In the recent 2022 edition of the Traveller’s TripAdvisor Choice Awards, the Gran Ventana Beach Resort was placed on a list of the “Top 25 best all-inclusive hotels in the Caribbean”. The hotel is part of the popular Puerto Plata chain ‘Victoria Hotels’, led by Roberto Casoni, and was placed at position 21 for the best hotel in the region.
This year, only 3 Dominican hotels entered this exclusive list, with Gran Ventana representing the entirety of Puerto Plata’s hotels and resorts.
It is thought that the resort’s inclusion on the list will put it in competition with several other prestigious hotel brands operating throughout the Dominican Republic, including Melia, Sandals, Cap Maison Resort & Spa, Zoetry, Club Med and Keyonna Beach Resort.
The other Dominican hotels found on the list are Zoetry Agua Punta Cana by AMR Collection (ranking at number 13), and the Radisson Blue Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort (ranking at number 18).
The general manager of Gran Ventana Beach Resort, Oscar Lora, was elated at the news: “We are very happy to have entered the list of the 25 best all-inclusive hotels in the Caribbean…” The ranking of the property on the list comes after the hotel was found to have incredible customer service, resulting in 40% of customers returning to stay again.
The hotel is located on Playa Dorada beach on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and is known for being ‘a beachfront playground with a splash of local charm’.
The proximity to the beach allows guests to participate in kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving, as well as exploring the local bars and eateries – all within walking distance.
Furthermore, the resort itself offers guests three pools to choose from, an on-site fitness centre, and a kids club complete with babysitters. There are also seven eateries offering international cuisine, including a casual poolside cafe, an alfresco beachfront grill, and an upscale seafood restaurant. Guests also have the option of booking one of 506 ocean or pool-facing rooms.
It also offers spectacular amenities for guests, including the Bagua Spa. This facility overlooks the ocean and provides guests with relaxing massages and aromatherapy. There is also the option of spending time rejuvenating in one of ten private therapy rooms as well as oceanfront gazebos, adjacent to a waterfall.
For avid golfers looking to play under the Dominican sun, Hotel Gran VH offers an exclusive discount at the Playa Dorada Golf Course. Conveniently located next to the resort, the 18-hole, 6,730-yard course incorporates tropical Caribbean flora within its design.
The course also offers guests a clubhouse complete with a bar and restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There are also several room packages tailored to the needs of every individual guest, with rates for suites starting at just $181 USD. There are also rooms available in the Junior Suites collection, including upscale wood furnishings and private balconies or terraces.
Finally, for guests looking to stay in a particularly special room, there are Superior Guest Rooms and the ‘Royal Package’. This consists of a Penthouse suite with plush king beds, private balconies and a minibar that is stocked daily.
The hotel is frequently rated above 4 stars on the traveller-trusted site, Trip Advisor. Prior guests have praised the cleanliness and organisation of the hotel’s facilities, as well as the fantastic meals and friendly staff that attend to every guest’s needs. Just a short drive from Puerto Plata International Airport, the Hotel Gran VH is an accessible get-away for all.
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