Fodor's Expert Review Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort

Cabeza de Toro, Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

This sprawling resort, always thought of as a moderately priced playground for families, golfers, and convention attendees, has improved its offering while keeping prices affordably low. Regular junior suites have tile floors and are fairly basic, though there's a separate tub and shower (though a single sink in the bathroom). The real shocker is the "Privileged" club level, with astounding, contemporary furnishings that one would expect in a much more luxurious resort; the rooms are worth an upgrade. An impressive, refurbished lobby and lobby bar have contemporary Caribbean decor; a shopping area has a great coffee shop; and a novel Teens Club offers video and table games and is outfitted with computers and Wi-Fi. The Catalonia is known for its wide range of day and nighttime activities. If your room has issues, ask to change; don't wait.

PROS

  • extreme value with all of the new upgrades and additions
  • club-level with waiter service and premium bar service
  • golf deeply discounted for guests

CONS

  • remains awfully busy and sometimes crowded
  • domestic drinks are the norm
  • time-share salespeople too aggressive

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Business, Trendy, Views, Family
Lively
On the beach
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 809- 412–0000

HOTEL DETAILS

874 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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