Traveled to Punta Cana as a family earlier this November (parents, my 23 year old sister and I). It was our first time in Dominican Republic and was quite unsure about the which All Inclusive resort to book as there are lots with varying price range. Initially we planned on staying at one of the cheaper resorts but decided against it as most of them were rated to be "average" by TripAdvisor users.
Paid a little extra and booked 7 days/6 nights with Iberostar Dominicana and was not at all disappointed! Not only were the grounds in immaculate condition, the staff was simply superb; they were unbelievably friendly and helpful. Had I been in charge of our tipping money, we would've run out long before our vacation ended. Great entertainment staff! Very entertaining and such a great variety of nightly shows. Even during the day, they have lots of activities (sister was recruited for Ms. Bikini 2012).
The beach is beautiful and only a few kilometers away from the beach market. No rocks or reefs to think about, it's all sandy bottom. Lots of washed up seaweed especially after raining overnight but staff is there to rake them away as best they could. The waves were a little bit on the rough side when we were there so it limited our swimming as we are not strong swimmers. Their large pools were more than enough to satisfy our need to dog paddle every now and then (must have been salt water pools as I didn't smell the chlorine on me after swimming. I'm not 100% sure though... I didn't try to taste the water hahaha).
The food was pretty good. I felt the selection to be a tad salty but that's just me. Great selection, and I especially enjoyed their steak a la carte.
The rooms were always impeccably clean and our fridge was stocked every day. Initially there was a moldy smell to the room but we just let the fan go and opened the sliding door to air it out. After that, no more issues.
I personally believe it is the staff that makes this establishment great. It is very easy to see and appreciate all the hard work that they put in to it just to make all the guests feel like stars. It was great service and I would not hesitate going back a 2nd time or to recommend the resort to a friend.
- 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