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Iberostar Punta Cana
Ranked #10 of 27 Hotels in Bavaro
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Crofton, MD
Reviewed 8 May 2006

I stayed at the Iberostar from April 23-30th. There were four of us women and we had a great time. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for. Considering we only paid $1200 per person for air, hotel and food/drinks, we felt it was a great value. No fine dining but certainly plenty of food to choose from. Make your reservations for dinner early and keep checking back to see if there are any available. They try to limit you so you only eat in the buffet. The grounds of the hotel are very nice and the beach is one of the best I've seen. My only complaint was the drinks....way to sweet for me.

If I go back I will try to stay at the bavaro suites - from what people told us, they are nicer and you get more choices of restaurants. For a good value, I would definately recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 7 May 2006

The Iberostar Punta Cana is a wonderful hotel! It was a wonderful vacation and I will return. THe most gorgeous gardens and beach I have ever seen!

A few tips though to make the most of your vacation so that you are as lucky as we were...
1. We were lucky enough to have a room in the "new section" of the hotel, which are the 6000 series rooms located closest to the lobby. These rooms are HUGE with a big private balcony. They have completely new furniture and are lovely! From talking to others, these rooms can make or break your vacation. Some of the older rooms did not have things like ironing boards, irons, etc. We called 2 days before going to ask for an upgrade and also upon checkin. It helps if you have someone call that is fluent in Spanish, as it is hard to communicate if you do not.
2. Take along power adapters for your trip. The outlets are "recessed" and most appliances will not fit in them.
3. You can reserve an alacarte restaurant every night if you prefer. Simply make 3 reservations upon checkin, and then go back a day or two later. We however preferred the buffet as well and found wonderful food! We ate shrimp, lobster, steak, fish, chicken, pork every night. WONDERFUL....and we did not get sick!! (We did not drink any of the water)
4. If you tip your maid a few dollars every day she will give you incredible service! She not only cleaned, but cleaned up after us(folded, put away shoes, etc) She also changed the sheets and towels every day and left fresh flowers.
5. BARGAIN, BARGAIN, BARGAIN with the shop owners. They give you an intial price of double what they will sell it for, sometimes more. We bought oil paintings for 55 dollars and a pack of playing cards after his original offer was 150. They will barter with you for items like perfume and cards, as well as things not found there.
6. Buy what you need before you go down, and take extra! Our camera broke and to buy a one time use camera was 28 dollars! Everything is completely overpriced in the stores at the resort. 15 for deodorant, etc. You get the idea.

The trip was completely a dream! We DID NOT ever have to reserve a chair, there were always PLENTY and we were told the hotel was at capacity. The bars have top shelf licquor, as I drank champagne all week and my boyfriend had tanguerey, johny walker, etc.
The food was wonderful, the room great(although a but musty, I took a can of lysol that did the job) the beach was incredible!

We also took an excursion to snorkel and drive a speadboat by yourself. I would HIGHLY recommend it, as it was great! We snorkeled for about an hour, and drove our own tiny speadboat for about an hour or two. The guides even took my underwater camera and took all the pictures for us! A little tip goes a long way for the workers there, they only make 300 a month if they are lucky and work 14 hour days.

The only thing lacking was the night life. After a few nights at the lobby bar or the casino, it was a bit of a drag. THe disco opens at 11, but we found we were so tired from kayaking, running, beach going, etc, we didn't want to stay up that late. BTW the gym is horrible! The machines are all rusted, etc, one elliptical, but we improvised with snorkeling,tennis(you can reserve a court) kayaking, taking a catamaran(all free).

Any questions please email me! I would be glad to advise.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 2 May 2006

We just got back and had a fabulous time. If you can't find something to do at this resort, something is very wrong with you. You can just relax on the beach or be active with all the activities. This was our 3rd time there and will return again. We stayed at the Iberostar Bavaro the last two times and the Punta Cana was just as good or even better. We found it to be more updated. The food was excellent. The place is spotless. The people are so friendly and will do anything for you. Our favorite restaurant was the Gourmet. The lobster was to die for. I also enjoyed the Oriental. I had the salmon and it was excellent. I do suggest you bring large mugs for drinks. It really kept them cold and you don't have to refill so often. Our favorite meal was the paiyee (pie e ay) on the beach. It is rice with lots of seafood and vegetables. Makes me hungry now just thinking about it. The weather was in the mid 80's the whole time we were there. You could not ask for anything better.
Beach, sun and fun what more could you ask for. We wore a 50 sunscreen the whole time we were there. You could burn easily if you are not careful. The only complaint that I have is that it just didn't last long enough. Can't wait to go back again. And we will return.
Jackie & Jim

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 1 May 2006

Just returned from a weeks vacation at the Iberostar Punta Cana. Traveled with a group of five. This was our sixth trip to an all incusive and our second stay at an ibeostar resort. Last year we stayed at the Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar in Mexico. Overall we had a wonderful trip and we would go back to this hotel again but I thought that the Iberostar in Mexico was much better than this one as far as service and entertainment. Although Americans are in the minority here compared to europeans we did see alot of other americans here.

Check in/front desk: Check in was a nightmare. We should have had our rooms by 3pm but did not get them until after 5pm. Very unorganized no one seemed to know what they were doing. We kept getting passed from clerk to another. We get our rooms and we were supposed to have ajoining rooms but they were on opposite ends of the hotel. They did upgrade us to a family suite though. Check out was a breeze.

Food: We ate everything and did not get sick. Good variety of food and we never had a problem finding something to eat. We ate at the Mexican which was great, the steakhouse which was good and the Star rock cafe which was really bad we got up in the middle of our meal and went to the buffet to eat. We did have to wait in line for eggs and omlettes in the morning and we seemed to have a hard time getting refills on coffee and beer.

Rooms: Rooms were clean and the beds were comfy. Hair dryers in the bathroom were terriable. Bring your own they sell adapters for 75 cents in the gift shop. No alarm clocks or irons in the room.

Entertainment: The star friends work really hard. We did water aerobics played bingo and pool games and took dance lessons by the pool. The show at night were really bad. The only show that was good was latin night and they brought in professional dancers. They did have a really good band in the bar lobby every night.

Service: Service was good and we didnt seem to have trouble understanding them. We did tip when we felt like we got good service. Never had a prolbem waiting in line for drinks at the bars.

Grounds and beach: The best beach we have ever been on. Water was very warm. The hotels grounds are very pretty and well landscaped. We saw plenty of turtles, flamingos and peacockes. Got woken up every morning by the rooster.

Pools: Two pools that are shared with the Dominicana side. You have to get up early to reserve loungers. The pool on the Punta Cana side was quiet and the dominicana side was where all the activities took place.

Overall it was a great trip. Weather was great. We definatley plan on going back again but overall we thought that the Iberostar we stayed at last year was much better as far as service and entertainment. Feel free to email me with any questions

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 29 April 2006

we (11 people) just got back from the d.r. last week and had a marvelous time. the place was spotless and the workers became our extended " family ". we ate like kings and enjoyed our food and drinks very much.
the coffee was an added attraction as were the breakfast. lunch and dinners. the dominicans are grateful for the little tips that we gave them. they love to get american dollars and most of them know many other languages-german, russian and english.
we went on their outback safari to view their countryside and find out how quaint they live with very little money, but the proudest people that we have ever seen. it all ended with a swim on their beach that reminded one of the garden of eden. spectacular !!!!
we met so many teriffic native people and they showed us how to live life to the fullest. it was one momentous time---by all means----go!!

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Additional Information about Iberostar Punta Cana

Address: Carretera Arena Gorda | Higuey, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana > Bavaro
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bavaro
#7 Family Hotel in Bavaro
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Bavaro
#9 Casino Hotel in Bavaro
#9 Spa Hotel in Bavaro
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Bavaro
Price Range: $222 - $669 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Iberostar Punta Cana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 427
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly on the beautiful, sandy beach of Bavaro (Punta Cana). Friendly atmosphere. Beach restaurant. Set in a palm grove. Attractive pool area. All inclusive (generous, varied buffets for all meals). ... more   less 
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