Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Barcelo Bavaro Beach is great!
My wife and I stayed at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach for our honeymoon. The place was very nice, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the food was really good. It was especially nice because the Barcelo Bavaro Beach resort is adults only and not overly crowded, but it comes with access to everything that the Barcelo Bavaro Palace resort has to offer (they are attached to each other and just a short walk or trolley ride from each other). I hope to go back and recommend it to anyone looking for a nice getaway!
Shoddy and Worn Beach Resort
Barcelo Bavero Beach hotel is well past any prime. Rooms are old, bathrooms are a 1050's cast off, and daily room maintenance is undependable and incomplete. Room description was deceptive (ocean front is without any view of ocean).
Did not have correct room ready, put us in another building, away from the group. moved us to a unclean room. One bedframe was broken, never had wash clothes not enough water. No swim up bar in pool, no drink service on the beach.
Staff make all the difference. Adults only means "Quiet only"
Been to Punta Cana many times. This is the only resort where staff did not seem happy and rarely smiled. Despite tipping. No beach service is unacceptable. No beach bar is a major bummer. No swim up bar in adults only area is not acceptable. If I had realized how far the only swim up bar was from the adults only section never would have booked here. Beautiful beach and hotel. There are way better out there. Prefer Iberostar
I would recommend to anyone to go here
The only thing I would change is the acoustics in the theater at the Barcelo Palace. The one show was extremely hard to hear or understand.
Musty room..Horrible food.
My first complaint is regarding F9 airlines. Your air prices are out of sight. Charges for 1st bags, carry on bags, soft drinks, gasoline surcharges,....you are gouging your clients. On top of charging all of these charges; the final "blow" was the "gratuity" section on the charge pad! I kept hearing that F9 is the low cost airline. I would advise you to strip that line from your description. I have sold Apple Vacations since their inception (Thompson vacations) what happened to Apple using charter planes? Fuel surcharge? Please...gas is the lowest it has been in years. About the food at this hotel. I have always enjoyed the food at EVERY hotel buffet I have eaten at since your inception. This truly was overdone, dry meat, pale watermelon, hard French toast etc. The Japanese restaurant (at $15 addt'l per person), was our only decent meal during our stay. I will continue to sell Apple land. But, I am afraid I cannot include your air. Southwest is truly the "low-cost airline".
Room and level not what I booked
Enjoyed my stay overall. Alacarte restauarants were better then buffets. Main disappointment was that I booked an ocean front sun deck and was given an ocean view room. Was told at the hotel that the ocean front rooms were for club premium members which is what I booked and paid for. I was given some apple perks as a vip, but only got premium level through Barcelo. The apple rep told me we were club premium. We did not get the perks of a club premium member nor did we get the room we booked and paid for.
Not the Happiest staff.
Check in for the hotel is at 3 pm, so if you arrive before that you will not have a room ready. However, even after our 3 pm check in they only had one of our rooms ready and we didn't get the second room for almost 2 hours. The staff at this hotel aren't the kindest, mainly the guys we had two occasions were two different guys gave us attitude for something that was out of our control. They have a little gift shop in the hotel but you can't pay with cash, they charge it to your room and when you check out you pay for it, or you can go across the hall pay someone else get a receipt and walk back to the gift shop to pick up your items. This was one of the reasons one of the guys gave us attitude, no one explained this to us when we checked in so we were confused. Our balcony door broke the first night we were there. We had someone come up and "fix it" but he said he would come back tomorrow with a set of wheels, so the door could slide easier, that never got fixed. We called again they sent the person to the wrong room, we went downstairs gave them our room number and that didn't help. We left and our door was still not fixed.
Recommend for adult only travelers, golfers, beach dwellers (watch for high wind days due to blown sand). Great food, will brag up "la brisa" on the beach (lunch and dinner), mexico lindo (dinner) and Chez Gourmet (dinner) (need dinner reservations). Don't miss the sports bar or the restaurant at the Golf course (beef rib). The golf course was designed by that no good bastard Pete Dye so bring extra golf balls and play within your game.
This resorts sits on one of most beautiful beaches we have been to. The beach is a good mile long. The resort is one of the cleanest we have stayed in.
We had a great stay!
TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Best beach in Punta-Cana
We stayed 2 week in Dec. 2017 (Dec. 8 to 22) in Barcelo Bavaro Beach Adults Only
This is our 10th time in DR (9th in Punta-Cana). We stayed before at Grand Bahia Esmeralda, Grand Palladium Palace and Occidental.
In my opinion the is the nicest beach in Punta-Cana, long and large with many palm trees and the water is calmer. Our first priority in the beach.
The first day I wanted to change the resort because there are no umbrellas/palapas on the beach. But I'm happy I didn't because we found enough shade under the smaller palm trees.
The Bavaro Beach is more quite, plenty of nice chairs, no line-ups at the buffet.
We stayed in building 5, second floor. The room is dated but very large and clean and the bed mattress and pillows really good. It was some noise from the room above.
I send an e-mail (but only a day before the arrival) to request a top floor room, but it was received to late. Everything functioned well, a/c and water pressure.
It would be nice to have the room and bathroom renovated.
The food was good, not great. If you love seafood this is a good place, you can have lobster every day! We like Las Brisas for lunch and dinner a la cart, you can seat outside, no mosquitoes. No stomach problem during our stay, there is plenty of bottled water available everywhere. Very nice washrooms at the beach.
I like that from building 5 (facing Palace) we were close to everything. We walked a lot, going to Palace to the bars, at night, to Casino daytime for internet.
Negative: no free internet from the lobby and the wine needs to be improved.
The liquors at the bars were very good, lot of selection.
Overall a very nice vacation. I think is difficult to find the perfect resort.
We would go back.
Second stay and even better!
Last December we returned for a 2 weeks stay to this resort after 4 years and we found itâ€™s getting better and better!
First of all, the beach is absolutely amazing, one of the best in Punta Cana and the adults only part is very quiet!
The food is brilliant, again, one of the best we experienced in Dominican resorts (this was our 9th visit to the country). Grilled lobster in any restaurant is really impressive! In the main restaurant you can find also some local food options, which is a plus for us! From the thematic restaurants we loved the Mexican and the Spanish ones. But of course the star is the Chez Gourmet restaurant in the adults only part.
Entertainment is very professional, in both hotels of the resort.
The waiters are very friendly, professional and smiling. We will always remember some of them: Luis Martinez, DoÃ±a Isabel y ClÃ¡udia MariÃ±ez from Chez Gourmet, LuÃs Jimenez from La Brisa, Franklin, from La Fuente and last but not least Gilda Reyes camarera.
A very special thanks to Evelyn Ramirez who assisted us with kindness and friendliness.
We will return!
No shadow at the beach.
No shadow at the beach. The only shadow from the palm trees. So, it is necessary to move from place to place during the day if you would like not to be on a direct sun light. A service at the hotel is very good.
Perfect get away
It is still a great place. Will return again and again. Everything is great! Pool always looks clean and inviting. Chez Gourmet is a wonderful restaurant and we chose to eat there 3 times this trip. The shuttle is a great way to get from one area to another.
Go see the Gringo from Canada at the adjoining property to the left where the market is located.
Beautiful resort...but beware of rooms!
This resort is gorgeous with LOTS to offer! The beach is fantastic...soft white sand! Food is okay...easy enough to find something to appeal to everyone. Rooms desperately need a facelift! At first we figured we wouldnâ€™t spend much time in the room BUT I ended up with the flu for 3 days..so unfortunately had to be in the room for longer than anticipated! Also, we attended a wedding while we were there...both the ceremony venue and reception at the conference center were both stunning!
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