We are Canadian and in our late 40s early 50s we try to go on vacation 2 or more times per year since 1998. We have travelled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic. We went to the Tropical Bavaro Clubs booked with Go Travel Direct; Tour Mont Royal also sells this package.
Go Travel Direct was running a special - pay for 1 week and stay for 2. We booked 2 weeks for 2 people from Ottawa with cancellation insurance, seat reservation, taxes included for 1980$ Canadian for both of us just could not resist.
Our Zoom plane left Ottawa on time we had the most enjoyable flight, we were served a warm meal chicken, pasta and complementary glass of wine. The flight attendants were very friendly and were chatting with everyone. On our return was 1 hour late and was pretty much the same. When we booked we were told that the flights were direct to Punta Cana and back. One week before our departure we received an email saying “change of plans” we would be stopping in Montreal going down and on our return stopping in Ottawa first. We had a female pilot on our return and it was a smooth flight.
Bavaro Tropical club is a (3*) we thought we would give it a try and if needed we would request to be upgraded to another resort. But after the first day we decided to stay it wasn’t all that bad.
We had sent the hotel an email requesting 3rd floor with ocean view. We had small hope about the ocean view, but just in case we did send the request.
Took a taxi from the airport and were the first to arrive at the hotel. We had the copy of the email we had sent prior. WOW - to our surprise we received a 3rd floor and a stone throw away from the Ocean - best ocean view room we have ever had. We also had a balcony all to ourselves for the entire 2 weeks. The view was breathtaking we had our morning coffees on the very large balcony.
This hotel has 3 sections, the Sueño, the Orquidea, the Alisios Club and the Beach which is not advertised. The Sueno is a 4*, Orquidea and Alisios club 3* are located in 2 or 3 buildings around the pool area and the Beach section located right on the beach and is privately owned. The owner lives in the Beach building and leases 9 rooms to the Tropical Bavaro club.
Some guests told us when they arrived they waited until everyone had checking in and upgraded to the Sueone for an extra 500$. They ate at the same buffet as us, the only difference was the Bldgs were newer, had a Jacuzzi and a sitting area but were further from the Beach?? They were unaware of the Beach section and were sad they had upgraded after seeing our room location right on the beach.
The bathroom had a hair blower, sink, toilet and shower. Depending on the time of day often around diner time the water pressure was low, but we always had hot water.
The room was basic with a queen size bed, 2 night tables, large desk for TV, wall mirror, a cupboard with 3 large drawers, a good mini fridge with 2 bottles of water at arrival - you had to refill the bottles yourself near the lobby. We bought a couple of bottles of water for drinking but found it not really needed. We filled our bottles and used it to brush our teeth..
The bed was very comfortable and was changed everyday with nice white crisp sheets.
The air conditioning was the best we have had so far in the DR very quiet and efficient and worked with a remote control. Our towels were replenished each day and the maid always made us some type of lovely arrangement, swans, hearts with flowers etc.
Well let’s just say I gained a couple of pounds. The food was very good, the selection was limited but you could always find something. Breakfast had trays of cold cuts, cheese, I found the bread to be a bit stale but after they were toasted it was fine, they often had the typical fried Dominican cheese (my favourites and a bit greasy but good). The propane toaster is one of the best I’ve seen and takes 1 minute to toast you bread. The scramble eggs trays were not watery and milky they were actually quite tasty, also potatoes, sausage and a smoothie bar. Always someone making omelettes with all the trimmings, they served bacon 10 out of the 14 days.
At the buffet they always had something on the grill, also a pasta bar where you could have the cook prepare to your liking. They had their famous fried chicken a few times mmmm good, (competition for Kentucky). The servers at the buffet were efficient and always willing to help.
The coffee was good it was set up on a table you could just help yourself.
Every night except Sundays and Mondays they set up a Mexican restaurant, reservation in the morning for either 7:30 or 8:30, we preferred 7:30 as we found the nacho chips fresher.
Everyday they had a BBQ on the beach for lunch, different meats varying chicken, steak, pork, hamburger and Dominican sausage, with a salad bar and all the trimmings, it was good and if you wanted you could opt and go to the buffet. They often had very hot and crunchy French fries.
Around 3pm they would set up a snack station on the beach with coffee/tea and different types of deserts, the best was the banana bread, very good.
The bar on the beach is open from 10 am till 5 or 6PM, when they had beach parties the bar was open till 12am or 1am depending on the amount of people. They do not serve Presidente they serve Brahma and Brahma light which at first we thought “NO PRESIDENTE” but it was surprisingly good – was always served very cold sometimes with ice in it.
The staff were fantastic as always in the Dominican Republic in our opinion. – The service we received was efficient and friendly. One nice thing about a small place you never have to wait in line ups at the bars or the grill.
Seeing we got such a great deal we opted to go out for dinner and try some restaurants.
We went to Soles Chill Out Bar one evening which was right next door, no need for a taxi on a well light up street. Another evening we made it to JellyFish the service and food were topnotch and so is the atmosphere, My husband ordered the House Lobster and was served 2 very large Lobster tails 1 pound each. They were tasty and well prepared. You also get free taxi service if you had made reservations.
They have pedal boats, banana boat and the other typical water sports equipment. Also have a dive shop and kite flying school/instructor.
One evening transportation to and from the Carabella Casino, Karaoke, another evening dancers were brought in, a Beach party, they always had something organised, some were better than others, was Ok. During the day depending on participation they had Volleyball and aerobics on the beach.
24$ for a soft one hour massage and 26$ for a muscular massage, we both had a one hour soft massage.
They also had free wi-fi in the Reception, we had brought our laptop.
Overall - nice small resort, you get to know everyone by the end of the week. The guests were 40% Canadian, 40% France 5% from USA and the remainder from all over Europe.
All the guests we spoke with when asked if they liked the resort they all said it was fine.
t here of anyone getting sick or any mention of it. Again don’t expect marble and such, you get what you pay for. We would go back for a very cheap price b/c we like to get off the resort and try different restaurants and/or excursions.
We booked an excursion through www.rhtours.com for the Tropical Storm Sunset Lobster tour but had to cancel due to the heavy winds.