For my very last post about our Dominican Republic vacation, I am recapping the resort we stayed at: the AlSol Luxury Village. We booked a one-bedroom with a full kitchen through the Armed Forces Vacation Club (not affiliated with DoD) at a steal of just $100 a night.
When we walked inside our room, we both gasped at how big it was! It was honestly more spacious than our first apartment when we lived in Radcliff during our 5-week wait for on-post housing. One of our favorite things about this resort was that although it has an all-inclusive package, the all-inclusive was optional; we chose to either pay cash for our food on-site or eat off-site when we were away for excursions. Had we felt like cooking, we certainly could have done that in our full kitchen. The back balcony was probably our favorite spot in the entire room; we spent many a night out there, talking.
AlSol Luxury Village is like a mini-village, with many different shops and restaurants on the plaza below. Naturally, Andy and I explored the square and did a little impromptu photoshoot 😉 We even stumbled upon a gorgeous wedding chapel!
The AlSol was a rather quiet resort, especially since we were visiting in the off-season. We didn’t mind, though, because we wanted peace and quiet to rest after our excursions.
Now for the things we didn’t enjoy so much about the AlSol. The “on-site” beach is actually a 5-minute away at the sister property, AlSol Tiara, and it’s a rather sad beach. Even if there hadn’t been a significant problem with seaweed in the area, the beach would have still been a disappointment. It was just 20 feet or so– not quite the “beach resort” I’d imagined when we booked our vacation.
Secondly, this resort is somewhat isolated. If you’re looking to spend your entire time on-site or on planned excursions, then this might not bother you. However, if you were hoping for an easy trip into town, then be prepared for the expensive taxi rides! Andy and I went into town to shop at the supermercado and eat at a Mexican restaurant (yes, a Mexican restaurant in the Dominican Republic) and it cost us $40! Needless to say, we only made that mistake once.
Shopping at the supermercado
Overall, I would rate the AlSol Luxury Village as average. It was a decent place to rest our heads at night and to relax, but not quite the resort most people imagine when they think “Caribbean vacation.” Had we paid the $700 per night price that their website advertises, we would have been a bit salty. Then again, we did only pay $100 a night, so we got our money’s worth 😉
We both really enjoyed our Dominican Republic vacation and look forward to our next vacation! This year, we have 2 stateside vacations planned. We’re looking forward to both of them, but are already daydreaming and planning for our next international vacation!