IFA Villas Bavaro
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Our OpinionThe IFA Villas Bavaro is a good resort for those couples looking to to relax in Punta Cana. The resort is very big, so this is great for those who don't mind walking around to explore the resort. However, they do offer shuttle services. The villas are the farthest from the beach and main resort area, so try to request and book rooms in the village area. The rooms might be a bit outdated. However, unless you're looking to spend a majority of your time indoors, it doesn't necessarily take away from the experience. There are plenty of buffet items to choose from and four a la carte restaurants. Good staff. Be advised that there is a charge if you're wanting to do a late check-out.
Location: Beachfront, 45 minutes to Higuey, 20 minutes from the airport.
I have stayed 10 days ! Hot water works at random times AC is the same! Clean towels hardly reached our room! The pool was dirty! During my stay they had to give new key about five times to my room technical fault! The staff was arrogant not helpful at all! Food was almost the same all week! The sea was beautiful location excellent ! Same about managements. Needs a good shake up! Definatelly not 4 star service!
I have regularly travelled to the Dominican Republic starting back 10 years ago when power cuts were common but the hotels always had generators so it wouldn't affect the travellers. ***powercuts****So to travel to Punta Cana in 2017 and stay at this hotel and have regular power cuts with hours of no food service at the restaurants was not what expected especially from a 4 star hotel. We have days without aircon in our rooms and for the whole night one night. We had a 5month old baby and it was an uncomfortable night. The worst part was at 8 pm I phoned reception to ask if the aircon would be on soon and was told yes one hour. After a few hours I phoned back I was told it would be 10 minutes. I went to the shop and the staff were emptying the fridges and said no aircon or power would be on all night. I again phoned reception to clarify this and was told it was coming on in a few mins. However it wasn't until 1pm the next day the aircon came back on. Lies from staff is really upsetting also makes me wonder if this was planned maintenance! On the plus side the next day we were due to go home and explained due to the heat the baby didn't sleep and we would like the room until 3pm free of charge once discussed with the manager he allowed us to use the room until leaving. There were to many days when dinner service or lunch at the pizzeria was cancelled. ****Guest Services*****The guest services take 3 days to sort out guest problems. We had villa 1151 and there was rain at the hotel. The roof was leaking onto the bed we put a pot under the dripping which was moved and soaked the bed but was not fixed. Three days of constant complaints and finally we were moved. 3 days sleeping in a damp villa isn't good for anyone's health. Overall disappointing service! The restaurants are lovely but a big queue from 8.30 every morning to book. ****hygiene*****The pool is disgusting floating green and dirt in the main pool with swim up bar. I cut my feet on the bottom of the pool. The other pool is better and cleaner. *****Wifi******The free wifi never works and you can get 7 days for $40 in internet centre which wasn't the greatest but worked throughout the resort. *****All inclusive****The beer is 2% at all inclusive and wouldn't affect the frogs around the pool. The food isn't to bad. I enjoyed the restaurants. The prices are steep for exclusions but they do have some lovely places to see and Dominicans are very talented proud friendly people. The dinner staff are lovely! I wouldn't visit this hotel again there are better hotels locally with better customer service. We still enjoyed our staff but disappointed with the quality and lack of pride and service to the customer did put a downer to our stay
Just returned from a brilliant 14 day holiday to the IFA Villas Bavaro. Staying as a family of 4 we stayed in the bungalow type buildings closer to the quieter pool. We found the room a little small for 4 people but adequate. The air conditioning in the room is a god send! 2 Pool areas both fine with plenty of sunbeds and no mad rush to get up early and reserve beds. We preferred the quiet pool as the main pool can get rowdy and impossible to get served at the swim up bar due to people hogging the area.We ate at all of the restaurants and although the food isn't perfect it is edible with plenty of choice to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Yes at the end of the 2 weeks the food gets repetitive, but we get that at all the all inclusive hotels that we goto.The staff work tirelessly from early morning until late at night to make sure that you can have the best holiday that you can, whether it be the maids cleaning your room, the cleaners constantly picking up cups/rubbish from lazy holidaymakers, to the bar stafff who work long hours but when treated correctly themselves will always have a smile and a laugh with you. I have seen that people complain that some of the staff's English is limited? So is my Spanish but it didnt stop them or me trying to be pleasant, it doesn't cost anything!Hurricane Irma passed over us whilst we were here and although it didn't hit direct and cause any damage I felt that at 1st the hotel were a little slow getting information to the holidaymakers, this caused a bit of confusion and panic which slowly eased as the impending hurricane came and went. The next morning was a hive of activity getting everything open and back to normal as quick as possible and full credit again goes to all of the staff for allowing people's holidays to return to normal as quickly as possible,There are a few things that could improve this hotel, one being air conditioning in the bars and restaurant's as the heat at night is still uncomfortable after getting showered and changed. The other is the tightening up of the dress policy, in the restaurants at night you don't expect to see people still in their beach shorts and vests or even at La Vela in the day people sitting eating soaking wet or in their speedo's !Aside from that the holiday makers themselves could also help the hotel by binning their rubbish when its finished with, learning to queue, not picking food up with your hands when tongues and forks are available and perhaps being a little more courteous to the staff who who work long hours in the heat to make your holiday a good one.
We booked this hotel on recommendation from out local holiday company Was shown the pictures from the hotels website etc Told that a member of staff had been and reported it to be perfect So we booked Upon arrival the reception booking in was a complete farce Over an hour to get a room key and a location Upon getting to our room the swipe cards didn't work Back to get keys reprogrammed , back of the queue again ! Room was indeed lovely Pool was outside our balcony and looked fab That's where it ended Surface of pool was a floating skin of scum , hair and other debris I managed to scratch my foot on pool bottom and ended up with an infection costing me $928 to see doctor Food buffet was basic to say the least , flies all over all the food ! The other restaurants are almost booked solid but are poor anyway even if you manage to get a table The supposed free wifi is none existent unless you go to the designated area at 6am while there's signal All the staff are helpful but look like you've asked them to do something wrong Getting drinks on English is almost impossible The entertainment starts at 9:30 pm and is at best adult versions of kids party games We got friendly with the animation team , best thing this resort have Real asset to them , cocci and big momma In all I wouldn't recommend this resort to anyone Went for my 50th and was truly disappointed Save your hard earned money And go elsewhere You've been earned
The hotel itself was very nice. There are several buildings and of course ours was the last one. It's a pain to haul all your luggage to buildings and there are no elevators so getting big suitcases up stairs is difficult. Our building was close to the ocean so that was a plus. You still have to walk a little ways to get to the ocean but not far. The hotel was clean. When we arrived the air in our room did not work so it was super hot, after calling the front desk and complaining several times they finally had someone come fix it. Then after a day or two water was leaking from the ceiling, in assuming it was the air conditioner because it started getting hot again but we called right away and some came to fix it. The food is not Americanized at all. We only ate the 24/7 pizza buffet. We did eat at a couple restaurants which were okay. Nothing super amazing but okay. The hotel provides you with huge bottles of water which is super nice to have. Overall I would probably pick another resort with better food next time but if your on. Budget like we were this is an okay resort to stay at. As long as I don't see any bugs I'm not too hard to please and we didn't have any bugs in our room so that's a huge plus for me when staying anywhere.
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
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Unlimited House Wine with meals, Domestic brand drinks and Domestic beer from 10am-11pm
- Drinks at the Disco from 10pm-2am
- Lounge chair and towels
- Snorkeling equipment
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Reservations required for:
- Sunfish sailing
- Pedal boats
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 652 rooms in villa-style houses and ten 2 & 3-storey buildings
- 2 buffet restaurants
- Beach grill restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants, dress code & reservations required
- Gourmet restaurant (extra cost)
- Snack bar
- 6 bars including a Pool bar
- 3 pools, children's area of pool
- 3 tennis courts
- 3 gift shops
- Beauty salon
- Internet access (fee)
- Deep sea fishing excursions (fee)
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Max occupancy 4 persons
For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club, Playground and games room. Babysitting services available (fee).
Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for further details.
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.
Resort Location Map
IFA Villas BavaroPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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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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