Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Casino & Golf Resort
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Today is actually our last day of our trip.
We didn't do anything interesting today, however, we did have an amazing dinner at the end of the day. We went to the spa, and we to the sauna.
Shopping is really important, the guide and the man from the airport told us not to go the Haitian's stalls at the end of the beach because ...
Made tons of friends, had tons of fun. I did not really want to leave. But I guess I have to. The morning of, I packed my bag and was ready to leave. Brought our bags to the front of the lobby waiting to be picked up by our travel bus.
Spoke to my parents after breakfast, and guess what our flight is delayed because there was a horrible snow storm in Toronto on the day of our departure. So our flight was delayed till 8 PM. That wasn't that bad, so we ...
Fourth day here in Punta Cana. Enjoying the sun.
Today, my boyfriend and I went to the Dolphin Explorer adventure. It is amazing, I got to swim with the dolphins, it was only 4 hours. I wished we got to spend more time with the dolphins. But it was really short. Included in the Dolphin Explorer was the bird show, and ...
... can eat lunch. Amazing! I was so full after every meal to the point where when I got back home, I felt like I didn't need to eat for days.
So the trip consists of visiting a local school, if you like you could bring notebooks or any other school supplies. But try not to bring money, it is really hard to split the money for all 10 children because their currency is low compared to American and European dollars. But school supplies everyone could benefit from.
... 10 seconds. So nothing to really worry about. Pack an umbrella or a raincoat, but honestly, it does not really rain that much only in the morning and really at night. So the rest of the day is sunny skies.
We meet with our tour guide today, I guess that is what you would call him. I am not sure, he doesn't give us a tour or anything, he just tells us things that we could sign up for and what to do and not to do. ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Casino & Golf Resort Punta Cana
Best resort ever
Our family of 7 returned from the Catalonia Bavaro December 28 2002 after spending 2 weeks in this glorious location. We loved every minute of the trip and talk every day about how we wish we were still there.
Our rooms were spacious, clean and beautifully decorated. The grounds were gorgeous the food was excellent and the staff friendly and very helpful.
We ate everything and had no illness. We swam and basked on the fabulous beach and enjoyed the many activities the resort offered.
We have stayed in many all incluseves and we all agree that this was the resort that for our mixed ages we enjoyed the most.
Been Twice - Loved it both times - Would return in an instant - Can't understand the negative reviews - found food to be wonderfully varied and loved the local food when it was made available (unlike other reviewers who call themselves adventurous we don't "draw the line at goat") - heard people complain about the pizza but really who goes to the DR to eat pizza (go to Miami) - communication was never really an issue - though from time to time we switched to French or German but this was largely with other guests and not with hotel staff - found more Canadians and Europeans than Americans - staff was wonderfully friendly - grounds beautifully kept - price was great - we went when I was pregnant and then later with our 1.5 year old so weren't particularly interested in excursions or entertainment - lying by the pool (or on the beach), enjoying our meals and being comfortable in our lovely "mini-suite" was what we wanted and we were well satisfied. Give it a chance if you've never been.
All that I can say is that I wouldn't recommend this place to my worst enemy. My family and I went to this resort last christmas (2001) and I have never been so ill in my life. There were others that were hospitalized while there, but my illness struck me when I arrived home. The food is horrific. The restaurants required a booking of 1 week ahead of time, so people that were there for only 1 week lost out. The grounds are very nice, but the management were rude and arrogant. My husband had his shoes stolen and the management looked the other way. While we were standing at the front desk to report the stolen shoes, another guest turned in a gold bracelet that he had found by the pool, I watched as the manager took the bracelet and put it into her pocket. I went up the next day and asked if a gold bracelet had been turned in and I was told "no".
It was awfull!
Anyone thinking of going to this resort look elsewhere. The food was terriable. The entertainment was not to our standards. The service was very bad. The only good things about are trip was the catamarane sailing the beach and the pool. THATS IT!
We had a good visit in March 2001.
We went back at Christmas and had the worst trip of our travels. Food was sub standard. Mosquitoes were aggravating. The fog they spread and spraying they did at the pavillion on the beach landed on food and drinks. Our adult son was given a mattress on the floor for the third person. All three of us were reduced to eating only fresh fruit and bread as we suffered from food poisoning - as did many others. We got no response to our complaints. DON'T GO THERE !, especially for Christmas
Not much changed
Stayed here January '99 when it first opened...After reading these reviews I see not much has changed. The grounds were beautiful and our room was neat and clean. The food was pretty bad and the drinks were watered down unless you have a shot of straight liquor. To get into the specialty restaurants we needed to wake up early and make a reservation( nice way to spend a vacation). I did not like swimming at the beach because the bottom was rocky. I, also, became very sick during my flight back home. To sum
it up I would not recommend this resort, I would not come back for free.
We feel we have to enter our review after reading the previous 3. Anyone who has booked to go to this resort shouldn't take heed from anything the previous people have wrote.
Just returned from the Catalonia after a 3 night weekend stay. The price was right, the service of our tour operator was good and the resort was clean and well-maintained. Our jr. suite was tastefully decorated with tiled floors, king bed (with TINY pillows, had to request more), and in close proximity to the pool and beach. Weather was beautiful, but quite humid (may be better to visit here in the fall or spring months). On the downside, the food was of average to poor quality.Theirlobster special on Friday eves. was Langostino, not lobster. Almost everything was cooked in a dreadful smelling oil(including burgers, eggs and pasta)that permeated the air in the buffet restaurants. We found it difficult after awhile to find something we wanted to eat and dined out as soon as we returned home. The cocktails were ok; however if you like wine and beer you'll be dissappointed. White and red wine only, and Presidente beer was the beer available, except for Heineken in one of the theme restaurants. The rest of their liquors were their own brands-with one or two exceptions. The resort staff were not all that friendly, and most did not speak English, which made it difficult to request anything or make a complaint if you needed to. Since food is one of the most important elements in making for a great vacation, I could not say we would return there.
Catolonia No Way
I would never recommend this Hotel. The Management was horrible the people that work at the Hotel were great (meaning the dominicans on the grounds) I went in March 14 people got food poisoning and had to remain in the DR. I of course was not one of them. The the chartered flight that we took the entire back of the plane was empty. However, I have gone and stayed at the Natura Park, Occidental Flameno and had a great time and food was fine. I now taking a trip to the Melia Tropical on 7/5 hopefully it will be great this will determine if I go back again.
My family and I left for what was listed as a 4 plus star facility for our annual trek to the Carribean. The Catalonia grounds are clean with an excellent beach front...generally clean with some sparse sea weed out-croppings, enough to attract local aquatic life and make beach snorkeling fun....however that is where the fun ended..the food quality is poor to marginal with food handling below par..not that we are that fussy but I prefer my bird droppings out of my food that I eat. Our room suffered from several mechanical problems including a toilet I ended up fixing myself....again we are not against the odd mishap (always happens when one travels) but no running water, no toilet, no shower, and workers starting work at 7 am every morning on the complex was a bit much when you are trying to relax. The staff was generally friendly but with poor English communication skills, I found French much more readily accepted and switched to this for general inquiries. Spanish definitely recommended. The Casino is very small, about the size of one large room with only 5 game tables and about 40 slots. We cannot recommend this resort to anyone and it rates at only around a 2 or 3 star facility. I would return to the Dominican again but would do further research into a higher quality resort. We were definitely duped by World of Vacations.