Me and the wife have now done 3 IB* Grand’s in the Caribbean, we first stayed at Paraiso (twice) and then the Grand Bavaro and loved every minute of them.
We first stayed at the Grand RH in March 2012 and decided to return just to make sure that this was the best hotel in the collection, and we weren’t wrong, it was even better 2nd time round.
We stayed at the hotel from Sept 6th to 20th 2013.
On arrival the lobby and stairs still have the wow factor and you're also greeted with a soothing towel and delicious glass of champagne. Check in was a breeze, Peter was again the top man when it comes to luggage and room delivery.
We had a junior ocean view suite which was excellent (6218), it was right in the centre overlooking the bottom of the beach where the Pirate party is held.
The room was always clean, our butlers, Big O especially, were so helpful and attentive. They were friendly and always ensured we had reservations for dinner and that our mini bar was stocked up.
The beach again was always quiet, clean and raked every morning, however there is some little rocks, shells on the beach and at the shallow end of the water, but crystal clear, and was never rough or choppy, great for bobbing on our inflatable chair.
There was always something going on at the beach, food, drinks, dancing, games, we do like how it is private only to the Grand residents unlike the suites or the beach hotel further along, highlight was the pirate party it really is good, why? Because they arrgh!!
The food at the Grand was top notch again and probably had the best steak in 45 years, even shook the chef’s hand in the Surf and Turf I was that impressed, probably our favourite restaurant with the Italian a close second, however the food is great which ever restaurant you are in.
As expected the jerk chicken, Pork and Beef jerk burger all available (available at the beach front restaurant) and 2 of the days cooked on the beach with bottles of redstripe.
The Wi-Fi in the lobby has been upgraded and I was able to access it from our room and also on the beach close to the bar area which we didn’t have in 2012.
For our Anniversary and Jo’s birthday we were treated to champagne, cheesecake and chocolate mousse with the flowers and Jacuzzi.
A big thanks go to the very friendly staff, Jerry, Maxwell, Kenisha, O’neil, Clive, Peter, Sharron, Carmen, $horty, Kiki, Bubbles and $tella, to name a few -- everyone was so so friendly.
Good to meet up with IB* Board members Kev and Fi, Toni & Craig, Doug & Karen. Our hotel neighbours Gary and Pam, newlyweds Kieran & Emily, Jeff & Ash who practiced a lot at horse shoes and lost mostly to me, only kidding Jeff ! , it was good while it lasted.
It is difficult to visit any other resorts now as we are always comparing them to Iberostar's Grand Collection in the Caribbean, out of the 3 in the Caribbean the Grand RH is the best because……………well you just got to go.
We have promised ourselves that we will visit this hotel at least once per year for a 14 day holiday, well you have to it’s a 10 hour flight !