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Escape the sh*tty english weather for bargain price!...

Voyager Travel Direct has discounted a 14-night escape to the Dominican Republic to £539 per person, £380 less than the regular price.

The offer includes a 2-week stay at the Tropical Luperon Beach resort on an all-inclusive basis, plus return flights from London Gatwick.

This deal is valid for departure on 22 February, 2010. Book by 31 December.

Update (14:30, 23 December): This deal is dynamically packaged and is now priced at £559 per person.

How to book: Call Voyager Travel Direct on 0114 250 4404 and quote OFFZOO01. For more information, click here. The call centre is closed on Christmas Day, 25 December, however it is open every other day 8am-10pm.

About the hotel: The Tropical Luperon Beach Resort is located on sandy Luperon Beach and offers watersports, pools, whirlpools and sun terraces, a choice of restaurants, a swim-up pool bar and a beach bar.
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#1
only a 3* hotel :oops:
#2
Teasing us with great holidays amist our "big freeze", id love to go but reccession and all that.........

Great price none the less, heat added.
#3
red roofer
only a 3* hotel :oops:


You snob!!!!

...Just kidding! :santa:
#5
beware of anything under 4 star, in the dr the hotels are not classed as we would class them, every time i travel its minimum 4 star but usually 5 star, just a tip and no im not a snob btw lol xxxx merry xmas
#6
4 or 5 star would probably be nearer £900 though for 2 weeks.
#7


You must be kidding. Reading through the reviews it sounds like a hovel ... wouldn't stay there is someone paid me to.
#8
Tigga!
You must be kidding. Reading through the reviews it sounds like a hovel ... wouldn't stay there is someone paid me to.


There's not much chance of anyone paying you anyway I'm afraid. Try not to lose any sleep over it ...
#9
Tigga!
You must be kidding. Reading through the reviews it sounds like a hovel ... wouldn't stay there is someone paid me to.


Hmm you must be reading a different page or something, most of the reviews are good.
#10
I stayed here in Oct 2005.
Nice hotel but more like 3 star than 4.
Luperon is the village just outside the complex, very poor but really worth a visit. We were advised not to leave the complex and I'm glad we ignored that. The day trips are great, the forest waterfalls are a must. Be aware the trips are very expensive, I spent £1200 on 3 day trips for four of us.
Food is ok, everything does tend to taste the same after a few days.
Be aware that at weekends a lot of local families are allowed into the resort and they make the most of everything, I would advise you to take your day trips at this time if you are going to go.
All in all I enjoyed my stay but it wasn't good enough to return.
#11
was there 5 years a go and would agree with previous poster. nice if you just want to relax. i paid £800 each 5 years a go so this is a bargain. if it's the same as before you will be hassled by a timeshare person on site until you go and see them. i found that very annoying as you don't expect it inside a hotel.
#12
Let's hope there's no more earthquakes next door in Haiti. ;-)
#13
[SIZE="2"]Sorry folks, wouldn't go with a free ticket at the moment because that horrific earthquake in Haiti was on the other half of this island.[/SIZE]
#14
Also its in Punta Plata, if you go you want go to Punta Cana, the sea on the Punta Cana side is the Atlantic, very cold and wouldn't go for a swim there!!
#15
satty001
Also its in Punta Plata, if you go you want go to Punta Cana, the sea on the Punta Cana side is the Atlantic, very cold and wouldn't go for a swim there!!



nonsense - I've been twice to that side and the water was beautiful - like a warm bath

you do get a lot of seaweed though. But do agree with some of teh other posters - go five star in the DR to get an equivalent of a 3 star here
#16
Seems sold out anyway but yes I reckon they are expecting a huge downturn in custom with the recent earthquake so flogging it cheap. Bargain if you fancy it.
#17
satty001
Also its in Punta Plata, if you go you want go to Punta Cana, the sea on the Punta Cana side is the Atlantic, very cold and wouldn't go for a swim there!!


Total tosh.. Firstly its Puerto Plata not Punta.. secondly the sea is far from cold. I have been to this side of the island twice in the last 2 years.. and the water is like walking into a warmish bath !!!
#18
Surely if you are after anything more than this hotel you shouldn't be shopping for holidays on HUKD.
#19
jellybaby1969
Total tosh.. Firstly its Puerto Plata not Punta.. secondly the sea is far from cold. I have been to this side of the island twice in the last 2 years.. and the water is like walking into a warmish bath !!!


Agreed, It was perfect temperature in the water. Not sure why some people feel the need to post fibs...
#20
We go to DR on a regular basis.

My two penneth.

There is far more to do around Puerto Plata, book a taxi for the day and do your own trips, it's well worth it.

I love the beaches around Caberete and Sousa but they don't compare to Punta Cana.

Punta Cana is, IMO, far closer to most peoples idea of a paradise island, white sand and warmer water. There is less to do outside the resorts but for many that isn't important.

We always book the best standard of accomodation we can afford. Personally I'd rather go once to a 5 star resort than twice to a 3 or 4 star one. Maybe I am a snob, but the difference can be very evident.
#21
kyleb;7530623
Surely if you are after anything more than this hotel you shouldn't be shopping for holidays on HUKD.

I like to buy good holidays cheaply, not cheap holidays. It doesn't need to be the latter to appear on HUKD, though I must admit, a near useless item at £1.99 reduced from £3.99 is more likely to get hot on here than an item of quality at a good price. I'm not talking specifically about this hotel here, just generalising.

Why assume that the more discerning are not also frugal?
#22
I went to the Luperon Beach Resort the other year, it's not a hovel as someone said earlier. That sounds like high snobbery to me, and makes a pretty unimportant opinion to listen to. I wrote a lengthy review for a review site which I found useful before I went.

Please read and give me a shout if you have any more questions about the hotel of the facilities (even if it is now expired).

http://www.holidaywatchdog.com/2808-Puerto_Plata-Luperon_Beach_Resort_Hotel-Holiday-Review-Full-Page4.html?sort=date&rev=0

" Five of us went to the Luperon Beach... "
Submitted By: Mr S Ronaldson
Five of us went to the Luperon Beach Resort over Christmas and New Year and had a mostly excellent time. The weather was excellent 13 out of 14 days (with the only rain coming occasionally through the night and on the last day of our holiday) and the grounds were very well kept. There are 4 pools; 2 of which seemed more lively than others as there were activities held there throughout the day (pool games, dance lessons etc) so it was nice to have the option of some more relaxed ones as well.

The food at the buffet restaurant was great - there was a great selection - in the 2 weeks I'd tried many foods I'd never had before such as crab, lobster, rabbit, quail, caviar, plantains - however, there were also things like chicken, steak, pork, pizza and so on. There were occasional dishes such as paella, chilli etc. I didn't really care for the snack bar food as most things came in buns, which I always found quite dry, possibly due to the heat.

One thing to point out though: we were informed that there were 4 a la carte restaurants to choose from, which sounds like ample choice. However, it turned out that there was only 1 functioning a la carte restaurant with 4 menus, this meant that reservations were very hard to come by (even trying to book at just after 07:00 was unsuccessful). It turned out that we never managed to book a table in the whole 2 weeks we stayed there, but we didn't mind too much as the food in the buffet was nice enough.

The rooms are fairly basic (no sink for drinking water, tea making facilities etc) however, we anticipated this and spent very little time in our rooms anyway. There are a few English speaking channels (ESPN News, CNN, TNT, TBS) but most were in Spanish, so bringing some form of entertainment yourself might be advisable incase there's nothing you like there.

Maintenance was our biggest gripe, I went without a functioning shower for over a week (reporting it every day) and it took a further few days and a report to the manager to get hot water. This wasn't a problem as I could shower in somebody else’s room, but if that wasn't an option I'd have been pretty angry about it.

Our second biggest gripe were the on complex shops - almost no items had a price tag and so the price was made up on the spot and changed every time you went in (we bought 2 pairs of sunglasses for $35 one day, then went in the next for someone else and they asked $30 for one). You'd expect a mark-up in price for the convenience, but it was too much (another example: a bag of cheetos in the local town of Luperon cost around $1, but they were asking for 5 there). My advice would be to take a trip into Luperon or La Isabella and you'll get much better prices there.

Outside of the main restaurant you'll see the 'Welcome Back Club' who will be very friendly the first couple of days, coming up to you to shake your hand and sit down at your table to talk for a while sometimes. After a few days you're invited to talk for a while and lead to a Holiday club presentation. This took about an hour and was never too pushy - we didn't like the idea of it, politely refused and it was accepted. However, after we'd been to the presentation we found ourselves ignored by the people that had been so friendly just days before, which we resented a little; however, they're just doing their job and it's sometimes better not to be hassled.

Although the weather was mostly good, it was a problem when there was a little wind or rain. Everything is open plan (the bars, the restaurants, the activity areas) and so when it rained, it was either a case of sitting there getting wet or heading back to the room early - it would be a good idea to invest in some indoor facilities, or at least some protective coverings that can be pulled down in case of these eventualities. The floors in the restaurant got very slippy when wet and we witnessed a few people falling, and I myself fell down some stairs. Luckily no one got hurt, but it should have been an easily avoidable problem.

Sun loungers around the pool and beach are often taken up very quickly, and people will simply put a towel down to reserve them and not come back for hours. It is stated that this is against the Hotel rules, and so we took to simply removing the towels and taking the loungers if no one returned to them after a period of time, so it was not a big problem. The German guests seemed to be the biggest offenders here, but I don't wish to stereotype and do not know if this is typical of what happens all year round.

The Animation Team put on some great shows that mainly consisted of dance routines and occasional short comedy sketches in-between, possibly to give the performer’s time to change. My personal favourites were the Blues Brothers performance and the African Theme night, so look out for them if they're still on when you visit. The only negative to this was that the shows took place from 22:00 until around 23:00 and there was not much else to do afterwards unless you wanted to go to the disco (23:15 - 02:30), however, this isn't for everyone and so some might feel a bit lost after the show unless they brought their own entertainment (a book, a deck of cards, hand-held computer games and so on).

The resort is quite far removed from any large cities and so it can feel at times like you're stranded on the resort - sitting by the pool all day every day might get a bit tedious after all. However, we took a couple of trips into Luperon, the marina just a 5 minute walk down the road and went on a few of the excursions to break up the fortnight. The Mega Trucks excursion was great - you took a tour of the area in a big 6 wheeler truck, visiting a real Dominican village and seeing how they really live off-resort. Horseback riding through areas where apparently some scenes from Jurassic Park were filmed, taken to a beautiful beach and finally to a place to see how cigars and Mamajuana are made. We all had an excellent day out and would recommend it to anybody.

In the car park just outside the main entrance is a place where you can book Quad Bike excursions - my dad and I took the 4 hour excursion for $80 per person and we both had an amazing time. You'll be taken through the country to see more of the amazing scenery, real Dominican Republic, the rivers, beaches and so on. You'll take occasional breaks where you're free to test the speed the bikes along the beach and so on, which is good fun. After about 2 hours you'll reach La Isabella and stop for a drink and snacks which they paid for. I'd definitely recommend doing this if the weather is nice because it was a big highlight of the trip.

So... I hope that gives you a good idea of what to expect (based on our experiences) and despite some of the flaws, we still had an amazing time.


Ignore the holiday rep's advice and try a bit of Brugal 151 (a rum that's something like 80+% alcohol) and do give mamajuama a try, it's a drink made with rum, red wine, honey & various herbs & leaves stuffed into the bottle to flavour it. Very tasty!

Edit: Something else. I don't think the beer was very strong there, possibly watered down a little but I don't know if it was because it was there all day and I wasn't rushing, but I never got drunk when I was there at all. I went down to the Luperon Marina for a few drinks, and 4 big bottles of El Presidente and 2 Pepsis cost something like $5-6 and was a much nicer drink imo.
#23
Might be a good deal but be wary of current conditions before booking. Just next door, Haiti, major tragic earthquake has been quite devastating on a huge scale. Just saying, be safe and double check any impacts on Dominican Republic and/or the holiday in general.

http://samrainer.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/haiti.jpg

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8456819.stm
#24
havnt they just had an erarth quake, oops

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