Grand Palladium Punta Cana Dominican Republic

drsunset2My 10-year-old daughter and I just got back from our first visit to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a four-night stay at Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa. As first time visitors to both the island and the hotel, we felt welcome for the moment arrived. Grand Palladium Bavaro is one of the largest family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in the area, with a wide variety of accommodations, dining options, and activities with both adults and kids in mind.

The Location

Located right on the beach along the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Grand Palladium Bavaro is a quick 30 minute taxi ride from Punta Cana airport.

The Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa is a massive property, so much so that it’s actually one of four resorts on site that make up Palladium’s Punta Cana Resorts complex It is and it isn’t.grandpalladiumbavaro It took me and my daughter a day to get the lay of the land, but once we figured out how to get from our room to the lobby or the beach, everything was golden. The benefit of having multiple resorts on one property is that you can use each resort’s facilities, including pools, bars and restaurants — the only exception is the adults-only Royal Suites Turquesa.

The Rooms

My daughter and I shared a Master Junior Suite with two double beds. This room was more than spacious for the two of us, and I believe it would serve a family of three or four very comfortably.

Our accommodations included a small living area with a sofa bed, a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub (with room for two!), separate shower, dual sinks, a minibar (stocked daily with water, bottled soda and beer) and a balcony with two chairs.

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I had a few minor issues with our room, the most notable being wi-fi (not free) and that all the outlets were two-prong, and I have a 3-prong laptop. A bummer when you need to work! Other suites in the area had three-prong outlets — I suspect the difference is because many of the rooms have been recently renovated. I was told that adapters are available, but I think it would be easier to bring your own if it’s an issue.

I was able to take a peek at one of the other room categories, the Luxury Master Suite, and was a little jealous. These two-story rooms are more modern, with a Jacuzzi tub for two and a Balinese bed on a private balcony! Another room option is the Swim Up Junior Suite, which features direct access to a pool on the backside of the room facing the ocean. When booking a room at Grand Palladium Bavario, I suggest looking closely at what each category offers and finding the fit that works best for your family.

Dining

One of the main benefits of choosing an all-inclusive resort is that breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks (both alcoholic and non) and snacks are all included with your stay.

The Grand Palladium Bavaro features 5 buffet restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and 8 “a la carte” restaurants for dinner. Reservations are not required for dining at any of the a la carte restaurants, but I would suggest making them any way to guarantee time and availability. Each of the restaurants features a different cuisine: Mexican, Spanish, Japanese (very popular!), Brazilian, American Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Italian and Asian.

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