IFA Bavaro Village

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Our Opinion
The 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.
Overview
Three hotels in one! The IFA Bavaro Village Beach Resort is comprised of three lovely hotels offering a great getaway and a gorgeous beach!
 
Location: Beachfront property on Bavaro Beach, 20 minute drive from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Rufus W : Chicago, Illinois
Don't even think about it!

My stay lasted 3 hours. I arrived here just after 3pm and checked into a room with double beds, I reserved a King for my wife and I. Returned to the front desk for a different room and that's when it went down hill. The rude, arrogant, careless front desk staff said, king beds are only request and their job is to provide a room thats it. It's Expedia's fault. After 5 minutes of arguing I was told a King would be available in 45 minutes. 45 minutes later I get my king bed in a HOTT, outdated, half cleaned room and non working T.V. because the screen was cracked. I walked back to the front desk and complained again and was told someone would have everything taken care of in 25 minutes. After 50 minutes with no service I called Expedia and got an immediate refund and went to another resort. Based on conversation with taxi drivers, excursion staff and staff at other venues I visited, this is typical at this place and it's a Low budget resort. STAY AWAY! Management save yourself embarrassment and don't respond.....

  • shivon67 : London, United Kingdom
Basic

Was so looking forward to going to this resort for my 50th birthday. The rooms were nothing as expected or shown in the brochure. We asked to be moved as we were placed so far away from the main building area. It was so boring. No evening entertainment whatsoever, except for a pathetic dancing show for an hour in the evening which was all in spanish so you couldn't understand what was going on. Only three parasols in the whole of the complex to shield you from the sun, so if you are fair skinned like me, you have no option but to get burnt. Towels and personal items were stolen from around the pool area. Transfer bus came early to collect us for the airport so we had to take and pay for a private taxi. Resort has some free Wifi areas so we paid for Wifi, however, this never worked and communication with the outside world was terrible.Some guests complained that their rooms had not been cleaned for days, however, this was not the case with us. The staff were so friendly and work extremely hard. Feel like I wasted so much money for nothing. Would NEVER go back even if it was free.

  • NellyG1234 : Montreal, Canada
Not that great as it sounds

We just came from 11 days stay at this resort here are my honest review of the place with the pros and the cons. Cons: - They have serious problem understanding English, and they barely know French, the reception area needs a serious update and renovation, it looks old, used and abused.- You don’t have a safe in the room, you need to pay for the lock and carry your key around all the time.- On the first day we have to change our room 3 times the same day! Reasons: Even though I specifically asked the travel agent to indicated that we need to be on higher level, ground floor room was provided, on request to change it they moved us higher ground in the same building, which was warm when we when in, nevertheless we unpacked hoping the AC will kick in, meanwhile every ½ hour we called reception/ guest service to send someone to check the AC and fix it after the 3rd or the 4th time someone came looked at it and disappeared for over an hour and then came back saying will come back soon! meanwhile we were boiling in the room, after frustrating 1.5-2 hrs we decided to go directly to reception and figure out what the hell was going on, and the lame excuse we got was that the AC unit was outside and the guy it working from outside! After 3 hours we were informed that the AC unit was defective, hence we have to move yet again, this time to another building, so imagine our frustration! How would a hotel provide a room where the AC doesn’t work! To top this all after 9:00 pm that night we have to go back to the boiling room repack everything, carry everything 3 floors done and 3 floors up to another building twice and unpack everything again! This was the excitement for the 1st day.- The beach is very nice with nice coconut trees but there are no umbrellas on the beach or the pool area! So we had to wake up early, 7 am early to get a spot under a tree, which was no problem for me, being early riser and the beach is so beautiful and nice early in the mornings.- No free Wi-Fi and the 2 places they have you can barely get a connection, or you need to up in those zones at crack of dawn, but you can pay for internet access which will work on one device at a time and for 1 week access we paid 40 US $, which sometimes it lagged and we have to reconnect again. Pros:- People are very nice with their limited ability to communicate, apart from the reception area folks, the reception area seriously need improvement on a major scale.- Beach is clean, but there are still algae.- There is mini market to the right of the beach like mini store shacks with different gift, product and souvenirs to pick from, there are rarely anyone coming on the beach to sell their stuff. At the shops, the key is to bargain, bargain, bargain.- Do the some of the excursions, we had a good deal on the beach for a day of snorkeling in Catalina island, and for a first time snorkeler, I was mesmerised it was worth it, but make sure you bring lot of sunscreen, this island is very, very hot, the beach is mesmerising clean but the sand is supper hot, even with flip flops on.Overall we have a good vacation, make sure that you read about the hotel and know if it corresponds to your requirements before booking.

  • Mary H : Leigh, United Kingdom
Dissapointed

Don't know where to start, the grounds and bungalow we stayed in was beautiful but that's where it stopped.......it was in the middle of a residential area!The staff was arrogant and used hand signals to communicate most couldn't speak English. The food was repetitive in the buffet restaurant on the hot griddle your choice is Shrimp, Pork Chop (that looks like ham) and Steak every night then you have a pasta station and an island with other choices oh and dessert station doesn't sound to bad?.....in the middle of a smoking area and you don't get a choice of wear to sit your just pointed in a direction where there is an empty table for the number in your party. I saw the chef at the griddle take a salmon steak from the display put it on the griddle, the person decided she didn't want it so he took it off and put it back on display! And I don't mind sharing but not with flies. My husband was ill while we was there (fortunately nothing to do with the food) and I had get permission from guest services to take food back to the room for him.Maid Service.....when she could be bothered to turn up, some days about 3 in total we didn't have any and I ended up emptying the bins my self and going to reception for water, coffee, sweetner and creamer they don't provide tea bags in the rooms and refuse to do so when asked. When she did come it was between 5-6pm.Pool Safety..there was none, no barriers around the pool or life guards. Again I saw people taking food and drinks into the pool near the snack bar.Your may think I'm exagurating....I wish I was, there's more but you have to stop somewhere.

  • Sfo1924 :
Great week with IFA!!

We arrived on 7-6-17 and left on7-10-17. After reading reviews a couple of weeks leading up to our trip,I was worried about what we were going to find. Once we arrived, my fears were quickly erased, check-in went fast,our rooms were not quite ready so we were told to leave our luggage and enjoy some lunch while we waited. The first few steps into the resort you notice the effort they make to keep this place clean, it is a beautiful resort. The rooms are very nice and the air cond is cold! The mixture of bars and places to eat are great, the buffet has a little of everything, the food has a different taste to it, but it all was good and there should be something for everyone. We reserved spots at the Italian restaurant and Caribe, which is a steakhouse. Both were very enjoyable, but our favorite was Caribe, the Fillet was killer!! Make sure you get in line early for reservations to Caribe, they fill up quick. There is a little language barrier, but everyone tries their best to accommodate. The beach is a couple minute walk, and is gorgeous, with plenty of chairs and room for all, I snorkeled a few days, the left side of the swim area is loaded with fish and I saw a ray. I would have probably given this resort a 5 star, but I had difficulty getting clean towels in our room. Dirty towels were hung back up, I called 6 times for fresh towels, and was told every time 20 min. This went on for 3 days, only after I went down and complained to the front staff and told them it was going to affect my review did I get fresh towels. I thought it was something stupid and way too easy to fix on the resorts part to allow,especially when you can get new pool towels any time you would like. Aside from that, I would highly recommend this resort, and would definitely come back!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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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
  • Gym
  • Tennis*
  • Volleyball*
  • Basketball* Darts*
  • Table tennis
  • Snorkeling
  • Pool scuba clinic
  • Kayaks*
  • Windsurfing*
  • Pedal boats
  • Sailing*
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Disco
      *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
    • Disco
    • 3 pools including children's area
    • Tennis (lit - fee)
    • Gym
    • Full service spa (fee)
    • Beauty salon
    • Gift shops
    • Mini-mart
    • Internet access (fee)
    • Casino nearby
    Hotel Rooms include:
    • 2 doubles or 1 king bed
    • Air-conditioning and ceiling fan
    • Cable TV
    • In-room safe (fee)
    • Mini-fridge
    • Bathroom with tub and shower
    • Hair dryer
    • Balcony or terrace
    • Maximum occupancy 4 persons
    For the Kids - Kids Club (ages 4-12) and Children's area of pool. Babysitting available for a fee.

    Three Hotels In One! - When you stay at the IFA Villas Bavaro Beach Resort & Spa you have access to the facilities of the IFA Ocean Village, the IFA Bavaro Village and the IFA Villas Bavaro (located 750 metres from the beach). Complimentary shuttle service around the property.

    Honeymoon Bonus - Receive a complimentary room upgrade and bottle of rum upon arrival. Based on availability at checkin. Valid within 30 days of wedding. Proof of marriage required.

    Wedding Packages Available - Also available, please inquire.

    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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    • IFA Bavaro Village
      Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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    IFA Villas Bavaro Resort & Spa
    Playas de Bavaro, Bavaro, Punta Cana 51101 Dominican Republic

    Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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