My two cents in (hopefully) a brief manner.
Grounds are BEAUTIFUL and well kept. Two large pools...walking distance to a wonderful beach. Theater for evening shows. Disco for the party goers (although don't expect the best djing). Small shops on resort and small outdoor market on the beach between IFA and Barcelo Bavaro.
Rooms are okay. Kept clean but not too fancy. Beds are too hard and pillows too lumpy.
Sorry but it pretty much sucks. The fancier restaurants require that you make reservations and aren't worth the headache of making sure you call (day of) between 8-5 then go to the front to stand in line to get a ticket. The two main restaurants that didn't require them were hit or miss. You'll find an overabundance of food choices but find that only about 1/4 of it is good. My travel partner became sick due to the food. So we ended up eating a few meals off the resort.
Good but weak. They use their version of rail. So make sure you always ask for an extra shot if you want something stronger.
VERY friendly people. They really do want you to have a good time. But be prepared to be frustrated every once and a while because many do not speak English. Try to learn some basic Spanish. They will be very impressed and much more helpful if you try to connect with them in their native tongue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IFA Villas Bavaro Resort & SPA is situated on the fine, white sands of Playa Bavaro. Bordered by a fabulous coral reef and surrounded by turquoise-colored waters this extraordinary vacation complex offers its guests a friendly, luxurious environment for sports & cuisine with its 6 charming restaurants and 7 spectacular bars, colorful tropical shows, a wide range of facilities and services especially designed to ensure an unforgettable stay right in heart of the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ifa Hotel Punta Cana
- Ifa Hotel Bavaro
- Ifa Bavaro Villas
- Ifa Villas Bavaro Beach Resort & Spa
- Villas Bavaro
- Ifa Villas Bavaro Punta Cana