My boyfriend and I stayed here for 10 days in early September. We wanted a nice quiet getaway and that's exactly what we got. Overall we had a great time! I will TRY to keep it short & sweet...
Resort itself - amazing if you want to unwind and be around a quiet atmosphere it is great. Though it is not just for couples, it is a perfect place for couples to be together.
Rooms - we stayed in villa 38 and it was great... villa 38 & 36 are closest to the beach.. we were on the top floor - nice, we could see a little bit of the ocean as well. We stayed in the Deluxe Jr Suite (2nd room category). It was clean - no complaints. Bed was comfy although it was a bit firm for my liking but this is something you need to adjust to wherever you are travelling too - things are different from Canada to the Caribbean. Also some reviews complained about the AC - had no issue's as such... some reviews complain about a smell.. there is not a mildew smell some people mentioned - it's just the smell of the water.. if it bugs ya enough spray some perfrume or bring some freshener - you'll be fine.. I wouldn't create an issue out of this at all.
Maids - they were wonderful - always did a great job… Turn down service is also a nice treat.
Food & Drinks - overall it was great. We did get a little sick near the end of our holiday however I am sure this is not the resorts fault - this most likely happen during our excursion when we did not drink bottled water. They have a lot of variety and the nice thing is you can go over to the family side resort and have more options.
The California Rolls @ the Sea Blue was awesome, other dishes were great but I think I ordered a roll everyday.. lol
The Cata Tapas is also very nice.. The grouper was great.. very good atmosphere here.. very attentive staff here... they were very kind.
Thalhasa (pretty sure I am spelling it wrong, but the restaurant in the lobby) was great for their breakfast lunch and dinner... I personally preferred their dinner meals best.
I will make a quick note on one staff member - Nelson - he was just awesome. He is a very nice & kind person... he really made our trip a little better with his kindness. I could see even with other guests he interacted with them the same way he did with us.
Japanese Restaurant - on the family side - awesome show while they cook your meal! The food was also yummy.
Italian Restaurant - also on the family side - VERY good.. The osobuco was delish.. amoung many other things.
Drinks were also good.. I personally wasn't a fan of the service @ the infinity pool bar - not as friendly.. I tried many times speaking in just Spanish with them but no go either... the beach bar was great... the Maloo Juice bar is also fantastic.
Nice thing no reservations for Royal guests which is a major plus.
I saw one review someone saying there isn't enough "Dominican Food" - not true - there totally is! They have a yummy cook out on Fridays for lunch on the beach... chicken, seafood and rice.. it was amazing... and they have Dominican Day with a pig roast, also some vendors come to the swim up pool area. We bought some stuff. Also some restaurants have Dominican themed food as well. They try their very best to cater to everyone's needs and I would say they do a great job. People need to stop comparing "Canadian" or "American" food to the Carribean (I'm sure they would say the same things about the food we eat back home) it's good just different - that's all.
Beach & Pools, Grounds - Grounds are always so very well kept.. Pools were also very nice.. Beach was great too.. Of course there is seaweed!! (i love people that complain about this).. It’s the ocean!! that's what happens! lol... again staff does a great job cleaning this throughout the day! There was also space for us to find chairs either with more sun or more shade (beach & pool)... the palms everywhere give tons of shade which is always needed in the Caribbean.
Lots of actives too offered by the resort....
Gym - I haven't seen any mention by anyone about the Gym.. it is great! Small but you have enough treadmills, weights and other cardio machines. It is not very busy so it is enough machines for sure. It is well kept!
Snorkeling - yes you can do this right off the resort.. If I wasn't scared of putting my head under water and floating there I would have done it no problem (maybe in a few years I’ll get over that fear lol) but it was nice, shallow water so very nice.. lots of fish to see =)
Staff - overall very good... they do what they can right..They speak English of course but some will just speak in Spanish to you.. which is totally fine (I get it) but this may bother some people that are not as open to speaking Spanish. My boyfriend was getting a little frustrated however; I did most of the talking.
The guy who gives you fresh towels by the swim up pool is probably the rudest guy... this is a little unfortunate BUT you move on and make the best of it... I am one of those people that really try to embrace Spanish and I was having a hard time... they need to remember that it's not that easy for everyone.
Another note I will add quickly, as a travel agent I hear people telling me that @ Catalonia resorts there aren't any English speaking guests, just European.... this makes me laugh cause any all inclusive you go to, anywhere there are people from all over the world.. but yes it is true, at Catalonia there tend to be more European's there which is great.. There are of course Americans and Canadians as well.. a nice mix of people.
Overall I would recommend this property (I would say 4.5 star) - it was a nice, quiet, intimate holiday for me & my boyfriend and we got exactly what we wanted, some time for us to relax and be together.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the authentic Caribbean at an exclusive, adults-only resort. Its small details make big your stay and the personalized service you receive will make you feel as if you were in heaven. Exclusive suites, innovative restaurants, dreamlike swimming pools…relax in this tropical paradise and enjoy the best vacation you’ve ever had. Have an extraordinary experience, and leave the worrying to us; we’ll take care of you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Royal Bavaro Hotel Punta Cana
- Catalonia Royal Bavaro Punta Cana
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