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“Great Adults Only Relaxation Spot” 5 of 5 stars
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Barcelo Bavaro Beach
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playas de Bavaro | PO Box 3177, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #16 of 100 hotels in Punta Cana
Independence, Missouri, United States
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Adults Only Relaxation Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This hotel was amazing. The staff did everything they could to accomadate us. I didn't book reservations early enough for dinner and they were there to help every night. Food was very good. Could get food anytime of day. Excursions were great. Beach was beautiful and clean. Very strong security. Every time you left the resort they kept track of you very well. Felt very safe. Loved the whole experience. Will travel there again with the kids in Feb. 2013 Do upgrade to club premium. Joanna and all the people in the club were soooo very nice. Luna was our chauffer. These employees went above and beyond for us. Thank you sooo much you guys.

Room Tip: We had a bottom floor suite. The walk out to the beach was within feet. It was amazing. No noise.
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  • Stayed November 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We spent 7 days here, from November 9th until November 16th. Check in was quick. Received a welcome drink and a towel to cool off. We were taken to our room, 4001, and shown how to use the safe, the fan, air conditioning, everything, which was great. The room was very large and the bed was huge. There was two sinks and a very large counter. The actual bathroom was small, but it served the purpose. Our sliding doors opened onto a small patio, off a grassy area, with two lounge chairs. It was very private and quiet, except in the evening, when we could hear music playing. That was fine; once you closed the doors, you couldn't hear anything. I would recommend bringing bug repellent, as we got bit many times sitting on our patio.

We only ate at the buffet, but the food was great. Always a lot to choose from, always fresh and appealing. The only problem we had was the lack of service at the buffet. The hostess was always great, greeting us and saying goodbye but the rest of the wait staff seemed like they didn't want to be there. Sometimes we would get our drinks right away, other times the floor supervisor had to get someone to come over to us. Our Spanish is not the best but we would always try and greet them and ask how they were doing. Most of the time, they completely ignored us, just a quick nod of the head and they would walk away. The buffet was never overly busy so we could never figure out why we were so ignored. We would always tip, regardless of the service but it didn't seem to make a difference. Sometimes when I went to eat by myself, nobody would even ask me if I wanted something to drink, or to clear away my plate. I would be left completely alone. We are very easy people to please, but I really felt uncomfortable there. The staff always had time to chat with each other but when it came to us, they seemed almost unhappy to be serving us. Sometimes they would just walk by the table and stare at you, even if you offered a hello. It was a little intimidating. We did have one or two great servers, but in general, we felt like a nuisance to the servers working there. If they would have just offered a smile, we would have felt a lot better.

The drink service around the pool was better. They were always coming around, asking if we wanted something to drink. The drinks were great. Most of the time there was more than enough alcohol in the drink!

The service in the lounge area was okay. Sometimes we would have someone ask if we wanted a drink right away, sometimes we would have to wait 15-20 minutes before anyone came around. But that wasn't a big deal. If we wanted a drink that bad, we could just walk up to the bar and order something. I just wish the service was more consistent.

The beach was amazing. There were a lot of chairs all up and down the beach and we never had a problem finding one. There are palms trees everywhere so if you want shade, you have no trouble finding it and if you want full sun, you just move your chair closer to the water. We always found the beach quiet and relaxing, but we would usually move to the pool in the afternoon, when it would get a little windy on the beach.

The pool was great. We never had a problem finding a chair. The water was cool, the perfect temperature to cool off. The pool is close to the buffet so if you got hungry, you just had to walk a few steps to grab something to eat. There is a bar right at the pool and it takes nothing to jump out and grab a drink. The server will even deliver it to you in the water if you ask.

The overall resort is quite big. There is a shuttle that comes around to take you to different parts of the hotel. It was fun to just hop on and check out the resort. We did walk to the main building once and it only took about 5 minutes on the beach, if that. The main building has numerous shops and restaurants. The pool area is a lot busier and a lot louder, so we were happy that we chose the adult only side.

The reason I gave this resort only 3 stars was because of the flooding we experienced in our room. Not just once, but three times. I was fully aware going there that we would probably receive some rain and thunder storms. That was never a problem, it usually stopped in a few minutes. The problem was the rain would come into the front and back door of our ground floor room. The first time it happened, we just kind of laughed it off. We just shoved some towels under our doors and called room service. The second time I was a little annoyed. A maid saw me wringing out out towels and came to clean our room. The third time, we woke up to an inch of water covering our whole floor. Anything that had been on the floor was soaked. That is the last thing you want to deal with on your vacation. We walked outside and the whole first floor of our building looked like it had gotten flooded. We went into the lobby to wait for someone to get around to cleaning the water in our room. It took quite awhile because a lot of rooms had been flooded and they didn't have enough people to clean it up. We overheard one lady complaining about it and she was told they were working on the problem. Since rainy season is nothing new, you would think they would have fixed the problem a long time ago. One hotel representative walked by, saw us half asleep on the couch and asked if we were okay. We told her we were waiting for our room to be cleaned because it had flooded. She just walked away. No apology, nothing. At that point, I just wanted to go home.

We did talk to quite a few other people who felt the same way as us. We aren't sure if it is just the resort or the attitude in general in the Dominican Republic. It is quite a long way for us to travel to give this country a second chance so unfortunately, it will be our first and last trip there.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

You must upgrade to Club Premium! It pays for itself. We enjoyed room service anytime, breakfast alone on the balcony was fantastic looking at the gorgeous beach. The service from the Club Premium girls couldn't have been better. Reservations were a snap to get in their section. Or just stopping in for a glass of champagne and some snacks anytime. The beach was gorgeous and I loved the style of the resort. All the restaurants were good especially the French and even the buffets were good. I hope they don't upgrade the resort and change the charming feel of it. Have a private dinner on the beach, so romantic and delicious.

Room Tip: I loved building 2
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The overall experience was good because vacations are always good, but the hotel was way below my expectations - it is definetelly a non luxury hotel

Cons
- Friendly but unprepared staff: The staff seem to be nice, but they do not know how to solve problems: I booked a double bed room, but when I arrived they told me that the hotel was overbook so I and my husband would have to stay in a 2 bedroom room. After 30-40 minutes of stressfull discution they finally found a double bed room
- Horrible Buffet restaurant: The buffet restaurant has a below average quality
- The good restaurants are difficult to book: They have several anoying rules that make it difficult to book the good restaurants. Chez Gormet and La Fuente are good, but difficult to book the time you need. The Stake house and El Coral are average.
- The staff are eager to sell non included activities, it seems that the staff is trying hard to sell extra activities ( diving, speed boat, etc) that they forget to tell the truth to the clients - I would like to go diving and the staff was trying to sell me a diving packge, however, it was raining so much that the visibility was not good for diving.
- Wine included in the packge is the worst wine I have ever had in my whole life. If you pay 40-60USD you can have a good wine.
Pros
- Beach is nice: Bavaro Beach is Beautifull
- 2 Restaurants are good: Chez Gourmet and La Fuente are good

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This was our first time in the Dominican Republic. Bavaro Beach is an adults only portion of the larger Barcelo Palace Deluxe. We chose and were extremely pleased with the club premium package. It was well worth the few extra dollars. The benifits were extensive, including express check in, premium drinks, dinner options at any of the 8 gourmet restuarants, and a 30 min. massage. The staff in the club premium lounge were wonderful, especially Jasmine who was very knowledgeable about our check in and check out procedures as well as being able to answer all of our questions about the resort. She and the rest of the staff were very personable and extremely helpful. The bed and pillows were amazingly comfortable.

Room Tip: Try to get a third floor room,it will be much quieter.
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Have stayed here before and i refuse to stay anywhere else. They always have the best service, the best food and the best staff here.....hands down! If you ever get the chance to upgrade to the "CLUB PREMIUM", i highly recommend it. You get free massages, personal concierge, upgraded drinks, spa access and 45 mins of hydro therapy each day + so much more. I have stayed in many other places in punta cana, and I can just say Dont waste your time going anywhere else...... Thanks again for a great time Barcelo staff and special thanks goes out to Club Premium manager Rosario (rosie) for always making it even that much better of a trip for us!

Room Tip: If you can, get a suite, they are fantastic!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Barcelo Bavaro Beach is amazing for the money. Great beaches and pools. It felt like our own private club. Go for the Club Premium!!!! Joanna and the gang treat you like gold. She got us reservations at a different resteraunt every night! She even got us into the steak place our first night, with almost no notice. Our room is facing the water and steps from the beach. It's like two hotel's for one. You can also use the facilities at the palace deluxe. I think we will be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Barcelo Bavaro Beach

Address: Playas de Bavaro | PO Box 3177, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#13 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#15 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*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standing on the sands of one of the world’s top 10 beaches, the hotel Barceló Bávaro Beach has been reinvented following extensive renovation work to become an exclusive 5-star hotel for adults. Offering access to all facilities at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort complex of which it is part, it has numerous bars and restaurants serving lovingly prepared and varied dishes 24 hours a day in a perfect setting, on Punta Cana’s original Bávaro Beach, at the eastern end of the Dominican Republic.During the day, guests can practise any number of sports, ranging from football, tennis, water sports and golf on our 18-hole course. At night, we offer a wealth of entertainment with the various evening shows, discos, casino, and more... Highlights:- Hotel for adults only - Perfect for romantic getaways. - Located on one of the world’s top 10 beaches - Just 15 km from Punta Cana International Airport - 80% of its rooms are right on the beachfront - Rooms with the highest quality finish and cutting-edge technology - Very varied cuisine - Golf course at the Resort- Spa at the Resort ... more   less 
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