @ the fit academic May 20, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Awww, this post makes me so sentimental of my trip to the DR 5 years ago (Wow – has it already been that long!?) I can’t for the life of me remember the resort name, but the hubbs and I absolutely LOVED it! One of our all-time favorite vacations still to this day! : )

  • Natalia - a side of simple May 20, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Great review! I’m so impressed. So when can you plan my vacation for me? 😉

  • Baking 'n' Books May 20, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Great review. May I ask why you chose this resort over others? Did you research the food and entertainment prior to going or select a special?

    I’ve only been South once (ages ago) and can’t really remember it. But I do remember that yeah it can get boring after a while. Unless you have alot of extra money to do snorkeling outside trips and stuff. We were in the DR too – Puerto Plata? – I thought the food was great though! I’m not vegetarian but there were a lot of Mexican restaurants offering pasta type dishes and quiches with eggs were served at most meals. I guess not great for a vegan, but their thin-crust pizza was good…;)

  • Susan May 20, 2011, 1:20 pm

    I’ve been to lots of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Aruba) and the food is never fantastic. My sister was vegan while we were in the Dominican and nobody understood. I agree, I feel pretty gross by the end with all of the fruity drinks and not-so-healthy or tasty food…but I figure once a year or every few years isn’t going to do any permanent damage! Plus, the gorgeous beaches and time for relaxation makes it all worthwhile to me!

  • Betsy May 20, 2011, 1:49 pm

    i just got back from mexico and i found our resort to be lacking in suitable, well-balanced vegetarian options also. i survived on carbs and cheese and mostly ate nachos with guac and salsa.

  • Renee R May 20, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Caitlin! We went to Bavaro last Thanksgiving with my fiace’s family! Loved the resort and totally agree with all of your assessments! We agreed that the food was the one area that really could have improved – especially the “themed” restaurants! I can’t imagine being vegan there- what did Christian eat??! SO glad you had a fun time though- the scenery at that resort is truly breathtaking:)

    love love your green maxi dress- where did you find?

    • CaitlinHTP May 20, 2011, 8:01 pm

      Thanks Renee 🙂 It was from Marshalls.

      Kristien just broke down and ate cheesy pizza 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 20, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Despite the minuses, it seems like a fun place! And hey, a vacation is a vacation!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily May 20, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Great review! I love knowing what exactly people think of certain hotels. So helpful.

  • shari May 20, 2011, 2:34 pm

    I love all inclusives as long as it has hot weather nice sandy beach I am happy. Maybe because I have kids and live in a cold climate I like just relaxing. I am a vegetarian and as long as they have bread salad and fruit I am happy. I could stay a month and never be bored. Would never vacation in a place like New York or any big city. I am more of a hot beach vacation person so are my kids so I love the affordablity of all inclusives.

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted May 20, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Anybody have any recommendations for a good resort (inclusive or otherwise) for vegetarians?? I got married 8 months ago but haven’t taken a honeymoon yet because of finances. We’ve been thinking Costa Rica because I’d like some things to do while we’re there!

    • Julie May 20, 2011, 3:05 pm

      iberostar!!! not sure on the veggie options, but if you google around, they have a message board or read some reviews on trip advisor

  • Nikki May 20, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the great review! Were you able to rent golf clubs?

  • Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 20, 2011, 3:53 pm

    That’s a shame about the vegetarian options. I’ve been seeing that too, that a lot of the time veggie offerings lack anything to provide tummy-staying power.

  • Joanna May 20, 2011, 4:58 pm

    I’ve been an every day reader for almost two years, and I’ve decided it’s finally time to comment! i love your blog!
    The lack of protein in vegetarian options is so frustrating! I brought my own jar of peanut butter when my family went to an all inclusive resort in Mexico 🙂

    I’m glad you had a good time though, I can tell you work very hard and you deserved it!

    Here’s to delurking 😛

    • CaitlinHTP May 20, 2011, 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much for delurking 🙂

  • Amanda and Cait May 20, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Wow…it looks like you had a lot of fun, thanks for the review! Also wanted to stop by and say HI because we just found your blog and are excited to read up on all your healthy recipes! Your own story is also very inspiring. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 20, 2011, 5:30 pm

    This is a great review, thanks! I loved our all-inclusive resort, in MExico 🙂

  • monicanelsonfitness May 20, 2011, 5:39 pm

    that was really great of you to make a review. You never know! awesomesauce Caitlin! See you soon. 🙂

  • Jen May 20, 2011, 6:13 pm

    We stayed at the “old” (non adults only) Catalonia Bavaro in 2003 and we didn’t love the food either (and we’re meat eaters). Since then we’ve been to Punta Cana close to 20 times – there ARE lots of resorts with fabulous food! The RIUs always have great food, along with the Palladiums and Majestic Colonial (the Majestic especially had fantastic noms & lots of a la cartes/buffets). For anyone looking for a fabulous adults only resort in Punta Cana, I highly recommend the Royal Suites Turquesa. We’ve been 4 times and would go back in a heartbeat. It’s part of the larger Palladium complex so you get the use of all 4 hotels (pools, restaurants, etc) on site, but the people at the other 3 hotels can’t come to the adults only part..and the food is fantastic!

  • Kelly May 20, 2011, 6:57 pm

    I’m glad you did this review because I was about 2 seconds away from booking this trip myself after seeing your photos- haha just kidding, I need to save money right now. My husband and I have not been to an all inclusive resort and I feel like food is a big reason. I am a pretty picky eater, so I feel like I would fail at these places and also have a huge stomach ache! I do eat meat but pretty much only fish and occasional chicken. Also we kinda love to do stuff all day and chill out at night, but this seems like it would be chill out all the time- which can be good. The internet thing would make me crazy though, I need my internet 🙂

  • Christine May 20, 2011, 7:10 pm

    Very interesting- I wonder what the weather is like down there in December….

  • Brittany in TX May 20, 2011, 7:35 pm

    I went to the DR last September and it was a pretty awesome trip. The Michael Jackson show came to our resort one night and it was pretty awesome. I definitely have to agree that at most of those resorts the entertainment is slightly lacking. Glad y’all had a great time! Safe travels!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 20, 2011, 9:03 pm

    I find that food is always an issue whenever I go to all inclusive resorts. Even if the resort got 4 or 5 stars, the food is never up to par! But at least the atmosphere usually makes up for it. It sounds like overall you had a great stay! 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 20, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Do all all-inclusives have a Michael Jackson show!? The place we stayed in Mexico had one too! funny stuff. The food for us was pretty blah too, but the sun and pool made up for it. Glad you had a good time!

  • Jessica M May 20, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I like your dress! Where did you get it?

  • Luv What You Do May 20, 2011, 10:21 pm

    LOVE your pictures. It looks beautiful! We just did a cruise and I am always debating between a cruise and all-inclusive.
    BTW, I LOVE all of Emily Giffin’s books! I am working on rounding up the girls to go and see the movie.

  • Michelle @ The Urban Pilgrim May 20, 2011, 10:22 pm

    I’m glad you had such a great time, the pictures look amazing…I am pretty jealous that you were drinking some kind of alcoholic beverage out of a giant fruit with a straw on a tropic beach!!

  • Jumanah (Healthy Living in the Middle East) May 21, 2011, 4:13 am

    Great review! So glad you had such a fun vacation. Your fruity drinks look especially yummy!

  • Christine @ Burning It Off May 21, 2011, 7:50 am

    I stayed here too a few years ago and agree with you on most counts. I didn’t really notice the food because I wasn’t exactly the healthiest eater back then, but in retrospect, I can see how it would be difficult to eat healthy there, especially if you’re vegetarian. Re: the entertainment, I thought there was a disco there? Maybe I’m remembering another place, or maybe they changed it to a casino, because I don’t remember there being a casino there either. But yeah the highlight is definitely the beaches and pools!

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles May 21, 2011, 12:16 pm

    LOL, I love your rating system. I’ve found all-inclusive resorts often lack in the foodie department. I need a foodie-centered all-inclusive, I think…maybe I should move to the tropics and open one 😉

  • Steph May 21, 2011, 6:42 pm

    wow TK is tall! How tall is your hubby? he looks so short haha

    • CaitlinHTP May 21, 2011, 7:47 pm

      hahaha hubby is 5 ft 7 and TK is 6 ft 7!

  • Jolene ( May 23, 2011, 11:55 pm

    Thanks for the review! I love the Dominican!

  • IRISMES February 8, 2012, 9:27 am

    Just hopped over from KERF and when I saw DR I just HAD to read your thread, I’m from DR and must admit it’s pretty hard for vegetarians though there are some new resorts that are very accommodating catered to veg/vegans. Glad you liked the country and our people 🙂 Hope your back soon!

    • Caitlin February 8, 2012, 9:40 am

      I wanna come back! Your country is gorgeous.

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