Traveled with girlfriends to spend a week at the Iberostar Dominicana and we had a great time! There is always games and entertainment going on with the resorts 'Stars and Friends' so we did aerobics by the beach, played Olympic games, played beach volleyball, and watched quirky shows put on by the staff in the afternoon. It was nice to get to know some of the staff and see familiar, friendly faces around the resort.
We enjoyed the all-you-can-eat buffets and bars. The food is not exquisite by any culinary means, but if you remember that they are cooking for hundreds of people to eat at any given time, then it makes sense. I am a pretty picky eater, and I was always able to find food that I enjoyed. We were particular to the make-your-own omelets at breakfast and make-your-own pasta at dinner in the buffet area. We tried the steak house and seafood restaurant and were only disappointed since we didn't have a plethora of choices!?
We spent the majority of our time at the beach and there was nothing to complain about there. You are only allowed one beach towel at a time, so if you are going to want more, I recommend packing one or two of your own. I never went into the pool simply because it didn't have the breeze that the beach had.
In the evening, there are two shows going on between the two resorts. There is the main stage that has a different variety show each evening and a smaller stage that has live music and dancing. It didn't seem that most people knew about the live music stage, because there were never many people around. The staff gets you up and dancing, and it is a nice way to unwind in the evening. There is also the discotecha, which opens at 11pm. While we were there, it was spring break, so there were quite a few high school kids at the resort. They flocked to the discotecha!? The DJ played actual disco music, salsa music, and hip-hop. We did check it out and hang around a couple of evenings, but we never planned on that as our evening activity.
Bottom line: Staying at the Iberostar was an easy vacation. We arrived at the resort and didn't have to worry about too much thereafter. We really enjoyed ourselves!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the beautiful, sandy beach of Bavaro (Punta Cana). Colourful Caribbean flair. Water sports galore. All inclusive (generous, varied buffets for all meals). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Punta Cana Iberostar
- Iberostar Dominicana Punta Cana
- Iberostar Punta Cana
- Dominicana Hotel