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Iberostar Bavaro  

Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Repúblic.

Perfect Location for a Destination Wedding
Posted by: Peggy  on Mar 24, 2012
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Iberostar Bavaro Punta Cana-Bavaro Dominican Republic

#24 of 80 Hotels in Punta Cana-Bavaro

user rating 4.4

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This excellent luxury hotel is centrally located in the tourist resort of Arena Gorda (Punta Cana). Situated directly on the wonderful, 1 kilometre-long fine sand beach of Bavaro.

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Great time, great location.
Iberostar Bavaro

User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Mike from North Carolina  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Arrival: March 8 - 12
Great time, great location - 5 of us in 2 rooms ( 3 x 20 year olds and parents) This was US college spring break week so was not as crowded as our previous visit during Easter week. Bottom line - great people, nice place, well maintained but getting a bit dated and a bit expensive....Bavaro is on the borderline of not being a good value any longer.

Rooms
Jr Suites at Bavaro are very nice - some are a little dated and could be freshened - overall clean, large and nice

Restaurants and Bars
The Buffet is large and good - breakfast is consistently the best meal here, although I had the best fish I have ever had anywhere ( a 'kingfish' - I am guessing a Mackerel?) at the buffet one night...the Japanese restaurant is good, as is the Med restaurant - nothing special, but fine. Lunch buffet at the beach is also very good. The ice creams were surprisingly good

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Well maintained and clean -

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
Plenty of activities at the resort. bWE played volleyball (beach and pool), shot taget, archery, played bingo, dance lessons, etc....all well managed by the "Star Friends anmaion team". The only disappointment was sailing. I have been here 3 times and there are always 'bad conditions' that don't allow for use of the resort's boats except for a few hours of the entire week - and then there is a mad rush (they don't take reservations for the water sports)....so a person who hapens to walk upo at the right time gets a boat while the guy who has been there a week waiting for conditions to improve gets nothing.....this would not be a big deal to most, but it is what I like to do, so it is a big deal for me....They need a better system to manage use requests....

Other Comments
We have visited this property several times - love it. Dominican people here are very friendly and welcoming...it looks like the adjacent Grand Bavaro will be a much different resort - very nice, but much more expensive and quieter - no games, activities, etc....I guess you can go next door of you want that.

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I give it a A plus
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User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Craig from North Canton, Ohio  on Apr 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Apr, 2009
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Arrival
Our room was not ready yet but our wristbands were put on and we were given a nice welcome drink

Rooms
Very nice but didn't have a king size bed as requested but 2 full size pushed together.

Restaurants and Bars
Very good drinks,plenty of food available all the time

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Fantastic beach,big pool and very beautiful grounds

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
snorkle trip to soana island through dressel divers fantastic

Other Comments
This resort is great. The drinks are not watered down and the beach bar is the best. I give it a A plus

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Fantastic Family Vacation
Iberostar Bavaro

User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Amy  on Dec 16, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Dec, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
1873 people found this review helpful

WOW What a BEAUTIFUL resort we went to!!! Iberostar Bavaro in Punta Cana is Highly recommended!!!!!!! Had a Fantastic time with the family :) Awesome pools, Beautiful white sandy beach, splash pad ship for the kids, and Pillow top beds for a great nights rest! We all wanted to stay another week :)

Room Number:
1275

Room Block:
127

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Laid Back and AMAZING!!!!
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User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Becca  on Jan 20, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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We stayed in Punta Cana at the Iberostar Bavaro. We were there from January 9-16.

Your Arrival:
Very smooth. We were given the arrival application for our tourist visa on the plane to fill out. We booked with Apple Vacations and someone met us by the luggage and directed us to where we needed to be. We were then on a bus and within 20 minutes we were at our resort. Check-in was very smooth. 10 minutes.

Rooms:
We saw pictures of our room through applevacations.com and they were exact to the pictures. Very nice. We decided on the Bavaro because we wanted more room then what the Punta Cana or Dominicana offered but we didn't want to spend as much as the Grand Bavaro. We were very happy with this choice! It took us all of a minute to walk to either the beach or the lunch buffet near the beach. The room was clean with an adequate amount of water and coke. We only had our room cleaned 2 or 3 times while we were there and every time, it was cleaned very well. We walked through the lobby and resort area of the Iberostar Grand Bavaro. It is very nice, but appeared to have a 'Las Vegas' feel to it. Being in a different country, I wanted to experience more of the local vibe, which I feel that we did at the Bavaro. We were traveling from the United States.

Restaurants and Bars:
Amazing!!!!! I was a bit worried because I had read other reviews of people complaining about the buffets because everything was deep fried. I didn't experience that at all!!!!! All the food was amazing. I think the best thing we had was the grouper from the Jumbalaya resturant followed by the huge Lobster dish from the Meditteranean restutrant. And OMG, the endless desserts!!!!!!!!!! That was my favorite part! You have to order a mojito when you're in the carribean, it just goes without sayin! The longest we waited for service at a bar was maybe a minute or two while they were helping other guests.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Very clean. The staff is very efficient and soooooo friendly!!!! We didn't lay by the pool at all, but the beach was great. Other people have mentioned how slippery the walkway gets when wet at the Iberostar Bavaro and that is very true. My boyfriend nearly took a header because it had rained. So be careful walking and if you have kids, don't let them run if the walkway is wet.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The staff do such an amazing job trying to get people involved with the games and activities and the shows. The nightly shows were awesome!!! We saw 5 out the 7 nights we were there.

Through applevacations, we went snorkeling, which I would recommend if you like to snorkel. I had never been before and it was really fun. We went on a cold and rainy day, which wasn't too exciting, but it beat sitting in the hotel!

We drove through town to get to our snorkeling excursion and it was truly humbling to see where wealth meets such poverty just by reaching the end of the resort road.

Other Comments:
I can't say enough about the staff. Everyone greets you. I am definately hoping to go back!

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I could write a book about this fabulous resort
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User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Erica from Maryland  on Jun 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jun, 2009
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Arrival: June 2003/July 2004/August 2007/June 2009
Everytime we have gone we have arrived in the early PM around lunch and have been shown to our room within 1 hour if not less. The wait is minimal and the staff is very accommodating. The last time we went the room was near the part of the resort that had construction going on next door and we requested another room by the pool. The were very willing to move us and there was little delay in getting to our room.

Rooms:
The first two years we were there, the rooms were beautiful. When we went back in 2007 the rooms had been updated and were even more beautiful with new bathrooms (missing were the bedae?(sp??). No complaints whatsoever from this and the staff was very helpful. I asked for more kinds of drinks specific to our tastes in very poor and broken written spanish and they understood and we were supplied with those drinks 10 times over. A small tip of 1 or 2 dollars a day is so much appreciated!

Restaurants and Bars:
Food and drinks - excellent!! My husband is lactose intolerant and had a few issues with the coconut milk in some of the drinks and food but that is the nature of his illness, not a resort issue. So those with stomach sensitivity, bring pepto, immodium and anything else you may think you will need.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Beautiful and well-maintained! Always working to make even more beautiful. The peacocks are amusing (except for the occasional wake up call that sounds like a cat stuck under a rocking chair!!). Always seats available at the beach and the pool can be tricky but I always went down to the pool at 7 AM and put a towel on some chairs. If you do this make sure you use the chairs your reserve. It is a little annoying if you want to spend the day at the pool and can't because of reserved seats that are never used.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Apple Vacations is the best organization and the reps were always so helpful. Some of the activities we have done include the trip to Manatee park to swim with the dolphins (the wait was awful but the experience was unforgettable!); Outback Safari (Rigo was a very knowledgeable and helpful guide-how he flipped those drinks off the back of a moving truck and caught them I don't know!); my husband was scuba diving certified on our last trip and is now hooked on the sport...He would most highly recommend PADI on the resort!

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Thank you again Iberostar
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User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  John  on Feb 3, 2012  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2012 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
1853 people found this review helpful

Room Number:
1326

Arrival:
Travelled my wife, my daughter, her husband and 7 month old grandson.
Stayed for 10 days January 20th – January 30th

Air Canada Vacations and booked business class so kids could have more room for baby. Baby was excellent and even fellow passengers commented afterwords that he travelled so well. You could see concern on fellow passengers when we boarded as travelling with a baby may be difficult. The business class lounge was great pre-flight and also gave us access to Ceaser mix .

Decided this year to book a private taxi to resort for the 5 of us. Having done some investigation I chose Felix. We traded e-mails to arrange pick up and no money till we get there. The day before our departure Felix sent me an e-mail again to confirm he will be there which was a nice touch. Having made it through immigration with our luggage there was Felix holding up a sign. He gathered the family and I went off to tell Air Canada Rep that not to hold the bus for us. Felix stopped for a couple of cold beers on the way and then off to resort. He was great and helpful. Went to pay for trip and beers and it was a struggle. He did not want the beer $$ or tip but I won that battle . If you want a nice guy for a tour or a taxi to resort do try him. I will again next year. He also sent me an e-mail and called the resort on the day of departure to make sure we had transportation. Kids met some people they knew and would be on same bus so decided the bus for going home otherwise Felix for sure.
http://www.wix.com/felixcpuntacanataxi/puntacanataxi

Rooms:
Accommodations I have to thank Helena who passed on a location request to Alberto and we could not have been happier. I did not request a specific villa but I asked for a general area so daughter had access to room from beach and ground floor for ease with stroller. Not only did they give us that but also booked us side by side as well. Our daughter and son in law enjoyed the balcony while baby slept and the maids were very respectful of babies naps as well. Again thank you to both from us all. Room was fine and no complaints as you’re not in your room and everything worked fine. I did struggle watching the golf channel in Spanish 
Accommodations I have to thank Helena who passed on a location request to Alberto and we could not have been happier. I did not request a specific villa but I asked for a general area so daughter had access to room from beach and ground floor for ease with stroller. Not only did they give us that but also booked us side by side as well. Our daughter and son in law enjoyed the balcony while baby slept and the maids were very respectful of babies naps as well. Again thank you to both from us all. Room was fine and no complaints as you’re not in your room and everything worked fine. I did struggle watching the golf channel in Spanish 

Restaurants and Bars:
Food was fine for my wife and I and only enjoyed the a la Carts twice by choice. We found the food was so abundant in the a la Carts that we ate too much and no way I wanted to spoil any beach days due to over eating. Son in law booked the 2 A la Carts and no issues getting what he wanted as normally next day was available. Daughter was still breastfeeding and had concerns about the food prior as she read many complaints on the food in the DR. Well let’s say she ate Breakfast at 7am at lobby buffet, then 2nd breakfast at 10am in beach front buffet, then lunch at noon beachfront which included lovely steaks, then tea time at 4 beachside and then dinner at 6:30. No she gained no weight and raved about the selection. We found the buffet fine for us on selection, as I did not travel south for food as that I can get at home, but wanted some warmth from Cdn winter.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The beach was our location of choice and being an earlier riser I had no problem with getting a front row lounge. Very windy though this year but again not bothersome to me. Staff works hard cleaning up nature’s deposit of seaweed. We found the beach was priority with guests the first few days as all lounges gone by about 9:30 but the last few days I would say half the lounges empty but pool area full.
Our lounge was by the beachside bar as convenient for those liquid libations as well as some snacks. Service was always with a smile and even had service to lounge and I only wish I could remember his name as a nice kid. More on him later.

Fellow guests I found a strong European contingent which shocked me as many from France, Germany and Latin America. I wish there was a way to get the splits from resort on nationalities at any given time just out of curiosity. Later on in our stay this changed a bit and a few more Canadians and Americans showed up.

Other Comments:
Staff Staff Staff what can I say but “thank you”. One of the main reasons we return to the Dr is the people. You show them friendship and it’s returned 10 fold. They spoiled the baby with attention which made my daughter happy. To this day he turns his head if he hears “Hola”. Maid was great, wait staff great, bar staff at both lobby bar and beachside bar fantastic. Towel girls and star friends did a great job. Roberto took the time to look us up one evening and asked if all OK which again shows concern for guests being happy.

Tokens of appreciation were made by way of US dollars be it a drink or be it service in food establishments. But there are many comments on Trip Advisor to give cash and not gifts which I never listen to. I always take items as a way of saying thanks additionally. This year we took boxes of Belgian Chocolates and Tart Suckers. Now this may seem odd to some but try it. I would return the towels for clean ones and on top was a very delicious treat and greeted with huge smile and gracious. The next time I was spotted anywhere she always said hi like I was her brother. Chocolates went to 2 maids, Towels gals and one for my bud at the beachside bar who was amazing. I took the box to him on our last day and walked up to the bar and said these are for you. I was greeted with a stunned look and he said for me? I said and I want to thank you for making our vacation special. I had to sign a waiver with name and room number as he was going home the next day and would be taking them home and off the resort so I assume a security thing. The look was amazing and I was asked when I would be back as he wanted to see me again. This may seem odd to some but it’s just me being me.

Now my wife and I stayed at the Grand next door for two weeks the year before which we thought was amazing and travelling with baby this year we chose the Bavaro. I knew I would be comparing the 2 everyday. The Grand is much quieter, you do form a closer relationship to staff at the Grand as fewer guests. I would give the Grand an up on the Bavaro on food but by a slight margin. Grand wins on room washroom hands down. Many Grand guests this year would sit and drink at the Bavaro for that lively atmosphere. Now we will be returning next year I think again with the kids so Bavaro again. If it’s just my wife and I and dollars the same I would go Grand as you can always visit the Bavaro. But if the Grand is much higher than Bavaro for sure. I do believe the Iberostar’s have it right and it seems all the staff have the same agenda. MAKE SURE guests are having a wonderful vacation 

Thank you Iberostar once again....

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Perfect Location for a Destination Wedding
Iberostar Bavaro

User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Peggy  on Mar 24, 2012  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Mar, 2012 | Wedding | Family and Kids
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We traveled to Iberostar Bavaro with a 44 others for our daughter's wedding. This was our 6th visit to Punta Cana, and our first at Iberostar. We are now huge Iberostar fans. Most of our guests were first time visitors to Punta Cana or an all inclusive and all were thrilled with the experience.
The service, friendliness, cleanliness, food options and overall experience exceeded all our expectations.
Our wedding coordinator, Magdalena, took care of all the details to make for a perfect wedding day and week.
Beach and pool were a short walk from any room. Lounge chairs were plentiful. Drink servers to beach chairs, and they remembered your favorite drinks! Shout outs to Thomas and Gilbert who took great care of us all week. We loved cerveza with a splash of lemon slush. Cerveza con limon!
Weather forecast prior to the trip was rain every day, ignore that, we had two 15 minute evening showers and beautiful days.
Buffet food selection and beach barbeque lunches were amazing, fresh seafood, lobster, shish kabobs, you name it. Also plenty of ice cream and we love their pizza!
Cannot speak highly enough about the entire weeks experience in paradise!

Room Number:
1151

Arrival:
We traveled Monday to Monday and arrival was a light travel day. Only hitch the entire week was having to fill out Immigration cards to enter and exit the country. Just give us three copies to fill out on the plane and keep one for the way home.
We always travel Apple and the round trip charter flights and hotel transfers are seamless.

Rooms:
Rooms were clean, spacious and easy to walk to lobby, pool or beach. Beds were very comfortable. They always straightened up the room and brought fresh towels when we were out to dinner in the evening. AC worked fine as well.

Restaurants and Bars:
The wedding reception was at the Steakhouse, excellent meal and service.
We also loved the Japanese. We went to the fish restaurant near the beach at the Iberostar Dominican and loved that too.
Buffet selections were the best we have experienced. Stir fry to order, lobster nearly every day, made to order omelets,crepes, fresh carved proscuitto, no complaints! Just rave reviews from all our friends!

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Perfection! Beach cleaned daily, everything was spotless. No issues finding a chair at either location.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We entertained ourselves this visit. Star Friends did a great job with dance lessons, aqua aerobics, etc.

Other Comments:
You cannot go wrong with this resort or the entire Iberostar family of resorts. Perfect week in paradise!

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iberostar bavaro...3rd time
Iberostar Bavaro

User Rating:  Iberostar Bavaro Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  rich  on Jul 25, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jul, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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just back from iberostar bavaro for our third time....place hasn't changed. thats a good thing! we arrived from chicago, as usaul getting thru customs smooth. off to hotel, quick! check in a bit shaky this time as there was confusion on our room. while we waoited, off to lunch and some grilled lobster in the buffet. all in all everything went smooth. only one problem the whole time...arriving in our room the tv remote was broke. notified the front desk that day and the next. was never fixed....totaly not like the the usual iberostar way of doing things.
last day there we got to relax on the beach and enjoy tropocal storm bonnie roll by. was pretty cool.
this was the the first time we had to contend with rain. duhhh it's the tropics.....
took a tour of the new grand hotel...wasn't impressed.
will probably go back a forth time.
feel free tocontact with questions
rich and gayle

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