Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added Value!
Family: Kids 5 and under Stay, Play and Eat Free.

Located in front of the famous Villas del Mar beach, the all-inclusive Emotions Beach Resort, an Expression of Hodelpa showcases the best that La Romana has to offer. Situated in the charming town of Juan Dolio, a quiet area on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, this resort is just 20 minutes away from Las Americas International Airport. Aside a stretch of beautiful beach and warm, clear Caribbean waters, this resort offers comfortable guestrooms with unbelievable views.

On the beach, guests can lounge in the sun or take part in a variety of activities including snorkeling and other non-motorized watersports. Stay cool with by taking a dip in the pool or stay active with a game of tennis, a trip to the shooting range or batting cage, or keeping up your routine with a workout in the state-of-the-art gym facility.

Experience fine dining with any of the restaurants on-site, including Amici which serves up authentic Italian classics, or Pitahaya featuring a delicious organic menu. Other dining options include a cheese and wine restaurant, a beach bar, and a beer house. With so many gourmet restaurants to choose from, there is surely something for everyone.

Emotions Beach Resort, an Expression of Hodelpa offers 341 luxurious guestrooms, each featuring a balcony with remarkable views. Ideal for families, the deluxe bedroom offers accommodations for children of all ages. For a more romantic getaway, the adult's only section is a quiet area with elegant amenities.


Near Los Marlins Golf Course
Las Americas International Airport : 21 miles

Property Information

Total rooms: 455


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information* The Dominican Republic imposes various restrictions each year for Easter. They usually begin the Thursday prior to Good Friday and run a few days past Easter Sunday. The following regulations may be enforced: -Motorized water sports may be banned -Non-motorized water sports may be limited or banned -Alcohol consumption may be restricted (most resorts get a permit enabling them to serve alcohol to nonnative people during the ban) -Music may be limited or silenced

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.  Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.  Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 4885 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Horrendous waiting time, me and my family had to wait over 2 hours to get our rooms, meanwhile multiple different groups that entered after us were given their rooms with no more than 15 minutes of wait time. The staff must need retraining!!!

    Jul 21, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    I would come back to this place

    Very good place,safe and service was amazing. Our bartender Pedro was the best. Very friendly happy and always ready to serve. Elias was also amazing. Anything we needed he got for us or made sure we were comfortable and happy. The buffet was ok if I could say more items would be nice but overall was good. Very clean resort. All the staff were very good to our family. I can't say anything bad about our stay.

    Jul 19, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Could be much better!

    LOCATION if you’re like me and usually book hotels without looking where they exactly are situated, note that this resort is about 1h45 away from punta cana’s airport. Keep that in mind! LOBBY AND CHECK IN Arriving at the lobby, there were 3 employees at the registration desk. They were all busy on their screen and took about 5 long minutes before saying something. No “hello, thank you for waiting, we will be with you shortly” or anything. Once I got my room key, no explanation were given on the resort itself: I didn’t know where was my room, where was the buffet, the main activities, etc. I had to find my room on my own (and as there is many building and I had no map, it was a bit complicated. Another visitor from the resort helped me, when she saw I was visibly lost! FOOD Let’s start by saying that I am not a picky eater and I always eat what’s in my plate. A la carte restaurants are mostly not worth it. First of all, i travel solo so sitting at a table doing nothing for a long time is a bit boring. In all the restaurants, it took them 15-20 min before taking my order even tho i would close the menu quite fast. The restaurants were never full either only 4-5 tables to serve at the same time. I got the mushroom risotto at the Italian restaurant and it was stiff and thick, not creamy at all. At the Asian restaurant, I got sushi as the main and I received 5 sushi, 2 were chicken and 3 were plantain banana. No fish or veggies whatsoever. The rice was also full of vinegar and dense. Mexican and Dominican restaurants were OK. Buffet lacks variety but has better food than a la carte restaurants. What saved me was the room service. Many things were missing everyday in all the menus. You would ask for the fried ice cream at the Asian restaurant, they would not have it. The bacon at breakfast? Only available one morning. Of course shortage can happen, but every night something I would want would not be available. Note: if you are in the essentia building, 24-7 room service is included! Ask for the menu on WhatsApp as the room service menu of the app is not free and has only 3-4 choices, compared to the I voided menu that has many options with breakfast, lunch, diner and late night snack. Note that I didn’t get any type of food poisoning or traveler sickness - just be careful in drinking only bottled water and no tap water ! Note that the resort serves filtered water in the buffet and restaurant and I drank that all week without any issue. ROOM I booked an essentia swim out room and it was worth it ! Rooms were kept clean by their wonderful staff but the room themselves are in need of renovation. My shower didn’t had any shampoo holder but I could see there used to be one. My stuff was on the floor. That’s fine to me but could’ve been more convenient with a shower rack. The shower head is way over due here life span and is in deep need of replacement. Also, I don’t know if it was just for my room or for everyone but I never got hot water coming out of that shower, only warm-ish water. The swim out part of the rooms was the best as I needed rest and calm, and that’s what I got in the swim out. The swim outs are not permitted to children and is adult only so you wan enjoy a bit of peace even if this resort is family friendly. ACTIVITIES I’m used to going to resort where they give you a planning for the whole week, the show playing at night, when is the karaoke evening and where, special nights, etc. This resort doesn’t provide this and say that the activity calendar is only shared at the activity center but I found it very incomplete, lacking informations and didn’t had much days ahead, making the planning of the week a bit more difficult. STAFF Other than the lobby staff that I found unhelpful at check in and check out, the waiters, bartenders, bell boy, cleaning crew, et , were all very kind and helpful ! I didn’t wanted my room being cleaned everyday as I would not make much of a mess, but the lady taking care of the room always made sure I had water and beverages in my fridge. She was very kind. In conclusion, this resort is not a 4*, more like a 3 or mayyyybe a 3 1/2 and I won’t be going back.

    Jul 15, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not good, not horrible

    This resort was okay but I don’t think I would ever go back. It is really far from the airport that the packages usually use, the Punta Cana one. Overall, it was neither good nor horrible but it was mostly bad for me. The buffet is repetitive and the a la carte is bad. We also had to change rooms because ours was musty. The air conditioner was not working and I truly believe this resort is only for locals. This is why most people speak Spanish and most of the activities cater to Dominicans. There were stray dogs and cats all over the beach and the resort including in the restaurants which is actually disgusting to say the least. I was so uncomfortable the whole time I went to eat because the first day a cat crawled beside my leg and went under the table as we were eating. For the good parts most of the staff was really nice except I noticed on the weekends, some of the staff only really cater to locals so there’s not as much care during the weekend but it was still okay. The drinks to me were also really good for the most part. The older man who makes most of the drinks in the main area and the young girl were phenomenal but there was someone who came in once on the weekend who couldn’t even get basic drinks right.

    Jun 22, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    You may go ....BUT !!!

    This review is just to manage your expectation if you are interested to book a week vacation in this resort. This is a nice all inclusive resort but not a 4 or 5 stars. We enjoyed our room with the direct access to a semi-private pool (that was great). The personals are courteous and professional we enjoyed their companies. If you plan to book your flight trough Punta Cana, be aware there is a minimum of 1h45 transfer time from this airport, the resort is nearer to Santo Domingo the capital. In June, it was certainly not the high season, weekdays we felt alone in the resort....but...the weekend all the local Dominicans are invited. We felt more like in a jungle with loud salsa music all day and no respect from basic rules (full of children in the adult section, hamburgers and fries all over the pools etc etc), this was not enjoyable The four restaurant are great, we enjoyed all of them but for the buffet, 90% Dominicans style cut our appetite, and the coffee tasted bad, BUT, a great coffee shop was available to get your cappuccinos after your meal, great!. The beach, like many places, was full of weeds but we can't blame the resort for this situation. Be careful, the tap water is bad, never drink it or wash your teeth.

    Jun 21, 2024

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