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“Time to remember”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of whala!bavaro

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whala!bavaro
Ranked #83 of 110 Hotels in Punta Cana
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Time to remember”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Beaches to die for, with long days in the sun this was a really great holiday. We did plan on doing some sight seeing but once we had unpacked and settled in we just wanted to lie on the beach and listen to the waves. The staff were friendly and easy to talk to and the meals were light and fresh, the fruit was bigger and tasted better than at home. We went with open minds as this was the first time in the Dominican Republic and were genuinely pleased with the whole trip. Of course the journey time is longer than usual but don't let that put you off. It's a real breath of fresh air and would recommend it totally.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Fiona D
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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Stayed here in March for a few nights and thought it was such good value that I went again, but this time for a whole week. Staff remembered me immediately which felt good and glad to say my friend that I took loved it too. The beach is really unbeatable and we went every day and really made the most of it. The food as before was great and also the cocktails! I know this isn't one of the swankiest joints in the world but for location and service it does a brilliant job. Thanks again to the wonderful staff.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Alison D
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Estelle L, Guest Relations Manager at whala!bavaro, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Mrs. Alison,

Thank you for staying with us again and for your kind review. I am happy you enjoyed your vacation and that our staff and service contributed to that. We hope to see you again in the future!

Best regards from Punta Cana.
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed here for 10 days and found it just like the pictures on the adverts. We had a great time and have no complaints at all. The beach location is wonderful, our room was simple and the maids did a good job, cleaning everyday and remembering to replace everything. The pool and main areas of the complex were well maintained and kept clean. Everyone was friendly, I know that sounds lame but it was true here, the staff and other holiday makers were polite and chatty. Food was mostly great, big choice of salads and ripe fruit. Didn't spend much when we were here, so it was a reasonable holiday in an exotic location. Recommended totally.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank Janet S
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

Was not bothered about spending time in a massive resort type hotel and found this Whala hotel to be just the right size and just the right mix of people. Not too plastic and flashy but clean, well run and in a fabulous location by the Bavaro beach. The rooms are clean, the staff are hard working and friendly and we thought the food was good. Met some nice people who we had dinner with a couple of times and had a relaxing time here. Loved the beach and small beach bar serving cool drinks. A good place to chill out without the frills and fakeness of many of the big resort hotels.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Hannah M
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Estelle L, Public Relations Manager at whala!bavaro, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Mrs. Hannah,

Thank you for choosing our hotel. We were certainly blown away by your review - and particularly proud of our staff, who contribute most to making our guests feel welcome.

Thank you again for the great feedback - I very much hope that we will be able to welcome you back soon.
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Jackson, Mississippi
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Heard good reports about the Dominican Republic so we thought we'd give it a try. Very glad we did the location, hotel, people and beaches were all stunning. The reception sorted us into our room with no fuss and gave clear directions about the way of the hotel. The room was clean and not fussy, small bathroom, the housekeeping was of a good standard and stayed that way all week. Plenty of clean towels. Relaxation was key and the pool view with the ocean ahead was awesome. The meals were well prepared, and the big choice meant you could probably find anything you fancied, the fresh pineapple was the sweetest ever. Service is good, they were well mannered and nothing was too much trouble. Sometimes you feel right at home and this hotel is one of them. Will be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank Steve M
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Hoofdplaat, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Loved the location, great simple hotel ; excellent value for my money.
This was a planned beach holiday after too much working. I have paid more before for holidays but this was a bargain too good to miss. The room was cleaned nicely, tidy comfortable furnishings. The people and staff were too very nice and spoke greeting every morning with hellos. The beach is wonderful, warm sand and the water was not freezing, very good for swimming. We did a little sight seeing, but as I mentioned the real reason was for the beach. It was a great time and I must thank the lady at the reception for her local knowledge when we arrived. It's the little things that make the difference. Enjoyable time for us.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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5 Thank Marla H
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Lennoxtown, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

First visit to this part of the world and we were both a little worried (and excited) but once we settled down into our room and had our first drink we realized that there was nothing to worry about. It is not the Ritz of Paris and my rating is congruent with what we paid. We mainly liked this hotel for the location and nice staff. It´s clean and runs very smoothly with all the staff busy working and keeping it tidy at all times. We liked the pool view from the room and thought the room was maintained well and the cleaning ladies came in frequently. The beach is really the best thing ever though! It´s more beautiful than the pics and what better way to enjoy your well earned time off than lying on a picturesque beach with a cool drink in your hand? It´s why we came and it did not disappoint. Fantastic and returned home very relaxed and ready to take on the world!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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9 Thank Rachel M
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Additional Information about whala!bavaro

Property: whala!bavaro
Address: El Cortecito | Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Alisios Bavaro Beach Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Punta Cana
#39 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#70 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#73 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — whala!bavaro 3*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in front of the beach, whala!Bavaro is the ideal place to enjoy the summer heat. Bavaro Beach is part of the Dominican Republic most exclusive coast resorts, thanks to its fine white sand bathed by the beautiful Caribbean Sea with crystal clear and emerald tone waters. Located in front of the beach, whala!Bavaro is the ideal place to enjoy the summer heat. The hotel is located in an excellent location that offers a wide variety of sport and leisure activities. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Alisios Bavaro Beach Hotel
Hotel Alisios Bavaro Beach

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