Lopesan Costa Bavaro Punta Cana – Resort Review

There’s a new all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic and there’s a lot to like about it. The Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort, Spa and Casino is situated on the white sands of Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. It’s one of the nicest beaches in the region. There’s an adults only section, a Unique section with upscale amenities, 8 swimming pools, 8 à la carte restaurants and two buffet restaurants. There’s also a huge water park, a casino, kids and teens clubs, shops and entertainment all included. For an extra charge, you can check out the Escape Room, the arcade or the bowling alley. Read on for more details.

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An image of Bavaro Beach in front of the Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Bavaro Beach is one of the best beaches in Punta Cana with white sand and turquoise water. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

About Lopesan Resorts

Lopesan is a well-known hotelier in Europe, but the new Lopesan Costa Bavaro Punta Cana is their first property in North America. If you haven’t heard of their brand, that’s likely why.

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An image of the swim up junior suite room at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Lopesan is a European hotelier, but they built their new resort to appeal to North Americans. The rooms are huge. This is what the swim-up junior suite looked like. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

Bavaro Beach

Bavaro Beach is one of the nicest beaches in Dominican Republic. It has soft white sand, turquoise water and there are shops, restaurants and beautiful resorts all along it.

An image of the outside of the swim up junior suite at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The swim up junior suites come with a shared pool off the back patio of the building. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

Adults Only Section

Lopesan Costa Bavaro Punta Cana has an adults only section with its own private check-in area, it’s own pool area and a pool bar. Only those guests staying in the adults only section can access those areas. The rooms and facilities are in a quieter section of the resort that is well away from the children’s play areas and the main pool.

An image of the food and dining area at the Unique Club beach club area at Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Unique Club guests have access to special amenities like this beach club area with upscale food and drinks. You can eat fresh sushi and lobster for lunch everyday – if you want to. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

Unique Club

The Unique Club is designed for guests who want a higher level of service and quality. Club guests have their own private check-in, an exclusive beach area with waiter service and higher end beverages at the beach bar, a beach club restaurant with gourmet food and included access to the property’s best gourmet restaurant – La Boheme. Unique Club guests do not need reservations for most restaurants.

An image of the pool day beds at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
There are eight pools at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro resort in Punta Cana. The main pool has these amazing day beds. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

Things to do at Lopesan Costa Bavaro Punta Cana

There are many different things to do at this resort. The animation team runs activities by the pool and on the beach during the day. There outdoor pool tables and ping pong tables, 8 pools, a huge water park, kids and teen clubs that are included. There’s also a casino, a shopping area, an arcade, a bowling alley and an escape room that are available at an extra cost. At the time of my visit in mid-December, the casino was not yet open. The gaming machines were at the border waiting for paperwork approvals. The Casino, shops, the theatre, bowling alley and some bars and restaurants are located away from the main part of the resort in an area called the Boulevard. It keeps the noise separated and gives the feeling you are going out on the town to have a separate area.

The gym is exceptional at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro. It’s huge and there is a lot of high quality equipment. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

Entertainment at Lopesan Costa Bavaro Punta Cana

The nightly entertainment is fantastic at this resort. There is a 790-seat theatre with live entertainment shows each night. There’s also a disco, a casino and several bars to choose from. Many of the entertainment facilities are in the Boulevard area of the resort.

The theatre is huge and very high tech and the show I watched was well done. Photo by Debbie Olsen
An image of the disco at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Here’s a look at the disco, which is open each night. Photo by Debbie Olsen.
An image of the outdoor gaming are with ping pong and pool at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
There are outdoor ping pong tables and pool tables and the animation team runs a wide variety of activities including some fitness classes in the pool. Photo by Debbie Olsen.
An image of the water park at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The water park is large and impressive at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro. It was well used by adults and families. There is a special spash park for smaller children as well. Photo by Debbie Olsen.
An image of the shopping area on Bavaro Beach next to the Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
There is a shopping area right next to the resort. It’s filled with booths serviced by local vendors and it’s a great place to buy souvenirs. Photo by Debbie Olsen

Dining Options

There are eight à la carte restaurants and two buffet restaurants at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro Punta Cana. Each is uniquely decorated and themed. Here’s a look at some of the food and some of the restaurant choices.

An image of the coffee bar at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The coffee bar is a popular place at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro. Photo by Debbie Olsen
An image of La Boheme  restaurant at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
La Boheme is the most upscale restaurant on the property. It’s an extra charge to dine there unless you upgrade to the Unique Club. Photo by Debbie Olsen.
An image of the Japanese restaurant at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
There are a wide variety of dining options on the resort. This is the Japanese Restaurant, which has a sushi bar and a teppanyaki option where the food is prepared on grills in front of you. Photo by Debbie Olsen.
An image of an appetizer plate at the Mexican restaurant at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This was an appetizer plate at the Mexican restaurant. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

Review Summary Lopesan Costa Bavaro Punta Cana

I was impressed with the facilities offered at this resort and the design and comfort of the rooms. There was a small amount of seaweed on Bavaro Beach during my visit, but there was also a fair amount of wind that might have been responsible. This resort has something for nearly everyone and I enjoyed my stay. The casino wasn’t open yet, but it looked like it was ready to go when the gaming machines arrive through customs. It’s a new resort, so staff are still learning their roles and many staff members do not speak English well. Sometimes there were issues with communication, but I believe staff training should help. It should be noted that I traveled during a quieter time and I stayed in the Unique Club area. I have since read reviews that there is a shortage of sunbeds at the resort. I did not notice that when I was there, but I was traveling at a quieter time. There are bound to be some issues with a brand new resort, but overall I thought it was lovely and it should only get better with time.

An image of Bavaro Beach near the Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
If you’re looking for a great beach resort in the Dominican Republic, the Lopesan Costa Bavaro resort is a good choice. Photo by Debbie Olsen.

What to Pack for Punta Cana

You’re going to need a bathing suit, a sun hat, sunscreen, chap stick, sandals and dress clothes for evening dining. You might also want gym clothes. There’s a fantastic gym at this resort. If you go on a snorkeling tour, you’ll want to bring swim shoes. You might also bring your own mask and snorkel.

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