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IFA Villas Bavaro Resort & Spa

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3 star hotel

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About IFA Villas Bavaro Resort & Spa

  • high speed internet in room
  • shuttle bus service
  • swimming pool
  • restaurant
  • bar lounge
  • fitness center
  • free parking
  • spa
  • wifi
  • suites
  • public wifi
  • wheelchair access
  • air conditioning
  • smoking rooms available
  • dry cleaning
  • refrigerator
  • non smoking rooms
  • laundry service
  • concierge desk
  • flatscreen tv
  • family rooms
  • banquet room
  • multilingual staff
  • breakfast buffet
  • outdoor pool
  • paid wifi
  • parking
  • housekeeping
  • free breakfast
  • breakfast available
  • beach
  • reduced mobility rooms
  • facilities for disabled guests
  • paid internet
  • kids activities
  • tennis court
  • swimup bar
  • poolside bar
  • kids club
  • babysitting
  • tv channel one russia

Reviews summary

4
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Brilliant
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5
Average
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19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Fantastic

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 6th April 2009

"My sister and I just arrived home from our wonderful trip to Punta Cana. We loved the Ifa Bavaro!!!We found the staff to helpful and very friendly. The food was great and there was a great variety in the buffet everyday..including dishes like sushi and veal cutlets. The pizza at the pool bar was absolutly the best and was always available in the afternoons and early evenings. The beach bar and restaurant also had a lot of variety, chicken, hot dogs,burgers,pasta and all the salad and fruit you could eat...there was even a chef making crepes and waffles with strawberries sauce and whipped cream. Our room was lovely, toilet room,shower room and a large mirror and makeup area where two people can get ready at the same time. We always had hot water and our room was always made up by 10 in the morning, of course we made certain to leave a tip of $2.00 american dollars every day. If anything could have improved it would be the beds, they were alittle hard, but we just made sure we were tired and then we did not notice The beach is one of the best that I have been at, always clean and lots of beach lounges..even when we arrived at the beach at 10:00 am. There is an outdoor market half a block from the beach where you can buy any of the Dominican wares you might want, including coffee and cigars. Jellyfish Cafe ( also on the beach about a 5min walk ) is a must if you like seafood. It is a quaint little place and has awesome food. Would we go back to this hotel again? You bet!!!! We might not go during "springbreak" (our kids are grown and no longer at home and it was a real eyeopener to see how some of these kids behaved) but never the less it was a marvelous holiday"

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  • Travel date: 5th April 2009

Our holiday at this resort was really lo...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 31st August 2008

"Our holiday at this resort was really lovely. The hotel is stunning in every aspect & they had just improved it further with a fabulous theatre as we left. The rooms are gorgeous & the air con is great, although friends of ours had theirs break down in the last few days & nobody would fix it. I would say that this is a fab hotel for adults as the main things we really enjoyed were the incredible food & beauty of the place. IFA does not have a kids club & but all the entertainments during the day are for young adults & at night time it is dancing & sometimes bingo! My favourite evenings were spent in the 3 amazing a la carte restaurants & sipping coctails in the adjacent bar, which is by far the best one. Staff didn't speak a lot of English but it was enough to get everyting we needed & at the end of the day its pretty arrogant for us to expect everyone to be fluent in our language, I don't speak Spanish! Big range of nationalities there & great facilities to make everyone feel at home. This is the nicest hotel me & my fiancee have ever been to, don't believe the moaners! "

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  • Travel date: 31st August 2008

Ifa is a great hotel; it’s not for the...

4
Good
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Reviewed 24th August 2007

"Ifa is a great hotel; it’s not for the boring and self obsessed people. Night time entertainment is good as long as you know how to have fun, not many people talk much English so I would advise you to just touch up a little bit on your Spanish. The hotel rooms are pleasant enough but who wants to be in a hotel room on there holiday? I went with me and my girlfriend, id advise anyone to go to Iffa. The bar staff and waiters are very pleasant, especially Henry on the pool bar anyway enough said, I’m going back next year so there’s my verdict hope that helps. "

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  • Travel date: 24th August 2007

We have just got back from IFA Villas Ba...

3
Average
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Reviewed 23rd June 2007

"We have just got back from IFA Villas Bavaro. We had a room overlooking the main pool. There was building work opposite us and they would turn up the music so loud to drown out the constant banging. The other pool was better near to the spa nice and quiet. We got burgled on our 3rd day from going home, the front door had been broken open, and they stole 2 mobile phones and a digital camera. Luckily we had the safe with everything else in, but could not fit it all in. The hotel guest relations luckily took us to the police station thank god as they never spoke a word of English. After that we had to carry everything around with us, which is not ideal. The hotel is definitely not a 4 star more like 3. The position of the hotel is excellent it just needs a complete re-furb! The room is very basic and lots of things are loose or hanging off! When we first arrived the patio doors did not lock but they sorted that out straight away, also there was mould growing in the bathroom. The people are really friendly. If you’re looking for a cheap hotel than this is adequate just make sure you do not take any expensive items with you. If we had not been broken into we would have had a really good holiday. Just wanted to warn people before hand."

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  • Travel date: 23rd June 2007

We wanted to tell you what a fantastic h...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 18th April 2006

"We wanted to tell you what a fantastic holiday we had at this hotel! We booked at short notice and had a brilliant holiday. Down side was a very long, cramped flight with a very disappointing service by My Travel. On arriving at La Romana airport, what a lovely escape from a terrible journey. Warm sunshine, palm trees and smiling, helpful staff. The journey to the hotel does take quite a long time but it is an eye opener to the other side of the Dominican Republic. At last we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by smiling staff and whilst waiting to check in we were offered tropical fruit drinks. Check in was quick and our cases were whisked away to our bungalow by a bell boy. Our bungalow was lovely, not luxurious, but clean and more than adequate for our needs. Air conditioning, fridge, TV and a hairdryer. The pools were clean and very quiet considering the size of the complex, you will need to get up early to grab the sun beds though! Great choice of gift shops and the buffet restaurant was very good. Avoid the Caribbean a la carte restaurant, the Mexican and Chinese restaurants were the best. We had to queue to book them but we always got our preferred time for eating. It was my daughter's 18th birthday whilst we were there and i don't think she could have spent it in a better place! The hotel maids decorated her bed with flowers and she even had the local boat hire men circling her and singing "happy birthday to you". They made her day!!! The evening entertainment team were superb and so friendly, as were all the staff. They were always smiling and couldn't do enough for us, unlike the staff from My Travel airline. We were so sad to be coming home but are already looking to book to return again soon."

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  • Travel date: 18th April 2006

Having spent 2 weeks (13>27.3.06) at thi...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 30th March 2006

"Having spent 2 weeks (13>27.3.06) at this hotel I had to write and comment on what a great time my wife and I spent there. Having never been on an all inclusive holiday before we were not sure what to expect. As I am disabled and find it quite difficult to get around. At the airport we were met by our Rep Emma who was very helpful throughout the holiday. Although the transfer was a long one there was plenty to see but some times what you did see was an eye opener with the poverty on the island. Once at the resort the check in was very quick and the bell boy put our cases on a golf cart and was taken to our rooms while was well air conditioned and he showed us where everything was. The food was good and plentiful in both the buffet restaurants and the themed ones. Our favorite was the on at the beach in the evening we went there 3 times. The pools were fantastic and clean and the white sandy beach was good too which was accessible by a shuttle bus every few minutes and in the evening when we had finished our meal the staff phoned for it for us. While we were there we went on the Tropical Storm catamaran twice (both Saturdays) which was a good day out and the staff on that were helpful too. All in all we spent a very relaxing holiday and met some really nice fellow holiday makers and the hotel staff were great."

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  • Travel date: 30th March 2006

We had a wonderful time at this hotel- a...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 2nd February 2006

"We had a wonderful time at this hotel- a great relaxing resort with everything we needed for a rejuvenating holiday. The pools and beach were amazing- our photos are unbelievable! The accommodation is villa style with big rooms and ceiling fans- much needed as it is so hot! Good food and very friendly staff- who do understand English! Also, we never saw any bugs the whole time we were there- great as my wife was worried about mosquitoes. Went on the island safari which is well worth it if you want to see some of the island. Also the swimming with sharks is also brilliant. I cannot understand some of the negative comments and would definitely go back!"

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  • Travel date: 2nd February 2006

!!!!!This may seem long but please read ...

1
Awful
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Reviewed 4th January 2006

"!!!!!This may seem long but please read before booking this hotel!!!!! I have just arrived back from IFA villas Bavaro this morning (03/01/2006) we looked into this holiday on review sites which said a variety of things so i feel i have to put my comments on to discourage anyone thinking about booking this hotel. We flew with my travel and were delayed by 1/2 a hour going out once on the plane we were in the two inside seats and were squashed all the way on the 9 hour flight and with the lady on the outside asleep and blocking us in tried to avoid eating or drinking so we didn’t need the toilet the staff seemed too busy to be helpful and when I received my "vegetarian" meal i had a ham & cheese sandwich when i questioned it the staff shrugged and blamed it on who ever had labelled it wrongly in the factory And was asked if I would like some bread... Our first impressions were good upon landing in La Romana as our bags were sat waiting for us we were then put on a small bus and taken down the bumpy roads for two hours to our hotel. Upon arrival check-in was quick a bell boy was sent and we were taken on a cart to our room, when in the room the bell boy showed us how to work the air con and the lights but soon left in embarrassment when two of the three lamps didn't work, in the bathroom our bath was filled with rust around the plug hole area but apart from this it seemed large and we had a TV and a fridge with two bottles of water. As it was about 4:30pm when we arrived we got a shower and went to get some dinner at one of the two large buffet restaurants. Me - as a vegetarian didn’t find much choice but chips, pasta, rice and salad which i ate for two weeks except for when we tried one of the themed restaurants which were like gold dust the booking for these opened at 9am but people were queuing at 8:30 and it usually took over an hour in the queue only to be disappointed the following night by the not so special meal. The staff did not speak any English we didn’t get a proper drink all the time we were there if you asked for a spirit you got rum no matter what you asked for they were often rude and would serve someone else when you had been there 15 mins for Christmas dinner me and my partner had chips as the celebrated Christmas on Christmas eve which was just champagne at the entrance to the restaurant new year was the same and then we all went to the 600km walk to the beach where there were no fireworks only those from other hotels . Sunbeds: if you want a sun bed you must be up by 7:30 as after this time you will not get one!!!! (even though there are 3 pools and a beach they do not have the facilities for the size of the complex) While we were there, there was a mugging and a robbery food poisoning and lots of accidents which cost thousands of pounds for the poor people that suffered. Do not go to dolphin island it cost $85usd each we were taken by boat and spent an hour on another beach before getting to go and spend 10 minutes in the water with 2 dolphins not swim with the just touching them (not like on the leaflet!!!) Then after 3 hours and being forced back to the island to look at photos it was dark and because we were wet it was cold we were left on the beach to walk back to the hotel. Not one person we spoke to enjoyed their stay one even asked if we wanted to stay another week so he could go home early - we declined. On previous trips to dom rep have been excellent so I would blame the hotel itself. On return home we upgraded to premier gold seats for the leg room this was the best part of the whole trip and we enjoyed the flight home. We have just been and booked Cuba for next new year hopefully this will be better."

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  • Travel date: 4th January 2006

We booked a last minute deal to this res...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 10th November 2005

"We booked a last minute deal to this resort and had the time of our lives! Firstly, the resort of Bavaro was wonderful- its nearly a 2hr drive from La Romana airport, however during the ride, you get to see some of the lush countryside and little towns. The Punta Cana, Bavaro and other south island resorts are well known for their beautiful white sand beaches (unlike the north's darker sand). We went in September- it was very hot and humid; always in the high 80's. Some days it rained, usually a sharp burst of rain lasting around 20mins. The sun is very strong so beware and take plenty of suncream of a high factor. The hotel itself was very clean and the staff always so friendly and helpful. The rooms are based in villas; they have their own little verranda areas with seats (perfect for taking in the amazing sunsets). Rooms are fairly basic but are spacious all with air con, cable TV (with all language channels), a safe, hairdryer and fridge (useful for keeping drinks cool). Maid service is daily with towel changes everyday. Also she often puts bottles of water in the fridge for you which is nice- you cannot drink the water here so ensure you get water which is available at all the bars. You also get a towel card each on arrival, which can be exchanged for clean beach towels as often as you like- fantastic! The resort has three large pools- the one nearest the villas is so quiet during the day- perfect! The main pool is more lively with all kinds of activities going on all day long. The third pool is also quiet and has a children's area too. All have bars right next to them, so you can go get a drink at anytime- great. The beach is a 10 min walk from the villas, but there is a regular bus service taking people back and forth (useful when you're feeling hot and tired!). The beach is just AMAZING!! It looks even better than in the brochures- white sand, palm trees, turquoise sea! There are always plenty of sunloungers available and on one side they have activities going on all day as well. The sea is very warm and calm; I would recommend snorkelling in here as there are so many tropical fish you wouldn't even know were there! Here, non-motorised sports and snorkelling equipment are included in the all inc. option. There is also the opportunity to hire motorised equip. or have scuba lessons. There is a big beachside bar area that serves lunch and snacks and drinks all day long- and in the evening around 11pm it becomes a nightclub/disco which is fab. On fridays they have a live salsa band which is really good as well. Every night there is entertainment going on from 6pm with the kids disco and then onto family stuff later on- there is always a good show on to entertain. There are two huge buffet restaurants which serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as three restaurants for dinner ( Caribbean, Mexican and Japanese), but you have to make reservations for these at reception. The food is good but the buffets tend to get a bit samey after being there a week! I would recommend going to the restaurants as well- a chance to dress up a bit more for dinner. I would say that the traditional Dominican coffee they serve is fantastic- the best i've ever had, so give it a try! The resort has many little shops where you can buy souvenirs, local produce and suncreams etc. There is also a cash machine on site if you're desperate- however I would say it's better to take US Dollars than Dominican pesos- it's preferred in shops and is easier to work out conversion rates. The resort had very good security and had no problems at all- but I would not have left the resort unless going on a proper excursion. Everyone speaks Spanish so do brush up, but most can speak some English- that was not a problem. One thing that surprised us was the ultra cleanliness of the resort and how there were no bugs at all! We had NO mosquitos or cockroaches! I was pleasantly surprised at that, however, I would still take repellant just in case you go on any excursions. We went on the Safari tour which I would highly recommend if you would like to see some of the island itself- they take you through the towns, to a coffee and chocolate plantation, and even to a deserted beach. Lunch was included, as well as drinks all day long. Also we went on a sea excursion, where a boat took you out to a coral area for snorkelling and let you snorkel with nurse sharks and stingrays- fantastic! Another thing I should add is that we didn't suffer any tummy troubles on our trip- we noticed that the staff all took special care with food hygiene and as long as you stick to the bottled/filtered water you should, like us, be fine. But again, bring tablets in case- as they are expensive to buy out there. All in all- we had a brilliant time here and would love to go back to the Dominican. Well recommended!"

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  • Travel date: 10th November 2005

Good Time, overall grade is a B!

4
Good
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Reviewed 6th December 2012

"My girlfriend and I just got back from the Villas on the 11th of June. We paid $622/PP including tax, air out of Philly, transfers, drinks, and meals. We stayed in room 1229. This was our first all inclusive vacation although we are avid travelers. The flight there was smooth, we were very pleased with USA3000. The transfer to the hotel was smooth also, it was neat to see what the natives live like in terms of a house. Check in was smooth, everyone on the bus is checking in so it could take a little while. We were let into our room right away and then went right to tthe beach. The room was fine, no bugs as I have read on previous postings. The air worked for us but we did talk to another couple whose air did not work. Basically, it's a standard room with a tv and air. Besides sleeping, you are only in there to get ready usually or to take an afternoon nap. No complaints about the room. On to the beach, it was beautiful, everything you heard on this site is true about the beach. My only complaint was that there was quite a bit of seaweed in the water, everywhere actually, but not like it was horrible where you couldn't swim or anything, that's the beach, what are you gonna do ya know. The sand is white with pink speckles. There is a little hut on the beach right when you walk down from the hotel that serves lunch. The food is better at the other restaurants but if you are on the beach and want a quick eat you can find something. There is a restaurant right next to that where you can sit down to eat your lunch and also serves as a sit-down dinner joint. You have to make reservations for dinner between 12-3, they get booked fast. It's a sit down and a waiter comes and takes your order, just like going to eat in the states except it's free. I would reccomend going at least once. The lobster and seafood are not free. The menu will have a price for everything but you only pay for the seafood. You can order an appetizer, a meal, and a dessert, and of course drinks, it's all free. If you have a question about the item being included just ask. There is also a bar at the same area it usually is pretty full but no more than a 4 minute wait. To the right of the beach about 100 yards is a market. It is not part of Barcelo, there are vendors in there selling everything from cigarettes to alcohol, to jewelry, to crafts. They are a pain in the butt!! They will say everything to get you to come over and look at there stuff. They will start out at such ridiculous prices it's really unbelievable. So don't pay the original, or even close to it in most situations. They do have some deals but the Apple guy said there is no quality and usually that was obvious. Marlboros for $10 a carton. I got a "$40 pair of earrings" for $6 after bargaining. Simply show interest and negotiate, then walk away and say "no gracias". They will yell for you back and give another price, then you can counter again. Be careful with the cigars because they can't be good if they are in the heat all day ya know. There are shops on the resort grounds that are priced decently and will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay. The cigar shop on the resort does bargain with you if you try, so try. The others I couldn't negotiate with. But I did most of my shopping on the resort because I trusted them more. And shop around on the resort too, there are some places you wil find better deals by almost half the price. I found the shop by the towel exchange to be the cheapest. As for the food. Like they say, it's not gourmet. That is close to an understatement. I love to eat. I am not picky at all. I did get full every night, my girlfriend is careful of what she eats and usually did not have a problem. Like the posting before said. At breakfast you can get fresh made omletes. You can pick from onions, tomatoes, spam, greenpeppers, and cheese. My advice get creative. They have bacon out at the buffet line. I cut some up and had them throw it in there for me. I ate mostly the freshly prepared items and would reccomend that course of action. At dinner they have a freshly prepared pasta line with a choice of red or white sauce, then the tomato or onion thing, and they toss it up over high heat for you in a pan. I added the freshly made chicken usually to the pasta dish it was good. Some night I could only find 2 things I liked and just ate a bunch of that whatever it was. You won't go hungry. But somethings arequite rough looking and tasting. They do use spam alot, or there processed version of spam. By the barpool near reception there is a hut that serves pizza from 4-6, it is ok and will serve as a good snack. Don't eat the hot dogs, they are that spam stuff once again. To sum up the food, it was ok, I ate well, and I did not go hungry. The food is not gonna be the highlight of your trip, the hotel and beach will be. Try all the restaurants out, see which one you like best and go from there, we had a rotation going and it seemed to work. There are 4 restaurants in all along with 4 bars. The drinks were excellent! The pina colada's were amazing, I drank them all the time. They come out of the mixer with no alocohol if you want alcohol simply ask "con alcohol porfavor" There is only one kind of beer, Presidente, it's a pretty good beer. As for the resort, it was nice, they had 2 very nice pools and the workers did do a good job of keeping it clean. They do work hard out there in the sun. I always tried to say hola! Everyone was nice, the wait staff, the workers, and everyone. Some were not as friendly, but none were rude. Now it's time for my suggestions: Take sunblock and apply it liberally and often. And make sure you take at least 2 bottles. We went through one 8 ounce bottle the whole trip, but my girlfriend didn't use it all that much. The cost of forgettting it will be sunburn that you won't forget and $20 (That's how much a 6 oz. bottle costs at all the shops). Take mosquito repellent! You will need it. Not during the day. Just from dawn till dusk. If you plan on going out at night, bring it. Even for the walk to dinner. Take pepto, immodium, benadryl, and tums, or similar products. They have a doctor there that costs money. I could only imagine how much. We took all our own toiletries, but they have shampoo and conditoner there. Don't know how good it is but it's there. I would say take a bar of your own soap though, can't hurt. Don't take big bills, there is no need. I didn't change a single dollar over to pesos, US dollars are widely accepted. More advice, learn a little spanish, just a few words if you don't know already. Hola!(hello), gracias(thank you), por favor(please), adios(goodbye). I bought a spanish phrase book just cause I felt like it here in the states for $7, it's called Rick Steven's something Spanish, it for Spain but it works and I had fun trying to communicate. I like to immerse myslef in the culture. I read it and it was nice to be able to say certain things to them like buenos diaz(good morning). The staff at reception speaks english. Most people speak a little. There is a language barrier obviously. It's up to you how big you want it to be. If you don't know how to speak a single word you will still be fine, you may have more difficult of a time, but not much more. Don't drink the water, there is bottled water at the bars for free. Near reception there is a towel exchange open from 7-7. Don't lose your towel, it's $15 if you do. We tipped the maid the first 2 days, it didn't seem to help, actually make things worse so we stopped. Not that it was bad but she sometimes forgot towels, then sometimes forgot the blanket. Nothing that held us up or inconvienced us for long. We did not take any tours so I can't give any insight on those. Basically, take health supplies! If you are taking a good camera, you may want to opt for a disposable due to the sand that can tend to get messy if it gets mixed in with your camera bag. Also take a comfortable pair of sandals for the beach it is a walk to the beach not bad though, and they do have a bus. But make sure you know they won't give you problems. There are a lot of Europeans and they do walk around topless, at least half of the women on the beach are topless, old and young. Overall the trip was definitely worth it, and as others said, next time I would pay the extra money and upgrade to a 4 or 5 star. But for the price I would reccomend it. Like others have said, if you are looking for a place to relax on the beach, in the sun, and eat and drink and be merry, with no fuss. This is what you want. We did nothing but go to the beach and the pool and eat and drink. We did not drink much alcohol, but if you want to there is plenty available. The weather was amazing, it rained a few times, only once in the afternoon for not even 5 minutes, and a few times at night it poured but we were in bed by then. As for the grading scale, my girlfriend and I would grade as follows: Service - B Food - C Resort - A Beach - A Drinks - B Cleanliness -B Overall Value - B"

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  • Travel date: 11th June 2004

Expected more services

3
Average
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Reviewed 11th October 2012

"I returned June 7th from 4 nights at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort. The resort is comprised of 5 hotels. We stayed at the Golf Hotel. The best thing about the Golf Hotel was our room had two bedrooms and two balconies and two thermostats for the a/c. My friend was able to stay in the room with the TV, fridge and closets while my room had the bathroom and sink (separate areas). The room was brown and dated as mentioned in a previous review. Actually the reviews were quite accurate depending on where you stayed. I must say the grounds were pretty (Golf was a bit rundown). More attention seemed to be paid to the Palace (Convention Center), the Casino and the Beach Resort. We didn’t get to see the Caribe at all and the Palace only from the reception area while waiting for a trolley. The trolley is the only way to get around and a definite necessity. Searching for good food was an ongoing problem. Our first meal there was at the Las Canas buffet. The pasta was good but that was all. The rest of the food looked like left overs from the night before and tasted worse. Lunch was so bad we skipped dinner. The next day we ventured out a little farther to the Beach Resort, which also had the Internet Café, Hair Salon (Peluqueira) and a decent gift shop. I must say we spent most of our time at the Beach Resort because everything was just better there than the Golf. I don’t know why they call it the Golf because the golf course is really connected to the Casino. The Golf was like a place that the resort forgot about. The Staff were less than enthusiastic. Continental Breakfast was a sometimes thing. Sometimes it was there…sometimes it wasn’t. Didn’t seem to have a particular time either. Drinks were lacking alcohol but if you wanted something sweet they served a purpose. Even when you asked for alcohol (in Spanish or English it didn’t matter) the drink seemed like water was added. This might be because we didn’t tip. But I didn’t see anyone else tip either except at the Hair Salon. Drinks were good in the Casino though. The second day we went to the Beach Resort and the Ambar Buffet for lunch. It was delicious. I wish there were microwaves in the room so you could take out whatever you found that was good to eat and save it for the hard times. We also went to the Peluqueira (Hair Salon). They do very nice work but the prices are higher than the Dominicans in New York. From there we sat at the bar by the beach and enjoyed the ocean breezes. Never did get drunk no matter how many drinks we ordered. That night we went back to the Ambar and found they were only serving seafood. So we tried the Steak House. Big mistake. The ribs weren’t good and the rib steak was so small and tough I had trouble eating it. Everything came to the table cold. I ordered a pizza and that was good. The third day we missed breakfast at the buffets and had the “Continental Breakfast” at the hotel bar. It turned out to be better than the food served at the buffets. But that was not something to rely on since it wasn’t always available. The coffee is very strong (like espresso in NY) when you ask for espresso you get something close to sludge. We then went to the beach, which turned out to be the best part of the vacation. Nice hot sun with cool ocean breezes sweeping over you. Excellent! The beach was clean but the currents were a little strong. Not many people anywhere. Not on the beaches, not in the buffets or restaurants. Even the Tropicalíssmo show was a little more than half full. The casino was empty but I did win a little more than I played on the slots so I consider myself coming out ahead. The Tropicalíssmo show was good but all in Spanish. They did speak English and other languages when the show was over and they wanted you to try your luck at the Casino. English is definitely not spoken here. If you want anything you must speak the language. I don’t speak Spanish. My friend spoke Spanish and that was a help at times. Still didn’t get us any alcohol in our drinks. The restaurant in the Casino hotel (Mirador) was very good that night. One of the problems for me was that not all of the food is labeled so you have a difficult time determining what you are eating. I don’t eat pork and most meals had a lot of pork. Every night was an experience in trying to find something to eat. Thank goodness for the trolley. It was the only means of getting from one hotel to the next to find food and entertainment because nothing was happening at the Golf Hotel. After a few days you want to leap for joy when you see the trolley coming. Hotel check out was easy and the taxi to Punta Cana airport, although expensive, came quickly. Punta Cana airport is much nicer than Santo Domingo airport but be prepared to walk the entire length of the airport with your carry on luggage and keep in mind there are stairs to climb (no handicap accommodations) to the plane. Also, there is no a/c until you get to the Terminal. To summarize the vacation I would say that the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort was somewhat of a disappointment. I still like the Dominican Republic, but I would rather visit another resort that has a more friendly staff, much better food and drinks, cleaner accommodations and more English speaking staff. I would also have liked to see more activities for the guests at night. Besides the casino, only the Tropicalíssmo show was offered for entertainment. For the money I paid I expected more FUN, Drinks and food."

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  • Travel date: 8th June 2004

Excellent value!

4
Good
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Reviewed 14th December 2012

"Just came back from our 7-day trip on 6/5/04. We traveled with our kids, ages 1 and 4. Initially, we were placed in the Villas section, in the 1100s, which is quiet, but the rooms are smaller and it is a hike to the beach. The staff was very helpful, though, and moved us closer to the beach in the 3600 building located right at the middle pool. Mind you, that was an upgrade in price which was given to us totally free. Both rooms were spotless and made every day. The beach is wide, white, and filled with palm trees. We had 90 degrees and sun every single day, without a drop of rain. You can rent, for free, free sailboats, pedalboats, and kayaks, and even do some snorkeling. The food is pretty good, even though it is somewhat repetitive. I wouldn't spend too much time at the salad bar--a couple of times, at lunch, some of the salads smelled rotten. I loved the fresh grill that they have at lunch and dinner, as well as the fresh omellettes at breakfast prepared with your choice of ingredients. Drinks with lunch and dinner you get only after you request them a couple of times, or you risk getting your beer while eating dessert. The waitresses had trouble getting an order for six people, but were quite willing to bring more drinks once they figured they've messed up. Don't order the wine--it is really watered down. The beer is OK, though. Drinks at the bars are limitless and free, of course, and you can drink lots of them, since they mix in a ton of ice and barely any alcohol. My advice to anyne going to Punta Cana is to break $20 in singles before leaving from the US, and give $1 tips to everyone that helps you--guides, cleaning lady, porters, bartenders, etc. They were really pleased and we got pretty good service."

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  • Travel date: 7th June 2004
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