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.
We went there as a couple and had a villa room at the back of the hotel by the jacusi bar. The room was good, comfortable beds and the maid service was good if a little late in the day. We never went to either pool as there were no sunshades and it was difficult to get natural shade. The party pool had loud music blasting all day which was not relaxing. Also there was a lot of building work going on. Much more than we were advised of prior to our booking this hotel. The beach was disappointing. Only a small area roped off to swim in due to the constant stream of boats going back and forth. It was impossible to snorkel and the water wasn't very clear due to the oil from the boats. It was again hard to get shade as there were no sunshades on the beach. There was some shade from the trees but you had to get there early to manage to get one of these. We went to the right of the beach to get away from the noise of the animation team and noticed that a lot of beds were being used by people who were not even from the hotel.The beach bar was ok but we often had to queue for ages to get a table. Especially at the weekends when a lot of local people paid for day passes. The toilets at the beach were very small and you do not expect to have a unisex toilet in this standard of hotel. The toilets around the rest of the resort were often dirty. The food here was most disappointing. The breakfast and then lunch at the beach bar were ok but the food in the evening was terrible. We have been to the dominican Republic 5 times but this was by far the worse food we have ever had. Also the dining room totally lacked any atmosphere and it was like dining in a motorway cafe. Again large queues and my husband was sick the last few days of his holiday. To make a booking for the themed restaurants you had to queue up in the morning and my husband queued for at least half an hour on two occasions to book the Italian only to be told curtly that it was closed.There didn't seem to be anywhere to go to get away from the constant loud music. Ok if you are young but it was definitely not for us.Our overall impression was that the hotel had too many guests for the amount of facilities available.We will definitely not be going back
We went as a large group and booked back in July 2016. FLIGHTS- For March Break flights and check in with Sunwing was great. CHECK IN/OUT FRONT DESK -We checked in early at 11:30amand knew we would have to wait until 3pm to get our rooms but didnt get our rooms until 4pm. We really had to work hard to get our superior rooms as they kept trying to give some of us a standard room to get rid of us at the front desk. Bad communication skills with front desk staff. On our way out( check out) early morning they tried to get us to pay for a non existant charge of $1 which we refused to pay as were all inclusive all week and not allowed to charge to the room. Very frustrating to deal with front desk staff as they just kept saying come back tomorrow or come back later to pass it off on the next shift. ROOMOur room was one of the highlights of our trip as it was a Superior Room that was newly renovated. Very open concept, white and plenty of room. Beautiful. We were pool side which was noisy at times but we didnt mind as room was centrally located.BEACHBeach is a walk! 5 min from resort or you can take a shuttle. We walked and didnt use the shuttle. Beach is busy and we got their early to reserve a palm tree shade. The swimming area in front is decent. Lots of boats flying by to try and entice you or sell you a booze cruise as well as parasailing. Constantly trying to sell you something. People walking the beach to sell you massages etc. Beach bar and restaurant was decent but beach washrooms are men/women and small. I will mention 1 particular waitress DAYSI who always went above and beyond for us and remembered us as well as treated our young daughter with care.RESORT BEACH ACTIVITIESThis place ticked me off royally! SO RUDE!! Anytime we went up to ask to use snorkle/mask or sailing we were rudely talked to and told they were going on break and could only use for 20 min instead of full hour. Another guest stood by and actually spoke up on my behalf to the attendant. They were not helpful and only had time for you if you wanted to buy scuba time or spend money on something they offered. We were just interested in what our resort had to offer for free...kayaking, snorkling, sailing etc. You have to put up your credit card if you want to use the sail boats and they wont help you with any of it!TENNISWe used the tennis courts because it was a chance for our 10 year old to practice. Equipment was damaged, broken strings and damaged balls. tennis courts smelled like sewer at times. SERVICE*Maid service was excellent. Although rooms were not even touched until 4pm when you are coming back from the beach to get cleaned up for dinner. *Bar Service - my husband noticed that the young male bartenders at the pizza bar gave poor service unless you were a young girl in a bikini. I found the female servers at pizza bar could be nasty and abrupt. However, the beach bar had decent service. DAYSI was a female waitress at the Beach Restaurant who ALWAYS gave you great service and remembered what you liked. We went in everyday to see her. Special person for sure. My daughter loved her.WIFI - didnt exist!! We had a plan on our phone however needed wifi for work etc. There were 2 locations to get wifi- standing out front of spa and in the cafe dominican...both locations didnt ever give us service. very frustrating as this is a very important amenity people rely on when they go on vacation. POOR!SUNWING - Nexxus driver and tour director were friendly and helpful. gave us great service to and from the resort. I liked that tour guide asked us what we thought of the resort on the bus. Sunwing REP at resort was useless. We were supposed to get a group dinner as well as welcome cocktail and all we got was the run around. He kept passing us off to the resort to arrange and resort kept telling us to talk to the rep. The REP onsite Ramsel? didnt do a thing for us. Other than trying to sell you more what are they there for? What if we needed his help? It was disappointing that we didnt have a group dinner arranged and we had to arrange something for ourselves. When we asked the resort to do it they said we cant arrange that many people in our restaurants because we have other guests to deal with! What about us? were we not guests to them? Entertainment at night was fine. I will say we enjoyed the trio merengue gentleman going around playing for everyone. They joined in with our group one evening for a sing along it was fun. Pools - 1 party pool and 1 quiet pool. Party pool is loud and small. Quiet pool is alot nicer but also small. Shops and services - nice and offered plenty however can be very expensive. I priced a bottle of sunblock at $35 USD that you would pay $7 for back home. GYM/SPA AND MASSAGE - my husband would go to the gym and everyday someone from the spa would come up and offer him a massage by 1 or 2 people! What? There was 1 day that he was asked by an actual masseuse. He got the feeling there was regular services offered as well as "other" options. We werent the only people who got this impression. GROUNDS/NATURE - Grounds were meticulous! Absolutley beautiful! Grounds keepers work so hard. Everything was spotless. We also noticed roosters, hens, cats (healthy), beautiful birds such as peacocks, flamingos. This became a highlight for my daughter and she began to keep track of all the critters and animals she would find throughout the resort. SECURITY - This resort is not gated as far as I can see. There were plenty of security guards around resort as well as the beach. However it wouldnt take very much for people to access resort via beach or lobby as its wide open. There were actual people who partied it up at the resort while we were there for most of an afternoon until security got wind of it and asked them to pay or get out.SICKNESS - There were at least 5 people in our group who got sick. Not sure how as water bottles are supplied in rooms. We talked about it and it was very hard to pinpoint an exact cause or area or day in common. Stomach cramping, diarrhea, vomitting all in common. INROOM SAFE - $3 USD/day for a lock and block! $21USD to keep your stuff safe! I'm used to 4/5 Stars providing this for free.PRICE AND STAR RATING: If the resort had better management I would give it a 4 star, however I've stayed at 2 star Cuba where the hospitality and care were far better and they could speak better english. The resort is pricey! Its not located directly on the beach and service is overall terrible unless you are flashing some cash around. Overall the people we travelled with, the family and friends created a great time. Its because we are nice people that we didn't complain much. But the quiet ones, those are the people who wont be back. No one from the resort asked us how our stay was because they didn't care to know. ...as I said, bad managment.
I traveled with my best friend to celebrate my 21 st birthday and we travel all around the country so we know what good service is. The rooms were much benter than we expected and there was so many restaurants ton chose from in the resort. The workers treat you like family and speak all kinds of languages. They seem to love there job and be so dedicated. In the reception thereso a guy named Jose Manuel who was extremely polite if we needed anything he would try to figure it out for us like tour service, anything. He definitely takes his job seriously. The beach right behind the resort. And they have activities for you to do. For ,your stay the had dancer and put up a great show for the crowd that is only for ifa guests I loved it and definitely will be back!
I was looking for a last minute bargain. I got a great deal, and was well read up on the property and knew what I may encounter. Despite the reviews I read, the front desk staff was great and I have never checked in a hotel so fast. Unfortuantely, the weather was terrible when I was there, which made for a difficult stay, There is NO ROOM SERVICE whatsoever, so the fact that it rained (heavily with 25-30 mph winds) made it difficult to venture out for food and beverages. There are many great options with restaurant and bars, they have a night club, nightly theater shows, daily activities, and a cigar lounge. Was just unfortunate that the resort is spread out and to get anywhere required getting wet. The one major thing that completely disturbed me and, as a result, I will never return to this property again ... while sitting at the covered beach club (cuz again it was raining) an english speaking African American man was asking the bartender for help. The bar tender acted as if he did not understand English, however, once the man walked away, the bartender called the man the "N-word" and a "monkey black". I found this highly offensive and find it quite odd that a man of almost the same color skin could have such derogitory things to say. I found this HIGHLY offensive and again, is the SOLE reason I will never return to this resort.
I like the environment...All of staff are nice...Food are various...But, no Hi water for many days. I complained every day for the same issue. with no solve. Then, I noticed either staff are not English-speaking...Or very every every limited English-speaking....I mean...It including front desk staff...Bell boys...Bar staff.....I mean every single staff member...Am I ask too much? You figure out
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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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