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Hotel Catalonia Royal Bavaro Hotel 5 star
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The Royal Bavaro is an upmarket hotel ideally located on the beautiful Cabeza de Toro beach to the south of the tourist area of Punta Cana and away from the large resorts on Bavaro beach, each so similar to the last. The hotel shares the facilities of the neighbouring Catalonia Bavaro. This well-maintained hotel dedicated to the seaside offers a wide range of all-inclusive services and facilities in the surroundings of a beautiful tropical garden. Smaller and more relaxing than its neighbour, the Catalonia Bavaro, it is rather more suited to adult guests.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 4.65 /10

    Located in Cabeza de Toro, to the south of the tourist area of Punta Cana, the tourist epicentre of the country with its 25 mi of beaches, between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, on the south-east coast of the Dominican Republic. The Royal Bavaro is located 37.5 mi from the bustling town of Higuey (1hr), and 3hr 30mins by road from the capital, Santo Domingo. The international airport of Punta Cana is 6 mi from the hotel (20 minutes).

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The bedrooms at the Royal Bavaro are all junior suites! For the purposes of comfort, they are spacious (323 sq ft) and very well equipped: air-conditioning, a flat screen satellite television and DVD player (70 channels), a ceiling fan, a mini-bar restocked daily (water, soft drinks and beer), tea and coffee-making facilities, beach towels, an umbrella, a telephone, free WiFi Internet and a large electronic safe deposit box. A must: the small terrace with built-in hammock, a true rarity in the hotels of Punta Cana! Rooms have red tiled floors, a king-size four-poster bed, a wooden desk and a lounge area with a sofa and two wicker armchairs. The original colonial-style decor is beautiful with its light beige walls, its still life artwork (paintings of sunflowers) and beautifully stylish lights. The marble bathrooms are spotlessly clean and superbly decorated with a gong. They include a large separate shower with a wooden floor, hospitality products, bathrobes, slippers, a hair-dryer, tissues, a magnifying mirror and a toilet. A bathtub large enough to accommodate two people is located right in the lounge area, alongside the bed.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Pink flamingos and a small wooden bridge here, a natural mangrove there ... this hotel, built in 2005, is set in a beautiful tropical garden. 4 white two-storey colonial buildings with no lifts house 144 bedrooms. The large swimming pool and its integrated bar, the beautiful beach, the well-maintained communal areas...everything a tourist could want is there. These facilities and the garden do, though, form a very long central path lined on both sides by the buildings, from the lobby to the sea. The swimming pool, which is 4.90 ft deep and boasts a pool bar and three underwater Jacuzzi seats, is surrounded by a sundeck with showers, deckchairs complete with cushions, and palm-leaf sunshades. You could not wish for a more peaceful atmosphere.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    Guests at the Royal Bavaro can enjoy the hotel's very good Mediterranean a la carte restaurant, the Thalassa, as well as two bars (one at the swimming pool and the other at the beach). They also have access to the eight restaurants of the neighbouring Catalonia Bavaro. If you are only here for a week, you won't have time to get bored. All the more so as the cuisine is much-enjoyed by the hotel's guests. Four of the eight restaurants are themed, providing a la carte service on reservation: the Japanese Teppanyaki, the Tex-Mex, the Italian and the romantic French restaurants. The others, the two buffets, the snack bar and the Breton creperie are also very good. The buffet is located under a large thatched roof surrounded by a pool, decorated with fountains and statues. Breakfast is served between 7am and 10.30am, lunch between 12.30pm and 3.30pm and dinner between 7pm and 10pm. Oriental, international, seafood, American, Italian, Spanish, and Dominican...each day has its theme.

    Spa

    The Alegria Spa has four treatment rooms including two double rooms, a sauna, a steam room and two outdoor Jacuzzis, as well as a beauty and hair salon.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    The Royal Bavaro's beach is a true Dominican dream: clear 28°C waters, white sand, coconut palms... it's hard not to fall in love with this coral reef-protected lagoon! 870 ft long, it has various yellow deck chairs (set back and not arranged chaotically, as is often the case in Punta Cana), cane leaf sunshades, showers, and on the right it has a water sports centre offering a considerable amount of activities that are non-motorised from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm: peace and tranquillity guaranteed! Miles of unspoilt beach unfold on each side. One area has been marked off for swimmers so that they do not get mixed up in the water sports activities. You will also find a beach soccer pitch, the mini-club, and massage huts. The beach snack bar is open at lunchtime, inviting you to sample its buffet just a few metres from the water's edge. Why not enjoy a romantic meal on the beach of an evening, where the menu even includes lobster.

    To know

    Guests can take free lessons on the 27-hole Caribe Golf Club golf course located just next to the hotel. A member of the Spanish Catalonia Hotels and Resorts group, the Royal Bavaro is home to the Alegria spa, with two treatment booths, a sauna, Turkish bath and two outdoor whirlpool baths, as well as a hair and beauty salon. Guests at the Royal Bavaro have access to all the facilities of the neighbouring Catalonia Bavaro.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, thalassotherapy, stretching, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, mountain bike, sailing, kayak, dance, step, bums and tums, archery, water-polo, windsurfing, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Ski zone
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The hotel's location.
    • The superb beach.
    • The closeness to the airport.
    • The quality of the services and facilities.
    • The access to the facilities of the neighbouring Catalonia Bavaro.

    disadvantages

    • The lack of Dominican lifestyle in Punta Cana.
    • The lack of disabled access.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Laura Ranevil Laura Ranevil  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in July 2014 Posted on 2014-08-27 Couple - One week or more (Room without a view)

        I went with my husband for a second honeymoon and it was very romantic!!!

      • Advantages

        Just 20 min from punta Cana airport. Lovely long beach!!!

      • Disavantages

        Need to book a day before for the nice restaurant that are in offer.

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      • Overall Score 7.43/10
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