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“First time in Punta Cana” 5 of 5 stars
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Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort, Spa & Casino
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Av. Italia, Playas de Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #39 of 102 Hotels in Punta Cana
Grande Prairie, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“First time in Punta Cana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Wow i don't even know where to start!! This place is huge and you are so busy looking at everything that you will never have a moment of boredom! We celebrated our 25th anniversay here on the 13th and maids went all out to decorate our room! Freddy was a kind gentleman,helped us so much, he works in the platinum area by the front desk. Karen was an amazing lady that was with West Jet vacation and she had so much info and so willing to help. She got us a tour called.... safari tour. If you decide to take and take the VIP,you get to ride in a van, and it feels very safe. PLEASE ASK FOR Eddy for your driver, he has so much knowledge and is a very safe and gentle driver. .On our first night we went to the threate area we were talked into going onto the stage to play the game called.... Ideal Couple. we laughed so much because we had no idea what we doing but had tons of fun and got a bottle of rum after. Food was outstanding in this place!!!!! Service was something we had never had before, you could get room service any given time for no charge at all, where have you ever had that before??? Beach was great, i couldnt get behind the idea of it being a family resort yet so many moms wearing a thong????? Lots of Russian people and hardly any english speaking people. We noticed the water in our room was almost always cold in the morning unless you let it run for a very long time.It took a couple days to get use to the humid air, there was air condition in our room.

Room Tip: We got a room right beside the beach, i would always pick it again because this is a really big reso...
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  • Stayed December 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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San Diego, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

This place is good if you just want to stay at the resort and not go anywhere else otherwise to go out and see the country you have to basically buy a tour. You can go out of the hotel but most of the shop owners are so aggressive and pushy it isn't enjoyable at all, every shop sells pretty much the same stuff and they pressure you so much to buy something and then want you to pay some outrageous price and you have to haggle. They will walk across the street to get you to come to there shop the instant they see you. They also will try to do you a favor like offer you help and will be like okay so now I helped you, now come help me by buying something. Even inside the hotel the timeshare sellers will harass you or on Dominican Republic night when they have booths set up to sell you things.

A lot of people that work at the hotel want a tip also, which I understand they don't make a lot of money but still they shouldn't get all mad about not getting a tip, I can't tip everyone.

They upgraded our room for free which was great, I would recommend Zachary at the front desk.

It is cool how they will go get a coconut for you.

Although the beach is pretty and great temperature there is no place to snorkel without having to pay to go out to an island nearby.

The pool closes at 7 and I wish it was open later and the jacuzzi is in an enclosed area which I wish was over by at least one of the pools outside like the one by the beach.

The hotel tried to charge us for breaking the coffee maker which still worked but was already falling apart and we only used once for hot water. Although they didn't charge us for that it was a hassle to deal with.

It rained and our room and the roof was dripping water in 2 different places.

The food is good, would of liked some more vegetarian options, but it was decent.


So basically I wouldn't come here again, at least not pay for it.

Room Tip: You can haggle the tours down about 10-15+%. Talk to Louise (sp?) for tours and activities and Za...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

week Dec 12 - Dec 19.
This was my 4th vacation to Dominican Republic and one of the best.
I went by myself and upgraded to premium Platinum Package. It costs 315US for 7 days, you can do it for less duration also. My main purpose was some quiet getaway from the home routine, office life and winter. So I haven't done any dancing, casino or other entertainment and have no idea how good or bad it was.

The weather, nature and sea were incredible: white sand, moderate waves, lots of trees and shadows. The big ecological area in the middle of the resort is great for walking after lunch. There are many wild birds, turtles, rabbits and iguanas. You can feed them from your hand, it's so exciting!
The rooms and amenities are clean, all people working there are very friendly and helpful. Any problem will be solved immediately, but please remember I have had the premium package and expected high quality vacation.


The minuses are:
1. very bad sound isolation, you can hear kids voices in the middle of the night from the room beside.
2. very bad pillows - take yours from home.
3. the food was not too bad, but tasteless. a lots of variety in the buffet and a la carte didn't help. The Asian "Sakura" and Japanese "Tanuki" restaurants were the worst. It was similar to the cheap food from the down town food courts... El Pescador ( seafood) and The Licey were better and more or less upscale. But again - if you are not picky then in general you won't be hungry:)

Anyway I had a wonderful getaway and got what I wanted for the price I paid. I would recommend this resort for family and singles.

Room Tip: platinum area suites are quieter
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gig Harbor, Washington
1 review
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

First of all....DO NOT BELIEVE THE BAD REVIEWS. These horrible things that people say about this hotel come from ungrateful people who obviously don't realize that when they travel to another country, things WILL be a little different than at home. The resort overall was excellent. I travelled with my boyfriend (we are 20, and 21) from December 12th-19th. The weather was fantastic during our stay with a lot of sunshine and some wind (that really helps with the heat). The beach is very wavy which is extremely fun to play in for older kids, teens, and adults, but I am not sure how well little kids will do in the ocean. The color of the ocean is that gorgeous turquoise color that we all love when it comes to the caribbean. This was my 8th trip to the Caribbean and my 3rd Caribbean country so believe me when I say the beach is GORGEOUS. Bavaro Princess is set on the BEST part of the beach. I have walked many many many miles down the beach each direction and noticed that other resorts are set on beaches with TONS of seaweed so I understand the reviews of seaweed that you may see. But not in front of this resort....seaweed is very minimal. The sand is that white sugary kind of sand that feels wonderful to walk in.

The food is alright when it comes to the buffet. Nothing very special, but the a la carte restaurants like El Gaucho, Bella Pasta, El Licey (which isnt included) are delicious. The food at these restaurants is quality restaurant food and all of the sauces they make for the filet mignon, duck, beef fillet and pastas is phenomenal. I looked forward to going to them for dinner each night.

The shows at night are okay. Lion King was my favorite of them all as well as the white beach party that they had one of the nights that we were there. GO to the beach party and dance! Order a delicious coco loko from the bar and just let loose.

A great word of advice from me is to upgrade to platinum! I don't see why you wouldn't! You get one free dinner at Licey restaurant (which is 60 bucks a person if you werent platinum), you get a room very close to the beach (and believe me this resort is HUGE!!!! Take advantage of the great location of the platinum suites), and you get your own private check-in with a lounge equipped with a coffee machine, snacks, teas, and endless bottles of water (which you will want to have at your disposal at all times, trust me). You also get free room service which is great if you wake up hungry in the morning, but missed breakfast hours and lunch is still an hour or two away. Also room service is great in case you're hungry at night but don't want to put on clothes, get out of bed, and walk ALLLL the way to the buffet for their midnight snack. The platinum beach is also another perk of upgrading to platinum because they give you an area filled with comfortable beds and umbrellas that feel really good when you want to relax after swimming all morning. The regular beach just gets plastic looking chairs that don't look too comfortable. Platinum is only $150 per person, and you get your moneys worth of goodies for sure!

Another word of advice is to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring plenty of one dollar bills (we brought a stack of $100 in 1's for a weeks worth of tipping) and tip very very very well! I was so disappointed to see that not many people tip after eating in the restaurants and at the bars. The dominicans that work here are SUCH hard workers. The average salary in Dominican Republic (after talking to a few workers) is only $150 A MONTH! You can spare some money for tips and make these people smile after they have served you. They are extremely kind people and work even harder for you to provide even better service once they remember that amazing tip you gave them the last time you saw them. Tip the maid, the gardeners after they've given you fresh coconut water to drink, tip the bartenders, and tip the waiters. Please, tip tip tip!

On a last note, I just wanted to say that if you do go platinum, go say hi to Carlos in the platinum beach bar! He is the most amazing person my boyfriend and I had met on this trip. He is hilarious, and really knows how to please people! This guy deserves a raise or promotion or something. He is incredible. We really enjoyed him and so will you!

Room Tip: Upgrade to platinum and get a room closer to the beach
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  • Stayed December 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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Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My husband and I went to the Bavaro Princess Resort in Punta Cana in 2011 and fell in love with this place. The staff is so friendly and helpful, always greet you whenever they see you. There is a mini rain forest within the resort where you can take a hike and see all the different flowers and birds and turtles. It is a little bit of paradise. The beach is long and soft for the feet; the sea is warm and so clear! You will be walking in the water until it reaches your neck, and still see you toes at the bottom. It was my first vacation; maybe that's why I was so amazed; but I was excited to see coconuts trees right beside our room. There is a lot of free and fun activities provided by the staff. Dance lessons, volley ball, introduction in scuba diving, and for a few pesos, you can para sail, have you hair done in thousands of braids, go in a spa, have a guided tour of the main cities and coffee and cocoa plantations and learn how the people live in Dominican Republic. The food is amazing! You have 1 buffet in the resort main lobby and one buffet (for breakfast and lunch) right on the beach! How great it was to have our breakfast, outside, in shade, looking straight at the white sand beach and listening to the waves. I would go back there this instant but reason tells me to go try other places now that we know Dominican Republic. Last, I would say its the perfect place for romantic souls and family with kids. They really thought of everything.

  • Stayed August 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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Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Fantastic holiday for our first trip south, coming back again in April haha. Service was fantastic, the entertainers (especially Alex, Michael & Happy Face) are hilarious, as were the rest of the animation team. The bartenders at the main pool (Yary, Claudio, Johnathan and Melvin) are sure to take care of you. Carlos at the Platinum Beach Bar is a hoot, too. The food everywhere is great, no complaints. The beach is beautiful, the rooms are spotless.
When you wake up, go to the breakfast buffet. If you go there for dinner, get a crepe with banana and chocolate. Then go to the beach, and don't forget to leave a tip for the maid and Roberto (he refills your fridge). If you upgraded to Platinum (suggested) go see Carlos at the beach bar, tell him Robert Deniro sent you. TIP WELL. When you've had enough sun go over to the main pool bar for entertainment at 3, get Michael to do the Thriller dance.

Amazing. Highly recommended. And if there's one thing you do, tip well.

Room Tip: Platinum rooms are the closest to the beach. 738 has a perfect fridge and flat screen
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

Overall the resort was very clean. Staff was friendly. The grounds staff would cut open coconuts for me every morning so I could drink fresh coconut water. The beach was nice but the water was kinda rough when we were there.
The downside to the resort was the food. There wasn't much variety on the Buffet. Some of the other restaurants were good, such as the fondue restaurant at the neighboring princess resort. They have a special coffee drink that is amazing, and I don't even like coffee

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av. Italia, Playas de Bavaro, 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#27 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#28 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#32 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#33 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#35 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#36 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort, Spa & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 808
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Bavaro Princess, situated in the Dominican Republic in an area renowned for its incomparable beauty, the quality of the sand and the clarity of the water on the famous Bavaro Beach. Accommodation at this prestigious resort more than meets the expectations of the most demanding of customers.136 splendid Platinum Suites, 16 Honeymoon Spa Suites, 82 functional Junior Suites, or the 572 spacious and fully equipped Bungalow Suites, provide the ideal added value to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. ... more   less 
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