Catalonia Royal Bavaro

Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, 837, Dominican Republic | 4 star resort
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A travel blog entry by froda

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... two days alone at the hotel, eating alone, sleeping alone, going to the beach alone and the gym alone i was so ready to see my family. I counted hours while laying at the beach until they were coming. Suddenly my mum called me and said they were here and I ran up to the reception. It was so good to see them again!!! The first day was all about getting some colour and laying in the sun. Henrik didn't really think about putting sunscreen on his ...

Adventures in Bavaro!

A travel blog entry by britbarbie

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... DR) and finished them while we walked to another club, a bit away. This club was also very loud, but it had more people then the first, and was pretty fun. We met some very nice girls from Canada; Melissa, Krystie and Amanda, and also ran into our friend Alix that we had met at the hostel in Santo Domingo!
We drank a lot, Tarvo bought a bottle of rum and coke and we tried to finish it. We got pretty damn close too.
The club started to close up so we started ...

Leaving

A travel blog entry by vizcho

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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 ...

Adiós Amigos

A travel blog entry by vizcho

... Toronto to Punta Cana. So the pilots had to wait for a plane to arrive in Toronto. So they could fly the plane to come pick us up in Punta Cana.

OMG! So much work for one flight. So our flight was actually a whole day, if you calculate all the time that we spent at the airport and waiting for the plane. So it was about 7 AM when we arrived in Toronto on Sunday.

Sigh! The longest ride every. It felt longer than when I flew to Hong Kong. LOL!
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Splash

A travel blog entry by vizcho

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... lion show that I keep calling, seals. LOL! oppzz.

But the rest of the day, I was just chilling with my friends by the beach and doing some of the free activities.

By night fall we had another "special dinner," it was the Mediterranean dinner. It was alright. It had seafood and pasta. Nothing really special.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Catalonia Royal Bavaro Punta Cana

    Inoubliable !!!

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    Nous avons passé 2 semaines au Royal (du 21 au 3 février) et nous avons tout simplement adoré.

    Nous avons l'habitude de voyager ma femme et moi et nous n'avons jamais vu un service de ce genre.

    Le personnel était toujours prévenant, cédant au moindre de nos caprices.

    Le complexe est calme( interdit au moins de 18 ans).

    Les repas se font à la carte midi et soir avec possibilité de Langouste tout les soirs !

    La chambre est nettoyé tout les jours. Quand aux espaces verts ils sont tout simplement entretenus chaque jour.

    Pratiquement personne dans la piscine et dans les jacuzzis.

    Bref je pourrez vous en parlez pendant des heures.

    J en suis encore tout euphorique en y repensant alors que ça fait déja 2 semaines que je suis revenu !

    You must go there !!

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    We have just returned my boyfriend and i from a week at Royal Catalonia.(feb. 1st-8th 2007) and we LOVED IT. I honestly recommend to try the Royal part (as both Bavaro and Royal are in the same resort) for people that have kids and are enjoying a vacation as a couple because no children are allowed in the Royal part.

    Here's the xtra that Royal gives you

    -Private section in the resort

    -private pool with swimup bar

    -24hour room service

    -not a buffet but free a la carte restaurant( we ate lamb chops!!!)

    -30 mins massage

    -jaccuzzis inside the room and next to he pool too!!

    -unlimited a la carte restaurants(french,Steak house,mexican,chinese)

    -private section on the beach

    Service: was perfect people are friendly and basically they don't want you to lift a finger!! you ask and you get!!

    pool and grounds; always cleaning the pools early in the morning and grounds are very well kept. the landscape is beautifull from the trees to the green grass...you'll take beautiful pics !!

    Food: the food was excellent my boyfriend is a very picky eater and he loved it!From the meat to seafood everything was cooked to perfection. For myself i have a fragile stomach and i can tell you a never was sick from the food or anything. just make sure you don't drink the water from your room. Don't worry about the ice in the drinks the water you drink at restaurants or even the water they wash the food with is filtered water.

    activities-entertainment: animation team is very energetic and always friendly.the shows are amasing and fun to watch as some times you can participate.you have plenty to do on the resort if you don't want to go out. Pool tables,Ping pong, dancing paintng and spanish lessons, aquatic activities...and much more

    they even have shops in the resort!! if you go and buy stuff outside don't be shy to deal the prices...they expect it.

    As an overall we loved our vacation,Royal Catalonis made our trip to Punta Cana one to remember for ever. Hope this review will insite you to make the right choice i'm sure there are a lot of other great hotel there but just to let you know that if you hesitate on this hotel ...don't it's really really a great place that i hope you will enjoy as much as we did :-)

    Most relaxing vacation ever!

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    Royal Catalonia Resort - Stayed from January 27th to February 3rd 2007

    After alot of research on hotels for Punta Cana, myself (47) and my mother (73), chose an adult only facility because all we wanted to do was sun bathe and relax. We waited last minute and took what we thought was a great deal.

    It was a great deal and our stay was the best!

    The Villas: There are four villas # 40, 42, 44 and 46. We stayed in # 42 which is close to pool and restaurant. Our room was on the second floor facing the massage area and part of the pool. The only views you get from all villas is either the pool (44 & 46) or just palm trees and some of the grounds area (40 & 42). There are no ocean views. There are two sides to the villas, the other side faces the Catalonia Bavaro Resort which is just other villas, no great view there. Our room was #4229 and as all rooms it had a sitting area, then your king sized bed (firm, the way I like it) a large Jacuzzi tub with bathrobe/slippers, a good sized bathroom. The shower was great and always had hot water! Large closet for hanging your clothes. They did say that an iron and ironing board were in the room, we did not have one, but... once we hung up our clothes the next day all the wrinkles were gone. No need for an iron here. The safe was great. The fridge was always stocked with water and beer and pepsi, orange and sprite. We drank so much water that they gave us a package of six to keep us going! We brought one or two to the pool everyday. Plus some oreo cookies and peanuts! The bathroom was equipped with a nail file, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, soap, two toothbrushes with paste, (you could get a new one everyday if you ask), sponge (2), shower cap, sewing kit and lots of towels. Our room did not get cleaned after the first night. We found that if you put out the tag on the door handle to clean room it got done. Not usually until closer to late afternoon. They do all check outs first then the stayovers. They always did a great job!

    The beach was a walk from all villas. You could go to the lobby and ask to be driven down by golf cart. We did that a few times. You won't get a ride back though as the drivers usually stay at the hotel waiting for incoming buses with new people. You could also get a ride to the other resort if need be.

    So if you are a pool person then you would want Villa # 46 (right in front and next to the restaurant) #44 in front of pool with #42 next and then #40 being the closest one to the beach. The walk to the beach would take you 5 minutes from lobby.

    The Pool: Wow! It was very clean and cool enough to be cooled off from the heat. It was very large with a swim up bar and had music playing, albeit the same cd over and over again. But if you brought your own they would play it for you! We never had problems with finding chairs, which by the way came with a padded cushion, comfy! We had a palapa everyday which gave you a choice of sun or shade. We just got up in the morning around 8, walked by the pool and put our towels down and went to the restaurant to eat and then by 8:30 we were on our chairs. One day we were there at 9:30 and still got chairs. A waitress would come around with fresh fruit for you and to take a drink order. I think she probably came about twice with fruit and then 3 times for drinks. The pool area was for the most part very, very quiet. As always there has to be one person that thinks getting drunk at the pool bar is a good thing and then making a fool of themselves. But they learn from then on and is usually quiet after that!

    The Beach: Well, we thought we would have a nice long beach to walk along for miles. True, you can but after leaving the resort property the seaweed is not cleaned up and you either have to walk through it or venture more into the water. It was tough going for my mom so we turned around. But I'm sure that if one kept going for at least 30 minutes you would stumble upon another resort. The water was nice, a bit choppy from the wind so it churned up the sand a bit and made it hard to see where you were walking in the water. My mom was a bit off balance because you would step down into a hole. Alot of seaweed which they worked at everyday to clean up. It's only natural and to be expected, and it won't hurt you! The chairs were plenty and cushioned too. We had our own private beach area which the security guards made sure people from the mother resort didn't come on (we have different colored wrist bands). Palapas were aplenty down at the beach also, and we never had a problem finding a chair in late afternoon. A bar for drinks and if you wanted to venture next door you could get some lunch without having to put on some clothes and travel back to the buffet or restaurant. Lots of palm trees and very tropical looking.

    The Food: The restaurant on site, Thalapas, was very nice. You could eat there every night and get lobster! It was very good. The lunch menu was limited but very good also. For breakfast we always sat outside and always had fresh squeezed juices, like orange, papaya, pineapple, cantaloupe(they call it melon). It was like a buffet but they would make eggs and bacon for you and pancakes (ask for maple syrup and they will get a bottle of Aunt Jamima's for you). You can wait in line for making reservations, which we did and only after did I find out that the large resort gets their times in first and then it comes to us. We did get some times later like 8:30, but we found if you wanted to eat at 7 (when they open) just show up and ask if you can go in now. They are never full and will accommodate you. No need for reservations then right? Well I'm not sure. We only tried two restaurants, Mexican and the Steakhouse, which both were good. I'm sure the others, Japanese and French may be the same but my mom doesn't have an expanding palate. My loss! The buffet is plentiful, but boring after the second time you have been there. The lunch and supper are the same except for the meat. Every night there would be a different special meat, chicken, ham, beef, turkey etc. You can get just about everything there, so if you really want to eat lots, its the place to go. And it is quick!

    Little Extras: The internet room (2 computers) was great. What a cheap way to communicate with your family. No charge for Royal guests. I liked the way they had a security guard near and around the villas to keep the other resort guests out and keeping us safe. The massage was a nice touch although I don't believe they are registered so if you have back problems I wouldn't go. I found mine leaving me with a sore back the next day. The language barrier was tough when I tried to tell her to just do my back. They really slather the oil on so be careful when getting up and putting your feet on the marble floor, its very slippery! I would experience it anyway making sure you let them know what hurts and doesn't.

    Last Comment: We found the language barrier a bit tough a few times, but eventually it works itself out and you get what you want. It helped that I knew just a bit of french as they could understand that better than english. Very happy people, and they should be, look at all that wonderful sunshine they get everyday! Very clean resort with wonderful grounds. Are we glad we picked the Royal? You bet, the extra you pay is so worth it. I would not stay at the mother resort as there are far too many people. The pool there was murky and crowded. If you are a smoker, (which we are not) then you are in heaven as you can smoke anywhere. That was the only drawback, so beware of where you sit. The lobby was usually smokey so we never went to the lobby bar, and always ask for non smoking area. No offence against you smokers. Coming from Ontario where just about everywhere is smoke free, you get spoiled.

    So go and stay and have a great time. Have a Banana Mama or two!

    Adios

    A near-perfect vacation

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    We spent an enjoyable stay at the Catalonia Royal Bavaro during the week of January 6 to 13, 2007. From the beginning to the end, it was a vacation in paradise, and I can recommend the Royal without hesitation.

    The Royal is a separate adults-only section of the Catalonia Bavaro. Royal guests enjoy both their own facilities, as well as those of the main complex. The main website of the Catalonia chain treats it as a separate hotel for booking purposes, but I would be inclined to think of it more as the first class section of what is already a top-end resort.

    There are two separate sets of Tripadvisor reviews of this complex, one series for the main Catalonia Bavario, and another set for the Royal. Some are posted in the wrong place, so you may want to read both sets of reviews before deciding.

    Catalonia Royal Bavaro vs the main Catalonia: Whether or not the Royal is for you depends on what you are looking for in a vacation, and whether you consider the added amenities to be worth the price.

    The Royal offers larger rooms than the main complex, a free massage, free internet in the lobby, waiters who come to your chair at a separate section of the beach, a separate hotel-desk, separate pool and a restaurant for Royal guests only. Best of all, the Royal's adults-only nature and its distance from the activities of the main resort make it quieter.

    Its beach and pool lounge chairs had padding, and you were more likely to get a shade hut. The downside is that the Royal beach is a bit rockier for swimming, and the sand on the sitting area was packed harder than that of the main beach. The Royal beach was not crowded, but the addition of further rooms beyond the current 144 could end this advantage if the beach is expanded at the same time.

    We did not have to line up to book the a-la-carte restaurants - we arrived to find that as Royal guests, our reservations had already been made.

    We were given a ride to our room when we checked in.

    We did not encounter any of the structural issues identified in some reviews about rooms in the main Catalonia, such as leaking air conditioners.

    If you are travelling from Ottawa or Montreal, the Royal is offered by Sunwing, while the main complex is offered by Nolitours. (I do not know if Nolitours sells upgrades to the Royal.)

    Staff: We found the staff to be very friendly, and while their English was very limited, they always gave us a friendly greeting as they walked by. Not once was I treated rudely.

    Cleanliness: This place was spotless, and was constantly being cleaned.

    The gardens were immaculate, and well maintained by the several gardeners who were always at work.

    As this is the Caribbean, I fully expected to see insects, but we encountered far fewer than when we vacation at the lake or when we eat outside during the summer. We suffered no insect bites, and did not see a single mosquito. (The time of year, perhaps?)

    However, we did come back to our room one night to find a rather large black insect on the floor, which I picked up with a tissue and tossed outside. As well, a very small insect of some type was on top of the dessert that arrived in one of the a-la-carte restaurants. And while relaxing in the hammock on our patio, my wife was visited by a small toad.

    There were some blackbirds looking for scraps of bread in the buffet seating area, which is not surprising given that the buffet complex is open along one wall. This was a minor annoyance, but at least they were not the pigeons that we get when we dine at the outdoor cafes at home.

    Food: There was plenty of selection at the main buffet, at bit less so at the beach buffet. The available choices were changed daily. If you cannot find something to eat, you are either very picky, or simply not hungry. (And after three or four days of gorging yourself, you may not be hungry no matter what is laid before your eyes.)

    On the downside, the beverage service was a bit slow at the buffet, so we just got up and got our own water. (This reflected poor staffing levels rather than a poor work ethic.) The buffet's house white wine reminded me of the cheap plonk I drank as a student, the wine at the a-la-carte restaurants was of a better quality.

    We ate at all five a-la-carte restaurants, the one for Royal guests, the French, the Japanese, the Mexican and the Steakhouse, and enjoyed all but the Mexican. Bring your camera to capture the Japanese chef cooking your food in front of you.

    Vegetarians may find it better to stick to the main buffet.

    There was a beach party Monday night with a buffet that featured a pig that had been roasted on an open spit that afternoon. However, as there was one long line that snaked along for both the salads and the barbeque, it was best to fill your plate on a single pass through the line. Along with a few others, we lost our table to someone else while we were waiting in line. Come early, try to get a table near the band, and make sure your table is well marked as "occupied" when you go through the line.

    Shopping: Unlike the resorts on the other side of Punta Cana, the Catalonia is fairly isolated. Unless you go on one of the excursions, you probably will not leave the complex until you return to the airport.

    The resort has a mini-shopping mall, but the prices are a bit steep.

    To the east of the beach (right if you are facing the water), a few hundred feet beyond the Royal beach there is a private market place with several stalls offering jewelry and assorted souvenirs. Prices are negotiable, but be aware that the quality may not be the same as that of the resort stores, and know the prices of the mini-market as a reference point. Don't go to the stalls if you are uncomfortable with pushy vendors.

    There was vender's stall just off the left end of the beach but its main business appeared to be a glass-bottom boat operating in competition with the one on the resort.

    There was also a market set up on the sidewalk between the buffet and the bar on Friday night. Here as well, expect the vendors to give you a hard sell if you go anywhere near their tables, and be aware of what you are comparing their prices to. The table selling rum was asking five dollars more for one product than I had paid in the mini-market the day before.

    If you take the four by four excursion, it stops at a small fishing village where you may be able to pick up some missing supplies, but make sure that you have something to carry them in. (If you go to the fishing village, bring candies for the children.)

    Prices on the resort are stated in US dollars, Euros are also accepted.

    Massage: Unfortunately, the masseuses constantly talked to each other over the wall, detracting from what should be a relaxing experience. They use a heavily scented cream - be warned if you have skin allergies.

    Beach: For swimming, the beach was OK, but not excellent. There is a bit of seaweed about one hundred feet from shore, but not enough to distress most people. Pick up some snorking equipment from the water sports centre - we were able to view some small fish at the far boundary of the roped-off swimming area.

    Entertainment: There was an ongoing recreation program ranging from soccer on the beach to salsa lessons by the pool. While it is not up to the standards of a Vegas production, the nightly show is enjoyable and the band that plays before the show is upbeat. We laughed at the kids from the children's program dancing on stage prior to the start of the show, as they reminded us of our own children when they were a bit younger.

    Other: The complex is spread out over a very large area, and it will take you five minutes to walk from the beach to the main buffet. We enjoyed the walk and we enjoyed exploring the grounds, but if you have problems walking a high rise might be a better choice.

    If are a runner, consider a route that takes you out to the main gate, and then back through the soccer pitch, before finishing up along the beach. The security guards will advise you not to run outside of the compound.

    There is an artificial lake in the middle of the complex. While we were there, a mother duck was tending to her nine ducklings. We saw a duck whose black and red feathering could cause you to mistake it for a rooster if you just had a very quick glance at its upper body.

    Do remember to tip a dollar or two for good service.

    Negatives: The showers in our building had no hot water the first two days we were there, but this was a major disaster two reasons. First, the water temperature was closer to room temperature, so no hot water did not mean a jarring cold shower. Second, the bath is on a separate hot water system, so we used that instead.

    We had to twice ask to have a broken toilet seat fixed, but the repair person came quickly the second time the request was made.

    On the first two days we were there, housekeeping knocked on our door at 8:30, while we were still in bed. (After that, we put out a "do not disturb" sign.)

    While there is a luggage room, our luggage was parked by the lobby door for three hours while we waited for our check-in time, and then again while we waited for the airport bus. While the bellhop was supposed to be watching them, he was not always there, and nobody questioned me when I came back a couple of hours later to retrieve something from my carry-on bag. If you expect to arrive prior to 3PM, you may be more comfortable putting your valuables in a separate bag that you can carry around.

    Positives

    To repeat what is already above, the staff were friendly, the grounds were perfect, the complex was very clean, and the food selection fantastic.

    Excellent Trip

    from

    We stayed from January 18 to 25 and loved it. We started out on the regular side and we upgraded to the Royal Side for a small supplement ( alot cheaper to upgrade at the resort then at home, but not a guarantee of getting an upgrade). The weather - only rained for 5 minutes one day for an entire week. The beach has padding on the loungers - other side doesn't. A separate beach bar for Royal Section was great. The pool bar excellent - Carlos is a great bartender and Mariline. The food at the Thallassa is great - breakfast, lunch and supper. The bar in the main reception is good, but very smokey. The ala carte restaurant great, the buffets ok, the resort is hugh but you can request a trolley over to the other side anytime for a small tip to your driver.The room - Gourgous - bring bubbles and candles - the only problem would be the language barrier. We have travelled the caribean quite a bit, and this resort is the only one that most of the servers and cleaner speak NO english. So be prepared to learn a bit of spanish before going - print off spanish phases from Debbies Travel - and try and get by. Overall, the resort was great.

    Loved it

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    Royal Catalonia resort :Loved this place

    Date:Jan 6th for a week

    From London Ontario Canada

    My wife and I just returned from this resort and thought it was amazing. Will definately come back next year.

    Pros:

    On the Royal side you have a private beach,pool and resaurant well worth the extra cost.

    Very nice and clean room

    Al la Carte restaurants were excellent and the buffets were above average

    The beach and grounds are beautiful.

    Service was above average.

    Cons:

    The nine hole golf course while very nice is overpriced.

    I thought the water in the pool was a little chilly (I like it around 85)

    Evening entertainment was good but repetitious.

    Birds in the eating area at the main buffet was a bit of a turnoff.

    Casino emploees not the friendliest.

    Excellent ne pas mélanger avec le Catalonia régulier

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    Je crois que la personne de Colombie Britanique Canada se trompe d'hotel. Le royal Catalonia et adjacent au Catalonia.Nous avons été en 2005 au Catalonia et cette année au Royal catalonia. Super endroit, très bonne nourriture, super service. Restaurant uniquement pour la clientèle du Royal.Menu à la carte pour le lunch et le diner (diner et souper). Plage privé avec un service supérieur. Chambre propre et bien aménagé. La qualité de cet hotel est la gentillesse des gens y travaillant. Il est vrai que le service est de meilleure qualité qu'au Catalonia régulier. Aussi cet endroit est très tranquille et est pour adulte seulement. Très bon endroit pour se reposer. Pas de musique inutile que le calme et la beauté de l'environnement.

    Nous allons y retourner.

    Warning-- a health hazard!

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    The grounds are really pretty, but the hygene is not. Chickens and roosters are running around everywhere-- yes Dorothy, you're not in Kansas anymore.

    When I was there, we kept running in to people who, like the three of us, got violently ill at the restaurants at the hotel. We all had horrible cases of food poisoning even though we didn't drink the water, or eat any unpeeled fruits. We ordered all of our beverages without ice, and even brushed our teeth with bottled water.

    I have never been so ill in my entire life. It was even more frightening since you're at a third world country, and away from decent medical care. I would never go back to the Hotel Catalonia OR the Dominican Republic. Worst experience I have ever had on vacation.

    Un hotel maravilloso

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    Mi prometido y yo nos alojamos en el Catalonia Royal cuatro noches el 7 de mayo de 2006. Nos pareció que el servicio era maravilloso. Cuando nos registramos, ya nos habían reservado para cenar las cuatro noches que estuviéramos allí y nos dijeron que podíamos cambiarlas si queríamos. Era genial, porque odio hacer cola o levantarme temprano para asegurarme de que puedo conseguir reserva. También nos regalaron media hora de masaje a cada uno, que fue maravilloso. La comida del Royal era normal, pero los restaurantes de menú (del Catalonia) eran geniales, ¡especialmente el Steak house! Tener playa privada era maravilloso. Muy tranquila y preciosa. El bar de la playa era limitado, pero mejor que nada. Nuestra habitación era maravillosa. Teníamos jaccuzzi en la habitación y una hamaca en el balcón. Cuando limpiaban, dejaban la habitación oliendo a flores. Además, dejaban aperitivos en la habitación cada día. También me pareció que el servicio era genial y la intimidad, una maravilla. Podía hacer topless y no sentir que un montón de gente me devoraba con la mirada. El paseo hasta la playa era algo largo, pero una vez allí, no nos íbamos de la playa hasta que ya no salíamos. Recomendaría este resort a cualquiera a quien le guste la intimidad y la tranquilidad. Aunque si queréis más actividad, podríais ir al Catalonia e ir de fiesta con la multitud (mucho más activa). ¡Volveré!

    Wonderful hotel

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    My fiance and I stayed at the Catalonia Royal for 4 nights May 7th, 2006. We felt their service was wonderful. When we checked in they had all ready made our dinner reservations for all 4 nights we were there and told us we could adjust them if we would like. Which was wonderful because I hate waiting in line or getting up early to make sure I can get dinner reservations. They gave each of us a free 1/2 hour massage also which was wonderful. The food at the Royal was okay but the ala cart restaraunts(at the Catalonia) were great, especially the Steak house! Having a private beach was wonderful. Very quiet and beautful. The bar on the beach was limited but I say it is better than nothing. Our room was wonderful. We had a jaccuzzi in our room and a hamhock on the balcony. When the maids cleaned they left the room smelling like flowers. They left snacks in our room every day also. I thought the service was great and the privacy was wonderful. I could go topless and not be oggled by a bunch of people. The walk to the beach was a little long but once we got there we didn't leave the beach until we came in for the day. I would recommend this resort to anyone that likes it private and quiet. If you wanted more activity you could go to the Catalonia and party with that crowd though(much more active). I will be going back!

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