This eco-friendly sustainable resort doesn’t compromise on luxury
September 23, 2022
Hotels around the world are committed to sustainable development and consider the impact of their actions on the environment. Iberostar, the Spanish family hotel chain, promotes ecotourism without sacrificing luxury. In 2017, they launched Wave of Change, a movement to protect the oceans and improve coastal areas, and continue to move towards a more responsible tourism model focused on people and the environment.
Iberostar Selection Bávaro has created the luxury five-star Coral Level Hotel, which is a hotel within a hotel. Located on Punta Cana’s Bavaro Beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, you’ll never be far from palm trees, sea and amenities that are complemented by high-end all-inclusive service. When you’re not busy with fun day-to-day activities, tasting dishes from all over the world or swimming in a relaxing infinity pool, visit their Coral Lab on site and see for yourself what Iberostar does to care for our earth.
Sleep in luxury villas
Coral Level allows guests to experience a higher level of exclusivity in a 5-star resort. Check in to your luxury suite through the private front desk and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink as your worries slip away. The colorful villas are spacious and you can choose from quiet garden views, ocean views, pool access suites and junior suites ideal for families with two large bedrooms.
Low-rise buildings camouflaged by tall palm trees comprise 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. 24/7 concierge service and friendly staff, accommodating and helpful. The luxury villas are bright, modern and beautifully decorated. Sea turtle paintings above your luxurious bed remind you that Iberostar cares about the oceans.
Splash, swim, play and workout
At Coral Level, you are steps away from two freshwater pools, Balinese beds, sun loungers, endless cabanas and umbrellas for shade. There is reef-safe tanning lotion on the towel table, and that attention to detail extends throughout the resort. The infinity pool has breathtaking sea views and we spent hours basking in the warm Punta Cana sun and chatting with guests from all over the world. After swimming, enjoy a drink at the snack bar (or order one from your cabin). We sipped decadent freshly made pineapple juice and walked along the beach admiring the brave people parachuting. Coral Level guests have access to the other pools in the Bavaro complex, sports facilities, an outdoor gym, a fully equipped indoor gym, tennis courts and many more activities including their innovative Fit & Fun program. And is it really a vacation without ping-pong and playing chess with massive pieces?
Enjoy delicious healthy food
Coral Level guests have access to restaurants and bars on Iberostar Selection Bavaro Suites, Iberostar Punta Cana as well as Iberostar Dominican Republic hotels. As vegans, we were delighted with the plant-based options spanning the complex and never went hungry. Star Café has soy and almond milk for your daily latte – take it with you and sit in the impressive Bavaro lobby while admiring the world-class scenery and local artists such as the magnificent wooden horses and the Cayuco boat. Or sit in a 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; as well as Japanese kabuki restaurant was outstanding and featured teppanyaki and sushi bar. Eat al fresco to the sound of ocean waves while you dine at Mexican restaurant El Tapatio and cook guacamole right at your table with fresh chips and salsa. The vegan fajitas and battered mushroom tacos with cashew sauce were amazing. We fell in love with El Faro at the Coral level and went every day. We met the friendly staff and chatted about life in Punta Cana as we dined on fresh fruit, delicious made-to-order pancakes and pancakes, oatmeal, all kinds of juices, and the buffet is huge. El Faro serves international and local cuisine with a completely different buffet for lunch, while for dinner you can enjoy à la carte market cuisine.
After dinner, stroll down Caribbean Street and shop for handmade souvenirs to support the locals.
Enjoy activities, programs and entertainment
Activities include golf, beach workouts, running, yoga, spinning, darts, volleyball, aqua fitness, salsa dancing lessons, bingo and a water carpet for teenagers. Iberostar is home to the Aliveness program, offering guests a special opportunity to reconnect body and spirit by participating in movement. Relieve stress with a nature walk, learn new recipes in a cooking class, or discover a new hobby in one of their unique creative workshops such as painting or singing. When the sun goes down, put on your dance shoes and take part in exciting live and interactive entertainment, themed shows and international galas.
If you are traveling with younger children, Star Camp offers many activities and teaches children to respect the environment, appreciate diversity and encourage healthy habits. Aqua Fun is a place where youth can slip and slide under the sun and interact with peers. 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 catch a ball. Despite the language barrier (Google translator helped!) my son made friends from Colombia, Chile and Argentina.
Find out how Iberostar is committed to 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. In 2020, all of their hotels have eliminated single-use plastics, including straws, coffee lids, replacing pens with pencils in rooms, using eco-friendly laundry bags, replacing plastic minibars, using reusable recyclables in rooms instead of single-use toiletries (Products) . cruelty-free) and using compostable coffee capsules. You will definitely not find disposable plastic water bottles here. Guests have access to unlimited purified water from filling stations throughout the resort.
According to their circular economy model, not only all Iberostar hotels will become zero waste by 2025, but by 2030 they will be carbon neutral. Iberostar has its own compost plant that turns organic waste from the resort into garden compost. Visit the terrestrial coral reef laboratory to learn about the importance of coral reefs. Here, scientists study the effects of coral bleaching in the ocean, try to save damaged corals and learn about climate change resilient reef restoration. Wave of Change also protects mangroves and seaweed and is currently restoring the mangroves at Bavaro Resort by launching its national mangrove restoration program. Another reason to go for a nature walk in a resort is simply to look at the signs of the mangroves to see the wonderful work that Iberostar is doing to help our earth.