Barcelo Bavaro Beach
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... as we would have liked...besides, a lazy beach vacation is always welcome... that's how we ended up in the Majestic Elegance resort of Punta Cana...
There is not much to write about a beach vacation, all days are quite the same - languid and lazy... which was exactly ...
... Slept in late and sat around chatting in the room until heading to the breakfast buffet. - Scored towels and floaties and hung out at the quiet end of the pool in the grass and read - So relaxing and laid back. Perfect Saturday. - Broke for snacks around 3 - Caribbean sun has been amazing. At home, I had to constantly moisturize but the humidity meant our skin was healing from the dry cold of a Canadian winter - We ...
Late rise. Breakfast at the world cafe Floated around and read in the pool before enjoying an hour at the gym. Grabbed a quick snack at the Coco Cafe Read on the balcony before heading to the beach to be thoroughly baked. Enjoyed a 1/2 hour of yoga with instructor Lisa. Returned to the room to wash sand from unnamed places. Tried to get a table at the Sea ...
... day left Tried Dominican coffee and I found it did not have a bitter aftertaste Watched the guys do the meringue and I failed miserably in following along - saw the "topless" bit of the beach and saw a guy wearing a grass skirt dancing on the beach......that seems like a nice way to spend your time. I kinda envy him especially when it's winter at home. - this afternoon it was the pool again and we were entertained by the ...
Big plans today! We were off shopping at a local souvenir shop, "Nicole's" after a bite to eat at the buffet. It was crowded but we spent a couple hours in total and managed to pick up most of our souvenirs. We decided to check out the gym before lunch. Boy was it warm! Then off to the Barefoot Grill for chicken and beef tacos. We had to scramble to eat our few chips ...
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Let me start off by saying that the grounds at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort are beautiful. But, that is were it ends. The food there is terrible and if you are
expecting alcohol in your drink when you order one forget it. Unless you request for liquor to be in your drinks you will receive just the mix without the alcohol.
As if that wasn't enough both myself and 2 family members were ill most of the week and continued to be ill when we got home. We talked to several other people and they also said that they became ill. I would tell anybody that is
thinking of going to this resort to think about it long and hard, and then go somewhere else!
Best overall resort !!!
Bavaro Beach is the best overall vacation spot to go to...I have been to a more expensive "Sandals" resort in Montego Bay and I can tell you that Punta Cana and Barcelo Bavaro Beach put it to shame...
It has the most breathtaking beach I have seen yet, the food is great...They have an Italian rest, Mexican rest, seafood rest and Steakhouse that would be quality rest. back in North America. They also have buffet that is average for these types of resorts. The rooms are average but do you go on vacation to sit in your room or go to the beach and have fun....
I will now look to Barcelo chain of hotels and resorts for any future holiday I take...
P.S. Lots of kids running around soo you honeymooners might want to pick a couples only...
Just returned from a seven night eight day trip to the Bavaro Resort. We presented our paid in advance coupon to the front desk receptionist. WE were told it would take a few minutes but to get something to eat in the restaurant and come back in twenty minutes. When we returned to the desk we along with several other families were told there were no rooms available that they had overbooked. We were told they would try to fit us in at the Bavaro Beach Resort. We waited, and waited, and waited with our bags in the lobby. We were just dismissed. When I tried to get questions answered I was told politely that they didn't understand english. Hours later realize we had no choice we had paid and there were no flights going back I was told there were two rooms now available at the Beach Resort. WE then drobe to the Beach Resort and were told there were no connecting rooms and that we could take it or leave it. We took it. The next day we were told we could move to connecting rooms in the same complex. WE pack up and attempted to move only to learn that the rooms we moved to were not connecting and were even further away from each other. Again we were told you can take it or not. The next day we were told that there were two rooms that connected available. We moved again and although the location was again further from the beach and pool we took them. This room was next to housekeeping where we were awakened at 6:00am. because all the linens for the complex are brought in by truck. The staff loads the laundry and then lounges on the bags on fresh linen. This would have been fine yet they laughed and yelled to each other keeping my family awake. Our room leaked water from the ceiling above and was infested with ants. They sprayed twice. But what really disturbed me was that at 11:30pm. someone was trying to enter my childrens room with a key card. I had the door double locked and heard them. I looked through the peephole and saw it was a female housekeeping staff person. I opened
omething in Spanish and walked off quickly not to return. Thank heavens we had connecting rooms at that point. There was security and plenty of it. When I contacted the front desk they had no knowledge of anyone going to my room and seemed not intrested or concerned. The food was subpar. Plenty of it for sure certinly not what we expected though. The kids mostly ate pizza. The beach itself was beautiful but we were at a huge disadvantage not speaking spanish. Even as we were checking out mind you paying the full week at the higher Bavaro Palace rate staying at the Beach Resort no one from the hotel cared. AS we were checking out I tried to cash a twenty dollar bill so that I may tip the bellman. I was told they had no change. The person standing behind me did speak spanish. They asked for change and were given change for a twenty. I would never return and hope that someone else who saves for a vacation and gets treated like that doesnt have to.
Watch out for the Snakes!!!!
The beach isn't great. But the water is dangerous!!!! Watch out for the water snakes!!!
Food isn't edible. Our room was substandard it looked as though it needed a complete overhauling. In order to eat at one of the restaurants that are part of the all inclusive, we would have to line up for 2 hours before being seated and then be disappointed because the food was awlful. There were a select few employees who seemed that they wanted to be there as only a small number were friendly. We learned very quickly that in order to get any service we had to put money on the table and then it was no problem. If you want to loose a few pounds and be treated like dirt, we highly recommend this as a holiday destination!
Don't listen to the people with bad reviews
The food was excellent. For breakfast, there was a buffet, with anything you can think of to eat, for lunch, there was the same or a pizza place that was excellent and also served hamburgers.
Dinner was spectacular - don't miss the seafood buffet or the Mexican Restaurant. The Steakhouse was good too - I don't eat meat, and I could find something to eat on the menu - so can you.
For the record, I am not a "big eater" - I just like good food. Furthermore, the employees did speak English as well as German and French (and of course Spanish) if you bothered to pay attention. There was no language barrier there.
As for the alcohol, the drinks were fine, the liquor was not "top shelf" but why would you expect Grey Goose Vodka at an all-inclusive resort anyway? They'd go broke! Plus I think it deters the "spring break" crowd - there were a lot of families there, not a lot of stumbling drunken fools.
So if you are looking for a nice vacation where you can meet decent people - I'm 27 and went with my boyfriend - we met and hung around with couples, singles and families - this is the place to go - it's definitely worth the money.
My family of 6 (2 adults and 4 children) went to the all inclusive Bavaro Beach Resort in Punta Cnan expecting beach and a variety of activities for 4 children.
Punta Cana is a beautiful place and has some of the best beaches in the Carribean.
Unfortunately, Bavaro Resorts routinely overbook their beach hotels and then send you to inland resorts and hotels. We were one of the unfortunate families that were sent to the Bavaro Golf Hotel, a 15 minute walk to the beach! We spent 2 hours a day walking between the beach and our hotel room with a 3 year old in our arms and everyone carrying other necessities. There are NO children acitivities at the Golf Resort so we were not able to enjoy anything resembling a family vacation.
Bavaro Resort and Signature Vacation management were insulting! They could not care less about our difficulties. It is clear that they were willing to overbook some large percentage of customers and no bother to help the few that complain.
We had no options and were not allowed to escallate our problems to higher levels of management.
Never again! Find another vacation planner and resort if you go to the Dominican Republic.
Do Not Eat The Food!
The resort was nice but DO NOT EAT THE FOOD. The people we met on the trip were great and our room was nice and the weather was beautiful. All in all the resort was ok, but don't plan on eating and with an all inclusive, that is the plan to eat and drink A LOT!
My advice, don't go!
What a great time
for a first time all- inclusive vacationer in the Carribean, the last week was fantastic. The Barcelo resorts (Garden, Beach, Casino, Golf) were beautiful, and the fact that guests could go between the four resorts added to the variety of the stay. Of course the food is not like home, but it was still good food, the drinks didn't stop and the beach was immaculate. The number of things that one can do on this resort is almost endless. The weather did not let us down and the staff were courteous and smiled when greeted. If you plan on going, ask for the rum in your drinks (the drinks are made virgin because kids are at the resorts) and respect the people of the Dominican Republic by learning a few key phrases. We would not appreciate a tourist coming to our country and expecting us to know thier language. Highly recommended.
Best place to go on vacation
I went to Barcelo Beach Resort on 1998. It was a great experience. The food, attractions, beach, attention, are very nice. There is a lot of things to do and eat. There are a lot of European turists, specially Italians.
There are a lot of attractions during the day and nigth, so people won't get boried.
I am planning to go this year on june with my daugther and parents who have not go before.
Trust me, go to Bavaro Palace Resort (******) or Bavaro Beac Resort (****).
Nice beach, but don't plan on eating the food
The beach & pool are nice but the food was nearly un-edible. The all-inclusive booze was domestic only, very bottom of the barrel. We spent the whole week trying to figure out which drinks our bodies could tolerate, outcome - none. The other thing that was interesting was that only the front desk staff spoke any english. Nobody else spoke even a word, which was strange for such a tourist spot. It seemed like whenever we ordered something, (food or drinks) we were intruding. Very disappointing.