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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro

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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
  • Tracey B : Boston, United Kingdom
Nice place

I visited this hotel with my husband in September, when we arrived it was a bit chaotic checking in the reception staff were very unhelpful and quite rude never said hello and generally not very helpful, they gave me information but not to my sister and her husband (who we were travelling with) they were not given their towel ‘keys’ and did not know anything about the towels or where to collect them from they found that out from us, the whole checking in process was very poor and stressful to be honest.The hotel is really big and takes a few days to find your bearings but once we did we really enjoyed our holiday, the pools were lovely and the beach pool was the busiest, as the days went on the hotel got busier and this particular pool was pretty full most days but plenty of others to go to that were quieter, there does seem to be a problem with the pools having to be closed as there were 'problems' with them due to children not making it to the toilet I presume, there are no toilets by any of the pools which I think this is a problem especially when you have small children! The beach is beautiful, there can be a lot of seaweed some days but the staff are always there cleaning the beach, couldn't fault it. We found the food to be really nice and there was a lot of choice, staff were really friendly in the restaurants and were always nice and polite. All the a la Carte restaurants we visited served excellent food and the Italian was the best, well worth a visit. The entertainment was good and the Michael Jackson show was brilliant, worth going to, cocktails and drinks are pretty good and had a large selection. We found the rooms to be quite tired and dated, apart from that room was ok. It was my husbands 50th while we were on holiday and I had emailed ahead to explain this and I was assured there would be a little something to celebrate this, sadly this was not done which was a little disappointing as we could see other people had balloons pinned to their doors to show there was a celebration going on..........I did organise to have a cake in one of the a la carte restaurants for him and that was pretty good as all the staff come out singing and playing instruments, it was a nice touch. All in all we did really enjoy the time we had at this hotel I wouldn't visit this particular hotel again but definitely would visit Dominican Republic again it's lovely and has some beautiful beaches.

  • sallytee123 :
NEVER GOING BACK.

My partner, little girl (6) and myself were looking forward to our family holiday to this hotel. Thinking it was going to be a tropical paradise and an extremely relaxing holiday. No. Nothing of the sort. My little girl fell ill with sickness and diarrhea. Had a high temperature of 39.5 and became delirious. We had to take her to the on site doctor. (the only good thing about the hotel) she was put on an IV with fluids and medicine. We also met a couple of other families who's children fell ill around the same time and were diagnosed with hand foot and mouth. This came from the contaminated pools. At least 5 children had fallen ill and were taken to hospital. None of the pools were closed in the meantime, even when we confronted the hotel staff they just played dumb. When my little girl was poorly we needed new sheets, new towels and a new bed as you can imagine I wanted them fast. We rang reception and 3 hours later we were finally relieved of the dirty laundry, when my partner told reception of our predicament he proceeded to laugh. I did not find this funny. Not one bit. In addition to this there are never any towels when you need to change them, the garden grills food is shocking. It is basically like a cattle market. We left this hotel after 9 days after we found out the pools were contaminated and we wished we had left much sooner. Think twice before booking this place.

  • StephanieNL-1977 : Halifax, Canada
Awesome Vacation! Awesome Resort!

Last minute vacation booking with my best friend as we were celebrating our 40th birthdays! Both our first times to DR and Punta Cana! We stayed from Oct 1-8 and travelled with West Jet Vacations.Location: Short drive from the airport, transported in a mini van. Driver was friendly and efficient. Some confusion waiting for other guests from other resorts...not an issue.Resort: OMG...where to begin. We had a beautiful room in Bungalow 79 (79203)...our room was decorated for our birthday as was our room with balloons and champagne. Our room was cleaned daily and I cannot give a name for our housekeeper but the floor was swept each day, towels replaced and beds were fresh and bug free! On one occasion our toilet overflowed (our fault...should not have flushed toilet paper), called the front desk. Within 5 minutes the maintenance men were there and fixed the problem. They then called housekeeping to clean the water from the floor as we were going for supper. Everything was clean and back to normal when we arrived.The resort itself is huge...but there is transportation that runs every 10 minutes and there are little huts to wait in out of the weather! I also wanted to mention not only how clean the housekeeping staff was throughout the resort but the guys who constantly clean the walk ways are awesome! Everything was so well taken care of and the pride of the workers was evident!Beach: beach was beautiful. Yes there was seaweed...big deal! There are also vendors on the beach but they wear shirts with their names and license # on them. We were not hassled or bothered. Security is present on the beach as are employees who spend the day raking seaweed! We always found a place to sit/lounge.Pool: Amazing! Pools did have lifeguard presence! Again lots of seating and lots of pools to choose from. One day a child pooped in the pool...I say this because the pool was shut down but the lifeguard and security for 3-4 hours. Person came out with lab coat and chemical kit...safety for guests was evident. Parents...please wear pull-ups on your kids! This happened x 2 during our visit! Pool side bars were fantastic. Bartenders at all the bars very professional...no preference given to those with smallest bikini, etc. First come, first served! Very much appreciated! Would also like to mention one of the excursion reps from Coco Bongo, Gustove. We talked with him at length pool side about DR. He was so friendly, didn't push his excursion even though they all work on commission. Say hi to him if you get a chance! He speaks great english!Entertainment crew: Each night the entertainment crew for our resort was amazing. The in-house band singer was great! So much energy and enthusiasm. A shout out to Mr. Chocolate (Nathaniel) and Carlos as well as the two female entertainers! You work hard and should be acknowledged! The Michael Jackson show is AMAZING!!!Buffet: The main buffet is wonderful. I may go into a little to much detail but lets face it food is important when you are on vacation. Firstly, linen table clothes on each table, changed after each guest. Salt and pepper on each table and no shortage of utensils. Themed nights are beautiful...the chef's are artists! Food is not mass produced or sitting for hours. It was fresh and hot and ++ selection. Lots of salad ingredients, fresh fruit (all peeled), desserts, breads and even microwaves to heat up whatever (its the small things). And if you like pop it is a Pepsi resort! Bottled pepsi in the mini bar and at all other bars/meal places. Also should note all the ice is brought in bagged. Very impressed. I travel every year "down south"...I am always very careful about what I eat and drink but after a few days was able to relax and enjoy! Japanese restaurant was amazing (I believe our chef was Domingo)...he did a great job! Overall, food was fantastic!! Did not do a lot of a la carte's as the buffet was awesome! Dining room is air conditioned and little to no flies present. Again, very clean!Overall, this was a wonderful last minute vacation (we were originally booked for Cuba). My family and I are already planning a return trip for March 2018! Thanks for the great memories!

  • Kevin C : Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Lovely Hotels Within a huge complex...

We stayed here the last week in july the first week in august. The complex is HUGE split into different sections of apartments. we were next to the adult section with our daughter But never really heard any overpowering noise coming from the section. The food is never to everyones taste, there was always and ample choice for even the fussiest person.. we tried the steak house, the italian, the Japanese show cooking, the bbq, dominican style, and the mexican al a carte restaurants. they were all fantastic the Japanese show cooking was our favorite, the bar service gets a little hectic at times all over the complex ( where we visited anyway) just pick your moment. Theirs waiters and waitresses offering a bar service in the lobby area. The entertainment was not the greatest weve seen nor by far the worst. We normally just sat in the lobby on an evening where there is wifi. The wifi isnt great but it works.. The closer you sit to reception the stronger the signal. The pools we visited their was people picking up used plastic cups keeping the area clean but like everything else hundreds leaving empty cups and 1 or 2 collecting theres going to be a few blown about. There is golf buggys constantly runnning around the complex if you get tired just hop on one.. The beach area and that big pool at the beach are the busiest.. they play games and music for the adults and kids. the restaurant at the beach are open from 10am till 5pm. the beach combers are constantly picking up the sea weed that comes in from the ocean, you see trucks daily taking tons away..all in all we had a fantastic hoilday here at the gran bahia principe bavaro and would return 9/10

  • CelticCC : Colchester, United Kingdom
Mainly ok

We were here for our wedding and on arrival during the first night we were given what can only be described as a hostile reception by a receptionist by the name of Hilda.We then arrived at our room and this was not the room we expected. We then had to move rooms again, and on the new room we had limited air conditioning and were not given our VIP bracelets until 1 week in.Our wedding was well organised and went well however the photograph price was nothing short of rediculous.We would recommend that anyone holding a wedding on this resort gets all prices agreed up front.

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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
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  • 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
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby
  • 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)
  • Wi-Fi in lobby

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)
  • Wi-Fi (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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    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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