I have been staying at D2 Baraquda since 2009, twice a year for two-weeks at a time. All the usual things one would expect from a 5-star hotel are here: clean, modern rooms, clean, white sheets and towels, great location, great pool area (more sun in the morning compared to afternoon), great 24-hour restaurant. But the thing that really sets it apart is SERVICE AND STAFF. Happy, Helpful, Respectful, Discreet, Secure. This comes from the Reception Staff, the Concierge guys, the Housekeeper, and P'Chris, the late-night Desk Manager. I consider them my friends and family. I have stayed at all the high-quality hotels (Hilton, Marriott) and nothing comes close in comparison.
The Deluxe Rooms are great ($100USD). For a change a pace - or a party - try the D'Studio or the D'Suite. Impressive and extravagant rooms at a great value ($300-350USD February 2013).
I recommend D2 Baraquda without any reservations whatsoever. Bravo to all the Service and Staff on a job well-done!More