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Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort, Spa & Casino

Playa Bavaro, Bavaro, Punta Cana

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One of the best all-inclusive family resorts in Punta Cana, Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort is the first Caribbean resort to open from this European hotel brand. The resort is undeniably luxurious, yet casual, with contemporary design and furnishings throughout. (You’ll wish you had all the unique light fixtures in your home!) Kids can feel comfortable here, but parents don’t have to sacrifice on style.

This all-inclusive, beachfront resort offers tons of water fun and activities for kids and families. A variety of different pools to suit any mood can be found throughout the resort. Whether you want some peace and quiet, you want to participate in some games or you want to slide down a waterslide, Lopesan has every option. The beach is situated along the Bavaro coast, where the waters are known to be calmer, perfect for families with young children.

When you tire of the sun, there’s still so much more to do here. Families will love The Boulevard entertainment area of the resort, where they’ll find a theater, kids’ club, water park, escape room, bowling alley, arcade, spa, shopping and more restaurants.

Speaking of restaurants, no one will go hungry at this all-inclusive Punta Cana resort. There’s 24-hour room service available, two buffets, two beach club buffets, and several a la cart restaurants for dinner.

Our Editor Loves

  • Large water park and pools
  • Boardwalk entertainment area
  • Beach with calm waters

Family Interests

  • All Inclusive Rates
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Parks

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Children Programs
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Laundry
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
  • Refrigerator

Room Information

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There are 1,042 suites at this five-story resort, which include the upgraded option of Unique Suites, as well as an adults-only section of the hotel.

Every room features a large balcony or terrace that overlooks the pools, ocean or gardens and has chairs and a table. Each room also has air conditioning with a bedside digital thermostat, USB ports by the bed, a Smart TV, coffeemaker and a fully stocked mini-bar.

Cribs and connecting rooms are available upon request. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.

Junior Suites
The Junior Suites feature one king or two queen beds, a sleeper sofa, and a standup shower and bathtub in the bathroom. Some Junior Suites offer a swim-out option where the pool is located just off of your terrace. The Junior Suites can sleep between two and six people, depending which type you book. The Two-Bedroom Junior Suite, which can sleep six, features a king bed in one room and two queen beds in a separate room. It also has a sleeper sofa. Room service is available 12 hours a day.

Unique Suites
When guests book the Unique Package, they receive a stay in the upgraded Unique Suites. These large suites, which can sleep up to four people, offer all of the same amenities found in the Junior Suites, along with a fully stocked mini-bar. The Unique Suites also offer a swim-out option, in addition to a personal plunge pool option on the balcony.  The Unique One-Bedroom Suite, which can sleep four, features a king bed in the bedroom area, two full bathrooms, a large living room area with a sleeper sofa, table and a second flat-screen television.

Room service is available 24 hours a day for Unique guests. Unique guests can check in at their own lounge and utilize a special area on the beach. There's also the Unique Beach Club that offers its own buffet throughout the day just for Unique guests. Ultimately, the service is upgraded for Unique guests.

Adults Only Suites
The Adults Only Suites feature a king bed and a sleeper sofa. They can sleep between two and four people. These suites offer all of the same amenities as the Junior Suites, but are located in the adults-only section of the hotel. Swim-out options are available here, and they swim out into the adults-only pool. Only guests who specifically book an Adults Only Suite can access the adults-only pool and bar. 

Family Activities

The resort, located on Bavaro beach, offers pretty white sand and calm turquoise waters. Lounge chairs and umbrellas fill the beach and there are wooden boardwalk pathways, which are great for strollers to maneuver on the beach. Lifeguards roam the area but are not actively patrolling.

There are two Beach Clubs on either end of the resort. The Goldfish Beach Club is for all guests and features a small breakfast and lunch buffet and a bar. There is a hammock area located near the Beach Club and more cozy seating areas there. Ping Pong and a billiards table can also be found near the Beach Club and infinity pool. The second is a Unique Beach Club and is exclusively for guests who booked the upgraded Unique package. This area also features an all-day, small but upgraded buffet and a designated beach area with lounge chairs and umbrellas. 

There are eight pools of varies sizes that can be found throughout the resort. There is a giant infinity pool, where much of the day’s activities take place, in the center of the resort that overlooks the beach. There are smaller relaxing pools found closer to the guestrooms. There is an adults-only pool, strictly for guests who have booked an adults-only package. And there is a zero-entry kids playground pool that features a water slide and climbing equipment in the pool. Lounge chairs and umbrellas surround all of the pools.

Pool towels can be found in the rooms but more towels are available at the pool desk. Lifeguards roam the area but are not actively patrolling all of the pools.

Water Park
A giant water park with multiple tube slides, a giant tipping splash bucket, climbing areas and more can be found at the end of The Boulevard, which is a somewhat removed from the main hotel area. Lifeguards are situated at the water park. The water park is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Boulevard
The Boulevard is an outdoor shopping and entertainment district that is somewhat detached from the main part of the resort but is not a far walk. Families will find a bunch of things to do and several different clothing and souvenir stores in this area of the hotel.

The large water park mentioned above, the spa, casino and adult dance club are all located here along with an impressively large gym with tons of cardio and weight machines. The included kids club and teen club and the theater (mentioned below) are located at The Boulevard too.

An upscale French restaurant, included for Unique guests and an upcharge for other guests, is open for dinner here. There is an ice cream parlor, English-style pub, candy shop, sports bar, coffee shop, wine cellar and an all-day dining fast food option that are all included in the all-inclusive rate to all guests.

For an additional fee, families can try out the Escape Room (one of only two in all of Punta Cana), bowling alley and arcade game room.

Kids Club and Teen Club
Located at The Boulevard, the supervised kids’ club (for ages 2 to 12) features organized games and arts and crafts. There is a kid-size theater here too where kid-focused, 30-minute shows take place each night. The kids’ club is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 3 to 6 p.m. and for the 7 p.m. kids show daily. All of the kids club activities take place inside and the children are not taken to any water activities.

The cool teen club (for ages 12 to 18) has billiard tables and video games for your teens to play and they have a dance club area to themselves.

The 790-seat, indoor theater offers a nightly, family-friendly, hour-long show of singing and dancing performances. The stage is three stories and the dancers and costumes are on point! Each night is a different theme or show and a great way for families to spend the evening.

Family Dining

There are numerous dining options at this all-inclusive resort. Two buffets (one of which is for adults only) serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and several a la carte restaurants serve dinner. The a la carte dinner options include Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian, American cuisine and a steakhouse, and all are included in your stay. Dinner reservations are not required, but are recommended.

Main Property
Atlantic and Caribbean Buffets
These two buffet-style restaurants are a mirror image of each other and serve a wide variety of International options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations are required. The only difference is that the Caribbean Buffet is designated for adults only.

El Asador
This steakhouse restaurant is open for dinner only and a reservation is recommended.

This Italian restaurant, which features a wood-fried pizza oven, is open for dinner only and a reservation is recommended.

This Asian-style restaurant, which features live cooking at the hibachi grill, is open for dinner only and a reservation is recommended.

El Charro
This Mexican restaurant is open for dinner only and a reservation is recommended.

Americal Grill
This pub-style restaurant serves American fare like burgers and chicken for lunch and dinner.

This Mediterranean-style restaurant, features fantastic water views from its balcony, and serves dinner only.

Beach Clubs
There are two Beach Clubs that are mirror images of each other on either side of the resort. The Goldfish Beach Club is for all guests and features a small breakfast and lunch buffet and a bar. The second is the Unique Beach Club and is exclusively for guests who booked the upgraded Unique package. This area also features an all-day, small, but upgraded buffet.


The Boulevard
The Boulevard area of the resort offers even more dining options, also included in your stay.

La Boheme 
This upscale French restaurant is located at The Boulevard and requires an additional charge for guests. However, the French restaurant is included in rates for Unique guests.

Sports Bar
Situated right next to La Boheme is the Sports Bar, a great place to relax after dinner. The Sports Bar features big screen televisions playing all the games, along with billiard tables. Food is not served here.

English Pub
This British-themed pub offers a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Food is not served here and smoking is permitted here.

This wine-cellar-like wine bar features exclusive bottles of wine that can be tasted or purchased.

This fast food dining option offers things like burgers, tacos, nachos and more with all-day dining. Take away is also available here. Yolo is located right next to the large water park at The Boulevard.

Bavaro Coffee
This coffee shop is a favorite with guests. It offers a variety of coffee and juice drinks throughout the day. A few pastries can be found here as well. There is both indoor and outdoor seating on the Boulevard.

Ice Cream Shop
Perfectly located near the large water park on The Boulevard, this Instagram-worthy ice cream shop features tables that resemble ice cream cones, and of course, delicious ice cream!


In-Room Dining
In-room dining is also available to guests 12 hours a day and for 24 hours a day for Unique guests.

Planning & Tips

All About the Extras

  • Wi-Fi
    Complimentary and quality Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
  • Fitness Center
    The very large fitness center, located at The Boulevard, features numerous cardio and weight machines, free weights and large aerobics rooms for yoga.
  • Babysitting
    Babysitting is available for an additional fee.

The Best Time to Visit
This resort is at its busiest from about early December through April and again in July and August, when kids are out of school for the summer. September through November are the more quiet months.

Getting There
The resort is located about 20 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport. The hotel doesn't offer a shuttle, but taxi service can be easily obtained at the airport.

Getting Around
While the resort seems quite expansive at first, it's a bit deceiving. The pools, beach, restaurants and The Boulevard are all about a five- to eight-minute walk from the guestrooms. Everything is walkable. The longest walk (about 10 minutes) is from the beach to The Boulevard, as the Boulevard is somewhat removed from the main portion of the hotel. 

There are elevators and strollers can easily be maneuvered around the resort. There are wooden boardwalks situated along the beach as well, making it easy to use a stroller on the sand.

For Parents

  • Bars
    Adults can enjoy cocktails at nearly any location of the resort. There are beach bars, pool bars, roaming wait staff everywhere, and there's also a mobile bar cart that moves throughout the resort for your convenience. All alcohol is included in the all-inclusive rate.
  • Spa
    Find rest and relaxation at the resort’s onsite spa. There are several treatment options from which to choose, including massages and facials. There's also a large pool with a waterfall that's surrounded by lounge chairs. Walking into the spa area, located in The Boulevard section of the resort, brings instant Zen.
  • Casino
    Test your luck at the large casino that's located at The Boulevard. You'll find table games and slot machines along with a bar. The casino is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
  • Night Club
    The dance club, located at The Boulevard, is open to adults only. It's open until 2 a.m.
  • Adults Only
    There's a small Adults Only section of the hotel, specifically designated to those who book the Adults Only package. There's a swim-up bar in this area and a small pool that's surrounded by lounge chairs.