Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa
About Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- shuttle bus service
- free internet
- fitness center
- bar lounge
- free parking
- business services
- public wifi
- wheelchair access
- air conditioning
- dry cleaning
- smoking rooms available
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- concierge desk
- family rooms
- banquet room
- multilingual staff
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- conference facilities
- free breakfast
- private balcony
- breakfast available
- reduced mobility rooms
- hot tub
- facilities for disabled guests
- kids activities
- tennis court
- swimup bar
- poolside bar
- kids club
- tv other russia
- butler service
- adult pool
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Air conditioning in the room faulty. The temp. Was never below 28 deg. Constant complaints ignored. Eventually moved to another room after 9 days of distress. Wife passed out due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Tour operator not the least bit interested.
Food and general hygiene very poor.
At the age of 70 we have never experienced anything like this. Appears to be a case of over booking and not enough staff to cope.
The reps. on site just not up to the job. They constantly referred all complains to the concierge, they did nothing.
A large number of other guests, like us had 2 weeks of constant diahorrea.
Our complaints have been ignored, and we have had to turn to ABTA for help.
We would never book with this company again, nor would we ever go back to this country."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of November 2014
"Our vacation was from 20th Sept to 4th Oct 2014. This was our 4th visit to this group of hotels but the first time we had stayed in the Bavaro section. We have previously stayed in the Punta Cana and the Royal Suites Turquesa before. There is also the Palace section which completes the four sections to this beautiful resort.
While transferring from the airport our tour operator gave us the forms to complete to make registration at the hotel much quicker. This is an improvement that was noted and appreciated after a 12 hour journey.
We arrived at the Bavaro mid afternoon and were immediately offered cool refreshing fruit cocktails by hotel staff while signing just 2 forms of registration in reception. The receptionist gave us our wrist bands which denotes which side of the resort you are staying in. We were also given 4 cards, two are access cards so you can enter your room and the other two are so that you can gain blue beach towels. These towel cards can be exchanged for towels by the pools during the day and can be exchanged at the end of the day once you have finished with the towel.There is a charge for towel cards not returned at check out from the hotel.
A bellboy was asked to escort us to our room but as it was beach front and a fair distance from reception the staff arranged transportation as my husband has poor health.
While traveling through the grounds i could see so many changes since our last visit and this was all very positive to us.The gardens are immaculate and gardeners can be seen each day working to keep the gardens maintained to a high standard.We often watched gardeners going up to the top of palm trees and cutting down the coconuts. They would then offer these to us so that we could sample the freshness of the milk inside. Throughout the grounds there are many types of flora and fauna which the hotel endeavors to have names nearby so that we can learn what they are. This we found helpful as most plants are not found here in the UK. The grounds have covered main walkways that generally lead from main reception areas to the beach and there are smaller uncovered walkways which lead off to villas or other areas of interest. There are ponds both in front of reception and also midway through the Bavaro resort. These contain fish, terrapins,ducks and a flamingo.The hotel provide boxes containing bread so that we could feed the animals there. Walking the grounds you will also come across a peacock and pea hen as well as the occasional cat and humming birds.The grounds are very extensive and well worth walking through just to enjoy the stunning setting. There is also a train that circles the complex that you can get on if you do not wish to walk too far and this stop at frequent intervals so that you can get on/off where you wish. There are also white golf carts that can transfer you but these are mainly for Royal Suite/VIP and Travel Club patrons. Throughout the resort there are signposts given you directions to restaurants/disco/casino/pools etc. Also there are maps which show the resort and where you are which really helps you get your bearings.
We were kindly upgraded to a romance suite which was building 29 room number 1294 and it faced the sea and was ground floor. On entering the room our initial response was one of WOW. The room was very large with a super king sized bed, flat screen TV,sofa bed, chairs and coffee table and other amenities within the room. Our room also came equipped with iron/ironing board/ bathrobes/slippers/safety deposit box/ kettle/coffee & tea/ fridge containing beer & soft drinks as well as water. In the bathroom was a basket of toiletries containing shampoo/shower gel/comb/cotton buds/razor/toothbrush and toothpaste and a small sewing kit. If you used any of the items in your room or bathroom they were replenished each day. There are plenty of towels provided in your bathroom and once they were dirty you just placed them in your tub and fresh ones would be brought once your room was serviced. The air conditioning was fantastic and at times we turned it off at night as it kept our room extremely cool. We had a minor issue when we first arrived with the air conditioning leaking a little water onto the floor but a telephone call to reception and maintenance arrived within 15 minutes and promptly repaired the issue.
The romance suite has a fabulous bathroom and you will find a double jacuzzi tub/ twin sinks/ toilet/ internal shower and also an outside Mayan shower with a hammock. The Mayan shower is accessed through glazed doors and is situated under a thatch roof and at times we would shower late at night in there as it was warmer than our room.
We had a sea facing balcony that contained 2 chairs and a small table and also a clothes rack for drying your damp clothes.We often watched a small black crab that had burrowed into the soil just outside our room and would scuttle away if disturbed.
As a guest of the Bavaro you can eat at any of the buffets in the Punta Cana/Palace or Bavaro. Each day at breakfast there is a selection of hot and cold foods that should satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Choices available included cereals/ eggs& bacon/frankfurters/ yoghurts/ continental breakfast items/preserves and fresh fruit. There were so many options available and you can also ask the chef to prepare a fresh omelet containing ingredients of your choice.
This could be taken at the Arricefe which is situated right on the beach at the Bavaro or you could eat at the beach side buffet in the Palace. There was also available 2 snack bars, one is the 24 hour sport bar and the other is on the beach by the Palace pool. Food items available would include fish, meat and salad dishes. You could also have a Panini with your choice of filling. There was pizza, chips and burgers for those who don't want main meals and prefer more a snack. The Sports bar also has lovely fried chicken and i recommend the Philly Steak Panini as it has such a great flavor.
There are many options for your evening meal that i would advise planning before you go as to where you want to eat. As a guest of the Bavaro you can book an A La Cart restaurant on the night you wish to eat subject to availability.As it was low season while we were there it seemed there were no issues getting a table on the night of your choosing. Options for meals available included Steak House. Mexican, Asian, Japanese,Spanish, Italian as well as buffet restaurants which had a different theme each night. We had the Japanese 3 times during our stay and loved it each night as we had the pleasure to sit at a Tepenyaki table and were entertained by the chef while he cooked our delicious food.We also tried the Spanish Tapas but although the food was good it was not to our taste.
We were also fortunate enough to have VIP wrist bands which entitled us to access The Royal Gourmet and La Chanterelle restaurants which can only be accessed by Royal Suite/Travel Club Members. These restaurants serve the most amazing food and the service is second to none.
Soft golden sands and swaying palm trees. What more could you ask for? The sea is warm with at times a strong current and waves. We did see some small eel like fish swimming close to the shore and the occasional crab (although this was in a pool) Turn right when you go onto the beach and you can access beach sports such as kayaking,volleyball and para-sailing. Some sports require a fee to access but there are some items all included in the hotel package.
Where to drink? Anywhere to be honest. There are many bars around the whole resort and you can access them up to 24 hours a day. Only the Sport Bar is open 24 hours! For an air conditioned bar then head to Hemingway which serves branded liquors such as Smirnoff/Baileys/Budweiser etc. All bars are non smoking now which is a great improvement compared to last years visit. Although i am a smoker it is minimal effort to just step outside into the open and have your cigarette, All bars serve President beer as well as cocktails and drinks of choice. The ice is perfectly safe to have in your drink and for those who have previously wrote that drinks are watered down....I totally disagree with them. Maybe they had too much ice in their drinks!!
During the day the Animation team will entertain you with fun and games. Have fun participating and enjoy the chance of winning a bottle or two of rum. There is an on site sports complex that offers many choices such as tennis/football/archery & mini golf. During the evening there is entertainment in the lobby of each resort which includes live music. There are 2 theaters which have nightly shows and some of these require audience participation. There is also the Sunset disco which is open till 3am where the music is a mix of Dominican and pop and the animation team join in each evening for some dancing. Also once a week there is a beach party on a Thursday evening just by the new Swim up suites. Go along and dance till midnight in the sand to some top dance tunes and enjoy a rum or two served by the bar that is there.
I have read many previous reviews about staff not being friendly. We have never in any of our visits had this problem. We have always been greeted everywhere we go with a smiling face and a "Hola". Smile and say "Hola" back and make an effort to learn some basic Spanish. We are greeted each year by familiar staff who approach us and give us a fabulous welcome hug. We regard the staff as our family as it always feels like we are coming home to family each year.
I must at this moment say a special thank you to Jesus (supervisor)in Bavaro reception. My husband had left at home vital medication to ease his breathing as he has terminal cancer. I approached reception as my husband was struggling to breathe and explained to Jesus that we needed specific medication. He telephoned the local pharmacy and the medication was available to purchase. Jesus liaised with the pharmacy as interpreter and when the medication was ready he used his own transport to go and fetch it for us. I subsequently found out that this member of staff has recently joined the Palladium Bavaro and he is a great credit to your organization for his customer service. We would also like to thank Melky Ciprian who we met last year and telephoned us in our room to make sure we had everything we needed.
Lastly and most importantly the gentleman who has made our stay the best ever was Octavio Subervi who organized our room and ensured that our special needs were met fully. Without this lovely gentleman i know my husband would not have ventured much out of the room due to his illness but Octavio ensured we had transport when needed and full access to amenities. This is the type of first class service we would not receive anywhere else.
Will we return?
Without a doubt the answer is yes providing my husband stays well enough until next year.
- Travel date: Fri 10th of October 2014
Not as it first appears!
"Having enjoyed a holiday at a GP resort in Mexico we thought this would be of a similar high standard. Not so. The glossy photos and website show a resort set in nice gardens by the beach, and that part is true. In fact that would be reason to give this resort 4 stars. Indeed prices in the shop (US$ 50 for flip-flops) are clearly designed to enhance their hopelessly optimistic 5* advertising. Unfortunately though from there in it went downhill. Check in was a free for all with locals & other Spanish speakers given priority (resort wide). The standard rooms are very basic making an upgrade essential. The upgrades boast flat screen TVâs but the picture is so bad as to be unwatchable, and even a week after reporting the problem it was no better. They also offer bathrobes, but only 1 and it wasn't changed in 2 weeks! There's free WI-Fi available but only within the immediate vicinity of reception and chargeable across the resort, but both are slow and not very reliable.
This 3 in 1 resort has several restaurants, none of which were very good, but the best was the Steak House. Unfortunately this was booked solid a week ahead, this despite the resort saying reservations not necessary, and as for the advertised beeper system that consisted of a girl with a clipboard shouting out room numbers. While on food some of the dishes offered at breakfast bore an uncanny resemblance to those offered the previous evening (draw your own conclusions).
As is usual the pool area is a focal point but all day every day there's the continual head banging noise, aimed solely at the younger guests. This resort wouldn't be out of place in a âClub 18-30â brochure. Peace and quiet isn't on the menu. Then there's the army of vendors, with everything from cheap goods to excursions to photos, day after day.
By far the biggest let down is the service, or lack of. With only the odd exceptions most staff have completely failed to grasp the concept. Front desk staff don't know where restaurants are. Washrooms with basins adorned by flowers & checks signed hourly yet without soap or towels for days on end. Waiters who don't know how to set a table, or replace missing items. Maids that make pretty patterns with bed sheets but fail to clean floors properly. The gardeners however do appear to work.
This resort is fine if all you want is booze in the sun, but look beyond the cover (because that is misleading) and you'll find a very average 3 star resort. We won't be making the mistake of going back, and will think extremely carefully before booking any GP resort as clearly standards are not consistent. Fortunately there are some good resorts in D.R. but this is not one of them."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of May 2014
Worst holiday ever.
"This could be the hotel for you, but only if you like decrepit rooms, poor service, surly staff, unhygienic conditions, leaky pools and entertainment that starts at midnight.
We traveled to this hotel, after reading the reviews here and having holidayed in the Dominican Republic a few times before. We have never previously found anything but happy staff, intent on making our time on holiday good in staying in other similar sized hotels. The only time we had had stomach upsets was in Egypt a few years before.
On arrival we spent 40 minutes of form filling until the clerk was happy with the details. We were then told that we had been moved to a sister hotel, the Palladium Palace, no reason, apology, travel rep, nothing.
The room was about the same size as my garage. Obviously built many years previously and not updated since. Although clean everything was in poor repair. The brochure claimed that they were "newly refurbished", that's a lie.
There was a bath in the middle of one end of the room, took up massive amounts of room for such a small bath. There were dozens of cigarette burns on and in it, but I still tried sitting in it. If you are more than 4 foot 6 inches tall don't bother. It's too small, I'm over 6 feet tall and my knees came out above the top of the bath.
The shower is in its own little room. Using it is an experience, the shower door is almost big enough to fit the doorway, so every time it was used it flooded the bedroom. It is so small that I could not wash my legs without touching three walls. Drying off had to be done in the bedroom as there was just no room to do so in the shower room.
The noise from the aircon was similar to the engines of aircraft we flew over in on takeoff. We had to run the thing at maximum for hours while we went for dinner then turn it off so that we could sleep. Overnight the temperature would rise enough to wake us. This was not normally a problem as getting a nights sleep was not possible with the mattresses that were on the beds. I like a firm bed but rock solid is too much.
The minibar was topped up daily but perpetually leaked water from the pool in the bottom of the fridge.
If anyone in the party is diabetic, please go somewhere else. There is no conception of sugar free drinks (diet Pepsi being the exception). Everything had massive amounts of sugar in it.
The pools were large and also showed that they were very old. All of the sun loungers had no spring in them, some sagged so much that they were unusable. The main pool and the children's pool lost 8 - 12 inches of water a day, topped up for a few hours every morning from the fire hoses. The problem was that the chlorine testing and treatment was done before the additions. The pool tiles had large cracks and big patches of tile missing.
The second pool did not have any obvious leaks, but the returns from the filters showed signs of pump cavitation, draw your own conclusions from that.
The beach looks enormous, but the full length is shared with other hotel complexes so is deceiving. It gets very busy very quickly.
Only one pool had any pool side entertainment and then only after 3 O'Clock in the afternoon. To be included I was told, by the very angry holiday rep, I had to go and ask them if I could join in! There was a daily dance / exercise thing on the beach at about 11 in the morning. The evening entertainment started at 23:30, yes start just before midnight, so don't have a room near unless you are a night owl.
All music, was played at a volume a couple of notches past distortion. To order a drink shout or mime, nothing else would do. When staff were asked to turn down the volume it would be, but only until all three of the songs that they had were played and the volume back up again.
For every member of staff serving there were 4 trying to push trips, diving, snorkeling etc. There is obviously commission based pay system that is driving these people. I was even refused pool towels on the first day until I had looked at the "Hotelextras" presentation that the towel guy had spread out.
In every other hotel I have been in in the Dominical Republic cleanliness was obviously a part of the hotel culture. All toilets manned at all times insisting on alcohol rub being used by everyone as they left. Nobody was let into the dining rooms until they had used rubs. Here the public toilets were unmanned, no hand gel dispensers anywhere. Most of the time they were flooded in the Gents (yes, thats what they were flooded with) and the Ladies had a problem with blocking too, so the wife says. There was someone near the door of the dining rooms, but they had other jobs too and there was never an insistance on using alcohol rubs, with most people not bothering. Even when it was used there was never enough to to cover both hands.
Find out where the public toilets are. They are few and far between and you will have a time when you will need them in an emergency.
We had stomach problems, me twice, during the stay. Stomach cramps, diarrhoea, high temperature for 4 days, a couple of days respite and the same again. On speaking to other guests this looks like being the norm here.
All staff were grumpy, never greeted first by any staff whilst walking and only about half answered when I did say "Hola".
As long as you like food that is very highly flavoured with a strange mix of spices then you will be happy, otherwise you have a problem. Even the roast potatoes had 4 different spices on them.
Check the departure time, ours was delayed by an hour, nobody told us, we just had to wait, worrying that there was a problem and that we would miss the flight. The rep, when challenged, "could not find us", even though he had passed me the "THE FOLDER" to check the departure time that morning.
Find our where "The Folder" is hidden. The big display boards are only for non UK companies, ours use a folder that is most times in use by other reps, as it contains dozens of pages of trips and only two of information.
If you have a problem you could ask "Vinney" the rep, if you can find him, but you will only get an aggressive response that puts the problem back at your own door. You could try the reception for help, but only if you are fluent in Spanish, no English spoken. If you want a response wave dollar bills, its the only way.
- Travel date: Tue 26th of April 2011
Great hotel, rubbish flights!!
"Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa, Bavaro, Punta Cana
We spent a week over Christmas and New Year at this 5 star resort and thought we would post a review as we make use of those of others to determine our holiday destinations.
Let's start with the positives:
â¢ The grounds at the hotel are lush and beautiful and very well maintained
â¢ Check in is painless
â¢ Junior suites are spacious, clean and have Jacuzzi bathtubs for two
â¢ As the hotel is situated on a site with 2 other Palladium resorts you are able to make use of the facilities of all 3 resorts throughout the holiday
â¢ There are various pools both with or without entertainment
â¢ The beach is very clean and reflects the white sands, blue sea as you would hope to find in the Caribbean
â¢ The buffet restaurant had a different theme every night, so enough diversity for all
â¢ New Year's eve gala was very well organised and the food was lovely (lobster & Cava all round)
â¢ Transfer time from the airport only 30 mins
â¢ In room television has a vast array of English and American channels
â¢ We had 33 degree temperatures most of the week with the odd shower
Now the negatives:
â¢ Service can be slow. 'Domincan ten minutes' is a well heard of term meaning anything between 10 minutes to an hour. We ended up getting our own drinks a number of times
â¢ In the restaurant the only drink choices are beer, wine, water or soft drinks. We tried the white wine and rose and I'd recommend carrying a packet of rennies with you if you drink it.
â¢ The disco in the evening didn't open until 23.30. New year's eve it was supposed to open at 23.45, but didn't so ended up wishing everyone Happy New Year whilst standing outside waiting for it to openâ¦
â¢ You will be approached various times at the pool or beach by people selling anything from photographs, jewellery and day trips.
â¢ There isn't much on the island to see if you want any sightseeing
â¢ Both my partner and I suffered with dicky tummies whilst there
â¢ The bar staff aren't especially friendly
â¢ We felt there was a general lack of attention to detail at the hotel ie table settings weren't always complete, stained 'clean' towels in the room, lack of beds at the pools, lack of drink choice in the restaurantâ¦
â¢ If you attempted to find a bed at the pool after 8 am you wouldn't get one. We also had an instance where our beds had been taken when we arrived after breakfast and on two occasions we ended up dragging beds from the beach to the pool.
Depsite the minor negative we'd rate the resort as an 8 out of 10
This was our first long haul holiday with Thomson. We booked mainly based on 33 inch legroom on the plane as the flight is 9 hours.
As Thomson have merged with First Choice we were on a First Choice plane. Check-in at the airport was painless. You have to pay to be guaranteed sitting together which we did. Legroom was impressive. However, we have still to find the small print which states that you have to pay for everything apart from the in-flight meal once on the plane. We had bought some water etc at the airport. Other people who didn't ended up paying through the nose for mini cans of drink. During the flight staff only came round with the drinks cart twice in 9 hours. We have been on several long haul flights and have never encountered this before.
The in-flight entertainment is also not the best we've had. If you miss the start of one of the 4 films you have to choose from you have to wait til it ends to watch it (most other companies have an on demand system). The games on offer were ok. Most had to be paid for and all entertainment was terminated an hour before we landed.
With the meal you will only be offered tea, coffee, water or squash. However the drink and bread rolls will not come with the meal but about 30 mins later as service is diabolically slow as they heat the meals two at a time.
A number of people requested blankets and pillows and were told there were none as 'Thomson has taken them all'.
We arrived in Punta Cana an hour early. Bags were on the caroussel quite quick. However, once through customs there was no Thomson rep on site. Once she did arrive she asked us to wait to get set up. This took about 30 mins. Once she did she never asked our names but just pointed towards buses. We got to our bus and got on. Once all passengers were on after about 45 mins, we waited another 30 mins before we actually left. We weren't provided with any information about the delay.
The return flight was even worse. The flight was delayed by at least an hour. No information was provided. When enquiries were made everyone was told it would 10 mins no matter what time you asked them. When finally on the plane the pilot informed us we were delayed as he was doing admin from the flight the day before!!!!! He didn't explain what he had done in the evening or what he does when autopilot is on to occupy himselfâ¦..Absolutely ridiculous!!
Based on the above we rate the flight a 3 out of 10. They only receive the 3 for the leg room.
- Travel date: Sun 11th of January 2009
Great Break in the Sun
"I was here with my husband and son from April 5th to 12th. We really enjoyed ourselves and were very impressed with the resort. We expected it to be big but it was huge. Lots of walking to and fro within the resort but all clearly marked out to see where you were going. Lobby of the hotel was lovely and clean with very good decor. Very pleasing and nice staff and nice bars to sit around the whole resort. The main pool which we used was absolutely lovely and huge and of course there was always some form of entertainment going on within the resort, from diving lessons to water aerobics, water volley ball and water polo and not to mention the meringue classes which seemed to be great fun. The food was plentiful buffet style but one gets overwhelmed with the choice of what you want to eat. On the whole the food was very good and nicely presented.I highly recommend visiting an all inclusive resort like this which is set in a very idyllic setting with a beautiful beach near by. The one advantage of being on the beach you can visit the beach bar and have lunch there and they are not so formal with the mens shoulders being covered up at this time. The main restaurant they are quite strict with the mens shoulders being covered up even at Breakfast! This place is a great place to relax and enjoy yourself. If you are visiting soon, enjoy. We will certainly visit the Dominican Republic again and would go all inclusive. It is advisable to tip the staff the main staff that looked after us who we saw the most of we tipped at the end of our holiday. It is advisable to tip the maid every day who did a great job in our room and if you are able to speak a bit of Spanish it does help as the mini bar is complimentary and we asked her if she could fill up the bar with more drinks if possible, which she did. So a couple of bucks wont go amiss at all. We used to just leave the money on top of the fridge. Having said that you can always go up to the bar and take a few bottles back to your room.One piece of adh with the local water as I completely forgot so make sure you have plenty of mineral water to do your teeth! We had a great time and I hope you do to.Lulu"
- Travel date: Tue 15th of April 2003
This resort is fabulous!!!
"Got teen age kids? This place is the place to go. We took our 3 sons ages 14, 16 & 23. Service was excellent. What we liked best is that there was so much fun stuff to do (you can go your seperate ways and meet for lunch / dinner - bring post it notes and leave them on your room door as to where and when to meet) within the 3 sister resorts that are located within walking distance of each other. Pack plenty of sunscreen as it is mega expensive here. The 4pm water polo was an every day event for us as was the disco for the boys. The buffets are the way to go, over 100 choices on each, all presented beautifully. Don't get too psyched up aboput the all you can eat lobster buffet on Friday. It's good, but dosn't hold a candle to Maine lobster. The disco opens at 11pm and rocks till about 2am when you can go to the pizzeria, this is generally for the 15 to late 20's crowd. The 10pm shows can go from a little hokey to really great. This place requires alot of walking which in my opinion is a good thing seeing the food was so good and I ate way more than I should. Bugs were virtually non existant. Absolutely pristine beaches. If you go anywhere in the Dominican, please remember to tip. If anyone, including the aquatic crew, entertainment staff, etc. provides you a service, please remember to tip. Often in all inclusives guests don't think about it. They are so grateful. Loved it, not one of us wanted to leave."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of April 2003
Can't wait to get back to the Fiesta Bavaro
"My wife and I vacationed at the Fiesta Bavaro March 26-April 2, 2003. We had a wonderful experience. We always had taken vacations that offered freedom and I was concerned about being cooped up for a week. I shouldn't have worried. They have two sister resorts neighboring and we had the opportunity to use all 3 resorts facilities (you can get a resort specific package also). A short walk away was a busy shopping area that was fun to visit. We even took a guided day-trip to more fully appreciate the Dominican Republic landscape and people..loved it. The resort itself was great. From checkin to checkout the people were wonderful..helpful and courteous. The room was large (junior suite) with a separate living room. The beach was almost like Cancun's before the hurricane hit it. Soft sand, no rocks, clear water, excellent wading or swimming temperature. No wonder over half of the guests at the hotel were from Europe..they have discovered it and obviously treasure the Dominican's environment. The swimming pool was an active place but large enough that noone fel crowded. Excellent service at the pool bar. Food...great food, we had our choice of 7 restaurants at the 3 resorts. Some of them were theme restaurants and we tried them, but our greatest meals were in their main dining rooms with large buffets. Food for every appetite. The presentation and size of the selections were outstanding to the point that many people were taking pictures of the buffets. They must not have felt that they could accurately describe it to friends/relatives back home. All in all a great, affordable vacation. We were too busy to feel cooped up-we had a lot of freedom at an all inclusive resort."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of April 2003
"By far the best vacation ever. Went out there with 6 friends all of us between ages of 19-25 and we all loved it. The hotel was very well kept and the staff was very friendly. We all speak spanish so that was a major plus to be able to communicate with everyone. The food was excellent a wide selection so you dont' have to be eating the same thing over. Would highly recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of April 2003
"My husband and I just got back from Punta Cana. We were there from March 23,2003-March 30, 2003 and stayed at the Fiesta Bavaro. Having travelled extensively through the Carribean and Mexico, we can honestly say that this has been one of our best trips yet. Cannot find anything to really complain about. If you are looking for a resort that is set on a awesome and clean grounds, has a wonderful white sand beach, offers good food with lots of variety, has nice clean rooms and offers service with a smile...then this is the resort for you. The weather was perfect...the beach was paradise. We highly recommend this resort and in fact we not hesitate in returning ourselves."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of March 2003
the best vacation!
"We stayed at the Fiesta Bavaro from March,20-March,27. We loved this resort. This was are second trip to Punta Cana. We stayed at Riu Melao first time. First of all we were never treated like 2nd rate citizens. We are American and were treated with utmost courtesy. We had a junior suite, very nice and air-conditioning worked great. We had washcloths and plenty trial size shampoos lotions etc, hair dryers worked great. You might want to bring a clock with you, none in rooms. The pool was great, nice swim up bar. The beach was absolutly beautiful. I just wish there would have been more shade huts. Had to get up pretty early in the morning to reserve chairs. The buffet restaurant was huge and had alot of variety of food and I thought was good. We ate at Tex-Mex one night and had very good food. It was my birthday the staff made it very special for me. They sang happy birthday to me and brought me a cake that was real good!We found the staff to be very helpful and nice and friendly. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone. Also grounds were extremely taken care of plenty of palm trees and flowers, I think it was breathtaking. Can't find much to complain about. Would definitly go back in a heart beat!"
- Travel date: Sun 30th of March 2003
nice ocean ,warm weather
"We arrived early.There was a long line up at the front desk.We were given a room right away.The desk clerk rambled something in Spanish and sent us off.They were understaffed for a tour coming in.The rest of the staff at the resort we found friendly and helpful.Always a warm smile.An occaisonal tip to a bartender or porter is appreciated.Presidente beer is great.Always cold and fresh.I heard that they had a German Brewmaster help them with it.Nice Rum drinks,Pina coladas ect.Be sure to ask "con rum" or you might get a virgin drink!The restaurants are not worth the time.It seems that most of the food comes from one main kitchen however I'm not sure.There is a long wait every morning for people who want to sign up for the next days dinner.We found that the lunch time buffet at the restaurant near the beach,and the buffet near the main lobby for Breakfast or dinner was fantastic.My wife and I are not usually into "buffett"dining,however the food and the variety was great.Always hot many choices,friendly effecient workers.The hotel does a great job here!The grounds are nice .I was creeped out that there was not anything living really around.I did see some but not near the insect activity or lizards that I would hope to see in a tropical location.They must spray heavily.Beach is wonderful.Beautiful color.Water is warm.We spent our last 3 or 4 days just sitting on the beach swimming ,gawking ect.Met some fellow Canucks on a trip to Santo Domingo .Main city of the DR it is an interesting trip.Gives you an idea of actually where you are and a good insight to the peoples lives there.Nice Place all in all,makes me want to learn spanish!"
- Travel date: Fri 21st of March 2003