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
  • Craig F :
Gran Bahia bavaro

Just got back from bavaro and got to admit I was worried after reading the reviews about my holiday. To be fair the place is huge and u do need to use the transport provided. Pool was clean but really only used the middle pool and the beach was was a big disappointment with all the sea grass in it . Food wise they need to do more food for the British. Overall though had a good time but would not go back

  • panzantman00 : Ottawa, Canada
Disappointing Experience. Expected more from 5-star hotel.

We just got back form 7 days vacation at this resort. (Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro)We are family of four with two kinds (13 and 8) living in Canada.We have very limited experience in caribbean vacations based on our visits to Cuban resorts. We were told that 5 star resorts in DR are class above the 5 star resorts in Cuba (Melia Marina Varadero, and Ensenachos Iberostar where we stayed in the past).We went to DR for:i) the beach, ii) a bit of luxury ( food, drinks ) apparently missing in Cuban 5 star hotels. We expected something a class better from this place, as everyone ( including travel agents) assured us that compared to Cuba the Grand Bahia in DR is a top notch place. We got none of the above so we were quite disappointed. Below are the details: 1) Beach is practically "un-swimmable" due to the seaweed. I enjoy a dip every hour or so in the ocean -- the thick layer of algae makes it very unpleasant experience -- my eight-year daughter and I got some form of skin rash from this on a third day. It is true that the seaweed is "taken care of" -- there are workers with pitchforks working along the shore whole day. They rake the seaweed into the small piles ( 1 meter diameter and 1 meter high) with about 2 meters space between them. Then the tractors come to scoop them up and move away, and then the pitchfork guys start again.If you lounge on the beach you see and hear these tractors all the time, you also smell diesel.I would not be surprised if there is an accident with kid run over by one of these machines at some point. The other raters comments about " weeds being an issue that is quickly dealt with" do not reflect the sad reality that the whole beach is affected by this ( July 12 to July19). For me it was the source of greatest disappointment -- staying near the pool is an option, but I could rent a place with swimming pool closer to home if all I cared for was the pool-- I wanted an ocean.2) Food/Restaurants/DrinksNone of the restaurants fully use their air-conditioning. I do not care how good the food is if I am sweating while sitting there. I know we came there for the sun -- but the whole point is to be able to get out of the heat/humidity from time to time. ( Buffet and each a la carte we visited were about 27C.)Bars serve almost only substitutes of quality alcohol-- did not see much difference from what I was offered at Cuban resorts. (To give you an example -- they consider Gordon Gin and Beefeater as upgrades for which you pay extra), so at no point I felt that this was 5-star establishment, I was kind of expecting. 3) Rooms -- we had junior superior room booked for us. It was OK for size , but it had this aggressive chemical odour to it-- like bleach was used excessively to mask the smell of mould.We had to complain to get a room with properly working AC. After being transferred to the new room I discovered their trick: the unit has a limiter on the AC unit. I had to complain three times to the resort management and finally the technician was sent to remove it ( he had to open the ceiling panel to change the electrical element in the circuit.) Needless to say the AC was "working" before,( so they try to make you believe that what you get is a standard) just not the way it should have been: it was barely blowing a tepid air on max settings. It is a typical approach-- many guests will not complain or will resign themselves to the fact that this is the way it is supposed to be and live in this humid/hot environment.Rooms are very dark ( there are only wall side lights so at night it is quite dim.)4) Resort is very busy, the beach and the main pool near the beach are overcrowded. Perhaps the other ( adults only) parts of this complex are less crowded, but I was told we are not allowed to use them.5)Number of people/vendors trying to sell you something is unbelievable. One section of the beach had as many of them as guests. You can also be ambushed by friendly sales representatives who want to show you the new resort Fantasia or get you to join the Privilege club.6) there are throngs of very loud guests waking you up at night (3AM) if you are near the main transfer route of the hotel. ( We were in Villa #30).POSITIVES:1)The food is of decent quality and fresh -- none of us had any stomach trouble despite eating risky food (we had beef carpaccio, seafood, mayo-based salads etc.)2) Staff is very efficient and quick, there are many people working there. If you ask for something ( towels, busboy) the action will be taken within few minutes.3) The resort is very clean. 4) It has good quality night entertainment -- I mean life music ( not the shows).5) Very few mosquitos -- I got bitten once or twice for the entire stay.6) Main bar in the lobby serves very good drinks -- look for what they call a "drink of the day."If you are Canadian do not bother to buy Dominican Pesos -- the whole resort operates based on US dollars.

  • Shirl20 : Northumberland, United Kingdom
Grand Bahia hotel

Everything was done to make sure yr holiday was very enjoyable. Staff were all very friendly and helpful and very clean. Beautiful place beautiful beach beautiful food. Couldn't fault this holiday very impressed

  • cherylscott329 : Glasgow, United Kingdom
Great holiday

Just back from this hotel after a 2 week stay as a family o 6,can't fault the hotel in anyway as any minor issues were dealt with straight away . Food and drink were ok and the a la carte resturants were good ,the garden grill being our favourite. I would recommend booking them before arriving here but as they are busy to get into once at the resort .pools are clean and staff work really hard with the majority really friendly . Entertainment was fabulous and we all loved the Michael Jackson tribute ,excellent . Wifi is free 24 hours in the lobby and we always got connected fine ,loved the carts that take you around the huge complex ,.only downside about this hotel is the payment for the safe ,expensive for the 2 weeks .We would def return to this hotel

  • Goodfellowlad :
Honest review

I will be honest as possible as I write this review, I will start with the bad points;The place is huge and it will take you a few days to get your bearings, so don't let this put you off!There is different sections, Punta Cana, Bravaro, Amber, Don Pablo, funstasia so choose carefully before booking Customer service is the worst I have ever came across as a regular Grand Bahia guest (6 times). They ask you want outcome you want out of your complaint! The place is massive with so many people, maybe they do not care, in fact they don't ! Ask the customer service the name of their boss and after a phone call they refused, as they don't give out the name! Out of 10..........1/10 this has put me off staying again The room was the worst I have ever stayed in Grand Bahia standard totally unacceptable to have so much issues as the photographs show, I was offered a new room but I couldn't be bothered packing up and wasting quality holiday time. Really all that was needed was a new bath and updated furniture and a wee bit of paint. Not offered an upgrade! Maybe this goodwill gesture would make a negative into a positive! A couple the la Cartes were poor, the Mexican and the BBQ Beach had loads of seaweed but hey you are on the Pacific side!Now the positives The staff are great and really hard workers, they do anything for you and very professional The buffet had a great range and I must say Santos in the Punta Cana and made our stay and went over and above his duty, a credit to the Grand Bahia.The other La Cartes were great and our favourite was the Garden Grill, unbelievable steakPool bar staff were great and done over and above their dutySo overall we did have a great holiday perhaps if the room was up to Grand Bahia standard it would off been 4/5Maybe if guest services helped us more and give customer the respect and offer a compromise maybe 5/5

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
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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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  • 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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