Fodor's Expert Review Catalonia Royal Bavaro

Playa Bávaro, Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic Fodor's Choice

This adults-only haven with meticulously kept grounds and a sparkling pool is a perfect example of how an all-inclusive resort can offer top-tier hospitality without a herd mentality. All rooms offer a pillow menu, turn-down service, 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, and large flat-screen TVs. Exclusive suites—duplexes—have floor-to-ceiling windows (with remote-controlled curtains) that open out onto a terrace with your own infinity plunge pool. One main pool offers an upscale feel with Balinese sun beds; there's also a snazzy beach bar. Royal guests have access to all the facilities of its sister property, the family-friendly and more economic Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort. You don't have to make reservations for the resort's three restaurants, but there may be waits. The only buffet is at breakfast, and it's a notch up. Steps away are a 9-hole golf course run by the resort, with an 18-hole course nearby. By night, the Piano Bar is a social hot spot with fun bartenders and talented entertainers.


  • all rooms have hammocks on terraces
  • 11 dining options (3 at Royal
  • 8 at the Bávaro)
  • less expensive than other deluxe AIs
  • 11 dining options (3 at Royal, 8 at the Bávaro)
  • less expensive than other deluxe AIs


  • even the bi-level suites need some maintenance and better lighting
  • busier than a comparable boutique hotel would be
  • quality of food even in Royal restaurants going down


Romantic, Service, Trendy


Phones: 809-412–0011


255 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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