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.
Stayed from November 17th to the 24th.Unfortunately we were graced with heavy rain and overcast for 6 of the 7 days in punta cana. The hotel having no control on the weather let's focus on the rest.Rooms: Stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms. It was nice and clean although the AC did not function properly until day 2. The daily housekeeping was never completed until after 5 pm and was not always completed properly each day. The beds were quite comfortable and sheets were clean. The floor in the renovated room is like scary slippery Honestly dangerous. Be careful going in and out of the shower and I would not recommend this hotel to an elderly person for that reason.Service : The only issue here was with check in. It took about 1h for them to organize themselves so that we could check in and pay the 3$ usd per day for the safety deposit box. Aside from that we received great service in all the a la carte and buffet restaurants. Special attention to Marie at the beach side buffet she took great care of us and always had a smile on her face. Most of the service staff was fantastic and polite. Never had to wait a long time to be served.Food: The food on the resort was good. fried foods and fresh choices as well. I am not vegetarian nor vegan but I would not recommend this hotel for a plant based diet. The pizza at pikolo (pool bar) was very good and available. Nothing else special to mention other than neither of us got sick during the week although we had 2 raw chicken scares and we just didn't eat it.Entertainment :The nightly entertainment at the teatro was one of the highlights of the resort. You can tell that they have made a large investment in this area and all together it's pretty fantastic. The music in general on the resort is always the same reggaeton style but it's nice down south. The animation is good but also rude at times. We heard one animator refer to a girl as big momma during a competition in the pool on the microphone.Truly unacceptable in my books to comment in negative light about another person's body/weight.Extras : We also had a massage sold to us by Roberto. Roberto is great and funny guy who sells packages for the spa on the resort and he's not too pushy. As for the massage part at the spa. It was honestly the worst massage of my life and please don't waste your money. The massage was awkward and the therapist covered both our bodies with tons of oil. She then started massaging my stomach! It's clear that they have no real degree but 110$ usd for that experience is a waste. In conclusion the weather was not on our side so maybe that made us slightly more critical towards other things. The resort is a 3 star no more no less. Highlights include service Staff, nightly shows and the beach. Don't get any extras here and keep reasonable expectations and you will enjoy.
I've been there twice and planning on going again. The people are very friendly and make you feel like home. They have nice shows, the bar tenders are excellent, The rooms are nice and clean. Love it.
We went for a long weekend during Thanksgiving and flew frontier. Firsts things first you get what you pay for by flying frontier. . My advice when you arrive at your destination try to find a porter to handle you luggage. Chances are the porter has an "in" and can help you bypass the long lines for immigration & customs. However you will still need to fill out both the customs questionnaire & the immigration questionnaire. You will also be charged 10 per person as a tourist tax. The driver was waiting for us - so no problem there. When we got to the hotel we had no idea were to go or how to check in. We finally found someone who spoke English - and believe me there are very few hotel personnel that speak English. Spanish is the accepted language. Our room was very nice - everything was white- we had a walk out balcony. Our Apple vacations itinerary said we should check in with their rep as soon as we arrive. We could not find him and found out later that he is usually there from 8:30 to 9:30, his name was Wellington and the next morning we met him. If you are interested in any excursions he is the one to help you.There is a free shopping trip that i would recommend if you are interest in cigars, coffee & chocolate. The trip is a little less than 3 hours including travel time. There are 6 main choices for food. a buffet need the lobby area open for all three meals but not open 24hours. A pizza place by the pool (pizza was really good). There are at least 3 specialty restaurants - if you are interested in making reservations make sure you are guest services area in the lobby by 8. It is 1st come first serve. We ate at the Mexican restaurant - I got the grouper it was very good. My husband & other couple each had something different and hated it. We also when to the Caribbean restaurant, I had lamb chops they were over cooked and very fatty. Another person had some kind of beef that was so tough she could not cut it. We also watched other tables struggling with trying to cut the food. There is an afternoon buffet by the beach - by far the best restaurant however it is only open for lunch. Communication with the cleaning staff was awkward, and we only got clean towels once during the 5 day trip. We never went into the pool, the bottom has chipped and the water seemed unkempt. The beach is where we spent most of our time. The sand was not hot like some beaches can be and it was very clean. There is a reef beyond the water, it seems large enough to keep out large fish but small enough the if you plan on snorkeling you will have no trouble seeing the fish. Be cautious though the current is very strong - the water area is roped off so you wont need to worry about being swept out to sea. There are several small shops & bars just off the lobby of the hotel - our favorite was the coffee bar. If you are interested in souvenir shopping the little shops on the beach has just about everything. I would not buy jewelry there though and be prepared for the hard sell. Remember they will try to get the highest price that they can - Have a set price in mind and give a little leeway if one store will not meet your price some other one will. Aside from the free shopping trip, we went on another excursion called marinarium - you can snorkel with sting rays (tail barbs removed) and nurse sharks (not man eaters). then head to a lagoon for a little play time in the waist high water. The trip is about 4 1/2 hours and in my option well worth the money ( about $120 per person). As for the over all experience I would say it was worth the money we paid. Would I go there again, with so many other resorts on other islands I would have to say no. Here are a couple of things to remember: if you want a safe it costs $3 a day, take a large cup with a lid & straw the bartender will fill it and you will not have to have your drink in a small plastic cup . Bring plenty of ones, several staff go above and beyond some names are Anderson & Kingston who are waiters & Roberto who will set your appointment if you are interest in any service that the spa offers. - Also the hotel is under going a major renovation which will include a larger pool and more condos so expect some construction noise
Just arrived home from this building site and will never return! The staff (apart from one or two) were rude and showed a distinct lack of interest in anyone that wasn't of Latin American descent. The drinks waiters and waitresses especially at the pizza bar were excellent at removing full glasses but avoided delivering fresh ones. If you tried to get served yourself you are told to find a seat and to wait for a waitress who were more interested in talking and dancing to a song by Hose Romero which was played constantly as they plugged his CD. On one occasion drinks were served in coconuts after one of the twins ate the flesh from the spoon she was using!The Italian ' a la carte' (joke) restaurant wanted forty dollars if you wanted wine. The beach a la carte provided the most uncomfortable chairs and service that I have ever experienced anywhere. Didn't bother with the others.Every day, animacion staff consistently verbally ridiculed guests at the pool who had willingly entered their purile drinking games, whilst pouring neat vodka and rum down their throats which in itself was very dangerous leaving one unfortunate young woman unable to stand unaided and not by them. The animation staff were drunk themselves on many occasions and even ruined the show in the theater for guests and performers alike one evening with drunken chants whilst ignoring an unfortunate old gentleman who had fallen on the slippery cobbles after six days of constant rain.Room cleaning was hit and miss and poorly done. The refurbished room that we stayed in had water running down the walls even through the hairdryer leaving a mouldy scum. The towel rack fell off the wall having only two screws tentatively holding it in place. The balcony door didn't close let alone lock creating a need for the safe at a rediculous price of 3 dollars a day which was non refundable. Umbrellas were not available except for staff leaving guests to dash from boring bar to boring bar in the many downpours we experienced.The one pool that was open had only trees for shade and nowhere near enough beds to accommodate the few guests that were there and the new pool was opened before the water was high enough to reach the filters leaving a scum floating from the few idiots that couldn'wait to swim in it.I could go on but am only allowed 2246 characters so to finish I will just say, if you do stay at the IFA Bavaro Punts Cana, you do so at your own risk! At least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask!!!
Stayed at IFA Villas Bavaro Resort for two weeks in Nov. 2016. I would say that this Resort is on its way to becoming a 4 to 4.5 star resort. A lot of work is being done to fix it up and with what I saw they will be something BIG. Anyway, there is a lot of construction and that did not bother us a bit. We had a villa room, very nice, in the 10xx block of rooms. The villas are very nice and new. The shower however leaks out into the room, under the door, so we put the bath mat down inside of the shower door and no more floods. Check-In: Not bad except for the guy in front of me kept asking questions that should have been shuffled off to Guest Services but OK. Went well after that, quick and no pain although there was only the one person in front of us. Check-out even quicker. It appears that the majority of the guests are from Europe or Brazil. Not many English speaking people.Walk from room to main desk is along a cobbled stone walkway and it was very difficult. I had a lot of trouble walking on them. They also flow through the entire resort. This was very difficult. However, they have little Jitneys to carry you from room to main desk. There is a large pool under maintenance and I can see that it will be fantastic when completed, new pool deck as well, no cobblestones. The beach is hughes but it is a long distance from the resort and there is a golf cart to bring you to and from the beach. As mentioned in other reviews, there is a lot of seaweed on the beach as well as in the water. The large pool that is open is very nice and the pool bar is even better. We did however find a nice secluded High Top Jacuzzi bar which was great. You have to order drinks at the bar then go down to sit in the Jacuzzi. They are big enough for about 10 or more people and the water is not too hot, 100o maybe, so you could stay in there a long time and we did. This bar could do well if ther were a server helping people with their drinks.Servers: Speaking of, they were super in the Buffet dining rooms and in the specialty restaurants. This type of service is what I would have expected in a 5 star place. There is a Old Dominican Place, bar/hangout, where there is free wi-fi sometimes. This place is big with servers. Now here you cannot go to the bar to order your drinks, they MUST be served by a server, OK, but the service is awful. Thay meay come by to ask for your order or you have to find one to take your order. If you go to the bar they tell you to sit down and you will be waited on, some time. Did not like this area. The smoke in there also could be cut with a knife, awful.Pizza bar: Excellent, the pizza was excellent the burgers were excellent, the fries were exc. and the waitresses were excellent. Bar service Exc…. Need I say more. However, there is always a however, when taking a hamburger at the buffet restaurant, make sure it is made with meat. I took one and it was a fish burger. Service for drinks was excellent and they were always there for more. Specialty restaurants: These were very good, and the service again was excellent. We went to all 4 that were open and the only one we did not return to was the Oriental. I guess it was on the bottom of the list. The best was the Carib followed by Mexican then Italan. Reservation process was very easy, I got in line about 20 minutes before 9:00 am and always were able to get my choice time. The guys there were very pleasant, and I was out by 9:15am.I forgot to mention the “flies”, I have never seen so many flies around the food. As you can see, I enjoyed this place and I would recommend you make your reservations quickly because when all of the fix up is done the price will be going up as well.
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- 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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