For my 4th visit to Punta Cana i picked the Iberostar Bavaro over the Grand Palladium Bavaro and Melia Caribe. This was my first visit to a family resort in this area, previously i had stayed at the Ambar twice and PCP once.
I did try the Iberostar Lindo (family resort) in mexico last year so i was familiar with the high quality of service and food offered by this brand and they didn't disappoint.
When we first pulled up i was very unimpressed with the lobby which looked dark and dated. After a day or two it grew on me somewhat though it never felt warm and welcoming.
They do incorporate items from the local areas which adds a sense of uniqueness i would say its a tribute to the people and their history of the area the resort is in, unlike Gran Bahia's or Riu which tend to all look the same regardless where you are.
This resort is very tropical, relies more on the beauty of nature than white marble to impress.
The buffet is located just left of the lobby and is open air only. i'm more of a fan of having an option of eating inside with air conditioning than not. regardless the view was very soothing with the lagoons surrounding the eating area. covered walkways to the a la carte's and buffet added beauty and character. It was a pleasure walking this resort especially in the evenings.
The food was not bland, but you had better not mind salt because there was a lot of it used in the cooking. Overall better than average for its rating. Beach buffet had the best roasted chicken i've ever had in any resort, same for the nachos, light and crispy.
i did 4 a la carte restaurants , 2 were great , the french gourmet and steakhouse....2 were just ok, cajun and Japanese.
There are numerous bars throughout the resort, service and drinks were very good. The health bar is gone unfortunately. that was one of my favorite things i mexico.
The pool was small.....and my least favorite thing about this resort. its divided up into areas, a ridiculously shallow pool bar was by far the worst of any resort I've stayed at. It was like standing in a small wading pool, at times children were occupying the seats. There was a deeper section on the other end along with a kids section.
The rooms were ok, incredibly small washroom. If your a person of fairly generous proportions, then you may have a little trouble maneuvering in it. I never had any hot water during my weeks stay. There is no mini bar but you do get water, pop and Brahma light beer (no presidente, i asked). The cleaning staff were wonderful.
The beach was fantastic, i enjoy the rougher water more so than the calm. its just more fun. there is an excellent beach bar on both the bavaro side and the dominica side. Service again was outstanding.
Entertainment was hit and miss, the Latin show was very good as was the fantasy show.
there was always the option of the sports bar which opened at 6:30pm to catch a sports event.
This was a good trip and was pretty much what i expected from reading reviews and seeing the pictures. The resort is showing its age a little though. If you have young kids, this place must be looked at. Myself, i prefer an adults only resort with a larger pool, and they have that right next door at the Grand Bavaro.
So Iberostar really has something for everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the beautiful, kilometre-long beach of Bavaro. Tropical gardens. Elegant Caribbean flair. Top 5-star luxury. 11 restaurants. First–Class international shows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Punta Cana
- Iberostar Bavaro Punta Cana
- Bavaro Punta Cana
- Dominican Republic Bavaro
- Bavaro Cana Punta
- Iberostar Bavaro Dominican Republic
- Punta Cana Bavaro
- Iberostar Hotel Punta Cana
- Iberostar Dominican Republic