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Hotel Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel 5 star
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Gorda Bavaro, Higuey, Arena Blanca Rd, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -
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The Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro is part of the immense Iberostar complex which also includes the Iberostar Punta Cana, the Iberostar Bavaro, and the Iberostar Dominicana. It is the most exclusive section of the resort, offering a very high level of luxury and only open to adults over 18. Here the standard of the food is impressive, the accommodation luxurious, the beach pristine, and there is the added bonus of having access to the facilities in the entire resort. The hotel's symbol is a superb 3-mast ship moored on the quayside in an artificial lake. Inside is a nightclub. This hotel is one of our favourites in the Dominican Republic.

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is situated at the northern tip of Bavaro Beach, just before Arena Gorda Beach and to the north of the Dominican Republic's tourist epicentre, Punta Cana, where the fine sand beaches stretch for 25 miles along the southeast coast. Allow for 35 minutes by car from the international airport of Punta Cana (22 miles away), and three and a half hours to reach the capital. The city of Higüey with its famous historic basilica is just 37 miles away (an hour's drive), while the fishing village of El Cortecito is only 7 miles away.

    Accommodation 8.50 /10

    The very least that can be said about the Iberostar Gran Hotel Bavaro is that it knows how to welcome guests. The guest rooms are accessed via pleasantly scented corridors with red carpeting and pretty paintings on the walls. They are very spacious (40m²), tastefully decorated with wooden furniture, and everything you need to to maximise your comfort. Fitted with tile flooring and boasting white walls decorated with pretty pictures, the facilities include: air-conditioning combined with a ceiling fan, a large flat-screen satellite television (40 channels), a DVD player, a minibar that is replenished daily (beer, water, soft drinks, and alcohol miniatures), tea and coffee-making facilities, an electronic code safe which can be used free of charge and is large enough to store a laptop, free Wi-Fi, and an iron and ironing board. All of the rooms have a large balcony (with either a garden or sea view) furnished with a round glass-topped wicker table, two wicker armchairs with purple cushions, and a two-seater sofa. All of the rooms are furnished with a king-size bed, a stylish wooden desk, a round wooden table, a sofa shaped like a chaise-longue, and a luggage rack. Up against the wall, there is a little desk in the shape of a piano. The marble bathroom is clean, spacious, and well decorated. You can even see the sea from the whirlpool bath! Needless to say, the toilet is in a separate room with a telephone. There is also a separate shower with a fixed shower head, a professional hair-dryer, complimentary Forest Essential brand toiletries, tissues, bathroom scales, twin wash basin, bathrobes, slippers, and bath salts. A 24/7 butler service is available.

    Overview 8.50 /10

    The Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro opened in December 2008. It has 273 double guest rooms located in one and two-storey buildings arranged in a U-shape around a vast artificial lake. A pirate ship with 3 majestic masts is moored at the quayside, which is lined with an arcade of shops and restaurants. This superb vessel, which can be seen from afar, is the symbol of the hotel and houses a very trendy nightclub as well as a chill-out bar lounge. The tone is set from the minute guests enter the airy lobby full of charm, with its flowery patio and fountain in the centre. The reception is covered in gilding, columns, green spaces, a beautiful red carpet and designer sofas...with so much detail you won't know where to look: here a giant briefcase like something straight out of a Tintin story, there some rails with a carriage that bring to mind the Indiana Jones films, and elsewhere a huge table and chairs just waiting for a giant to come along. The hotel has three swimming pools: a vast lagoon pool, another for activities (water polo, water volleyball, water basketball), and a third with a stone bridge running across it that includes a submerged bar and two whirlpool baths. Out of the water, you can relax on cushioned wicker deckchairs or under white canvas gazebos furnished with comfortable double mattresses. With its fountains, flamboyant trees and flower-lined walkways, the vast tropical garden is a pleasant place to take a stroll. You might also spot some pink flamingoes and parrots.

    Food and drink 8.50 /10

    Once again, the hotel achieves excellence. The day starts with the breakfast buffet, which is served from 7:00am to noon on the terrace looking out over the sea; the perfect setting to enjoy the delicious fresh fruit juices. It's got it all. With show cooking and quality rather than quantity, the atmosphere is more gourmet than canteen-style. Nevertheless, there is room for up to 200 guests to eat at the same time. Lunch is served between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and dinner between 7:00pm and 10:00pm. There's plenty of choice in the evening. First, try some teppanyaki in the Japanese restaurant, which you enter via a superb bridge made of wood from Nepal, and where the tables for two serve as a reminder that this is a hotel for couples. Next, the Italian restaurant has a domed ceiling painted like the Sistine Chapel as well as brick columns and arches. Then there is the gourmet French restaurant, decorated with a wooden Eiffel Tower and watches on the ceiling, and finally there is even a seafood restaurant, El Galeon, which is located on the quayside next to the big 3-mast pirate ship. The façade is designed like a ship's prow while the interior is decorated like a boat, with a compass and paintings of seascapes; basically, you can't help feeling like you are on an old ship.

    Beach 8.25 /10

    The beach consists of a mile-long wide strip of fine sand bordered by coconut trees with a large coral reef in the distance. With 28 C° clear turquoise-blue waters and the coconut palms serving as natural parasols, it is difficult not to fall in love with the place! Guests can play beach volleyball or football in the shade of the coconut trees. Massage cabins with thatched roofs are spread out along the 800m beach, which is also equipped with plastic deckchairs, palm leaf parasols and showers. The water sports base has a wide range of activities available from 8:00am to 5:00pm. There is a separate area cornered off for swimmers away from the water sports activities. Snacks are served at the beach bar all day long. From here you can hear the sounds of helicopters flying over the Punta Cana area. The beach is supervised and has a flag to indicate the safety level for bathing (rest assured, it is often green!).

    To know

    Since 2009, the immense Iberostar complex, comprised of the Bavaro, the Punta Cana, and the Dominicana, has also boasted a hotel exclusively reserved for adults: the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro. It is the first Iberostar establishment on the island in the group's new line of luxury hotels, The Grand Collection. The all-inclusive package allows guests to use the facilities at the 3 other hotels in the complex as well. Those who enjoy well-being treatments can relax in the spa from 9:00am until 7:00pm. Its facilities include a whirlpool bath, a sauna, and a hammam, all of which offer superb sea views. There are also 12 massage rooms, including 9 for couples, where Germaine de Capuccini cosmetic products are used. The 2 meeting rooms can seat up to 150 people. Guests can enjoy 24/7 butler service, and have three computers with free Internet access at their disposal as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

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

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The access to the facilities at the Iberostar Punta Cana, Bavaro, and Dominicana.
    • The great beach.
    • The choice of restaurants.
    • The ecological garden.
    • The spa.

    disadvantages

    • The lack of authenticity in Punta Cana.
    • The distances.
    • There is a charge for the Wi-Fi.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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