Bundle Breakdowns: Handicapping resort credits in the Dominican Republic

by Paul B. on March 15, 2010

Caribbean golfing at its best at Casa de Campo

Caribbean golfing at its best at Casa de Campo

Turns out Orlando isn’t the only place where hotels are handing out resort credits. The Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic has a new offer out, its “Go Green in March” deal, that’s designed to lure visitors to the resort’s awesome golf courses before April 4. With promised savings of a whopping $525 per stay, this package is ripe for a Bundle Breakdown.

Is it really that great of a deal? We do the math, after the jump.

The offer mandates a five-night minimum stay, and the deal grants a free upgrade to an Elite room — “subject to availability.” Herein lies the $525 savings the hotel brags about: An Elite room, at $450 a night, sells for $105 a night more than a Luxury room, meaning after a five-night stay, you’ll have “saved” $525. It’s a pretty specious claim since you don’t actually pocket the $525 price difference. If that’s what passes for savings these days, well, Superior rooms, at just $295 a night, have access to the same world-class golf courses, beaches, and restaurants as the higher-priced accommodation types.

As for the resort credit, which is worth $200, guests have to book at the Luxury level in order to qualify for it; at that level, the total bill pre-taxes and fees bill would be $1,725. The credit is good at the resort’s golf pro shop and restaurants, so it’s certainly a worthwhile freebie on its own merits, particularly here, where you’ll easily spend more than $200 on food and beverage over a five-day stay.

So if you’re headed to Casa de Campo for golf rather than the in-room comforts, is this package really worth the extra outlay? Not really: Staying in a Superior room for five nights will run $1,475, saving you $300 over the price of booking a Luxury room. You’ll miss out on the $200 resort credit, but by forgoing the package, you’ve just created your own, more substantial deal.

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