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Review: July 2013 This trip was a site visit to the Majestic Elegance Resort and the Jellyfish prior to our wedding in February. We wanted to get a good understanding of what Punta Cana, and the resort were like so we could advise our guests appropriately. The one thing I learned was that this is by no means a US standard 4 star resort, I would say the 4/5 star rating online equates to 3 star in the US. We stayed at the Majestic Elegance July 18-25th. We had junior suite in the Elle building-elegance club section. The Elle building was great, it was very close to the beach and it had a great access to the Sea & See restaurant. I have already contacted our TA to put the request to have everyone stay at the Elle building. It is the only building that has both Elegance and non-elegance rooms. The ME is a very pretty resort, the grounds, and the pools etc are very nice and well kept. It was unbelievably hot, I felt like I was laying out in Danteâ€™s Infernoâ€¦I have travelled a lot and have never ever been as hot an uncomfortable as I was in PC in July. I live in South Texas where our summers are over 100 degrees with 100% humidity, but I honestly think I am very deconditioned to hot climates because of the A/C everywhere in Texas. I was not aware that the resort was an open air concept. The only A/C was in your room, the elegance lounge and some of the restaurants. This is no fault of the resort, just more my own ignorance, but it did play a role in my comfort and experience during the week. I spoke to a ton of locals who promised my return trip for February will be a much different experience since the climate will be much nicer. Room: Our room was 2251-Elle building. It was comfortable, it needs a facelift though. A fresh coat of paint would do wonders. The wallpaper was peeling in some corners and the wall was a little dingy. Nothing major, but if this resort was opened in 2008, it clearly shows they have not touched up the rooms (or at least our room) since the opening. We took Damp Rid and this helped the humidity level in the room tremendously. It last approx. 5.5 of the 7 days we were there, and you could definitely notice a difference on the 6th day, every surface including my ipad screen was damp. We received 2 wash clothes the last two days of the trip, but we took our own so it was not a big deal, but the reviews regarding washcloths and towels are true so take some with you. Food/Sickness Issues: I was extremely concerned about the food/water/virus issue that was floating around the internet. So to say I went prepared is an understand statement. I took Lysol spray and sprayed down the room, doorknobs, light switches, toilet area especially, bar/fridge anything that anyone before us would have touched and possibly contaminated if they had been ill. We started taking Cuturelle Pro-biotic one week before we left and continued it through the week while we were there. We took bottle water with us to the restaurants and declined the water from the pitcher when they went to pour it at the table. If you ask for bottle water they will bring it to you, but you have to ask. They go to the lobby bar to get it so itâ€™s easier for them to put your water then provide bottle. We took it pretty easy during the day, had a couple beers or margaritas but stayed away from the coconut or sweet drinks. I had travel antibacterial with us everywhere we went and made sure to use it after touching common areas like computers or door handles etc. I took the single serving packets of Gatorade and we drank a couple of those a day to stay hydrated. We ate pretty clean, and simple, grilled fish, steak etcâ€¦ We never got sick thank goodness, but we did meet a couple people at dinner who had been drinking the water in the restaurants and brushing their teeth with tap water and had issues. We used bottle water for everything, and made sure to use anti-bacterial after we washed our hands with tap water. I will say on the day before leaving we took a ScubaAquatica excursion to Catalina Island, I took several bottle water with us from the hotel after I heard s few people complain about suspicious â€œpurifiedâ€ water on their excursion which was served out of a large cooler. During the excursions I notice the girl serving drinks did not have gloves on and did not use a cup or utensil to grab the ice for drinks. She was using her bare hand to put ice in cups for drinks and soda. We only had one beer each, but my fianc©e ate lettuce, tomatoes, fruit etc while on excursion and had terrible diareahh the next day. Thankfully I had Imodium and he took one for plane ride home. We suspect it was suspicious food handling or unclean water that was used when washing and preparing salads and fruits. Other than that we ate the exact same thing, grilled chicken and rice etc. Jellyfish: Amazing, incredible, beautiful. The food was fantastic; we had a lovely dinner fish and lobster and loved it. We met with Mayte and had a great 2 hour meeting, she is wonderful. Our trip to JF was definitely the highlight of our trip and if it wasnâ€™t for the fantastic venue we will be having our wedding at, we would have moved venues to Aruba or Mexico. Overall the trip was ok, nothing about ME or PC was incredible or terrible, it was just average. We thought the food at the ME was so-so (well I thought it was fine at some points and sub-standard at others but my fianc©e is a chef and did not care for food at all). I think the average person, and most of our guest will be content with the food, but it is the only vacation I have ever been on where I came home 2 lbs lighter. It was also our first and last all-inclusive. We have decided to stick with the ME for wedding, but instead of staying for an additional week for honeymoon, we cancelled our stay at ME and are catching a flight from PC to Puerto Rico via Jet Blue.