This eco-friendly, sustainable resort doesn’t compromise on luxury

Hotels around the world are taking a step towards sustainability and taking into account the environmental impact of their actions. Iberostar, a Spanish family hotel chain, is leading the way in ecotourism without compromising on luxury. They launched wave of change in 2017, a movement to protect the oceans and improve the health of the coasts, and continue to evolve towards a more responsible tourism model centered on people and the environment.

Iberostar Selection Bavaro has created a five star Coral Level luxury experience that is a hotel within a hotel. Located on Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, you’ll never be far from the palm trees, sea, and amenities that come with an upscale all-inclusive experience. When you’re not busy with fun daily activities, feasting on food from around the world, or swimming in the relaxing infinity pool, check out their on-site Coral Lab and see for yourself what Iberostar is up to. to take care of our land.

Sleep in luxurious villas

Coral Level allows guests to experience a higher level of exclusivity in a 5 star resort. Settle into your sumptuous suite via a private reception area and sip your refreshing welcome drink as your cares drift away. The colorful villas are spacious, and you can choose from peaceful garden views, beachfront views, suites with pool access, and a junior suite ideal for families with two large bedrooms.

The low-rise buildings camouflaged by towering palm trees consist of 162 rooms with a wide variety of features, including a balcony, smart TV, minibar, coffee maker, comfy bathrobe and slippers, free WIFI and even a choice of amenities. pillows. There is 24-hour concierge service and the friendly staff are kind and helpful. The luxurious villas are bright, modern and beautifully designed. The illustration of sea turtles on your luxury bed reminds you that Iberostar cares about the oceans.

Dive, swim, play and be active

At the coral level, you are a short walk from two freshwater swimming pools, Balinese beds, lounge chairs, endless cabanas and umbrellas for shade. There’s reef-safe sunscreen at the towel desk, and that attention to detail extends throughout the resort. The infinity pool offers spectacular sea views and we spent hours soaking up the warm Punta Cana sun and chatting with guests from all over the world. After a swim, have a drink at the snack bar (or have a drink delivered to your cabana). We sipped decadent freshly made pineapple juice and strolled along the beach admiring brave people parasailing. Coral Level guests have access to other swimming pools in the Bávaro complex, sports facilities, an outdoor gym, a fully equipped indoor gym, tennis courts and many other facilities fun, including their innovative Fit & Fun program. And is it really a vacation without ping-pong and a game of chess with massive pieces?

Feast on delicious healthy foods

Coral Level guests can access restaurants and bars at Iberostar Selection Bavaro Suites, Iberostar Punta Cana and Iberostar Dominican hotels. As vegans we were delighted with the plant based options covering the resort and never went hungry. The Star Café offers soy and almond milk for your daily latte – go ahead and sit in the impressive Bávaro Lobby admiring decor from around the world and local artists such as the beautiful horses in wood and the Cayuco boat. Or sit in the peaceful Orchid Greenhouse among native Caribbean flowers.

We like Il Forno Italian Restaurant for delicious pizza and pasta dishes; La Dorada Greek Restaurant for vegan versions of typical Greek dishes; and Kabuki Japanese Restaurant was outstanding and featured a teppanyaki and sushi bar. Eat outdoors to the sound of the ocean waves when you dine at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant and whip up guacamole right at your table with fresh fries and salsa. The vegan fajitas and breaded mushroom tacos with cashew sauce were delicious. We fell in love with Faro at coral level and went everyday. We got to know the friendly staff and chatted about life in Punta Cana while dining on fresh fruit, delicious plant-based crepes and pancakes, oatmeal, all kinds of juices, and there’s a huge selection of buffets. El Faro offers both international and local dishes with a completely different buffet for lunch, and for dinner you can savor market cuisine à la carte.

After dinner, stroll down Caribbean Street and shop for handcrafted souvenirs while supporting the locals.

Enjoy activities, programs and entertainment

Activities include golf, beachside workouts, running, yoga, spinning, darts, volleyball, aquafitness, salsa dance lessons, bingo, and a gym mat. water for teenagers. Iberostar houses liveliness, a program offering clients a special opportunity to reconnect body and mind while engaging in movement. Melt away the stress on a nature walk, learn new recipes in cooking classes, or discover a new hobby with one of their unique and creative craft workshops like art or singing. When the sun goes down, put on your dancing shoes for exciting live and interactive entertainment, themed shows and international galas.

If you’re traveling with young children, Star Camp is packed with activities and teaches children to respect the environment, value diversity and encourage healthy habits. Aqua Fun is a place where youngsters slide and slide in the sun and mingle with others their own age. For older kids like my son, there’s a teen disco in the evenings where they hang out and play video games, basketball, foosball, and fishing. Despite the language barrier (Google Translate was helpful!), my son made friends from Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

Find out how Iberostar cares about sustainability

Sustainability is the driving force of Iberostar and the heart and soul of what they believe in. With a strong commitment to caring for the environment, especially our beautiful oceans, the wave of change movement has taken place. In 2020, all of their hotels became single-use plastic free, including straws, coffee lids, swapping pens for pencils in rooms, using eco-friendly laundry bags, replacing plastic mini-bar products, using recyclable multi-use products in rooms to replace single-use toiletries (Products are cruelty-free), and using compostable coffee capsules. You definitely won’t find single-use plastic water bottles here. Guests have access to unlimited purified water with refill stations throughout the resort.

In line with their circular economy model, not only everything Iberostar hotels will be zero waste by 2025, but will be carbon neutral by 2030. Iberostar has its own composting plant and turns organic waste from the resort into garden compost. Visit the Terrestrial Coral Reef Lab to learn more about the importance of coral reefs. Scientists here study the impacts of coral bleaching in the ocean and try to save damaged corals and learn more about restoring climate-resilient reefs. Wave of Change also protects mangroves and seagrass beds and is currently restoring mangroves in the resort town of Bávaro with the launch of their National Mangrove Restoration Program. Just another reason to take a nature walk at the resort – just look for the mangrove signs to see the wonderful work Iberostar is doing to help our earth.

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