Catalonia Punta Cana – a comprehensive review of this all-inclusive resort

Nichole S. Gehr

Catalonia Punta Cana – or Catalonia Bavaro Beach, both are the same hotels – is an affordable yet very interesting all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, which is perfect for all those looking for a well-balanced vacation in the Dominican Republic between fun, culinary highlights and a modest budget. But what makes Catalonia Bavaro an interesting resort in Punta Cana? Exactly that’s what this extensive Catalonia Punta Cana review is about, where we are showing you the surprises we experienced during our stay, the places you shouldn’t miss and some of the unique characteristics which you won’t find in other all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana.

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Where is Catalonia Punta Cana?

 Catalonia Punta Cana is located in Cabeza de Toro, a part of Punta Cana which is located between Punta Cana International Airport and the main center of Bavaro respectively Bavaro Beach. It is one of the closest areas of resorts to the airport of Punta Cana, an airport transfer just takes a mere 15-minute ride. If you are looking for information on how to book your airport transfer in Punta Cana, you can check out this article.

 Cabeza de Toro is not much more than a small agglomeration of 6-7 all-inclusive resorts, among them Serenade Punta Cana, Dreams Palm Beach or Catalonia Royal Bavaro. You can find a few souvenir shops and convenience stores in this area and a mini tiny bit of local life.

 However, it is possible to leave Catalonia Punta Cana walking as it is only a 10-15-minute walk to Cabeza de Toro.

 Like many other all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, Catalonia Bavaro Beach is located right at the beach. Further information about the beach in this area can be found in the sections below in this Catalonia Punta Cana review.

Definition of Catalonia Punta Cana

 When you are looking for Catalonia Punta Cana online, for example at Expedia or even at the Catalonia Resorts website, there are different names circulating, among them:

  • Catalonia Punta Cana   
  • Catalonia Bavaro
  • Catalonia Bavaro Beach
  • Catalonia Bavaro Beach Golf & Casino Resort
  • Catalonia Bavaro Punta Cana
  • Catalonia Resort Punta Cana
  • Catalonia Punta Cana Golf & Casino Resort

 All those names are referring to the same resort – the one this Catalonia Punta Cana review is about. Catalonia Bavaro and Catalonia Bavaro Beach are also common names for this all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana respectively Cabeza de Toro.

 The only difference you should take care of is Catalonia Royal Bavaro. This is indeed a different hotel, even though it is the neighbor of Catalonia Bavaro Punta Cana. Catalonia Royal Bavaro is the adults-only version of Catalonia Punta Cana and a much smaller resort as you can read in the extensive Catalonia Royal Bavaro review.

Overview of Catalonia Punta Cana

 Catalonia Punta Cana is a medium-sized all-inclusive resort with around 700 rooms. The distance from the lobby to the beach is around 1500 feet, which equals 7-8 minutes of walking. The room furthest away from the beach is 1200 feet.

When entering the lobby of Catalonia Punta Cana, you are directly in the heart of the resort, as the majority of restaurants, amenities and entertainment options are located in this area. Here you can find the following, among others:
– the lobby with the reception
– the main buffet restaurant
– 2 à-la-carte restaurants (2 further à-la-cartes are just located a few meters to the left)
– the main lobby bar
– the casino
– the shopping plaza with shops and spa
– the entertainment plaza for the nightly shows

The main plaza at Catalonia Bavaro Beach Golf Resort & Spa

The whole area here is beautifully designed with various fountains and artificial pools (not for swimming), hence it is a pleasure to walk around here.

The main plaza at Catalonia Bavaro Beach Golf Resort & Spa

 Once you leave the main area toward the beach, you can directly dive into the tropical diversity of Catalonia Punta Cana. The entire property is dotted with green lawns and high-rising palm trees and a beautiful lake in the middle is making the tip of perfect Caribbean symbiosis.

Beautiful vegetation and lush scenery at Catalonia Punta Cana Resort

 This is also the reason why you can see many animals here at Catalonia Bavaro Beach. Especially birds are super happy here and you will hear them all day long, but also ducks or geese can be spotted.

Different animals at Catalonia Punta Cana Resort

 To the left and the right of this trail from the lobby to the beach, you can not only find several accommodation buildings (all rooms are allocated in smaller buildings with 24 rooms each), but also lovely hangout spots, which are designed with attention to details and are worth a photo or two.

 In general, the entire property of Catalonia Bavaro Beach Golf & Casino Resort is super tropical, it is a true pleasure to stroll here. Furthermore, the accommodation buildings are rather small and are fitting perfectly into the scenery.

 After a 3-4-minute walk, you’re going to reach the pool area with Catalonia Punta Cana’s main pool. Here is where most of the activities are going on during the day and where also the kids can play in the water.

The main pool at Catalonia Punta Cana

 After passing the swim-up bar, you’ll find the Palapa restaurant, which is a beach restaurant offering marvelous ocean views for breakfast and lunch.

Beautiful view from the beach restaurant at Catalonia Punta Cana

 And then, drums on, you have reached the beach, probably the most beautiful part of Catalonia Bavaro.

The beach at Catalonia Punta Cana

 Cabeza de Toro is not known to be the most beautiful beach in Punta Cana. Usually, this honor goes to Bavaro Beach, Cap Cana or Macao Beach. However, Catalonia Punta Cana is located at the most beautiful stretch of Cabeza de Toro Beach. Do you agree when seeing this photo?

Amazing beach in Cabeza de Toro at Catalonia Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort

 Especially the palm trees, the white sand and the beautiful decorations are creating beautiful views.

The gorgeous and beautiful beach section of Catalonia Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana

 But the beach is also perfect for another reason: due to the shallow water in this particular area of Cabeza de Toro, there are absolutely no waves. The water is so incredibly calm that you even don’t hear it.

Amazing beach in Cabeza de Toro at Catalonia Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort

 Another cool thing about Catalonia Punta Cana’s beach is that there is a natural swimming pool out in the ocean. In one particular area (you will notice it according to the color of the ocean), you can walk 700 feet into the water. The only negative point about Catalonia Bavaro’s beach is that it is pretty hard to swim as the water is mostly shallow.

Amazing beach in Cabeza de Toro at Catalonia Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort

 But also the beach itself is pretty beautiful. Coming from Catalonia Punta Cana’s rooms, you’ll find a beautiful new juice bar on the right side of the beach. It was only built in 2022 and is brand-new, a pretty cool innovation from Catalonia Resort. The juice bar indeed has freshly squeezed natural juices made of tropical fruits and has an incredibly beautiful decoration. If I would have just had a beach holiday at Catalonia Punta Cana (“unfortunately” I was there for business reasons), this juice bar called Ma Loo would have been my favorite place.

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