Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The hotel

This superb all-inclusive hotel complex, overlooking one of the top ten beaches in the world, consists of two hotels, one that is adults only — the Beach — and the Palace, which welcomes families too. The Palace has a separate section — the Family Club — with rooms accommodating up to 6. Packed to the hilt with amenities, upgrade to Premium Level and you’ve even more luxury at your fingertips, including rooms with the best sea view, personalised check-in and check-out and access to the Premium Level Lounge, serving drinks and open from 8:00am ‘til midnight. Premium Level guests staying at the Palace share the facilities of the Bavaro Beach and there’s even a free train to get around the complex — yes, it’s that big! Opt for stunning ocean front rooms, or enjoy tropical garden views instead — there are plenty to choose from, all very comfortably furnished and boasting the latest mod-cons. Other delights include a brilliant selection of water sports, clubs for kids and teens and a recently redesigned golf course, which may tempt even the non-enthusiasts amongst you! The U Spa is also worth shouting about, a sanctuary within a sanctuary, breathe in the captivating aroma of essential oils as you troubles drift away. Dining-wise, you’re in for a treat at the Barcelo, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, suiting every taste, mood and occasion.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Set on Bavaro Beach, which is 2 km long. Transfer time from Punta Cana airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

589 rooms in the Beach Section (adults only) and 1402 rooms in the Palace Section. All of which are air-conditioned with balcony or terrace, TV, telephone, WiFi Internet access*, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer and iron and board. Superior Room-Beach are located in the Adults only section, with iPod and MP3 connection, 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

All Inclusive of: All meals and snacks, all locally produced drinks by the glass and all activities unless otherwise stated.

Superior Room Oceanview-Beach are located in the Adults only section, sleeping maximum 4 adults. 

Superior Room Oceanfront-Premium Level are located in the Adults only section, sleeping maximum 4 adults. 

Oceanfront Suite-Premium Level are located in the Adults only section, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Superior Room-Palace are located in the Palace family section, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. 

Junior Suite-Palace are located in the Palace family section with sea view and/or garden view, 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults, 3 adults and 1 child, or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Duplex-Palace, also in the Palace family section, are split over 2 levels with views of the golf course, 1 king-size bed on the top level and 2 double beds on the lower level, sleeping maximum 4 adults, 3 adults and 1 child, or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Room-Palace are also located in the Palace family section with master bedroom with 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed, a second bedroom with 2 double beds, a bathroom and views of the garden or golf course, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 1 child, 3 adults and 2 children, or 2 adults and 3 children.

Family Junior Suite Premium Level are located in the Palace family section, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 4 children, 3 adults and 3 children or 4 adults and 2 children. 

Junior Suite Oceanfront-Premium Level are located in the Palace family section, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. 

Suite Oceanfront-Premium Level are located in the Palace family section, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children. 

3 restaurants in the Adults-Only Beach section: Caribe (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner), Chez Gourmet (dinner only), La Brisa (buffet lunch and a la carte dinner). Guests in the Beach section also have access to 5 additional restaurants in the Palace section (Santa Fe Steak House, El Coral, Hoyo 19 Golf Sports Bar, Mirimar and Bohio Dominicano). 10 restaurants in the Palace section: Bohio Dominicano (Buffet, Dominican cuisine), Mirimar (buffet, International cuisine), Santa Fe Steak House, El Coral (seafood), Hoyo 19 Golf Sports Bar (American), Kyoto* (Japanese and sushi bar), La Dolce Vita* (Italian), Mexico Lindo*, La Fuente* (Spanish) and La Comédie* (French, additional surcharge of USD$30 per person applies). 14 bars including pool bars, a family bar and a sports bar.

Daytime and evening entertainment. Casino (open 24-hours). Vouchers to use in the Casino are included within your Resort Credit. Nightclub.

5 Swimming pools: 1 in the adults Beach section and 4 in the Palace section (one of which is also adults only). Pirates Island Water Park*. Fitness centre. U Spa* with hydrothermal circuit (one per person, per stay). Non-motorised water sports including pedal boats, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and catamarans. Windsurfing lessons*, sunfish lessons*, diving lessons* (PADI), boat trips*, glass-bottom boat trips* and water-skiing*. 18-hole championship golf course*. 7 tennis courts and 2 multi-purpose sports courts. Mini-golf, baseball, football, basketball and volleyball. Barcy Kids' Club for kids 3-12 years.

WiFi access*. Laundry/dry cleaning service*. 24-hour reception. 24-hour room service*. Shopping mall.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge. 

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Jul 22, 2019 Ирина Д

There are amazing entertainments in the hotel including dancing and singing performances. The dancer Francisco Almanzar is especially wonderful, entertains the public and gives really positive emotions! Love so much!!! Want to return back!
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Jul 22, 2019 _E1682CM Moscow, Russia

we attended the best concert at the hotel, the performance was at the best level. , especially remembered by the dancer Franciisco Almanza! very charismatic and dedicated to their work! he was able to ignite and liberate the entire audience! big sapasibo him!
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Jul 22, 2019 Cesar R

Much better then expected!!!! Best customer service EVER....dont listen to all the hype in the media....had a wonderful time with my wife...you have a Superstar in REYFI!!!. Great personality, kept everyone entertained,lots of energy and great sense of humor!!! And whole staff was friendly, humble and super respectful....Great people working at… Read more
Much better then expected!!!! Best customer service EVER....dont listen to all the hype in the media....had a wonderful time with my wife...you have a Superstar in REYFI!!!. Great personality, kept everyone entertained,lots of energy and great sense of humor!!! And whole staff was friendly, humble and super respectful....Great people working at Barcelo Beach!!!!! Read less
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Jul 22, 2019 mollycavalieri Omaha, Nebraska

Just returned from 5 nights at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach (adults only side). I went with 5 other adults, 2 couples and 2 single guys. Overall great food, beach and pool but a few things we weren't crazy about. Food: We ate each morning at Caribe, it was great. Plenty of healthy options AND yummy splurge options. Omelette bar was really nice,… Read more
Just returned from 5 nights at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach (adults only side). I went with 5 other adults, 2 couples and 2 single guys. Overall great food, beach and pool but a few things we weren't crazy about. Food: We ate each morning at Caribe, it was great. Plenty of healthy options AND yummy splurge options. Omelette bar was really nice, and my husband enjoyed the crepe station. Solid fruit selection there as well. We tried lunch once at Caribe and it was great, again plenty of fresh yummy stuff to choose from. One day we tried the lunch spot at the golf course and everyone liked what they had. La chez and La comedie were both great, Chateaubriand at both were incredible. Service was slow at La comedie but they gave us 25% off (we weren't premium so it was $30 a person to eat there), that was really nice and unexpected. The theme/setting at La comedie is a little creepy though, LOTS of puppets haha... food made up for it. La brisa for dinner was also amazing as well as the Japanese restaurant (extra $15 per person) but you get so much good food, it was worth it. Drinks: This was a big let down. The alcohol they use is whatever is below the bottom shelf stuff we have in the US. If you wanted something drinkable you had to pay extra. Drinks on the excursions we did were significantly better. It was also strange that my dad ordered Jack Daniels at one bar and got it no problem and with no charge, then we came back a different day and they rudely told him they don't have that. The only beer included is presidente OR you could pay $6 for one bottle of Corona... not a fan of all inclusive not being all inclusive especially when there is only one beer option available (husband said it tasted like dirty pennies). They do have two mini coors in the room fridge. Safe bet is champagne or others in my group like the mojitos. We did find a yummy rum coffee at the cigar bar on the palace side and the guys in our group enjoyed the mamajuana shots. Honestly, we probably didn't drink our moneys worth because we couldn't find much we liked. Resort: The resort is GORGEOUS and huge. Everything was very very clean. The restrooms around the resort were constantly being cleaned and were super nice and updated. Food areas were clean and again very pretty. The rooms however could use some love. The tile floors were clean, but you couldn't tell by just looking at it, they were a little rough. The walls were thin, so you could hear alot of what was happening on either side of you. The bed however was wonderful, very comfortable. We did ask to upgrade to premium at check-in but the person checking us in said "we can maybe talk about that" then gave us our room key and brought the bellhop over. We did have a lovely view from our room though. Pool/beach: AMAZING. We loved the beach, it was quiet and relaxing. The sand was soft and white. They did their best to keep the seaweed cleaned. I recommend doing the beach in the morning, because the seaweed does build up by the afternoon. Pool was clean, quiet, beautiful and relaxing. They do have the entertainment group out every once in a while to do some fun stuff otherwise its quiet. People do bring their own music because the pool doesn't have any music going so be prepared to listen to a cluster of different things. It would be nice if there was a beach bar or waitstaff on the beach. They did have someone come around the pool and take orders but only at certain times of the day, we couldn't really pin point when, because it changed each day. There is no swim up bar at the adults side, so that is something to note. If you aren't a fan of crowds/kids/babies in diapers in the water... don't go to the family side pool. We stopped over there to check out the swimup bar and didn't even take our shoes off before turning around and leaving. It was nearly shoulder to shoulder, there were babies in regular diapers in the pool and the swim up bar was all kids. Staff: This was another let down. Minus a handful of people, no one seemed happy. We heard this same thing from several people we befriended at the pool so we were glad it wasn't just us but I don't think I saw more than a few staff smile. Our group in whole probably spent $400 or more tipping through out the trip, hoping that would help but it never did. Alexandria who was serving at the pool, and our server at La Brisa at night (last name was Kelly) were both fantastic, that was about it. Everyone at the lobby bar seemed annoyed whenever we ordered (and tipped), the staff at the pool bar were even worse. Overall we felt like the staff had a chip on their shoulder and really did not want to be there or for any of us to be there, I understand a job is a job but we've been to Jamaica and Mexico and have never ever had customer service like this. I noticed interactions with other guests were the exact same and it wasn't any different at the Palace (family side). The DR was beautiful and we felt safe the entire time. Our resort was gorgeous and the beach was a dream at the adults side. Sadly, the drinks and service were probably enough to keep us from coming back. Read less
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Jul 21, 2019 Go766769

I would recommend this place for Adults only. The area I stayed in was Adults only. The entertainment, food and people are so lovely. The staff are so helpful and supportive. They also have a family section as well which is good for families. The train was also so great because it helped to get around the resort.