We have just returned from a week at the Sunscape Casa del Mar. The resort and grounds are beautifully maintained and the beach is right on the property. There were ample lounge chairs on the beach and a beach bar where you could just walk up for all types of drinks. There are daily beach activities - aerobics, merengue lessons, etc. All the usual water sports are available - parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc. There are also a couple of swimming pools, meticulously maintained. There is a snack bar located by the pool, so if guests wanted hot dogs or slices of pizza between swims or while sunning themselves, it was available duirng the day on a self-service basis. Our room was fine; it was very clean, with maid service and an additional checks in the evenings to determine if guests required additional towels. The in-room mini-bar was stocked with water and sodas, and replenished as often as necessary - all included with no extra charge. For those who are concerned about it, there was cable tv with CNN and HBO service.
The resort also has a gym (that we didn't use!).
Room service (we didn't try it) was also available at no extra charge; I heard from other guests that it was good. There were four restaurants on the premises; the food was good. There was an real attempt to offer diversity of food choices, esp in the buffet restaurant with various themes on different nights (Mexican night, seafood, etc). The food was good quality, not gourmet, but although of course there was some repetition of meal offerings. I heard that there was good seafood, esp. lobster available in the Jungle Bar for an extra charge, but we did not feel the need to try it). If you wanted a taste of 'standard' offerings such as burgers and fries or fish & chips, that was available at the Savona Grill - which stayed open really late, I believe until about 3am! There is a general store, a jewelry store, and a cigar/tobacco shop onsite, both of which are not inexpensive. A taxi ride into the town of La Romana where there are more tourist shops runs about $50 roundtrip.
There was free horseback riding and bike riding available (don't know if this was free) There were
a number of excursions available which I heard were very good (we didn't partake - we went for rest and relaxation only!). The staff were pleasant and well trained; just be advised that most speak Spanish only - not a problem for us. Of course the lobby staff appeared to have excellent fluency in several languages. There was some type of live entertainment every night (with professional shows on 2/3 nights); the other entertainment was audience-participation-based. There was live music on a couple of nights in the pool and lobby area. While we didn't have any kids with us, there seemed to be plenty of activities for them, including movies by the pool most evenings. Internet access is available as well in the computer/tv lounge for about $1US for 10 minutes. There is a great spa located on the premises as well; we had great massage treatments there. The resort also has a disco, mostly patronized by the late teen/early 20's crowd - playing a sort of Euro/techno music mix that was not to our taste. The usual compliment of excursions were also available - at prices that were not prohibitive.
The mix of guests at this resort seems to be largely comprised of Europeans: English, Italian, Germans but plenty of Americans as well. There is alot of friendly banter between guests and it's easy to meet lots of nice people.
On the negative side, it took the better part of an entire day to travel to this resort. We had to fly into Santo Domingo (not a direct flight for us), followed by a 2-hour ride to get to the resort. Although there is a new La Romana airport about 20 minutes from the resort, it seems that most guests we encountered also had to fly into either Santo Domingo or Punta Cana (also about 1 1/2 - 2 hours away). This travel time may not seem too bad, but the road trip is taken on a small cramped bus which is tough for such a long ride. Also, it would be best to take enough cash and/or pesos that will last your trip; we didn't have quite enough and the ATM machine was 'down' for most of our visit.
Overall this resort offered very good value for the money; we would go back again. It's a great place to go for pure relaxation and great beach time.