The Palace at Playa Grande
What We Love
- Free shuttle rides (within a 15- to 20-minute radius of the property)
- Indulge in a full-body massage at the hotel’s spa
- Menus customized to each guest's taste
What To Know
- The resort caters to couples more than families, so activities are limited
- Swim-up bar service might not be available during slower months
- There are no in-room TVs or phones, but the property has free WiFi (though it can be spotty)
- The onsite beach is seasonal due to tide, and other beaches are a five-minute drive away, with shuttle service provided by the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On the DR’s less-traveled North Coast, The Palace at Playa Grande is refreshing in more ways than one. With its small size (just 13 rooms in all), the property makes for an intimate escape. You’ll feel worlds away from this island nation’s megaresorts, with their requisite wristbands, buffet food and large-group activities.
Bed & Bath
The exclusive feel extends to the suites and rooms, where dark wood furnishings, bright silks, colorfully patterned throw rugs and gauzy white cotton textiles create a vibe inspired by India but still beachy. Escape is taken seriously: There are no TVs or telephones in the guest rooms. Here, the entertainment is just beyond your front door.
The executive chef puts together three meals a day for guests to enjoy in different locations around the resort. Menus are customized to each guest’s taste; ask for a picnic lunch, and you can dine with your toes in the sand. A small, private beach unfolds from the property (note: it’s seasonal depending on the tide), with larger beaches Playa Grande and El Caleton a short drive away. The resort offers many ways to explore the DR, including windsurfing within a 45-minute drive in nearby Cabarete — one of the Caribbean’s premier windsport spots. The staff will even set up a beachside bonfire just for you. Adjacent to the resort is the Playa Grande Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and aptly known as the “Pebble Beach of the Caribbean.” Oh, and cocktail hour starts (where else?) at the pool’s swim-up bar.
How to Get There
The Balaji Palace is absolutely amazing. We rented the entire palace for a fun vacation for family and friends, and loved every part of our time there.
It is a beautiful estate with outstanding service. If you really want to be pampered, come here! The food is out of this world--everything is special and yet accessible for all tastes. And we all agreed that the massages we got at the spa were some of the best we had ever had. We particularly enjoyed spending time at the swim-up bar at the pool. And the kids loved the volleyball courts, pool table and ping pong tables. There is something for everyone here.
We stayed at the Balaji Palace for six days. This place exceeded my expectations from the Pictures we had seen to the service, such a wonderful place. There is nothing around like this. The staff became like family during our stay. The Palace was very peaceful and relaxing place and the food was delicious. The beach in this place is incredible, there is no other beach around comparing to this as beautiful and privacy. We loved the Playa Grande, but the Palace Beach is right home and private, is heavenly. I wish we can stay forever but there is always a next time.
A lot of things went wrong when arriving on the Palace.
*First of all I payed in advance using expedia about 3 days before arrival, but when we arrived they did not have our reservation. We had to wait for over an hour in the lobby, until the manager confirmed the reservation.
* We stayed in the garden rooms which are outside of the palace. The rooms are the size of a shoebox. Totally outdate with non of the amenities in the description. We asked the manager Juan Carlos if he could give us an upgrade due to they couldn't find our reservation. He said No, we had to pay for the upgrade. When we ask how much was the upgrade, he asked us 4 times the price listed in Expedia. All of this the hotel was empty only 1 other room was occupied. Talk about customer service.
*Food - well it doesn't have a kitchen working 24/7 , nor it does have a menu. They give you the options of the food they will be serving. Also its US$50 dollars per meal per person. If you plan to stay more than 2 days, it probably better off eating outside.
* The palace it has a unique beauty I give that, but don't expect it to be on TOP conditions.
*At the end, I will rather stay somewhere else which is less expensive and has better attention. And if you just want to see the palace, you can pay a DAYPASS and take all the pics you'll need.
We had a group of 7 of us stay here in late September and had a wonderful time. The location is beautiful and the staff is outstanding. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome and to take care of anything you need. The property itself is beautiful and has an amazing beach and a nice pool. There is not much around the hotel, but that's great if you want to really get away. The food was very good and they offered multiple choices each night. I loved the peacocks walking around the compound. The only draw backs was the wifi only worked in some spots and their is no gym. If you want to really get away and feel removed from life......go here. You will love it,
The previous review is so true! This place is AMAZING! To SEE it and then actually STAY there is hard to believe. The architecture, the grounds, gardens, the VIEW is jaw dropping! We got in late due flight delay, so we were alittle frazzled when we finally got to the airport. But then smiling, Wilson came to get us and his friendliness, kindness just made us relax!
When we got to the Palace, we thought we can't really be able to stay here! In the US, we are 2 social workers who don't make alot of money, and this was our first trip out of the US and first trip since our Honeymoon!"This was for our 30th Anniversary. Wow, we felt like we were in a Palace. .because we were!
The sound of waves, peacocks, and the view are amazing. Having meals outside (never felt or saw a mosquito ) and the service was such a treat. Good food!
It is remote, but we loved that AND there are 2 Gorgeous beaches within minutes and staff will drive you and pick you up.
We spent time down on the Palace's beach and it alittle rough, but Fun in the waves. My hubby had a great massage, while I enjoyed the pool.
On top of this ...it is also the staff who work there that make this experience! !! I can't even express how kind, warm, fun, open the staff are!!
The second day, Phillipe took us to place for boat ride, snorkeling, Playa Grande beach with amazing food, caves and food stands and more...was great experience. Go to Caleton beach too!!!
Another day, Wilson took us into Rio San Juan, and beach. Juan Carlo the manager cares about your stay! Charlie and Javier so kind with our limited Spanish, great staff and fun! The woman who work there are also so warm and kind! Kind to do.our Laundry. ..and we had some laughs trying to communicate this..thanks for your patience! So sorry I can't remember the woman's names...except Lucende...whose warmth and smile always made me feel good. And She is amazingly talented in making beautiful towel art work with individual little flower petals. So much care and work. Meant alot for our anniversary. I loved having no TV in our room...we played pool, ping pong and relaxed listening to the ocean.
One night we sat up till midnight visiting and laughing with a young couple there on their honeymoon. What happens when you are "unplugged. ". :)
I originally thought. .I hope there are no children there. ..but you know what? This place is so big and SO magical, family feeling with staff..I would have not been bothered by kids. Actually I love this place so much, I would be happy to have anyone enjoy this place! I could see kids playing in the pool, ping pong, peacocks...and going to Calenton beach. In Jan/ Feb Palace beach alittle rough for kids.
We want to go back..31st? :) Wilson your consistent saying "No Problem! " ; the Dominican saying had stayed with me. :)
Wilson, Javier, Phillipe, Charlie, Juan Carlos , Lucende...and others: Gracias! !!
Dios te bendiga. I hope I got it right, Javier! God Bless you!