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Trip Report *All Inclusive* Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort and Casino, Punta Cana DR

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I will risk the snotty comments from the Fodorites who can't stand all inclusives, and share this review for those who might enjoy this kind of relaxing vacation.

Our package included charter air, all ground transportation, all meals, snacks, drinks, tips, daytime activities, nightly shows. This was approx $1100 pp do for a seven night, eight day stay during the January high season. A five night stay in early May runs about $600 pp, other packages at varying prices depending on length of stay and time of year.

Room Number
303 and 304

Room Block
30

Arrival
This is my fourth visit to this resort, and it keeps getting better.
We are a group of 50+ ladies who go to a beachy resort every January to escape the cold winter for a week.
This year we returned to Bavaro Princess.We always book with Applevacations.
We like having a charter flight, no stops, quicker to arrive at the resort and enjoy the beautiful beach and warm weather.
We upgraded to business class which was very comfortable on AirTran chartered to Applevacations.
We were happy to see that our ground transportation was a small van instead of the big bus---less stops and we get to our hotel sooner.
Johnny and Daniel at the reception were very friendly and assured us we would have rooms "together but not together", and definitely the renovated rooms.
We were in Bldg 30, and had two upper rooms, which were adjoining. Perfect for us.
Right by the pool, which is near the beach.
Perfect location.

Some might prefer closer to the lobby, we prefer closer to the beach and pool.
This is a huge resort but an easy enough walk from lobby to beach along winding pathways, or if just strolling, through a small 'nature' area where you can see some native animals and plants. There is a shuttle bus that runs 0700-2400 for anytime you don't feel like walking.

The one downside of our room location was that some of the necessary plumbing (sewers?) were located close to one of our rooms. This caused a bad smell to happen couple times a day, but it never lasted more than 5 minutes or so.
Once when I was settled on patio, happily reading, and this happened, I just grabbed the Febreze to go, sprayed some around and it completely masked the offending odors till they passed.

Or, since we had adjoining rooms we could just use the other patio.


Rooms
The renovated rooms were quite nice, freshly painted since our previous stays, and no more steps to the bathroom. Steps have been replaced with a jetted tub. The sink areas, closet doors, and toilet/shower were all new too. Two sinks, large closet, plenty of counter space, separate toilet/shower area.
New furniture had a bit less drawer space than the old ones, but still plenty of space in the drawers and shelves in different places around the room.

One of our rooms had two beds, the other a King. The two ladies in the room with the King had a pull out couch set up for them, but since they're smaller ladies, (and good friends, haha) they opted to share the King.
It is my understanding that all adjoing rooms are set up this way, would be perfect for families getting two rooms. (Actually two suites)
The bungalos are all suites, with small dining table, coffee maker, mini bar, couch, chair, coffee table, and still plenty of moving around space.
The patio is much larger than most balconies at other properties, so while it had the ususal two chairs and one table, you could easily slide a couple extra chairs out onto the patio when a group wanted to gather there.

There were new safes also, you could program them with a number OR choose to use a credit card, better than the old safe where you had to get the lock/key at reception and return it at checkout.

Ironing board, iron, and large umbrella were also in each room, although we never used these.

TVs were new also, flat screens and we hooked up our own little dvd player to watch movies in the room some nights.
They were positioned to face the beds, so when we had four people to watch a movie we just slid the furniture over in front of the tv, turned the tv around and could watch from the living area.

Rooms were cleaned every day, including being mopped from the farthest corner of the toilet all the way through and including the patio area.
Don't count on washcloths, if they happen to have one or two they will leave them, but it's better to just get some cheap COLORFUL washcloths of your own, their towels are all white, so they won't take your colored ones, and you can just leave them behind at the end of your stay.

Toiletries were provided, nothing real fancy, but shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and shower gel if you wanted to use theirs. Plus a little toothbrush kit if you'd forgotten yours? and a little sewing kit, and shoe shine thing.

Mini bar comes with 2beer, 2 soda, 2 lg water every day, they will refill as you use it. There's also 2 coffee daily(no decaf) and a coffee maker.
In past visits I have left note for maid requesting more beer, more coffee, more coffee creamer, and received what was requested. Didn't need to make any such requests this time.
I did go to buffet the first morning and asked for milk, and was given a carton which we kept in the mini bar and was sufficient for two coffee drinkers all week.

EASY to have plenty of drinking water, we kept one lg by the coffee maker to use there, two small ones we got from the bar kept on our sinks, two small ones by our beds, and always had plenty in the minibar. We just stopped on our way back to the room anytime at any bar and asked, and they'd give you bottled water. (Dasani)
The local beer (Presidente) is pretty good, and they put canned Presidente in the mini bar this year (it used to be something called Sobera, which was not good, we called it Sober Beer because it tasted very watery).



Restaurants and Bars
We did not choose to dine a la carte this year, but enjoyed the buffet dinner each night, a different theme for dinner each night. For those not interested in the themed offerings, there is always a grille station, pasta station, and American station, plus another station with some specialty such as paella, Caesar salad, fajitas. In the back near the coffee station is a dessert station making a specialty dessert each night. Also ice cream and many pastries.
We had the traveling cart do flaming desserts for us several times, such fun!
After dinner coffees are available in the main buffet, as well as wine and any drink you wish to order, which the waiters will get from the lobby bar.

Breakfast was either at the main buffet or down by the pool/beach. Liked seeing the homemade donuts done each morning at the main buffet. WE got burgers and dogs mostly for lunch, but there was other food inside. The fries at McPrincess were very good. Waiters were always checking to see if we wanted another drink, seemed nothing was too much trouble.

Service was excellent, everyone is so friendly and nice, always willing to help. All you have to do is smile! and maybe try a word or two of Spanish to be friendly.
Of course we added a few extra tips when these workers were so extra nice all the time. After a day or two, even if you didn't remember them, they seemed to recognize you and give a hearty greeting.


Even the garden worker cutting coconuts stopped by each morning to see if we wanted a fresh coconut to enjoy.


Other Comments
The beach is just wonderful, lots of soft soft sand, gentle waves, great long stretch for walking. Lots of palapas for shade.
Bavaro Princess beach stretches for a long way, so if you'd ever find the beach crowded, just walk on down further, and there's always more lounge chairs and shade from palapas or the beautiful palm trees.

You can pay extra for a Premium, which gets you certain different liquors, a private check in area, internet, and a dinner at the one "extra charge" restaurant, 24 hr room service, and turn down. Since we travel with Apple and get some extra touches anyway we've never bothered to upgrade to Premium.
There are also those elevated beach beds supposedly for Premium, with a separate beach bar, but this area is not really closed to anyone else. In fact its the area where we've spend our beach time every trip (my fourth this time).
We don't use the beach 'beds' anyway, something about those mattresses just turns me off, imagining who and what may have spent the night there....

The weather was grand, about 85 F each day, a few brief showers, usually in the early morning or after dark.
We had a wonderful week, and will probably return first chance we get!

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