Iberostar Bavaro Resort Hotel, Higuey
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Save your Moneyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
truly the worst experience i have encountered while on vacation. When
we made our reservations we specifically requested that our rooms be
located together because we were a party of 8 with 4 elderly people. To
my dismay our request was not granted although our rooms were booked
well over a month in advance by Sears Travel.
To add insult to injury our rooms were placed in 4 opposite corners of the hotel. An elderly lady who had knee problems was placed on a second floor with no elevator access. When we requested a wheelchair for her we were told there would be a charge or 30 american dollars per day to rent a wheelchair!
Now here is something that you would not know unless you are travelling as part of a large group. We all payed the same rate, yet of the 4 rooms assigned to us one had an acceptable view and had a fruit bowl there to welcome you the first day. The other room for the same rate had a view of a wall and no fruit and the air conditioner had a fould stench.
After complaining to the front desk for quite a while we were moved to a batter room temporarily for one night to then be moved again closer to the other members of our party.
We were told there would be 5 restaurants a la carte there we only found one buffet restaurant that simply changed the name on the front entrance every evening from mexican to chineese ect..... There is one dedicated mexican restaurant than can hold around 50 people maximum. A number that is not acceptable for a hotel of this capacity. There was one italian restaurant where you can not enter to eat because as was explained to me by a staff member the owners of the two hotels are at odds with each other (As if that were my problem while i am on vacation).
Our final room would have been acceptable were it not for the fact that you could peek right in through a crack on the door about 1/4" wide and the fact that i could enter the room by sliding the credit card on the side of the door (not a great deal of security there).
Simple but skip the dump as i was told by the bus driver on the way back to the airport it is the lowest quality hotel out of all the hotels in the area. I have more nightmares about the hotel but this should give you a general overview as to how bad the service is.
Great Value, But Not Perfect (Of Course)from A TripAdvisor Member
The room was clean and nice, though a bit smaller than our last resort.
The bathroom was spacious and clean. The grounds crew is on top of everything, it's as nicely manicured as a country club. The restaurants don't take reservations, so as long as you beat the European crowd (which eats after 8), you're sure to get a seat. The food is good. I would not recommend the Mexican restaurant though, I ordered fajitas and they came out as a non-sizzling plate of meat and two tortillas.
That's it, no tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, guac, etc. The other restaurants were awesome though. The Brazilian allows you to get side dishes and a salad, and every five minutes they bring you a sample of some kind of meat fresh from the fire (very tasty and varied). There were plenty of activities to do, including snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, ping-pong, pool, volleyball, darts, bocce, soccer, and whatever random contest the animation team is running. One nice feature was a "siesta" time from 12-3pm where they would have no activites so people could rest on the beach or do whatever they want. However, once 3 rolled around, the speakers were pumping music again and the animation team was recruiting people again. Don't worry there were secluded parts of the beach for those who desire quiet. The nightly entertainment was great, and one night featured a beach party with a professional stage, numerous vocalists and a band, and a respectable fireworks show. That was perhaps the highlight of our trip.
Overall I found the place to be well worth the money. If you are wanting a good value and a good time, I highly recommend this place. If you have been to a few all-inclusives, and you are going to compare them all, this may not be the best one. My attitude is this, just compare it to a hilton, or just everyday life, and you will never be dissappointed! I would go back.
If you do go, I highly recommend bringing some immodium and perhaps some antibiotics. If you want to snorkel for cheap just ask the locals with a boat (you will see them saying "snorkel taxi") and for 10-15 bucks you can go snorkeling for an hour or two. Going through the hotel will cost you over 50. If you go to the nearby market place, visit a store called "los Pinos Plaza." They do not barter there, and as a result, they do not jack up any prices. I know it's fun to talk a local down from $20 to $8 for a small painting, but we bought two at los Pinos for $2 each. All of their merchandise is at rock bottom prices, and good quality too (it's the same artists who paint all of them).
Not really what i was expectingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Most of the activities are dedicated to tourist from europe. Outside the hotel people changes prices and they try to explote the visitors money for activities that are not really good. Manati Park Sucks!
Beautifulfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Better than expectedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Medical Carefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful resort, but...from A TripAdvisor Member
This Is a Deserved Reviewfrom A TripAdvisor Member
iffyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great Valuefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Higuey
Weather & Time of year.... The weather was gorgeous! We had 80-90 degree days everyday and we went in late Feb. It only rained 1 time and the sun came bursting out 1 hr later. I advise you to start off with 45 SPF sunscreen as we used 30 and we still had a burn. The sun is VERY hot so be careful. Go anytime between November and April as the other times of year are susceptible to hurricanes.
be respectful that your in their country Try to learn a bit of spanish just basic words like hello thank you good night, in advance ask about phone chargers, and the shows and the club is fun the workers are really friendly(not too friendly)
tipping at all inclusives you dont have to spend a penny at an all-inclusive. but leaving a dollar or two on the table after meals, or when you get beers at the bar, or a few bucks for the maid each morning...is really just a nce thing to do, you'll never miss 1 or 2 bucks, but they will really appreciate it!
Other names for Iberostar Bavaro Resort Hotel
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- barcelo punta cana
- barcelo hotel dominican beach
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- Address: Playa Bavaro - Higuey - Dominican Republic
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