White Spanish-style buildings with large pillars and red-tile roofs give this older Barceló its Mediterranean style, but it is now living in the shadow of the newly reinvented Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort complex. New additions include a renovated spa and a new kids' pool. In general, little children love this place; the playground has a waterslide, a trampoline, and a rock-climbing wall. Daredevils can join the acrobatic performances on the trapeze near the beach; there's also a separate game room devoted to teens. Other upgrades include the new Euro-furnishings on restaurant terraces and several renovated buildings (Building 3, which is a Club Premium venue, as well as Buildings 1 and 2). Some suites have a pull-out sofa. The Premium Club suites also include upgraded amenities such as a club room with bar and snacks, free Internet access, and preferred restaurant reservations. The Japanese and Dominican restaurants are top choices among the varied à la carte options; the Tex-Mex
restaurant on a verandah overlooking the beach deserves a blue ribbon for the good food and service (though some dishes have an up-charge). The resort also has some spectacular vistas—from ocean-facing balconies you can see towering palms swaying in the breeze on the sand. Golf packages are available at nearby courses. One swimming pool caters to activity seekers; a second is quiet. Two theaters and a large casino offer nighttime diversions, and the sports bar, with pool tables, backgammon, chess, and other games, can keep you busy until 4 am. The farther in advance you book, the deeper the discount.