We recently returned from a nice week at the Iberostar Dominicana booked with a travel agent through Apple. We were looking for a relaxing time with lots of sea and sand. We were very happy with everything at the price we paid.
There were some issues checking in, but Alexander at reception made up for it by putting us in a bungalow with a great view. Thank you, Alexander - you really made our vacation great!
Overall, service was good, and some of the staff members were especially kind. Staying so pleasant with the long days and weeks of dealing with tourists (of varying temperaments) cannot be easy! We brought our easy-going vacation attitude, a little Spanish and a stack of ones for tips, which made the week more enjoyable for us and hopefully for the staff.
The food was good, nice selections of seafood, meats, salads and fruit. The pastry chef really got creative with the desserts on Halloween! Expresso machines are at the buffets and bars, and drip coffee makers with bottled water in the rooms. We usually ate breakfast at the beach buffet after coffee on our patio and a walk on the beach. The seafood al a Carte restaurant had the best food preparation. The buffets are not air-conditioned.
I would have liked less sugary or more natural juices (like the great selection freshly made for breakfast) for the mixed drinks, but there were plenty of other standard mixers. The house champagne is better than the house wines, and if you want top shelf liquor you need to ask. The bar in the lobby seemed to have a better selection of liquors and was a nice place to hang out before dinner.
Beach and pool had plenty of shade areas. The music at the pool wasn’t too loud, and you couldn’t hear it from many places on the beach. The Riu next door had little shade and a lot of loud music. Beach and swimming areas are very sandy (no shells or rocks). At about 30-40 feet out, it is over an adult’s head. The Punta Cana pool (and entire hotel) has just been refinished, but the Dominicana pool has more trees. Also, the steam room and sauna at the spa were usually not very busy.
No swim-up bar -i.e. cleaner pool water
Bring insect repellant for the evening.
There was a good mix of people both in nationalities and ages at the resort. It seemed very family friendly – without feeling kid-centric or chaotic.
We liked the bungalows better than the hotel rooms
Older resort with nice mature landscaping, but kept very clean
- 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