Lifestyle vacation Resort Dominican Republic

Pros

  • A short walk from the gorgeous white-sand beach
  • Standard rooms are spacious, and many have ocean views
  • Numerous pools, including an adults-only option with a swim-up bar
  • No rowdy spring breakers (a con for some!)

Cons

  • Food is mediocre
  • Public beach area is busy with vendors

Bottom Line

Part of the massive Lifestyle Holidays complex, The Tropical boasts the closest location to the beach. Features here are plentiful and most - including the tranquil spa and the kids’ club - are conveniently found on the resort’s grounds. For additional dining options and nightlife, however, guests must make the trek to the neighboring sister properties. While standard rooms feel a bit dated, with flat-panel TVs, suites have more of an upscale vibe with modern kitchens and technology.

Categories

All-Inclusive, Beachfront, Kid-Friendly, Party, Resort, Weddings

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Scene

A quiet, beachside property that attracts families and couples

Part of the massive Lifestyle Holidays complex, The Tropical has a similar vibe to its sister properties - that being quiet and tranquil. Rowdy spring breakers are rarely sighted; instead, the resort attracts families and couples looking for a relaxed vacation. There’s little to do outside of the complex’s grounds, but most guests are content with the long list of available activities and facilities, including a spa, kids’ club, a dozen restaurants, numerous pools, and water sports.

The property’s grounds are pretty and well-maintained, but there is little shade along the winding paths and it can get quite hot in the midday sun. Fortunately, The Tropical sits right beside the beach and most facilities are located nearby. For restaurants and amenities that are further afield, guests can either take the (infrequent) shuttle or rent a VIP golf cart.

Location

On the sprawling Lifestyle Holidays complex

The Tropical sits on the massive Lifestyle Holidays complex located in the sleepy town of Cofresi. Home to little else, Cofresi is the site of the popular Ocean World Adventure Park, which is right next door to the property. The shops, restaurants, bars, and nightlife of Puerto Plata are about a 15-minute drive away, but most guests do not leave the property during their stays. The Puerto Plata Airport is about a 30-minute cab ride from the resort, and costs around $40 USD each way.

Rooms

Many rooms have ocean views.

The Tropical is the closest of the Lifestyle Holidays resorts to the beach, which means many of its 212 rooms and 70 suites boast ocean views. Standard rooms are spacious, and all feature either balconies or patios. Decor, however, feels a bit drab (picture tired furniture in bland colors and patterns) and technology is dated; clock radios and small flat-panel TVs would do well to be upgraded to iPod docks and larger flat-screen TVs. All rooms include coffeemakers, laptop-size safes, mini-fridges, and irons and ironing boards.

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