We arrived on April 5th at the Grand Palladium Bavaro as part of the "Travel Club". A friend had sold us one of his weeks, so we were there with a few added perks. We had a wonderful week and would have no problem recommending this property, with a few caveats. Here are my thoughts:
HUGE!!! 4 resorts within one. We stayed at the Bavaro Suites Resort and Spa, building 29, room 1292. Close to the beach, close to one of the lunch buffets and close to one of the pools. This is the most recently renovated part of the property. Our room was spacious, comfortable and very clean. No bugs, no A/C problems. We met people who stayed at the Palace section and had all kinds of problems with bugs, A/C and general upkeep, so the Bavaro is the place to be... worth all the extra dollars. WARNING: It is hard to convey how big this property is. We are very fit (I cycle 100+km regularly) and like to walk, but even we found the walking a bit of a challenge. However, there is ample transportation provided with golf carts and a passenger train making regular trips around the resort.
AWESOME! If you are lucky enough to encounter Luis Roberto as your bellboy, please say hello from David, Dorothy and Emma. He did everything to make our stay fabulous and he is one of the main reasons I would return. The staff at the Travel Club were great too, Yoel in particular. Daniel was also very good to us, even offering to look after Emma for us if we wanted dinner out ourselves. Everyone at the buffet was great and Nevim really looked after us at the Bamboo a la carte when we dined there. I can't imagine anyone complaining about staff or service. our worst experience? We had to wait 20 minutes for our server to remember to bring us a coke one day - Woe is me!!!
Incredible. There is no beating the beach in the Punta Cana/Bavaro region. Never had a problem getting a lounge chair, and most days we could find shade under a palapa, despite not venturing out before 9 or 10 am.
This is where I am maybe being picky. We enjoyed the buffet which had lots to choose from every day. However, for breakfast and lunch, it was the same choice every day with very little variety form day to day. This really is picking at straws though. Most people won't have any problem with the food. The dinner buffet was very good with a different theme every night. I have to say that we found the buffet schedules odd. Breakfast wasn't until 7 (I am up by 6), closed at 10 and then the lunch buffets didn't open until 12 or 1. Takes some getting used to. The lunch buffets close by 4 and dinner starts at 7. Most of the a la carte restaurants opened at 6.
A la carte:
We ate at the Steak House (La Parilla), Japanese (Sumptuori), Brazilian (Rodizio) and Chinese (Bamboo). Sumptuori was our favourite, followed closely by Bamboo. Sumptuori serves you shrimp, beef, chicken and salmon on a plate of rice teppanyaki style (cooked right in from of you). Delicious! At Bamboo, we had salmon, egg roll and chicken brochette appetizers which were fabulous.Lobster was included as part of our package which Dor really enjoyed, but did say she wasn't sure she would pay $35 for it (though I think you can have as many as you want once you buy in). I had the shrimp (excellent) and Emma's salmon was also excellent (suggest sauce on the side as the salmon on its own was great). The Brazilian was also very good. The food is brought out on skewers but is not sliced thinly like a true Brazilina restaurant. Regardless, the lamb was great, the chicken was very good but the pork and beef were sub par (could not even chew the beef it was so tough). The steakhouse was ok. The ribs were fatty and chewy, and the steak was so-so. I think the steak at the buffet would likely be every bit as good.
We stayed mostly to the same pool behind the kids club. This is a great family location. On the Tuesday they brought out a bouncy castle with slides into the pool - Emma was in heaven. The kids slides are great for kids up to age 6/7, but unfortunately stopped working the last two days. There is a buffet restaurant located right at this pool but doesn't open until 1.
So... great beaches, good to very good food and great service. Big resort which brings the big resort advantages and disadvantages. I would recommend it, but would be looking for something a little smaller next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa enjoys a privileged, sea-front location on the renowned Playa Bavaro. The resort, located on a sprawling estate of lush tropical vegetation and a coconut plantation, is next to the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, the Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino & Royal Suites. The facilities of these adjoining resorts are open to guests of the Grand Palladium Bavaro (excluding the Royal Suites). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Bavaro Hotel
- Grand Palladium Bavaro Punta Cana
- Grand Bavaro Punta Cana
- Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort Spa
- Punta Cana Palladium
- Punta Cana Grand Palladium
- Palladium Punta Cana
- Palladium Bavaro
- Fiesta Bavaro