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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!

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
  • janeriddington : Bristol, United Kingdom

We did have a great holiday but did find several things lacking at the hotel - rooms are tired and housekeeping slow. Loved the beach, generally clean, food room service included and facilities massive - some of the staff offered genuine great service..... however a couple of things really bugged us and really let the hotel down:1. Everything exterior to the inclusive cost of the hotel was massively overpriced. A massage at the spa was over 100usd per person. Yet on the beach shops just outside resort (understanding ambience wasn't as luxury) you could get a great massage (genuine) for 20usd!! 2. Kids club - Easter Sunday was busy. Very unwelcoming for a 6 year old English speaking child. Yet later in week really warm and daughter really enjoyed.3. Tipping - I tip for good service on a consistent basis - some individual staff members offered this - others tutted if they didn't get a tip! 4. Lobby service - one day to the next different information and lack of effort to try and get the right information. Leaving they asked for 10usd per hour for late checkout - then staff member said he'd only charge us 10usd for 2 hour... Then kept calling to saying we needed to pay more... not great taste for an end of holiday.5 Jaccuzzi in room never worked - reported twice with no follow up.6. Steak house fantastic first visit. Returned for steak not cooked to spec and same individual song played throughout the 90minutes we could hack it for. I wouldn't dismiss this resort ... as I suspect most hotels in the dom rep the staff are all about the tipping and getting your money. However, great holiday, shame some of the bad elements stuck with us. Sorry we won't be buying into your 'club pallidum'.

  • dittybob : Buffalo, Minnesota
Very Disappointed

Pros:- Nice landscaping- A la carte restaurants have decent food- The maid service was excellentCons:- 1/2 mile from beach; walk or wait for a shuttle- Access to beach chairs is unavailable by 7:30 am; people claim all of the chairs by leaving towels on the chair and leaving for breakfast, even though posted signs prohibit this- The place is huge and they need about 25% more staff, especially in the buffet- Most service staff do not speak English or Spanish, leaving the impression they are unfriendly. Apparently, many of the workers are from Haiti, and they speak a version of French. This made our buffet ding experience rather unsatisfactory- The abutting golf course is rather unsightly and not worth the $135 they want for non-twilight rates- The resort is split into different villages with different access levels; apparently, Bavaro guests are at the bottom of the totem pole for sections of the beach and other areas of the resort- most staff was unfriendly; we are accustomed to friendly staff who greet you as you pass them on trails, sidewalks, etc. We did not sense the appreciation we feel at resorts in Mexico- they charge you about $28 to use the in room safe

  • Barbie C : Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Meh, beautiful but it can be better

Well I don't know where to start with this trip. We went on the affordability of it and it was a the kids school break. I say if you are a kid you will love it, if you have not had 5 star resort or even 4 star exposure then you may think this place is great. For pictures it is amazing, really beautiful lay out. There is no where the eye can see that you wont see beauty, and the ocean is a beautiful as it looks in pictures and the water is clear and warm. The pros: the landscape, the trolley that takes you everywhere seats a lot of people, the convenience of the villas to pools and trolleys to shops ,restaurants and beach are awesome. The beach is beautiful, the sand is pure joy no rocks! The ease of getting around, he 5 to 7 pools though out with swim up bars and great drinks! The pool had fun but extremely unorganized pool games for all to join, even an aerobics one, they had a young girl named Juana who was great and friendly with her partners but they all wanted to be chiefs and I certainly dint mind helping them translate from Spanish to English for the tourists who wanted to participate.The cons: The wifi is only in the lobby where you register, you must pay ahead for a safe (we paid $20 at registration and at check out where asked for it again, they quickly realized the person who registered us pocketed the money). You will wait hours if not days for towels and there seems to be a shortage of wash cloth and spoons throughout the resort. I called for towels the first night, they seemed bothered, I explained there are 4 of us and only 2 towels and with a long flight we all wanted to shower. About half hour later I called again and they said they were on the way, I got them as i was coming out of shower. Another day I asked for washcloths as we had gone without for a couple of days even tough they cleaned everyday and a tip was left each time. No luck, finally I say a ;day cleaning the room next door and I asked her but she said no has done the laundry and she can't give the 2 she had because the upstair guest already requested it, perhaps the next day they will have some. Big Con: was the the food quality, this was horrible everywhere we ate , the food was sometimes just not edible, rubbery chicken, couldn't even cut it for the kids, even the fruit and dessert seem to be bottom of the barrel of quality. The kids know no better and the good thing we didn't gain any vacation weight. TIPS: We asked a nice man who took our luggage up Francisco for better shops as these ones were Really expensive and for at least a good meal. He talked to Angel who called a guy named Jose who came in a tiny car with no handle bars to open the door and yet we all fit. The deal with this 'taxi' is that he will take you to another 'souvenir for tourist' areas about 5 min away but you must shop at his store once you get to this plaza. We ate real food, good fresh food including their native dish the 'mango' plantain mash kinda, be mindful they will over charge as the place is pretty empty but for some straggling tourists. The 'taxi' guys shop was reasonable it had a lot to offer and you can negotiate most things. The other shop keepers will sway you their way, I did not go to them though. When we left we realized the taxi now had a flat tire, really it was quite an adventure especially as it had rained heavily, there was flooding everywhere and we still drove back to the resort. I did note the nervousness at the return from Jose, he had received a call and said we were almost there, then at the gate to enter the man standing by told him he was still waiting for what he owed. just shady stuff, but we were well taken care of by him otherwise.Tip 2: next time ask for a taxi to take you to a plaza about 15 minutes away that seems to be something we would have preferred as it was more mall like in the community I think they called it the san Juan plaza, but were on the way to the airport by this time. Tip 3: Please do take a tour and go to Santo Domingo, bring your own toilet paper for the bathroom stop, skip saying hi to the guy with the large gun protecting busses like ours with tourists.Do enjoy the meal you eat and the dancers as you eat, do shop in this pueblo and give back to the community, do negotiate. skip all people trying to sell rosaries everywhere as it due to the cathedral tour visit which we used to just sit and rest while others toured it with headphones. Immigration line back is unorganized and takes time.

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Very large hotel

Massive complex but little trains provided to save you walking. Excursions the buggies was amazing if you do it take some sweets or small gifts to give the local kids watching and waiting at the side of the road. Mozzies were terrible for me so make sure you have plenty of repellent. Rooms clean and large. Hotel shops are very very expensive. Japanese taki naki was lovely wasnt to fused by the other restaurants all very much like the main buffet. Have dollar bills for tipping although you don't feel pressured but service is better. don't worry if you can't get them there is a cashier in the lobby who will change larger notes.

  • nancy b : crosswicks

Aa sprawling complex,not enough help and rules for beach and pool chairs not enforced. The use of an info board in the lobby would have been helpful to plan the week. All was on wifi which was spotty service. Not easily manageable with young children. Need to take tram cars to beach and pool and after waiting, some were already full. Then there were empty chairs everywhere with towels draped over them. Some for hours on end when signs say no saving chairs. Very frustrating when we do the right thing.Definitely not returning.

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Items not included:

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  • 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.

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