by Whitney Rife
Visit the Southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic at Carabela Bavaro Resort. The resort sits on a stretch of Punta Cana’s white sandy beach. Carabela has direct access to the town of El Cortecito, offering many shops and restaurants and art galleries. The all-inclusive resort rates cover meals and beverages at a buffet and at the a la carte restaurants. Six restaurants in total are at Carabela, serving French to Italian to Mexican dishes. Daily activities are also included, such as non-motorized water sports, dance lessons, tennis and aerobics. An impressive 470 rooms and suites are spread across four buildings with up to four stories. Rooms are air conditioned with televisions, refrigerators and terraces. Children enjoy a kids’ club, a playground, a mini-disco and two swimming pools. A range of sports are available for free at the resort, including sailing, kayaking, diving clinics and snorkeling.
Our Editor Loves
- Children's club
- Kiddie pools
- Six restaurants
Our family of four (4) spent 8 days at Vista Sol Punta Cana. 7/24-7/31. We booked this hotel through a “hot rate” on Hotwire. We were promised a 4-star/all-inclusive hotel and we were not disappointed. We started to look at all the mixed reviews and started to panic and expected a lot of discomfort even thought of losing the money and rebooking somewhere else. Luckily we didn’t!!!! When we got there, we were checked in by a super polite and welcoming lady and her name was Julissa.
Ok let’s start with the good stuff now: Great pools (3). Food all day until 10pm via buffet, snack bar or a la carte restaurants. We truly enjoyed the a la carte restaurants for dinner. Mexican and Hibachi were our most favorites, yet Gourmet restaurant was great too. No harassment from any vendors. If a NEXUS rep asked us to look into them/tours, we said no politely and that was it. Staff was courteous- did not ask for any tips, but sure they welcomed them if you offered.
The lady that maintained our room was amazing “Karina”. At the buffet we encountered a young lady who was extremely sweet, professional and resourceful. Her name was Genesis Martinez. Emilio and Pedro at the Asian restaurant were super cool entertaining. At the snack bar, the chefs were also super polite and caring. Sandwiches and burgers were always made fresh and to your taste. Lastly, there are bars in every pool, snack bar and restaurants. You can pay for some premium stuff, but we never felt the need to. Oh and before I forget! The hotel prepared a special cake, wine and reservation at a restaurant prior to our check-in/arrival. It was for my husband's Birthday and it was awesome! Macarena helped us along the way. As you can tell, we had a great vacation and didnt really need to worry about anything. Will repeat if available when we return to DR!
Stayed here for 6 nights, all 4 kids had fun, lots of pool to choose from when the main one gets crowded. Food was ok, specialty restaurants gets full pretty fast was only able to go to the mexican one so book them soon as you arrive. The beach had a lot of seaweeds, so we weren't h able to enjoy that part which is why we came here thats the only disappointing part otherwise everything else was good.