I was very impressed with Majestic Colonial and Majestic Elegance. The properties sit side by side in the resort are of Punta Cana. The Majestic Colonial is the flagship property of the Majestic company, and the Majestic Elegance is the newest property. Fifty percent of the Majestic Elegance is adults only.
These are popular resorts. They stay about 98 occupied year round.
While they do have towel cards and wrist bands, you can walk in and have dinner at the a’la carte restaurants as many times as you’d like during your stay. The restaurants are inside and air conditioned. If you’ve ever eaten at an open air restaurant in July, I don’t need to tell you how wonderful air conditioning is. Only the Japanese restaurant and the French Colonial restaurants take reservations.
One thing I noticed was that the tables in the main buffet restaurant were abundant and well spaced out. Many buffet restaurants have tables that are way too close together. It makes maneuvering to and from the actual buffet difficult. Not only are the tables well spaced, but the actual buffet is set off apart from the tables so that you don’t have a sense of “coming and going” while you’re enjoying your meal. It all comes together to make for a very enjoyable dining experience, even in the buffet.
At Majestic Colonial, premium liquor is only served in the lobby. At Majestic Elegance, premium liquors are served throughout the resort.
Paid wired internet is available in the room. Paid wifi is available in the lobby.
Every room in both resorts has a jacuzzi inside. The rooms were beautiful and well equipped.
In the Majestic Colonial there is a kids club. It’s open from 9am until 7pm for kids ages 4 through 14. If you have a child too young for the kids club, you can hire a private babysitter from the hotel for just $15 per hour.
Majestic Colonial and Majestic Elegance are very popular resorts, with good reason. They average 98% occupancy year round. If you’d like to stay here, book early!
I inspected the Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana on June first, 2012. I’ve seen many Riu Palaces, and this one is unlike any other I’ve seen. In fact, we were told that Riu Palace Bavaro is the first of a new generation of Riu Palaces. I loved it.
Riu Palace Bavaro has 610 rooms and does allow both adults and children. It does have all of the standard Riu Palace functions and amenities. You will wear a wristband, you’ll need to keep track of your towel card and you’ll need to make reservations if you want to eat at any of the a’la carte restaurants.
They do have a kids program, but it is only open from 10am until noon, then it opens back up from 3pm until 5pm.
Riu Palace Bavaro does host weddings, up to three each day.
Wifi is available all over the hotel. We were informed that the cost is $3.00 per day, although I’m sure that is subject to change.
The difference between the standard rooms and the superior rooms is the view. Personally, I wish
Really the biggest thing I loved about this hotel is how it looks. So, feast your eyes!
I LOVED the Iberostar Grand Bavaro. In this part of the world there are three resorts bearing the Iberostar Grand label. Besides Iberostar Grand Bavaro there is Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Jamaica and Iberostar Grand Paraiso in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Iberostar Grand is a luxury, adults only brand. All three Iberostar Grands are located in complexes where other Iberostar resorts are side by side. The Iberostar Grand Bavaro is in a complex with the Iberostar Bavaro Suites and the Iberostar Dominicana. Guests of Iberostar Grand have full access and guest privileges at both of these resorts.
Because of this proximity, and the need to identify and differentiate between guests at the different resorts, Iberostar Grand does have wristbands, unlike many luxury resorts. Restaurant for the four a’la carte restaurants are required for dinner. You can get restaurant reservations prior to your arrival by emailing guest services. My experience staying at Iberostar Grand Resorts, however, has been that reservations are very easily made on site.
Each of the 275 guest rooms is filled with exquisite comfort. The mattresses are very comfortable and the sheets are very
high thread count. To assure your comfort, you can select from a menu of pillows to match your sleeping style.
You can choose between a standard suite, an oceanview suite, an oceanfront suite or, my favorite, a swim up suite.
Each Iberostar Grand has a golf course attached. The golf is included. You get one round if you stay four nights or less. If you stay 5 to 7 nights you get two rounds. If you stay 8 or more nights, then you get unlimited golf.
Iberostar Hotels serve Coca-Cola products. (At least the ones in this part of the world. I can’t speak for the ones in Europe.)
Like all Iberostar Grand hotels, there is waiter service on the beach. There is nothing quite like sitting under a palapa, having your drink delivered while you watch the tide come in and the day go out.
The food is really amazing. From breakfast until late cocktails, you will enjoy the exquisite gastronomy at Iberostar Grand.
I highly recommend you plan to visit the Iberostar Grand Bavaro.