Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 7- Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

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Emily: One of my best friends lives in Arlington, Virginia, so I don’t see her very often.  We met in college and have been friends ever since.  The first (and last) time we took a vacation together was to Barcelona, Spain in 2007.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace

I thought it would be super fun to celebrate my 30th birthday with her in the Dominican Republic.  So we planned a trip to 3 locations, including Santo Domingo, Bayahibe, and Bavaro (near Punta Cana) over the course of one week.

Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic Index:

  1. Trip to the Dominican Republic – Introduction and Planning
  2. Santo Domingo Hotel – Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando
  3. Activities in Santo Domingo – Zona Colonial and Latin Dancing
  4. Activities in Santo Domingo – Casa de Orientacion y  Desarrollo Real (CODR)
  5. Eating in Santo Domingo
  6. Bayahibe – Isla Saona and Hotel Bayahibe
  7. Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  8. Activities in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  9. Eating in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  10. Return Delta Flight from Punta Cana
  11. Conclusion and Blog Giveaway

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

I booked us for two nights in a Deluxe Room at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe.  The cost was ~$160 per night and was an all-inclusive rate.  The hotel is one of the largest hotels I have stayed in.  It rivals a Las Vegas hotel!

There are 11 restaurants including 2 buffets.

In addition, there are 14 bars, a club, and a casino.  There are 1,600 rooms and I estimated there were at least 2,000 people staying at the resort.

Here’s a video of our room:

It took us about 20 minutes to check in.  It’s a huge resort, so everything takes a long time.

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Emily In The Huge Lobby Of The Barcelo Bavaro Palace

There was a large check-in area.  But there was plenty of seating while you waited.

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Lots Of Seating In The Check In/Out Area

The hotel was modern and had recent upgrades.

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The Hotel Has Upgraded, Modern Decor

The swimming pools surrounded the whole resort.

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The Resort Was Surrounded By Swimming Pools

There was water volleyball…

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The Hotel Offered Water Volleyball

semi submerged lounge chairs…

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Partially Submerged Pool Lounge Chairs For Sunbathing

and there was a small gazebo for weddings.

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There Was Even A Gazebo For Weddings

There were ping pong tables…

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Ping Pong

board games…

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Lots Of Board Games To Enjoy

paddle boats…

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Plenty Of Paddle Boats To Use

Hobie cats…

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You Could Even Ride On A Hobie Cat!

and wind surfers…

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Kristen Watching The Wind Surfers

The water looked beautiful!

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The Water Was So Pretty

Kristen and I both enjoyed the white sand…

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Kristen Enjoying The Beach

and clear blue waters.

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Emily Enjoying The White Sand Beach

There was also a casino, nightclub…

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Emily In The Hotel’s Nightclub

and lots of places to relax and have a drink.

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Plenty Of Seats To Relax With A Drink

There was a theatre for evening musicals.

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The Hotel Even Had A Theatre Showing Musicals

I had emailed the staff to let them know about my allergy and requesting an upgrade, if available, for my birthday.

When we checked in, I again mentioned how excited we were to be here and celebrate my birthday.  She said she could give me an upgrade but that the room wasn’t ready yet.

So, we went to the Guest Services area to meet with Claudia, who requested I meet with her upon check-in regarding my food allergy.

Claudia was very nice and escorted us to meet all three of the restaurant chefs.  She wanted them to know who I was and to know the chef’s names so I could ask for them when I had my meals.  I was very happy that they took my allergy so seriously!

Junior Suite Deluxe Room

We were escorted to our room when it was ready, and were delighted to see that we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite Deluxe, which was one category higher than the room we booked!

On the left side was the bathroom, and the main living area was in the back.

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Emily In Entrance To The Junior Suite

Even with 2 double beds, there was a lot of room in the Junior Suite.

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The Junior Suite Had 2 Double Beds And Lots Of Room

There was a small sitting area.

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There Was Even A Small Sitting Area

The highlight of the room was the patio with our own Jacuzzi.

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We Even Had Our Own Jacuzzi On The Patio!

Towards the right, there was a view of the ocean.

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Emily Enjoying The Ocean View From The Patio

The bathroom was also very nice and modern.

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The Bathroom Was Modern

There were two sinks, and a walk-in shower.

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There Was A Walk-in Shower

We were given lots of amenities.

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The Hotel Gave Us Lots Of Amenities

The hotel staff surprised me with a treat for my birthday.  I got a selection of white and dark chocolates and a chocolate covered strawberry.

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Surprise Chocolate Birthday Treat From The Hotel

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14 responses to “Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 7- Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

  1. I’m really enjoying this series. I went to the DR for the first time last year. I feel like the place gets a bad rap for being a “cheap” destination, but the beaches I saw there were some of the most beautiful I’d ever seen, the people were friendly, and the food was good.

  2. That suite looks awesome!

    My wife and I stayed at “secrets excellence” in Punta Cana about 7 years ago. It was nice but had that damp and musty caribbean feel. It wasn’t anything like the bavaro palace!

  3. Wow! That’s an upgraded suite??? I’ve had more space & room in a Fairfield Inn!
    The location (near the water) and Jacuzzi can’t be found in FairField Inn but that is one small room!

    Did you use miles or points to get this room? There is no mention of that – unless I looked over it while looking at the great pictures.

    …and the picture of the “White Sand Beach” – Looks VERY nice and inviting!
    I’ve never seen SO many palm or coconut trees on a resort or beach!

  4. @ Kyle. If u travel to enough places OUTSIDE the US u will see that space comes at a premium, but also that the space doesnt matter as much as the amenities.
    But wowza tgat jacuzzi looks awesome. That is definitwly something more hotels should include.
    Loved the little chocolate plate too. Congrats Emily!

  5. Being from Florida, I tend to disregard the Caribbean as a travel destination, but this series is making me reconsider. I really never think about the history and culture of the Caribbean, but you’ve done a good job of showing it off.

    I’m also a big fan of a private jacuzzi with the room. That’s a nice highlight!

  6. @Katie- Thanks! I loved the country and hope to return again soon. There’s so much to see, and you’re right–the people are very friendly, and I loved the food and beaches!

    @Donnie Law- The suite was very nice, and the hotel was also nice, but huge!

    @Kyle- The room felt very spacious, and was more long than wide. It was also a free upgrade! We did not use miles or points for the hotel. It was around $160 per night all inclusive.

    @Soltatio- The jacuzzi was awesome! It also lit up to a neon blue at night. The chocolate was delicious! It was nice they surprised us for my birthday.

    @Lisa- Glad you enjoyed it! I wanted to go somewhere that had history but also nice beaches. The Dominican Republic was a perfect choice! We also liked the jacuzzi. The highlight of the trip was Isla Saona, which we covered in an earlier post.

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