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Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel
Carretera Arena Gorda, Bavaro, Punta Cana
Our Rating Neighborhood Bávaro/Cortecito Phone 888/923-2722, 305/774-9225 Prices Summer: $402–$586 suite, $521–$600 swim-out suite, from $561 ocean front suite. Winter: $600–$766 suite, $702–$878 swim-out suite, from $780 ocean front suite. Rates are all-inclusive. Units 272 suites Amenities Wi-Fi (free), 5 restaurants, 5 bars, 3 outdoor pools, gym, spa, golf course Web site Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel
This adults-only, all-inclusive resort on Bávaro beach is the fanciest of Punta Cana’s three Iberostars, and a favorite for honeymooners—the Jacuzzis are built for two and have lovely views. (For the best sea views from any part of your suite, try for a room on an upper floor.)
The top rooms are the dozen Grand Suites at the seaside—though there is something to be said for the 19 swim-out suites ranged along a small, narrow pool. You get butler service with your suite, and a stay of seven nights gets you two days of greens fees at the resort’s P.B. Dye-designed, 18-hole golf course.
In fact, the Iberostar has a number of unusual activities—yes, the standard tennis, beach volleyball, snorkels, kayaks, and catamarans, but also archery and target shooting, spinning classes, and tai chi. Oh, and that replica Spanish galleon moored in a lake-like pool doubles as a disco.
Gentlemen, make sure you pack “smart casual” clothes if you want to venture beyond the buffet; the four a la carte restaurants (specializing in Italian, Japanese, French, American cuisines, respectively) require closed-toe shoes, shirts with sleeves, and long pants. Not that the buffet isn’t quite good, especially the grill station where you can get fish, steak, even lobster made to order.