Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Hotel was beautiful, both rooms and the grounds. Food was great, staff was very friendly and accommodating. We upgraded to a "Privileged" Room which I would highly recommend to anyone staying at the resort.
You get what you pay for
The place over all is ok, there is no room anywhere in that resort that is quiet at night, shows end around midnight, and beach yoga starts at 6am, loud music almost all night long. The worst part is the food, its sucks, its hard to find anything good to eat. The beach is very nice, snorkeled from the beach, lots of fish.
Catalonia Resort is AWESOME
This was the best vacation ever. Fell in love with the employees of the Catalonia. The staff at this resort were the best.
The resort was beautiful, the hotel room was so-so
My husband and I took our honeymoon here. The resort itself was beautiful, the bar staff was exceptional, the food at the restaurants was amazing. Our room however was just okay. The bed wasn't very comfortable, we had cold water the first day and a half in the shower and sinks and we had to request maid service 2 of the 5 days. We loved punta cana and will return someday but maybe to a different resort or pay additional money to upgrade to a nicer hotel room.
13 women stayed at the Catalonia Bravaro Resort May 16 through May 23. The Apple representative "Robinson" did a wonderful job in taking care of us through the week. The beach was beautiful, our room was clean, the staff was very helpful and courteous. We had a problem with our bathroom sink and it was taken care of as soon as we called for help. My daughter had a problem with the door handle to her room and it was also addressed as soon as we called. The food was great with a wide variety of choices. Some of us did excursions and had great times. I cannot wait to return!
Check in was annoying. Had to prove three times that we had pair for the privileged junior deluxe sweet. They couldn't find our reservations even after showing our Apple documents. We asked for two beds with upper floor room. Put us in one bed room with ground floor. We did change rooms and was told that Apple did not pass on this request. Had to call for bath towels several times because none were left in room after maid cleaned. I guess they do not have quality control or a check off list when doing the rooms. The staff at the breakfast and lunch and buffet were not very good. We had to get our own coffee or water each time even though there were staff there to do this at every meal. Very slow. A Russian couple called them sloth. I wanted to go first class on the entire trip and only the flight on united was what I expected. I would rate this vacation as a 1 star at most.
After a day of the ravel, we waited a long time on the shuttle for them to leave for the hotel. When we finally arrived the checkin took forever, even going through privileged check in. Food wasn't very good, beck and pool were amazing! Took forever to get drinks at the bar and no cake around the beach to take orders, we stayed in a privilege room which is located near a night club, never again! The bed shook until 2am pumping music, we were exhausted from lack of sleep. Maid service did the minimum required. We loved the coffee shop and the ambiance of the lounge area.
Old hotel, updated but some things were severely out of repair
The hotel was mostly fair to good. We had to change rooms because of some outside repair going on next to our patio. Our second room had a couple of major plumbing issues. They took care of one and the other we just lived with because we didn't want to move to a different room again. Food as generally good. The beasch was not cleaned from the seaweed very well.
This was a very nice hotel with friendly staff that were wanting to please the guest. We had a blast!
Okay hotel, go for the beach. Otherwise, wouldn't recommend.
The hotel is beautiful and clean. The beach is by far the hotel's best quality. The food was good but not the best - lots of options at the buffet. However, you are only limited to one night at each of the four sit down restaurants, which is ridiculous and inconvenient. When we checked in, our first room did not have working AC. It took two calls, two in person requests and an entire day before we finally just got a new hotel room. The new room was nice, clean and updated - which was certainly not true of the first room. The staff were nice but frankly, not overly helpful or easily available.
Good golf resort but falls short in other areas
Nice beach, golf course and grounds. Rooms are dated but clean. Nothing gets fixed we had a ceiling leak for almost the entire trip. There was no hot water for the last three days. Air condition does not really cool the room. Buffet bar service is slow. Alcohol is such a low grade most is not drinkable. Buffet service is poor you can not get a beverage for your life. Buffet food is fair you can get full but that's about it. Specialty restaurants are better and service is good. There is such pressure to go to see their representatives for their vacation club, you are never left alone! We did the presentation that was to take 60 minutes, 2 1/2 hours later after a very hard sell we escaped. They try and get you to upgrade to a decent room at the cost of $70 a day when you get there, if you plan on doing this go to a better resort. The juice bar on the beach and the pizza snack bar are good. If you have any mobility issues this is not the resort for you. Very spread out and the walking to get around is absurd, we were walking over 6 miles a day ( just when we had our phone on us. ) there is a lack of bathrooms around the resort also. Nightly entertainment was fair. I would give this resort a 3 star rating comparing it to the other Apple resort we have been to.
TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
We just returned from our first visit to Catalonia Bavaro. This place is gorgeous. The grounds are beautiful and very well landscaped. We booked 2 privilege junior deluxe suites (villas 18 & 19) and the rooms were very nice. A/C was great, they were clean and spacious. One shower was lukewarm one day otherwise no problems. The staff is very friendly and although the language barrier can be tough (we are from USA), they all attempted to use English and the staff at the reception was especially helpful. The pools are fabulous although you need to get there early if you want to get chairs - especially the largest pool. The beach area is beautiful with plenty of shady areas under palm trees, comfortable chairs and plenty of space. There is a constant trade wind which was awesome as it is hot and humid every day. The bars are plentiful and most of the bartenders are friendly. Great juice bars at the beach also. The one downside was the seaweed. I had read about it but was still a bit disappointed. There was no way around it if you went into the water. I will say the staff works extremely hard every day to constantly clean it up but it is a losing battle. The food was average overall. There was plenty of it at the buffets although they all served basically the same things. We really enjoyed some of the restaurants including the hibachi and the steakhouse. Also loved breakfast at Sea Blue. I can't say enough about how hard the staff works and how much they appreciated the tips- especially the folks on the beach cleaning the seaweed! Overall, we really enjoyed our visit here and I would highly recommend this resort. Thank you to Nelson at Royal reception!!!
Relaxing Caribbean retreat
It was our first visit to the Dominican Republic as we have never considered it before. We were not disappointed with the country or the resort. The only part we were not keen on was all of the queues to get in and out of customs. It was without doubt the longest airport transition ever. We would definitely return to the hotel in future if we have the opportunity
If you want to sleep in a nightclub
It's the perfect place! "But the party ends at 5 pm Mrs"... nice with a baby of 1 year. Impossible to sleep in the blocks near the Pearl Beach Club. The reception don't care of you, you must wait 5 pm for sleeping. So it's 4 pm and my baby's sleeping at the reception, a little expensive for the night...
First room: water leak in the bathroom
Second room: night club
I paid vacations for rest not for this.
Good trip. Room wasn't very clean and had trouble getting a few necessities. But good service. The staff was always friendly and the outer landscape was always kept up and pretty. Did have 2 power outages that put a damper on things, like a/c but nothing to serious.
Great place to get away
Great hotel and very clean ,main food courts were great but the booked restaurants were poor ecept the caribbean which was amazing .tipping was expected by staff .the bar was very limited to local brands and very disappointing.
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