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The Buffet Restaurant at the Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Bavaro will undergo renovations starting September 1, 2022 with an expected completion date of September 30, 2022. During this time breakfast and lunch will be offered at Il Forno restaurant located at Selection Bavaro Hotel (next to Coral Level). Dinner will be offered at the Main Buffet Restaurant of Selection Bavaro, Dominicana and Punta Cana Hotels.
All efforts will be made to minimize any impact to guests during this time.
The Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Bavaro allows you to enjoy the exclusivity of reserved spaces and personalized Premium services without sacrificing the advantages of staying at a large resort on the Caribbean Sea.
Guests have access to all the facilities and services of Iberostar Selection Bavaro, Iberostar Dominicana and Iberostar Punta Cana along with a 25% discount in golf rounds, massage and spa treatments.
Round-trip airport transfers
Online or mobile check in available
Inclusions subject to change without notice at the discretion of the property. Some restrictions may apply.
Mis information from reception staff. No help booking reservations. Couldn’t swim at beach to much coral or seaweed. Food was just warm or cold at times. Drinks were not good. Needs a lot of improvement.
Aug 04, 2022
We booked two rooms at the boutique Coral Level. The hotel is roughly 30 mins from the airport. Smooth check-in considering it's a separate location from the much bigger Selection main lobby check-in. The bungalows are located closer to the beach. The assigned bracelets have the capability of opening the hotel room so there is no need to carry a card. This is a big advantage since it can't get de-magnetized. This is also the same time you should try to reserve the a la carte restaurants. We managed to secure El Faro dinner, Hawaiian night at El Faro, Mexican, Mediterranean, Japanese, and the Steakhouse.
The upgrade is worth it considering you have access to El Faro for breakfast and lunch, a beautiful ocean-front infinity pool, and a quiet pool. You also have a separate location on the beach along with a variety of palapas. You have access to the facilities in Selection, Punta Canta and Dominicana, though we never ventured over to the PC/Dom hotels since there really wasn't a need.
The food is your typical buffet. Good omelette stations, a variety of fruits, juices, desserts, etc. My wife and & I generally dined at El Faro for breakfast due to the close proximity to our room. This also gives you the option whether to dine indoors (a big advantage since there's always a passing shower) or eat outdoors next to the beach bar. My teenagers generally chose the main buffet at the Selection due to the bigger selection. We all dined at El Faro for lunch or walked over to the Selection's outdoor grill. The a la carte restaurants were very good. We were impressed with the menu selection as well as the service (food was served fast). A special thanks to our server, Piron. Excellent service with a smile every day. Also a shout out to Ramon, Andres, and the other server/bartenders in the ocean bar. There is also a Star Cafe where one can order cappuccino, latte's etc. This is located by the main lobby. The drinks were good. I was never a fan of the sugary stuff. I'm more of a scotch/bourbon fan. The CL offers 'top shelf' ie. Johnnie Walker Black, etc. but this was spotty since at times it wasn't avail so I'm left with Red Label or crappy Dewars.
The beach is nice. Keep in mind it's summer time so be prepared for a ton of seaweed. The workers try to maintain this throughout the day but there is no way around it when going swimming in the ocean.
The property is huge. The place comprises of 4 hotels in one, with one being the Grand Bavaro (adults only) so be prepared to do a lot of walking. There are golf carts around but we never utilized them. The place is well maintained and manicured.
Now, the bad. The language barrier. With the exception of the front office staff or the guest services/timeshare staff, nobody speaks a lick of English. I mean, they don't even try. So, if you didn't polish up in your Spanish-speaking skills you will have a very frustrating time here. Speaking of timeshare, it's for real! My friend, Miguel Oscar, whom we met day 1 was the 'assigned' timeshare rep for us. He was there from the very beginning and at the end of our stay. He walked over to the main lobby to wish us a safe trip home. We saw him every day. I know he's just doing his job, but at times we had awkward conversations because I know he wants us to attend the 'presentation'. Luckily, this isn't our 1st rodeo staying at Iberostar (we stayed numerous times at the Lindo in Riviera Maya, MX location) so we were familiar with the sales pitch, otherwise they do a good job trying to suck you in. Sometimes it gets frustrating because you feel like you need to dodge these guys throughout the day. Again, the Coral level is the boutique side of the main Selection hotel so we always ventured to the main pool. The clientele is mainly Russians, Germans, Dutch, and Spanish-speaking people. We were definitely the minority. With that said, get ready for second-hand smoking; from morning to night, from the beach, to the evening entertainment at the Selection main lobby, smoke is everywhere.
The entertainment was organized by the Star Friends. Bam Bam, Shaggy, and friends, always kept the daily entertainment moving. Entertainment around the pools/beach were better than the nightly entertainment. I thought the evenings were a bit lacking. Sometime you have a guy or girl just singing up on stage to Spanish music. I thought it was karaoke night. So, they can do better in this dept.
If there is one take away from this - always tip. Given that I don't speak Spanish, this was my advantage because trust me they remember the tippers. So, you get more attention and service whether it be on the beach, bar, or restaurants. Keep in mind these workers get paid dirt. So the all-mighty $ goes along way for them.
At the end, we all had a great time. There's something for everyone here. The property is beautiful, the staff is friendly, and food is good. You need to manage expections. This isn't the Four Seasons. There will be hiccups along the way, but at the end it's a good vacation spot. Overall 3.5.