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.
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!bvaro 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
  • S17rich : Spokane, Washington
Great resort.

This is a medium size hotel and not great amenities but the location is very good and its like a guest house as you get to know the staff very quick and they helped with everything they could. Punta Cana is different to what we imagined in a good way and for a relaxing vacation can not be beaten.

  • J101tiff : Washington DC, District of Columbia
Lovely sunny time

I just came back from four nights in Bavaro Beach, that I have actually been visiting for years since I was younger with family, its a really short trip away and always perfect weather somehow. I had never stayed at this particular hotel before but we ended up really happy with the location of the hotel and our room and of course the beach is a no brainer. When we arrived they were already expecting us and the room was ready a little early so they let us up earlier thankfully so we dindt waste the perfect day we just changed and went back down to the beach. The staff are really friendly and jokey all the time, the service for food could be slow I noticed a couple of times, but who can get bothered when on vacation. That would be my only remark, somewhat slow service at the restaurant. Other than that, it was a great vacation and I can recommend it for other travelers who want to vacation at a good price point in the DR!

  • paul t :
Excellent staff and good value for the money

We’ve spent 9 nights there and were very pleased with the professionalism and friendliness of their staff which makes you feel like you’re not just a tourist.Of course you’ll find more resorts with nicer rooms, more ‘à la carte’ restaurants... but at a much higher price.It’s true the water is salty - so what :-) and the fitted bedsheets would need a better adjustment but the bed was very comfortable and the noise level was very very acceptable. The free wifi network in the lobby gets quite crowded but they were working on it while we were there.Would recommend it for people that are not too snob.

  • Pia G :
Friendly staff and clean rooms!

We stayed in one of the junior suites, which are situated in the more calm area of the hotel and everything was ok and we had a nice big balcony. The garden and the pool area are nice and well-kept. The entire hotel area is cosy and with a nice atmosphere. The restaurant was especially crowded at around 7 pm, but later it was easier to find a table. Dinner and lunch was a buffet, as a vegetarian I cannot say anything about the quality of the meet, but wonderful fresh fruit was always available.Probably the prettiest hotel I have visited for a long time. Unfortunately, it is situated far away from major tourist attractions. But if you are satisfied with beach and pool it is the perfect choice. The beach is very close to the hotel and free drinks are included at the beach bar. Friendly staff. Clean rooms.

  • ATSLuton : Luton, United Kingdom
Definitely nothing like the photographs I viewed on the website

Unfortunately, this hotel is well under par. I felt sorry for the staff who although friendly, attentive and helpful could only work with what they have around them to try and improve your surroundings. Overall it is a very worn and tired looking hotel: bedrooms - old bulky TV, flaking ceilings/walls, old air conditioning systems, shower rooms with worn fixed shower heads, reception area - dark, worn with a cracked table, front of the hotel - the looks from others when we were being picked up for shopping trips said it all and finally the equipment around the hotel - gym and games area laughable with equipment that didn't work. Even a lick of paint would be hard pressed to dress up this hotel. Our initial room was unacceptable the shower hanging, TV with no power button and the room had no net curtains and therefore no privacy. I expressed by dissatisfaction and the next room was just about bearable, without me putting yourself in the bracket of being a "troubled" guest. We also had no telephone or tea/coffee making facilities.You do find yourself acclimatising to your surroundings which is something you should definitely not have too! The water from the pipes in the bathrooms was salt water, which plays with your mind when brushing your teeth and licking around your lips - sometimes this water came with a strange smell! We also had around 4 days without water for over 3 hours each time and a couple of power cuts! Even though we made enquiries at reception about the salt and loss of water we were always told it would be back on in 20 minutes and the salt issue totally ignored. I got caught with no water to wash the soap off my body on a couple of occasions and being unable to flush the toilet!Reception staff although very friendly, helpful and where the majority spoke English were selective on the information they gave out, wifi is available in the reception area (was not told) with "tipping" guests being given the password, discreetly, completely free, otherwise it costs $30 for 7 days. There is also no privacy should you wish to discuss any issues with your holiday rep over the phone.Catering and housekeeping staff were great, very attentive, friendly and helpful and even though there was a language barrier you do find yourself getting through it. The fresh food and fresh fruit in the restaurant was very nice, even if sometimes repetitive. Best meal of the day was breakfast, although you have to arrive early because plates, forks, coffee cups especially (saw individuals pouring hot drinks in plastic cups) had to be waited on.The bars on the hotel complex closes at 11:00pm and you are unable to obtain any further drinks after this time.There are tourist fairs held on the hotel complex with a variety of wares, don't feel pressured to buy and always haggle - don't take there first/second offer there is always a deal to be made!The beach is two minutes walk away and there is a make shift bar in this area a small area for "yoga", beach volley ball, the rest of the place is crowded with loungers with people trying to get the best sun positions! There is also a daily intake of large amounts of seaweed on the beach which seems to need to be cleared away on a daily basis.I think you will find that my photos correctly reflects the hotel and not the photos being used on their website from their initially opening in 2000 - 17 years ago!Trips are expensive on site with the cheapest being $99 dollars each to visit the Blue Lagoon - food, catamaran and speed boat included. If you find the correct person on the beach you could save yourself $30 dollars.

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  • 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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 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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