IFA Bavaro Village Resort & Spa
Travel Blogs from Punta Cana
Today yet another FANTASTIC sunny day here in the DR! Having my morning
coffee and soon off to breakfast. Steph has a bit of a sun rash so we
are going to do the pool area today which has lots of shaded spots
instead of the beach. Ok for me, I love pools as well and there is a swim
up bar....yahooooo! Last night while on a walk …
Yes it was another awesome sun day with a light breeze and just a few clouds. Kept to our routine today so far and probably more of the same tonight. It has been one week as of today we've been here and hard to believe but I have THREE more weeks....yahooooo!
So we have settled into a little bit of routine that works best for us both. Get up, coffee, check the internet, go to breakfast at the resort, lay on the beach ALL day, snacks/drinks ALL day lol, a little beach shack shopping, back to the Villa late afternoon or early evening, shower relax, check the internet, back to the resort for dinner, sit at …
My boyfriend and I did a short trip to Punta Cana in January of 2008. It was fabulous getting out of the cold and to the gorgeous beaches of the Dominican. We stayed in the Bavaro area at IFA Bavaro Village Resort. The room was decent, but we had multiple room problems. When we tried to get help, we kept getting passed around. It took hours to fix …
... areas that still has some living coral.
That afternoon all the ‘beautiful’ people went out for a catamaran cruise. It was fantastic!
Sailed out and swam with rays and sharks in a specially designed pool. Then we went to the same area where we had snorkelled that morning for more snorkelling. We then sailed back to the "Natural Pool" which became party central. There were a number of other ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
Historical Traveler Reviews IFA Bavaro Village Resort & Spa Punta Cana
We just got back from a last minute summer trip for 7nights (All Inclusive) July 18 - July 25 2003.
The rooms were okay, we kept the patio door closed since the staff said to keep it closed unless you want bugs in your room. The food wasn't anything to write home about. Only 2 resturants in our part of the resort, if you walked across the street there was another resturant. Their food was better, they actually had american food. The grill on the beach was okay. I mainly ate chicken and salad, since everything else looked suspicious. They have one resturant you have to make reservations at. Its where the beach grill is located in the day. The food is great, we ate most of our dinner meals there. The drinks were great! The beach was unbelievable. Thats the only thing that made the stay worthwhile. We must have had the best part of the beach lots of room and chairs. The staff had fun activies during the day and the evening. After the evening activities are over, which is around 11pm, the place pretty much closes down. They have a disco, but NO ONE is there. We sat there literaly for an hour and no one was dancing, only a handful of people were there. We wondered where everyone went after 11pm. We asked about the trip to the Casino down the beach and you need to take a bus there, but it only goes there a couple times a week and it starts at 9pm and brings you back at midnight. If you want to leave early you need to find your own transportation back. If you go out of the resorts good luck, kinda slumy. We took a trip to Seona Island. Not worth the money we paid, we were on the bus for 2 hours then we had to get on a Catamaran for 3 hours to get to the island, kinda neat, but could they make the thing move faster, we were getting passed by people in canoes!!! We were on the island for an hour, they brought lunch which was okay. We took a speedboat back to the mainland and it took us 45 mintues....mmmmm, then we sat on the bus for the 2 hour trip to our hotel. Definitly not worth the money! Best thing about this hotel is the location on the beach and the staff that makes the beach soooo clean. Don't worry about people begging for money or anything, that isn't allowed. Overall if you don't care about your sleeping arrangements or food come here, the beach rocks!!
My husband and I went to this resort on July 7th, 2003 for our honeymoon and it was a terrible experience! Our rooms were very small, worn and dirty. The beach was beautiful and our view from our room was fantastic, but those are the only two positive things I can say. We witnessed so many people getting sick. There is was a buffett and there is no airconditioning so everything spoils. The ambulance was constantly making runs to the local hospital for food poisioning. My husband and I ate steak and pizza for a week and we did not get sick, but every American that we met had gotten sick. And I am not talking about a little case of travelers discomfort, I am talking about getting wheeled out in a wheel chair with an IV! One couple that we met on the plane ended up in the local hospital for 4 of the 5 days they were there. The beds were as hard as rocks. Our "king" bed was literaly two small beds pushed together. Not very romantic for honeymooners. After a rain storm, there were hundreds of bugs in our room. Very few people spoke English, so getting things for our rooms was very difficult.
Beautiful beach and food was always very good. The room was not a bad size, but the "beetles" as they call the really huge tropical roaches were what ruined it for me! They were in my room everynite and being petrified of roaches, especially that big, I didn't sleep well to say the least... I was always glad for morning when I could spend the day at the beach! A lot of people were also being bitten on the beach by probably sand fleas, but luckily I didn't have that problem. Did wake up one morning with spider bites all over my one leg and found the critter at the bottom of my sheets. Walked around with big purples blotches for the rest of my vacation. Had a hard time getting the front desk to listen to my requests to have my room cleaned and to have the hair dryer and fire detector installed as they were missing! Took about 3 days of hounding before they finally put the smoke detector in the room. When I raced across the room to kill a huge roach running on the wall, I would whack it with a sandal, and the remains would still be on the wall when I came back at nite, so the maids weren't too observant when they cleaned. On the plus side, I always found the food at either buffet restaurant to be excellent and hot. There was always a wonderful selection. I would go back to Punta Cana someday, but definitely not to this resort. I would probably not even go to the other Barcello resorts, I would pick something else further along, as I spoke with people staying further up the beach and they had no problem with "beetles" or sand fleas. The gounds also had a heavy insecticide smell in the evenings, and sometimes it was very strong and hard to breathe.
It blows my mind that people (mostly americans) travel to a third world country for almost nothing and expect the Hilton with marble baths and the whole nine yards! This resort was AWESOME. I have travelled to many Caribbean countries and stayed in 5* star hotels such as Cayman Islands Hyatt Regency. And I will tell you that not only did this resort have the best and biggest beach, I loved PUNTA CANA so much I am going again this Dec. The food is ok same as any AI resort in a third world country. If you are at the Villas the walk through the resort is nothing. The people treat you how you treat them. If you respect them, they will respect you back. We even ventured out of the resort on our own took the local bus and mingled and yes I was scared at first and then realized this was ridiculous they are human beings just like us.
The beach was beautiful, only rained twice and it was at night. The resort was nice. Room was clean. The beach is beautiful and we snorkeled right off the beach. I went on an excursion to a local Marina to snorkel with nurse sharks and sting rays, it was awesome! Learn some spanish before you go, because most people speak only spanish and broken english. I new broken sentences in spanish and that was enough.
Most of the staff was friendly. I heard people complain of the lack of service at the bars. The service was very "relaxed"...just remember, you are on vacation and have no where to go!! Other than that I had a wonderful vacation, I got what I paid for.
Spent two weeks End of January into February,2003 all inclusive. First time on a winter vacation and had a fantastic time. Read reviews and other info, but found it was best to see for yourself. Weather was great (no snow or cold),room was good and always clean (nothing fancy, but only there to sleep) food good (different than home, take it easy don't over indulge), service was excellent and the nightly entertainment a must see. A 20 peso tip, a pack of gum or what ever you take along with a smile go a long way. Friendly guests get better attention from all staff. Took the Jungle Runners tour and found it well worth the $'s to see the country side and local people. Manati Park was also worth seeing. Met lots of new friends who we are still in contact with and seems like we have known forever. Would go again in a blink of an eye. Would be an asset to know some basic Spanish and practice the art of bartering.
We just got back from Punta Cana and stayed at the Barcelo Bavaro Ocean Village. Punta Cana is very beautiful no complaints there. Very relaxing, not a lot to do outside the hotel other than excusions which cost a lot. I found a lot of the information we were given and that is advertised was not true. With this hotel you do not get privileges at the other hotel (barcelo gardens, beach, casino and convention center. ) We were informed that they were all conected and you had privileges at each hotel. Not true they even charged you 8us to travel to each of the hotels which were in walking distance but too hot to walk in the sun. Our flight arrived at 4:30 am and we were told not to be concerned if our room was not ready until tomorrow at 3:00pm. We were lucky but I saw many times people arriving that had to sit in the sun all day till there room was ready. Our flight was not until midnight yet we still had to check out of our room at 12:00 in the afternoon which left us roasting all day long and were not even aloud to keep a towel. The staff could be very friendly and nice but we had many occasions when you asked when they were rude and un friendly. I would recomend the Outback jungle safari. It was the best day of our whole trip. I would not go back to this hotel but would go back to Punta Cana. We have been before and stayed at the Fiesta Bavaro which was fantastic. We are sorry we changed hotels this time. Enjoy your trip.
It was so nice here!!
I just got back from punta cana and i stayed in this resort!! it was so beautiful here!! the people are all so nice and friendly. It is definately worth going to and i would go back there!! Its so relaxing. THere are lots of things to do for people of all ages! I highly reccommend going here.
We just got back from the Ocean Village in Bavaro Beach and had a great time! The resort is beautiful with trees and gardens everywhere, nicely lit paths at night, and an excellent white sand beach. The rooms are okay. There is a TV, two beds, a huge closet, lovely balcony, safe deposit box and that is about it. The air conditioning works great and there is even shampoo, conditioner and soap in the shower for you. We did find a coakroach in the bathroom one night however and the maids seem to have missed cleaning it up. The service was okay, the maids and waitstaff all seemed ready to talk to you but they only knew how to speak Spanish. Although, front desk and public relations knew English well enough. There was lots to do at and around the resort, although the good stuff requires money! 9they accept all kinds of money... even Canadian dollars) We went on the Outback Jungle Safari because the watersports and such were shut down for the majority of the week (for the Easter holiday) and when they were not shut down it was raining. It rained 4 days of our week long trip so be prepared to do a lot of stuff indoors. It was also very windy, especially along the beach because it is on the Atlantic Ocean. The food was okay at the beginning of the week, but by the end, you tend to get sick of the same old thing day after day. There are many restaurants to choose from but they basically offer the same food... everyday. There is a nice restaurant that you can eat at on the beach a la carte, but is does not offer much selection. You have to make reservations each day and have to pay for lobster and other nig ticket items, altough most is included with your package. Overall, a beautiful place. The beach gorgeous, the water clear, and the resort good for the price paid.