We recently visited the Memories Splash resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Before we booked here, I was quite anxious about going to the Dominican Republic, I wondered is Punta Cana safe but I also worried about the risks of getting poorly from poor hygiene.
Is Punta Cana Safe?
If you don’t read any further let me say now we felt safe at the airport, in the resort, walking around, on the beach and getting back to the airport. Also none of us got poorly! So from our perspective we didn’t have any issues at all with the question Is Punta Cana Safe?
We mostly stayed in the resort, so perhaps we were mostly protected. We became friendly with another family and the Dad ventured out to the supermarket right outside the resort. He got approached by a lot of locals wanting him to have a look in their shops, but he said not any point were they forceful or scary even when we he left without buying anything.
He said they were friendliest people he has encountered in a very long time, which also goes for all of the staff within the resort.
Safety within the resort was top notch, there are staff everywhere so it puts your mind at rest. Even at the airport, which looks like a shack until you get inside (it looked like a 5 star hotel!).
Tips for Memories Splash
It was advised that we all had up to date Hep A vaccines before travelling.
Also, when visiting Punta Cana there was a $10 fee per person to enter the country and a $20 fee per person to exit, so please don’t get caught short. The local currency is Dominican Pesos but they much prefer US Dollars.
The only thing to be mindful of is when staying at Memories Splash, you might get approached by a member of staff asking you if you would like to visit the Royalton Hotel for a free breakfast. The Royalton is the sister hotel within the same resort that guests of Memories also have access to, some but not all bars and restaurants. The Royalton is also where you access you beach.
If you get invited for breakfast, this is a time share pitch, so if you aren’t interested then you can decline and that will be the end of it. It wasn’t forceful or pushy, we declined and that was that.
Mainly the guests at the hotel were American and Canadian. Depending on what you like, for us this made a welcome change from holidaying with Europeans. Our kids made a lot of friends with some American children and they have now made pen pal friends, old school!
The main thing to note about holidaying in Punta Can is the heat! We stayed at the beginning of April and while the average temperature was 30 degrees, this was heat we had never experienced before. Pretty much all hotel guests including us got burnt quite badly, factor 50 or higher is recommended but if you run out the on-site shop is quite expensive, it ranged from $30-$70 for a bottle of sun cream.
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Where to stay within Memories Splash
We stayed in building 5 which was directly infront of the quiet pools which I would highly recommend. There were 2 main pools the quiet pool and the main pool which is where all pool activities take place. This is also where the daily all inclusive BBQ is, which is where we ate most days as it was delicious.
The actual resort itself is very clean and tidy and very well looked after. The rooms however are clean, but they could do with being updated as they do look a little tired. But given the amount of time we actually spent in the room (pretty much sleep time) this didn’t really bother us much at all.
1 thing I should mention, you have to put toilet paper in the bin rather than down the toilet, so don’t get caught out with a blocked toilet because of this. I would recommend taking scented nappy bags with you to put the paper in and then put them in the bin. The bins get emptied daily.
Food at Memories Splash
As I mentioned earlier, the resort has 2 hotels, Memories Splash and The Royalton. There is a shuttle service that runs every few minutes between the 2 hotels and the Royalton is where you access the beach.