April 16, 2010

Moon Palace Resort Review – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Moon Palace - Punta Cana

On my recent trip down to the Dominican Republic, I was lucky enough stay at an awesome resort that far exceeded my expectations. The Moon Palace Casino, Golf, and Spa Resort is an all-inclusive resort with tons of amenities you won’t find at a lot of other hotels.

Since I enjoyed my stay so much, I wanted to do an in-depth look at the resort for anyone thinking about visiting. Keep in mind I was not paid to write this review, this is solely based on my stay and what I thought of the resort.

The Service

Since the service was so good at the resort, I figured it had to be the first thing I mentioned. Everyone was really helpful and constantly went out of their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. It all started with the bellboy who gave us an awesome tour of the place on the way to our room.

As soon as we opened the door for the first time, we were greeted with a bottle of champagne, red wine, and fruit platter below:

It was an awesome way to start out the vacation and unwind from the plane flights.

The Food

It’s true that the beach is gorgeous in Punta Cana, but one of the best things about this resort is the food. There are more than 10 different restaurants and delis to choose from while staying there. Since the whole resort is all-inclusive, you can hit up any of the restaurants and order anything you wish, including bottles of wine, desserts, you name it.

A few of our favorite restaurants included:

Samba – Brazilian A La Carte

Samba Grill

Samba was the first restaurant we hit up during our stay and we were amazed by how cool the building is. It’s a huge cabana that overlooks the water and lets you enjoy the fresh air as the breeze comes in. The food was also amazing, featuring different types of meats including beef, port, and seafood.

Tao – Japanese / Tepanyaki

I haven’t tried Japanese food much but I was really impressed with the food at Tao. The chef cooks the food right in front of you and puts on a cool show. The video above shows the chef lighting some of the food on fire right in front of me.

Marina Grill – Breakfast / Lunch Buffet

As you can see in the picture, the view from Marina Grill is what made it a nice place to grab breakfast and lunch. They offered a variety of different foods including french toast, waffles, fresh fruit, and tons of other stuff.

Here’s what I managed to stuff down for breakfast (I know, it’s not all natural foods):

My Breakfast

There is also an italian restaurant, a pizza place, and a Mexican grill. Not to mention a few coffee and sweets places (delicious).

The Drinks

Just like the food, the drinks were another major perk to this resort. Having a variety of pool bars, cabanas, and restaurants all serving free drinks was mind-blowing. I must say it feels weird ordering a bottle of wine and not having to pay for it once you are finished.

The Pool Bars

Pool Bar

The pool bars were by far my favorite place to order (and consume) drinks. Sitting on a stool in the pool beats sitting at an inside bar any day. The staff was also a blast and played a variety of different songs, mostly being awesome spanish songs I didn’t understand but loved anyway. Now I’m listening to them here at home (you’ll get hooked too trust me).

Drink Of The Day

Drink of the Day

Another cool thing was the “Drink of the Day.” Each day the bars featured some random tropical concoction I’ve never heard of before. A few of them were fails but a couple were delicious. My favorite happened to be a mix of orange juice, vodka, and watermelon liquor (pictured above).


When it comes to entertainment, there are plenty of things to do at the Moon Palace Resort. The obvious winner is the beach. There are plenty of cabanas to sit under and enjoy the ocean. The staff would also take your food and drink orders and bring them right out to the beach.

Besides the beach, the resort also has more than ten pools. Four of them have pool bars and a few also overlook the ocean. Not a bad place to spend the day.

Hate swimming? There is also a golf course, tennis courts, bike rentals, miniature golf, a rock-climbing wall, and table tennis. If that’s not enough, they even have an awesome disco featuring a DJ, disco lights, and tons of booze to get you out on the dance floor.

The Theatre

To our surprise, the Moon Palace Resort also has it’s own amphitheater featuring nightly shows. I must say, I wasn’t expecting much when we first checked it out, but then I realized you could order drinks right from your seat…awesome.

The first show we checked out was a kick-ass Michael Jackson impersonator, which you can see in this video:

We also checked out a magic show, which turned out to be better than expected. The only drawback to the show was being selected to participate in it. Here’s a video of me up on the stage performing some bad-ass magic trick:

An Amazing Resort

Overall, the Moon Palace Resort in Punta Cana was an awesome place to spend a few days relaxing. Not only was the room nice (jacuzzi and all), but the resort was awesome. It even has a shuttle that takes you around the resort since it’s so large.

It’s a great place to relax, enjoy some delicious food and drinks, and not have to worry about money since everything is paid in advance. I would highly recommend checking it out if you are planning a trip to the Dominican Republic.

13 thoughts on “Moon Palace Resort Review – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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  2. Erline

    It is nice place. I’m planing to go to the Dominican Republic with my hubby last year, but we are not going there. We go to other place instead.

    But after seeing this post, I really am want to go there and taste all the foods you mentioned on this post 🙂

  3. Tracy

    Your recent posts on the D.R. make me want to pack up and take a trip there. I have to admit this is one place that was never on my travel wish list before.

  4. Dawnaurora

    This place looks amazing. I love the pics you took. I am waiting for spring to come out of the ground and these pics make me want to pack my bags and head out to a warmer place.

  5. Bruce

    It has been quiet around here lately and with good reason: Not only have I been working on a new product (more to come in the upcoming week), but I’ve also been busy biking all over town. Ever since Earth Day, my girlfriend and I have been living car-free. It has been a goal we’ve had for a while and I must say we’re doing pretty good so far.

    Our goal is to keep her car parked as much as possible (I don’t own a car myself). We’re still thinking about making the switch to a true car-free life but we want to give it a trial run before we make any major decisions.

  6. Joleen

    Hi there!

    Thank you for posting this review and for all the pictures. My family and I stayed at the Moon Palace this past January and also really enjoyed ourselves.

    You mentioned some of the music that was played during your stay. I completely regret having not asked someone who a particular artist was that I heard over and over again at the Moon Palace. I’m hoping you might know. This was a man and he had somewhat of a higher-pitched voice (not high-pitched, but it’s the best way I can explain). They played his music through the speakers that lined the walkways as you walked through the resort.

    Would you happen to know who I’m talking about? I’ve searched and searched and can’t seem to figure this out!

  7. KohTao Resort

    Looks cracking – that’s a pretty serious breakfast!
    I’m planning to a vacation to the Caribbean this summer so might give it a try.
    If you don’t mind me asking, how much did you end up paying per night?
    Also, are they offering any scuba diving tours out of the resort?

  8. Kellyjori Davis

    Justin, Justin, Justin!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for all of the info and pics that you have made available about Moon Palace Punta Cana. I’m am actually getting married there in 3 weeks and getting info before arriving has been like pulling teeth that are no where near lose! Your Blog about the resort has been so helpful and informative.

  9. QuickLivery

    My friend and his boy decided to take a trip down to the Dominican Republic. They stayed at Punta Cana and They did a whole lot of, drinks, and Partys.

  10. Ashley

    Just got back from a 7 night stay, one of the best places i have ever stayed in.
    Superb rooms, food, drinks the lot.

    Been to the mooon palce and other 5 star inclusives before in Jam and Mexico but this the the best. Just rebranded to the Hard Rock which makes it even more funky!

  11. Glen Roy

    I cannot say I had the same experience at the Moon Palace now this was when they first opened, we actually had a large group go there for business.
    Moon Palace really screwed this up, we had people arriving and their rooms were not ready, now what I mean by that is that the TV’s were still in boxes the beds and mattresses were not assembled it was terrible.

    We had on person that was with us that had a rat in her room.

    For myself it was terrible my family was coming down after our business was finished the night before they arrived i was supposed to be moved into a family suite, that did nto happen in the morning the ceiling in the wash room came down as there was a leak in the roof, it took them 1 whole day to get me a new room.

    When my children did show up my son got food poisoning and was very sick, Unfortunately he got sick on the bed and we moved the blankets out to the balcony and they were left there for 3 days even after requesting they be cleaned up, we tried to get in touch with customer service and we were told they did not have customer service so this was very frustrating, after all of this they then told me they moved me to the wrong room and that the only compensation we would get was the difference between the family suit and a regular room.

    They then offered me a free room for a week but when the cheque showed up for the difference in rooms they had not sent the voucher for the room which was quite ok as I will never stay at a Moon Palace resort again and I tell everyone I can no to stay at this resort.




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