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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
  • Tarun P : Toronto, Canada
Overall a decent resort for a family vacation ..

Overall I had a good experience here. The resort is very well kept, and clean. The staff are very helpful and friendly. We went with a large group guys for a bachelor party and they were able to accommodate us all within a very close proximity seeing that the resort is HUGE that was a total plus. But we were on the Bavaro side which is totally not a setting for a bachelor group. We were surrounded by families with small children. The pools were nice and clean, with areas where you can relax and enjoy your time in quiet, but also a pool with a swim up bar where when you wanted to have a few drinks and enjoy your afternoon you could do so. One major improvement that is needed is the food! Getting a reservation at the A La Carte's was virtually impossible, in our 5 day trip we were only allowed to book 1 place per room and almost every place with the exception of the BBQ place was not available for the night we wanted, so we were stuck eating buffet food everyday which didn't change much day to day. The buffet wasn't terrible but I have had better! The beach was decent though the water was filled with seaweeds and the water was far from calm.

  • Roger C : Dudley, United Kingdom
amazing

We have been to alot of nice places over the years and had alot of nice food but OMG this place will take some beating .we stayed for 2 weeks over the easter break had the room upgrade which is a must .The place is great The staff are greatThe rooms are greatThe pools are greatIn fact every thing is amazing best 2 weeks we have ever had anywhere OH AND THE FOOD OMG OUT OF THIS WORLD

  • Jericia J : Richmond, Virginia
Girl's trip- May 2017

My friend and I were booked at the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana from May 13-17, 2017. However when we arrived for our check in we were told we had been moved to the Bavaro resort. Check in was pretty simple once were found out where we were supposed to be. We had booked a double bed room, however we were given a king size bed with a little bed/cot made up in the corner on the third floor (4 flights of steps). We started off in Bldng 26 room 26301. I did not post any pictures of the resort or room in my review because the other traveler's photos are completely accurate for the resort. Beautiful grounds that are well kept daily. The rooms were dated and could use an upgrade but were clean. There was a problem with the air conditioning the first two days of our stay. We were told it was a resort wide issue. For the grace of the ceiling fan in our room, it would have been unbearable as it was extremely hot/humid everyday.The refrigerator in our room also did not work. There also was a strong mold smell in our room that clung to our clothes and items well after returning home. We advised the front desk of our booking for double beds and were told that only king sized beds were currently available and we could be moved the next day. We suffered through our first night in a stifling hot room. However, the next day we were moved to a double bed room on the first floor. We were moved to Bldng 25 room 25112. After day 2 the air conditioning was working properly throughout the resort. We found the trick to be to leave a room key in the slot by the door which would keep the a/c running when not in the room. So after a day out in the heat it was nice to come into a cool room. Housekeeping tended to clean the room late in the afternoon. Also towels/ handcloths were not given in abundance. There was a safe in the room however it was an extra $28 to use it. We chose not to. We kept our personal items and money on us. We did not have a problem with anything missing from our rooms while we were out during the day. Of note, our sliding door to the patio did not lock. We did have a metal screen you could pull over the sliding door but that was a bit concerning especially as we were on the first floor. I read people's review complaining of noise but that wasn't an issue for us. Not sure if it was the time we were there but it was very pleasantly quiet from about 8:30pm on. There was a mosquito in our room the first and second night that feasted on us while we slept. Also be careful not to sit outside near plants or bushes especially at night because mosquitos were rampant. Pool area was neat, clean, and organized well. Despite children being at the resort I didn't feel bothered or annoyed by their activity. They were quite well behaved. Staff were super friendly and helpful, however there was a language barrier as many did not speak much or any English and my Spanish is worse than elementary. However we got by with a lot of pointing, hand signs and smiles. Dinner in the main buffet is your typical buffet fare with some international choices, fruit and salad bar and usually a beef, pork, chicken and seafood option. Did notice not many cooked vegetables were on the buffet. We made reservations at the BBQ restaurant, Las Oslas II and Maiko (the Japanese Restaurant). Both were very good. The other restaurants were booked during our stay so we weren't able to try them. Breakfast was buffet served in the main lobby or pool/beach side at the Las Oslas I restaurant. I would suggest breakfast at Las Oslas... beautiful view, less crowded and I felt their breakfast selections were better. There is a lunch/snack restaurant that stayed open most of the day that was good for grabbing hot dogs/ hamburgers, fruit, beverages while hanging out at the pool. Alcoholic drinks were fair. Rail drinks were included in the all inclusive package, if you wanted premium alcohol you had to pay extra. Bar service was slow and a little unorganized. Free Wifi in the lobby of the hotel only, 24 hours a day. Pretty easy to log on, not the fastest connection but got the job done. Several shops and vendors on site. On the beach, vendors would walk up to you with their wares but took No thank you pretty well. The nightclub Bacchata played a nice mix of latin, hip hop and pop music nightly. outdoor concerts were held in the evening at the outdoor stage. I would agree with other reviews that that resort is HUGE. We had to take a trolley back and forth to the main lobby and other areas of the resort as it was almost 1/2 mile away from our room. Trolleys did run pretty regularly and we usually didn't have to wait about a minute or two, unless it was a peak time like around meal times. It was hard to get your bearings as it was so big. It took us to day two to realize we were going all the way around the mulberry bush to get to the pool and beach when we could have just taken a right out of our room and walked about 1/2 a block and we were right at at the beach. Overall we had a great time. The resort is beautifully maintained (grounds). The rooms were a bit dated and could definitely use an upgrade but were functional. Despite some confusion with switching resorts, not having the right room and the discomfort of a/c problems everything got sorted out as quickly as possible and we were able to enjoy the balance of our trip. I gave it 3/5 only because I think the dated rooms really surprised me especially with how nicely the grounds and other common areas were kept so immaculately. Also the resort is really HUGE... wasn't prepared for the amount of walking. I got my 10,000 steps in easily everyday. Overall, very nice vacation in a pretty decent resort.

  • Beverley C : Deer Lake Nl.
Solid 4 1/2 star

This was our 4th visit here and our 8th at a BP property. We came with 8 other people, a adults vacation. While we were there my daughter (who also had been there 4 times and 7 to BP) and her husband celebrated their 2nd anniversary and long overdo honey moon. It is still a beautiful resort. It is well maintained. Even with the seaweed problem the beach was kept clean not like the resort next door. We really enjoyed the Japanese, Garden Grill, Santa Fe and Beach BBQ in that order. Thanks goes to Oscar in the Santa Fe, Eddy in the Garden Grill and the hostess in the Japanese and Claudie in the lobby bar. The food was good. Our room was always cleaned promptly and well. This is a solid 4 1/2 resort however it was disappointing not to get our room request (we wanted close to the beach) even though it was available as others got it. Also to see the changes like the loss of the gourmets and rewards for loyalty. My daughter and her husband were given a cake and champagne with their anniversary supper. (It only took 3 visits to guest services. Lol).

  • PeterBurgh : Maasland, The Netherlands
I will NEVER go back....

We are still in the hotel and are really dissapointed... we travel alot around the world but this hotel is absolutely not worth more than 3 stars !In 1 week time : 2 broken mini bars, 1 broken coffee machine, 1 broken electricity plug, 3 days NO airconditioning, both roomkeys had to be changed, 15 minutes on hold at front desk, waiting and waiting in the room for technicians, cold food in beach restaurants.... Terrible !!!Housekeeping is friendly and some other staff too, but most of staff is very cranky and have problems with smiling. Staff in hotel shops (lobby shop and others) are very unfriendly. From outside, pool, beach, gardens looks beautiful but it is just a mask. The hotel management should seriously check their staff better. We will NEVER go back to this hotel, there are much better and cheaper resorts in Punta Cana.

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
  • 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.

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