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Barcelo Bavaro Beach
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Carretera Bavaro Km. 1 | PO Box 3177, Punta Cana 23301, Dominican Republic   |  
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“Excellent Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

I will preface this by saying that this was our 17th trip to Punta Cana. We had experienced most of the adult only resorts at least once and have also spent time in family resorts along Bavaro Beach. This hotel has a huge advantage. Here is why: It was built back in the day. That gives it the advantage of having the campus spread out over a large section of fabulous beach- selected when no other builders were building. Instead of having a small beachfront and building way back into the bush, they simply built their resort spread out along the waterfront. That is worth a lot. Each building is set with angled balconies so that many, many rooms truly have a view of the water. Those wishing to spend a little more for a face on, 100% ocean view, should select the Ocean View rooms. I like that. You want it, you pay for it and you select that room category - and it means something. Sometimes you pay for Ocean View and you have to stand on the balcony, on a chair and peek to the left for a bit of blue in the background. This is true-blue...ocean front. The beach is large, deep, easy to walk on and there are amazing ergo-chaises that really give you a good day at the beach. No back ache after a saggy seat experience. Always a seat down there and always an amazing, interesting waterfront activities vista. Love that. Marina etc in the area.

All resorts suffer from Chair Saving. I do not know how this can be solved but greedy people, who get up early, know they will be at the beach all day, and yet save a chair poolside are irritating and....everywhere. Every resort suffers from this. Short of checking in with an attendant and losing your spot after two hours of non-use, which would have other implications, I do not know they can do. It is unfortunate because if everyone would just go to where they want to be for that period of time and not leave a place holder on the other area - it would most likely work out. Sadly, at Barcelo Bavaro Beach ( BBB ), or ANY sun destination resort - this is the ongoing issue. Not really something you can speak to within a review of this resort - universal problem. I can say that never, during a week at BBB, did we have to worry we could not sit somewhere ...the beach has a 50% vacancy rate on chairs..all the time. And that is some kind of beach - shade, sun, close to the water, up near the bar...all there. We took advantage of that and slept in - seemed like a luxury as we are often up at the crack of dawn, securing out daytime spot while choices still exist. I hate having an early morning responsibility while on vacation.

Now, for those in a panic over these bathroom reviews, I will provide my opinion. When the multi-million dollar revamp of this place was undertaken recently, they obviously decided that the area that houses the toilet and tub, which is inside its own little cubicle, would be given a band-aid treatment and not full surgery! The outer area with the sinks and counters is the most convenient we have been provided with in all of the resorts we have frequented. Dandy set up - each has their own sink and acres of counter between. We always have cosmetic bags, shaving kits etc and the fact that you can set up shop and not be in each others way was really a plus. We loved it. There is a nice stool for sitting and ..painting nails, applying make up....really super convenient and well-thought-out. Now...this business with the tub/shower. It is old. It is not the marble, walk in shower, sparkler that you get when you pay more. If you are one to laze in a bubble bath and that is a big part of your day - not for you. This is the standard, 1970's tub with shower set up. The tubs have been resurfaced with a spray treatment of some kind and it has a dull finish. There is no mould on the tiles, there is no "icky" anywhere, it is just not a five star Canadian Hotel bathroom. It is easy to figure out....we pay less, have more beach and view and we get a bathroom that, although refurbished, is not rebuilt and has no wow factor in the tub/toilet area. It's old and its clean. I like to vacation frequently and this was something I was aware of accepted and was not bothered by - but I am not a bubble bath kind of girl so....the extremely good water pressure, non-stop hot water and daily excellent cleaning of our suite was fully acceptable for me. Nuff said on the loo.

I must say that the King sized bed was fabulous. Newer than many we have slept on in resorts, excellent mattress and the linen was all cotton covered and obviously fully washable which I loved. I see many photos of two beds in some suites - we requested and had one large bed. The TV was a new flat screen - all good there once we found the converter which was standing inside a paper sleeve that showed the channels - we did not figure that out quickly! DUH.

I also read so much about people having issues with front desk, with staff etc and I don;t know why that is such a big deal. You are in Punta Cana and local people speak Spanish. If that is a problem for you perhaps you should select a country where English is a requirement to work in resorts. In Punta Cana they try but they are hired without that being a condition of employment. Over many, many visits we have learned to carry a dictionary, give it a whirl and know some key phrases. Part of the charm. When I read about the absolute frustration people express about the language I am....surprised and saddened to think that as holiday travellers they just don't get it. If that is going to rub you the wrong way and bring on long tirades in review pages....maybe you should go to Florida for your sun where English is the spoken language. Nuff on that.

One thing I regret when I go to a new, highly polished resort is the fact that I am often eating a dinner or breakfast half a mile back off the ocean in some very wonderful restaurant that could be ....anywhere in any country. Eating on the beach, morning noon and night is such a rare opportunity and you will LOVE BBB for that option. You can eat in the buffet or you can walk another 3-4 mins and arrive at the most delightful dining area that has a smaller buffet, well appointed with an air conditioned food display area with an outer section that allows you to sit in the shade and enjoy the wonders of the ocean while you dine (with champagne!)...oh my. Hard to explain. This area is fully refurbished and really a high point of this lovely resort. If you sleep late - this is where you will have you breakfast and it is worth sleeping in for! The wait for a special coffee in a lot of resorts can make it not worth the effort. BBB has the most fabulous set up of automated coffee centres where you bring your cup, push a button and le voila....super duper coffee specialties Love it. Have one on the patio of this restaurant and stop worrying about your 1970s bathtub.....LOL. This is why we come to the islands..to live on the sand and enjoy the best in food and drink in atmospheres we cannot recreate in our countries.

The bar is great. Lots of action and good drinks. Tip. It is worth. $1 a round is what we leave and we think it helps us have good service. We see lots who give nothing and they are still served nicely - not sure but over the years we have adapted that policy and we stick by it. Also the maid service folks get tipped daily. Our room is always super duper clean and we have nothing but compliments for their efforts.

Food - hmmm....well this is not Toronto, Ottawa or Vancouver and they have different things to work with. The fresh fish, the vegetables, the fruit, the bread.....these are fabulous and pasta is well-prepared. We eat everything and have no problems with our digestion. I have to say that people bake themselves in the sun (which makes you sick) over-drink (which makes you sick) Eat foods they would NEVER eat at home (Which makes you sick) and then blame the resort for food issues. Drink lots of non-alcoholic beverages daily, don't take 9 hours of sun with an oil slick on you, get 8 hours of sleep and don't over eat and THEN lets talk about the food. Kind of tiresome when you hear people say their stomach is off and the food is to blame when you saw them staggering around bombed the night before. Just sayin.

To end this let me say that BBB is pleasantly retro and it has the best campus in the area. If you are going for an amazing island experience, with a huge sparkling pool and no swim up bar....(which I love - drinks are close at hand but it gets all those stand-around-all-day guys out of the water to get the next drink and...while up there - why not use the bathroom - which I fear they forget to do when they get drink after drink standing up to their shoulders in water - you know what I am saying?).....I first missed the swim up bar and then....thought it through and like the idea.

I have only one negative. I read in the sun and I carry a float that I hop on and float around in some unused part of the pool. I had it - takes up some weight in your luggage - and the signs say - NO FLOATS....darn. I was disappointed and I would say that the pool could easily handle those of us so inclined - the pool had so few people in it and the water area is vast....wish that sign was not there. I think floating is a big deal for lots of people travelling so they could reconsider that. They have the space. I have the float....LOL!

We took a whirlwind trip to BBB in February for a week - booked two days in advance and took a chance - totally a price driven decision. We were not disappointed and we have plans to return in April.

Fear not - no building is too far from the hub, the adjacent resort is fabulous and riding the trolley for some exploring - having drinks at the other hotels - all fun and ...you never have to leave the main property. I shake my head when I read these reviews and think...WTH. This is the first time I have chosen a resort that was less than 5 stars - we have been to Excellence, Ambar, RiuPalace, Secrets Royal, Catalonia and on and on and you know, if you think of this as a fabulous cottage, sitting along a crystal blue sea with great services you can get over the refinished bathtub and the fact that this is a Spanish speaking country and really enjoy yourself.
We did and we are going back!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Everything was great except getting bitten by bed bugs the first night. The resort moved us to a second room and we didn't have any issues thereafter, except with management not taking responsibility that we had to throw out everything we brought with us to ensure we weren't bringing bed bugs back to our homes. Their reply is that the bugs were mosquitoes, which we know is not correct (from the bites, their excrement, etc). We had patches of many bites over different parts of our bodies including our arms, faces, necks, backs and legs. We also have plenty of photos of the "morning after" sheets (both beds) with the blood and excrement as well as our many many bites. We met with management 5 times (such a great way to spend our vacation) and kindly asked for their help in this matter... compensation or a credit in some way for this inconvenience so we could buy new luggage and clothing (or even buy us new suitcases to take home). They did not budge and kept up the mosquito story (why would a resort ever admit they have bed bugs anyway right?). They could have credited us that night and bought us new luggage and paid for our stuff to be washed, but NO, that didn't happen. We are working with Travelocity to remedy this situation.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

1st time to Punta Cana, 2nd time to Dominican Rep.
I went on this trip with my long time girlfriend and we both weren't dissapointed at all. We did get lucky and got a pool view with a slight oceanview room. I would recommend taking the free shuttle that stops across all locations including the deluxe hotel.

The room was always stocked with all kinds of drinks and snacks. Other than the bathroom being outdated the room was overall great in general. The main attraction however is the beach. Very clean beach and sun chairs always available, unfortunally we can't control the weather and Punta Cana can get very windy at time.

Food was outstanding, considering both myself and my girlfriend are vegetarians. Lots of great options and things can be made to order. Again bring Imodium if your stomach can't take exotic types of foods since there were some there but I nor my girlfriend had any issues with the food.

Overall a great trip to Punta Cana highly recommend for a nice romantic getway with your significant other :)

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

The hotel is very nice. It is an adult only hotel yet has no swim up bar and night activities you must go to the other hotel property for all of that, where the families are.
The pool area is very clean and nice. If you want a poolside chair, go out early and save the chair your beach towel. The beach is beautiful and has lots of chairs.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Stoney Creek, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

To start things off, we had originally booked the Ocean Blue and Sand but were bumped 48 hours prior to departure. We weren't sure about the Barcelo as we didn't know much about it, but since we really wanted the time away from work and stress, we decided to give it a try. After a terrible flight with Air Transat (bad food, no air flow, bumpy ride and only one glass of bad wine) we arrived at 1:00am to no welcome drinks, not even water. Due to being bumped so close to our trip, we expected some issues with check-in. After 20 minutes of confusion we were told we weren't staying at the Palace Deluxe Junior Suite with Jacuzzi on the balcony and Ocean View Room as promised, but rather were at the Adults Only Section (and the furthest building away from everything we wanted to be close to). My girlfriend and I were shuttled over with another family of 3 and all our luggage on a 2 seater golf cart...not very accommodating. After another 20 minutes at the reception desk, we were taken to our room. The room was ok, recently renovated except for the shower, which was filthy and not at all what we were promised after being bumped. We went to the front desk and asked to be moved but they said there was nothing they could do. We asked for it to at least be cleaned and they said someone would go take care of it immediately. We walked around for over an hour and upon our return, still filthy. Not a very nice way to start things off and the next day wasn't much better. Both the front desk agent and our travel agent said they were at 100% capacity and they couldn't do anything for us.

The first 2 days were spent complaining and trying to figure out what the hell we got ourselves into. And after all the stress and disappointment, i was left with a stress induced ulcer and laid in bed all Saturday night. Not the way we imagined our first all inclusive vacation together. I will say after the first few days, we settled in and tried our best to enjoy our vacation. The hotel certainly had some great positives, along with the negatives. We just wish we got the things we had booked and were promised after being bumped.

Pros: Beach (nicest I've seen yet), plenty of restaurant choices, activities both for kids and adults, train shuttle service, shops, rooftop lounge, 24 hr sportsbar, size (if you like walking)

Cons: Size (depending where your room it could take a while to get from place to place), Showers in Adults Section, IMPOSSIBLE to find a spot by the pool unless you're up before 7am (people would leave towels and books all day, this is very frustrating and the hotel should change their policy. I understand leaving your stuff to go grab a drink or for lunch but if you're gone for over an hour, you should lose rights to that spot.) The entertainment was subpar, but they did try their best and the Michael Jackson performance was good.

Food: With 11 restaurants, you'll never go hungry although the service was pretty bad. Our favourite a la carts were the 19th Hole (golf section but all are allowed – we thought this was the best overall place), Chez Gourmet (costs $25 per person unless you're in adults only section), and Italian – Dolce Vita. We found the steakhouse, seafood and Japanese were just ok and the Japanese show/food could have been better. If you've never seen one of these shows before it's still worth going. Our favourite breakfast spot was la Brisa (adults section), as it opened later which suited our lifestyle better. Very fresh breakfast food with delicious espresso. We avoided the buffets all together as the service was terrible and food was bland. Something was always missing at the tables and after 1 glass of water or wine, you wouldn't see a waitress/waiter again (a common theme among all buffets).

Room: Adults Section (Bavaro Beach), with Partial Sea View. The bed, flatscreen, minibar and A/C were great. The double sinks were nice, but the shower was stained, filthy and there is no shower curtain so it leaked everywhere. The balcony is very small and almost useless although it does provide a partial view of the sea. Request a top floor room, or else you'll hear people walking and moving chairs all day long.

Staff: For the most part, we found the staff to be polite and spoke great english. If you learn a little Spanish it will go a long way. There were a few that didn't seem to be as pleasant but none were rude.

Grounds: Absolutely immaculate! For a place as large as this, they do an incredible job keeping it well maintained.

Overall, beautiful resort but could use some improvement.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

This place is by far one of the best resorts. All the rooms (even if you aren't beach front) are all close to the beach. And everything is within great proximity. Choice of restaurants fabulous ( especially The Gourmet),although all were very good. The buffets are nothing to complain about. The staff is really nice. We got to know Jose and Angel who are great bartenders in the lobby bar. And also the front desk staff are very acccomodating. Try not to buy too much in the gift shop. A bit pricy! But there is a flea market next to the hotel. The beach is excellent. Lots of chairs available and very clean. We will be going back next year

Room Tip: The bathtubs need to be renovated but overall it is still a very nice room
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012 via mobile

My partner and I had a great relaxing vacation.

The food was warm but good.

Building 2 is the best and closest to the beach.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Bavaro Km. 1 | PO Box 3177, Punta Cana 23301, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#12 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#13 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#25 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#30 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Bavaro Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 589
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only*****hotel is located on one of the 10 best beaches in the world, in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic. This dreamy hotel has reinvented itself after a complete renovation to become an exclusive hotel for adults only. The hotel offers first class rooms 80% of which are located right on the beachfront. This makes it the most perfect place for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the exquisite range of cuisine on offer at the hotel through the Barcelo All Inclusive Programme with its Caribbean Buffet, Chez Gourmet and La Brisa restaurants; 9 a-la-carte restaurant options: Chez Gourmet (international), La Brisa (Mediterranean), El Coral (fish and seafood), Santa Fe (meat), La Dolce Vita (Italian), Mexico Lindo (Mexican), La Fuente (Spanish), Kyoto (Japanese) and La Comedie (Gourmet - additional charge except for Club Premium guests). Visit the facilities where you can find different options to fill your days: football pitch, tennis court, swimming pool, golf course, water sports, wellness centre, theatre and casino. This exclusive resort set on a virgin beach welcomes you with a cocktail, spoils you with drinks by the pool and offers you a 45 minute hydrothermal circuit, per person once during your stay. There are also 2 massage beds in the pool area (at an additional charge). Staying at this hotel also grants guests access to the facilities of the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, a hotel which shares some of its services and facilities. This hotel is one of the very few in the country that boasts the international BLUE FLAG for compliance with the standards required by the non-profit non-governmental organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Come and rediscover the marvels the Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only***** hotel has to offer! ... more   less 
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