Featuring the Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This 5-star resort was hands down the most luxurious all-inclusive resort I have ever stayed in. From the moment you enter the gates, the luxurious tropical vibes are all-encompassing. Not only that, but the service is unmatched and they make sure that you have everything you could possibly need (each room comes equipped with its own butler). Finally, the resort is adults only which helps make the entire experience calming and relaxing.
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Located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on one of the prettiest beach fronts in the Caribbean, the Iberostar Grand Bavaro is paradise on earth. This one-of-a-kind all-inclusive resort has three incredible pools, beach-front property, seven restaurants to choose from, and even its own golf course. Not only that but the major plus is that it’s all-inclusive so you don’t have to worry about paying for anything when you’re staying at the resort (aside from staff tips).
Finally, it’s roughly 30 minutes from the airport. We booked transport from Viator and highly recommend booking ahead of time. It can get hectic at that airport so make sure you have someone there waiting for you. Not only were they affordable, but they were timely and helpful as well.
Currently, there are no requirements needed to enter the country of the Dominican Republic. However, if you are traveling from the United States all US Citizens will need a negative covid test in order to travel back into the country (even if you are fully vaccinated). Luckily, the Iberostar Grand Bavaro offers free testing on site. You schedule a time with the concierge upon arrival and the test needs to be taken 72 hours before traveling back into the US.
The Iberostar offers over 270 suites with 12 ocean-view suites available. You can either have a garden view, lake view, swim out suite, or ocean view suite. We choose the garden view and were happy with how quiet and well-maintained the rooms were. Along with that, every room comes with butler service and 24-hour room service. We barely used the butler but he did check in on us from time to time to make sure we had everything we needed. Finally, the beds were very comfortable (we slept like babies) and our favorite part of the room was the patio and jacuzzi bathtub!
The Pool, Beach, + Spa
My favorite part of the resort was the incredible pools. They are open from 7 am – 7 pm and during our entire stay, we never had an issue finding a chair or cabana that was open. We especially loved the volleyball pool and had the best time playing a game with other guests. Along with that, you have servers that will bring you whatever you need when lounging and a swim-up bar.
The beach had comfortable lounge chairs with cute palapas overhead used as umbrellas. It never seemed to be busy when we went down there. However, the one downside we had when visiting was the seaweed. Unfortunately, it made the beach not swimmable and we actually spent way more time at the pool because of this (we visited mid-May 2021). But the beach showed up during sunset and had the most beautiful views!
Finally, the spa has the most relaxing vacation vibes. Located on the beachfront you can choose from a variety of services all listed here (the spa treatments are not included in the stay).
The best part of all-inclusive hotels in the restaurants and food are all included in your room rate. Because of that, there are so many options to choose from and you can most definitely cater your entire trip around eating! Make sure as soon as you check in to have your butler make reservations for dinner. The restaurants at night won’t seat you without one and the prime time slots can book up pretty fast. Finally, whatever you do not drink the tap water. Even when brushing your teeth make sure you have plenty of bottled or filtered water on hand (your butler can help you out with that).
We loved the ocean front buffet for breakfast. There was ample amount of breakfast food including fresh fruit juices, an omelette station, and an array of delicious pastries.
For dinner, there are 7 restaurants on the property. The variety of cuisines offered is great and you can choose from Italian, Surf + Turf, Hibachi, and Mediterranean. For more of what the restaurants offer check out this website. MAKE SURE TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR DINNER.
Entertainment + Activities
During the day there is yoga, dance lessons, bingo, and so many more activities around the resort that is included in your stay (each week they change). Also, every night starting at 9 pm there is a show that takes place on the ship. Shows ranging from a Michael Jackson tribute to the 3 tenors. On Friday nights they have a traditional Dominican Carnivale show that was so much fun.
How to Book + Pricing
When booking your stay I always find the best rates on EXPEDIA. Whenever traveling out of the country I always stay a minimum of 3 days to really soak up all the relaxation this place has to offer. You can book your stay here!
Finally, the pricing of the Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana room rates tends to range between $375-$525 per night depending on the room you choose and the time you visit the Dominican Republic.
What to Pack for the Dominican Republic
- Bathing suits! If you overpack anything in your suitcase let it be this. Being that Tulum is full of beautiful beaches, activities, and cenotes you’ll always want to have bathing suits handy! I always find great suits at Aerie, Cupshe, + Revolve.
- Chic sandals for dinner + a sturdy pair of flip-flops. These Olukai Sandals are my go-to and have lasted me years!
- Sunscreen: This GOOP SUNSCREEN BRUSH is perfect for traveling because it adds SPF to your face all while not messing up your makeup. It’s my new holy grail product and you need to add this one to your packing list! Also, my daily moisturizer with SPF is incredible for traveling + every day!
- A wide brim sun hat: I love this one from Brixton I have it in multiple colors. Also, this Lack of Color Boater Hat I just purchased and has easily become my new favorite!
- Shorts: Abercrombie has the best shorts for all sizes and shapes. Check my favorite pairs that have lasted many seasons here. I also love my Levi cut-offs they’re so classic and never go out of style.
- Basics: I always find the best basics at either Free People & Abercrombie. It’s nice to have some neutral tees and tanks handy during your stay.
- Flowy Dresses: These really come in handy when the temperatures are high in the spring/summer. My favorite white dress for photos is linked here, here + here.
Thank you for reading my Resort Review of the Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Have I convinced you to book your stay yet? Comment below if you have any questions and for more of my travel guides CLICK HERE.
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