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“Amazing time here, what a beach!!!”
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whala!bavaro
Ranked #84 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
Reviewed March 11, 2014

If I had to design my perfect holiday this would have been very close.
The only thing I would change is the flight time. I'm not great traveller but it was all worth it to come here.
The beach was just white sand as far as you could see, strange crazy little fish in the sea a real different experience for us.
The room was not used much as there was so much choice in corners to chill, the bar was friendly and the food choice was so good we tried some local dishes and fish we had no clue
about, all good!
The room cleaners were so sweet and found a pearl earring I'd dropped and not even realised yet.
Loved every second of this tropical holiday and felt sad to leave. Desperate to come back.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Traveled with 3 other friends for a getaway break to the sun. Shared my room with my friend and we had enough space for all our things and the beds were comfortable and the sheets and towels were nice and clean. Cleaning lady came in and made up bed etc. and one morning when we slept late she came back especially to do our room which was sweet. All the staff were nice and the hotel has a friendly feel. The hotel is small and traditional rather than big and modern and everywhere is really tidy and spotless wherever you look. The beach is fantastic and we all spent hours upon hours sunbathing and just kicking back and totally relaxing. The food was actually really good and better than what we had been expecting for the price we paid, so all in all this turned out to be a very good vacation and this hotel was a great choice for us.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Cristina B
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We' were very disappointed with our first room. It was very old with furniture falling to pieces and we felt that we had to keep our shoes on to walk around. We had a balcony which was directly onto the restaurant and so we had to keep the curtains closed to get dressed. We couldn't sit on the balcony because it smelled of stale water.
On the 2nd day that we were there, a tour rep came to visit us and his first question was what did we think of our room. I told him the state of everything and he said that he would try and get us a different room. We spent one more night in that room and then moved to a room on the 3rd floor which was totally up to what we expected.
The food in the hotel was very good, with lots to choose from.
The bars were good and the hotel beach had lovely white sand with lots of sun beds.
The staff in the hotel were mainly very friendly and helpful.
I would have rated this higher than a 3 if we had been put into a proper liveable room to start with!
Don't feel shy to ask to change rooms. I think they expect it.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank Marion2012_12
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

The Whala Bavaro was what we expected for the money we paid. Very friendly staff,nice rooms and good food. Unfortunately on your way to the beach you will have to walk by this Royal Holiday Scam. All I can say is you can say hi and no thanks and just keep walking. Looked them up online. I was lucky it didn't cost me anything. Very well orchestrated scam. But the hotel was worth it too bad we had this experience.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank PBL2014
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Got away from the cold for some much needed sunshine. Got so much more than we expected. Friendly beyond belief, the staff here made a big difference to our holiday. The resort and beach is spotless and we enjoyed the food at the hotel and the times we went out. To be honest when we saw the beach we didn't think we'd want to spend one minute away from it. This was our first visit to the Dominican Republic, the colours, the amazing sunny breezes, WHY haven't we been before? Can't stop talking about my wonderful holiday and planning the next trip. Thank's to all the staff and new friends we met there.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Finkie33
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Very pleasantly surprised...deserving of more than the 2 plus stars it's been given. Thank you to fellow travelers for their reviews or I may not have tried it. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the entire resort, and even more impressed at how good the food was. (Kudos to the soup maker...they were always delicious!) We paid $20.00 to be driven to and from a market in town, not realizing that we just had to go for a short walk to the right (on the beach) to find the same thing. When shopping on the beach, haggle haggle haggle! A price that starts at $45 ends up being $15. Definitely very happy with resort and staff....very unhappy with Nolitours! (We were the only two on the bus dropped at this resort. We were dropped off around the back...had to make our way through with our suitcases in the dark on the stone walkways (as I began wondering what I'd got us into!). When we finally made it to the front lobby, the clerk at the reception desk scratched his head wondering why we weren't dropped at the lobby entrance 20 feet away!...we'd like to know too! Long story short, we were abandoned by Nolitours...we never saw our rep until we were in the lobby preparing to leave. We even had to go through the bookshelf ourselves to find the Air Transat binder containing our departure instructions. Luckily, our positive experience with the hotel made up for our negative experience with Nolitours.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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9  Thank Joanne J
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The best thing about this holiday was the slow pace and quiet relaxed feel.
I've told everyone what a fantastic holiday we had and it was a bit of a steal.
Hotel was friendly and smallish so had a homely feel.
Room was just the right size and spotless.
Three pools, two more than you need.
Beach is the beach you dream of, so close and so tropical.
Food was good, no cooking for ten days.
What more to say? apart from I want to go back !!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank Julia W
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Additional Information about 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
#71 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#74 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range: $64 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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