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Catalonia Royal Bavaro
Ranked #45 of 111 Hotels in Punta Cana
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Manassas, Virginia
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“Relaxing honeymoon, but wish for more variety.”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

My husband and I got married 5/7/11 (almost one year!) and went here for our honeymoon. It was so reasonably priced, and the room was standard but GORGEOUS. The resort is very nice, and the beach is simply amazing. The water and sand are just so clean and crystalline; looks exactly like a postcard. We stayed in the adults only section, and although we just wanted to relax and did not get too involved in activities, it was so relaxing. It was all inclusive, so we laid on the beach and were delighted to be served tasty endless cocktails. The restaurant on the beach near the pool (forget the name, maybe Sea Blue?) was nice and open.

We do wish that the room service menu was a little bit more friendly; we did not like much of the menu because it was a lot of common items (ham and cheese, BLT, chicken, etc.) that just did not really taste as they should have. I know though that in a foreign country, naturally, their take on things may be different. But my husband is not exactly a food-adventurer so he rarely likes to try anything new. The buffet in the resort was big and awesome though, and the individual restaurants were alright, but simply not quite on target for what we were expecting.

Overall, it was still a really nice place and we do want to go back with some friends for a vacation. I recommend buying things such as tanning lotion or SPF, batteries, toiletries, disposable cameras etc. before coming. Those items are SO expensive here! We forgot our memory card and bought two disposable cameras for $40!!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, General Manager at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your comment on TripAdvisor.

We appreciate your feedback, thank you for your comments and suggestions we will have them present for improvements.
Once again thank you for choosing us for your special honeymoon vacation; it was a pleasure to welcome you for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Best regards

Josep Castellnou
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

I have the room a 3 because it smelled terrible (that public washroom smell) the closet stunk like that wet smell. Bed creaks and made lots of noises (most uncomfortable bed that I have ever slept amongst all the hotels we've been to). Room service was not that bad but they do not speak English, just Spanish! As aatyer of fact most staff only speak Spanish.

We wanted to stay at an Adult only resort which hey claim this is but there is a twist. The Catalonia has is split into two part one is the Royal (adult only) Bavaro is all ages. However it's all just one resort because its just separated by this imaginary line and beach towel colors. We found that most of the time we spent going to the Bavaro to eat because that's where the buffet is.

Food is fair at best(to us) lacks fresh fruits :-(. We didn't find anything that we would say wow that was great food!

  • Stayed April 2012
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, General Manager at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Dear Guest,

First of all thank you for taking your time to comment on TripAdvisor.

We apologize for the setbacks presented and the inconvenience it caused you, please know your comments are very valuable for us.

We would be honor to have the chance to welcome you back again.

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Josep Castellnou
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We chose the Royale for a few reasons, its rating and its an adult only and we know of a couple who are repeated guests. We prefer all inclusives and like many will pay for the perks that are inportant to us.... This year we were looking for and all inclusive R and R this year and this was it, the resort is not crowded and definetly quiet, with that said the family side is a short walk if you become bored. (we did go over a few times and there is a significant difference, depending on what YOU want and prefer, we did not encounter any issues.however higher rated and priced Royale = better food and liquor quality

We were in villa 36 deluxe room - second floor somewhat facing the infinity pool
Positives:
Restaurant food and drinks - high quality
Room was large with large comfortable bed. Enjoyed the soaker tub
Hammock on the balcony nice but no privacy , have had a much more private balcony at other resorts and prefer same
Professional effecient staff, wonderful spa services and decent Royal Boutique Shop (made some purchases)
Regular towel change in your room
Short bus ride to the resort - VIP to us!
Clean and safe - security stands between resorts , ensures no guests from the family Catolonia are permitted on the resort

Disapointments:
brutal check in - flight delay and arrived at 2am, front desk (2 staff) looked like we woke them up and they were non interested in greeting us. No luggage transportation, no direction to where our room was - just a point to the doors of the lobby.... it was dark , quiet and nothing was open.... we actually wondered if anyone was at the resort. Arrival to our room was no better.... no food, no liquor and 2 warm beers in the fridge. When we called room service - they replied no alcohol, front desk said the same. Not a great FIRST impression especially after arriving 5 hrs later than what we should have.
Room service - lacking and limited ... definetly not FULL service room service and they struggle with bringing what you ordered
Mini fridge - seriously? 2 beers a day when the resort encourages 'high end service and quiet couple time with an early bed time'
No room snacks, or tea.... regularly had to ask maids for more coffee and water
Not enough Bail beds at infinity pool (same as most resorts - saved all day - but no one on them)
Wearing of wrist ID bracelets
Short beach - no long strolls

Overall, nice place and recommend if you are looking for some serious quiet R and R time.... in which we did but for us we were somewhat disappointed, we expected more because of all the hype of luxury...but we have stayed at better resorts in our opinion with the similiar ratings for the same or lower price of Royale Catalonia.

Room Tip: Upgrade to Deluxe... and request 36 villa (newer) heard other guests complaining superior rooms were...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

I will not go into great detail since others have covered most of the highlights. Our first experience at all adult resort and loved it. The odd boiterous group sometimes spoiled the peace and quiet but not too bad. Great to have the best of both worlds - we tried all of the a la cartes on the all ages side except the Italian. The Japanese and Mexican were our favorites and exceptionally good. Room service is a bonus although we did not use it . Saw complaints in reviews regarding room cleaning, etc. but we were extremely pleased with our maid service. Nice to come back after dinner in the evening to find your bed turned down and fresh towels for your morning (Or evening) shower. The bed was OK - I prefer a soft mattress but slept well there. Loved the pillows (I am very fussy about my pillows)!! 99% of the staff were exceptionally friendly - even the groundskeepers always had a smile and friendly "hola"!! - proof that they are not just friendly because you tip.
Service at the Ocean Blue was slow and they seem a bit disorganized but - I'm on vacation so not in a big rush. It was a convenient location close to the beach and easy to just get a sandwich or other snack. The Cata Tapa was very good - enjoyed our dinner there very much. First meal at Thalassa was a disaster (beef canneloni) second was excellent - maple chicken. Luck of the draw I guess. Great service and love the special frosty drinks they drop off for you. Big plus is that you do NOT need reservations at any of the restaurants on either resort. I consider this a huge bonus.

Hard to decide if having to dress for meals was a good or bad thing - sometimes a bit of a pain but at least you are not subject to the folks who would trail in in tank tops, (or no shirts) and flip flops, etc. So I have to vote for "good" I guess. So overall it was a very positive experience.
We were pretty well always able to find a lounge chair by bottom pool or on the beach and usually shade when we needed it. No complaints t here at all.
If there is a down side to this location - the warnings upon leaving the resort beach make you hesitant to venture further - so this makes for limited beach walking which we love to do. At resorts further down you can literally walk for miles and you are always on resort property. Our Nolitour guide warned us about not venturing past the flea market area as we might encounter machine guns and cocaine, etc! Not really what I am looking for in DR!
So overall - a very positive experience ! PS - my other favorite thing - the hammock on our balcony - loved it.

Room Tip: We were in Villa 36 - very close to beach, second pool and two restaurants. We were on the second fl...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2012

Mr. Castellinou - you have one hell of a great resort. My husband and I stayed there from February 25 - March 4th. Had a spectacular time travel from the airport is awesome because the resort is so close. We arrived late at night and the little old guy at the desk was not about to carry our bags to our room - no fancy greeting but we did find our room and settled in quite quickly. Not sure why they have these late night arrivals (got there about one in the morning) - when they have no personnel available. We were travelling with my parents who are a little older. We were offered no assistance with our luggage and keep in mind - there are no elevators. My husband had recently had back surgery and our rooms were on the second floor - we had to carry all of our luggage up ourselves after travelling all day. That being said - once we were in our room - it was great. Because we were so late arriving - had trouble finding a nightcap - but made up for it the next day. The staff at this resort is simply amazing. The food - mmmmmmm. We had a preference for the restaurants on the royal side - The staff at the Thalassa are so sweet and make each visit so personal - I wanted to take them all home. I would like to personally thank Dario - the man - he is amazing. Some of our other r favourites: Joel and Ana.We also had special treatment from Dominica and Jocse and Emannuel. The staff are incredible and will make your vacation something to remember. We enjoyed some personal time with the staff that is a cherished memory. The beaches and pools are amazing. I want to go back! dario - Glen misses you!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, General Manager at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for giving us a perfect score on TripAdvisor.

We are delighted to receive your comments, it’s wonderful to know you are considering returning to our Resort, and had overall very enjoyable holidays with us.

Regarding the inconvenience at the arrival we extend our most sincere apologies for the inconvenience. We look forward to your next visit to show you we can exceed your expectations.

Warm regards.

Josep Castellnou
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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at this resort from 3/24-3/30. We really enjoyed ourselves. The grounds of the hotel are lovely and the staff was very friendly. I don't want to repeat what others have said so here are a few key points.

Check in was a breeze. Brought us a welcome drink and hot towel at the desk. We arrived several hours prior to offical check in time but were given no trouble and brought right to our room. Although the room was clean and looked as expected, we were sad to find the fruit basket and bottle or rum promised on the website were no there. No biggie, but kind of a bummer.

The food was as expected at all resturants. We were able to find something we liked on both sides of the resort. The wait staff was always very attentive and easy to communicatie with. Knowing a little Spanish goes a long way!

One factor that made somethings difficult was the lack of information provided about the family side of the resort. Although you are given full VIP access to the resuturants, watersports, bars, and spa, we weren't given any information about where to find it! On the first day and ended up going to the other sides check in area to recieve their information. It would have been a lot easier to if we were just given that to begin with.

We had a lovely stay. The beach is beautiful and well maintained. Great resort for couples young and old. Stay here and you will enjoy yourself!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, General Manager at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this review, 6 April 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you for posting your comment on Trip Advisor.

We appreciate your reviews of our facilities and services. We kindly inform our front desk provides maps of the bavaro side, we apologize for the inconvenience.
It’s wonderful our services provided you a relaxed and enjoyable vacation; we look forward to welcome you back in the future.

Best regards.

Josep Castellnou
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Tinsukia, India
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

A good vacation overall.
The place is good, quiet and relaxing. Perfect for couples. We stayed in 4651 which is a good room but i think the perfect room will be 4632 with a clearer view of the pool. The staff is friendly and food is good. There are a lot of activities which you can do in Catalonia as well as in Punta Cana. Booking excursions online is not a good idea as you get same excursions at varying prices once you go there and you can bargain with the vendors. The buggy ride is the best according to me.

Room Tip: I will suggest room number 4632 but even 4652 will be good.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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CataloniaRoyalBavaro, General Manager at Catalonia Royal Bavaro, responded to this review, 6 April 2012
Dear guest,

First of all thank you for your review on Trip Advisor.

Thank you for sharing your nice comments about our staff, and facilities, we are encouraged with your comments.

We hope you choose us once again.

Best regards.

Josep Castellnou
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Property: Catalonia Royal Bavaro
Address: Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana 837, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#15 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#17 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#27 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#39 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#41 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
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#41 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Catalonia Royal Bavaro 4.5*
Number of rooms: 255
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Enjoy the authentic Caribbean at an exclusive, adults-only resort. Its small details make big your stay and the personalized service you receive will make you feel as if you were in heaven. Exclusive suites, innovative restaurants, dreamlike swimming pools…relax in this tropical paradise and enjoy the best vacation you’ve ever had. Have an extraordinary experience, and leave the worrying to us; we’ll take care of you. ... more   less 
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