Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Casino & Golf Resort
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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
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.
I got a parasite that lasted 4 months
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".
Find another place to stay.
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.
My boyfriend and I arrived at the Catalonia Bavaro with some concerns after reading lots of reviews on the internet. Our doubts were laid to rest as soon as we drove through the gates of the Catalonia. Upon arrival a cocktail was placed in our hands and within 15 minutes we were in our accommodation and our luggage followed closely behind. The accommodation was immaculate, modern with a very large queen size bed, toilet & shower and separate bathroom with a love tub, well enough for 2 people. The balcony had 2 rocking chairs and a hammock (nice touch !)and a table (be warned when you open your balcony doors they have to be closed tightly or your air con. won't work).Our room was cleaned EVERY SINGLE DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY, and no like some people who complained that their sheets weren't changed everyday (does anybody do that at home - I don't think so!), but I'm pretty sure if you were to request this, the cleaning staff would oblige. The towels were changed daily even when we hung them back up to re-use (as requested). The mini bar was filled everyday and a simple note requesting extra water, beers, soda was always attended to.
The beach was absolutely beautiful, yes there was a bit of seaweed but this was cleaned up regularly through the day. There was always plenty of beds and umbrellas and the water was the warmest I've ever known. Don't bother taking beach towels because the hotel supply you with a card per person which you use to obtain towels from the poolside cabin and you can change these towels as many times as you like during the day.
I fail to understand how people can complain about the food. We ate at all the speciality restaurants, the french being our favourite, the lobster is a must (even my boyfriend who NEVER eats fish, tried a bit of mine and said it was gorgeous), you have to book a day or two in advance for the restaurants, but they are well worth the wait. Where we were advised that men must wear long trousers, we found that 3/4 length shorts or smart shorts were acceptable. Other nights we ate at the buffet restaurant....again how people can complain about the choice is beyond me. Every taste is catered for (unless of course, you're one of them people who is NEVER SATISFIED), every type of meat (pork, beef, chicken, turkey,steak & cold meats), all types of fish, pasta, salad, various potatoes, rices were available. The breakfast buffet is a must, again with every taste catered for, from pastries, fruit, cereals, try the milkshakes (made in front of you - they're to die for!), eggs cooked any way you wish - the omelettes are gorgeous (you pick your fillings and it's cooked in front of you), yoghurts and hot waffles....and then the usual breafast...sausages, bacon, ham, even mash potato if your heart desires.
Drinks are great, you have to try all the cocktails (with or without alcohol), but remember some of the creamier cocktails contain cocomilk (a natural laxative) so too many coco loco's = many visits to the toilet !!!!! The bar staff are very friendly and the majority speak good english, but remember you're in their country so don't be impatient if they don't speak perfect english, as you can be assured that their English is probably better than your Spanish. We noticed that when we tipped the bar staff ($1 or 50 pesos), we were given the brand makes (e.g. absolute vodka etc.).
We can't really comment on the entertainment as we didn't really pay much attention to any of the shows, but people who did watch, said it was quite entertaining. Another good point was that the disco on site, was free to get in and your drinks were free all night (this is not the case in some of the other resorts). We visited the casino twice (note: your drinks are only free in the casino if you are betting !).
We went on a few excursions. We went on a jeep safari(with the Outback Safari Company). As soon as you get on the jeep the drinks start flowing. You visit a typical dominican house, then go to see the mini waterfalls and swim in a natural pond. You then go to a Ranch were you have lunch, then onto a beach were you can go boogey boarding. Say hiya to Alix and Daniel if anyone books on it....my boyfriend was really sick on the morning of the safari and we had to stop a couple of times but Alix made him up a drink (we still don't know what was in it), he was told not to smell it and not to sip it... he knocked it back and within 10 mins he was better.
We also went on the catamaran to Saoni Island...a two hour trip on the catamaran (drinks flowing constantly), lunch was served on the island (a b-b-q consisting of fish, pork, steak, chicken, chops, pasta, salads, fruit). Then you go in a convoy of speedboats back (40 mins) stopping on the way for a swim in a natural pool. (Note - it's a 2hour coach journey to and from the trip - this is not mentioned when you book the trip - as you can imagine this would probably put a lot of people off booking).
Our best trip of all was one that was not advertised by the holiday rep. You can book a 3hour quad bike excursion actually on the beach in the water sport hut. $50 for single riders, $75 for double riders. You go on a ride 10 miles down the beach and through all the back roads of the Dominican Republic. We didn't do this until our last day, but I can honestly say had we done it the first week, we would have booked it again for the 2nd week.
The weather was absolutely scorching the whole 2 weeks we were there, it rained for 10 minutes the day of our trip to Saoni Island and twice during the night....be warned take very high factors... we started on a factor 30 and on our 2nd to last day we were down to a lower factor but still both managed to burn on top of a very good suntan...it's very deceiving on the beach as there's a constant breeze blowing.
Yes there were quite a few people sick with diarrohea and vomiting....but you have to realise, you're drinking a lot more, eating a lot more and the food is cooked different than it is at home and you're sitting in 90 degrees heat for the majority of the day.
We can honestly say anyone who is booked to stay at the Catalonia is in for a great holiday...I wouldn't hesitate to book up again.
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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.
Nice grounds but NOT to be recommended
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.
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