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Catalonia Gran Dominicus


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Family: Kids 6 and under Stay Free.

The Caribbean is awaiting your arrival so that you can experience an unforgettable vacation on the south coast of the Dominican Republic at the all-inclusive Catalonia Gran Dominicus. The beaches and vegetation are stunning and the infinite horizons will leave you breathless. Located in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, specifically on Bayahibe's white sand beach, the scenery will amaze you. This all-inclusive resort is located just 25 minutes from La Romana Airport and 62 miles from Punta Cana International Airport.

The Catalonia Gran Dominicus has been designed for you to enjoy your stay with various sports and leisure activities plus an array of delicious food and cocktails to keep you satiated. Beautiful tropical gardens, which you can view from all of the rooms, surround the Caribbean villas, which form the hotel. All of the rooms are spacious, welcoming, and feature soft decor in tropical tones.

The attractive theme restaurants allow you to visit the Far East thanks to the tempting Teppanyaki cuisine. Try exquisite Italian a la carte dishes. Discover genuine Mexican dishes and enjoy the specialties of the steak house in American surroundings. Moreover, the complex includes five bars where you can enjoy all types of Caribbean cocktails.

For the more active guests, a daily program of activities in several languages (in the pool and on the beach) is available. Some of the activities include aerobics, volleyball, water gymnastics, tennis, soccer, petanque, ping-pong, and archery. If you prefer to play in the water, try non-motorized aquatic sports (snorkeling not included) and test scuba diving in the pool. If you love to dance the night away and play after dark, experience the Discotheque and nighttime entertainment with shows every night in the theater. The Children's club (3 to 12 years) and Junior Club (13 to 17 years) are also available to keep the kids and teens entertained.

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HOTEL LOCATION
120Km (1 hr 30 minutes) from Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, 20 km (20 minutes) from La Romana Internacional Airport and 70 Km (45 minutes) from Punta Cana International Airport.
Address: BAYAHIBE
LA ROMANA


DR
Local Phone: 809-221-6767
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Pools
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Freshwater swimming pool with different sections for activities, children and jacuzzi.
Golf: C
closeby
Catalonia Caribe Golf Club (18 hole) and Catalonia Cabeza de Toro (9 hole)
Holes: 0
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Club Rental Fees: $
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Water Sports on Site
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: beach football, basketball, football field
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
The Catalonia Gran Dominicus features nine restaurants, five bars, disco, theatre and spa. Beach: Overlooks the white sandy beach of Bayahibe.
Total Rooms: 415
Year Opened: 0 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
ROOM TYPES
PRIVILEGED DELUXE
Other Amenities -
Kitchen
COMFORT ROOM
Comfort guest bracelet, beach towel service in room, discount on spa treatment (reservations required), discount on romantic dinner.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Television
PRIVILEGED SUPERIOR
New furniture and decorations. Privileged services.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Television
SUPERSAVER
Exterior, welcoming comfortable rooms that offer 1 king bed or 2 doubles, A/C, a full bathroom and furnished terrace or balcony. They also offers free internet access, free safe deposit box and other basic amenities. Views will vary.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Television
GARDEN VIEW ROOM
Exterior, welcoming comfortable rooms that offer 1 king bed or 2 doubles, A/C, a full bathroom and furnished terrace or balcony. They also offers free internet access, free safe deposit box and other basic amenities. Garden views.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Television
PRIVILEGED HONEYMOON
Discount for spa and romantic dinner, 30 minute couples massage, courtesy picture and special gift. In room bottle of chilled sparkling wine, fruit and chocolates upon arrival. Special honeymoon decorations. Privileged services.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Minibar
Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Television
DINING
There are 8 Restaurants at Catalonia Gran Dominicus:
El Mariachi - Air conditioned restaurant serving Mexican specialties. Open for dinner. Reservations required.
Rodeo Steak House - Air conditioned restaurant serving steak specialties. Open for dinner. Reservations required.
Ceperie Bretonne - A la carte during the day. Salty and sweet crepes Informal dress code
Snack Terrace - A la carte snack service with beautiful ocean view. Open air beachside restaurant, open during the day only with informal dress code. Only available to privileged guests.
Terrace Tapas Restaurant - Open air beachside restaurant. A la carte dinner offered to privileged guests. Casual dress code and romantic environment.
Pizzeria Sorrento - Enjoy Italian cuisine and wood fired pizza. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Open air pizza buffet for lunch. Dress code is informal for breakfast and lunch and casual for dinner.
El Taino - Buffet restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
La Toscana - Serves Italian cuisine. Open for dinner. Reservations required.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Beach volleyball, pool volleyball, petanque, table tennis, archery, soccer, dance classes, scuba lesson (in pool), water aerobics
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
disco, nightly shows, three theme nights weekly by the pool(weather permitting)
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Kid's Club open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: $
Junior's Club open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (ages 13 to 17 years old).

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Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Catalonia Gran Dominicus Low Key High Quality
DAVID R.
Mar 10 2014
located in Bajahibe, far frow the crowds of Punta Cana, a beautiful property staffed by beautiful people. Wonderful beach and calm Caribbean sea- service of very high quality. The property is not as large or as fancy as some in the DR, but for relaxation, good quality food, nice rooms and truly exceptional service this is the place, for me and my family.
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acation Ever
DOMINICK C.
Nov 01 2013
This hotel should be removed from Apple Vacation destinations. We were in two different rooms which both had a leak, one from under the wall and the other from a light fixture in the ceiling. It took 45 minutes to check in with only 1 person in front of us and towels were not provided in the room as promised. The food in the buffet is almost not edible and the food in the ala carte restaurants is mediocre at best. Your Apple representative, one Reginaldo Morel was of absolutely no help and wouldn't even give us a telephone number to call for assistance from Apple. He should be fired as he does not represent what we have come to understand over the years as good service. We are long time users of Apple Vacations but may indeed seek out other options for our next vacation. In fact, we should be provided a credit from Apple for at least one half of the cost of our vacation. We prefer that you contact us to discuss the matter.
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Gran Dominicus
JOSEPH W.
Oct 04 2013
Check in was very slow and they were not very helpful. Our room was nice and close to the pool and beach however my sunglasses were stolen on the first day. The alcohol was poor quality and the food was mediocre at best but the entertainment staff was fun. The beach was beautiful.
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7 Day All Inclusive Vacation to Catalonia Gran Dominicus
MEGHAN E.
Sep 18 2013
The Apple Rep's we encountered before and during our trip gave nothing but excellent customer service. The hotel was beautiful, I felt like I was living in a garden. Our priviledged suite was very cozy. The refrigerator didn't get as cold as I would like. All beverages were at cool temperatures. When we did a turn down service, I would specifically ask for more bath towels, beach towels, and washcloths. Every time the maids would come, they did not give us new washcloths. This was annoying! There was always a lot of tiny ants crawling around the sink area. Our toilet needed to be plunged twice during our visit. Sometimes walking around the resort you could smell the septic sewer, which was gross! The entertainment staff was always doing something all day and night to get guests to have fun. Whether dancing, water aerobics, or nightly shows. The bartenders were always nice. The women staff at the Crepe restaurant on the beach always had attitudes. Sometimes the staff in the priviledged section weren't very attentive to something as simple as making sure we had water to drink. The buffet always had a vast variety of great food to choose from. But since this is a tropical island, and most of the restaurants were open, we encountered many birds, flies, and other insects hovering all around the food. I avoided the dessert and fruit sections completely because of this. The Rodeo Steakhouse food was disgusting; my least favorite out of all the places to eat. Terrace Lounge was my favorite; food was absolutely exquisite. The beach area was always clean. The pool was at the right temperature. The staff at the Priviledged Lounge area were always very helpful. We did three exursions: Outback Safarai (A DEFINITE MUST!!!), Marinarium (AMAZING!!!), and Zip Lining! We enjoyed all of them!!! I was really disappointed in the Alegria Spa. We got a couple's massage and facial. I kept telling them I wanted deep pressure with my massage, and they basically rubbed my skin like they were applying lotion. It was a waste of money. The facial was very mediocre; I've had way better facials in the U.S. I would avoid the Spa altogether!!! We went to the Disco one night. It was empty, aside from 2 other couples. We asked the D.J. to play a song. We waited 15 minutes, and our song never came on. You would think that since it was dead they would play our request. So we immediately left. We did get sick during our stay. We had diarrhea for 1.5 days. We aren't sure how we got it!
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Wonderful place for couples
EMILY R.
Sep 18 2013
Biggest negatives: we had ants in our bedroom (do NOT leave any fruit juice or food on any counter anywhere - make sure it gets into the trashcan immediately if you're done eating); and the romantic lobster dinner on the beach took FOREVER, and my boyfriend and I were served our lobster after 6 tables that had gotten there AFTER us had been served. However, beyond these two things, this was truly a great, affordable place for us to spend our first vacation together! The privileged room was lovely - beautiful bed, balcony, and bathroom. I don't know what the other standard rooms looked like, but this one was beautiful. The shows at night are definitely worth going to (the entertainment staff are amazing dancers, not so great at lip syncing), and the disco is super fun at night, just consider taking salsa lessons before you arrive! The beach is stunningly beautiful with very nice, lukewarm water, very soft sand, and a little bar to keep that drink cup full. They also offer yummy crepes at the bar for your snacking pleasure. Overall, I'd 100% recommend this resort. The staff are sweet and kind and very helpful, and they deserve every penny they earn.
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Relaxing Vacation
MEREDITH R.
Sep 17 2013
This hotel while not especially high end provided exactly what I wanted and needed. The food and beverages weren't phenomenal but if you are looking for a quiet resort with a beautiful beach this hotel is it. Private sections of the beach are one big reason to upgrade to the premier package. The staff was kind and always willing to help out. If you are looking for a place to party with tons of good booze and five star food I would look elsewhere. Still the resort was quiet and the beach was beautiful.
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Great trip for a great price!
MORGAN L.
Jul 25 2013
My boyfriend and I recently returned from our first vacation with Apple. We bought a deal off of LivingSocial throgh Apple Vacations to Catalonia Gran Dominicus and what a fantastic trip it was! We received the best treatment from the hotel staff, an upgrade to a Priviledge room, and traveling was a breeze! Apple had coordinated all transportation to and from the airport, and had an agent at the hotel to help us pick our excursions. The all-inclusive deal was great- we did spend more for tipping the staff, as well as extras we wanted on the trip (i.e. excursions, spa packages, additional dinners). I would 100% reccommend the hotel to anyone who is looking for a great value, beautiful beaches, and a memorable time. The staff at Catalonia Gran Dominicus were awesome-from the front desk, the fun bartenders, entertainers, serves, etc. I have never seen so many happy people who seem to love what they do and are so nice to everyone they speak to. While we were a young couple, there were more families there, so if you are looking for a "party scene" this is probably not the best place to go. But if you are wanting a great get-a-way with an amazing beach, delicious cocktails, and a welcoming staff this is the place for you! Our vacation lasted 7 days, and if I could have stayed for 7 more I would have!
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GLENN W.
Jul 08 2013
The staff were wonderful. We had two rooms booked. My children got turn down service with chocolates every night. We only got it once and we were on the same hall. The showers in our room had little to no hot water or pressure. A complaint to the "privileged" concierge resulted in increased pressure but not the hot water. This was not an issue for others traveling with us. The beach was nice but had a very steep incline to get to the water. Since we were traveling with someone with mobility issues, she could not get down to the water or out of the water without considerable help. The pool however, had a zero depth walk in area that was great for handicapped people. We had expected all the restaurants to be open each night, but that was not the case. Restaurant food was better than the buffet food. The restaurants were all open air, and the desserts at the buffet were not protected. The birds were eating the desserts all the time and no one was even trying to shoo them away. Needless to say, we all stayed away from the buffet desserts. We had to ask for wash cloths and extra towels. The maids did not always replace exactly what they took, leaving us with out wash cloths most of the time.
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DOMINIC S.
Jul 07 2013
We let the hotel know it was our honeymoon vacation and they still put us in a room with two beds. Additionally, after arriving in the early afternoon, they took until 5:00 pm to open up a room for us. Also, it was not made evident that our dinners would be limited to only four restaurant meals and the remaining nights had to be at the buffet which is not as good. The bar service was excellent. All the drinks were made fresh from real fruit juices and the servers were very friendly and welcoming.
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MERY W.
Jun 30 2013
Hotel is beautiful with beautiful and clean beach. The rooms seem to be newly decorated, but certain things, such as broken phone line, broken electric outlets, and my parents room Was without AC for 2 days. Not enough entertainment, especially at night for young single adults. The staffs were great and service was excellent. The food were overall good.
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Great Stay!!
NICOLLETTE Q.
Jun 08 2013
Everyone was incredibly nice and helpful! The food at the restaurants was amazing. The food at the buffet was ok. The room was beautiful, the pool and beach amazing! There are lots of different activities to do at the resort and they always try to keep everyone entertained.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
False advertising - website showed lots of amenities for privileged guests- beautiful Bali beds on the beach
brendapalm0re,
Sun Apr 15 06:10:51 EDT 2018
False advertising - website showed lots of amenities for privileged guests- beautiful Bali beds on the beach - we did not have any of that. Advertised early check in for privileged guest. We arrived at 330 pm and still had to wait an hour.

Thank god for one staff member
RhondaMadsen, Montreal, Canada
Wed Apr 11 08:53:47 EDT 2018
This trip would have been an absolute disaster except for the help we got at the preferred desk by Penelope Cruz. Sye went beyond the call of her job to help us.management did nothing but her kind hesrt and intelligence in customer relations is 5 star. Thankyou Penelope. R. Maden and Vern Berkeley. You need more fuly bilingual employee's like her!!!

Not So Great! Spend your Money Somewhere Else!
jessietravels2018, Cambridge, Canada
Tue Apr 10 06:24:06 EDT 2018
This hotel was a bit disappointing! It started when we first got there... The front lobby needs some work it was not a good first impression looks old and run down. We were scared to get off the bus! When we first arrived after travelling for about 10 hours in total with a 4 year old at about 1:30pm our room was not ready! The guy at the front desk was super sketchy, he took our passports to the back without even telling us what he was doing (worried me a bit) I asked a lady where the guy went she pretended not to understand me but then he came back and told me he was doing his work... then came back to tell us to go eat lunch and that our room would only be ready at 3:00pm! I'm sorry but We're tired, hot and ready to just put our things in our room so that we can start our vacation but we had to wait!! PLEASE take in to consideration, peoples travel times!! No room was offered to us to put our things down so we were walking around with heavy carry on's. We were then followed by a "concierge" guy who pretended that he would help us with anything we needed and made sure that we promise not to deal with any other "concierge" person if he was not around!! This was super confusing but after being harassed by all these concierge guys all week we came to realize that they were trying to sell us a timeshare!!! I literally had to finally tell them to leave us alone! We are on vacation and pay a lot of money to be there I want to enjoy my time not get harassed by these guys. Stop doing this!! Everyone at the hotel talks about how annoying these guys are!! The food at this hotel is NOT good! the buffet especially needs to be shut down! its gross! everything is stale, old and just not good!! The al a cart restaurants are OK but it takes to long! The staff seemed annoyed with us and we only found a few friendly staff! During the day you cant eat at your beach chairs and you have to go sit at a restaurant! there is no ice cream for kids and you are super lucky if you are in and out within an hour! The beach is worth every penny its beautiful. BUT the EXCLUSIVE section is such a waste of space!! there were No Exclusive people ok maybe like 4 people and although we were "Privileged" we had to sit behind this Exclusive waste of space! Every day my husband had to wake up at 6:00AM to put our towels down to ensure we got a nice spot on the sand. Kids club looked good BUT nobody ever even talked to us about it! at check in we should be told about the kids club and what to do! We never dropped our child off because we had no idea what it was about. We never made it to an adult show because it was to late and we had a child with us, my daughter had fun at the mini disco but got bored of it after a few days of the same thing over and over. Our room was fine! the ladies did a great job cleaning it! But I dont understand why we would get towels delivered at 9:00PM? why not leave clean towels when the room is cleaned during the day? This Hotel needs a serious management change. A manager needs to come in and focus on Customer Service!! People pay a lot of money to go on vacation and the staff needs to appreciate their guests! We did not feel appreciated at all we mostly felt like a bother. The staff needs some serious guidance! If you don't speak Spanish or Italian you are treated very differently.

Good times
Gus G,
Thu Apr 05 17:37:59 EDT 2018
Great Beach, Awesome Entertainment, Good variety of food, stay away from Time share people, stayed there with my wife and my daughter, we had a great time, employees are very friendly and always there when needed, we had a slight problem with our mini fridge in the room but was solved fast. I highly recommend this place... The best thing was the beach, clean, nice sand, barely any waves, take your own snorkeling stuff, lot of fish...

Happy Repeat Visitor
ChicagoJanice, chicago
Wed Apr 04 08:45:27 EDT 2018
Having been here several times before, I know enough to upgrade to a Privileged room when booking. Great service from front desk as our flight arrived in Punta Cana at 5:00 am and we were at the hotel by 6:30 am. They were nice enough to let us check-in early, even though one couple had to return in the afternoon for their privileged room. I love the beach here, even though some of the sand has eroded. The waters are extremely clear, the sand soft and a wonderful combination of shallow and deep water access. Having walked up/down the beach many times over my stays, I prefer this hotel's beach over that of the neighboring hotels. The wifi service has vastly improved from our last stays. What was new this trip was the new Royal Catalonia next door, whose guests somehow seemed to prefer the beach that supposedly is reserved for privilege room guests at Gran Domincus. With the building of the new property, there are MANY more beach chairs which makes for a very crowded beach. I also did not understand the section on the beach reserved for owners??? Food was a little better than okay. Kudos to the pleasant young lady who makes the crepes in the morning (and who arrives to hordes of folks waiting for their crepes), and the pizza maker at the Italian restaurant. The only real negatives were the super-slow service at the buffet (for clean tables, coffee refills) and a hot tub that was lukewarm at best. Love the smiles I saw on nearly every staff person I encountered. Sure, the clientele is mostly Europeans and English is not always understood but I don't find that a problem given this resort's many other strengths.



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