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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 101 Hotels in Punta Cana
Toronto
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great family vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We stayed at the Bavaro Princess week of January 13-20 and had a fantastic time. Just to give you a background, it was myself and my husband (30's), our son (almond 3 yrs) and husband's parent's (seniors). This was our 7th all-inclusive (been to Cuba 4x, Mexico and Punta Cana) and would honestly rank this in the top 3 we've been to.

The beach was beautiful and we never had to wake up early to reserve chairs. We were usually at the beach by 10am and always found lots of empty spots, although if you wanted one under a palapa, it was harder to find. My in-laws were at the beach about 30 min earlier than us and always got a palapa for themselves, so I don't think it was too hard. We never had issues finding loungers by the pool either, regardless of the time of day.

The food was actually pretty good here! There are quite a few a la cartes to choose from and you don't make reservations which I liked. We only tried one (my son can't really sit long at the table, husband parents watched him that night lol), and it was good. It was no big deal that we only tried one becuase the variety of food at the buffet changed nightly to go with the theme. Dinenr was never repetative. Some of the themes were Mexican, Asian, Russian, French, etc. There was a crepe station too (loved the chocolate banana crepes, yumm), and they would grill different meats/fish on different nights. One evening I had grilled calamari and it was so fresh and delicious, it was so tender and not rubbery like the ones I've had at even nice restaurants at home. There was a buffet at the beach too... although it was smaller, still good food - I had the roasted chicken every day because it was mouth-watering and perfectly spiced, so yummy! The Dominicans know how to do meat and fish, unlike Cuba lol! It was nice to have a grill on the beach too where you can get a burger, fries or hot dog.

The drinks were very good too. I was happy to see the Banana Mamas and Coco Locos in the slushy machines at the bars, they were yummy each time! (last time I was in Punta Cana, I loved these drinks, but it was done in a blender so tasted different each time).

If you have kids who love animals, they will love this resort. There were plenty of peacocks, ducks, turtles, huge fish, geese, roosters, and many others just walking around or swimming in the ponds near the lobby. Many of them come right up to you once you start feeding them. My son was so excited everyday and asked us if we can go see the turtles or feed the ducks. The mini disco at night was great too, my son loved dancing (this coming from a kid who never dances at home and tells me to shut the music off when I try to get him to!)

The only complaint I have about this resort are the hard beds, but that's pretty much the same complaint I have about all resorts! Also, some of the sales people around the lobby are a bit pushy (I think they're selling time share properties, same thing happened to us last time in D.R.), and one night there was a market where they were selling jewelry, souveniers, etc, and noticed the same pushy sales tactics which I'm not really a fan of. Still, with those small complaints, it didn't bring down our vacation at all.

Our entire family loved the Bavaro Princess and would recommend it for a great vacation :)

Room Tip: I asked for a room close to the beach, and was initially sad that we didn't get one, BUT worked...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Accommodation is mainly in bungalows placed well apart from each other, in a lush tropical garden/grounds area. Each bungalow has 4 ground floor and 4 upper floor entrances with ones own patio. The room is spacious and well suited for little kids. My husband and I were with our daughter and family with boys 4 and 2 years old. We stayed in the same bungalow, but separate entrances and rooms.

Rooms are clean, with nooks and crannies to explore for the kids, open concept. Toilet and shower with a door to shut though. Drawer space is limited to 2 small drawers, no shelf space. We lived out of our suitcases or draped chairs and tables with our stuff. Closet has hangers.

Food good and enough choice, albeit most warm food is covered in sauce, brown or otherwise. Service attentive, especially after they get to know you and appreciate the service. Again, eating area clean. We mainly ate at the Buffet near the lobby which had enough tables for 6.

Beach is extensive, no barriers between several hotels on the same, long strip. Pallapas is the only way for shade though, which blocks the full view to the sea. Beach chairs were always available.
Several bars on beach/pool. They also bring drinks to your beach chair if you want.
There is a shallow children's pool near the lobby which our grandsons loved. They are easily observed there. Area quiet and few people were there, plenty of beach chairs around also

Beach towel service never ran out of towels.

There's a trolley service around the grounds, and to/from your bungalow or close to it. Leaving from the lobby area every 5-10 minutes kids loved that. Along the way several stops which are marked as such. Two ponds with fowl in it was a welcome area for all, feeding them at the same time.

A negative would be - the toilets at the beach area, they are so small, unacceptable.

Room Tip: We were in the 06 bungalow area, which is close to beach and large pool. Quiet area also.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tallinn, Estonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed at Bavaro Princess during first 2 weeks of January 2013 and we used Platinum service.The hotel territory is really huge, there is Natural park in the middle of the Hotel with different spieces of birds etc. Beach area in front of the Hotel seemed to be best in that area, the sandy area is quite wide, sand is very nice and water was very warm. Of course as it is in Atlantic side of the coast its quite windy, there was wind from Atlantic basically every day. As we used Platinum, we had possibility to live in the suites next to beach and that was really nice, also in Platinum you have separate surrounded beach area with nice sunbeds and private Bar (so you can get your drink very quickly and with possibilities to taste different rums and drinks which are not included in AI version).Also during breakfast and lunch you have possibility to eat in the beach restaurant in separate area, that was very nice. About internet, there was 2 computers in Platinum lounge, but basically they were always occupied, so you had to wait and there was wifi connection in main Lobby wich is quite far from beach but there is kind of bus connection is every after 7-10min, price of the wifi was around 40USD per week but we did not tried that.The internet connection in Platinul lounge computers was quite fast. There were totally 8 restaurants and we tried them all, best in food was of course courmet restaurant , but you can go there only once per week stay and also Italian restaurant (Bella Pasta) was nice and food was ok. Japanese restaurant was not so good, it was basically only show,but food was not good at all. About different activities; definitely take trip to Saona island - that was extremely nice trip, speedboat to go there and catamaran to come back (abt 2h) all the time Rum is included. Other trip we took was Seagway tour and that was real disappointment-meanless tour.
Also if you go from Bavaro Princess hotel by the beach to right side then after Palladium hotel territory is ending there are shops on the beach, there is shop called Russian shop or smth like that, prices there are lowest possible and fixed, so if you need anything like Mamajuana or rum or whatever go to that shop, because prices are really low there. we visited that shop basically at the last moment and that was mistake as we have bought same things with much higher price.
Also Dominican national Medicine dring called Mamajuana is not listed in the Bar menus of the hotel but you can get it in every bar and that is included if you have AI or Platinum package.
About rooms; basically Platinum rooms were satisfactory, basically if you want that room service take better cleaning in your room you leave on the first days 1USD on the bed. But rooms were clean, towels, sheets, everything was ok, we had only 3 cockroaches in our room but after proper cleaning we did not see them anymore. I recommend that hotel, it was nice Holiday there.

Room Tip: All Platinum rooms are next to Beach.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mogadore, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed at the Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort in June 2012. The beach was beautiful, plenty of beach loungers, but needed a few more spots under the umbrellas for those of us who can't stand the scorching sun all day long. The pool was nice and big, but not as clean as I would have liked. I never smelled any chlorine and the water seemed a bit cloudy. This was not a huge deal since we preferred the beach anyway. The pool bartender was very friendly and made my daughters nonalcoholic frozen drinks called "Dirty Monkeys", which they loved! The hotel grounds were a little overwhelming because the resort is HUGE, but very pretty with a lot of tropical flowers and wildlife. Because the property is so large, they provide trams to get around the resort. Catching a tram at certain times of the day (for dinner especially), could be a pain. It was hot and REALLY humid in June, and I personally would not go back to the D.R. during the summer months.
The suite was very nice and spacious. The balconies were large with beautiful tropical flowers and vines surrounding them. Our maid did an awesome job, surprising us each day with her flower and towel creations. My daughters enjoyed having different hibiscus flowers in their hair each night for dinner. We tipped the maid with art supplies and candy (for her children) and between $15 and $20 daily. She worked hard and took excellent care of us. Our room was spotless and we always had an overabundance of towels and washcloths.
The buffets were average and very European, which my 8 and 12 year old daughters did not appreciate. However, the morning buffet in the main lobby had great "made to order" omelets. Many of the nicer restaurants were closed during our stay, but the steakhouse and Italian restaurants by the pool were good.
We booked our stay through Apple Vacations. Their hotel reps, Carlos and Cesar, were absolutely WONDERFUL! Any question or request was promptly attended to. The reps (Carlos especially) worked really hard to ensure our trip was a nice one.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite close to the pool with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We just came back from the Dominican and really enjoyed our time at the Bavaro Princess. The staff is fantastic and the food was delicious. Huge resort with tons of things to do for all ages. Will consider going again.

Room Tip: Bungalows are not really made for families of 3 or 4, they are better suited for couples.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BRIGHTON
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We had the best time especially in the ocean which was blue clear water and big waves. The animation tearm of Francis and Pedro were awesome and the staff were friendly and fun to be around... The room was always cleaned for us daily with fresh towels. The highlight of course was the performances by Rudy and Saddle Up from Canada and the animation staff who put on nightly shows...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed at the Bavaro Princess All Suites over the Christmas holidays. We were looking for a family getaway with our teenage sons and it was all we hoped for! One of our highlights was parasailing. We booked this excursion with Carlos Garcia and we enjoyed it thoroughly. He had also booked my husband on a deep sea fishing adventure which he thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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:
#22 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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