It was a great adventure. There are plenty of great foods, beautiful room and amazing surroundings. We really enjoyed the spa and the other attractions we could visit. For the price, it was an amazing vacation !
I stayed at the Barcelo Bavarro(Beach side) in Oct '14. The staff was very professional and helpful with any discrepancies . The Language barrier was nowhere near the problem I thought it would be. The facility is huge and there's so much to do. Food was great (both with room service and the restaurants.)
Complaints: 1.) Structure is kinda thin (obnoxious if your neighbors are noisy, and mine were) 2.) No cash accepted in the VERY expensive gift shops.
Tip: Don't drink the tap water or eat the ice !!
The hotel is a little further than some of the rest, but the ride there (Expedia Blue Service $23pp round trip) lets you see the locals and countryside. The hotel appeared nicer than most and the staff could not be better. Especially Cassandra who does the entertainment organizing! The food was excellent. No reservations were ever needed and there was never a wait. Men need long pants for dinner. EVERYTHING was included. Drinks, food, room service, classes... The spa was the only additional cost, but we did not partake. Yoga on the beach and aerobics class were fun. We had a Excellence Suite Ocean View room which was nice and clean (RM 3110). Odd though, because the bathroom had a window to the rest of the room. The bed was rock hard but tolerable. The ocean view from this room was by far the best. Friends stayed in building 14 (same room) and it was slightly blocked. Internet access is spotty. We planned on Skyping our son at home, and it would drop calls. The Excellence Club (we did not do it) was in building 14 and internet got better the closer you were. The ocean was not swimable during our stay due to a near by hurricane, but our weather was very nice. The catamaran tour was an awesome excursion (Bebe boat). The hotel was not crowded but did not feel empty either. You just didn't have to wait for anything, like drinks or a chair on the beach. The horseback riding was really fun and their horses are well cared for. Bring money for tips, everyone accepts the US dollar.
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