Please excuse this posting if you feel it doesn't apply. The resort
mentioned below is near Cabarete in the Dominican Republic and many resort
visitors spend time in Cabarete windsurfing. Our general manager also
runs a dive shop in Sosua and can be of assistance there.
My name is Tom Fernstrom and I am a board member of the Eden Bay
Homeowners' Association. The Association General Members are
made up of unit owners who are nudists and who's purchase decision was
predicated on creating a premier nudist/clothing-optional vacation
destination in the Caribbean. This has been accomplished with the opening
of Eden Bay Resort, Abreu, Dominican Republic this past November 15th,
I am using the above as a preface to introduce you to an Eden Bay
trip report below. I am providing our owners this opportunity to post
these trip reports to various newsgroups using my name and return e-mail
address so they may maintain their anonymity. Please also be aware that
the Resort ammenities and services referred to reflect availability at the
time of the report. Special packages offered by the Resort may modify
these ammenities and services.
If you would like more information please visit our WebSite at:
HOMEOWNER'S TRIP REPORT
Ed and I have just returned from Eden Bay on April 30th, after having
ten days relaxing. This was our first visit in eigh*** months and we
unsure of what we might find. We found 20-25 people visiting, about ten
were owners, the rest were guests. The responses from guests ranged from
"This is the best buy in the Caribbean," to "I bet that by next year,
you'll have to call months ahead to get a reservation."
It is without a doubt the most beautiful resort of this kind (and we have
been to most in the Caribbean and many in Europe), and the only one with
such gorgeous views from EVERY cabana or hotel room, not to mention the
exquisite views from the outdoor dining room.
The daily highs were in the upper '80s; each day with a mostly calm sea.
The beach was much improved; it was possible to walk into the water
beach shoes via a sandy path. You could float on a mat in the protected
We met and were impressed with Roch, the new Resort manager. He is on
site, visible and most responsive to suggestions. Ashley, the Resort
reservationist, was always there, willing to assist or help with special
The food ranged from fair to excellent, but always beautifully presented
--- the soups were outstanding. Menus were creative with four choices of
appetizers and four choices of entrees for the evening meal --- poultry,
pasta, beef and fish. Snacks were served at the beach bar at 4pm each
afternoon. The coffee is wonderful, but decaf is not available. Most
important, no one got ill at all during our visit. The dress code is
whatever you want it to be in all areas. Most of the guests were on an
The pools were clean with the three beach pools nicely heated. The rooms
were clean with lovely hibiscus placed around each day. Bottled water is
placed in each room's refrigerator along with a basket of fruit on
The activities offered during our stay were a folkloric show one evening;
pig roast on the beach one night; a guitarist during dinner two nights a
week (really good); and a roving mariachi band twice a week (also good).
Water aerobics were offered in the mornings usually followed by water
volleyball. The kyacks were available along with the banana boat. Skuba
is being set up. Various games are available from the beach stand -
dominoes, etc. Horseback riding is available and there is no charge if
horses stay on the resort grounds.
We went on a snorkeling excursion that was offered for $22. The boat
picked us up with three other couples right from our beach. We snorkeled
at two sites --- over a German ship (WW II, I think), and over a c***
reef. We went to the swallow cave and to the beach near Rio San Juan. On
the way, we passed Playa Blanca and the gorgeous new golf course rumored
be opening this Summer --- it does look almost ready (playing arrangements
are being made for Eden Bay guests). The boat ride ended by riding
through GriGri Lagoon into Rio San Juan, where we browsed the gift shops.
A taxi was provided to return us to the resort --- nice trip and good
The disco was open each evening, although it needs more people to make it
fun. The exercise room was in poor condition; however the bicycles by the
front reception area were very nice and we enjoyed jogging in the morning.
We visited the new and quite impressive Bahia Principe Hotel one evening.
It's about five miles West of Rio San Juan. An impressive 1200 room hotel
with a restaurant and nice shops open to visitors as well as a ***.
Roch is making arrangements for free transportation one evening a week for
resort guests who want to visit .
So, all in all, things are looking up. We were impressed with the changes
made since our last visit, with the attitude of the resort staff and most
delighted to see the hotel guests clearly pleased to be at Eden Bay. Hope
this update helps you decide to go check things out for yourselves. Then
give us your update and impressions. That way, we will all have the