This resort was beautifully maintainted both landscape and cleanlyness wise. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Security cameras were everywhere both inside and out around the entire property which helped you feel safe. The two mile long white sand beach was beautiful and clean as well as great for swimming. Tractors with rakes dragged the beach for sea weed and debris early every morning. There was never a problem finding a lounge chair at the beach or at the pools to sit in. If you have ever stayed at the Barcelo resort in Mexico on the Mayan Riveria (with five Barcelo hotels on it) this Dominican Punta Cana resort (with two hotels on it) is set up/laid out pretty much identical to it. However, unlike the Mexico resort where you could stay at one and play at all, here in the Dominican you could only stay at one and use its facilities only. This was not made clear to us from the start and was dissapointing to find out once we arrived but was not the end of the world. The ajoining Barcelo resort was called the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort and was an adults only resort and less expensive to stay at. It was built in 2011 a year later than the Palace where we stayed according to a book provided in our hotel room.
We stayed in a Junior Suite Deluxe room which we chose and paid additional for as an upgraded room type. These rooms are very nice, clean and well equipped. The beds are sooooo comfortable. They have a large rain shower type showering facility in them as well as a jacuzzie on the balcony. If you choose this type of room please be aware that the jacuzzie is very small. They are advertised as a two person but really would actually hold two or three small children only. I am 6 foot four inches tall and I tried sitting in it and was very uncomfortable. There was no way a second adult would fit in it. The two seats in it are big enough only for a child size butt to sit on them. Needless to say my wife and I did not use the jacuzzie.
The buffet restaurant was excellent as was the food and selection of it. However, the a-la-cart restaurants were not so good in our opinion. Like the Barcelo resort in Mexico which we raved about, this Barcelo resort had the same restaurants which were not as good. The restaurants were, Kyoto Japanese, Santa Fe Steak House, Italian, Spanish, Meditaranian, Sea Food, French and Mexican. We made reservations at the first five. We did not book the french as there was an extra $30 per person charge to eat there. The Kyoto was a great experience. Sooooo much fun and entertaining with great food. The beef tenderloin I had at the Santa Fe Steak House was as tough as shoe leather. At the Italian restaurant I ordered the veal. It was pure fat and comprised of mostly bone in the centre. The salad bar here was raw fish and raw meat with a bowl of lettuce. At the Spanish restaurant my wife and I ordered the chicken plate which was served/presented beautifully. When we went to taste it, the meal on both our plates were as cold could be. We complained and asked if this was suppose to be a cold plate and we were told no. Identical replacement meals were provided to us but were the same temperature as the first so we left the restauarant and ate at the hotels buffet instead. As a result of bad meals three nights in a row we cancelled our remaining nights reservations at the other a-la-cart restaurants at this resort and went to the buffet instead.
In summary, this resort is great/excellent but the a-la-cart restaurants are much to be improved upon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe*****, a unique and unrepeatable location on the best beach of Punta Cana, protected by a coral reef that converts the sea into a natural swimming pool. This an all-inclusive luxury gastronomic hotel is a new concept in luxury on the best beach in Punta Cana. All the rooms have terrace and sea views (front or partial) and jacuzzi for two persons with hydrotherapy, Well-being of the latest generation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel Punta Cana