It's tough to have a better vacation facility Posted Jan 15, 2015
From arrival to departure, the stay at Barcelo Bavaro Beach was awesome. It was adults only, so it had a different vibe than the Deluxe property, which is next door. The buffet food was good, but not great -- be sure to make reservations at the themed restaurants to have the best meals. I was amazed by how clean the facility was; I didn't see any stray garbage and the staff was sure to keep all the dining and bar areas clean. The beach was superb and there were plenty of free activities planned, such as beach aerobics, volleyball, basketball and tennis. The rooms were very good and when our air conditioning wasn't working properly, the front desk moved us quickly and without hassle. The ability to use the adjacent Palace facility, which had additional restaurants and the casino, provided more options. The buffet areas are open for most of the day and the sports bar at the Palace stays open 24 hours for late snacks. Everything is there, so there's not really a need to leave the resort area, but if you're looking to branch out, cabs are available. Giving gratuities will get you better service -- the staff is friendly and helpful and truly appreciates even a buck or two (US$). They went above and beyond expectations to ensure that we had a wonderful time.