Be Live Collection Canoa is an All Inclusive 5-star hotel situated right on the beach of Bayahibe. With spectacular pools and Spa, this resort is perfect for a family vacation or for a couple’s getaway.
Have visited this resort for the last 10 years and it has gone from a great hotel when ran by Hilton to finally on this last trip to a place where the only thing nice you are going to still enjoy is the beautiful beach and landscaping. The new staff is really inept and don't seem to be happy having extra work as the resort seems to be understaff. Front desk staff was not friendly at all when checking in/check out. The only staff member still there that still does a great job is a server at the Buffett named Rosa. If you want to eat at one of the restaurant you have to be up early and make a line to reserve otherwise you will never be able to eat at any of them and all they will do is offer you another restaurant that you will have to pay around $50.00 USD. Food at the Buffett is pretty mediocre but european tourists seem not to have a problem with it . I would recommend Dreams which is another resort located in the area which I have also visited numerous time and it's worth paying the higher daily as you will receive better service when it comes to accommodation,food,staff and entertainment.
Be Live Canoa is a great hotel. I traveled with family and friends and we had a great time.
We enjoyed the public spaces best, particularly the pool and the central bar.
We paid for a room upgrade and were thoroughly disappointed. Our room actually seemed smaller and with less amenities than the room a couple traveling with us had who did not purchase the upgrade. Room also had mold, standing rain water, and a bad smell.
I loved the resort and some of the staff were friendly and made us feel welcome. We appeared to be the only ones tipping yet we were still treated rudely by most staff. The entertainment folks were very friendly and fun and Vitalina at the pool bar was the best. She was very friendly and made us feel welcome and for that, we tipped her well during the stay. The resort itself is very nice and fun especially for the money. There seemed to be a large language barrier with speaking American English as most of the guests at the hotel were European, French, German and Italian seemed to be the second language by staff members. The food was good and the hotel was nice enough to go back for the money spent.
This hotel is situated on some of the loveliest grounds I have ever seen. It is landscaped with fruit trees and a stream. The stream is filled with cute birds, turtles and fish. The beaches are lovely and the ocean looks like a spread in a magazine. However, It is not English friendly. Signs are listed in all other European languages, and the staff on the whole, most of the staff do not speak English. US citizens, especially if they are not fluent in Spanish, are not tolerated well, especially by the young Italians. They speak openly with disgust about Americans, and push them off the sidewalks. It became very uncomfortable. The rooms are 2 star. No basic amenities like a clock, a tub that drains, or a flat screen tv. The largest problem was the beds. They had less give than sleeping on a carpeted floor, and the pillows were old and lumpy. Dining was limited. There were few choices. Quality meat was rationed by staff who walked around and sliced of pieces onto your plate.
The beach is pretty and the pool was refershing. But...the food was terrible. The $20/person snorkeling trip went to a dead reef and tennis lessons didn't happen 2 out of the 3 days we stayed (I had really looked foward to that!). All-inclusive drinks was the only thing that made us happy. There really is nothing special about this resort. Maybe good for families with kids, but nothing luxury or special for adults who have been around the world. \n \nAlso -- a 1.5 hour and $90 cab ride from Santo Domingo -- thanks A LOT online travel website for not including that in our so-called 'all inclusive' vacation package. \n \nOverall it was a bummer of a trip for the money we spent.