Enjoyed it so much we made return visit to this all-inclusive.
Ocean Front room again. Nice!
This was our 2nd consecutive year to visit in August and we stayed the last week before the renovation. Last August was not busy and we almost had the place to ourselves this time.
We were spoiled and had the run of restaurants, bars and pool spots. I wonder what improvements they will make? One month renovating! We were also lucky to miss hurricane Irma that just missed DR this week. Glad to see they missed the brunt of it.
Played two rounds of golf at the resort course and they had the back nine closed. Didn't know that until I arrived . Played the front nine 4 times over two days and like the resort, peeps were sparse. Saw 4 other golfers. Food and beer cart always handy. Presidente helps my swing. Who knew? Coffee in clubhouse was $$, which was odd but no biggie.
My wife enjoyed the pools, friendly pool service from Hamlet, and choice of cabana. I enjoyed the cigars and endless cocktails. Cheers!
Restaurants were open and no reservations needed as the guests were much fewer than normal. We ended up at our favorite Japanese steakhouse twice. We finally tried Mamajuanana. Tasty! Cheers again!
Ate SO much lobster! Delicioso!
Did the water spinning, archery, and bingo bingo bingo! Activity staff is fun!
A few small criticisms:
Like I said, spoiled with so few guests but they overdid the butler service. We met no less than three and it was confusing if we needed to request something. Who to ask? Attentive, almost competitive and we ended up re-telling some of the same request as they came around.
Rooms for us northern folk need to be cooler than 20 Celsius (68 but it didn't feel it). We were told that's as cool as it gets. Our Butler got it lower and that helped.
The Billiards room was wayyyy hot. Again, they said that 23 was as cool as possible. Really?
We never could get the Nescafé coffee / espresso thing to work in the room. Either trip. Yes, we had the same exact room. As requested.
We spent a lot of time in the Ocean Front room last year, but this 2nd trip we chilled out in the up front lounge areas and cigar bar and that was an enjoyable experience for us. Entertaining with the talent you have and we even went to the small club on the "boat".
Anyway, recommended this place before and will do again. Can't wait to come back and see all the improvements around the pool and rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A resort is more than a place to rest—it’s where day dreams become vacation reality. Resorts should be places that celebrate life, where fantasies are conjured into existence. We provides a tailored, adults-only, all-inclusive vacation designed by each guest to match their vacation desires. At IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro, old-world charm meets modern amenities. Those who choose to stay with us receive personalized butler service, European linens, and impeccably designed rooms. They’ll also enjoy specialty restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an oceanfront spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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