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Whala Bavaro

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Our Opinion
The Bavaro is a decent resort option for those looking for a great deal. The amenities in this resort are fairly adequate. The most notable part of this resort is the beach. The beach area is relatively close to the resort, making it a prime spot for those who are looking to lounge by the sea. Friendly and attentive staff. The food items are OK for the value that it comes with. Overall, the Bavaro is a decent stay in Punta Cana. If you're looking for something more high-class however, it's best to look at other options.
Overview
Bavaro Beach is the Dominican Republic's most exclusive resort destination, thanks to its fine white sand bathed by the beautiful Caribbean Sea with crystal clear and emerald tone waters. Whala!bávaro is located in an excellent location that offers a wide variety of sport and leisure activities.
 
Location: Situated in the Corales area of Bavaro, 25 minute drive from the Punta Cana Airport. 2-minute walk to Bavaro Beach (located across the street).

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Jane S : Tamworth
Adequate but rather an anonymous experience

The reception process was efficient and the cases were taken to the room without the member of staff hanging around for a tip. The room was very good, large and adequate although we did not have any hot water when we arrived and the flush handle on the toilet was hanging loose. These faults were corrected promptly as was a request for more coat hangers.. The daily cleaning was well done with replacement of toiletries and bottled water daily. The buffet meals were more than adequate with wine provided as we were all-inclusive. There was a good selection with local food being provided. It was interesting to try different vegetable such as Yucca. A room safe is recommended which costs $15 for the week. Towel hire for the beach and/or pools requires a $10 deposit. There was a very mediocre entertainment provided on one evening with a poolside buffet. Unfortunately the lack of lighting made it impossible to see what was on offer plastic knives and forks were provided which were extremely bendy and virtually useless. The three pools were pleasantly situated surrounded by beds and chairs and tables. An important/essential apart from sun cream is insect repellant as the insects seem very hungry. The poolside and beach bars were ok but it pays to ask for the menu (la carta) to sort out the various cocktails and even so you may not get the right ingredients depending on the knowledge of the bar tender. One time the bar tender argued that toronja (grapefruit) was the same as naranja (orange).

  • Dave M :
NOT AS GOOD AS 2016..NOT SURE WE WILL RETURN

Stayed here with my partner Liz in April 2016 and thought the place was great...gave it a 3.5-4 star rating. We stayed in a superior room and upgraded in 2017 to a suite. Sad to say are experience was far less enjoyable than 2016. Here is the overview and if it is a bit long we hope it is helpful and informative.FRONT DESK/RECEPTIONNo concerns. Informative, friendly and attentive and try their best to be helpfulROOM/SUITEStay in a suite if you can. We had # 41 on the ground floor and while initially unsure got used to the ground floor and convenience it offered. After the first 2 days of great hot water and pressure... settled into 11 days of cool to just/barely warm showers,,,not good. Forget about the jacuzzi's ours apparently did not work (cool barely warm jacuzzi not good anyway. It was checked by a technician and we assume it wasn't operative but he did help himself to a beer from our fridge!MAID SERVICEShe was great, friendly and funny, laughing at our attempts at Spanish and we at her signing. No problems with the domestic service!STAFF SERVICE/BAR AREASome of the staff from 2016 were there and great as usual, some of the newer ones (to us) particularly one guy at the beach bar with glasses and a young woman at pool,3 bar, less than friendly to the point of rude. There is a silly policy of 2 (small) drinks per person thankfully not enforced by all staff which means if you were in pool 3 (suite area) you had to walk twice to 4 small drinks for a couple. Makes no sense. Also pool 3 bar should be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 plus lunch being served there to work against a crowded main dining room but it is not and is therefore a wasted space. FOODA real drawback and one that may/likely will keep us from coming back. As noted food in 2016 exceeded expectations. 3.5-4 star This year we would rate the food as 2-2.5 star at best. Always something good enough for breakfast. Lunches were awful all the time and dinners hit and miss. More miss than hit. Too much repetition.I know it is an all-inclusive but...Fish soup X 8!!!, tough meat, no tuna and chick peas as before, same old build your own salad offerings with few exceptions. Food often lukewarm to cold and dry. A real let down. If you are prepared to spend extra $$ there are options down the corner (a left turn out of the hotel). Very poor food compared to 2016.Not sure if it is new chef staff or just a way to save $ by the admin but the food was not good. LOCATIONGreat location, right turn and short walk to a great beach, left to some shops and restaurants nearby. A plus to be sure. However there is a nearby restaurant/bar the Hurricane Cafe that hosted a good Friday Easter party for the locals with loud and annoying electronic computer generated "music" from midnight to 7:00 a.m.!!!! Not the hotel's staff's fault but there are other hotels and residences right by subjected to that nonsense. One would think the community would do something about that. Avoid Easter stays unless you want a sleepless night and draggy next day. Not sure if the restaurant/bar runs the crap any other times though. If the hotel could upgrade the food and train some staff in customer service this spot would be a gem we would return to time and again but after this year we think we can do better elsewhere!DAVE/LIZ..ST.CATHARINES, ONTARIO CANADA

  • ev9977 : United States
Great hotel to visit!!!

Went there for the good price but will go back for the location and staff. Hotel located in a great place with easy access to the the beautiful beach. Lot's of little mama and pappa restaurants nearby. Locals are mostly very nice and like the visitors. The one thing I would suggest is for the management to control the volume of the music as staff get carried away with the volume. Best Mangos and Coco water come from this part of the world and the food at the hotel was always good.

  • bronzefish : Kitchener, Canada
Glorified Hotel, look elsewhere!

I wasn't sure what to expect of this resort as it had such a range of high and low reviews. I figured the low reviews were from picky people so booked it, but boy was I wrong! I have stayed in many basic accommodations so it doesn't take a lot to impress me, but this experience was awful! I don't usually write reviews but felt the need to after reading all the 4 and 5 point reviews making reports about this resort that don't exist.This resort is definitely not a three star and not worth money, you couldn't pay me to return.The only good thing about this resort was Jacky who did the aquarobics and dancing in the evenings when he was on shift. He was very friendly and made sure everyone was having a good time.Beach - advertised as "beachfront" but you will never have an ocean view room as the resort is across the street. The walk is fine, very short, just like being on a large resort. I picked up pieces of glass from the beach the first 4 days of my vacation. The beach front is very small, most of it is located between two buildings. Loungers were either very easy or very difficult to find, depends on the day, but regardless it will feel like you're sitting on the person next to you.Not private - many people who were not guests of the resort (friends with staff or staying at air bnbs down the beach) were allowed to use the facilities. People selling excursions and services generally stayed on the edge of the property, but come onto the resorts beachfront to sell to you. Resort security did ask someone to leave my boyfriend and I alone once which was appreciated.On site mini-mart - no prices on anything and the worker will aggressively scam you to overpay. If you want to buy souvenirs, go to the beach and walk out to the point on the left you will receive better service or at least get a gauge on prices.Not-all inclusive - drinks end at 11 pm. You can only order one item at the beach bbq. My boyfriend ordered two burgers and when I tried to order something I was told no, one each (this happened to others as well). He couldn't share with me as I don't eat meat so had to find somewhere else to eat.Restaurant - the restaurant was not big enough to accommodate the number of guests and staff had a hard time keeping up. You often have to sit at a dirty table if you find one. Finding a table was more challenging when it rained as people have nothing to do so linger at their tables. So you either eat standing or in the lobby... if you're lucky enough to find a seat there. There is only one restaurant so check out the a la carte for a change of sceneryRoom - stayed in a superior room, which was clean and very spacious (overlooking the pool and unused stage). Service was fine, you get what you ask for (for the most part) but no one was overly friendly (other than Jacky). During my stay there were only four other English speaking guests. This is by no means an issue with the resort, but something to keep in mind.

  • Joe H : London, United Kingdom
Home away from home.

This hotel had everything we wanted for a beach holiday in Punta Cana. Felt very welcoming and staff were cheerful and happy to answer all our questions. The room was very clean and cleaning staff came in regularly to put fresh towels and do the bed. Swimming pools spotless and nice chilled out kind of atmosphere which is exactly what we were looking for. Food at the buffet was great. Nice varied selection and plenty of different flavours and dishes. The beach was great and they even have a small bar right on the beach to get your cool drinks whilst sunbathing. Not sure what other people expect from a hotel! we had no complaints at all and had a great time here.

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  • 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
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  • 3 Meals daily plus snacks
  • All Drinks (Domestic beer and cocktails, house wine with meals)
  • Daily Activities
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Kids Club (4-12 yrs)
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Snack bar
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Wireless internet in the lobby
  • Tour Desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Supermarket
  • Boutique
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Motorized water sports (fee)
Hotel Room:
  • Air Conditioned
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Full Bathroom
  • Fridge 
  • Maximum Occupancy , Maximum Number of Adults 2
Kids Deal - Children under 4 yrs stay FREE when sharing a room with 2 adults.
For the Kids - Kids Club (4-12 yrs).
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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  • Whala Bavaro
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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El Cortecito Bávaro, Punta Cana Dominican Republic

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