Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa
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... was magnificent as befitting our status as ‘Royals’.
Shae and Ivan’s wedding was just perfect. The setting was on the beach in beautiful sunshine. The bride and groom looked amazing as did the whole bridal party. It was wonderful to be a part of it. The only problem was the fat bikini mammas and papas (the fat papas should have been wearing bikinis as well) who wanted to get into the background ...
... entire resort went out to see the ceremony, it was a complete free for all. Besides that, in the actual hotel, I was able to get a mani pedi for about 20 bucks, and they were offering horseback riding around the shore for 50 bucks. The room service was really great and the bar tenders never told you you had too many drinks. One thing I will say is if you have teenagers beware because in the Caribbean and ...
... liquid refreshment."
While the girls are setting things up, I wander over to the point, looking back over the perfect crescent of the bay. I begin to get form an opinion that the Dominican Republic as a developing nation is extremely disorganized. Perhaps Boca Chica would have looked like this if we had managed to barge our way past the touts and blatant commercialization on the shore. Fortunately here there are still some openings giving us easy access to ...
... all tax and gratiities are included.
The hotel was huge and there were many different places to eat during the day and night.
The food and drinks are delicious!
We went quad riding through the city and a bit of the forest for our first tour and then went on a Safari Adventure, and saw how coffee and cocoa was made, a very nice cultural experience.
I would definitely go back for another vacation!
... chicken. To my surprise, I got the whole freakin chicken! At least it tasted good. I still think the Excellence had the best food.
After dinner - it was time to enjoy the Melia and head to bed.. flight int he morning!
Breakfast at the Melia was pretty good! That had an omlet station - delish! I love omlets. I'm sad to head home, but I feel like I've been here for 2 weeks, we did so much. I'd like to come back, in a more relaxed ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa Punta Cana
My husband & I spent last week at Fiesta Bavaro-It is a beautiful resort, very large, lots of walking-Front desk staff is not too nice. The food service folks have been trained very well and serve you with perfection! The pool and beach are great. It is a little difficult understanding the a la carte restaurant rules- mainly being few people speak english. For the price we paid, we did receive good value and would return - after I brush up on my spanish!
Overall a wonderful stay!
My girlfriend and I went to Fiesta Bavaro from February 17-21, 2003. We overall were extremely impressed with the resort. Generally, it was very clean, well kept, with beautiful grounds. The staff was friendly, helpful, and efficient. The beach was long, white, and beautiful, with great palm trees. The pools were clean and the perfect temperature. The food was probably the only darkish spot - not that it was terrible, but it generally wasn't all that great, either. There WAS a great deal of variety, so we could always find something to eat, at least.Overall, we had a great trip, and would be delighted to go back again.
What a way to relax
This was a very pleasant surprise. My wife and 16 year old son and 11 year old daughter all had a blast. we usually do club med vacations but this was 1/2 the price so we tried it. the facility is beautiful. the beach is amazing. the rooms were large and well appointed with good A/C. the grounds were magnificant and well maintained. the staff was attentive and very friendly. the pools were nice and the food was typical of all inclusives decent quality and plenty of it. after 7 days you are ready for some different food. the weather was 85 and sunny. plenty of activities. the basketball courts were in disrepair and should be upgraded. the staff appreciates when you try and speak spanish. mostly europeans and maybe 30% american. I highly recommend this hotel for families.
Best vacation ever
We booked our trip through apple vacations and stayed at Feista Bavaro it was great, more than we could have expected, except for the delays at the airports, about 2 hrs each way. The apple people were at the hotel everyday to help with any questions you might have, everybody at the hotel was freindly and very helpfull. If you have never been there take the Saffari trip into the mountains, we had a blast. All inclusive is the way to go. Chuck & Denise
Hola: I just spent the week at the Fiesta Bavaro Beach resort with my fiance and we had a great time. I thought the beach and water were beautiful, very clean, well kept. The service at the beach bar was great, I wish they had some other beer other than Presidente, but I still enjoyed plenty of them. The rooms are adequate for a vacation bungalow. My only complaint is that the water pressure is not great, but it did the job. The cleaning service was great, she refilled my minibar everyday except one. They are only supposed to refill it every other day but with a few American dollars, I did six out of seven-->not bad. As far as the food, It was very good, well presented, and the variety was great. As on all vacations I have been on, I was tired of the cuisine at the end of the week, but you would find that anywhere in an all-inclusive scenario. The nightly entertainment was amusing, different every night, and brief(I like that). The disco served as a nice way to end the night. The music was good but I have had enough merengue for a lifetime. We went on two excursions, the outback safari and the aquatic tour with the speed boats. Both were great, we had a great time and they were both worth every penny. Don't spend all of your time at the resort, we had a great time out of the resort. Overall, we had a great time, I am not sure if we would go back. The resort was great but in the Dominican, there is little to do if you want to do anything except lay on the beach. we took our trip to lay on the beach and get away from the winter weather, in that respect, it was perfect. I am still enjoying my tan. By the way, if you are a Europhobe, you should not come here, it is mostly european, you will not hear English much here. Adios
My wife took me away as a surprise for my birthday. Therefore I didn't know where we were going until I got to the airport. Neither of us had ever done an all inclusive resort before ,and we were somewhat leery as we tend to like to explore when we go away. The Fiesta Bavaro was far better than I expected. We were there from Jan.9-24 and had a great time. The food was excellent, we enjoyed El Arrecife restaurant the best. Great drinks are always available. I suggest a coco loco vitamina. The rooms were clean and nice. Very friendly staff. The entertainment staff were over and above the call of duty, they were great. It was very nice to get away from Americanized areas. There's no Planet Hollywood here. We did a tour ,and took a local bus to the major town of Higuey. You could probably miss Higuey, but the Bavaro Runners tour is great. Down side would be that being mostly europeans on holiday smoking is alive and well. Overall a great place and I would definitely reccomend Fiesta Bavaro to any one.
It was terrible. At the recception they where very very very unfriendly.
My wife and I travelled to Punta Cana from Dec. 26/02 - Jan. 9/03 along with three other family members. We all booked into with the Fiesta Roulette, which means that you do not know which of the three resorts(Palace, Bavaro or Beach) you will stay at until you arrive.
Going Back for the 4th year!
We leave for our 4th trip to Punta Cana and our 2nd stay at Fiesta Bravaro. We must like it or we would not be going back. The first 2 years we stayed at the Punta Cana Beach Resort and it was also very nice but the fact that you have 3 resorts in one when staying at the Fiesta Bravaro is real nice. All the staff members seem very friendly and helpful. Very relaxing and very very beautiful. Can't wait to leave next Friday!!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Fiesta Bavaro for a week in August. It was GREAT! The resort is huge, 3 resorts actually, and you can use the facilities and restaurants at all 3 - so there's about 10 restaurants to choose from. I liked it because there weren't many complaining Americans. Mosty European. I am American, but hate whiney Americans who expect everything to be in English. If you can't speak some Spanish...you have NO business going to the DR. Otherwise, enjoy the best beaches in the world, surprisingly GREAT food, lots of cocktails and Presidente beer, great excursions to choose from, etc. We are going back this year, and plan to partake in more excursions. This resort is great. A bit too many children for my liking, but otherwise lots of fun. Met lots of new friends from Europe, great drinking buddies.