Charles Greenfield visits Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort
Charles Greenfield is a Miami-based travel writer who has contributed to Travel & Leisure and regional magazines/ newspapers. He also is Cultural Arts Contributor to Artsbeat on WLRN 91.3 FM, South Florida’s NPR affiliate, a producer for WLRN Ch. 17’s Artstreet, and has written on classical and jazz musicians for the Miami Herald.
The resort has spent over $330 million in renovations and new construction since 2009. This past December they opened their first adults-only section, “Barceló Beach,” with 391 tasteful rooms furnished with wicker and Mexican tile highlighted by a turquoise backdrop. Next door, near the entrance of the main hotel, “Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe,” golfers will relish lush views of The Lakes in the new 234 beige and dark-wood stair-cased lofts with clubhouse, pro shop and lockers. For just the children,
My soothing and upscale “B-room” in the Palace Deluxe featured a rain-style shower, 32-inch LCD with USB port and iPod/MP3, ceiling fan, mini bar and safe, and a hedonistic private terrace with Jacuzzi. For Club Premium members amenities include: private check in/out, “best view” room upgrades, reservation priority for a la carte restaurants, club drinks and snacks, free lounge internet and wireless for rooms, personalized concierge service, express laundry, room service, bottle of rum, access to hydrotherapy section in the spa, and 10% off in spa and beauty salon.
In fact, opposite the 1,400-seat Las Vegas-style Gran Teatro Bávaro and Club Premium lounge, the sleek and extensive U-spa Bávaro contains a private outdoor pool with aquatic therapies and spacious gym for cardio, resistance, cool-downs, stretching, as well as two rooms for
Besides two paddle and seven tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, beach volleyball, windsurfers, mini surfboards, and pedal boats, The Lakes is a par-72 standout, one of the Caribbean’s superior golf grounds. I had the 6,655-yard course gleaming with 25 inland lakes and 122 bunkers practically to myself one sunny afternoon. Fairways were beautifully coiffed, sand traps neatly packed, and greens, smooth and undulating, all framed by a virgin forest of hibiscus, jasmine, yucca, oleander, bougainvillea and saw palmetto. The last four tricky holes combine a morass of freshwater ponds and mangroves buffeted by sea breezes. The luxuriant course echoes with screeches and bizarre clicks from bright colored flamingos, spoonbills, bitterns, coots and wide-clawed, red-crested jacanas that walk boldly over the floating lily pads.
Back at Barceló I could choose from over 10 restaurants (Italian, Mexican, Spanish, and French to seafood, steakhouse and sports bar) and 14 bars before dressing up for roulette and disco inside the Bávaro Casino. After hitting my lucky “14” I took my small winnings back home under a balmy, full moon.
For information contact: barcelo.com