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Could it be that the Maxim Bungalows in the Dominican Republic, which has only been open for a little over a six months, has closed?
A tipster let us know that the website wasn't working and indeed when we clicked the URL, it sent us to a GoDaddy.com page. GoDaddy is a URL purchasing site and while somebody does own the Maxim Bungalows URL, there's no info nor any redirection going on here. So we just had to find out what was up.
Now, a hotel rep wanted to let us know that celebs are loving the place as well. Some stars making the trip down include, Carrie Ann Inaba, judge of "Dancing with the Stars", Brittany Snow, Dylan McDermott, Chris Evans and Laura Prepon. OK! Magazine also went down there to do a photo shoot for Cashmere Mafia's Bonnie Sommerville (above).
But aside from celebrity sightings, the resort just opened its Social restaurant thus enabling you to dance, drink and party like a celeb even if you don't spy one on your stay there.
Now if only those celeb guests would submit to us a VIP Hotel Review.
Stayed at the Maxim Bungalows recently? Tell us what you did, who you saw and oh yeah, if you liked the hotel?
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Prolific restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow will open the Social Dominican Republic restaurant at the Cofresi Beach location of the resort on April 15th.
Chef Angel Mejia will oversee Social Dominican Republic along with general manager Sean Mohammed, both formerly at Social Miami at Sagamore in sizzling South Beach. Designer Carlos Oroza of architecture firm Prada Kulich created an intimate setting for Social Dominican Republic, seating 70 guests inside and 40 outside.
The restaurant will serve a daily specialty breakfast buffet as well as a full dinner menu. Some selections served at night include the Basil Cured Atlantic Salmon, served with crème fraiche and the Grilled Caribbean Lobster served with asparagus, brown butter, lime and cashews.
However, what actually interests us more is the special poolside fare Social will serve which includes Frozen Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Lollipops, Mojito Sno-Cones, and Frozen Spiced Grapes with Rum. Yummy.
We stopped by to check the TripAdvisor reviews and find out how the first guests have enjoyed their experience of Maxim Bungalows. Maybe because we just read about the new EU law which has made it illegal (not just plain dumb) for hoteliers to post positive reviews about their own hotel on sites like TripAdvisor, we were a little suspicious to see how universally positive the reviews to date have been.
Is Maxim as good as they say? A few of the adjectives thrown around by more than one guest include immaculate, comfortable, gorgeous, relaxing, stylish and gorgeous. The staff get fantastic feedback too, from the cleaners who apparently tidy the rooms several times a day, to the concierge who can organize everything, and the staff who supply endless drinks at the pool.
If this is all true--and in all the reviews, there's not a single, tiny criticism, which does make us wonder--then the opening months of Maxim Bungalows have been a big success. We probably won't believe it though until we try it out for ourselves.
Have you stayed at the Maxim Bungalows? Give us your review in the comments section below.
We've told you about the Royal Palm Hotel and its Maxim Lounge--which you'll remember wasn't hip enough for the lad mag's Super Bowl Party. But we almost choked on our Memorial Day hot dog when we heard about Maxim's newest hotel project. Jennifer Conlin had the story in the New York Times:
Maxim, the men's magazine that features articles like "Secret Sex" and "Horror Movie Hotties," is opening a resort in the Dominican Republic this fall. Dennis Publishing, the parent company of Maxim, has partnered with Elliott, a resort, hospitality and real estate company based in the Dominican Republic, to create Maxim Bungalows, which is scheduled to open in October
Along with studio, one- and two-bedroom bungalows, mancationers will also have the run of a 44-foot yacht, multiple pools and a massive spa. Bro!
· Maxim Offers Its Vision of a Vacation Pad [NYT]
· Royal Palm hotel Has Rooms for Super Bowl But Parties? Not So Much [HotelChatter]