Planning a Winter Sun, Sand, and Great Food Getaway?

Consider IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro in the Dominican Republic.

A short three and a half hour flight from Atlanta, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled a world away.

Travel time is so reasonable, I jumped at the chance to spend a long weekend at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro as their and the Dominican Republic’s guest.

The purpose of the trip was two-fold: IBEROSTAR hotel group owners (family owned) wanted to spread the word that they place a huge emphasis on top notch cuisine – unusual at “all-inclusive” resorts; and the Dominican Republic wanted to show off one of the top local attractions – Scape Park at Cap Cana. In particular, the Hoyo Azul Eco Tour.

Scape Park at Cap Cana

“Discover a hidden cenote located at the foot of a 75mt high cliff with the most astonishingly turquoise waters nature can offer. Pass over a bridge with a stunning panoramic view of the magnificent Farallon; visit Orchid, Bromeliad, Fern, Cactus and endemic plants stations and learn all about the flora, fauna and endemic species of the island. This excursion will bring you face to face with the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands amazing eco systems. Get ready to feel nature!”

Three in our group decided to take the plunge. It’s amazing how clear the water is. They loved it! Wasn’t as cold as they expected, either.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro

Read my previous article on the absolutely incredible Michilin-Star Chef Dinner we attended at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro, overview of the resort, and more photos HERE.

“With four à la carte restaurants, another on the beachfront, and an international buffet, the chefs on the hotel grounds offer a menu that lets you select from the most elaborate Japanese, Italian, French, or American cuisines, or try a selection of the finest and most well-balanced international cuisine, accompanied with a fine selection of wines, beers, and liquors.”

I dined at four of the six on-site restaurants during my stay. Pick a favorite? Impossible! The decor and ambiance are wonderful, but the food . . . wow! I kept looking for menu prices, forgetting it was all-inclusive. That also includes alcohol. Drinks are made with top-shelf liquor if requested. Do request – they don’t bat an eye.

If you go, be sure to make dinner reservations as early in your stay as possible. They fill up fast.

I’m highlighting three of the restaurants here. The fourth was beachfront/poolside. You pick your lobster and they will grill it while you watch/wait. Fantastic!

El Galeón Surf & Turf Restaurant

Casa de la Playa Restaurant

Bella Vista Main Buffet Restaurant

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? The breakfast buffet is unlike anything you’ve seen, except maybe on a cruise ship?

A few parting shots:

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro courtyard
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro courtyard

Live entertainment in the lobby bar
Live entertainment in the lobby bar

Getting ready for the media reception
Getting ready for the media reception

Don’t forget, you’ll need a Passport to travel to the Dominican Republic. And for some reason, $10 in cash ($US is fine) required when going through customs.

IBEROSTAR GRAND HOTEL BÁVARO
Carretera Arena Gorda
Bavaro, Higuey – Dominican Rep.
1-809-221-6500