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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
  • 210travel1 : Blackwood, New Jersey
Our Experience

A friend and I recently stayed at this hotel for our vacation and it by far did not meet our expectations for great customer service or variety in food choices. Whenever we received customer service, hours or a day or so later, for the customary requests such as extra towels or the more rare/urgent requests -to fix a leaking toilet or the room phone that was malfunctioning - to no fault of our own- it was good but VERY delayed in response time. The hotel advertises several restaurant choices but fails to mention that reservations for an ala carte restaurant on the property should be made well in advance (two to three weeks) of your stay and even then you will be fortunate to get more than one reservation for your stay as majority of the restaurants were completely booked during our entire stay except for one night when we only had the choice of three lesser demanded ala carte restaurants out of several other seemingly better choices. Consequently, we were subjected to eat the distasteful food at the two buffet restaurants or at the snack bar by the beach. At those restaurants we stayed with the basic rice and beans the majority of the stay as that was pretty good. For breakfast we were able to get some pretty good omelettes made fresh so that helped for that meal plan. We were fortunate to catch some good entertainment during the evening in the front lobby so that was a plus! I would not stay at this hotel again as we did not feel that we received our monies worth at all and would not recommend it to my friends or family.

  • Lawrence B : Manchester, United Kingdom
It seemed too good to be true..and was

I travelled to the resort on boxing day with 3 of my friends. Having previous experienced mexico and Jamaica with the secrets and royalton brands i decided to gove the grand Bahia Principe brand a try. The hotel itself ia lovely and has a bus service which makes getting aroud thid mid/large size resort a breeze. The staff are attentive in the restaurants however the reception staff are nothing short of awful snd very rude! No explanation when they start serving other guests part way through your enquiryand all.of a sudden another person pops up. The rooms are clean and spacious! The bed was comfy and the view on thw whole from the rooms are good. The downsode to this hotel is the food. I understand that catering for 1500 rooms is hard but for a 5 star resort all i would say is that your better off going to a fast food place outside. The buffet had minimal food in the theme advertised and was mainly carb heavy pizza pasta.. the a la cartes were not much kop either with the meat in the tex mex being warm and discoloured. The garden grill and Italian were decent yo be fair and worth another visit. We ate at the hard rock cafe in punta cana and it was the best meal in the two weeks. To top it off, 3 of us were ill snd had to get medication from the pharmacy. I was so disappointed as it should have been a really good break but it wasn't, a shame really. I won't be using the Grand Bahia principe brand again.

  • jembles123 : Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Thomson reps ripped me off with VIP for coco bongo

Just got back from grand Bahia put a Cana what can I say nice place but reps useless paid VIP gold for coco bongo last Saturday and what a let down premium drinks were not premium at all same rubbish beer was drinking at the hotel for the past 2 weeks presidente,tried to get a different beer but was quoted 5 dollars an open premium bar is what I was led to believe I had paid for,brought this to the attention of the Thomson rep but was told to Dominicans presidente is a premium beer well sorry but I'm not Dominican and if it was such a premium drink we would not have got it on tap for the last fortnight, I'm afraid it's the same old story when buying the trips there great with you but when you have a complaint to make there not interested, also no table like promised and what we paid for instead just a bar stool at the very top of the club packed in like sardines, don't get me wrong fantastic show but not what we paid for and took a bit of the shine off what was meant to be the highlight of our stay,

  • Alexander V :
Not the vacation i have expected! Grand Bahia Principe Akumal

Ordered 2 adjoining rooms for the family of 3 adults and 1 toddler. Never got adjoining rooms. Moreover rooms received were on the second floor - without elevators - it was a hell of a time getting stroller and a kid up and down the stairs every time you went somewhere. Rooms themselves are lacking!!! This is very far from a LUXURY hotel that this property is being advertised as. I have previously visited "Grand Sunset Princess" and property there has much better accommodations and better food at much better price (half the price).It is impossible to get dinner reservation for restaurants from 6-9pm I have ordered 7 dinners during my stay and had to take 5pm 9pm 9:30pm 10pm or 10:30pm times. This is either too early or too late regardless of weather or not you are traveling with kids because you are either missing activities. There are no activities roughly from 6-9pm and that is the best time to eat. If you are with kids then late dinners are bad because your kids have to sleep and of course you are stuck with inconsiderate management who will not accommodate your needs. Everyone on a "Mexican time schedule" - never on time but expect you to arrive on time. Every dinner i went to was accompanied by wait time. Most of the activities i went to started late as well because there was no one to start them on time. Every tour i took was also late. However if you are late by 5 minutes to some activity or dinner do not expect to be seated! Most people are treating you as "money bag" - it feels like it is the only thing they not only want but also EXPECT from you - and will actually get pissed off if you do not tip them for some reason!!! To top everything off my transfer from hotel to airport that i have scheduled and confirmed 3 times has never arrived on check out day. I had to order a TAXI back to the Airport.So if you do not care to be inconvenienced and left stranded then by all means visit this property and do not forget to tip everyone - who knows what else can happen to you if you don't.

  • chris w : Crewe, United Kingdom
Disappointed

We stayed here over Xmass and new year 2016/17 as 2 couples the other comments on here are justified the house keeping was poor sheets changed once in the fortnight towels where grey, bitten all over while in the room, after complaining to the Thomas Cook rep he was going to get the room cleaned and sprayed which did not happen.Queuing to get into the buffet restaurant for everning meals was a joke, 9out of 10 times there where no towels at the pool, sun lounges with towels on and no body on for hours,We also found that the bar service was poor and shut way to early and as for the tips if you tipped you got !Yes the hotel has its good points but I am afraid the bad outweigh them.The reason we are judging this is we stayed at the GBP Tulum Mexico last Christmas and new year and that was a 5star the GBP Bravo would be lucky to have 3stars all though it's advertised with thomas cook as 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
  • 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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