IFA Bavaro Village
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Our OpinionThe IFA Bavaro Resorts are amongst three of the sister hotels in the area. They all promise the same 4-star resort rating. Guests who are looking for a destination with a vast beach should stay in this resort. While the a la carte restaurants are great quality and value, the buffet items sometimes get a little repetitive. This resort is fitting for young clientele and couples, who enjoy nightly entertainment and daytime activities.
Lovely hotel and grounds. Staff average not much english which is difficult sometimes. Also found most of the staff looked at you like a piece of dirt on their shoe! And some staff had more time for there phones especially the ones in the shops. All in all i would not return, its not for me.Wifi- waste of time!!!!!!! Food- basic and hit and miss some nights, fresh pasta station and meat. Very repetitive and found a piece of plastic in my food 2nd night in. Al a cart restraunts difficult to get in to you have to stand in a HUGE que on the morning you want to go. Pizza bar next to the main pool is really nice, always fresh pizzas put out.Rooms- we had a villa 1198 far away but not really a problem as get golf carts going around to pick you up. The room is lovely could be improved a little but cleaned everyday towels every couple of days and a nice big tv on the wall. Pool- there is 2 pools one is more lively with the animation team and swim up bar, i didn't use that pool but seemed busy enough. We used the 2nd pool has 2 bars next to it so didn't have far to go. Plenty of sun beds not much shade. Only one towel hut at the main pool also. Beach- the beach is beautiful nice and big it has a bar and place to have lunch. BAD POINT is you cant go far out in the sea as they have nets as boats are constantly passing by trips and party boats (very close)
It is a very nice resort! We stayed in bungalows, they look the same as in pictures from booking. It was two rainy days in our holliday, it was raining in our room but it doesn't bother us because we were in one Caribbean island and it was a positive mood. The resort has many restaurants, a la carte restaurants, pizzeria and many bars. The stuff that works in coffee bar and in bars was very friendly, always they smile and tells you a joke. The food was very tasty in the principal restaurant, we tried in one night the a la carte restaurant but you don't know what you order (because the menu is not very explicit) and every morning you should wait at one crowd to reserve a place for the a la carte restaurant instead to have a good time on the beach (in concusion we chosen the principal restaurant)! It was an excellent holiday!
for the price- it was fantastic.it was close to airport, close to surrounding markets and shops,and the bungalows are lovely. we stayed in room 1236, this is possibly as far away from anything as you can get.this was a 2 minute buggy ride to the reception, and if you wanted to go the beach, it would be the same again. we were woken very early on our second week as they were knocking down a wall directly outside our room. the food was what you would expect, it did get very repetitive, especially after two weeks -again, what you would expect. the Pikalo pizza bar was very yummy.we tried the restaurants, Caribe was the best - beef and chicken were very nice.we didnt go on the beach often because of the noise from passing party boats, and because of this, you couldn't swim very far out and if you did, you were attacked by seaweed.we did 2 trips. we booked one through thomas cook (Adventure boogies) and one from the men selling around the resort (seaquarium) - they were both very good and would highly recommend.they allow market stalls into the hotel and they can become very annoying when you dont want to buy anything. overall it was a lovely stay
A good business is defined by the management. This management is horrible. Juan Carlos should. Be fired or disowned if he's a relative. That's the only way I can figure out how they hired this guy. He is not to be trusted. Get it in writing and make sure it's very accurate. Even the other employees say the same when he's gone. It seems that lying is a game or a way of life? No pool service, no good alcohol, the buffet is crap and the exact same every day. They have rules about every little thing to save money. They say the Resteraunt's are sold out and you go there and there are 10 people and 30 empty tables ? No beach service and it's a 10 minute walk to a deserted beach. Lol. If they continue this way they will be gone in 3 years. Is it so hard to provide good food, service and management ? DO NOT GO HERE.
After reading mixed reviews on here, we were a bit concerned before we left for our stay. However, we always travel with an open mind and realize not everyone will agree on pros and cons. Our trip was June 1-8 and we (my husband and I) traveled with 5 girls ages 17-22. My husband and I travel every year or two (as a couple) and have taken our girls on a trip to a Jamaican all-inclusive a few years ago. This was our second trip as a family over seas & we did expect some difficulty bc we have a group of 7.We did book one excursion but booked that online with Hispaniola and that was our favorite day of the trip-highly recommend!!! The lobster on that snorkeling excursion was to die for!!!!Pros:-beautiful resort grounds and buildings. The renovations continue in some areas but overall the rooms and restaurants are very nice and well-kept.-Air conditioning in the sleeping rooms (may sound odd but when you read the cons you'll know why)-Variety of restaurants (Asian, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, pizza, & buffet) was nice. -Friendly wait staff and bartenders. Probably one of the biggest pros. They don't know English but try their best to understand and help in any way they can! If you tip, they get to know you and look for you to sit in their section as repeat customers!!:)we took about $125 in small bills to tip. It's fun to encourage them this way and say thank you $1 or $2 at a time :) we left with $0 & spent it all on tipping. Well worth our $$! -Golf cart shuttle service is offered from the villas to the lobby as well as from the lobby to the beach. You learn the routine quickly and it helps! -- bc if you walk it, you will be drenched in sweat by the time you arrive at your destination! -Location is close to shopping center. You can walk next door to the beach and there are vendors that sell souvenirs. Less expensive than the vendors that come and set up in the resort possibly?? There is also a free shuttle to 2 nearby malls. We visited both bc my girls wanted to use better wifi!-Beach goes forever in either direction - if you like walking the beach! You may have to sidestep seaweed but the sand is cool & powder soft! -No vendors on the beach! This was a refreshing change from the other resorts we have visited in the past… The only people who approach you on the beach are excursion reps and spa reps. This was one of the best positives!!!Cons:-it is HOT there...we are definitely spoiled in America. I had expected cooler temps in the evenings and at the restaurants. Since the restaurants aren't right on the ocean or near the beach (Italian is closest but vegetation obstructs much of the air flow) it is HOT. You will sweat... a lot! Especially if you are from a northern climate. So just be prepared. I wasn't. :/ We stay at Sandals resorts mainly & at those, outdoor restaurants are more "open air" & on the beach ... so there is a nice breeze. Here the restaurants are closed in and far enough away from the beach that the air is pretty stagnant -- they really need more fans. Most of us lost weight on the week, & I think mainly bc of sweating constantly. Kinda ruins getting dressed up for dinner. **TIP: The Caribbean restaurant has ac and fills up quickly!!-Language barrier is horrendous. The workers are nice and try, but the vast majority don't speak any English. Its hard to ask questions or to get good service when they don't know what you need.... guest services is pretty good at English but the cleaning people, maintenance, golf cart shuttle drivers, wait staff...most of them speak only Spanish. Very odd to us bc you'd think at a resort, they'd make sure to have more English speaking employees. -Food is ok but not great. Pizza was good but a couple of us got sick the evening after eating pizza that we think was under-cooked. The Buffet was ok but very repetitive. Definitely try and get reservations at all the restaurants. We found out close to the end of our stay that you can call 8109 at 9am and get a reservation for that evening. Beats standing in line!! Which brings me to another con...-Dinner reservations can only be made for the day of the dinner-no advance reservations for the next night. As a group of 7, this proved difficult. They were super nice one day and since we had 7, they made an exception and gave us a reservation for the following night. Again, we are used to Sandals resorts where you make the weeks worth of reservations on the first day. Much better way to do things & a suggestion management might want to consider! No one wants to spend even 30 minutes each morning waiting in line for dinner reservations.-Villas are farrrr away from the main part of the resort. It's good exercise if you want the steps, but as I said ...it is so hot you will be a ball of sweat if you walk it-no matter if it's day or night. Wait in the shade for the golf carts. You'll get there just as quickly and you won't be sweaty!:)-No orientation to the resort. Again, I only have Sandals resorts as a reference point & they have a 15-min orientation upon arrival. Super helpful and lets you learn the ins and outs ahead of time. Another suggestion management may want to consider?!? Although this would also require more English speaking employees.... so ?!?!?-Internet access is next to impossible. They say free wifi access but so many people are on it that it takes forever to load a page! Don't waste money buying access either....SLOW!!!! Best bet is mall or airport. Better yet, check with your cell phone carrier before you leave & add international data to your plan. It will be well worth your money!! Tip: There is no Internet access in the sleeping rooms even if you pay for it & at $40/week, the password is only good for ONE device!:/
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 buffet meals daily plus snacks
- 7 a la carte dinners per week (reservations required, dress code in effect)
- Unlimited house wine with lunch and dinner, domestic beer and drinks
- Daily activities
- Basketball* Darts*
- Table tennis
- Pool scuba clinic
- Pedal boats
- Nightly entertainment
- *Reservations required
- 652 rooms located in bungalows and 10, two and three-storey buildings
- 2 buffet restaurants
- 4 a la carte restaurants (Japanese, Mexican, International, Gourmet)
- Snack bar
- 6 bars
- 3 pools including children's area
- Tennis (lit - fee)
- Full service spa (fee)
- Beauty salon
- Gift shops
- Internet access (fee)
- Casino nearby
- 2 doubles or 1 king bed
- Air-conditioning and ceiling fan
- Cable TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Bathroom with tub and shower
- Hair dryer
- Balcony or terrace
- Maximum occupancy 4 persons
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IFA Bavaro VillagePunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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Playas de Bavaro, Bavaro, Punta Cana 51101 Dominican Republic
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