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Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only
Ranked #23 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

A very nice resort for my friend and I. They arranged for us to be on the groud floor because my friend doesn't get get around very well, we had a beautiful room with a little yard and loungers. Everything was nearby and the staff was accomadating. The resort was also huge which left me room to roam. Golf was great, what a spot for a travelling foursome, very reasonably priced. Even off the resort and felt safe

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

On the eve of our departure,we were informed by Air transat/Nolitour that our hotel had been changed due to overbooking . You can imagine our apprehension and incertitude . However ,on our arrival all of the worrying and apprehensions were short lived .
The Barcelo Bavaro Beach (adults only )is OUT OF THIS WORLD .

Arrival : was a shoe in . All was prepared and the reception staff were very helpful and cordial...

Room: Well, just beautiful . We had an oceanfront patio room with kingsize bed (2019). The fridge was filled with drinks and munchies each day . Our chambermaid kept the room very clean and checked during the day to see if we needed new faceclothes or towels . We loved the extra pampering at night . Chocolates on our bedside ...

Beach: Well it wasn't very far for us..Very clean, and nice new beach chairs . You found a place any time of the day.. Lots of wind though, but it wasn't a big deal for us . Early in the morning workers were raking and a tractor was grating the sand .There is sea weed but we found clear spots to go in and dunk ourselves. It also turned out to be a way to talk to others . Everyone gathered there ...

Pool . Well, this was our afternoon spot . We always found 2 chairs ,near the bar , then would take a swim . Yes, the water was cool but hey were Canadians .. Use to that . Very clean ,great design...

Food : Now the important part . The food was GREAT . Not a joke . The buffet had a great variety from A to Z ..Everyone found something to eat and more . Salads, meats ,cheese ,pätés and watch out for those DESSERTS
Not once did I need to use the pills or Pepto for my stomach, unreal..
We went to the à la carte and the BEST is The Gourmet ,next The Brisa ..The seafood was ok and the Steakhouse we were disappointed ...At the Palace ,we tried the Cigar, Rum and Coffee lounge . What a Treat !
We ate at the Palace Buffet but found it noisier and a lot more hectic . Thus, we stayed at our place and met others from the Palace who enjoyed being with the adults only bunch...

Service ..No complaints there . We were always well received and served . There was always someone cleaning our table ,changing the ashtray ,fixing the chairs or asking if we would like something else ..The beach Bar was a little more hectic at times then all of a sudden 2 more bartenders arrived . Basicly, we never waited too long . In the evening around 9 p.m. we stopped at the Beach bar and ordered our night cap . It was empty so we had our bartender to ourselves .Thanks Marcos . Great service!!!!

Shopping : Went to the market just off to the left of our beach . Yup they are very pushy but I got what I wanted and I bargained ...

Conclusion :To put it in 1 package ,You hear and read a lot of negative commentaries . But until you go and judge for yourself don't believe all . We had no time to read anything ,we went with closed eyes . Our trip was Fantastic . We enjoyed everything about the Barcelo Bavaro Beach .It was a quiet and relaxed vacation without any rowdiness . Many thanks to a wonderful staff and resort . Yes ,we will go back!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Gatineau/sunbirds
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

We travelled with another couple with Sunwing Vacations from Jan 19 to 27, 2012. Our ages are early to mid 40's. The 4 of us were braced for some low quality food based on the past reviews from other travellers but we were all impressed with the great food and especially at the buffet. A lot of variety and excellent quality. Our favourite waitress in the buffet was Maira (no not Maria) she was great. Always brought us a glass of champagne with every meal (yep even breakfast) and even an extra one just in case. She even gave us a great big hug on our last day too.

Joel was our favourite at check in. Got our friends a room with 1 king bed instead of 2 doubles but apologized that it could not be until the next day as the hotel was filled to capacity. No problem as they got the room next day as promised.

The hotel is truly lovely and people need to stop complaining about the little things. The hotel employees are excellent. The vendors are really pushy at the flea market. If you don't like it don't go!! If you are a negotiator you will get some good deals. Got a lovely larimar flip flop charm on a silver necklace for $20 - the vendor started at $65 and I wasn't sure if it was real so $20 was all I was willing to pay. I was happy and the vendor wasn't so it must have been a good deal for me!!

The rooms are your typical rooms you find in all inclusives. My husband and I have been to at least 8 different countries in the past 11 years, some 4 star and some 5 star. These rooms are larger than an average hotel room here in Ontario and are very clean. Sometimes the room was cleaned first thing and sometimes not until supper but always cleaned. How much time are you spending in the room anyway?? You sleep, shower, shave and brush your teeth and off you go to the beach or the pool.

How can you give a hotel a bad rating because the weather network lied about the weather?? One of the recent travellers wrote that in their review. OMG!! Get real people. The weather was beautiful when we were there. Sunny 95% of the time with the occassional cloud here and there. Windy, very windy but that made it feel cooler than the stated temperature. It is a phenomenon called "wind chill". I will gladly take a wind chill of 25 degrees Celcius over our winter temperatures in Ontario any day. You want scorching hot then go to Central America not Dominican in January.

The lounge chairs at the pool and the beach are nicer than the usual blue and white loungers. These ones had multiple adjustments and were really great. Around the lobby bar and pool bar were many more comfy style chairs for those non sun worshippers. Many a lounger was spoken for early in the day by guests putting their towels on them but you soon figured the "saving system" out and got the spot you wanted too.

The Barcelo Bavaro Palace that is attached to the Beach hotel is huge. Our group loved to go down there for a shop in the many stores and watch the more elaborate shows they had at their Theatre but we all preferred the quieter Barcelo Bavaro Beach atmosphere for your everyday relaxing. You can stay at the Beach for a lot less than the Palace and you still get all the benefits of it. Having said that we did pay $15 extra per person to do the Japanese a la carte one night. Was well worth it as it was quite entertaining. Small negative....food a little too salty for me but no big deal.

All in all we really enjoyed ourselves. A vacation is what you make it. If you focus on the negatives you will have an overall bad experience but if you have a positive attitude, are easy going, want to destress, enjoy some wonderful beverages you will have a great time.

Cheers!!

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms have a small terrace and 2 lounge chairs so you can relax right at your room. Up...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank PAR99
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

We just returned Feb 1, 2012 (JAN 25-Feb 1).

We had a great time. Adults only section very relaxing. If you want the nightlife you could walk or take the train to the palace deluxe section (very busy, very hotelly department store like atmosphere). Casino was nice and most a la carte restaurants were there. The steak house was our favorite.
We booked with Sunwing, flight was great down and back with exceptional service. We had 2 issues with our suticases, one on arrival to Punta Cana (wheels had been torn off one suitcase leaving 2 holes on the bottom and a slash across the fabric) all items were luckily intact. Hugo our sunwing rep was fabulous and arranged for someone to go into town to purchase us a suitcase (on the resort they were $300) for $40. We truly appreciated his efforts. Upon arrival back in Toronto the "new" suitcase was also damaged beyond repair (but contents intact) not sure what happened in either situation.

Check in was fast (even though they had us scheduled to arrive the next day), we had requested a top floor ocean view and we were accomodated with no wait

Nancy cleaned our room everyday and although spoke no english, was just a sweetheart. She wanted to please each and every day. One day we did not receive water or coffee replacment, so we visited Nancy and she quickly came with our requested items, not sure what happened that day, but from then on she offered anything on her cart when ever she saw us. We left her our Spansh-English translation book (the morning we were leaving) and by check out she had already tried a few words. She was extremely excited.

Kirby and Rosie were 2 of the bartenders each day in the lobby bar. Service was always prompt!!!, pleasant and eager to please. Tony the bar manager went above and beyond to try to get us the NHL all start game on Sunday. We managed to get the preliminary hour prior to the game, but alas once game time they lost the satelite signal. Oh well shame on us wanting to watch hockey in the Domincan, but they were as disappointed as us as some of them had never seen hockey before.

Caesar was the entertainment manager who was very personable, spoke excellent English and was a pleasure to talk to each day. Make sure you seek him out. Tell him Greg sent you.

The food was amazing. We enjoyed shrimp and or lobster every day. Great choices for main courses, and fruits and vegetables galore. No one expected tips and they all worked as a team. We are always surprised at the lack of tipping from fellow travelers. The staff work 12-14 hour days and always with a smile!!.

Our room was very nice. Beds were extremely comfortable, nice balconies and shower and toilet facilities were seperate from the sink areas which was a nice touch.

The weather is unfortunately uncontrollable. Warm with an abundance of clouds and yes very windy (which helped with moving the clouds). Beach was breathtaking as usual.

We called our travel agent this morning to give her the heads up on a great travel destination.

Room Tip: We were in 2076, perfect location close to everything
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank clowdywonaceman
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

The room was clean, well kept and had a great view of the ocean. The entire resort is clean, the people are very friendly and there is plenty of on site security personnel. The buffets were great for breakfast and lunch and there was a good variety of a la carte restaurants to suit any taste. The golf course on site is in great shape and enjoyable to play. The Beach Club was the right choice as it was for adults only and as such was more relaxed and not as crowded either on the beach or around the pool. I would definitely go again!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Ron T
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Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only

Address: Carretera Bavaro Km. 1, Punta Cana 23301, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Punta Cana
#15 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#20 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#20 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#23 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#25 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range: £160 - £400 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only 4*
Number of rooms: 589
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only*****hotel is located on one of the 10 best beaches in the world, in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic. This dreamy hotel has reinvented itself after a complete renovation to become an exclusive hotel for adults only. The hotel offers first class rooms 80% of which are located right on the beachfront. This makes it the most perfect place for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the exquisite range of cuisine on offer at the hotel through the Barcelo All Inclusive Programme with its Caribbean Buffet, Chez Gourmet and La Brisa restaurants; 9 a-la-carte restaurant options: Chez Gourmet (international), La Brisa (Mediterranean), El Coral (fish and seafood), Santa Fe (meat), La Dolce Vita (Italian), Mexico Lindo (Mexican), La Fuente (Spanish), Kyoto (Japanese) and La Comedie (Gourmet - additional charge except for Club Premium guests). Visit the facilities where you can find different options to fill your days: football pitch, tennis court, swimming pool, golf course, water sports, wellness centre, theatre and casino. This exclusive resort set on a virgin beach welcomes you with a cocktail, spoils you with drinks by the pool and offers you a 45 minute hydrothermal circuit, per person once during your stay. There are also 2 massage beds in the pool area (at an additional charge). Staying at this hotel also grants guests access to the facilities of the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, a hotel which shares some of its services and facilities. This hotel is one of the very few in the country that boasts the international BLUE FLAG for compliance with the standards required by the non-profit non-governmental organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Come and rediscover the marvels the Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only***** hotel has to offer! ... more   less 
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Barcelo Bavaro Punta Cana
Barcelo Bavaro Beach Punta Cana
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