First time to DR and this was a good choice, Would go back.
-very nice, well kept and clean grounds. beach was solid.
-staff was nice and usually very attentive.
-alot to do, with decent activities, beach, exercise, etc.
-el presidente on tap was better than expected.
-while we realized we were in another country, there were constant issues with language barrier. while i don't expect everyone to speak my language fluently, like on a cruise, there should be more people available to communicate our needs to. quite often, you'd ask someone a question, they couldn't understand and there was no one close by to communicate with. not a reflection on the people at all. It's a mgmt. thing and they should do a better job here, esp. when big $$ are paid to come there.
-food was average/good, but the bigger problem was getting decent reservations at the restaurants. from the day we checked in, it was difficult and wed either get shut out of a rest. or get a 6pm or 930pm time. youd then be forced to go buffet, which gets old real fast. also, the rest. would be half full, so maybe a staffing issue. either way, for an all inclusive, it's not really acceptable. they need a better system here.
-the golf course was very good. however, if you are going to advertise that golf is included, then hit us for $65US/person for cart, that's a tad deceptive really. $130 for a cart for two?cmon now.
-casino was ok, but staff there seemed mostly unfriendly and quite disinterested in mixing with gamblers. part is the language for sure, but you have to be alot more customer friendly in the gaming business. win or lose, it's a big turnoff. i dont expect Vegas friendly, but cmon now.
-offsite excursions were weak, beware.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only*****hotel is located on one of the 10 best beaches in the world, in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic. This dreamy hotel has reinvented itself after a complete renovation to become an exclusive hotel for adults only. The hotel offers first class rooms 80% of which are located right on the beachfront. This makes it the most perfect place for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the exquisite range of cuisine on offer at the hotel through the Barcelo All Inclusive Programme with its Caribbean Buffet, Chez Gourmet and La Brisa restaurants; 9 a-la-carte restaurant options: Chez Gourmet (international), La Brisa (Mediterranean), El Coral (fish and seafood), Santa Fe (meat), La Dolce Vita (Italian), Mexico Lindo (Mexican), La Fuente (Spanish), Kyoto (Japanese) and La Comedie (Gourmet - additional charge except for Club Premium guests). Visit the facilities where you can find different options to fill your days: football pitch, tennis court, swimming pool, golf course, water sports, wellness centre, theatre and casino. This exclusive resort set on a virgin beach welcomes you with a cocktail, spoils you with drinks by the pool and offers you a 45 minute hydrothermal circuit, per person once during your stay. There are also 2 massage beds in the pool area (at an additional charge). Staying at this hotel also grants guests access to the facilities of the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, a hotel which shares some of its services and facilities. This hotel is one of the very few in the country that boasts the international BLUE FLAG for compliance with the standards required by the non-profit non-governmental organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Come and rediscover the marvels the Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only***** hotel has to offer! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Bavaro Beach Hotel
- Barcelo Bavaro Punta Cana
- Barcelo Bavaro Beach Punta Cana
- Bavaro Beach Hotel
- Bavaro Beach Resort
- Barcelo Punta Cana Resort
- Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort Punta Cana