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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.
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
  • Melva P : Ottawa, Canada
Terrific Location for Beach Walking, Restaurants & Activities

There are a lot of different reviews for hotel. If you are not a flexible easy to please traveler this hotel is not for you. For the best experience I would suggest staying in the upper level 2 room suites which are located in quieter area of the complex with their own big pool. This is a 3 star hotel and the prices, services, amenities are reflective of that. We enjoyed our trip and our only issue with the room was that the sheets on the bed don't fit well and kept slipping off. To fix that we asked for an extra sheet and did some 'over tucking' to make sure it didn't sleep. We had room # 44 and it was a great spot to sit and read at the end of the day with nice breezes (we always bring headlamps for night reading on the balcony). The food is tolerable, not much variation but it's edible. We stayed for two weeks and in the 2nd week we ate out 3 or 4 times in order to 'break up' the monotony of the food. The serving staff are all friendly and we particularly loved Andrea! Bottom line is you get what you pay for. We wanted warmth, beach & places to walk to and we got that at this hotel. Beach area was a bit tight with little shade but all and all, we had a terrific time.

  • meig80 :
7 nights in Punta Cana.

My husband and I have been to Dominican republic twice before and in the last days of the year we decided to go away for new years eve and read the reviews and went with a few reservations, but thankfully there was nothing to worry about. Had a great few days and relaxed. Had a good night new years eve, although thought there would have been more of a party atmosphere and more effort put in but apart from that everything was great. Beach right outside was just what we needed and a very nice way to start off the new year. Staff good and liked the food.

  • Amanda M :
Not worth it

This hotel really isn't worth it at all.. my biggest problem was after 11 they expected you to pay for drinks $5 American each!!! And they only stayed open until 1!! Who claims to be all inclusive then charges for the drinks?!? The beach party was the only thing happening at night there was zero entertainment except one night when they had a bbq some guy played his guitar. The beach was really small.. and they never cleaned it, it was full of junk! The staff was nice and appreciated the gifts (baseball apparel) we brought. Also there were no decent snacks if u missed breakfast (like I always did) then you were screwed until lunch cause the snack bar was disgusting!! And after the lame beach party there were no snacks!!! Like what!! Nothing until the morning then u were forced to eat the snack bar cause u missed breakfast and u might as well pour a liter of Oil down your throat! It's not all Inclusive don't be fooled! Oh also the pool looked gross I never even went into it, you literally couldn't see the bottom of it!

  • Starr M :
Visit to Punta Cana for the first time

We have just arrived home from a week spent at Whala Bavaro.. The reason we choose this hotel was so that we could be right with the locals - well we sure did get that.. We have learnt a lot about hotels and what should always be in a hotel no matter what the star is .. The staff at this hotel is very friendly . We do have some complaints though.All the rooms should have access to a microwave as some people do enjoy going out to the local restaurants and have no way of heating up the left overs. I believe that the water bottles that are given to the guests daily is unacceptable - as we were given 2 small bottles of water if that daily - so we had to go buy our own . There are 4 bars- pool side on pool 3 ( which is hardly ever open and never had any beer) One that is the main bar but shuts down at 11pm - one that is in the buffet hall and is only open during meals .- the beach bar ( there are signs up stating that it is open until 1 am but no alcohol is served after 11 pm and the snack shake shuts down at 11 as well. There is only food for snacking during the day at the beach - buffet is only open 3 times a day. The restaurant beside pool 3 serves fruit and cheese sandwiches at around 4 ... The food is eatable but they tend to serve the same things day in and day out for lunch and dinner. Lots and lots of different forms of pork. We also found most of the food very salty .. you can pretty much find something to eat ..Our room the shower head was not attached to the wall . There were no face clothes in the room either. The beds are very uncomfortable. The pools are very cold ! But with that being said the weather wasn't that great either for most of the time we were there. The Element bar down the street is a fantastic bar for great entertainment on Saturdays. Fantastic live band and the locals are very friendly as well.We found one of the very best East Indian restaurants that we have ever eaten at. Pranama-Krishna Duddukuri - is the owner and truly makes the visit fantastic .This hotel is very busy all the time- if the management took the time and upgraded the hotel it could be a great spot ..

  • jessicarubens : San Diego, California
Smaller property but it had everything we needed

The hotel has multiple pools, the rooms are all surrounding the pools but a short distance from the water. My room was large with a queen bed, a safety box in the room, and great view of the gardens. The hotel felt clean and safe, and the staff was very nice and even helpful with my kids, two parents traveling with 4 little ones can get challenging, but the staff really facilitated everything for us. Breakfast as free every morning, which also helped our family of 6's bill. The hotel basically matched everything we were looking for, my only wish is that there was a spa for mommy to relax.

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 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

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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