Last week we flew to Punta Cana to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We decided that we wanted to pretty much relax and not have to worry about much while we were there, so we booked our stay at an all inclusive resort. From the time we walked into the Iberostar Grand Bavaro we were treated like royalty.
When we arrived we were greeted with a cold towel. The whole lobby smelled so good! They had aromatherapy candles placed throughout the hotel. After checking in, and giving our luggage to the butler, we had a quick drink before our room was ready. Our butler walked us up to our room and showed us all the amenities and made our dinner reservations for the week. He filled our mini bar with whatever we requested, and he gave us his number in case we needed anything during our stay.
We spent pretty much the rest of the week at the pool and beach. It was so nice to swim up to the pool bar and get any drink we wanted, as well as grabbing a chair at the beach and having a waiter come by and take our order. Of course, we had to eat while we were there. Each day we had the buffet or room service for breakfast, enjoyed the pool grill for lunch, and ate one of the a la carte restaurants at the resort. The restaurants were very good, but I think the chef at the pool grill made the best food. He grilled up tuna, swordfish, salmon, ribeye, and lobster to order.
While we weren’t eating or drinking we went on 2 different excursions outside of the resort. Our dune buggy excursion was not a good experience. Our driver was about 20 minutes late to pick us up, and when we arrived we waited approximately another hour just to get into our buggy. Our buggy broke down 3 times, and the last time it totally died – we had to get another one to get back to the place we started. While waiting for our new ride, we got a good view of the livestock in the field next to the road.
Our second excursion was a better experience. For this excursion, we went horse back riding along the beach. Upon arriving at the ranch we were offered water and had to fill out a short form. Then we were given helmets, matched up with our horses, and given very minimal instructions before heading to the beach. After about half an hour we all got off our horses and watched a man climb up a palm tree to get coconuts for everyone. After taking a machete to cut off the top of the coconut we enjoyed the coconut water and then got back on our horses to head back to the ranch. The views were beautiful as we rode along the beach, but I don’t think we’ll be riding horses again anytime soon due to the soreness of our bottoms.
If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, I definitely recommend looking into the Iberostar Grand.