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“Clean and friendly.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of whala!bavaro

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whala!bavaro
Ranked #83 of 110 Hotels in Punta Cana
Dallas, Texas
1 review
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“Clean and friendly.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

Small hotel but has what you need for a beach based holiday. The rooms are a bit dated but very clean and maids came in all the time to put new towels and change bed. Swimming pool is clean and wasn't used much while I was there as everyone went directly to the beach. The beach bar is handy for cold beers and there were plenty of sun beds to lie on. Staff were friendly and helpful when questioned about area and places to eat. Good value and have told friends and family about this place.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Alberto R
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Friends recommended Whala bavaro for a more homely experience in a smaller hotel. They have stayed many times and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with no big pressure to dress for dinner. We often cruise so for a big change we joined our friends for a week of beach heaven. First of all I have to mention the location, showstopper!!!! getting off the plane to a palm tree lined airport put us in the Island mood right there. The meet and greet at the hotel was fun and we all met up in the bar without even settling in our room. The days rolled by in a haze of complete relaxation and my husband slept the night straight out, a rare occurrence for him. Thank you so to the delightful staff that keep this place exactly the way it is. Heartily recommended to those who want to slow down every now and again, this is the perfect place.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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3 Thank parksandponds
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

Just returned from an amazing week at Whala Bavaro. Awesome vacation and exactly what we were looking for. If you want 5+ star luxury, 1000 room resorts where you take a shuttle to the beach, 5 a la carte dinners, and 24/7 parties, then Whala is not your place. But, if you want relaxing, friendly, laid back, enjoyable, and hospitable, this is 100% your place. We wanted the latter, and Whala delivered in spades.

It's a small spot that's perfect for relaxing, which was perfect for us. The staff are great (Jose, Miguel, Aldenis, Jhonathan, Melvin, Julio, Juan Gabriel to name a few). Always smiling and willing to share a laugh, even though English is a bit limited. Never an issue for us. Beach is awesome, couple spots to find some shade if you need it. Personal favourite was the beach bar, great place to relax and watch the ocean roll in at night time while having a few drinks. Room was great, near Pool #3. Saturday night BBQ was probably my favourite meal. The buffet is small, but the variety is always pretty good - we never had a problem finding something good to eat. If you're picky, there's restaurants nearby too.

Whala nails it, I would go back in a second. No it doesn't have all the amenities of big hotels and fancy resorts, and you don't need them! You're on vacation in the Dominican! Relax and enjoy yourself! Whala is a perfect place to do just that.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank Wallache
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Salamanca, Spain
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

We went to Bavaro in 2009 for honey moon and it was very special and we came back in january again to remember the good times we had but this time to this hotel because it is not a very big hotel and for us the important thing was spending time together and relaxation. I can say we had a very good holiday at the Whala Bavaro for 10 nights and the hotel delivered all we wanted. It was safe and very relax and the room we had was very nice but the best they have is the beach and very clean. Breakfast was varied and fresh and the servers were all very nice. I am looking to book so we go back soon because of the relaxing and not too busy. I think that the hotel is romantic and the service was very good.

The location of the hotel is very good and the Dominican people are good people and full of life and energy but the most important thing they like the visitors.

In the hotel there is not too much fiesta or happenings but when we wanted fiesta there was many places for going.

I hope everything will be same next time we go because we do not want it different and we liked it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank Carmen A
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Weymouth, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is the first review ever written by us after travelling south for 11 years also no nightly entertainment unless you call a worker nearly gassed us all by the second pool with fumigation products Beachfront hotel ,no you have to walk to the beach which is shared by royal vacation club,no free wifi in lobby,no 24hr bar closes at 11pm,only cheap drinks not even there local rum if you wanted that you had to pay money for that 7:00$ for one, constant sewer smell at 2nd pool and bar,BBQ supper at 2nd bar and pool with complimentary sewer smell couldn't eat,same smell at main buffet,main buffet choice of 12 things,no bacon for a week,constant vendor hassle on beach,got items stolen from room which was reported to front desk they just shrugged it off,construction at 7:00 am for 5days out of 7days,bathing shower salt water taste,met British couple on a two week stay they ate out for the last 6days,well must say maids were good and staff friendly

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Vicki M
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Estelle L, Gerente at whala!bavaro, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Vicky,
Thanks for your feedback and we are deeply sorry that your expectations weren't fullfilled during your stay, as our management and all our employees work on that.
We take note of all your comments in order to always improve satisfaction and content of our clients.
Kind regards
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

Stayed here in Feb, just haven't got round to leaving feedback yet. Stayed 12 days with the mrs, beach, sun all over tan get the business done. Room and outfit ok. The basic style was v.little money suited our pockets at the minute. Staff all quick to smile and offer to try to get what you ask for(try hard). Location has the best beaches, they are on the money as far as sand and warm sea. Next time I could do with two full weeks here. Felt at home more or less straight away. Think we've found our alter egos in sandals and no socks. Three star paradise. 9/10.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

A long awaited week with my sister on a sun holiday was better than a facelift. The airport set the scene, warm breeze hot sun and palm trees..... hello this is more like it!
Cutesy guy on the main desk, showed us around the dining room, pool area and off to the room. Clean and holiday happy style, we booked a standard room and it was fine. Easy going staff, buffet restaurant was good the times we went. Had many relaxed meals on the beach, it was so beautiful we couldn't tear ourselves away from it. Taking a trip here was the best idea, headed home with wonderful memories and a pact to do it all over again in a couple of seasons. Maybe even bring the boys....

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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3 Thank Rita H
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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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