The Club at Grand Paradise Bavaro

Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel is located on Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Club at Grand Paradise Bavaro Punta Cana

    Had a Great Time at The club at Grand Paradise

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    We stayed at The Club at Grand Paradise, Bavaro and had a great time. There is quite a lot of building work as you initially enter the resort (on the 'Club' side) but once you go through the main reception into the Grand Paradise itself, it is beautiful. Two large free-form pools with plenty of sun loungers and direct access to an amazing beach and beautiful turquoise waters.

    Our daughter aged 7 preferrred to spend time with us but did go to the kids club and the staff were very friendly and spoke good English. They also did the evening mini disco for the children and put a lot of effort into it - explaining in 2 or 3 languages if needed.

    Our hotel room was light and airey and cleaned on a daily basis. The pillows were lumpy but being English we got on with it!! The bathroom had a basic hairdryer and an iron and ironing board.

    We found the food to be really good and had plenty of choice. The staff were very efficient and helpful and served drinks promptly and cleaned away plates in a matter of minutes of finishing.

    Weather was good and hot but not sticky although we did get a few days of rain we still went in swimming at the pool and beach everyday!

    Can thoroughly recommend horse riding at El Pat ranch (about 5 minutes drive away).

    Also transfers booked with S. T. Silva (based at Punta Cana airport) were prompt and reliable - would recommend.

    ¡No se os ocrra ir!

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    Este hotel no es un hotel de 5 estrellas, el complejo no es feo, pero todo esta bastante abandonado y viejo.

    Las habitaciones son viejas y sobre todo sucias, bueno en general todo es muy sucio.

    Las instalaciones son pesimas, cuando no estaba estropeada una cosa era otra, las duchas de la piscina no funcionaban los jacutzis tampoco etc......

    el servicio también deja mucho que desear......

    Sinceramente os digo que no vayais, no vale la pena pegarse esas horas de vuelo para meterte en este hotel que mi valoración es un dos estrellas.

    Club lookéa hotel balaro grand paradise

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    Attention! Le club lookéa n'est pas situé au bord de la mer mais à l'autre bout du complexe grand paradise bavaro. Il faut prendre un petit train agréable pour aller à la plage.

    Les chambres du club donnent soit sur la piscine, soit sur la route qui relie les différents complexes (attention au bruit des travaux à proximité). Possibilité d'avoir des chambres qui communiquent avec vos enfants, vous renseigner. Des boissons gazeuses et eau sont mises à votre disposition lorsque le frigo est vide. Les serviettes sont changées journalièrement.

    L'hotel est sympa et calme pour ceux qui souhaitent la tranquilité contrairement au complexe grand paradise bavaro situé le long de la plage où se trouve une autre piscine et les restaurants pour diner le soir. La nourriture est bonne et rhum à volonté pour les amateurs à partir de 11H le matin au bord de la plage! Il faut venir avant 10H pour avoir un transat sous paillotte. Nous n'avons pas suivi l'équipe d'animation qui avait l'air sympa. Le petit théatre et la plupart des animations sont faites au complexe de la plage.

    Excursion à faire absolument : Saona car c'est paradisiaque! A éviter : laguna limon car l'ascension du mont se fait sur une route étroite, caillouteuse, le long d'un ravin non sécurisé. Résultat : des personnes avec bleus, maux de dos, les enfants qui pleurent même si la vue en haut en vaut la peine...La balade en cheval se fait le long d'une superbe plage sauvage. La mangrove : pas d'oiseaux en dehors de poules d'eau car pas la bonne saison. En moy, comptez 150 euros pour 2 excursions.

    Les habitants sont aimables et souriants. Il faut négocier pour acheter ses souvenirs : compter 50% de moins. A la réception, certaines personnes parlent le francais mais pas toutes. Sinon, il faut parler espagnol, voire anglais. Idem au centre d'activités nautiques (prêt de masques et tubas pour 1H sinon le reste est payant et plus cher qu'à l'île maurice). Je suis partie 9 jours/7 nuits et c'est suffisant sauf si vous souhaitez faire toutes les excusions et des activités nautiques car côté culturel, c'est limité. Je suis allée à l'île maurice en hotel et personnellement, j'ai préféré.

    Peacefull and worth it!!

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    I will break it down for you so you can get an overall idea of the resort.

    Room: standard room, nice bathroom ,no remote control for the t.v. My room was considered a superior garden view,I don't consider it a superior room however I had requested a view of the pool and got it !!! Thank god! Make sure you request a POOL view!! or else you might get a view of a plaza across the street.Thereis a safe in the room at a cost of 20$ U..S. for the week, well worth it! The maid did a good job the first few days however I think that different one came in the last 3 days. I asked her 3 times to refill my fridge and then gave up after that.

    Food: I am not a difficult person, I always travel with an opened mind so in general I found the food very good and eatible. We had 5 a la carte : We choose the : Italian,Chinese,Tainos (Dominican), Sea Scape and the manglar (international) the only one we did not enjoy at all was the Tainos (Dom.) There was a salad bar there with ants crawling all over the veggies!! Yuck, but even the main course was not good. By the end of the week I was pretty fed up of eating bacon,french toast and eggs. It's funny but many of the reviews that I read about the chinese rest. were negative, I found the food amazing.You have to try it yourself to really know

    Location: We where a train ride away from the Grand and it took no longer than 3 minutes.The train was in service 24hrs. By foot it's about 8 min walk, but in that heat take the train!! The beach was beautiful, I just found it was very crowded. However when we booked our trip , it cost us about 600$ less each to stay at club in stead of the Grand !! I'm happy we did not stay at the Grand, it was way to loud for my liking and I'm 26 years old!!!

    What is even funnier, is that for the people who stayed at the Grand and took ocean view, I don't think they got their money's worth!! the buildings are so far from the beach there is not much to see from the balcony!!

    Excursions: We did the caribean festival ( snorkling with sharks and sting rays) it is an amazing experience!!!! not as scary as it sounds I do recommend it however I find that 78$ is a little steap especially that your are way too many on the same boat for the activity. It's too crowded I found that charging 50$ each is sufficient.

    Overall for the money part stay at the club instead of the Grand and come with an open mind,basicly you will have a great time and good memories!!

    Amazing beach! Great resort. Average food? Lock your VALUABLES!!!

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    Overall this was a very clean, well groomed and relatively well-maintained resort. The Club side is newer with slighter bigger and nicer rooms. There is a short trolley ride from the Club side to the main resort (2-3min) which runs quite often (every 5-10min). I did not mind the trolley ride too much beacause it meant I can return to the Club at night in peace and quite compared to the main resort. It is easier to find umbrellas and chairs on the Club side. The front desk staff were efficient and courteous.

    Rest assured that the beach is probably one of the cleanest and nicest in the Caribbean. You do need to reserve a hut and beach chairs early to assure some shade and comfort but once you have them, it's truly PARADISE!

    The quality of food is average. You must remember that you are in a third world country and their idea of 4-star is very different from someone in North America. There is varierty when you first arrive but you soon realize it is the very same variety with different presentation every day. It is not horrible but don't expect too much. It is often difficult to have service at the buffet due to the volume of people. I recommend going when the buffet first opens, otherwise find a waiter upon arrival and give him/her 1-2$ to clear and set the table and serve you water. Be prepared for POOR to NO AIR-CONDITIONG in all the restaurants and buffets!!This is an all-inclusive but be realistic, the workers are hardly paid and they DESERVE to be tipped especially when they try so hard.

    Our room was wonderful, with a great view of the pool, excellent air-conditioning, plenty of towels and toiletries, but bring your own pillows if at all possible. We travelled with GoTravelDirect and paid ~850$ Cdn and we felt it was well worth the money. I would not pay more than $1100 Cdn for this resort however.

    I recommend you get a safe and store any valuables that don't fit the safe in a LOCKED luggage (i.e. expensive clothing, videocameras, cell phones etc.). My wife forgot to lock the safe one day, the maid called security and they emptied the contents of the safe "for security reasons". They left a note to pick-up our belongings at the front desk. My wife went to security where she was asked several questions before they handed over our travel papers, passports, wallets etc. They asked her to verify that everything was there and she verified and felt everything was fine. Upon my return, I checked only to discover that a $100US bill was missing from my wallet but nothing else. I was upset but knew there was nothing I could do since the wallet was handled by several people by the time we got it back. So beware!

    All-in-all our group of 12 were well recieved and we had a great time. By the end of our trip a few of us had stomach cramps and the runs but nothing serious. The resort is fumigated every week so there are very few bugs and mosquitos. My son and I took the malaria pills but not my wife. None of us were bitten and I personally feel the malaria scare is exagerated unless you go out of the resort into the forest. Check with your travel clinic. I do think getting the Hep A & B, tetanus and diphteria shots make sense however.

    Try to take advantage of all the activities available to you. Kayaking, snorkelling, MiniClub, boogie board, nightly shows etc. We had our pictures taken by the resort photogaphers and ended up buying 10 images on CD so we can reproduce them ourselves. The quality of the pictures are beyond excellent and all twelve people in our group ended-up buying post-card quality pictures of our respective families.

    Have a great vacation!!

    Definitely Recommended.

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    We recently stayed at the Club at the Grand Paradise Bavaro and I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone of any age. Our ages ranged from 51 to 4. There were four of us and we all had a great time. Yes there are some bugs but anyone with any sense would expect there to be. The rooms were kept and neat. We did have to request additional towels on a few occasions. The shuttle that takes you from the Club to the main resort typically runs every 15 to 20 minutes. There were times that we did have to wait longer for it to arrive. The staff was pleasant overall and helpful except the women in the gift shop. Very rude. Also, it is strongly suggested that you bring your own medications, ample supply of sunscreen, lotion, shampoo, etc. These items are EXTREMELY expensive in the gift shops. A bottle of sun screen is $30.00 USD. Definitely book your dinner reservations and excursions upon arrival or the next morning as certain restaurants fill up quickly. The grounds are clean and the wait/bar staff are very friendly. Our 4 year old was a big hit with everyone that worked there and they were all very patient and courteous. The food was not great but there was quite a variety at the buffets.

    Lo peor de lo peor

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    un engaño ni cinco estrellas ni nada y de lujo no se quien les pondra las medallas pero esta conpichado la bebida no es de marca el vino lo tienes que pagar te ofrecen siete restaurates a la carta bajo cita previa pero nada mas te dejan comer en tres por semana asique si bas una semana nada amas que cenas tres dias a la carta menudo todo incluido y eso te enteras alli si quieres un vino normalito para cenar en españa a como mucho 15 euros alli 40 dolares si quieres langosta a pagar 35 dolares un engaño mirarlo bien que sino no hay como reclamar alli, no hay hojas de reclamaciones alli un saludo y gracias y por cierto en el baño salia agua por el techo y se caia la lanpara del baño un desastre

    Trolly to the Beach

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    My family and I just got back from a 7 day vacation in Punta Cana and it was very relaxing and the kids had a blast (then again, the kids will have a blast wherever there is a beach and a Kid's club). Now, where do I begin. First of all, this is no way a 4 Star hotel. Please remember, I stayed at "The Club" which means the rooms are not on the beach, you must take a trolly to head on out to the beach. I new about this from when I booked as well as reading other reviews, so I was expecting the trolly ride, but I had no Idea what a pain it was until you are there. You get up in the morning to trolly over to the Grand Paradise to walk all the way onto the beach to reserve a palm made hut with long chairs all before 8h30am otherwise good luck trying to find some shade...the palm tree huts and long chairs will all be taken. Once you are on the beach it is pure paradise. The beach is extremely clean and the water is fantastic (5+ Stars for the Beach)!!!

    Let's Talk about food. OMG!!! Let me put it this way....we had Wendy's at the Punta Cana Airport while waiting for our flight back home and it was the best meal I had in a week! I am not a picky eater to begin with and I will try anything, but the food there is 2-3 on 5. I ate chicken for lunch throught the week at the Cana Grill. Line up's are long and service (clearing up the table and asking the waiter for a glass of water is like pulling teeth) is 2 on 5. The service I must admit is very poor, unless you flash them an American buck or two, then they will serve you fairly quickly. The A la Carte Restaurants are 3 on 5. Again, I'm not a picky eater but the food isn't that great. But hey, we ate and lived and had a great time and the kids had a blast and to me that's all that matters. I'm just writing this to let other readers know what to expect. You may like the food or hate it, but it's all of what you make of your vacation and the company that you're with that makes all the difference!

    I must admit that the service was not great. To get served a glass of water or a cup of coffee for breakfast is not quick.

    The rooms at The Club were nice. Please bring your own pillows if possible. I got a stiff neck sleeping on those lumpy pillows.

    Power Failure: Expect some power failures every once in a while for about 20ish minutes...during the evening, while you're in the shower, during your dinners...and the air conditioning doesn't always work to the max in the A La Carte Restaurants. Please note that we did go in July so the weather was extremely hot and muggy.

    If there is anything else that you would like to know, I would be more than happy to provide you with more details.

    Have a Great time on what ever vacation spot you choose.

    PS. We booked through GO TRAVEL DIRECT and they were absolutely Awesome! Will book through them again.

    Ok if you speak french

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    We stayed here last year and I agree the rooms are alot nicer but all the entertainment at the club is in french!!!! which was a bit annoying if you are there for 2 weeks.(me and my boyfriend 25 and 28-avererage age at the club over 40)

    Front desk are plain rude, we had non stop problems from booking over the net through global late deals,when we arrived at the airport-hotel beds who were meant to drop us off,did not have are names on the list-thats when the probs started!

    We then arrived to find the hotel they did not have a booking for us,the guy on the front desk was so rude I was nealy reduced to tears,after 1 hour waiting round they said they had a room fo us at the 'Club' . Had jacuzzi in room, but of no use as cold water,complained sereral times -no one botherd to fix it.

    Nightclub reminded me of dirty dancing-oldies dancing with all the bar men ha ha.

    If you get to the pool past ten, no chance of getting a sunbed, what is it with this towel on the chair syndrome,really annoyes me.

    Food not the best,breakfast was the best by far.

    To some it up bavaro is gorg and the beach out of this world, but next time I would pay extra and stay at a nicer hotel with better food,I am off to costa dorada iberostar in 2 weeks so hoping this will be much better.

    The Club = gorgeous room

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    We were 2 couples that stayed at The Club (Grand Paradise Bavaro). In total, we were 18. The others stayed at Grand Paradise. Our rooms at The Club were simply gorgeous. We had a whirlpool, a glass door shower, all in marble. We also had a sofa. Our room was very big. Having said that, not all the rooms were like that. Guess we were lucky, cause didn't pay extra. The Club is very nice, only pool with an aqua bar. Also had our own lobby bar... But since we were with others, we didn't stay there that much. To go on the other side, there's a shuttle, or it's a 5 min walk...very nice with all the landscaping. To go on the beach, you have to go on the Grand Paradise side. There is also an à la carte resaurant called Manglar. It's the International one...For us, it was the best, filet mignon, fish, shrimps, and the service was crazy. They were always there to give us more wine and cerveza. In general, The Club was more calm than the Grand Paradise. There were more people from France with their own entertainment team Lookéa. That is all I can say for The Club, I'm gonna write a review for The Grand Paradise cause we were there more... And have to say, it was GREAT!!! I would recommend this hotel without a doubt. The only thing is, make sure you don't forget something in your room, if you wanna go to the beach, it will take you 15 min, to go and another to come back. But hey, you're on vacations...Enjoy the place...

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Club at Grand Paradise Bavaro Punta Cana

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good
     

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