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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Just got back from this resort. We found the service was excellent and the rooms were very nice. There are some weeds in the water but it never presented a problem for swimming. There was plenty of loungers at the beach and never a problem getting a couple together. We found that the meals overall were very good and the staff very friendly and gave good service. All the staff were very pleasant and many went out of there way to help you any way they could. It was nice having the sister resort next door. It wasn't far to walk to meals and the walk was enjoyable as the grounds on that side were pretty with the different birds and the water areas. We were in villa 44 which was close to the lobby but a little more of a walk to the beach and the only drawback to this location (which isn't a big drawback) was if you wanted to sit on your balcony and enjoy some quiet to read of whatever, forget it. You are in front of the pool with the swim up bar and the party pool. It can get quite loud. We would definitely go back to this resort and probably will next year.

Room Tip: Pick an upper floor on Royal side closest to the beach.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank barmcm1405
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, General Manager at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2013

Dear barmcm1405,

Thank you for sharing your comment on Trip Advisor, we hope you had pleasant return back home with unforgettable memories!

It was our staff pleasure to go above and beyond to provide the best service for your holidays. We are delighted that our room accommodations, beach and restaurants were of your liking.

Thank you for recommending us, it’s wonderful to know you will choose us for your next holidays!

Warm regards.

Josep Castellnou
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

First off if your looking for a place to party this is not the place for you. If you are looking to get away for some relaxation then I highly recommend this resort.

We stayed at this hotel from Jan 11-18, 2013. We are 30, from Canada and opted for a pool suite.

The beach:
As other reviews said yes there is a lot of seed weed, this didnt bother us, staff is constantly working their hardest to keep the beaches nice. There are quite a few palm trees so it wasnt ideal for soaking up the sun, as compared to other resorts we have been to (Cuba, Mexico, Bahamas & Costa Rica). However we did enjoy our time on the beach. We did find there were locals on the beach trying to sell excursions, we would tell them no and they would leave us alone. The shops to the south of the beach (about 50 yards down) they were quite pushy, but I found it kind of fun. We did the couples massage on the beach, $40 for 25 minutes, this was relaxing and enjoyable. Also the juice bar, located beside the massage was a favorite of ours for fresh fruit smoothies (no alcohol)

The Room:
I would recommend spending a little extra and getting a pool room. We LOVED it. On days that were to windy to be at the beach we lounged around our own personal pool, because of the walls on each side of your patio there is very little wind. You have a lot of space, my only complaint would be there is not a lot of privacy in the room, the bathrooms have slats on the doors. The bed was comfortable, AC worked well, furniture was all in good condition. Jet tub was confusing to use. Shower with the rain head was wonderful.

The food:
If you are a foodie I would not recommend this resort. The food was ok, but I would by no means consider it to be 5 star. I would recommend the Cala Tapas, we ate 2 suppers here, the veal and the pork ribs were amazing to say the least. Sea Blue was ok for lunch and we had one supper there, the food wasnt to bad, burgers and lobster were both dry. The Italian on the family side was also pretty good. I found the room service food to be below standard, food was cold and soggy by the time we got it. The buffets (on both sides) were just ok, filled us up but that's about it, definitely have experienced better at other resorts.

The grounds:
The landscaping is wonderful and the staff work tirelessly to keep them looking spectacular.

The pools: we spent zero time at the pools (because we had our own that we didn't have to fight for a chair at) they looked to be kept quite clean and the double loungers at the infinity pool looked relaxing.

The Service:
Everyone was very nice to us. Our room was always cleaned, with turn down service at night, although the cleaning was never at a consistent time (which I prefer then u can be away from your room). Our mini bar was always stocked, and if we asked for extra anything they had no problem providing it for us. Not that this was a huge deal, but we brought DVDs from Canada to watch in the evenings if we didnt feel like going out or the weather was bad, the DVD players here (and only the DVD no other electronics) are European so none of our DVDs would play, you can rent at the front desk, $10 USD for movies 3+ years old- no thanks! When we asked for a North American DVD player they could not provide it. Again not a huge deal just something to keep in mind.

The Excursions:
We did two excursions. The pirate ship (which we bought on the beach) it was a half day, leaving the resort at 1:40 and returning around 6 for $75/ person. It was a fun afternoon, drinks included. They took you out about 200 meters from the shore and we snorkeled for about 1/2 an hour, then you cruised along the shore line, then stopped to swim / party in a shallow part of the ocean, it was a good time, lotsa dancing and music (which isn't really my thing) but it was fun to watch everyone.
Helicopter tour. I did this one and would HIGHLY recommend it. It was $220 for 30 minutes. We flew over the coast line and it was absolutely amazing! The pilot took us right over our hotel. The sights were amazing! (See pics)

WIFI: Wifi was a hit and miss, it always worked in the lobby, and about 1/2 the time it worked in our room. Mornings seems to work best from the room.

Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation. It is quiet and there are quite a few older people, if you want to party u can slip over the the family side, which we did a few nights. If u are just looking to relax definitely go to this resort. This overall has been the relaxing most vacation I have ever been on!

Room Tip: Spend the extra and go for the pool room! we loved it!!! We had room 3411, if I was to go again, i would opt for room 3402-3404 they are closer to the beach.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We went for our honeymoon and had a great time. We would not usually plan an all-inclusive vacation, but were pleasantly surprised with this resort. The "royal" side of the resort is on the small side which we appreciated. There are 3 restaurants (all a la carte) and we thought the food was good. We rented a car and had planned to eat outside of the resort but ended up eating there often because we liked the food. There is also a fresh juice bar on the beach and an espresso bar in the lobby. The exterior and grounds are beautiful and have a very modern feel to them. The room was humid so we asked for a humidifier and the staff were helpful. If you are looking for a huge resort with a lot of entertainment, activities, buffets, etc., and a party atmosphere this is not it. But if you want something relaxing I would recommend it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Lindsey C
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, General Manager at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2013

Dear Lindsey C,

Thank you for choosing Catalonia Royal Bavaro for your honeymoon holidays! And for sharing your holiday experience on Trip Advisor.

We are content to know you were surprised with our services, and that we succeeded in achieving your expectations with our restaurant services.

We are sorry for the humidity, but are glad that our staff promptly assisted you in resolving this matter. Thank you for recommending our resort, we hope to welcome you back for relaxing holiday!

Warm regards.

Ysabel Sosa
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

My husband and I stayed here Oct 2011 and couldn't wait to return. We were looking to have a relaxing, quiet vacation, which this resort offers. If you're looking for entertainment and nightlife, you will have to go to the sister resort next door for that. We went one night to check out the entertainment and it was definitely not up to par with other resorts such as Dreams Punta Cana or Iberostar Bavaro. For relaxation Catalonia Royal is #1 in our books! The first time we stayed in a deluxe jr. suite and opted for a superior suite this time. The only difference we could find between the two, was the deluxe is only slightly bigger but the biggest thing was the bathroom arrangement. This room had an open concept bathroom with a half glass door to the toilet and open shower area as you walk into the room. The superior jr suite offers a private bathroom with a door that closes off the shower, sink, and toilet area. The large soaker tub by the king size bed was the same in both rooms. So if you are travelling with friends and are staying in a room together you may want to opt for the Superior Suite for the privacy. We stayed in Villa 46, which is closest to the lobby, pool side. The house keeping staff were excellent, fridge was refilled everyday, room was always cleaned and decorated with beautiful flowers. Thanks.....
Now for the food, overall we enjoyed all the restaurants on the Royal Side. Can't comment on the Bavaro side, we didn't eat there except the buffet. We went to both buffets on the Bavaro side and found both to be subpar compared to other resorts we've been to. Didn't like the birds flying around the food. Back to the Royal restaurants: Our favorite was Cata Tapa (excellent ribs)!!! Thanks for making our meal so memorable "Sexy Cecilia"!!! You're a gem! Thalassa, they offer buffet breakfast, a la carte for lunch and supper. All the meals we had there were great! Loved the sushi at lunch!!! A special thank you to Jenny for exceptional service!!!! Sea Blue is a great place for a light lunch, they also bbq on the beach which is really convenient. They are also open in the evenings, serving grilled lobster. Thanks to Francesco for ensuring the service and food was always great. The Maloo Bar serves freshly blended fruit drinks on the beach, which are awesome! The beach isn't as big or water isn't as deep and wavy as other resorts but they have a man made reef which is great for snorkeling. The fish will eat from your hand if you bring some bread or banana with you! Hats off the gardeners, they work hard everyday to keep this property beautiful.
For those looking for a nice quiet and relaxing vacation, this is the place for you!!! The food was excellent, staff are incredible, and can't wait to return sometime soon for the third time!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Trese_Mark
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

arrived home Friday from catalonia royal. we had an excellent vacation. we stayed in bldg 18 and our room was stunning. we stayed for 2 weeks and didn't want to come home. we have no complaints at all. food was excellent, staff were great and we were treated great. will go back again for sure.

Room Tip: try to get room 1821, it's like a little apartment,
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8  Thank sue154982
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, Director General at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2013

Dear sue154982,

Greetings from Catalonia Royal Bavaro!

Thank you for sharing your comment on Trip Advisor, it’s wonderful to receive your excellent comments of our services. We appreciate your appreciation of our room accommodations, friendly staff and restaurant service.

We look forward to your next holidays!

Receive kind regards from the Catalonia Royal family!

Josep Castellnou
General Manager

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