Fodor's Expert Review Iberostar Grand Bávaro Hotel

Playa Bávaro, Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic Fodor's Choice

Iberostar's adults-only resort—an architectural gem—is a knockout from the moment you walk into the glamorous lobby and is one resort where the term "no expense was spared" is actually true. Suites are elegant, with contemporary lighting, dreamy beds, and plush bedding; juices and premium liquor are stocked in the minibar. The Club level has its own efficient concierge staff and personal butlers who try hard to accommodate, and Club suites have whirlpools on balconies. There are boutiques and activities befitting a more sophisticated clientele. Honeymooners are treated like royalty, as are incentive groups. But what you won't forget are the Spanish galleon–themed dance club (music cranks up at 11 pm); the glorious two-story oceanfront spa with a gym and beauty salon; the sea views; the pool complex at the stunning beach; and the theater, with crimson velvet, classy glitz, and deep, cushy seats. The nightly shows are a cut above those of most AIs.


  • impressive selection of designer restaurants with contemporary cuisine
  • excellent lunch buffet at beach
  • idyllic beach weddings and honeymoons


  • although improving, there are still service lapses from lack of English-language skills
  • some inconsistent service in restaurants
  • the hotel is pricey for an AI in this area


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Phones: 809-221–6500 | 888-923–2722


260 suites, 13 grand suites, 1 presidential
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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