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Catalonia Bavaro is a solid resort, clean and well maintained. The furnishings and interior of the suites are a little outdated. However, many travelers find this a menial issue that did not interfere with their stay. The beach has a lot of seaweed but they do their best to keep it clean. The food is good with lots of selection.
We started our day on the north end of the beach looking at the beautiful blue water and the soft sand beach. Then we learned, the hard way, at 1100 every morning. They bring a PA system to the beach and play loud techno music for the better part of an hour for water aerobics. Well, we moved to the south side of the beach to get away from the thumping bass. Soon after that, the LookeaMON(sp?) booth near us began playing Spanish pop music from their speakers. No activity was happening, they just felt the need to play their music. So the next day we tried the pool, aside from the thumping bass coming from the beach at 1100, it was mostly quiet. The bar music wasn't loud enough to be obnoxious. Around afternoon that all changed when the PA system got brought up to the pool and a ZUMBA class began at the pool. We moved back to the beach. And ended our day with a someone yelling, "ONE, TWO, THREE, UNO, DOS, TRES" into the PA at the pool for 45 minutes. We found there was nowhere in the resort that you could just relax and read a book all day without being bothered. We will not be back.
Dear fellow traveller! We have stayed in many all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Dominican.We chose the Catalonia for this trip because of the quaint look of the grounds, the golf, the beach area and the variety restaurants! We were four adults travelling together and figured that there would be something for everyone here! The resort IS beautiful. The grounds are stunning, very tropical and plush! So many cool resident birds at this resort! It is also much bigger than it looks, but it is totally walkable. The green spaces and beach areas are very well manicured, always being looked after. Plenty of beach chairs, at least in the Privileged section! The animation team is out every day encouraging all who wish to participate in the dance lessons, beach/pool exercise classes, water polo, poolside contests etc. Gawsh this team works hard, day and night! The evening entertainment is "entertaining". The Michael Jackson tribute was most popular! We booked the Privledged section Homeymoon package which gives you rooms closer to the beach, private checkin/checkout area, concierge bar and light snack area, private beach area with quiet private beach bar/beach bar service, room service - which is perfect for morning coffee BTW, a beachfront lobster dinner, a 30 minute couple massage. Was totally worth the small up charge we paid, at the time of booking from a Standard Junior Suite, to the Privledged Club. Some people mention the pesky, hard sales time share people. We noticed one or two right near main check-in area, they offered us a welcome package, tours, etc etc - fairly aggressively, but we just said, no thanks and kept walking......by the third day of walking through the lobby, they just left us alone! They were not in the Privledged check-in area, nor on the grounds or the beach harassing people! Just a polite but firm "no thank you" and keep walking is all you really need to do. We had a very nice stay. Enjoyed our week. Beach was gorgeous. Did some golf (though advertised as free golf - you do have to pay $40 per person, per cart, so it is not actually free - FYI)The staff at this resort were very lovely but a few in particular REALLY stood out Anthony at the Privileged Club was sooooo wonderful, he greeted us with a smile EVERY SINGLE DAY! Anthony is a pro and deserves to be acknowledged, recognized and rewarded for his top notch customer service! Luis from P Club was also very delightful too - hats off to him! Ruban, now Ruban is another outstanding employee at this resort. We first met him at the Yuca restaurant, but his professional attitude did not stop there. He greeted us like old friends at the breakfast buffet two days later and when we mentioned how memorable our dinner was at the Yuca and that we were planning to go again, he introduced us to a young lady who would be serving there as he was off that night. He explained to her that we had really enjoyed the food and the Yuca atmosphere. He suggested that we ask for her when we arrived at the restaurant. We did and the food and service was impeccable again! (I feel a little guilty as I forgot to jot her name down and am reviewing this a few months after our trip, I think her name was Jacqueline but ????? ) she was awesome! Our room maid was Maria! Now Maria and I first met because my room key de-activated and we were locked out of our room. She kinda rolled her eyes at me, the irresponsible tourist who ruined her keys, but she politely arranged for us to get back in our the room with re-activated keys! After THAT we became BEST friends. She was awesome and really looked after us and our room! She let me know one day that she was on her rotation days off and a new room maid would be helping us. We hugged and thanked her profusely! Best surprised ever on our last day, walking in from the beach, Maria was in the stairwell, she sees me and comes running over to give me a HUGE hug! She was back from her time off but now it was my turn to let her know we were leaving! A few more hugs later, I felt like I had made a friend for life! Even though we did not speak each other's language except for a few phrases. Hola Maria! The food! The buffet food was mediocre. There is always something at a buffet for everyone's liking, but I found the quality to be a little inconsistent: for example breakfast hash browns, delicious hot and crisp one day - cold and dried out the next day, omelette bar great selection of toppings one day - empty bins for our entire breakfast the next day. Still was more than enough food to enjoy but the inconsistencies were noticeable. Ala Carte restaurants were all very good, as was the lovely lobster dinner on the beach which we enjoyed as part of the Honeymoon package. Drinks were decent. Wine - not so much! It comes in white plastic jugs!! I am not a wine snob but - a white plastic jug, looked like a bleach bottle, kinda freaked me out. We ended up buying wine for an extra cost at our dinners - to get a nice glass of wine! Pool was nice, though we hardly used it as we are beach bums, ocean was warm and inviting. Keep in mind that this resort is a little bit south from the main strip of Bavaro Beach, but is still very lovely! The rooms we had were a little tired, though I do believe many sections of this resort are undergoing renovations. Hopefully one day soon all the rooms will be updated. Reason I say rooms is that the first room we were given, the toilet would not flush - big problem, the shower head was broken - as in you had to hold it in one hand to have a shower, there was NO hot water, air conditioning wasn't working properly - toilet was the biggest issue for me and I did not want to wait around for maintenance to have to fix EVERYTHING, so we called the Privileged concierge and were moved to an identical room, in terms it being a little outdated, but everything was working so we were happy with that. We had an enjoyable week at the Catalonia, one week is plenty!! Some amazing staff members truly make this resort shine.If we are to return to Punta Cana, we would probably shop around and try something different, in a different location on Bavaro Beach.
Most of the staff were friendly. A bit of a hit or miss. They were either very friendly or quite grungy.Food preparation team requires food safety training. Multiple times, I received bbq pork and chicken that were not fully cooked. At breakfast line, I received omelets with raw eggs still dripping from them. Once, I received a chicken that was burnt black on the outside, but when I cut into it at the table, red blood poured out with chicken juice. I obviously did not eat the chicken, but ate other things on my plate. Some of the blood must have gotten on the food that I ate, because I was riddled with food poisoning later that evening. I was sick for 2 days during my stay.Beach had lots of debris, and not a whole lot of swimming/snorkeling spots. Entertainment was good.
Great beach,pool and very nicely manicured grounds. Good food . Mostly friendly staff. Shortage of lounge chairs on the beach. The Michael Jackson and The Circus shows are a must to see.My wife and I spent the first two weeks of February and had a great break from the Cdn winter and would definitely consider returning . Fantastic weather.
This is our second stay at this resort. It is clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is very good although the deserts leave something to be desired but this was not an issue as the main courses made up for that. We were not pressured to buy a time share as we were last year so this is a big improvement. We would return to this resort in the future.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Unlimited Domestic brand drinks, Domestic beer and House Wine
- In-room mini-bar stocked w/water, soft drinks and beer only
- Lounge chair and towels (pool/beach)
- 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool per stay
- Daytime tennis
- Pool table
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Entrance to the Disco with drinks and snacks from 10pm-3am
- 711 Junior Suites in 31 three-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 4 a la carte restaurants: Tex-Mex, French, Italian and Japanese, dress code & reservations required
- Beach grill & snack bar
- 5 bars including swim-up bar
- Large swimming pool with islands, jacuzzi, fountain and separate children's pool
- 2 tennis courts
- 9-hole golf course on-site (fee)
- Shopping centre
- Fitness room
- Beauty salon & massages (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
- Medical services (fee)
- Banana boat rides (fee)
Junior Suites include:
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Ceiling fan
- Living area
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom with separate bath and shower
- Balcony or terrace with hammock
- Max occupancy 4 persons no more than 3 adults
Kids Deals - Under 7 stay and eat free when sharing a room with 2 adults; pay airfare and transfers only.
For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' Club from 10am-6pm, mini-disco and wading pool. Babysitting services available (fee).
Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade (subject to availability) and a bottle of rum. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at check-in.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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Catalonia BavaroPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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Playas De Bavaro Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana 2062 Dominican Republic
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