This was my 9th trip to an all inclusive, and my 7th to a Barcelo Resort. Most of my trips were to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Barcelo Maya being my favorite.
I will start with the positives... The resort and beach were beautiful, the rooms were clean and comfortable, and the food was good for AI standards.
And now the negatives... If you do not speak Spanish you will have a hard time communicating the easiest things. This being such a tourist area I was really surprised at how many servers could not speak any English. And on top of not speaking any English most of the servers did not seem very happy to be there, which kind of brings down the mood when you feel like you are burdening someone to wait on you. And the last complaint is about the nightlife. The nightly shows were embarrassingly bad (except the Michael Jackson show). I've seen many resort shows, and a lot of them are kind of corny, but I have never seen shows that had such bad choreography it looked like every person was doing something completely different, or trying to watch what the other person was doing so they could copy it. I would maybe even expect this from a small resort but this is a huge resort with hundreds of people watching. They do have a smaller show on the adults only side but we didn't watch that one. And if you like to go dancing at night you better know how to dance to Latino music because that is 80% of what they played.
So in conclusion... If you are English speaking and you have never been to an all inclusive you would probably still really enjoy this resort, but from my experience it doesn't compare to the service and friendliness you get in Mexico. And to be fair I am sure the longer the DR is a tourist area the more English speaking employees they will have.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Bavaro Beach Hotel
- Barcelo Bavaro Punta Cana
- Barcelo Bavaro Beach Punta Cana
- Bavaro Beach Hotel
- Bavaro Beach Resort
- Barcelo Punta Cana Resort
- Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort Punta Cana