Hotels around the world are committed to sustainability and consider the environmental impact of their actions. Iberostar, a Spanish family hotel chain, is at the forefront of ecotourism without compromising on luxury. They launched Wave of Change in 2017, a movement to protect the oceans and improve coastal health, and they continue to evolve towards a more responsible tourism model focused on people and the environment.
Iberostar Selection Bávaro created a five star luxury Coral Level experience that is a hotel within a hotel. Located on Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, you are never far from palm trees, the sea and amenities that come with a luxurious all-inclusive experience. When you’re not doing fun day-to-day activities, feasting on food from around the world, or swimming in the relaxing infinity pool, check out their onsite Coral Lab and see for yourself what Iberostar is doing to care for our planet.
Sleeping in luxury villas
Coral Level allows guests to experience a higher level of exclusivity in a 5-star resort. Check into your lavish suite through a private reception and enjoy your refreshing welcome drink as your worries slip away. The colorful villas are spacious and you can choose from tranquil garden, ocean views, suites with pool access and a junior suite perfect for families with two master bedrooms.
The low-rise buildings, camouflaged by towering palm trees, consist of 162 rooms with a wide range of amenities, including a balcony, smart TV, minibar, coffee maker, cozy bathrobe and slippers, free WiFi and even a pillow menu. There is a 24-hour concierge service and the friendly staff are friendly and helpful. The luxury villas are bright, modern and beautifully designed. Artworks of sea turtles above your luxurious bed are a reminder that Iberostar cares about the oceans.
Splash, swim, play and train
In Coral Level you are steps away from two freshwater pools, Balinese beds, lounge chairs, endless cabanas and umbrellas for shade. There is reef safe sunscreen at the towel counter and this 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, enjoy a drink from the snack bar (or have one delivered to your cabana). We sipped decadent freshly made pineapple juice and walked along the beach admiring brave parasailing people. Coral Level guests have access to other pools in the Bávaro complex, sports facilities, an outdoor gym, a fully equipped indoor gym, tennis courts and many other fun amenities, including their innovative Fit & Fun program. And is it really a holiday without table tennis and a game of chess with massive pieces?
Feast on delicious healthy food
Coral Level guests have access to restaurants and bars on Iberostar Selection Bavaro Suites, Iberostar Punta Cana and Iberostar Dominicana hotels. As vegans, we raved about the plant-based options spanning the complex and never went hungry. Star Café has soy and almond milks for your daily latte – go for it and take a seat in the impressive Bávaro lobby and admire the decor from around the world and by local artists such as the beautiful wooden horses and the Cayuco boat. Or sit in the peaceful orchid greenhouse among native Caribbean flowers.
we loved Italian restaurant Il Forno for delicious pizza and pasta dishes; Greek restaurant La Dorada for vegan versions of typical Greek dishes; and Japanese restaurant Kabuki was excellent and included a teppanyaki and sushi bar. Eat outside to the sound of the ocean waves while dining at Mexican restaurant El Tapatio and have guacamole prepared at your table with fresh chips and salsa. The vegan fajitas and battered mushroom tacos with cashew sauce were delicious. We fell in love with El Faro on Coral Level and went daily. We got to know the friendly staff and chatted about life in Punta Cana as we dined on fresh fruit, tasty made-to-order vegetable pancakes and pancakes, oatmeal, all kinds of juice, and there’s a huge buffet selection. El Faro offers international and local dishes with a very different buffet for lunch and a la carte market cuisine at dinner.
After dinner, take a stroll down Caribbean Street and shop for handmade souvenirs while supporting the locals.
Enjoy activities, programs and entertainment
Activities include golf, beach workouts, running, yoga, spinning, darts, volleyball, aqua fit, salsa dance lessons, bingo and a teen water carpet. Iberostar is home to Aliveness, a program that offers guests a special opportunity to reconnect body and mind while engaged in exercise. Melt the stress away on a nature walk, learn new recipes in cooking classes, or discover a new hobby through one of their unique and creative DIY workshops such as 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 younger kids, Star Camp is packed with activities, teaching kids to respect the environment, appreciate diversity, and encourage healthy habits. Aqua Fun is a place for youngsters to slide and slide under the sun and mingle with others their age. For older youths like my son, there is a teen disco in the evenings where they hang out and play video games, play basketball, foosball and catch. Despite the language barrier (Google translate was helpful!) my son made friends from Colombia, Chile and Argentina.
Discover how Iberostar cares about sustainability
Sustainability is the driving force behind 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 was founded. By 2020, all their hotels became single-use plastic-free, including straws, coffee lids, changing pens for pencils in the rooms, using environmentally conscious laundry bags, replacing plastic minibar products, using recyclable materials in the rooms to make toiletries for single use (Products are not tested on animals) and the use of compostable coffee capsules. You certainly 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 will all Iberostar hotels will be zero waste by 2025, but carbon neutral by 2030. Iberostar has its own composting facility and converts the resort’s organic waste into garden compost. Visit the Coral Reef Laboratory on land to learn about the importance of coral reefs. Scientists here are studying the effects of coral bleaching in the ocean, trying to save damaged coral and learning about climate-resilient reef restoration. Wave of Change also protects mangroves and seagrass and is currently restoring mangroves in the Bávaro resort with the launch of their national mangrove restoration program. Another reason to take a nature walk at the resort – just look at the mangrove signs to see the amazing work Iberostar is doing to help our planet.