Let me start off this review by saying that this is my first time travelling to a tropical vacation so I have nothing to compare this experience to. With that being said this was still a vacation of a life time. When we (myself, my bf, sister and her bf) first booked this vacation I was very worried and hesitant after reading so many reviews, thankfully none of the negative of reviews were true. I would recommend this resort in an instant and would return tomorrow if I could. Ill break down my review into a variety of categories.
Travel: We booked our vacation with Sunwing and were terribly disappointed with their service, our flight was delayed one day so we lost a significant amount of time at the resort since we only stayed for 7 days 6 nights. The airport was stunning when we arrived! There was some confusion when filling out the forms but by asking others we quickly figured it out and were on our way to the resort, very convenient to have a bus to take you to your resort and to get a quick preview of other resorts (ours was the most beautiful :D)
Weather: Unfortunately we did not have the best weather, the first two days were beautiful and very warm but the remainder of our trip was cloudy and rainy (still very warm thankfully). We tried to keep ourselves occupied by playing cards, relaxing and enjoying some food and delicious drinks.
Food/Drinks: We went to two of the a la carte restaurants and they were delicious. We went to El Gaucho twice (sirloin steak is delicious), and Bella Pasta once (Also amazing! Try the chocolate truffle dessert, its probably the best Ive ever had in my entire life). Ignore the comments about the Buffet being awful because it was the furthest from that. I travelled with some very picky and adventurous eaters and there was always something for someone, such a large tasty selection. The sandwiches were my favourite to have for breakfast with the delicious fresh bread. The McPrincess snack bar by the beach was also yummy and a great quick snack! The fries are more-ish, the more you eat the more you want because they were so tasty and crispy! Another thing to ignore is the comment about having "weak" drinks, the opposite is actually true. Sometimes we were given drinks that were 3/4 alcohol and 1/4 mix, we didnt even tip and received excellent service. Some drinks that I loved were the strawberry daiquiris, coco locos (like a dessert in a glass) and the Sammy Sosa.
In the lobby there was often popcorn as snacks, which was great midday as a little treat!
Room: Our room was stunning, super clean and comfortable. We had some problems with our air conditioning early on but it was fixed immediately. We had a bungalow suite with a king bed and jacuzzi. The beds were super comfortable! We did tip our made everyday with money and a few makeup/skincare samples because we wanted to ensure that we had a clean room. We received towel decorations daily, fresh flowers daily, and a cute design on our bed everyday!
Trolley: The resort is MASSIVE so there is a trolley that runs every 10 minutes or so. This was very convenient if you did not feel like walking, some that I travelled with thought that this was a nuisance to have to take everywhere. This did not bother me because you're in paradise and I'm in no rush to be anywhere! One downfall is in the afternoons during supper rush, after evening shows and during the rain they were packed and you often had to wait for a few trolleys to pass to get a seat.
Casino: We were very disappointed with the casino. We went there on multiple occassions, only to find it mostly vacant. Also the driver for the "free" shuttle to and from the resort was very rude and held out his hand for a tip every time we got off. We did not have any problem with people asking for tips besides this man.
Activities: The night time shows were very entertaining, I did not get to see them all because the others did not want to but the ones that I did see were excellent. The band and vocalists have such an amazing talent! After the evening shows the band also plays live or there is a dj to provide a party atmosphere in the main area/lobby.
Excursion: We only did one excursion which was the Caribbean festival. It was an experience of a lifetime to swim with sharks and sting rays but it was nothing less then amazing! It was definitely worth the money!
Massage: My boyfriend and I opted to have a massage by the beach and it was absolute serenity. It was an experience that I will never forget. Being able to hear the ocean, trees, birds, and to feel the tropical air was breathtaking. The price that we paid is cheaper than a massage here in Canada, I would recommend this to any couple! We had the hour relaxation massage for $80.
Beach/Pool: The Beach is breathtaking, we took a walk along the beach one evening and it was great. The sand is so soft, the water such a pretty blue, amazing. Words cant even describe the beauty!
Unfortunately, there is a downside. In order to get a chair on the beach/pool you have to be awake at 7-8am and lay out your towel. We would arrive at around 10 am and EVERY chair would be taken by people who were not even present and who would lay out their items to save their spot. This was so frustrating because often these individuals would not return for hours. We sat in one persons spot for 7 hours until they returned, absolutely ridiculous! This is something that the employees should look out for and prevent. This is the only reason that we might consider platinum for the next time :(
They were always activities at the pool that were a fun time to watch and participate in. There were also several classes to teach individuals how to make fruit sculptures, towel animals, palm tree hats, etc. that were interesting to watch!
Resort: The resort itself is very beautiful and extremely well maintained. There were always workers cleaning and maintaining different things.
People/Service: The lifestyle here is something that is very attractive, everyone is ALWAYS happy, singing, smiling and laughing. You have to be a pretty negative person to have a bad attitude here. The service was amazing, we never were pushed to tip (aside from the casino), immediately received whatever we asked for (most times without even asking). One negative thing to be aware of is that almost everyday we were asked if we wanted to buy drugs. We are all young individuals 20-26 age range so we didn't care about this, we simply said no thank-you but I could see this turning some people off.
I had one of the best times of my life at this resort, as we kept saying we felt like we owed them money because we had such a great time and ate such great food and beverages! Ignore all of the negative reviews, these people clearly were far too picky. Enjoy life and appreciate the small things in life and you will never be disappointed
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bavaro Princess Punta Cana
- Bavaro Princess Resort Punta Cana
- Bavaro Princess Hotel Punta Cana
- Hotel Bavaro Princess
- Punta Cana Bavaro Princess Hotel Resort
- Princess Bavaro
- Bavaro Princess Dominican Republic
- Bavaro Princess Hotel Dominican Republic
- Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort Spa & Casino
- Princess Hotel Punta Cana