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08: Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa Renovations Schedule
May 2017
21: Palladium Hotel Group
04: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya ~Coming Soon~ Renovations Schedule
04: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya ~Coming Soon~ Renovations Schedule
March 2017
20: Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa Updated Renovations Schdedule
07: Announcing Smile Service ~Grand Palladium Riviera Maya, Punta Cana ~
01: Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa Renovations
February 2017
24: Palladium Puts Emphasis on Sustainability
23: Palladium to Spend $21 Million on Hotel Upgrades in Mexico, Caribbean
18: Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa Receives Blue Flag Award
15: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres, Mexico Opening Late 2018
14: Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal Wish List 2017
January 2017
13: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Coming Soon Royal Suites (Formerly Riviera Resort)
November 2016
12: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2016
June 2016
20: Renovations Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa
02: Grand Palladium Riviera Nayarit Spa & Complex. What's New!
02: Grand Palladium Resort & Spa Jamaica Complex Renovation Updates
May 2016
31: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya, MX Renovation Schedule
March 2016
07: Palladium Hotels & Resorts
February 2016
06: Palladium Hotel Group Announces New Construction In Mexico
02: Newly renovated rooms at Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton
January 2016
31: Uncertified tour guides at Tulum ruins causing numerous complaints
31: Fee proposed to take photos inside Tulum ruins
30: Zika Virus in Mexico (November 2015)
28: Grand Palladium News ~3,000 suites in Playa Mujeres, Mexico~
27: Carnaval ready to roll in Merida, Cancun and elsewhere in Peninsula
November 2015
13: Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino ~ New Features~
13: Updates Grand Palladium Riviera Maya and Article On Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa
October 2015
30: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival ~
August 2015
21: Campamento Tortuguero "Kantenah" Grand Palladium Resort, Riviera Maya, MX
July 2015
28: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya ~ Sargassum ~
21: Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa Housekeeping Department and Renovations
April 2015
29: Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino Renovations
24: Palladium Hotels & Resorts Favorite Hotel Award 2015
18: Grand Palladium Rivier May ~ Prestigious "2014 Award of Excellence ~
13: A Royal Getaway to Palladium Resorts
March 2015
28: The Grand Palladium Imbassaí Resort & Spa has been awarded with the "HolidayCheck Award 2015"!
25: Special Guest at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya ~Desiré Cordero, Miss Spain 2014~
February 2015
10: Grand Palladium Resort Jamaica Resort & Spa
January 2015
22: Earth Check Award
October 2014
17: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Earth Check Gold Certification
14: The GrandPalladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa has been awarded with the EarthCheck Gold Certification! PalladiumGreen
September 2014
08: 12TH Annual Jazz Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
07: The Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa has been awarded as "Top Hotel Partner 2014"
April 2014
25: Luis Arzapalo Loria and Miguel Armando finalists of the cusine
18: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa y Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa
March 2014
30: NEW GRAND PALLADIUM BAVARO SUITES INAUGURATION
21: 2014 Is the Year of Zumba in Playa del Carmen
09: BEHIND THE SCENES AT A 5 STAR RESORT ON THE MAYAN RIVIERA
January 2014
16: Food Allergies and Disabilty / Accessability VIDEO
November 2013
20: New Check-in Staircase for Children
20: Travelife Gold Award ~Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa Complex
11: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2013
October 2013
21: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Complex Golden Appel Award
September 2013
06: Palladium Hotel Group signs an agreement to collaborate with UNICEF's Balearic Committe on the rights of children
06: Palladium Hotel Group and Hard Rock International join forces to develop a new hotel complex in Ibiza
June 2013
12: Help Bring Music To The Kids Of Hekab Be This Summer!
05: The following Palladium Hotel Group's properties have been awarded with TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2013.
May 2013
22: Palladium Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce our new partnership with the Emmy Award winning, live action series Raggs!
March 2013
03: Palladium Weddings & Zentropia on Facebook
February 2013
28: Second Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival
January 2013
22: Palladium Hotel Group creates a new APP that turns print materials into virtual experiences
08: Congratulations! Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa Holiday check award 2013
03: ~ BMP Festival ~ Playa del Carmen January 4/13 2013
November 2012
11: New handicap access at the palladium resorts in Punta Cana, Riviera Maya and Jamaica
10: Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal Wish List
06: Holidaycheck awards “Quality Selection” certificates to 17 hotels & resorts
October 2012
29: Fiesta Hotel Group announces its rebranding to Palladium Hotel Group
05: Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Awarded TUI Environmental Champion Award 2012
05: Palladium Hotels & Resorts and The Royal Suites by Palladium Awarded Certification
September 2012
21: Dominican Fiesta will house the first private paddle club in Santo Domingo
10: Karen Bussen's Simple Stunning Weddings now available in Riviera Maya and Punta Cana
August 2012
27: Riviera Maya Golf Club Exclusive Rates
01: Zentropía Palladium Spa & Wellness
July 2012
19: Spa at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Complex will be managed by Palladium Hotels & Resorts
19: Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa 2012 Earthcheck Silver Certification
June 2012
04: Certificate of Excellence 2012
May 2012
30: Sneak Peek! Future renovated rooms Grand Palladium Kantenah and Royal Suites Yucatan
28: Grand Palladium staff association in Jamaica assists workers
20: Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort & Spa offers “family friendly” rooms
20: Club Mobay offers guests of the Grand Palladium Resorts a special VIP lounge at the airport.
April 2012
18: Latte art in Palladium Hotels & Resorts
March 2012
31: Renovations Update Grand Palladium Kantenah and Royal Suites Yucatán
29: Palladium Addict 7th Annual Get Together ~ Coming Events at a Glance~
29:
03: New Feature: Live Music Royal Suites Turquesa Main Pool
February 2012
24: Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal
January 2012
24: The Royal Suites by Palladium: enjoy our suculent seafood delicacies for free!
20: Playa del Carmen Tequila Festival January 26th - 29th
09: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for January 2012 Now Available!
04: Fiesta Hotel Group Dominican Republic fights against sexual exploitation of children
04: Travelife Gold Medal Awarded to Grand Palladium Riviera Maya in Mexico and Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort and Spa.
October 2011
25: Hekab Be Biblioteca 2nd Annual Race Against Cancer!
18: PALLADIUM VALLARTA RENOVATION UPDATE
17: Grand Palladium Resort & Spa Riviera Maya Received "Travelife Gold"Award!
03: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for October 2011 Available Now!
September 2011
28: Palladium Addict Suggestion Thread Updates!
14: Grand Palladium Resorts in Jamaica awarded Earthcheck Silver Certification for environmantal practices
01: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for September 2011 Available Now
August 2011
29: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011
29: Hekab Be Biblioteca, Back to school wishlist!
05: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for August 2011 Available Now
01: Grand Palladium Smart Phone App Update!
July 2011
27: Grand Palladium Punta Cana, International Day of Protection of the Mangroves Ecosystem
21: Merengue Festival Santo Domingo July 29- 31
15: Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa work in progress
05: 4th Annual Whale Shark Festival in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
June 2011
30: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for July 2011 Available Now
30: Grand Palladium Jamaica Receives Award
14: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for June 2011 Available Now
May 2011
30: Tips for 1st time visitors to the Dominican Republic
19: Palladium Magazine Spring/Summer 2011
11: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for May 2011 Available Now
11: New Family Friendly Survey
05: Brand NEW POP Vallarta Video
April 2011
30: Palladium Addict.net Continues to Grow in Leaps and Bounds!!
19: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for April 2011 Available Now
March 2011
14: Internet Available for Purchase in all rooms Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa
12: Palladium Addict Sixth Annual Get Together ~ Coming Events at a Glance~
05: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for March 2011 Available Now
01: Ongoing & Upcoming Events at Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal
February 2011
23: Special Offer 30% Books for Puerto Vallarta Until March 4th 2011
20: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for February 2011 Available Now
05: Palladium Addict Suggestion Box
January 2011
13: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for January 2011 Available Now
13: Sweet Dreams at The Royal Suites Yucatán and Nayarit Rivieras, Mexico
11: Photo Pro Photographers
November 2010
21: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for November & December 2010 Available Now
18: Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal Fundraiser
16: Palladium Travel Club Privileges
11: Congratulations Fiesta Hotel Group
05: Hoteles ecológicos en Punta Cana
October 2010
29: CRYSTAL CERTIFIED
29: Distintivo H Certification
23: WTM World Responsible Tourism Day
20: Underwater Photo Contest in the Mayan Riviera.
02: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for September and October 2010 Available Now
September 2010
23: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Hosting 2010 World Cup PADEL
22: The Grand Palladium Punta Cana Receives Awards!
22: The Palladium Olympics have arrived in Punta Cana!
21: Silver Green Globe Award and Travelife Gold Level
August 2010
24: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival in Tulum
09: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for July and August 2010 Available Now
July 2010
30: Palladium Resorts offering new dining concepts
22: Palladium Magazine Spring/Summer 2010
14: ♫♫ - Reggae Sumfest 2010 - ♫♫
04: Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Hosting 2010 World Cup PADEL
04: Punta Cana Palladium Addict Fiesta
June 2010
14: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for May and June 2010 Available Now
14: Whale Shark Festival 2010 Isla Mujeres
14: ♫♫ - Reggae Sumfest 2010 - ♫♫
09: Caribbean Weather
02: Orphanages, Charities in Jamaica
May 2010
27: PALLADIUM TRAVEL CLUB
24: The Jungle Place
20: Hekab Be Biblioteca Library Summer course 2010 Wishlist
19: Puerto Vallarta prepares for turtle hatchling
14: Cooking Classes for Curious Travellers
12: New! Segways at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa
April 2010
12: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for April 2010 Available Now
08: Abel Matutes Prats, nominado a los premios 'Hall of Fame Young Manager and Young Entrepreneur'
06: Palladium Addict Get Together ~ Coming Events at a Glance
March 2010
31: SkyService Airlines Out of Business as of this Morning
28: Palladium Addict Bracelets
22: Earth Hour 2010
20: Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal Library Fundraiser!
19: Grand Palladiums Hotello Award
15: Punta Cana Carnival is coming to town!
12: The Palladium Addict Amazing Race "Treasure Hunt" April 29th
12: Update! The 5th Annual Palladium Addict Get Together
07: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for March 2010 Available Now
February 2010
10: Punta Cana Meet and Greet was a huge success.
02: Fiesta Palladium Addict Newsletter for February 2010 Available Now
January 2010
19: Canada - Mexico travel requirements change March 1, 2010
December 2009
07: The 5th Annual Palladium Addict Get Together
06: Palladium Addict New Site Design
05: Punta Cana Palladium Addict Fiesta
04: New Palladium Addict Wedding Forum and Palladium Weddings Website.

Tips for 1st time visitors to the Dominican Republic

These tips may be of valuable interest for those of you traveling to Punta Cana for the first time.

Before you leave home
1 .- Make sure you do not need a visa, ask your travel agent, citizens of most European countries and North America do not.
2 .- Check your Passport , it is essential that it is valid and not expired or expires during your stay abroad. In an emergency you can get a new passport the same day of departure in some airports in Europe.
3 .- Confirm with your company cell phone and your appliance is ready to receive and make calls abroad.
4 .- Bring at least U.S. $ 10 cash per person to pay upon arrival at the Dominican airport a “tourist card”, which is required to buy to enter the country, if not paid as part of your package. If you do not take dollars have to pay 10 euros.
5 .- Do not forget your passport or driver’s license if you want to rent a car during your stay.
6 .- Have on hand a pen , you have to fill in some small form to your arrival at the Dominican Airport.
7 .- Bring at least one credit card , regardless of debit and cash. It will be necessary to register at the hotel or if you require medical attention. With regard to cash can take it in euros or dollars American. No need to carry much cash because most places you can pay by VISA, MASTERCARD, and there are plenty of ATMs.
8 .- The health insurance card and the phone number of travel insurance. It is possible that if you do visit a doctor but then pay the insurance costs they are reimbursed, it will depend on individual insurance. The need to allow at the time by telephone.
9 .- We recommend bringing a small kit with a pain reliever for headache, some anti-inflammatory , plasters or bandages and even some anti-diarrheal (combination sun + alcohol + lots of food, may have undesirable effects.) A mosquito repellent, sunscreen (factor 20 or more) and moisturizing after sun, are also very important. You can find perfectly all these products on site, but you will save some money if you bring from home.
10 .- Electrical current is 110V in general, and the plug is style (with blades). Many hotels also have 220V European style plug, but either way you can take a 110V adapter or buy the hotel. It has very little cost and can Work out more of a problem with your electronic equipment.
11 .- The camera is critical, because the sights you see and experience that will live worthy of immortalizing. It is advisable even underwater camera even those cheap single use.
12 .- The basic items to use are: bathing suit, sandals, sunglasses, hat and comfortable clothing and light . Bed linen and bath towels both beach and you will be provided on site. It is important to take in a suitcase shoes if you decide to do some adventure hiking. The long-sleeved clothing is rarely used, but you can take one for if you touch the coldest night of the year or for sites with strong air conditioning.
13 .- Another thing is to bring a backpack or hand luggage without check with some clothes and essential items (which are permitted by international airport authorities), for if you had the bad luck that temporarily mislaid your suitcase. Not for anything unusual, but if it happens, at least you would have the basics on hand to start enjoying your stay from the beginning, what comes your suitcase.

In the Dominican Republic
1 .- off the plane and before passing passport control you need to buy a “ tourist card “for $ 10, if this charge is not included in your package.

2 .- When you pick up your suitcase and leave the customs control will be waiting for a representative of your travel agent or tour operator, who will tell you which bus company takes you to your hotel.

3 .- Remember at all times that you’re on vacation and you’re in a country with another culture and another way of life. Take it easy and enjoy the relaxation.

4 .- Upon arrival at the hotel (if it’s all included), try to make your reservation at the restaurant of your choice. Each hotel usually have 4 or 5 different restaurants at least part of the buffet specialties and it is advisable to book before you run out of quota.

5 .- The tap water is not recommended for consumption, preferably used bottled water and do not forget to hydrate often.

6 .- not ever forget to wear sunscreen , remember that you are in the strip closest to the sun and burns can ruin your vacation.

7 .- The hotel staff will do their best to serve you in the most efficient and friendly, but give little tips will help make your stay even more enjoyable.

8 .- To change money once you are in the country, you should not do in hotels, as they charge a very high commission, much less change in the street. Go to the bank nearest you or one of the bureaux de change available carrying identification. RD recommend always pay the fee so specified, and not to use dollars to euros or petty, because although they may accept you payment will always be more beneficial to pay in local currency.

9 .- When buying gifts negotiates prices , “bargaining” is part of Dominican culture, ask a high price to be lowered considerably after reaching the final price. This is common especially in the gift shop (gift shop) of hotels or close to it, if you try to “haggle” the price in a supermarket or other store probably will not have much success.

10 .- The phone calls from the hotel is quite expensive. It is best to use your phone sparingly and use the e-mail communication over the Internet. The hotels have rooms equipped with computers, Internet and fax service, even many of them have WiFi signal in all areas of the hotel. Another possibility is to make collect calls.

11 .- There is taxi service at tariffs set by destination, ask the fare before hiring the service.

12 .- There are buses that take you to the city of Higuey and the capital, Santo Domingo, an economic good price. Consultation times and prices in our “Transportation.”

13 .- You can hire a car from the hotel and gave it to the door. Note ExtraMED always drive the precautionary measures as the driving style is more chaotic than in more developed countries.

14 .- If you need medical attention , you can find a doctor in the same hotel, as well as several well-equipped clinics and hospitals near you.

15 .- Do not forget to save $ 20 to pay the departure tax at the airport on your return, you may have it included in the package you paid for, but bring them just in case.

16 .- Finally, keep anything containing liquid in the bags to check . Remember the exacting standards of prohibited items in carry-on baggage

Razel


Posted on: 2011-05-30 Permanent Link: Tips for 1st time visitors to the Dominican Republic
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