All inclusive indulgence in the Dominican Republic

Guest blogger, Sharon Gourlay from WheresSharon.com shares her experience at the Be Live Grand Marien Resort

Guest blogger, Sharon Gourlay from WheresSharon.com shares her experience at the Be Live Grand Marien Resort

The beautiful Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic is  as well known for its all inclusive resorts as its gorgeous beaches. The city of Puerto Plata is one of the best places to enjoy these beaches and get a real taste of the Dominican Republic’s colonial past.  With many inclusive resorts surrounding the city and we were excited to be checking out the Be Live Grand Marien in Costa Dorada with our young kids.

The reception area at  the Be Live Grand Marien resort

The reception area at the Be Live Grand Marien resort

The five onsite restaurants are one of the nicest aspects of the resort, with food ranging from a buffet to a Brazilian BBQ to a Gourmet restaurant.  The food is delicious and at least one restaurant is always open, ensuring no one goes hungry.  There are bars scattered throughout the resort and all domestic drinks are included.  Room service is also available, but at an additional cost.

The Be Live Grand Marien offers an abundance of facilitates for guests.  The most impressive is the massive lagoon-style swimming pool which runs the length of this gigantic resort.  At a couple of points along the length, they have created beach like entrances which are great for the kids.

The resort is more like a village which includes a casino, nightclub, shopping centre, gym, tennis courts, theatre, day spa, activities, tour desk and shops. It is located on the beach with many beach chairs, beach volleyball and a bar.

The lagoon pool at the Be Live Grand Marien resort

The lagoon pool at the Be Live Grand Marien resort

We were happy to find that there was a great kids club available, complete with a kids’ pool.  Our kids, at 1 and 3, were too young to use it alone, but we were able to join them whenever we liked.  Cots are available and children are made to feel very welcome – we had a great time with our family here.  Our 3 year old especially loved the big pool, the kids club and the kids’ cocktails.

A standard room at the Be Live Grand Marien, Dominican Republic

A standard room at the Be Live Grand Marien, Dominican Republic

There are many choices of room type, ranging from standard rooms all the way up into suites.  They are well maintained and very clean and can accommodate up to four people.  Some of the rooms come with ocean views and all come with a mini bar.  Wifi is also available at an extra charge. The staff are all multilingual and all spoke good English, as well as numerous other language.  They were helpful and friendly.  There is an excellent tour desk that can arrange tours to anywhere in the country as well as taxis to any location.

This resort is a great place for any type of vacation – there were lots of couples, groups of friends, extended families and families like ours with young kids.

This resort is a great place for any type of vacation – there were lots of couples, groups of friends, extended families and families like ours with young kids.  Our only real complaint we had was that it was difficult to book the nicer restaurants.  We had to line up for twenty minutes when the booking office opened at 9am and would only just secure reservations this way.  that said, we loved the all inclusive nature of this resort and just how easy that made it for us with our kids.

The Be Live Grand Marien is conveniently located near the Puerto Plata International Airport and attractions on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

The Be Live Grand Marien is rated 7.7 out of a possible 10 by 1,042 guests reviews. To explore other accommodation options visit the HotelsCombined database of properties at: http://www.hotelscombined.com.au/Place/Dominican_Republic.htm

About Sharon Gourlay

Sharon Gourlay is a travel addict, travel writer and mum to two cheeky preschoolers. Sharon loves to share her travel experiences with others in the hope that she will inspire them to get out there and see the world regardless of their family situation. Sharon also likes to share all the good, the bad and the ugly of travel with kids on her family travel blog. You can also follow their adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

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