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Reviewed August 30, 2012

It was a really nice place, Marvellous beach (White sand and clear water) There were also the famous palm trees of the windows screenshot !!!

By the way beautiful hotel with three differents swimming pools for three differents moods, Really big infrastructure (sometimes you need to take the "bus" to move between the infrastructures except to move from your room to the beach or to the differents swimming pools, so it's finally acceptable but I think that we lost a bit of "convivality".) (Friendship atmosphere)

The buffet was good and the service was nice and smilling. It was really "all inclusive". I did'nt see any restriction about food or drink. I've been there in the last week of August so we benefit from the fact that there were not too much people in the beach nor in the swimming pool.

I meet different people that came from different country as Chilian, Russian, American, Canadian, Italian, german and of course French (unfortunatly) as I am. ;) It's always fun to meet different people. Although, I took the opportunity while I'm writing this review to say to Dominica that I was really sorry for not having been able to come last night because of the rain. I hope that's Life will give us another chance to see us again.

For the cons, I would say that the night shows and the activites could be more improved. And of course I curse this night rain !!! ;)

Eric.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Rick A
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

We as a couple have been going to this resort since 2009, and still continue to go back. We do , not go back for the service, we go back for the people, staff, and especially the entertainment Mickey Mouse and the rest to mention a few and he has been there since the first day I went. We got nothing but good service, these people make so little and are on their feet 16- 18 hours a day making our stay more comfortable. They do not have a minimum wage, they work for what the resort wants to pay them, the maids walk to work every morning, sometimes waking at 4 am to be there by 7am and sometimes do not leave until way past 10 pm.I know this by talking to them, watching them, so I leave plenty of tips where ever I go. I know what it is like to come from nothing and have a few bucks, and if I have more than I need, then I give and there is no better people in this world I would like to give to than these people who smile all day and night and never complain about cleaning the messes of people who are just to caught up with whats wrong with the place than to enjoy it! Looking forward to sharing my birthday in October! Plus we were rarely in the room to worry about what was in the room to complain about! I never had to worry about the shower, although it was used and the water pressure was fine, we always had a Jacuzzi in our room to bathe, and we NEVER ever went Platinum, we are frequent guests and treat them with respect and we always get respect back, we are there to get away from computers and phones, I think the longest sleep was 6 hours or so, who needs to be in their room when you are in a warm beautiful country, next to the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, and a swim up bar to boot. Its a vacation to enjoy, if you want top notch service go t the HARD ROCK!! P.S ALL 6 TIMES WE HAVE NEVER GOTTEN SICK AND I TOOK AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO SOMETHING AND THE DR. GAVE ME PILLS I WAS GOOD THE NEXT DAY.

Room Tip: Ask for a non connecting room if you do not have children. Or do not want to hear them.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

The infrastructure is beautiful and the personnel is excellent, specially those of the Platinum Club. Freddy is excellent and solved all our concerns.
However, the mattresses need to be replaced for new ones, since only a few rooms have decent ones.
Entertainment is terrible. It needs a good entertainer that manages the night show, which it is terrible. The show is almost porn, definitely not good for children that are around the dining area at 8:30 pm. I suggest that comedians and different dancers are included and definitely make it more suitable for young people. In any event, this show should start after 9:00 pm.
The children show should start at 8:30 so families can have dinner before the show with no rush and it should be more varied.
The karaoke should be part of the show and earlier (not at 11:00 pm when only drunk people is around). Make it an event for all ages and part of the show maybe.
For ideas about good shows and activities go to Barcelo Dominican Beach. They are good at entertainment!

Room Tip: Ask for those with recently replaced mattresses!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We just got back from a 2 week vacation at the Bavaro Princess. We loved it. I don't understand the bad reviews. We arrived in Punta Cana on the 11th of August and we had 2 beautiful weeks. The weather was great.
Check-in at the hotel was easy and friendly. Our bungalow room was very good. The food was good, especially the Domenican Buffet night. The restaurants were also very good. Drinks were excellent....big thank you to Jarry.
The mini club (my children are 6 and 8 years old) was excellent. I actually had to beg them to come hang out with us. Ms. Alexandra of the mini club was excellent with the kids. We also loved the activities group. Melvin aka Powel, Alex, Robert, Analyne, Manuel made our stay so fun. They were not pushy, but they were always available when we needed or wanted to participate in something. The shows were also good and they did not repeat after 1 week. I think we only saw 1 show twice duirng the whole 2 weeks. Our cleaning lady was excellent and sooo nice. A big thank you to Altagracia. I felt very safe at this resort. Everybody is so friendly and nice and very very patient. The restaurant staff were very good and always smiling. This resort also has an eco-park. The kids loved the wildlife roaming around (flamingo, peacock, geese, cranes, turtles, etc.)
We went on the Saona excursion. I recommend this excursion to everybody. Make sure the company of the excursion is "Blue".

We walked up and down the beach and can tell you that this resort and the resort next to it have the best beach of the whole strip.

We will be returning next year.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Laura S
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

What makes this resort so good is the people. Juan, Claudio, and Melvin at the pool bar will take care of you. They seem to have fun considering they get so little off time. Lenny is a sweet and beautiful girl, she was a great part of the entertainment staff. The rooms were pretty nice. The hotel I would say meets the 3 1/2 star label. Trams are hard to get on so you may have to walk to the front a few times during the week but a little exercise never hurt anyone. The food is ok, you won't starve but you will get tired of it after 7 days. Try to mix up what you eat so it doesn't get too old and repetitive. I found no need to get up super early for a beach or pool chair however if you want them under an umbrella you might have to. Platinum is so not worth the 45$ per day pp. The lounge is nice for people that need their computer the whole time on vacation but the bar was quiet and did not look fun at all! The only other thing you get are beach beds on a roped off section of beach and for me even this wasn't worth the extra money. I recommend tipping, not because it will make your stay that much better but these people work so hard and get paid so little. They were always appreciative and anything we needed the staff was more than willing to provide us without having a hand out. Get to know the people working there and your stay will be a much better experience. If you are looking for a good hotel at reasonable price this will fit. Don't go here if you have high expectations go to the hard rock or the majestic. They also say don't leave the resort, not true! You may get people trying to get you in their store or ride their moped but they're just trying to survive like anyone else. I never felt like I was in danger outside of the resort walls. Theft and drugs are the biggest crimes in the domincan so be mindful of it and go out and experience the people and the culture unless you wanna live in a bubble for a week. All in all I would go back, not necessarily to this resort, but mainly because I am used to staying in fabulous places and would like a better casino. I also like to go and stay places I have never been before. Have a great vacay and I hope this review helped!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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