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Catalonia Royal Bavaro
Ranked #46 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
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Reviewed January 4, 2009

We stayed at the Royal for six nights from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30.This was our first time at an adults only resort. The peace from endless loud animation teams was heavenly. There was never a problem getting a chair at the beach or the pool.The room was well appointed and the bed was not too hard. We tipped the maid dailly and were rewarded with lovely towel designs.
Food was excellent at the Thalassa. I reccommend the lobster.We also tried the Japanese and italian at the Bavaro as well as the buffet. I was impressed by the fresh grilled shrimp at the buffet and as others have said, the pizza at the pool is excellent.
The royal bar has premium liquors and was never crowded.
You can walk for miles on the beach.I would rate it as one of the tops in the caribbean.
Would definitely return to the royal.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2008

My husband and I (28 and 29 y/o) just returned from a week-long stay at the Royal Catalonia (December 18-25). We had a great time and would not hesitate to recommend the resort to our friends.

BEACH: The beach is not long, but is picturesque. Water is shallow and because of the location there are not too many waves. The week that we were there (mid-December), there was quite a bit of wind, so there was some seaweed in the water and some washed ashore. Nonetheless, it was not something that bothered us much. We snorkeled right off the beach everyday on the very right (Royal) and very left (non-Royal) sides of the beach, just past the buoys. Bring some bread with you and you’ll see even more colorful fish.

POOL: Nice and quiet on the royal side. You are always able to take a swim since most people are just sun-bathing.

DAY TIME ACTIVITIES: Water center at the beach offers a variety of options for free – kayaking, catamaran (after taking a paid lesson) and snorkeling. We also played tennis and ping-pong a couple of times (for tennis, make sure to reserve your time slots early to get the best times). Gym on the royal side was small, but had more than enough to get a decent workout done.

NIGHT TIME ACTIVITIES: The shows are of mixed quality, but some are really entertaining. We liked Grease and Welcome to America. There are lots of bar options (if you are willing to venture to the non-Royal side). There is a new bar with a lounge-sitting area on the Royal side that opened while we were there and it is really nice (great atmosphere). Weekends at the disco are nice … not the latest hits, but everyone is having fun … but on the weekdays, the crowds are small and music could use some improvement. Aside from the “loud activities”, bubble-bath in the royal suites was our favorite evening pass-time. We also got a DVD player from the Royal reception and watched some movies we brought along.

EXCURSIONS: We took two excursions. One is the snorkeling trip (1.5 hours), purchased for $25 from the water center. Well worth the money! We even thought of going a second time. Another is the dirt-buggies. It was fun, but we probably would not recommend that one to others, but that could be because of our inflated expectations. If you go, bring a bandana to cover your face and don’t expect to see North American level of safety standards. Don’t expect to spend more than 30% of time driving off roads.

FOOD: We were really satisfied with the quality of the food. I don’t eat meat or seafood (except for fish), and still was able to find good options. If you don’t eat even fish, you may need to stick to the buffets – there are lots of vegetarian options there. My husband loves his meat and really enjoyed the selection. Both of the buffets offer enough variety to keep you from getting bored and there are always fresh fruit and vegetables. We enjoyed all of the a-la-cartes, ranked in the following order: (1) Thalassa, (2) Mexican (I had to get a custom vegetarian dish, which was made to perfection), (3) Japanese and Italian. We did not try the steak-house because of my dietary restrictions. One draw-back is the smoking that happens in all of the restaurants.

ROOMS: Enough was said about the rooms by others. Our only complaint was a musky smell, but that seems to be the climate (we had to change rooms once because of water issues and the second room had the same smell). After a day or two staying there, however, it is really not that noticeable. Other than that, the rooms are great and new. We sent a couple of requests regarding the room via e-mail before we left and all of them were met.

SERVICE: Outstanding. We got all we wanted and more. For instance, the bar on the Royal side does not serve deserts and the coffee maker was broken. However, without much trouble, we convinced a waiter to get us deserts and coffee from Thalassa – outstanding. We were greatly satisfied with service of all the personnel.

ROYAL v. MAIN SIDE: In our eyes, the Royal side is well worth the money. Of course, whether that is the case for others depends on what they are looking for. My husband agreed that should we have stayed on the main side, we probably would not return to any all-inclusive again (this was our first time). It is really crowded and sometimes gets loud. We like our peace and quiet, which we got on the Royal side. However, because it is a part of a larger resort, we still got access to all of the amenities we could want.

CONSTRUCTION: We did not find it very bothersome, but it is indeed there. This is probably the only reason we are not ranking the hotel as 5/5. Near the pool or in the room, we did not hear any construction. On some days, we could hear construction noises on the beach and actually had to move to the main side once. The walkway near construction is pretty dirty, but since we don’t mind walking, we took a slightly longer route through the main side and that did not bother us. As it was already mentioned, during our stay, the lobby bar was moved into a larger and nicer area. All was done very efficiently without much construction noise disturbance (I am guessing that the earlier guests had to put up with that). One thing that really helped is that we were staying in the building the furthest from the beach construction. Looks like the construction will be still ongoing for another 2-3 months, but we did not ask – so not sure.

Overall, we were really satisfied. The service, the food and the peace and quite of the Royal side made for an amazing vacation. Too bad we had to return to the cold and snowy Toronto.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed December 10, 2008

Tea quality was not great but they had a good range (including green tea).
Service too relax/deficient sometimes, but mostly ok.
Works in progress on the Royal side of the beach.
Food ok, but not ***** at all. We often laughed because the "chic" restaurant of the Royal Hotel served us a different dish as the one proposed on the menue...
No Internet connection in the room, they had a problem with the connection. We could use the lobby computers.
Cosmetic products in the bathroom were not top of the range.

Beautiful room with big round bath, great shower. Hammock on balcony . Beautiful swimming pool, quiet (without kids) and low season period. Nice beach (5 minutes walk through the other part of the hotel (non-Royal). Several restaurants (Japanese, Mexican, Italian tried) in addition to the Thalassa restaurant reserved for Royal hotel. Booking necessary for all these restaurants but one can eat at other places without reservation Long pants for men and no flip flops for all.
Good cocktails at all bars on the resort (Banana Mama is my favorite!). There is a portion of the beach reserved for Royal guests. The Royal side is not allowed to non Royal guests (that’s why it’s so quiet).

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2008

My wife and I just returned from 10 days at CRB (11-19 to 11-29) and absolutely loved it. Why wouldn’t we with the wonderful way all the staff treated us while we were there – some even rushed to hug and kiss us goodbye when we left, and believe me, that’s never happened before.
There were a few problems. But the biggest one had nothing to do with CRB. The TSA (we deduced later) pulled one of our suitcases for an extended look through, which meant it didn’t make the flight from Miami. But the baggage supervisor at the Punta Cana airport was pleasant, professional, and reassuring that the bag was indeed in the system, and was in AA’s hands and would be on the next day’s flight, and would be delivered to the lobby at CRB.
And all those things turned out to be true.
Check-in at CRB was smooth and efficient and accompanied by a refreshing glass of something fruity and cold, with just enough rum to keep the mosquitoes away.
We, and the bags that did make the flight, were whisked away on a golf cart to our room – first floor in villa 44. In my estimation, an excellent location. Close to the pool, the lobby, and all the action (but not the noise) at the main Catalonia Bavaro right next door. There was a 5 minute stroll to the beach and the beach restaurant from this location, but that’s nothing. The walkway is covered almost all the way so there’s no danger of sunstroke, and you keep dry when it’s raining.
This was our third time in Punta Cana, and this is the first resort we agreed we’d like to come back to once two or three things that are in the works are completed – like a revision to the policy of having the same menu every day at dinner at Thalassa, the exclusive restaurant at CRB. The new food manager, as well as the outgoing one (Thanks for all your kind help and attention Juan, and good luck in Barcelona!!!), agreed the policy (dictated by corporate headquarters in Barcelona) makes no sense, because, and here’s the strange part: the lunch menu changes every day and contained (at least while we were there) a range of wonderful new and different choices each day. We suggested just having the main part of the lunch menu serve as the dinner menu and something along those lines is said to be in the works. This is essential for a restaurant that provides such an incredibly high level of professional service for all three meals each day. It seemed obvious to me everyone who worked there took pride in what they were doing and how they did it – and I would extend that to include all the employees we met and saw at CRB.
The new villas being constructed between the existing four and the beach are nearing completion and will have their own pool, and a new beach restaurant is being built to be ready sometime in the spring with the new villas. The villa construction noises were noticeable but not so disruptive as to have caused discomfort.
There was some construction going on in the area behind the lobby, and the grinding tool in use there did drive us to the beach one day – as if that was a hardship.
But this lobby area construction is leading to the last of the changes we felt needed to take place before we would return. The lobby bar has very little atmosphere and doesn’t lend itself to a before- or after-dinner drink – not very good lighting or comfortable furniture, and no music. But the reconstructed lobby area will allow the bar to be moved and provide space for a piano bar and a lot more pleasant atmosphere.
Now for some shout-outs for great service, ready smiles and pleasant words every time we met. Thank You and Muchas Gracias to Vanessa at Guest Services; Juan Carlos at registration and Pablo the bellman; Basilio, Jorge, and Luis Manuel at the lobby bar; to all the staff at Thalassa, and particulalry the aforementioned Manager, Juan, plus Rafael, Ernesto, Juan and Julio, Louisa, Ariel, Angel, and the irrepressible Librado who would call out to my wife and I every time he saw us, including across the pool while delivering room service; Carlos Julio (Special Thanks and Con Mucho Gusto for the wonderful Domincan Peaches you made for us every day -- and your special secret ingredient is safe with me), Victor and Marcia at the pool bar, and all the housekeeping maids who always had our room done before noon every day.
You’ve read it before, and I’m going to repeat it here – learn 5 or 6 simple phrases in Spanish, and smile and say “Hola, como esta?” to every CRB staffer you meet and it will pay enormous dividends. Possibly even making the difference between a so-so vacation and one you’ll long remember. These folks were so friendly, pleasant, eager to please, and always with a ready smile, that we thought at one time they had us confused with someone who had been at the resort before. They acted like we were old friends. What a joy.
We played golf at both the Catalonia Caribe 18 hole course and the old Cabeza de Toro 9 hole course right on the property. Both were fun and had some holes that provided a good test. We played most rounds in heavy winds and that increased the challenge. The rental clubs are not new, but were quite servicable and removed the hassle of lugging our clubs around (not to mention ending up costing less than the luggage fee from American each way for extra bags).
This was our first stay at an adults only resort, and WOW, what a difference. This was one of the most relaxing, quiet and pleasant vacations we’ve had and that’s another reason we’re looking forward to returning.
I’ve gone on too long and left a bunch of stuff out, but suffice it to say we really, really loved the Catalonia Royal Bavaro and are looking to go back again next year.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2008

I just can't say enough. I am so particular and I found nothing at all to complain about.

I went alone - which is always an issue having to do with my comfort level. The staff was very attentive - both men and women were great. They talked to me and remembered me by name -and I speak little spanish.

The rooms were spectacular, quiet, the pool was clean, not toooo big, the lawn chairs impeccable.

The drinks left something to be desired for (mixed drinks i.e. pina colada etc). But the meals were exquisite - especially the lobster.

I loved it and would go back ANYTIME!

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed November 16, 2008

My husband and I returned from the Royal on November 8 after spending one week on the resort. Unfortunately, the resort fell short on delivery. The resort lacks in several areas including food presentation at the buffets. The "a la carte" restaurants (Grill, Italian) were very good. We didn't care for the Mexican.

The only positive was that the weather was excellent. I can't even say that the beach was beautiful because there was a lot of seaweed and there wasn't the usual long expansive beach.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 7, 2008

We have been to the Catalonia Bavaro 3 years ago. We had found it an honest 4 * and were reasonably satisfied for the price, enough to come back.
This time we booked for two weeks at the Royal section.
Arrival was without pains: instant check-in, with the exact room request. Air was good as well as all services pertinent to the room.
Cleanliness was outstanding everywhere, even in common washrooms.
The staff was always smiling and trying to fulfill your requirements before you asked.
The Royal section was relaxing with its pool and poolbar, without noise, screams and yelling. Ongoing construction did make some noises that at times were objectionable.
Food:
The Thalassa restaurant offered interesting food but being the only one yet on the Royal side, became dull very fast as the menus were the same day after day. We had access to all the restaurants on the Bavaro side (more on this later)
Gardens:
Royal side still under construction, so that there were little gardens to enjoy.
Drinks:
Good variety, good quality, very good service. The house wines were acceptable and in general better than what we had 3 years ago.
Beach:
Dedicated to Royal guests without children and quite relaxing. The beach bar was very good (see drinks).
There was a lot of weeds and yes there was an army of workers to remove them. The water was warm.
This was the Royal Catalonia Bavaro.

We had access to the Catalonia Bavaro side which does not offer the same quality as in the description above.

Gardens:
Outstanding, one hopes that the Royal side, when completed, will be as magnificent as the Bavaro side in that respect.
Beach:
Similar to the Royal, larger, beautiful, with far more people than the Royal beach and loud animation.
Food:
À la carte restaurants offered a nice variety of food and environments. We found the Japanese restaurant very disappointing, as much for its bland food as for the absence of a visual show. (noise was present, as the cook was banging his spatula to simulate a show) and the in-meal sake was watered down.
The main buffet was limited in choices and quality but we could always find something to eat.
The beach buffet offered a view to die for and we could always find something to eat.
The pizza and chicken grill was informal (beachwear accepted) and the food was good.
Drinks:
Wow!! the comments on drinks for the Royal section DO NOT APPLY to the Bavaro section.
The wines in the buffets (beach and main) are served from a tap, and taste like sparkling bad homemade wine. The ones served in the à la carte's are from the same source except that they have been transferred in a bottle (the labels on these bottles are frayed and old).
Hard liquors are strictly house alcohols even if the bottle shows a brand name label. It even is very diluted and in some cases sweetened if required (like rhum) and very few people get drunk. The tropical mixes are made with these alcohols and little wonder that they do not pack a "punch".
That applied to all bars on the Bavaro side.
My way around this was to get a plastic bottle of Royal side liquor or wine and carry it over.
The hotel should offer regular brand alcohols and charge extra to the non Royal guests.

One very annoying rule almost ruined our vacation.
This rule applied to both sides except that the Royal side was less narrow minded in applying it.
The rule: Enclosed shoes for men (not women) at all the à-la-carte restaurants.
We have been to more than 20 all-inclusive resorts, many with 5* rating like: Paradisus, Princess, Valentin, Bahia Principe, Iberostar, Barcelo, Sandals, Beaches and many more.
This the first resort that insists on controlling beachwear at the à-la-carte's this way. It is funny to see enclosed "Croc" shoes and fluorescent running shoes being accepted while elegant leather sandals are refused. As I had not brought enclosed shoes they told me that I could buy enclosed shoes at their private shopping center. And yes indeed they SOLD enclosed shoes(choice of around 15 to 20 different styles for men and none for women).
Alleluia ! the light came on, nice business, go figure!!!.

I will not buy another pair of regular shoes in a Carribean resort.

To the credit of the Royal side manager. after being refused once, he fixed it so that I was not annoyed by that rule for the rest of my vacation.
I think people should know about this rule in advance so that they do not forget to bring enclosed shoes.

Compared to 3 years ago, the Bavaro side has reduced the quality of its offering. Luckily the Royal side compensates for this loss in quality so that we might go back when the construction of the Royal is completed notwithstanding the shoes rule.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana 837, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#15 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#17 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#27 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#39 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#42 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#42 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#43 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range: $218 - $672 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Catalonia Royal Bavaro 4.5*
Number of rooms: 255
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the authentic Caribbean at an exclusive, adults-only resort. Its small details make big your stay and the personalized service you receive will make you feel as if you were in heaven. Exclusive suites, innovative restaurants, dreamlike swimming pools…relax in this tropical paradise and enjoy the best vacation you’ve ever had. Have an extraordinary experience, and leave the worrying to us; we’ll take care of you ... more   less 
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