Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort

Carretera Bávaro, Km 1, Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Barceló deserves loud applause for the incredible face-lift that has totally transformed this property from an aging, middle-of-the-road has-been to a glamorous complex worthy of gushing praise. On verdant grounds brushing up against a luscious beach, this expansive, always-bustling compound now boasts a gorgeous new clubhouse, called Casa Club, which showcases a jaw-dropping spa and fitness center, high-tech kids' clubs, shops, two large swimming pools, dual lobbies, a game room, Internet café, 10 handsomely decorated restaurants, a piano bar, theater and casino. There are now two distinct resorts to meet various budgets and preferences. The family-friendly Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe is the top of the line. The Barceló Bávaro Beach and Convention Center is adults-only, and in addition to the clubhouse dining rooms, it has its own fine buffet and a French restaurant. All resort guests get a half-price discount at the 18-hole golf course. Among the diversions are horseback riding; and the new themed weeks, like culinary week. A mega-resort, the constant shuttle is a necessity.

PROS

  • the whole place has been reinvented
  • enormous range of entertainment and activity options
  • no other kids' club is this contemporary
  • exceptionally comfortable beds
  • guests appreciate cleanliness, gorgeous beach

CONS

  • pool gets crowded and noisy, music loud, heavy animation
  • high-volume resort draws large conventions
  • tacky go-go girls have been moved from the disco to the casino
  • Dominican residents flock here on holidays
  • complaints include slow restaurant service, some bathrooms
  • cost and regularity of Wi-Fi

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 809-686–5797

HOTEL DETAILS

2,887 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted All-inclusive

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