Destination wedding: Punta Cana

This text was written for the blog Mala de Aventuras and later adapted by the same.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic’s main tourist destination, has eight kilometers of beach to delight travelers and almost make them give up returning to their homeland. There’s no way you can not fall in love with this place. And, speaking of passion, it remains one of the preferred options for lovebirds who wish to marry in a heavenly and unforgettable place.

With around 50 resorts scattered around the place, there is a need to select a specific hotel to bring the guests and this may not be an easy choice, because most of them have the all-inclusive system to leave the couple, family and friends with the least possible concerns.

That way, with so many benefits from all sides, we decided to assist you in choosing the accommodation in Punta Cana. In March of the last year, we had the wonderful opportunity to go to a wedding in Punta Cana and stayed at the Barceló Bavaro Palace. The stay exceeded our expectations, so we decided to share here a little more about this all-inclusive hotel.

Barceló Bávaro Palace

Considered a 5-star luxury hotel, Barceló Bávaro Palace is 18 km from Punta Cana International Airport and is located on Bávaro Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana, with 2 km long. The resort has been awarded two times by the Green Globe Certification due to sustainable tourism practices and has high ratings on websites focused on hotel chains such as Booking, Tripadvisor and Trivago.

The Barcelo Bavaro Palace operates in an all-inclusive style, that is, among the many benefits, the hotel has 11 restaurants and offers sports practices ranging from diving to windsurfing. Around 80% of the rooms have an incredible view of the sea.

In addition, for those who want to hold a wedding in Punta Cana, the hotel offers on the site a tab called “Offers and Packages” with the main options of ceremony and their respective values. The resort also provides a wedding planner that can assist in the entire on-site wedding process.

The Barceló Bávaro Palace is part of the Barceló Grand Resort, which includes three other hotels: Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults only, Family Club at Barceló Bávaro Palace and Premium Level at Barceló Bávaro Palace.

Room options

The hotel has ten room options available for lodging in Punta Cana. The Superior Room, with 41.5 sqm, has a maximum capacity of three people and a view of the golf course. The price is US$202 for two people and provides amenities such as air conditioning, coffee maker, 32 “LED TV, a king size bed or two full-size beds.

For those who came as a family, the two most important options for this category are Family Duplex and Family Room. The first room type has 64 sqm, two floors, a view of the golf course and the price is from US$213. Meanwhile, the Family Room has 61sqm and is divided into two rooms overlooking the golf course or the garden for US$224. The Family Room has a maximum capacity of 5 people and the Duplex is for 4 people.

If you are looking for more comfort, the hotel offers several rooms that fit as a suite. The Junior Suite has a variable size between 57sqm and 67sqm, with a partial view of the sea and/or gardens and has a maximum capacity of 4 people. The price for two people is US$224.

There is also the Junior Suite Ocean Front Premium Level, with 67sqm and situated by the sea, worth US$321 for two people. The Family Junior Suite Premium Level has 112sqm of space and overlooks the sea and/or the gardens, with a maximum capacity of 6 people and the value is from US$314 for two people.

In addition to these options, there are other rooms that are the most luxurious of the resort. The Ocean Front Premium Level Suite has variable dimensions between 135.26sqm and 154sqm and provides the possibility to book a room with sea view upon the availability of the hotel. The maximum capacity for this reservation is 3 people for US$ 366 per day for two people.

The Master Ocean Front Premium Level Suite has the size of 203.15sqm which is divided into a dining room, a living room and a bedroom with a sea view. This room is a favorite of guests arriving at the hotel and offers a variety of different facilities, such as hot tubs. The room rate is US$503 for two people – maximum room capacity.

Another luxury room at the Barceló Bavaro Palace is the Panoramic Ocean Front Premium Level Suite. There are only 19 of them at the resort, ranging in size from 135.26sqm to 154sqm. The highlight of this room is the panoramic view of the sea, and it has a living room and a hot tub on the terrace. The maximum capacity of the room is 4 people and the daily rate is US$ 395 per couple.

Finally, the last room on the list for lodging in Punta Cana is the most spacious and also the most expensive of the resort. The Presidential Ocean Front Premium Level Suite has nothing less than incredible 954sqm. Whoever wants to enjoy all the benefits of this suite – with three rooms, inclusive – will pay a daily rate of US$1,600 per couple.

As you can see, there are the most room options at Barceló Bávaro Palace, both for those traveling with their family and for those who are going to enjoy the trip with friends. Besides, all the options are excellent according to the benefit offered.

When choosing your room, it is important to check its maximum capacity, since most rooms do not allow the maximum number of people to be filled only by adults – generally rooms with 3 people allow a maximum of two adults and one child, for example. So we advise that it is better to go to the official website and take a look at this item.

Restaurant options

Among the 11 restaurant options at Barceló Bávaro Palace, your dining experience while staying in Punta Cana can range from typical Mexican, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and Dominican food in one place. Once again the resort offers a variety of options to please any type of guest.

In the buffet scheme there are Buffet Restaurant Miramar, whose specialty is international cuisine, and Bohio Dominican Buffet Restaurant, specializing in typical Dominican food.

The El Coral restaurant, which runs a la carte, is recommended to those who prefer fish and seafood. Those who prefer meat can enjoy the Santa Fe Steak House Restaurant.

In terms of restaurants with typical foods of different nationalities, the Barceló Bávaro Palace has the Dolce Vita, specializing in Italian cuisine, Mexico Lindo, which provides Mexican food and the Japanese restaurant and sushi bar Kyoto, whose theme is the gastronomic fusion of Asia.

Following the theme of gastronomies specializing in nationalities from the West to the East, there is also the Spanish restaurant La Fuente, with tapas, meats, and fish. There’s also the French La Comedie, exclusively for Premium Level customers, who bet on the high level of gastronomy French.

The Hoyo Golf Bar is located near the golf course and runs in the American style golf restaurant. The Sport Bar also has an American vibe and a stadium-shaped area for those who want to watch sports. Both restaurants focus more on snacks, although the Hoyo Golf Bar also offers dinner.

Besides, the Barceló Bávaro Palace has cellars with dining facilities that can be booked by guests and different bars spread throughout the resort.

Seven of the eleven dining options cited operate on a reservation and with the formal dress code. Those who wish to book the restaurants before arriving at the hotel should send an email to

Leisure areas

Spread across different parts of the Barceló Bávaro Palace, the hotel has recreational areas for people of all ages and different tastes. Pools, casino, ballads, theater, and sports courts are great highlights for those who want to enjoy lodging in Punta Cana.

The Barceló Bávaro Palace has four pools for children and adults, as well as a semi-Olympic pool. Barcy Water Park, for example, has cascades, slides and even castles to entertain children who are at least 1.20m – minimum height required for entry. In general, pools can offer hammocks on the edge of them, jets of water and even waves.

Casino Bávaro is another option that is very popular with guests. Running 24 hours a day, you can have fun with different games like Caribbean poker, Texas Hold’em and Blackjack. The casino also has 150 slot machines for those who wish to test their luck.

Those who like to dance should certainly get to know the Bavaro Nightclub, which operates between the hours of 11 pm and 3 am. Remember that only those over 18 can enter the place. In addition, the hotel offers teenage ballads.

The Barceló Bávaro Palace also has a theater inspired by the city of Las Vegas that can accommodate up to 1400 people. The theater is divided into two floors, with a bar in each and shows every night. For children, there is a show scheduled for 8 pm and one at 10 pm for adults.

Sports enthusiasts may also enjoy a work-out in Punta Cana. The Barceló Bávaro Palace has golf and mini golf, spinning, aerobic area, soccer and baseball field, water polo and other sports activities.

The resort offers a train departing every 20 minutes from 8:00 am to 4:00 am so that the guest can get to know the entire Barceló Bávaro Palace. The hotel area also has an exclusive heliport for guests and a Catholic church called Virgin of San Salvador, open to the public.

For relaxation, the Barceló Bávaro Palace offers the U-Spa: a spa with a view of the sea. There are aquatic therapies, relaxation massages, a thermal pool, hydrotherapy circuit, and various other treatments.

Useful information

The hotel reception operates for 24 hours, but check-in in the rooms starts operating from 3 pm and check-out is due before 12 noon. The Barceló Bávaro Palace provides, with an additional cost, a transfer to take or pick up the guest at the airport. The hotel also has a beauty salon, car rental, currency exchange, gift shop, laundry service with extra charge and maid service daily.

There are several exclusive benefits for those who want to be a Premium Level guest, such as 24-hour room service, a bottle of rum on arrival at the hotel, in-room wifi, laundry service, and priority reservations. It is necessary to contact the hotel for more information if you are interested in purchasing the Premium Level.

Address: Carretera Bávaro Km. 1, Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana 23301, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.


Phone: +1 809 686 5797

Horário de Funcionamento dos Restaurantes: 

Daily Rate: from US$ 202/couble

Transfer: Please contact to make a quotation.

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