Be Live Grand Marien Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Pros

  • Huge zero-entry pool (great for kids)
  • Half of the rooms opened in November 2008
  • Name-brand liquor at no extra cost
  • 20-minute taxi from Puetro Plata International Airport
  • Large, bright spa with salon services

Cons

  • Small, often crowded property
  • More limited buffet options than at other all-inclusives
  • Just one attraction (a casino) within walking distance
  • More crowded beach than other Puerto Plata resorts

Bottom Line

While about half the resort's rooms are a bit out-of-date, the other half opened in late 2008. These rooms include marble, Jacuzzi-equipped bathrooms. An enormous pool, a nice spa, name-brand liquor, and a few reservation-free restaurants are other perks, but the beach can feel a bit crowded and the buffet and entertainment are mediocre. Still, for Puerto Plata, it's a great value.

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 Scene

A mellow, family-friendly resort where the action is centered around the massive pool and games in the activities hut.

Games in the activities hut
Games in the activities hut

Be Live Grand Marien is a warm, laid-back kind of place. Families tend to outnumber couples and partiers, though you might find a few guests drinking in the disco in the wee hours. The lushly landscaped resort consists of nine compact buildings that surround an enormous zero-entry swimming pool.

 Location

The resort is a bit isolated, but it's a short drive from a golf and shopping complex and a 20-minute taxi ride from Puerto Plata International Airport.

Be Live Grand Marien is located in the Costa Dorada complex of Puerto Plata, next to the Iberostar Costa Dorada and along the town's main road. There's not much to Costa Dorada -- just a casino, a scooter rental facility, and an ATM.

  • 20-minute drive west of the airport
  • A number of restaurants and clubs and a golf course are only five minutes east at the Playa Dorada complex, a gated tourist community.
  • Many restaurants along Puerto Plata's Malecon are about a five-minute drive west.

 Beach

The beach is fairly large and crowded, but the sand and water are nothing too spectacular (par for Puerto Plata, though).

The beach
The beach

The resort has a huge chunk of beach, but it's considerably more crowded than its next-door neighbor, the Iberostar Costa Dorada. Still, most guests praise the beach for its calmness, warm waters, and plentiful seats. In general, the sand along Puerto Plata's beaches is more packed and wet (as opposed to the white, sugary sand found in Punta Cana).

 Rooms

Buildings 6, 8, and 9 feature modern rooms with great Jacuzzi tubs, but even the older buildings are clean and spacious, if a bit more rustic.

Porch of the Superior Garden View Room
Porch of the Superior Garden View Room

Buildings 6, 8, and 9 were constructed in November 2008. The guest rooms in these buildings look far nicer and, unlike the other rooms, have up-to-date flat-screen TVs. Building 9, for example, has a Zen-like garden running down the middle of the hallway and light wood fixtures in the bedrooms. By comparison, Building 4 comes with chipped furniture and floor tiles.

Newer guest rooms include:

  • Large bathrooms with a marble shower (good water pressure) and a separate Jacuzzi tub, as well as an assortment of hotel-brand toiletries
  • White marble floors -- great, except when wet and slippery.
  • Platform king bed with a modern headboard and semi-canopy
  • Spacious closet
  • The minibar includes a coffeemaker, tea bags, and ample storage space next to the mini-fridge. Somewhat confusingly, guests are entitled to two free bottles of beer, two bottles of soda, and one large bottle of water per day, but the mini-fridge also includes other drinks and snacks that cost extra.
  • First-floor rooms have a spacious terrace with nice-looking wooden chairs and a table.
  • 27-inch LG flat-screen TV with HBO, Cinemax, Headline News, and numerous channels in Spanish
  • Tip: Although security guards patrol the property 24/7, guests staying on the ground floor of Building 9 might want to take special care to ensure their belongings are secure (there's a fee for use of in-room safes). Building 9 runs along the property's boundary line, separated only by a small fence.

 Features

A huge pool, deluxe spa, and average gym lead the way, though there’s a casino nearby and a number of tourist shops on the premises.

The gym
The gym

At the center of the resort is a large zero-entry pool. The pool itself isn't crowded -- with bridges, waterfalls, and a separate volleyball area, it can feel like a village unto itself. But most lounge chairs are occupied or reserved with towels by mid afternoon, and finding a spot to lounge in the shady can be difficult. Also, some guests complain that the pool is on the cold side.

Be Live Grand Marien’s entertainment program features nightly shows and dance classes, just like everywhere else in the D.R. The resort has a large, impressive amphitheater for nightly entertainment. It also shows movies on a projector screen in the sports bar. During the day, the resort hosts activities like "crazy games" and "Latin dance lessons," which are common in virtually every Dominican all-inclusive. There's also a games area adjacent to the pool with Ping-Pong and foosball tables.

  • Large non-air-conditioned gym with older, but ample equipment (treadmills, weight machines, ellipticals, and bikes)
  • Two clay tennis courts, adjacent to the gym
  • Kin Ha Spa, a large, bright space with a full range of treatments from an eyebrow wax to a variety of facials
  • Just off the lobby is an Internet room with PCs available charged per 15 minutes.
  • Guests with laptops can access the hotel's wireless network -- available only in the lobby -- but it requires installation by one of the staffers. The rate is fairly reasonable.
  • Large but unremarkable casino
  • Modern conference center available for meetings and functions
  • A couple on-site shops sell sundries, souvenirs, wines (mostly South American), and cigars.

 Family

Big rooms and an excellent pool make this a fine choice for families -- but it's not explicitly geared toward them.

Kids may need to compete with these guys for chairs
Kids may need to compete with these guys for chairs

Though not entirely kid-focused, like the nearby Holiday Village, the Be Live Grand Marien is still a fine pick for families. The resort is compact, flat, and easily walkable, and most action is centered around the huge pool with great shallow areas for children.

 Cleanliness

Generally clean, save for a little smoke and some bathroom stains.

Staffers are constantly cleaning, whether in the lobby, at the restaurants, or in the hallways. Overall, rooms feel very clean. We even spotted the housekeeper mopping the floor -- always a good sign.

There were some minor issues, such as stains on the throw pillows by the bed and on the floor of the shower

 Food

Four restaurants, three bars and a night club open 24 hours

Hot dogs on the grill
Hot dogs on the grill
  • The buffet is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Gourmet is a fine dining a la carte restaurant open daily for dinner. Reservations are required and kids under 7 are not allowed.
  • Snack Bar is a beach and poolside bar with drinks service available late night.
  • Dance Bar is a sports bar and a night club open 24 hours
  • Mexican serves Tex-Mex fare for dinner daily; reservations required
  • Tubano is a poolside karaoke bar open throughout the day.
  • Rodizio serves Brazilian fare for dinner daily; reservations required
  • Teatro Bar is open in the mornings

 Drinks

Better, name-brand liquor selection than at most midrange all-inclusives

La Cohoba Sports Bar
La Cohoba Sports Bar

The resort's liquor selection includes Stoli and Absolut vodka, Johnnie Walker Red, Tanqueray gin, and Dewars scotch. There is also a "cash bar" that includes Hennessey, Jack Daniels, Di Saronno amaretto and Drambuie, among other brands.

 Bottom Line

While about half the resort's rooms are a bit out-of-date, the other half opened in late 2008. These rooms include marble, Jacuzzi-equipped bathrooms. An enormous pool, a nice spa, name-brand liquor, and a few reservation-free restaurants are other perks, but the beach can feel a bit crowded and the buffet and entertainment are mediocre. Still, for Puerto Plata, it's a great value.

Things You Should Know About Be Live Grand Marien

Address

  • Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, DO

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Grand Oasis Marien

Room Types

  • Double Room
  • Double Room Ocean View
  • Double Room Superior
  • Double Superior Oceanview Room
  • Junior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 325
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Address: Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, DO
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