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“A great overall vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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Iberostar Dominicana Hotel
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Carretera Arena Gorda | Higuey, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Bavaro
Cape Coral, Florida, United States
2 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A great overall vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This was our second time to this resort, but it has been 13 years since our last visit. We stayed for 6 days, and had a ball. The people in this resort make your stay. Everyone is so kind and friendly, and we cannot say enough about the hospitality. We have also stayed at the Mexico Iberostar resorts, and the staff here are more warm and friendly. We brought our kids for the first time, ages 10 and 11, and they loved it. So many activities, and so little time... They kept us involved all day... Now to the rest of our story... We met an employee named Esteban, who acted like he had been there for years. He was so personable, and so fun. Later in the week my husband asked him how many years he had been there. He responded "1 week." If this is the caliber of people they hire, or better yet, the training program, we are impressed. He will forever remain in all our minds, and my husband, who is in the hospitality business, wants to know how to get him here to the US. We do not find people like this everyday. Enough said, and I hope he is rewarded for his awesome demeanor. We were placed in a room overlooking the pool, which was a great location for us. The grounds are beautiful, and the staff do a beautiful job of maintenance. The buffets are beautiful and very plentiful, and if you go hungry here, it's your own problem. Only problem for us was that our son has an egg allergy, and buffets are always an issue. Cross contamination by serving ware, etc. When we would ask about a certain item, no one could answer about contents, etc. So he just played it safe for the week, but had 2 occurrences. The shows at night were tremendous, and I think we were really fortunate to see the Michael Jackson show, because I have never seen an impersonator like this. He was phenomenal, as were the dancers. Great time here and we are looking forward to going back in the next few years. A great price for the talent, food, drink, and beach, and accomodations. We were very happy with this vacation... Kudos Iberostar....

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Wonderful relaxing resort, lovely, lovely beaches, shady well kept resort property. All inclusive food was presented very professionally, much variety. The rooms had abit of a musty smell however, not uncommon in tropical areas. resort becomes quiet after about 9 - 10 p.m. making sleeping pleasant. Evening entertainment included Michael Jackson tribute, boogie nights, etc, circus acts, and all were awesome.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

A solid 4 1/2 star hotel. Dated complex though very clean and well maintained. Impeccably kept gardens with orchids, flamingos, turtles, roosters, hens, ducks and ducklings! Good food at the beach buffets and very good meals at the seafood & international a la cartes. Excellent cappuccino throughout the complex. Enjoyed glasses of bubbly before dinner. The animation team works hard to keep people happy and having fun. The beach chair battle continues here just like everywhere else. We reserved the hobycat for an hour for free. Lots of fun. Bring your snorkelling gear; the coral is beaten down but still lots of species to see. The beach is what this place is all about...miles and miles of fine, powdery white sand...beautiful! Our first 2 rooms were complete misses but struck gold in our 3rd in room 4165. Thanks to Karen for sorting this out. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and would consider returning. Excellent value.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elkhart, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

very nice resort. was in a great location. one of the best beaches I've ever been too.
the wait staff was very friendly.the room was clean and nice the food and drinks were good.
I would highly recommend this resort. and I'm looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rockford, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Amazing resort, very clean and beautifully maintained. Staff always at your service for anything you need. The serving staff at the buffets were so friendly and attentive. Loved our junior suite room, clean and spacious. My husband & I are both tall & the bed was plenty big. The room stayed very dark with the curtains drawn for sleeping in & perfect afternoon naps. Set your alarm for 7 am to reserve a cabana on the beach & go back to bed. Perfect weather daytime & evenings. The entertainment staff and bartenders truly made our trip! They are always checking on you, very interactive with the guests. Dancing with the guests before the shows or during the band performances were a big plus, made it so fun. Special mention for Emilio "Sexy Man", Filippe and Evelyn for the entertainment side, Olga for bartending/serving -- she was so attentive, friendly & overall amazing, Johnni P., bartender, July the Omelet Chef and Magnolia, our favorite server in the buffet area. Each of these people went above and beyond ensuring an amazing week for us. The grounds were emmaculate. The food was delicious & so much variety. Our favorite ala carte restaurant was the La Pagoda.The ocean was the most beautiful I've ever seen, the beach was gorgeous. Some of the shows were very good & when they weren't, we very much enjoyed the band playing under the stars every night. We loved the beauty of the lobby and various couches to sit & relax throughout the resort. Our maid was phenomenal & I was impressed with the daily towel swans with fresh flowers. Nice patio. I got an amazing massage at the spa. Book hair appointments at least a day in advance. We had the very best experience and definitely plan to go back!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My wife and I spent March 10-18 here, it was our 6th year at the Dominica. As usual the grounds were beautifully maintained. Beach nicest you can find. Our check-in was smooth with our request for a specific area taken care of. We had 2 small problems which were taken care of in a timely manor. Our room was well maintained by housekeeping and she took care of some requests we had for additional items.
The food at the buffets tends to be repetitive, but there is enough variety ,including some kind of chef special at lunch by the pool. The specialty restaurants are worth checking out.
What brings us back year after year is the attitude of the staff and this year was no different, smiles and helpful, even with some language barriers.
All things being said, we had a great time and look forward to next year.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Stayed here last year as a couple.. I'm reviewing quite late so it may be vague.

Food:

Good, tasty, variety. Liked that we could also share the other resorts restaurants.

Room:

Decent, nothing amazing but nice. We were in front of the shops so that was an OK view.

Beach:

The beach was beautiful. Nice sand and water, lots of fish the deeper you go.

Excursions:

Found these to be a bit boring/similar to Cuba. There wasn't really much to see/do in Punta Cana tourist wise. I didn't like that the locals seemed to thing we shouldn't go out and walk around the towns. And I don't think there was even a tourist town to walk through so that kinda was upsetting.


I got sick towards the end of the trip, so maybe brush your teeth with bottled.
Overall, good trip. We paid a low price as we went during the off season. The weather was fine though

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Arena Gorda | Higuey, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana > Bavaro
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bavaro
#2 Business Hotel in Bavaro
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bavaro
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Bavaro
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bavaro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Iberostar Dominicana Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 590
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

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