Barcelo Bavaro Suites & Golf Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Bavaro Suites & Golf Resort Punta Cana
We enjoyed the resort
My husband and I spent Nov. 29 to Dec.6, 2004 at the Barcelo Bavaro Golf . We were surprised to get a suite with five beds and two bathrooms, which was excessive for two people but okay. The decor needs to be brighter and updated especially the bedding. We slept in the king size bed up in the loft and it did not have king size bottom sheets which meant that your feet were on the bare mattress. Room lighting is poor and you need to strike a match to see if the lights are on. Also, it is very difficult to get washcloths (faciales in spanish). We always bring our own. The view was on the golf course was pleasant and open. We could go to any of the other three hotels in the complex ( except the Palace) by walking ( a few minutes to any of them) or by taking the little train that runs every ten minutes or so. Since we were indulging a bit, walking was good exercize.The food was quite nice and each buffet restaurant had something special like the chinese stir fry at the Casino hotel or the grill at the Golf hotel. We also enjoyed the steakhouse at the Beach Hotel, La Uva on the beach and the pizzeria. We did not try the Italian or the Mexican restaurants. The staff was very accommodating and pleasant. The only disappointment was when two longtime friends of ours staying at the Paradisus hotel came to visit. We had been informed by several desk employees that the resort charges $35 each to people wishing to come spend the day so we relayed the information to our friends. When they came by taxi to the complex gate, they were told by the guard that the charge was $45 per person and he would not let them in although they showed him that they had brought their own bottled water and snacks and were only coming to spend a few hours with friends. Not having extra money, they had to return to their hotel. By the way, they spent $25 on taxi cab. The interesting part is that the day before, we had gone to visit them at their hotel and we breezed right through without anyone asking us anything. Our feeling is that the guard thought he'd make a little profit on the side. It certainly was upsetting and we are writing to the Bavaro Barcelo general manager to inform her of this.
We found the resort to be very clean, especially the beach which was raked every day. The staff hardly spoke english ( some none) but somehow, between my little bit of spanish and a smile, a please and a thank you, we got by.
Since we got a very good deal on this vacation, we cannot complain too much. We probably will come back.
DO NOT go to the Golf Resort
I just returned yesterday from the Barcelo Bavaro resorts in Punta Cana. We were booked "ROH" (run of the house) which meant they could stick us in either the Golf, Casino, Beach or Caribe resorts. This was more the travel agents fault- but I had asked specifically if ALL THE RESORTS were equal and considered 4*???
The travel agents/resort advertise the Beach & Caribe resorts in the brochures, but they try and stick you in the Golf or Casino resorts which are at least 15min away from everything!! The Golf resort they put us in consists of a lobby, 1 pool and a bunch of crappy a*s rooms. If you want to eat you have to walk, if you want to swim in the ocean you have to walk!! DO NOT book at the GOLF resort, stay away from any R.O.H. arrangements. The Golf resort is about a 2.5*... it's not even CLOSE to being a 4* like the other resorts in the complex.
Our room (for 2 of us) had SIX DIFFERENT beds in it... and 2 washrooms... It looked like a Hostel if you were to backpack in Europe. The beds were small, with white sheets only, brown walls, brown furniture and dark and musty.....2 beds in one area, 3 other beds in the next room, and 1 upstairs... It was pathetic.. It looked like a Cabin in the woods.
Anyways... after tons of complaining of the false advertising we finally got transferred to the Caribe resort which was indeed a 4* and right on the beach.
To make matters worse- the Golf resort insisted that the Beach or Caribe resorts had no extra rooms... But after investigating for ourselves we found a dozen or more EMPTY rooms... After speaking to the front desk at the Caribe- he quietly admitted that YES they indeed had extra rooms. When returning to the Golf resort they continued to LIE and say NO they didn't. Basically, they were trying to get everyone to stay at the Golf resort so it wouldn't be empty. But there were ALOT of pissed off people who wanted to transfer and felt ripped off.
Anyways...I highly reccommend the Barcelo Bavaro resorts ONLY if you can garuntee occupancy in the BEACH or CARIBE resorts. The PALACE is good too- which is a 5*. The CASINO resort looked OK- but it was very far from the beach- even more so than the Golf resort.
In my opinion the BEACH & CARIBE resorts are 4*
The Casino is a 3* and the GOLF resort is only a 2.5*.
Nice place -- Bad people
The resort was great. The beach was nice and the pools were perfect. Every person we ran into was crabby and put-out by us being there. We brought extra money for tips hoping it would make the trip more pleasant, did not work...the wait staff, front desk staff, cleaning staff...every one of them was crabby. The food was good at best, about the only thing good was the pizza. Unless going on a supervised outing, do not leave the resort.
Had a fabulous time!
I visited this resort back in January and I just wanted to comment on the good time my boyfriend and I had. I travel quite often (usually 3-4 times a year), so I had pretty reasonable expectations.
FLIGHT (SkyService) & TRANSFERS: Smooth as can be! Our flight home even left 45 minutes early because crew and passengers were all acounted for! The transfer to the hotel was under 15 minutes...the only problem was we were the only ones staying at the Golf area of this 5-hotel resort and we were forgotten by the shuttle on the way home! Signature sent a taxi to get us immediately thought, so no worries.
ACCOMODATIONS: We were surprised to be upgraded to a larger room (free of charge) upon arrival. The two of us had a two-storey suite with 5 beds in 3 bedrooms (a king-size one up on a loft area), 2 full bathrooms and 2 balconies! The fridge and coffee were re-stocked daily.
FOOD & DRINK: I food the food to be entirely acceptable for a Carribbean resort. Breakfast at the Golf buffet was good. We enjoyed the lunch/dinner buffets at the Caribe and the Beach resorts best because of the variety, and the pizza place was great for late-night snacks. The seafood restaurant is highly recommended, but the steakhouse wasn't our favourite! As for the drinks, we found we had much better service at either the Beach or Caribe bars then at the Golf. I had to wait over 20 minutes to get a drink on one occasion! Once you did get served, the alcohol was fairly decent and they were generous with it!
TOURS: I would highly recommend both the Outback Safari Tour and the Saona island tour. Both allow you to see other parts of the island and the scenery is breath-taking.
BEACH & POOLS: The beach was beautiful and the water fairly clear, just a little cloudy after the one rainfall we had all week (to be expected). Lounge chairs can be found easily before 10am, but are scarce after that. The pool areas varied...the Golf's pool was very quiet, but the pool areas at the Beach and Caribe were more active since that is were the activity staff did most of their work.
OTHER: I found the staff to be particularly friendly and helpful. No, most don't speak perfect English, but can communicate just fine. Tipping was greatly appreciated and got your drinks refilled and plates cleared a lot faster! Casino is a good time (don't expect to win huge, but we made about $200), and the disco was a good time too.
Overall, we had a great time and met a lot of people from across Canada and from Europe. I would highly recommend this resort as a whole, but follow this general rule: If you are looking for quiet and relaxing the Golf or Casino is great. If you want more action, take the Caribe or Beach hotels. Also, make sure you take a tour of the entire property on the little train when you get there so you can navigate around the large property!
Could have been better.
I returned June 7th from 4 nights at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort. The resort is comprised of 5 hotels. We stayed at the Golf Hotel. The best thing about the Golf Hotel was our room had two bedrooms and two balconies and two thermostats for the a/c. My friend was able to stay in the room with the TV, fridge and closets while my room had the bathroom and sink (separate areas). The room was brown and dated as mentioned in a previous review. Actually the reviews were quite accurate depending on where you stayed.
I must say the grounds were pretty (Golf was a bit rundown). More attention seemed to be paid to the Palace (Convention Center), the Casino and the Beach Resort. We didn't get to see the Caribe at all and the Palace only from the reception area while waiting for a trolley. The trolley is the only way to get around and a definite necessity.
Searching for good food was an ongoing problem. Our first meal there was at the Las Canas buffet. The pasta was good but that was all. The rest of the food looked like left overs from the night before and tasted worse. Lunch was so bad we skipped dinner. The next day we ventured out a little farther to the Beach Resort, which also had the Internet Café, Hair Salon (Peluqueira) and a decent gift shop. I must say we spent most of our time at the Beach Resort because everything was just better there than the Golf. I don't know why they call it the Golf because the golf course is really connected to the Casino. The Golf was like a place that the resort forgot about. The Staff were less than enthusiastic. Continental Breakfast was a sometimes thing. Sometimes it was there...sometimes it wasn't. Didn't seem to have a particular time either. Drinks were lacking alcohol but if you wanted something sweet they served a purpose. Even when you asked for alcohol (in Spanish or English it didn't matter) the drink seemed like water was added. This might be because we didn't tip. But I didn't see anyone else tip either except at the Hair Salon. Drinks were good in the Casino though.
The second day we went to the Beach Resort and the Ambar Buffet for lunch. It was delicious. I wish there were microwaves in the room so you could take out whatever you found that was good to eat and save it for the hard times. We also went to the Peluqueira (Hair Salon). They do very nice work but the prices are higher than the Dominicans in New York. From there we sat at the bar by the beach and enjoyed the ocean breezes. Never did get drunk no matter how many drinks we ordered. That night we went back to the Ambar and found they were only serving seafood. So we tried the Steak House. Big mistake. The ribs weren't good and the rib steak was so small and tough I had trouble eating it. Everything came to the table cold. I ordered a pizza and that was good.
The third day we missed breakfast at the buffets and had the "Continental Breakfast" at the hotel bar. It turned out to be better than the food served at the buffets. But that was not something to rely on since it wasn't always available. The coffee is very strong (like espresso in NY) when you ask for espresso you get something close to sludge. We then went to the beach, which turned out to be the best part of the vacation. Nice hot sun with cool ocean breezes sweeping over you. Excellent! The beach was clean but the currents were a little strong. Not many people anywhere. Not on the beaches, not in the buffets or restaurants. Even the Tropicalíssmo show was a little more than half full. The casino was empty but I did win a little more than I played on the slots so I consider myself coming out ahead. The Tropicalíssmo show was good but all in Spanish. They did speak English and other languages when the show was over and they wanted you to try your luck at the Casino. English is definitely not spoken here. If you want anything you must speak the language. I don't speak Spanish. My friend spoke Spanish and that was a help at times. Still didn't get us any alcohol in our drinks.
The restaurant in the Casino hotel (Mirador) was very good that night. One of the problems for me was that not all of the food is labeled so you have a difficult time determining what you are eating. I don't eat pork and most meals had a lot of pork.
Every night was an experience in trying to find something to eat. Thank goodness for the trolley. It was the only means of getting from one hotel to the next to find food and entertainment because nothing was happening at the Golf Hotel. After a few days you want to leap for joy when you see the trolley coming.
Hotel check out was easy and the taxi to Punta Cana airport, although expensive, came quickly. Punta Cana airport is much nicer than Santo Domingo airport but be prepared to walk the entire length of the airport with your carry on luggage and keep in mind there are stairs to climb (no handicap accommodations) to the plane. Also, there is no a/c until you get to the Terminal.
To summarize the vacation I would say that the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort was somewhat of a disappointment. I still like the Dominican Republic, but I would rather visit another resort that has a more friendly staff, much better food and drinks, cleaner accommodations and more English speaking staff. I would also have liked to see more activities for the guests at night. Besides the casino, only the Tropicalíssmo show was offered for entertainment. For the money I paid I expected more FUN, Drinks and food.
Loved to golf course!
My husband and I just returned from a 5 day trip to Barcelo Bavaro Golf. Our first room was large but it was on the first floor and we wanted to be higher up so we moved on our second day to a two-story duplex on a higher floor. The rooms were fairly bare bones, quite ugly in fact. ALthough "comfortable", they were very brown and somewhat run down. Oh well, we didn't plan to spend a lot of time in our room. In our first room, my husband claims that there was some sort of rodent scurrying around at night...never saw it so I don't know if there really was one.
The grounds at the resort were really pretty and very well maintained. We could walk to all the other hotels within the complex and use their beaches and pools and restaurants. The beach by the golf hotel was the nicest and most quiet.
We were off season so we did not have any trouble with lines at the buffets or tee times. We could pretty much walk on to the golf course whenever we wanted! I am not a great golfer and I didn't think it was too difficult.
The food was awful in my opinion. The only halfway decent restaurant was the Mexican. I really thought the food was institutional cafeteria...
The service was okay--some friendlier than others. Bartenders differed widely in terms of how they made your drinks. I had 3 different versions of a Planters Punch...fine with me as long as there's a good amount of rum in it. Some bartenders skimped on the rum--you'd just have to ask them for more.
The Tropicallissmo show was definitely entertaining, I have never seen that type of thing before.
The flea market was a nightmare for me--I got totally harassed by every vendor. I only lasted 2 minutes and then decided I couldn't deal with the hassle.
One other negative--they blast music almost everywhere so it wasn't exactly a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Once, we were trying to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the golf pool bar and they were blasting Rap music which I really don't care for. The music had some of the most foul and offensive language (f--k, b--th, n---er....) which kinda ruined the moment for me. I don't mind the carribean style music but really didn't want to hear gangsta rap on my tropical vacation!
Overall, the time away, beautiful surroundings and beaches, fun golf and great weather made it a nice trip.
Most beautiful beach
Entertainment was good, had plenty of choices at restaurants, overall experience was positive, would go back again
Barcelo Bavaro Resort - A great time!
We recently had the opportunity to visit Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort and had a most enjoyable week (June 28 July 5). How people can write negative reviews about this resort is beyond my understanding. Our group was not small, we had 108 people and we stayed at all the major hotels, within the resort - Golf, Caribe (used to be called Garden), Beach and Palace. We found the people to be very friendly, outgoing and glad to make you happy any way they could. From our arrival at the airport to our departure, we were treated cordially, amicably and with utmost respect. We arrived before noon and most of the rooms were ready, this is a most difficult time as other guests are vacating and the rooms are being cleaned. All were immediately given i.d. bands and were told to begin enjoying the resort, as all amenities were immediately available. Not one party had a problem with their room reservation not being on record, some waited an hour or two to get in their rooms, but the views, grounds and ambiance are so marvelous that it made little difference. The rooms were ample and clean, no bugs, no falling ceilings or any of the inconveniences some have mentioned. Even a couple of people who wanted to be moved to another room for personal reasons were quickly obliged. The Golf, being their most economical hotel, offers an outstanding set up for families or singles traveling together, all units have 2 separate bedrooms and some even offer a neat loft w/ another bedroom and bathroom! Great value for the money and nice privacy for parents, also has a front and rear balcony, this hotel faces the golf course, but is only a short walk to the beach. All the buildings throughout the complex are freshly painted in Caribbean colors are very nicely designed and appear very structurally sound. The bedrooms in the other complexes are adequate and clean. Our minibar was always kept filled w/ beer, sodas and bottled water. The bath towels are large and soft and the pool towels are large to wrap in and always available. It is real easy to get a fresh towel by the pool anytime. All the pools were clean and large and we always found lounge chairs, although not always in the shade. The beach lounge chairs there must be a million of them! No way you wont find one anytime you want. The beach is absolutely beautiful, the sand the best I have ever seen and felt and the water crystal clear. I have traveled extensively and visited some of the worlds finest beaches; this is paradise. The shade and beauty of the coconut trees and palms is very enjoyable. We found the drinks to be good, some bartenders made them better than others; you just had to find a good one (just like home!). They would gladly make anything you asked for and would come by often to refill our drinks without us asking. We did tip the server $1.00 and she often brought our table group 8-10 drinks at a time. The beer included is Presidente, their national beer (just like Budweiser here!). We even enjoyed herb teas w/ lemon on several occasions. English is not the big problem some put it out to be, they do try to understand you, but just as foreigners in America and Canada are often told Learn English! you should learn a little Spanish, this is their language, God gave them this beautiful land and this language and if you want to share it, you should meet them halfway. I cant believe people have written on this site that they are ignorant of the English language when you are in someone elses country, its the other way around!! We found the food to be very good, we ate at all the buffets and ethnic restaurants and enjoyed them all, no flies, or critters or funny things. Some of the items we were not familiar with, but if we wanted to venture we tried it or left it. The lobster, shrimp and fish are abundant and delicious. The Tropicalissimo show was nice and each table had a bottle of rum, sodas and ice and they would bring more rum or soda if you wanted. The hotel shows were fun, sometimes silly and sometimes just a way to sit back, have drinks, relax, no deep thought or life changing experience, just fun! Some of the guests did have an issue w/ diarrhea, probably due to the change in food, water, and drinks, mostly due to overindulgence, (nothing that Pepto-Bismol or Imodium wouldnt settle, the same thing happened in Las Vegas!). All the kids had a memorable time and hated to leave, there is a sense of security and safety and lots of activities for them. The water sports were fun and those that have a fee are reasonable, the kids rode the banana for $4.00 each and the experience was well worth it. The Bavaro Disco was a big hit with the young and old alike, playing the latest dance music and was very pretty inside. The Las Cańas Disco had great Spanish music for those that wanted to venture into Merengue, Salsa, etc. The shops are no big deal and the souvenirs take some bartering, however you will find some nice things to bring home. The trams (trains) came by often and usually it was no problem getting on right away. I do think that teens on rented golf carts were traveling much too fast on the streets and were a danger to themselves and others. The Casino is good size and has an adequate number of slot machines and table games for the guests; however, no one in our group won any money to make a difference. We did take a cab to Melia Caribe several times ($6.00 each way for 6 people) and the Casino there pays very, very well!! The tours were a nice experience and not too pricey considering they include lunch and most places are a bit far away. We would certainly go back again and think if you visit you will enjoy, relax and have a great time. You get plenty for your money!!
The hottest party vacation e ver
I had the best times ever at his resort. We also got to do evreything at the 3 other resorts. I can not believe how much fun we all had. It was party central and so clean and food is great. I would tell evreyone to get down there asap. The drinks are great so what you gotta tip to get more rum and like we do not do that here. Over all it was great
A huge mix-up
On December 25th, 2002, my husband and I left for the DR for a two week vacation. We were booked at the Barcelo Villas but did experience the Barcelo Golf. Here is why. Two couples, who are very good friends of ours, were scheduled to arrive at the Barcelo Villas on New Years Day. It was planned that we would spend the second week of our holiday with them. I might add that we had planned this vacation for many months and our travel agent had specified that we were travelling as a group. On New Years Day we went to the lobby to anxiously await the arrival of our friends -but they never showed. We had found out from the front desk worker that all 34 Canadians that were coming that day and booked at the Villas had been taken to the Barcelo Golf. The front desk worker whispered to us that they were taken to this hotel because there were so many complaints about the Villas. What a disappointment for us. They would not transfer us to be with our friends nor would they transfer our friends back. We finally found a wonderful person Mary, who is a supervisor at Sunquest to help us. After placing numerous phone calls to our travel agent and to Sunquest
we finally met up with our friends. Two days of our vacation had been spent trying to rectify this problem. Barcelo Golf finally agreed to give my husband and I braclets so that we could meet with our friends during the day. We had four days left to do this. It was still inconvenient as we had to go back to the Villas to our room at night. I noticed that Barcelo Golf was a much nicer resort. Better accomodations, food, service, pools, etc. If Barcelo would have transferred us to begin with our holiday would have been a much more positive experience. Barcelo insists that they have given us our holiday. We do not feel this way as we did not share this holiday with our friends the way it was planned. The only way Barcelo would transfer us is if we paid an extra $780.00. This was horribly unfair as 34 other Canadians were upgraded without any extra cost. Unless Barcelo can provide me with information or some incentive we will never stay at this chain.
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