Le Sivory by PortBlue Boutique – Adults Only
What We Love
- Plenty of non-motorized water sports and excursions
- Wine cellar with 8,000 bottles at Gourmond restaurant
- On-site spa with a sauna, jacuzzi, therapeutic pool and fitness center
- Free WiFi
- READ MORE: Dominican Republic, Two Ways
What To Know
- This is an adults-only retreat; children 17 and under are not permitted
- Long pants, sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes required for gentlemen at Tau & Gourmond restaurants
- The Punta Cana airport is a 40-minute car ride; La Romana is an hour
- A 10 percent service charge and 18 percent gov't tax per night will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Punta Cana, the manmade resort area at the Dominican Republic’s eastern tip, is good for reliable sunny weather and plenty of beach time along its 20-mile stretch of sand. Removed from the sprawling megaresorts Punta Cana is known for, the 55-room Sivory resort fronts a secluded beach that’s dotted with palm trees, lounge chairs and thatched palapa umbrellas. Walk farther down the beach and you’ll eventually find other resorts, but for honeymooners and romance-seeking couples, it’s hard to beat Sivory’s unblemished beach and wonderfully private atmosphere.
Bed and Bath
The 55 suites are uniformly spacious (the smallest is 650 square feet), decorated in earth tones and sandy shades, and all have balconies or terraces overlooking the ocean or gardens, plus private plunge pools in the Luxury Oceanfront Suites. There are 21st-century extras, too, such as individual air-conditioning controls, wine coolers and soaking tubs for two, or a couples shower with double showerhead. Honeymoon Suites are a whopping 950 square feet, and the staff may just sprinkle flowers and chocolates around the suite — whether you’re on your honeymoon or not.
When you do venture outdoors, there’s plenty to entertain you: boogie boards, kayaks, and snorkels, not to mention a deep sea fishing charter. Or if you’ve been inspired by the natural relaxation of Sivory, there’s also a menu of massages, facials and treatments at the Aquarea Spa & Wellness Center. The sense of romance is restored after dark, with dinner by candlelight (with a dress code) at the lavish Gourmond restaurant, which has an 8,000 bottle wine list; with Mediterranean fare in an alfresco setting at La Veranda; and with successful Asian fusion at Tau, a sexy spot with just eight tables. Afternoon tea and a piano and cigar lounge highlight Sivory’s adult vibe and, more important, the invitation to relax and do nothing at all.
In the Area
The Sivory is not adjacent to a golf course, but the concierge can easily book tee times for you at one of the 18-hole courses around Punta Cana. You can book them with the front desk well in advance of your stay. And if you tire of your own secluded stretch of beach at the hotel, head out to the best of the rest: Playa Cabo Engaño, Playa del Macao, and Playa El Cortecito. Don’t rent a car, since taxis are cheap and plentiful, and there are even water taxis at El Cortecito.
How to Get There
Hotel claims to offer a high end "Boutique" experience but this is not the case. Rooms are in state of disrepair and staff are slow to address issues. Shower drain backed up and flooded room with nasty water on several occasions. Loose tile fell from the shower wall hitting me in the foot. Plunge pool, for which we paid a premium for, became cloudy on day three and was unusable. Reported the issue same day but was not fixed until second last day of trip. We also paid a premium for an Ocean view room but could not see ocean from the room due to a large sand dune - a bit of a rip off. I would rate the experience of this hotel on par with several 3.5 - 4 star locations visited in past that cost roughly half the price.
We travel quite often and this was the best place EVER . Staff is professional and attendtive. Front desk personal was more thàn accomadating. Sabastia made our stay the best here at le sivory. Food a 5 star. You will see us again.
If this is your very first all inclusive, by all means proceed. There is enough good that your will love it! If you've been to any other properties, this will not meet your standards or expectations.
The Good: the gorgeous welcome dinner and wedding that they put on for my friends, huge established palm trees, silky soft sand, a beach that never seems to have anyone on it, a resort all to yourself, paprika roasted potatoes, hurricanes and good top shelf liquors, great water pressure in the shower, front desk attendant (can't remember his name) who remembered your name and face after the first meeting, attentive bartenders, Filipe the manager at the buffet who fed my friends breakfast every day even though they always showed up after it was closed, plenty of pool and beach chairs, as many pool towels as you'd like with no ticket system, Dominican rum and vanilla sauce for the ice cream that tasted like it had a hint of coconut (so lovely)
The Bad: SAND FLEAS - I looked like I had chicken pox on my legs after the first day despite wearing bug spray and they only got worse during our stay there, mediocre food, terrible wine, being upcharged for decent wine by 5-10x the store cost if you're willing to pay, many doors with knobs on only one side including your patio door so that you had to leave a hand-width cracked so you could get back in your room, the Gastro restaurant not accepting my friend's reservation request despite only having 3 tables at 8pm and serving tiny portions of mediocre food, sheets were never changed during our stay, majority of employees don't speak english and only understand basic words so you can't ask for anything without speaking to the manager or front desk, all of the bathrooms smelled like sewer so they light incense everywhere to cover the smell (I guess this could be a good thing as well because at least they're trying)
Overall, it was an average stay. i wasn't impressed but I've been to Mexico several times where the amenities and service are modern and exceptional. If you enjoy a more authentic, jungle-vibe vacation then you just may love this place.