I went to the Majestic Elegance way back in July but wedding season took over and I have yet to blog about it. Since I have some more traveling in my near future, I thought that it was about time that I wrote a little about this trip. This was my second time in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic but the last time that I was there was nearly six years ago. I think of the Dominican Republic as being a classic all-inclusive resort destination.
The Majestic Elegance is a beautiful resort. The lobby is gorgeous with oversized chandeliers and shiny marble. You are greeted with their signature Majestic drink upon arrive which I always find super cute. There are two sections at the Majestic Elegance: the regular area and the area that they call the Elegance Club. I stayed at the regular area. My room was ridiculously awesome. It was large with a canopy bed, a jacuzzi, bar fridge, double sinks and patio. Every room also comes with a bottle of bubbly.
Some of my friends were staying at the Elegance Club. I may have snuck in for a day or two to check things out. Kids are not allowed in this area of the resort so it is quieter. There they have their own salt water pool and a VIP lounge that includes free internet (dreamy!).
The entire resort is built around a long curving salt water pool. I loved hanging out here.
The white sand beach at the Majestic was perfect. I never had a problem getting a lounge chair under an umbrella. The water was clear and lovely. I live for swimming in the ocean so spent a lot of time here.
A lot of destination weddings take place at the Majestic Elegance. They have ceremonies in this elongated gazebo which I loved. It is a nice way to make your ceremony more private than the typical beach ceremony (read: tourists in Speedos in the background of your photos!).
Every evening they have entertainment. Typically it takes places in the theatre and is the kind of show that you expect at a resort. The one night they did a Michael Jackson night and it was hilarious. My favourite night was the White Party. Everyone wore white and there was a beach party complete with a great buffet and rum in coconuts.
The food at the Majestic Elegance was great. There are two buffets – the main one (Flavours) and the See & Sea. Once we discovered that the See & Sea served breakfast, we went there everyday. The restaurant is right near the beach and is open so it’s a great place to enjoy your morning coffee (and mimosa!).
There are five additional restaurants and only two of them actually need reservations. 9 Doors is the Japanese restaurant and it was a lot of fun. They had some great (and unusual!) sushi before we sat down at the tepanyaki table. The chef was more than accommodating to my diet of not eating meat.
Overall, I had a great experience at Majestic Elegance. It is a beautiful resort, the food was great and the staff were friendly. I felt safe and comfortable. If I was looking for another easy all-inclusive vacation, I would not hesitate to return.
Tips for Dominican Republic:
• When you enter the country, you have to pay $10 USD per person for the tourist card
• When you leave DR, you have to pay $20 USD as a departure tax
• As with all all-inclusive resorts, tipping goes a long way.
• Bring your own cup – not only does this save trips to the bar, but it also helps with creating less waste (hello environment!).
• Don’t be afraid to take a taxi into town to do some shopping. We did this and the prices for rum and cigars were much cheaper than at the resort.
• Yes, this is a tropical island so yes, there are insects. The one night I came home to my room to find a cockroach on the closet door. It’s not uncommon to see them and you really don’t have to worry about them doing any harm to you. They are just super creepy. I grabbed a towel and threw that guy outside.
• The only place that has wifi at the Majestic Elegance is in the main lobby. The rates to use it were very reasonable and I was pleasantly surprised by how stable the connection was.