I came here with my two college friends on our annual girls trip. We really enjoyed our stay here and we will definitely return. We stayed at the Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort, Spa, & Casino. As the name indicates the rooms are suites. We chose the platinum suties package. It is definitely worth it! All the suites have a living, sleeping, eating, and dining area. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The rooms will accomdate two people sleeping in a KING BED. It is not optimized for three persons. We chose to have our own rooms due to this fact.
I was impressed with the dining options. The Bella restaraunt was our favorite; we ate there twice. The risotto was delicious!! The food at Licey Gourmet Restaraunt was delicious. I had the paprika lobster and it was not only did it taste great but also huge. Licey is included in the platinum package, but is a la carte prices for bungalow and standard suite packages. The buffett was average, but good. However, if the buffett does not satisfy your taste the grill was always open and the other restaraunts were available bc reservations were not required. We stayed 5 nights and we did not get tired of the food choices. Keep in mind that as a guest at the Bavarro Princess all suites you have the option to go to the "princess" sister properties to dine and transportaion will be provided.
The beach is absolutely gorgeous. The waves are choppy but not bad. Bring a boogie board and you can just ride the waves. Don't worry you will not float out to sea! We started each day at the beach and ended at the pool where Claudios bright smile greeted us and mamajauana awaited. Salud!! We meet plenty of friends at the pool..hello to our Canadian buddies!
Cons: The casino is very small and limited. Like seriously, do not stay here bc you want a hotel that has a casino. No wash cloths in any of the rooms. They only had the large hand towels. I think this is a Dominican hospitality thing. In the USA I am use to small wash clothes for showering. Next trip I will bring a wash cloth. The drapes do not close completely, will bring a clip next time for added security. The pool closes too early (6pm). Minimal games on the beach. We were all single, but I think the resort is better suited for couples. Most of the events end at dinner time, although the animation team has a show at 9:30pm it is still not too conducive for mingling. Although I will return again, single or married! Last but not the least, I did notice more attention was given to those of lighter skin toned! Something for management to address. I am fair skin, but not the fairest, and noticed the difference in treatment. At times, looked over at the bar until a lighter person would say, hay take her order! I do believe all skin tones should receive the same service. This is not a deal breaker, hence me saying I would return, but next time I will speak up immediately and speak with management!!
Pros: Security, Security, Security. We could not enter the gate or come on the beach without showing our platinum bracelets or whatever bracelet you may have. They even check when they delivered room service. I am sure they were watching when I was not. I felt very secure. The grounds were beautiful. The maid staff did an excellent job of cleaning and was very accomodating. Licey's and Bella was delicous. The message on the beach was excellent!!! well worth it! Bavaro Princess all suites resort, spa and casino has a gorgeous beach, good service, and clean accomadations!
Suggestions: Bonfire on the beach one night. Boogie boards for guest to use at the beach. Butler service in the platinum area. Music at the pool. A kids free zone in the bar area of the pool. I know adults come with their kids, but I do not believe kids should be kicking and splashing at the bar while their parents are no where to be found. It is okay to swim with children to get a drink, but then take your kid back to a kid friendly area and not leave them sitting at the bar!! A small 5 ft kids free zone by the bar is not asking too much. Not strictly enforced but a sign as a friendly suggestion, please. Despite a few busy kids, the pool's bar was a great place to meet new people and add memories to your vacation.
FYI to future guest: Wake up and watch atleast one sunrise.. it is breath taking and the quite stillness is unremarkable!! Bring Mosquito repellant and apply it!! A week later and the mosqito bites are still itching! Spanish is the native language, english is not spoken by all the staff, so it was difficult to communicate at times, but gestures worked well, except at the bar. bc no two bar tenders make the same drink you have to know the ingredients that comprise your fav. cocktail! Also note this resort is large, but the trolley service was frequent (thanks Felix)!! The flea market is walking distance and only three blocks to the left of the resort. There are shops across the street from the resort and if you go early in the morning you can get a good deal. The shop on the resort has good quality pottery, cups, gifts, but skip the jewelry on site it is overpriced. Alibahbahs is a hookah bar across the street, but something seemed a little suspect there, so proceed with caution despite the great music that they play. Drink atleast one shot of mamajuana at the Pool!!
Overall: This resort is a very good deal! It is not the crem de la crem in butler service (i.e. needing individual catering service at all times). If you want that go pay $300 a night elsewhere. I personally believe this resort accomadations are above average and well worth the stay. If you are reading this review and consider booking it, don't hesitate, book it. I would recommend it to my friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bavaro Princess, situated in the Dominican Republic in an area renowned for its incomparable beauty, the quality of the sand and the clarity of the water on the famous Bavaro Beach. Accommodation at this prestigious resort more than meets the expectations of the most demanding of customers.136 splendid Platinum Suites, 16 Honeymoon Spa Suites, 82 functional Junior Suites, or the 572 spacious and fully equipped Bungalow Suites, provide the ideal added value to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bavaro Princess Punta Cana
- Bavaro Princess Resort Punta Cana
- Bavaro Princess Hotel Punta Cana
- Hotel Bavaro Princess
- Punta Cana Bavaro Princess Hotel Resort
- Princess Bavaro
- Bavaro Princess Dominican Republic
- Bavaro Princess Hotel Dominican Republic
- Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort Spa & Casino
- Princess Hotel Punta Cana