Barcelo Bavaro Beach vs Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana

Barcelo Bavaro Beach main entrance

Sipping a cocktail in the warm sunshine while gazing at a gorgeous white, sandy beach and sparkling, turquoise water is the epitome of relaxation and serenity.

One of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world can be found in an area of the Dominican Republic called Punta Cana, which abuts both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

This area is home to two five-stars, luxury hotels that cater to your every need and desire, but the question is “Which one is right for you?”

Let’s take a closer look at what each hotel has to offer.

Barcelo Bavaro Beach

Firstly, there are a few things you need to know about the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Hotel. It’s a beachfront hotel that was recently renovated, and it’s now only for adults.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other, then Bavaro Beach would be a magical place to go.

Bavaro Beach is part of a bigger complex called “Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort,” which contains four different properties, including Bavaro Beach.

The good news is that guests of Bavaro Beach can also use the facilities, such as the Olympic-size swimming pool, at the nearby Barcelo Bavaro Palace, which is part of the Grand Resort complex.

Keep in mind that if you want to take advantage of all the amenities at the Bavaro Palace and Bavaro Beach properties, then you’ll need to spend time traveling from one location to another.

To help you move around the complex, the resort offers the “Bavaro Express Train” to shuttle you, free of charge. These “trains” are scheduled every 20 minutes between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

Hotel Size

To many people, the size of a resort is a very important consideration. Barcelo Bavaro Beach has 589 suites while the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has 1,775 rooms, which means the Hard Rock Hotel can house about three times as many people.

Hotel room

Yet while the Hard Rock can accommodate more guests than Bavaro Beach, again Bavaro Beach is part of a larger complex that also houses many more guests.

All-Inclusive: Bavaro Beach

Both luxury resorts offer “all-inclusive” options for their guests. If you decide to do the all-inclusive option with Bavaro Beach, you can enjoy amenities such as:

  • Three pools within the complex to choose from
  • Pool towels
  • Pool loungers
  • And parasols at the pools and the beach areas
  • Three buffet restaurants
  • Nine a la carte restaurants
  • And unlimited drinks at the restaurants, casino, theater, and nightclubs.

You also receive free salsa, merengue, and bachata classes, but that’s not all!

Other all-inclusive activities at Bavaro Beach include:

  • Basic windsurfing and sailing;
  • Basic catamarans;
  • Paddle tennis courts;
  • A fitness studio
  • Non-motorized water sports on the beach
  • Access to a Catholic mass at a nearby church
  • Kayaks and Pedalos.
  • A mask for snorkeling in the swimming area
  • An exclusive pool within the hotel for guests only
  • A giant chess board and billiards tables
  • Bavaro train transportation within the complex
  • Day-time activities and night-time animation for adults
  • Tennis and athletic courts; and taxes and tips.

Kids playing tennis

If you decide to become a Premium Level guest at Bavaro Beach, you will also receive entry to the night club at Barcelo Bavaro Palace’s VIP Lounge, La Comedie and the Kyoto restaurants.

You receive free Wi-Fi and can order room service for meals.

All-Inclusive: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has two “all-inclusive” options, which are: “all-inclusive” and “limitless all-inclusive.”

The all-inclusive option offers you:

  • Food from nine restaurants
  • Drinks
  • 24/7 room service
  • Land sports
  • A fitness center
  • Daily activities
  • Golf
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property
  • Free parking
  • 30 minutes free on resort computers
  • Unlimited calls to the continental US and Canada
  • And included gratuities

If you’re looking for even more amenities in your “all-inclusive” package, then you might want to try their “limitless all-inclusive” option.

In addition to the normal all-inclusive items, it also includes:

  • Rock Spa treatments and packages
  • Golf,
  • Fun tours,
  • And special dinners without limits!

Available tours include things like riding horses along the beach, driving a Slingshot by Polaris, or playing at an Aqua Park.

Unique Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Extras

There are some unique activities you can do at the Hard Rock that other hotels don’t tend to have, and they have to do with music.

Have you ever wanted to be a rock star? The Hard Rock offers a “Music Lab” for people 12 and older. You can learn one of four instruments or choose to be the lead singer of a band.

Man playing a guitar

A “Rock Specialist” guides you through rehearsals, which are followed by your final performance on the big stage.

The Hard Rock also offers the “RockTube” program, where you get to star in your own music video.

You pick a song, put on some “rock star” clothing and accessories, and go for it! You’ll be famous in no time!


If you decide to stay at either one of these amazing resorts in Punta Cana, you will certainly have the time of your life! Both resorts offer many fun activities, both at the resort and elsewhere, as well as gorgeous on-property spots to simply relax and unwind.

You just need to decide what aspects of the resorts are most important to you, and which resort has more of them.

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