My husband and I spent 7 days at the Stanza Mare. We were in Punta Cana for New Years Eve and loved spending the evening sitting on the beach watching fireworks and drinking champagne, then dancing at the Hurrican Cafe.
The Condo- Is clean and has all the basics you need to make meals and enjoy your home away from home. The bed is very comfortable! The condo is only a 2 minute walk to the beach and overlooks the pool with a tiny view of the ocean. Linda and Vincente were fantastic, and were always available for questions.
The Stanza Mare- The property is very well cared for. We used the laundry service and they did a good job. It's too bad that they don't ever have the little pool side bar open. The one down side is the number of lounge chairs. There aren't enough. You want to get down to the pool/beach early if you want to get a lounge chair. The concept of security is kind of funny. There is a guard at the gate, but anyone can walk through easily so i don't know what the purpose it exactly. We felt perfectly safe at all times in Punta Cana, so no worries there, you just have to be smart.
Shopping-I would recommend stopping at the Super Pola on the way from the airport, there are 2 small markets within walking distance, but they are a bit more expensive. As far as souvenier shopping, be prepared, the shopkeepers are very persistent at trying to get you into their shops, It honestly kept me from shopping very much they are very "in your face"!
Money- Don't make the same mistake I did and exchange money at the airport, it's a rip off. Simply ask Linda when you arrive and she will exchange for you. We also used the ATM at the shopping mall at the Hard Rock and that worked fine. It's about a 15 minute walk.
Restaurants- There are numerous restaurants with in 5 minutes walk, even a nice bakery. We tried several, our favorite was Citrus. There is also an Balicana, Asian restaurant that is very good. We understand that D'Angelos Pizza was good, their pasta however, was not good.
Overall we had a very good experience in Punta Cana!!