by Karon Warren
Built in 1996, IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites welcomes families to enjoy a vacation overlooking the soft, white sands of Playa BÃ¡varo and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. In 2015, the property renovated all of its rooms, allowing it to expand its room categories to include new family suites and junior spa suites. These accommodations are ideal for a relaxing getaway with the kids.
For kids on the go, though, IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites offers more than enough to keep them entertained. Splash your day away in the lagoon-style swimming pool, the surf along the beach or at the kids splash park. Or enjoy some of the many activities located throughout the property, or offered through the kids’ or teen clubs. Of course, no day is complete without an evening of entertainment, including the nightly show held in the theater.
IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites also keeps your appetite satisfied by offering meals at six different restaurants that include Japanese, Cajun and Mediterranean cuisine. In fact, there’s not much families won’t find at this all-inclusive resort. They just have to find the time to enjoy it all!
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite kids water park
- Full schedule of daily activities
- Six onsite restaurants
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
At IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites, there are 614 rooms located in 76 buildings, each with two floors. There are no elevators. Guestrooms include 24-hour room service, digital safe, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, alarm clock with radio, air conditioning and ceiling fan, minibar (restocked daily), coffeemaker, nightly turndown service, iron and ironing board, a double vanity sink, shower and separate tub, hair dryer, and a bathrobe and slippers.
Cribs and rollaway beds are available for free upon request. Likewise, DVD players also are available upon request for family guestrooms. Adult guests also receive free access to the spa's adults-only wet areas.
This 485-square-foot guestroom comes with either two double beds or one king bed, nightstands, a small seating area with table, and a balcony overlooking the gardens. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
Superior Junior Suite
In this 485-square-foot guestroom, you'll find either two double beds or one king bed, a small seating area with table, and a balcony with either a garden or lake view. These rooms are located in a quiet area of the property, but are near the beach. Additional services include a welcome gift in your room, private in-suite check-in with sparkling wine and refreshing towels, beach/pool towels in the room, nightly turndown service with aromatherapy, and availability to book "a la carte" restaurants prior to arrival. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
Family Junior Suite
Available for families traveling with children younger than 12, these guestrooms are similar to the Junior Suite and Superior Junior Suite, but feature special services and amenities just for families. These include a welcome gift for children (chocolates and balloons) and for adults (bottle of rum), toys for the kids, bathrobes for both adults and children, snacks and juices in the mini-bar, a PlayStation in the room, and free babysitting in the evening until 10 p.m. (once per stay). These rooms are located near the kids' splash park. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
Spa Junior Suite
Similar to Superior Junior Suites, these 485-square-foot guest rooms are located near the spa and feature special services and amenities to pamper guests. These include a welcome gift in the room, a fresh flower arrangement, special tea service, spa amenities as a gift, a spa bonus of $50 per room (per stay), beach towels in the room, daily aromatherapy in the room, romantic turndown service (once per stay), and mini-bar selections geared toward enhancing guest wellness and relaxation. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
Ocean Front Junior Suite
Located on the second level, these guestrooms are similar to Junior Suites, but with a balcony overlooking the ocean, private in-suite check-in with sparkling wine and refreshing towels, a welcome gift in the room, beach towels in the room, nightly turndown service with aromatherapy, and availability to book "a la carte" restaurants prior to arrival. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
Superior Ocean Front Junior Suite
Located on the first floor in front of the ocean, this guestroom offers the same services and amenities as the Ocean Front Junior Suite, but also includes a sea-view Jacuzzi in the room's garden. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
We wanted to stay along the waterfront within walking distance of restaurants and the concert we were going to attend. Based on the favourable reviews I had pretty much decided to book a stay at Canal Park Lodge and as I oft do, went to their website for more information where I saw a promotion for Canadian visitors. I'm glad I did because when I called, the rate blew other hotel booking sites out of the water so I booked immediately!
The waterfront area can be tricky to navigate but my GPS took an easy way and we arrived without any confusion. Andy greeted us and checked us in.. fast, efficient and helpful with directions where to park (free parking) and to our room, which was spacious, clean and overlooked the water and beautiful waterfront. Later on our way out Marissa helped me with directions to the restaurant and gave me useful techy help on how to use google maps without using data (for Canadians it is ridiculously expensive!) . When we got back to the hotel after dinner and concert, we were happy to see the pool area was open until midnight so we decided to warm up in the hot tub.
Breakfast (included in the stay) offered a variety of coffee blends and fruit juices, choice of farmhouse omelets, bacon, cheesy hash browns, and assortment of cereals, yogurt and fruit as well as a waffle station (my choice). I didn't catch his name, but also appreciated the young man refilling breakfast items when I asked him about ingredients.
We both enjoyed the decor of the front fireplace sitting area and the open space on waterfront side. Had we more time we would have taken the time to enjoy it more. We'd love to see the view and enjoy the waterfront and outdoor patio during the summer and fall so definitely will be putting this on the must stay again list!
by Jeff C
I have stayed at Canal Park Lodge in Duluth a few times and when my son was hospitalized and then had therapy the hotel was the logical place to stay. The management (Becky) and the entire staff is top notch. They really took care of me and my family and I am deeply gratified. They are simply the best and recommend anyone to make their business or pleasure reservation at Canal Park Lodge. You will not regret it.
The lagoon-style swimming pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and some umbrellas. A snack bar is located nearby, as is the clubhouse where towels are available. Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The maximum depth is 5.2 feet. No lifeguards are on duty. Pool hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Beach lounge chairs and permanent beach umbrellas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Beach and snack bars are located nearby. Towels are available at the clubhouse located at the swimming pool. Lifeguards are on duty.
Kids Splash Park
Located near the swimming pool, the kids' splash park features a large "boat" that spawns waterslides, a dumping bucket and several water spray features. It is surrounded by a wading pool no more than .9 feet deep. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas in the area, but not many. Bathrooms are located nearby. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No lifeguards are on duty. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lucy's Kids Club
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., this kids' club offers supervised activities for kids ages 4 to 12. Activities include face painting, movies, pool games, making sand castles and beach games, to name a few. In the evening, kids can perfect their dance moves at the mini disco, which opens at 8 p.m.
For kids ages 13 to 17 years old, the teen club welcomes you to participate in a variety of games, activities and sports.
Guests at IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites can enjoy a number of non-motorized water sports during their stay. These include water polo (Tuesdays and Saturdays at 3 p.m.), water gymnastics (daily at 12 p.m.), kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing and windsurfing. Except for water polo and water gymnastics, for all non-motorized water sports, the first hour is free, and additional charges are incurred thereafter; hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests also can enjoy motorized sports like catamaran sails, parasailing, powered watercraft, scuba diving, and scuba certification for an additional fee. These water sports are available each day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are required for all motorized water sports.
Throughout the property, you'll find a variety of sports available for your pleasure. These include mini-golf, Ping-Pong, beach volleyball, horseshoes, soccer, tennis, cross-bow shooting, archery, PÃ©tanque (the French game of lawn bowling), and riflery Check the schedules posted around the property or at the front desk for locations and hours.
At IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites, you'll find an 18-hole championship golf course designed by P.B. Dye. The course is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are required, and all greens and cart fees are in addition to your stay.
Throughout the day, you'll find many activities for adults that include dance lessons, Spanish lessons and exercise classes. In addition, the discotheque is open from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., and the casino is open from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.
While the international buffet does not require reservations, dining at the a la carte restaurants does. For all restaurants, the following dress code is in effect at all times: Casual, yet neat attire is requested for ladies and gentlemen, including elegant shoes or sandals. Gentlemen may wear dress Bermuda shorts but only shirts with sleeves will be permitted. Also, a kids' menu featuring chicken nuggets, hamburger, grilled cheese and chips is available upon request.
Located in the lobby, this buffet restaurant serves up traditional Dominican cuisine along with popular dishes from around the world. Every night features a themed menu from different nationalities. Breakfast hours are 7 to 10 a.m., lunch hours are 12:30 to 3 p.m. and dinner hours are 6:30 to 10 p.m.
This traditional steakhouse located near the pool and beach serves up a variety of grilled meats in family style. Dinner hours are 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy your favorite Japanese cuisine at this family-style restaurant located in the lobby. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Located in the lobby, this family-style restaurant features Mediterranean cuisines, specializing in seafood and shellfish dishes. Open for dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
For adults only, this classic French restaurant located in the lobby serves up an intimate dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Located in the lobby, this family-style restaurant includes a menu filled with Cajun and Afro-American dishes sure to tempt your taste buds. Dinner hours are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
There are several snack and drink bars located throughout the property, including at the pool, at the beach and in the lobby.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Check-in time is at 3 p.m., with check-out by noon.
Guests can hire a babysitter for $20 per hour for up to two children.
Located at the spa, the fitness center features a variety of cardio machines and weights.
A 24-hour medical clinic is available to all guests for an additional fee. An onsite pharmacy also is available.
Although you will need a passport when traveling to Punta Cana, an advanced visa is not required for a short stay. However, you must purchase a 30-day tourist card at the customs and immigration desk, which is $10 U.S. per person. Only cash is accepted for this purchase, so plan to bring it with you. Although the official currency is the Dominican peso, the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. You should bring some cash with you for any taxi or unexpected expenses. While Spanish is the official language, English is widely spoken, especially at IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites.
The Art of Smart Timing
While IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites experiences year-round temperatures ranging from 82 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, high humidity can make it feel warmer than the actual air temperature. Guests can swim year-round because the water maintains a year-round temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The property's high season usually is December and January, and the low season is August and September. June and July usually have the best room rates.
IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites is just 12.4 miles from Punta Cana International Airport. A one-way taxi ride from the airport to the hotel costs approximately $40. However, the hotel recommends that all guests arrange for a transfer from the airport to the property. To book an airport transfer, check with hotel staff for recommended vendors.
IBEROSTAR BÃ¡varo Suites does offer complimentary shuttle service to its golf course and for shopping offsite. For those taking an offsite excursion, round-trip transportation usually is included in the price of the excursion. If you want to explore the local area, plan to pay out-of-pocket for taxi service. Rental cars are available at the airport, but are not recommended unless you are staying for a lengthy vacation and plan to do a lot of your own sightseeing.
For Mom and Dad
When parents can escape for date night, head for an intimate dinner for two at La Coupole, the property's adults-only restaurant, where you can enjoy a gourmet meal comprised of traditional French cuisine. Afterward, you can dance the night away at the discotheque, try their luck at the casino or take a moonlit walk along the beach before wrapping up the evening with a nightcap at the Lobby Bar on the beach.