From January 6-13, 2014, I stayed at the Iberostar Bávaro, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I chose this resort because Liberty Travel had rated it 4 stars, and it had a dive center on site. This all-inclusive resort is really lovely, with beautiful and beautifully manicured grounds, shallow pools inhabited by turtles, fish, ducks, egrets, and flamingos, and I caught brief glimpses of a peacock and several peahens.
The pools for people are really lovely, with banked entries or stairs, as well as a swim-up bar. (I did not go in the pool.) The sandy beach is long, wide, and clean, with numerous lounges and individually shaded palapas. The water is relatively shallow for maybe 15 feet, but just beyond that is a reef that seems to stretch the entire length of the beach. While snorkeling, I saw lots of goatfish, fairly large snappers, sergeant-majors, yellowtail damselfish, and even a French angelfish and a porcupine fish!
The lobby was spacious, comfortable, nicely decorated, and with several small shops and two specialty restaurants just off the main area. The lobby area is where many people hang out for the free (though slow and sometimes intermittent) Wi-Fi access. Just off the lobby to the right, there is the stage for the evening shows, with a large seating area and a bar. The main restaurant, buffet-style, is to the left. It, too, is large, open on the sides and facing various nature pools, and very comfortable.
Near the pool and beach, there is another restaurant, for late breakfast, lunch, and snacks, as well as another bar. The steakhouse specialty restaurant is also located here.
The rest of the buildings were scattered over the grounds, with housing of 8 units, 4 up and 4 down, in each building. My room had an entryway with a closet, with bathrobe and slippers; shelves; and good-sized electronic safe. Straight ahead was the bathroom, with both tub and a good-sized glass-enclosed shower with dispensers of shampoo and shower gel. There were two double-beds, and one step down was a second level, with couches, desk and chair, large flat-screen TV, and mini-bar/small refrigerator. Through the glass sliding door was a balcony on the second-floor units or sun porch on the ground-floor units. Conveniently, there was a built-in extendable rack for drying bathing suits, etc. Waiting for me when I first arrived was a small bottle of rum, a plate of fresh tropical fruits, and a towel-and-plant display.
The food at the main restaurant, served buffet-style, was varied and plentiful, with various stations preparing to-order omelets, shakes, pasta, etc. Fresh tropical fruit was available at all meals. There were also different evenings devoted to Dominican, international, and other foods. The beach/pool restaurant offered continental breakfast, a variety of lunch possibilities, and late afternoon snacks.
Depending on the length of your stay, you have the option of eating at the specialty restaurants. The rib-eye at the steakhouse was tender and perfectly cooked; the paella at the Mediterranean one seemed as if had been prepared fresh; the Japanese/Asian restaurant, though good, did not seem to be as popular as the other two. There were other specialty restaurants, but these were the only ones that I tried.
There were different shows every evening, showcasing songs and dances from the Dominican Republic, other Caribbean countries, and American pop music, as well as staff talent night.
The staff—from check-in to the wait staff and bartenders to the maids and the grounds crew—was outstanding! They knew their jobs, did them with excellence, and were wonderfully personable!
This is the third resort that I’ve stayed in, in Punta Cana, and it is, by far, the best—from the grounds, room, beach, restaurants, to the entertainment and the entire staff. If I return to Punta Cana, this is where I’ll want to stay!
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