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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro

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Our Opinion

An exceptional resort to visit for families and couples alike. The rooms are clean and modern. There were plenty of buffet food options to choose from. Make sure to try the burger bar by the beach pool for breakfast as they've got great service and a top-notch place to reserve loungers by the pool. The nightly shows are really entertaining, so make sure to check them out. There are plenty of seaside excursions. Make sure to at least book one activity, as many of them provide once in a lifetime experiences (i.e. swimming with stingrays and 'vegetarian' sharks). The beach is beautiful. However, there are some reports of sand fleas, so take caution of this. Overall, it's a great luxury for everyone!


Overview
This hotel features all Junior Suite accommodations and a complete shopping and entertainment complex - complete with casino! Feast to your heart's content at a choice of seven restaurants, and enjoy your favourite cocktail at one of twelve bars including the piano bar. Generously-sized rooms have Jacuzzi bathtubs and mini-bars stocked with complimentary water, soft drinks and beer. Another fantastic resort option from the Bahia Principe hotel chain.

Location: Located on Bavaro Beach, 60 minutes from the town of Higuey & 40 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • paul m : oakville on
Lots o fun

Beautiful place, beautiful beaches I did however get a little tired of the food. Did a couple of excursions. Rents minus one day(was ok but catamaran in the aft was a lot more fun). Also did safari excursion. Angel and Raymond were awesome. Very informative and funny. You could tell they enjoyed there jobs and kept everyone engaged.Good job guys!!

  • Shauna E : Thunder Bay, Canada
Great vacation

I would highly recommend this resort to anyone traveling to Punta Cana. It is a very clean resort and very friendly resort. Our room was amazing and cleaned everyday with no concerns. The food at the buffet was amazing at every meal. The workers at this resort were very friendly and always willing to help when needed help. The entertainment was also very good. The beach was amazing always beach chairs no matter what time of the day you went to the beach. The pool was also very nice and clean. I would go back to this resort again. I had a very relaxing vacation.

  • juliezimmermannkw : Burke, Virginia
DO NOT BOOK THIS RESORT! MOST DISGUSTING RESORT EVER!!!

Worst resort experience ever. DO NOT book here! I travel a lot and have never been so disgusted with a resort before. Not only were the staff slow, they were extremely rude. Check in time is 3pm, we arrived at 4pm and we were told to wait for them to see if they had a room ready. We waited almost an hour. In the mean time we went to the bar (all inclusive) to find out they didn't have Captain Morgan..? THEY DIDN'T HAVE RUM IN THE CARIBBEAN!! Only local product. Their selection of liquors was poor to say the least. And they were never stocked at the bars around the resort. Always running our of product, we would have to walk to other bars to get a drink! So stupid. And they only have ONE, one beer selection. The food was DISGUSTING!! The eggs in the morning were obviously powder because they would sit in an 1" of water.. so gross. The buffet had dead mosquitoes stuck to food. People were always complaining every where we went.. we weren't the only ones to get sick from the food. Just nasty! I basically ate bread the whole trip because I couldn't eat anything else. Good luck making a reservation at one of the restaurants. We tried every day and were told the places we wanted to go to were booked. We visited those restaurants to see and they ALWAYS had SEVERAL tables available. A few times the restaurant was half empty. Just ridiculous.Most boring resort ever.. the 'entertainment' was a joke. The only thing that was half ok was a Grease performance. I think that may be because we were actually able to find a bar that didn't run out of vodka that night. Until 10 pm, so we had to relocate. Again. They allow vendors on the resort. You know those really ANNOYING locals that are constantly bugging you to buy cheap jewelry and trinkets when you wonder through local streets? Ya. On the resort! So you have people constantly bothering you while you're just walking around. CONSTANTLY badgering you. There were people constantly hounding you on the beach to buy things as well, and when you didn't want to swim with dolphins, they will offer you cocaine.. such a classy place!Walking around and need a ride from a golf cart? Goooooood luck! They pretend they don't see you and when you try and talk to them, they tell you 'no English' and keep driving. It got really creepy when it was just my friend and I (two girls) got a golf cart ride to a different part of the resort and the driver took us to a very dark unknown area by the beach. My friend and I jumped out and ran! Really scary. When leaving the resort, with heavy bags, we asked a golf cart driver if he could take us to the lobby. He pointed in the direction it was and told us it was a 10 minute walk. We know jerk, we've had to walk it every day because drivers would drive right past us. We asked again if he could please take us because our bags were heavy. He then told us we'd be fine walking. Keep in mind he was just standing and talking to two other guys. I then got a little upset and basically told him to take us- I was DONE with this place. He rolled his eyes and took us, after we loaded our own luggage. The friend I took with me just had her first baby 8 months ago and needed a break. I thought I'd do something nice and take her on a trip. I've never been so embarrassed in my whole life! It was a horrible experience! We got sick from the food, none of the liquor we like to drink was available (and we drink many things.. they had crap) service was non-existent and/or horrible. I picked this resort because I had the time of my life at a Bahia Principe in Tulum, Mexico. TOTAL FAIL!!! This resort is disgusting, lame, a joke, has horrible customer service and you should seriously consider NOT booking here. We tried talking to someone when we were there, yet the line for guest services was always so long! Not surprised because everyone had something to complain about. Yet we didn't want to waste MORE time waiting to probably not get helped again. Photos show the dead mosquitoes stuck on the food....

  • James B : Lumberton, New Jersey
40 anniversary vacation

Best vacation in my life. Butifull, clean , exelent service and food. I'll go there every year. There is plenty to do for kids olso. Next time we my invite grandkids. It was end of January but weather was butifull , over 80 every day.

  • mizdw : South Carolina
Good outweighs the not so good

Our stay was 2/5-2/11. We waited in line around 10 minutes to check in. When asked for a resort map, they had none. Really? This is a huge resort and a map would have been helpful. So, before you go, print your own map. They gave us no information on resort activities or show schedules for the week. That would have been nice. We were two couples traveling together and had reserved king bed rooms. One room was two queen, one room a king. We stayed in Villa 29. The toilet was not working in the king room. Called to have someone to fix. After awhile, no one showed up. We left and while we were gone, they showed up. We found the secret is to hold the toilet handle down for 5 or 6 seconds while flushing. The lighting in the rooms we stayed in was horrible. I couldn't even see to apply my make up. Very dark wth ALL the lamps on. No overhead lighting. We did have an overhead fan and a stocked refrigerator. My only other complaint is with the towels. They felt like sandpaper on your skin especially if you get a slight sunburn. The hair dryer was awesome and there was a magnifying mirror in the bathroom but there again I had an issue with the lighting. Overall, the room was clean and floors were mopped every day. Moving on to the food. I was traveling wth the pickiest eater I know. Y'all, she was a happy girl! Yes, there were some things we didn't like, but overall we thought the food was great breakfast, lunch and dinner. We especially liked the BBQ restaurant so much we ate there twice. One night we ate at the Garden Grill. The chicken wings were awesome. The tenderloin and ribeye was good as well. Make sure you email the resort with your dinner reservations 10 to 7 days before you arrive. The first day, we enjoyed the pool at the beach. Great swim up bar and lunch restaurant was right there. The next two days, we got chairs on the beach. The husbands enjoyed sitting under the grass umbrellas. The sandy white beach and aqua blue ocean and cool ocean breeze was the best. Bring a float from home and they will inflate it for you. Or, there is a shop in a building across from the main lobby that sells floats of all kinds. We had drink service at both beach and pool. That was nice. Santa, our server, kept us happy. The shuttle service was excellent. Maybe three to four minutes was the longest wait. We received a call the second day asking how our stay was going and if there were any issues. I thought that was nice. Free wi-fi in the lobby and a $4 per day for the room safe. If you are a beach/pool person, I would suggest a villa close to a pool or the beach. Oh, and before I forget, some people have mentioned there were no towels available at times. We never had a problem. Never had a problem with finding pool chairs either. Now, if you want a pool chair with shade, you will need to get out early for them. Overall, we enjoyed our stay with no major issues. Would we go back, yes but I would upgrade.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 24 hour all-inclusive with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • 3 a la carte dinners w/reservations
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks & snacks (restricted after Midnight)
  • Table wine w/all meals (except snack bars)
  • Lounge chairs
  • Sunfish sailing
  • Catamarans
  • Kayaking
  • Boogie boards
  • Snorkeling 1 hour/person/stay
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Daytime tennis
  • Mini-golf
  • Mountain bikes 1 hour/person/stay
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Aerobics
  • Fitness studio
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Amphitheatre for programs & shows
  • Entrance and drinks included to Disco & Karaoke bar
  • 540 Junior suites in 3 storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 7 a la carte restaurants: Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Mexican, Brazilian, Seafood gourmet and Steakhouse, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • 6 bars including Swim-up bar
  • 2 large lake-style pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness studio
  • Aerobics classes
  • Amphitheatre for entertainment programs and shows
  • Pueblo Dominicano entertainment village with piano bar, sports bar, casino, Internet cafe, shops, car rental and medical centre
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Spa and massage (fee)
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Internet (fee)

Junior Suites include:

  • 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar - stocked daily w/water, soft drinks & beer
  • Coffee maker
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Full bathroom w/jacuzzi tub
  • Hairdryer
  • Beach towels in room
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 4, no more than 3 adults

Kids Deals - The first child under 13 stays and eats free when sharing with 2 adults (except for stays including the Christmas and New Year's holiday period).

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' Club, playground and wading pool. Baby-sitting service (fee) from 7 PM to 12 AM (1 hour free of charge if reservation made for a total of 5 hours).

Exchange Privileges - Access to all services of the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana (except buffet/gourmet restaurants).

Honeymooners - Receive a fruit basket and a bottle of rum in the room, as well as a room upgrade (subject to availability). Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at check-in.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro
Arena Gorda - Macao Seccion Baigua, Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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