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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We just returned from a week at Whala! Bavaro. We got an excellent price on this holiday, so our expectations were not high. We were so very nicely surprised. Upon arrival, we were checked in promptly and brought to our room, number 31. We were given a ground floor suite with 5 different rooms, including a jacuzzi room, bedroom with 4 poster bed, separate toilet and bidet, bathroom with shower and separate living area leading to a lovely terrace overlooking the pool. This hotel is not brand new and sparkly but was clean and has a charming Spanish ambience, where you could relax and enjoy. The grounds are beautiful, filled with mature tropical plants. The staff were wonderful, always smiling and helpful, with a "hola" and smile everywhere you went. We ate at the buffet every day, although there were 2 a la carte options. The food was fresh and excellent, with many choices changed daily. The beverages flowing. A two minute stroll outside the lobby and through the walkway leads you to the beach bar and most beautiful beach. We walked along the beach for miles and through some of larger resorts and found that the beach at Whala! was the best and less crowded and we by far preferred Whala! over the mega resorts. A true home away from home. Highly recommend to people looking for a reasonably priced relaxing vacation, good food and drink, regardless of star rating.

Room Tip: Corner suites spacious and quiet
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank Carolyn L
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Estelle L, Guest Relations Manager at whala!bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2014

Dear Mrs. Carolyn,

thank you so much for your kind review, it is always great to read that our guests enjoy their stay, both at the hotel and the lovely Playa Bávaro. Hopefully we'll be able to welcome you on your next visit to Punta Cana. Best regards from whala!bavaro!

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Most USA residents head to Punta Cana for the 5 star mega resorts (luxury). But we go for the average, so we can travel again soon with the savings. This resort is fine, decent food with good selections. Very average room and grounds. The workers try very hard to keep the place clean and welcoming. But they are understaffed really, and not enough tables in the buffet dining area. But we had a great week there. We knew what to expect. The best part is the location right on Bavaro beach. You are right in the middle of the action. And there is shopping, dining, and nightlife just down the street if that's what you want. The place is mosty Europeans, they seem to attend the lower cost places. I give it a 2 or 3 stars, and that's what we paid for and expected.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank niceguyUSA
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Estelle L, Guest Relations Manager at whala!bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you for writing you review on whala!bavaro. I was happy to learn that you appreciate the laid back feel of our hotel and the great locationa. I also appreciate your instructive feedback, offering our guests outstanding service and making their stay as comfortable as possible is important to us and your comments won’t go unnoticed. If you wish, you can send us more details about your experience in our hotel contacting us directly on our website.

Thank you and best regards from Punta Cana!

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

So why 4 stars? because we had to wait to get our room after a long trip from Santo Domingo and they should have not made us because I know they had rooms ready. But other than that, it is a very very nice relaxing hotel and the staff are all super stars and breakfast is nice. A few days before we come here we read that some people had complained here and say bad things about the hotel but there was nothing to worry about. When we were in this hotel sometimes we felt that the whole hotel and the beach was only for yourself and we liked that. We recommend this hotel to people that want a nice quiet hotel with not many children screaming.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
6  Thank Albert C
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Estelle L, Guest Relations Manager at whala!bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2014

Dear Mr. Albert,

Thank you for choosing the hotel whala!bavaro for your stay in Punta Cana and for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. I was happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate your instructive feedback, I apologize for the inconvenience the delay with room caused you. We hope to welcome you back in your next visit to Punta Cana.

Thank you and best regards!

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

After a few weeks of travel visiting family we saved the best till last and had a ball here. We expected nothing so we wouldn't be disappointed and we really loved the laid back attitude which started right from the time we arrived at the airport. Not to be outdone the smiley staff at the hotel were quick to laugh at my husband and his rotten jokes. Spent a whole ten days doing zip, just lay on the beach and planned our next holiday. Not loads to do, no loud disco, peace...... that's what we loved best about the place. Recommended to all like minded souls.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Ronnie H
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Estelle L, Guest Relations Manager at whala!bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Dear Mrs. Ronnie,

Thank you for your review, it looks like you understood our philosophy perfectly and I am happy that you enjoyed a relaxing time in Bávaro. Best regards!

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Arrived travel weary and in darkness nice to be offered a hot drink. Front desk very helpful and the hotel looked clean and inviting.
The room itself was big for just two of us and we found the bed ok and shower became like an old friend by the end of the week, it had it's own way of doing things.
Although we were all inclusive we did try a few other places to eat, found the restaurant to be as per but with better service than usual.
Had a little bit of noise from other guests but nothing to annoy us, think we are particularly quiet people.
Although we saw photos on the web, it isn't until you actually see the beach in person that you realise how marvellous it is.
Totally recharged, didn't want to go home so soon.
Would stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Phoebe S
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Estelle L, Guest Relations Manager at whala!bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Dear Mrs. Phoebe,

I am happy you got to enjoy your stay at whala!bávaro and that you liked the area, it sounds like you took some good memories back home. Thank you so much for your review and best regards from Punta Cana.

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