Checking In: Barceló Bávaro Palace, Dominican Republic

Jessica Peterson

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

There’s always an anxious moment just before you swing open the door to a hotel room.

Will it measure up to the pictures? Will it be quiet? And most importantly, will it be clean? Very rarely do I wonder if it will be big enough (I live in an Airstream trailer, ya’ll).

I was elated when I checked into my hotel room at Barceló Bávaro Palace.

A whopping 500 square-feet, the suite felt more like an apartment than a hotel room. With two bathrooms, two balconies, and two oversized, jetted tubs, I was impressed with the ocean front premium suite. I had access to the “premium level” services, including a gorgeous lounge stocked with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and coffee virtually any time of the day.

Because I was filming for a campaign at the hotel called Barcelo Stories, my large room was the perfect space to work, sleep, and relax after pounding the pavement all day with my cinematographer, Vanessa. My suite also became our set, as you can see in my travel film, Dominican Dream.

Did I mention the view? With two balconies — one stretching the entire length of my suite — I could see the turquoise Caribbean Sea and hear the giant palms rustling in the breeze. It was pretty magical.

With 18 bars, five pools, and 2,000 rooms, I was surprised how friendly and helpful the staff was.

I wasted no time exploring the grounds and most of the restaurants. There are 11 restaurants and because this is an all-inclusive resort, all-day dining is part of the package (and you don’t have to worry about tips or taxes). You can choose from Japanese, French, Dominican, Spanish, Italian, or Mexican cuisine plus steakhouse and seafood restaurants.

Thankfully, there are beach and water sports galore so I jumped in to a Zumba session on the beach one day and several of the pools another.

We filmed in the dreamy spa and I didn’t mind the retakes a bit. 🙂 I moved from the hot pools to the steam room and sauna and outside to the pool that is for spa guests only.

The resort feels like being on a cruise ship, but much larger. Even after a week, I didn’t see everything. There are nightly cultural and dance performances full of color and energy. I didn’t expect to love the Michael Jackson show so much, but the dancers were top-notch.

It’s likely you ventured to Punta Cana for the beaches and Barceló Bávaro Palace has 1.2 miles of white sand beach with tons of chairs and beachside bars. Watch my film, A Day at the Beach to see!

Now, I’m not usually a fan of all-inclusive resorts. In fact, I never stay in them, but I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Barceló Bávaro Palace and can’t wait to take the Hubs there when I’m not working!

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Barceló Bávaro Palace sponsored my stay so I could participate in BarceloStories.com. Needless to say, all opinions are my own. 

#BarceloStories + #BarceloBavaro

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Sridhar Salian

    So gorgeous, hopefully one day I will be able to make my way to Dominican Republic and this property. Every photo makes it look like a photographers dream!

  • Christine Krzyszton

    Such a beautiful property and you certainly add to that beauty. Enjoyed your review and photos of this lovely place. Would certainly consider the Barcelo properties after reading/seeing your article.

  • Kristine AARSHEIM

    Gorgeous photos! I visited the Dominican Republic last year – and I actually stayed in a hotel not far from this one (a hotel called Bavaro Princess). Looks like you had a wonderful time, even if you’re not really a fan of all-inclusive resorts, like you said. Neither am I, but I also had a great time in the Dominican Republic 🙂

  • Wow this place looks gorgeous! I hate that horrid moment when you drive up to the hotel and give a silent pray!
    Lovely pictures too!

  • So stunning pictures and great weather! Looks like an amazing place to visit!

    • Yes, it was hot, but there were plenty of pools and a beautiful beach to cool off in.

  • Sonia Sahni

    Stunning pictures..especially of the couple dancing! The zumba lesson on the beach sounds interesting. How was food here? Something for vegetarians?

    • Hi Sonia. Thank you! There is a ton of variety in the food. I am not a vegetarian, but I eat a lot of vegetables and not much meat and I had plenty to eat. You will not go hungry, quite the opposite!

  • Neha Verma

    Such a lovely place to stay. I love the view, the room , the pool, everything…

  • Wow, just wow! Hotel are my passion and, even if I also do not prefer all inclusive ones, I think I could live in this one.

  • Outside The BubbleUK

    Looks gorgeous. Having lived in Hotels as a hotel entertainer I have had my fair share of hotels, but I always get excited going to hotels as a guest and this looks like my type of place. Your photos tempt me so much to book a holiday.

  • You can never go wrong with a vacation that’s filled with dancing, good food, and great views! What a wonderful experience!!! You look beautiful, too! Love the pin-up feels!

  • Karoliina Kazi

    Looks amazing and so glamorous. The pool with the turquoise sea in the background – bliss!

  • Eugenia Nazarova

    This place looks like a dream! Love the view from your room and all the photos you’ve taken! Simply stunning! I wish I were here one day!

  • Um wow! This hotel looks amazing! Especially the outdoor area around the pool and beachfront! Sign me up! x