Barcelo Bavaro, Punta Cana – Premium Level

My wonderful wife booked this DreamTrip to celebrate my 50th birthday. It was our first time traveling to the Dominican. One of the first things we noticed is the flights to Punta Cana cost us more than our stay at the Barcelo! How crazy is that. We shop around when it comes to flights and we are not brand loyal when it comes to airlines. Anyway…that is for another blog and another time!

Once we arrived in the beautiful Dominican Republic and made it through customs we found our transportation to the resort. Our trip included an airport transfer so that was seamless and easy. Thank you DreamTrips!

Once we arrived at the Barcelo in Punta Cana that is when the fun started. A bellman opened the vehicle door and said, “welcome” and we were greeted by a young lady that immediately said “welcome Mr. and Mrs. Clawson” and handed us cool towels to put around our necks. Hows that for a welcome and greeting. Impressive.

She personally guided us by walking us to the Premium Level lounge area. She sat us in two very nice wing back chairs and explained that a guest service representative would be with us shortly. Just after she said that a staff member was there and handed both of us a glass of champagne! The lounge was very large and had finger foods, cookies, fruit, and soda at your disposal. It was not long before the quest service representative greeted us and proceeded to check us in. This is a BIG deal, because as we walked in we walked right past the general check in area and that area was packed with people! Expedited check-in is a VERY nice perk!Thanks again DreamTrips! The quest service rep attached the all-inclusive bracelet to our wrists and this ALSO served as our door key….too cool! Once check in was complete we headed to our room on foot because we love to check out a place when we first arrive. To our surprise, our luggage was already in the room!

The room was very spacious (see the pictures) and was spectacular. The shower was a beautifully tiled rain shower and plenty of room for both of us showering at the same time! Double vanity sinks, room safe, fully stocked fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, plush robes and slippers. The view from the blaconey was ocean view and looked into a well manicured court yard. The jacuzzi tub on the balcony was awesome and it had a curtain for privacy.

The resort itself is just amazingly lovely. We stayed at a Barcelo in Cancun, Mexico and the resort there was perfectly manicured just like this one!

Nightly entertainment

The entertainment each night was superb. Dancing and signing. A Micheal Jackson impersonator show rocked the house. Diane and I looked forward to 9 pm show every night. The acts were “Vegas” type of shows. Very well done.


The food at the specialty restaurants was spectacular. We were always allow to order as much as we wanted. The service was top notch. One of the benefits of an all-inclusive that we have found is that the food at the specialty restaurants have always been simply amazing and we have stayed at a Sandals twice (Grenada and Antigua) , a Barcello twice (Punta Cana and Playa Del Carmen), and the Royalton in Cancun. HOWEVER, EXCEPT for the Royalton in Cancun, the buffet is just average. I mean, don’t get me wrong, still good to very good….just not spectacular like the speciality restaurants. Which, i my opinion, makes total sense. The Royalton in Cancun deserves a mention for its buffet…it was spectacular too!

Premium Level Restaurants

The hotel’s Premium Level service offers a wide range of cuisine to choose from, featuring 11 specialty restaurants, including 7 that are subject to reservation and a formal dress code. Each of the Barceló restaurants is an unmistakable gourmet experience that will transport guests to different parts of the world, from the minimalist tradition of Japanese cooking to the passionate flavors of Mexico, through the unique experiences of the Spanish or Italian cuisine, the fun and ambiance of a steak house or the quirky flavor of seafood, the exquisite Dominican food is not to be forgotten or the impressive international diversity of its buffet. 

In addition, the spectacular French restaurant offers majesty and elegance; while the wine cellars for private dining (extra cost).

Miramar buffet restaurant 

Specialized in international cuisine, this restaurant offers an exquisite culinary selection to satisfy even the most discerning palate, as it is a full buffet, elegantly decorated with the same exquisite taste as the hotel, yet with the comfort of the casual dress code. 

Buffet schedule: 

Breakfast: from 6:30 am to 11:00 am 

Lunch: 12.30 pm to 3:00 pm (12:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) 

Dinner: from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (6.30 pm – 10.30 pm) 

Bohio Dominicano buffet restaurant 

This extraordinary and extensive buffet is set in the vibrant but soft colorful folklore of the island and offers typical Dominican cuisine. 

Buffet schedule: 

Breakfast: from 6:30 am to 11:00 am 

Lunch: 12.30 pm to 5 pm (12:30 am–5:00 pm) 

Dinner: from 6.30 pm to 11 pm pm 

El Coral Restaurant 

À la carte restaurant specialized in fish and seafood. 

Dinner Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) 

Subject to prior reservation, through the Concierge. 

The dress code is formal. Shorts, sandals and vests are not permitted. 

Santa Fe Steak House Restaurant 

À la carte meat restaurant. 

Dinner Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) 

Subject to prior reservation, through the Concierge. 

The dress code is formal. Shorts, sandals and vests are not permitted. 

La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant 

Just like at the Oscars, a red carpet, lights and classic movie posters decorate the entrance to this spectacular Italian restaurant. Images of Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg and many others cover the walls of this incredible top class à la carte restaurant. 

Dinner Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) 

Prior phone reservation via the concierge is required. 

Reservations will be taken according to the table layout and the shifts available. Group reservations for over 12 people are not accepted. 

The dress code is formal. Shorts, sandals and vests are not permitted. 

México Lindo Mexican restaurant

The perfect setting to enjoy the flavors and aroma of the great variety of the country’s traditional dishes, which follow the original recipes and tastes of each region of Mexico. The colors of the Mexican flag have inspired for the restaurant’s décor. 

Dinner Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) 

Prior phone reservation via the concierge is required. Reservations will be taken according to the table layout and the shifts available. Group reservations for over 12 people are not accepted. 

The dress code is formal. Shorts, sandals and vests are not permitted. 

Kyoto Japanese restaurant & sushi bar 

Modern Asian fusion cuisine made on the spot with the best quality products on the market. You can also enjoy, as a couple or with friends, incredible teppanyaki tables for various guests. 

In addition to the avant-garde groundbreaking decor, there is an impressive Zen garden at the entrance. 

Dinner Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) 

Prior phone reservation via the concierge is required. Reservations will be taken according to the table layout and the shifts available. Group reservations for over 12 people are not accepted. 

The dress code is formal. Shorts, sandals and vests are not permitted. 

La Fuente Spanish tapas bar & restaurant

The ideal place to enjoy one of the best cuisines in the world is the Spanish restaurant, where both meat and fish, accompanied by delicious vegetables, are an absolute delight. 

A wide and varied menu complemented by the more casual ambiance of the bar, features delicious tapas and an impressive wine menu. 

Dinner Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) 

Prior phone reservation via the concierge is required. Reservations will be taken according to the table layout and the shifts available. Group reservations for over 12 people are not accepted. 

The dress code is formal. Shorts, sandals and vests are not permitted. 

La Comedie French Restaurant 

Charming French restaurant inspired by the Guignol marionettes of Lyon from the late XVIII century. Perfect to delight in the flavor and romance of French cuisine, in addition to a varied wine menu. 

Available for dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) 

Subject to prior reservation, through the Concierge. Reservations will be taken according to the table layout and the shifts available. Group reservations for over 12 people are not accepted. 

The dress code is formal. Shorts, sandals and vests are not permitted. 

19 Hole Golf Bar 

The restaurant is located on the golf course and it specializes in world class international cuisine. 

Schedule: Opens as a snack bar from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, casual dress code. 

Dinner schedule from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, formal attire required. Subject to prior reservation, through the Concierge.

Other culinary facilities 

Strikers Sports Bar 

American-style restaurant Casual dress code. Open 24 hours 

Wine cellars with facilities for “La Cava” dinner (additional charge applies) 

La Cava is a private wine cellar where you can have dinner; sample some of the world’s finest wines. The Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe hotel has 2 cellars, one located within the Santa Fe restaurant with a capacity of 14 people and another in La Comedie restaurant with a capacity for 8 people. 


Alcoholic beverages are only served to customers 18 years or older. 

Carey Lobby Bar 

Located in the main lobby (air-conditioned) 

Open from 8 am to noon. (8:00 am–12:00 am)

Coffee Rum & Cigar Lounge

Bar Lounge offering coffee, rum and cigars (for over 18s only), located near the main lobby. 

Open from 4:00 pm to midnight. The Coco Bar is located near the main swimming pool. Open from 9 am to 6 pm (9:00 am–6:00 pm) 

Taino Bar 

Bar located close to the main swimming pool. Open from 9 am to 6 pm (9:00 am–6:00 pm) 

Cielo Bar 

Bar located close to the adult swimming pool (for over 18s only) Open from 9 am to 6 pm (9:00 am–6:00 pm) 

Black Jack Bar Casino 

Located in the Bávaro Casino. Open 24-hours, for over 18s.

Bambú Bar 

Pool-bar located near Barcy Club. Open from 9 am to 6 pm (9:00 am–6:00 pm) 

Pubs and night clubs 

Bávaro Bar Club (for ages 18 and over only) 

Open from 11 pm to 3 am am 

Bávaro VIP Lounge Club (for ages 18 and over only) 

Located on the second level of the Bávaro Bar Club. Included for Premium Level guests. (Regular customers must pay a supplement) 

Open from 11 pm to 3 am am 

Youth Bar Club 

Located within the new youth club. Open from 10 am to 2 am (10:00 am–2:00 am) For teens up to 17 years old. 

Alcoholic drinks are not available. 

Other bars 

Theater Bars 

2 fabulous bars located on the first and second floors of the fantastic Bávaro Theater. 

Open from 8 pm to 11.30 pm (8:00 pm–11:30 pm) 

Las Olas Bar 

Located in the Pirates Water Park area. Open from 10 am to 2 am (10:00 am–2:00 am)

All Inclusive

ALL Premium Level guests staying at the Barceló Bávaro Palace are free to use the facilities at Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults Only hotel. Some restrictions may apply. For more information, please visit the customer service desk at the Barceló Bávaro Palace resort.

Punta Cana All Inclusive – Adults Only 

Punta Cana is home to some of the most spectacular tropical beaches in the world. With an average temperature of 80°F, soft sea breezes and turquoise-colored waters, this destination is visited by travelers from around the world who come to snorkel, sail, swim with dolphins, go deep-sea fishing, and above all, enjoy the luxurious welcome of some of the most exclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. 

Those who, in addition to seeking relaxation, want to access all the sports and leisure options offered by Bávaro Beach should look no further than Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults Only, an adults-only five-star hotel right on the beach, offering an all-inclusive experience that not only comes with an exclusive array of gastronomic, entertainment and show options, but also gives guests the opportunity to stay right in the middle of Bávaro Beach with its crystalline waters, as well as the option of enjoying a huge variety of water sports. 

Bávaro Beach, Punta Cana All Inclusive 

The Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults Only All Inclusive package offer includes free access to Bávaro Beach’s best facilities and services. All services and equipment have been specially designed so that each guest, wherever they are, can enjoy total relaxation or fun in line with their priorities. Guests who choose the all inclusive package can enjoy 3 pools (including an Olympic-sized swimming pool in the Barceló Bávaro Palace) with towels, pool loungers and parasols at their disposal at both the pool and beach areas. Additionally, it comes with a broad array of eating options, with 2 buffet options and 5 à la carte restaurants. Guests also have the option of visiting the casino, the theater, or the night clubs with drinks included. Don’t consider yourself a great dancer? No problem! The all inclusive service includes free merengue, salsa and bachata classes so anyone can dance like a local in a matter of days! 

What does the All Inclusive service include? 

At the Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe facilities inside the resort: 

· Access to the Palace’s Olympic-size swimming pool and the adults-only swimming pool 

. Buffet restaurants within the Barceló Bávaro Palace: Miramar and Bohío Dominicano restaurants 

· À la carte restaurants at the Barceló Bávaro Palace: El Coral, Santa Fe Steak House, México Lindo, La Fuente and Dolce Vita 

· Windsurfing and sailing (basic) 

· Basic catamarans (Hobie Wave) 

· Fitness studio with gym and spinning area 

· Paddle tennis courts 

· Non-motorized water sports on the beach 

· Access to the Catholic mass held at San Salvador church. 

Within the facilities of the establishment itself: 

· Swimming pool in the hotel exclusively for guests 

· Safety deposit box in the room 

· Towel service, sun loungers and parasols provided in the area around the beach and swimming pool 

· Giant chess board and billiards table 

· Access to the casino and theater 

· Access to the night clubs, with drinks included 

· Transport within the complex on the Bávaro train 

· All day-time activities and night-time animation for adults 

· Buffet and à la carte restaurants 

· Kayaks and Pedalos 

· Mask to snorkel in the swimming area 

· Minigolf during the day 

· Tennis and athletics courts 

· Table tennis and waterpolo 

· Merengue, salsa and bachata lessons 

· Taxes and tips 

For PREMIUM LEVEL guests: 

At the Barceló Bávaro Palace facilities inside the resort: 

· Entry to the night club’s VIP Lounge 

· La Comedie and Kyoto restaurants 

Within the facilities of the establishment itself: 

· All of the above 

· Wi-Fi 

· Room service for meals 

Services not included: 

· Store area 

· Business center 

· Internet and Wi-Fi access 

· All room services, except for Premium Level guests

· All room service drinks for all guests 

· For regular clients the restaurants: La Comedie and Kyoto (located within the Barceló Bávaro Palace) 

· Minigolf during the night 

· Golf lessons (Golf Clinics) and use of virtual golf 

· Motorized water sports. 

· Windsurfing and catamaran lessons 

· Catamaran trips 

· Professional Sunfish sailboats and diving lessons (PADI) 

· Professional diving 

· Party boat 

· Trip in a glass bottomed boat 

· Banana boat ride 

· Water ski 

· Inflatable raft (crazy ball) 

· Snorkeling on coral reefs 

· Skydiving 

· Boats 

· Laundry, medical and ambulance services 

· Romantic dinners and wedding packages 

· External transfer services, care hire and taxis 

· Any purchase from external suppliers 

· Service and spa purchases


Our DreamTrips Platinum membership included a 50 minute couples massage…NEVER pass up a massage! If you are guy and feel too “studly” to get a massage…well you are simply missing out! Not boasting, just stating where our experiences has given us a level of comparison. In my opinion, there is never a bad massage, just some better than others! The spa is VERY nice and our massage was one of the best we have ever had. As a side note, best massage we have had anywhere…in Mount Airy, NC (believe it or not) with Kim Combs at Body and Sole Wellness (276) 971-6834 . These massages on these amazing properties can be quite pricey. If a massage is a “throw in” for your vacation then by all means take advantage. We have never had a bad experience at any resort in terms of the spa. Relax!!!!

Located in the Barceló Bávaro Palace hotel, with spectacular views of the ocean, the spa offers a space that is unique in all of the Dominican Republic. 

A new concept in wellness, health and beauty where everything has been thought out for the guest to benefit from maximum comfort while enjoying a range of treatments. This state-of-the-art health and wellness center has an open-air pool with water-based therapies, cosmetic treatments, relaxation, therapeutic and sports massages, leisure, hydrotherapy, thermal pools, sauna and steam baths, Vichy baths, hot tubs with hot and cold water, private cabins with hot tubs, and a terrace with sun loungers or chair loungers. 

In addition, it offers a full range of beauty salon services and a fantastic gym with the most advanced equipment for cardiovascular training, as well as resistance machines. 

The U-Spa offers personalized treatments in a sophisticated and relaxing environment. The soft candle light, the subtle relaxing music with the wonderful sounds of nature, and the sweet aroma of incense and essences, will create the ideal ambience for the perfect treatment. 

You must be over 16 years old to visit the U-Spa. 

Fitness center 

Spectacular fitness center with the most advanced training equipment for warming up, cardiovascular exercises, cooling down, stretching and resistance machines. You will find treadmills, exercise bikes and weights, and 2 state-of-the-art rooms for spinning and yoga. The spa reception also provides a timetable for scheduled classes. 

This modern fitness studio is located within the U-Spa facilities at Bávaro. 

Those over the age of 14 may use the U-Spa provided they comply with dress and conduct requirements. 

The classes planned vary according to Bávaro U-Spa’s schedule.

Shopping Center

The perfect place to shop is the shopping center on the first floor of the Barceló Bávaro Palace hotel, where you will find a gift and artisan craft shop, jewelers, perfume store, multi-brand boutiques, a duty-free store, travel agency, car rental agency, pharmacy, a music store and golf pro shop as well as an optician and a logos and photo shop. The best choice with the Barceló brand guarantee. 

All additional charges for purchases made at the spa, golf, the B-Shop stores, B-Man, B-Woman and Gift Shop must be paid by credit card or room charge with initial credit card guarantee or cash at reception.

Barceló Bávaro Palace

First floor of the hotel lobby 

Gift Shop by Barceló 

It is one of the most visited and popular stores among hotel guests, who will find typical Dominican items, souvenirs and everything they need to take a reminder of the place home with them. It can be found in the commercial lobby of Barceló Bávaro Palace. Quality assurance and the best prices. 

Dominican handicrafts 

This is the living artistic representation of the Dominican Republic, where elements of Taino, Spanish and African cultures are combined. Among its artistic works, there are paintings, wood and clay sculptures, as well as tradition products of the highest quality. 


It is a shop for the 21st century woman, offering clothing, accessories and footwear for all moments and occasions. It stocks international brands such as Desigual, Cortefiel, AX Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica… Luxury within the grasp of a few. 


At B-Man, we take care of men’s fashion, following the latest trends for a classy yet comfortable look. We make sure the most prestigious men’s clothing brands are available and guarantee you will find the right look for each occasion. 

Italian Outlet 

Luxury at the best price. Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, Hervé Léger, Versace… These are some of the brands offered by this stylish Italian clothing boutique. 

Golf Section

Golf Shop 

The Barceló Bávaro Palace golf section has an extensive pro shop specialized in sports items for golfers: clubs, golf clothes, footwear, and a variety of complements for the game. 

The Corner 

Located in the golf section of the Barceló Bávaro Palace hotel, The Corner is a store selling casual collections for men and women at unbelievable prices. 

Mira Diseños 

This shop has a style of its own and offers freshness and color in its fabrics and designs. Mira will transport you to modern India. 


Next to Hoyo 19 restaurant is Altamar, offering a broad variety of accessories and beach wear for women in a fresh and modern style to look spectacular throughout your vacation. 

Agua Menta 

This swimwear store emanates Brazilian beach style The winning combination of a bikini with the innovative new Polyurethane cup that is 100% waterproof. 

The Market 

A store where you can find products and items for the whole family while enjoying some well-deserved days of rest. 

Beach Section 

Beach Shop 

The beach store par excellence. Located between the main swimming pool of the Barceló Bávaro Palace hotel and the seafront. Includes a wide range of swimwear, sunscreens, blow-up toys and pool games, sandals, hats… Everything you need for those beautiful sunny days. 

Barceló Bávaro Beach 

Hotel Lobby 

Gift Shop by Barceló 

Barceló Bávaro Beach Adults Only has a store selling souvenirs, accessories, tobacco, jewelry, and the most exquisite local rum and Mamajuana. Located opposite the reception. 

NOTE: payments must be made by credit card or room charge.

The beach area was amazing. Beautiful tall palm trees to help shade the nearly white sand. Beautiful crystal clear water of the Caribbean ALWAYS calls my name. There is plenty of water sports available for the thrill seeker or someone just wanting to sail. There were activities all day long, everyday. If you want to stay busy and be in the middle of all the action, then stay by the main pool. The activities director will keep you engaged! If not, then drift to the edges of the property and enjoy a quiet area on the beach.

In summary, we would recommend Punta Cana for a vacation. We love the Caribbean and Punta Cana would NOT be our first choice. However, just like pizza and massages…never a bad one, just some better than others. When you are looking to travel to Punta Cana, make sure you look at air fare first. I am sure in time flight costs will decrease, but you need to evaluate costs of flights, not just the resort. There are some amazing resort in the DR! The Hard Rock for one. We have many friends stay at the Hard Rock and they LOVED it!. The Barcello chain of resorts are tough to beat for sure. As with any travel, be smart and aware of your surroundings. So what are you waiting for!!!! Go get that passport!

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