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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!
Great hotel complex very loud and in your face but great, so so so big its unreal and loads to see and do, swim up bar fantastic, staff great especially if your a tipper and the food is top notch. Would i go back....yeah and try other resorts in the group.
I stayed at the Luxury Grand Bahia Principe Esmeralda however I would often go to the Bavaro pool and lobby specifically because of the entertainment team. Super Sexy Julio, Deibis, Luis Berroa, Yonathan and Nathanael had such an impact on my week at the Dominican Republic. These guys have an energy that is indescribable. They always have smiles on their faces and they never failed to make me die of laughter. This trip was one of the best ones yet because of these people and they are also the reason that I plan on returning very soon.
As like other travellers we had been worried by some of the reviews online that we had started to read after we had booked.Firstly we can only review on our experience alone and I write with delight at the satisfaction the resort and holiday offered, this was our first family holiday in the DR, and it did not disappoint us.The resort was mainly filled with international travellers, and reading other reviews I can only say that they had booked the wrong resort for the money they had paid. For us the resort was perfect, it was the English equivalent of a UK 4* Hotel Chain with some added touches.The transfer from the airport was swift we travelled with TUIWe were heavily bitten by mosquitoes (NOT THE HOTELS PROBLEM) so be armed with spray.Check in was perfect and we were greeted with a local drink.We were then transported to our Villa Block - We stayed in Villa 16 it was a double room with an adjoining TWIN it was a perfect location and both very large perfect for teenagers.The rooms are in need of modernisation but still a good standard and very clean - the rooms were cleaned every day, beds made and clean towels and a free mini bar with sift drinks beer and water. The beds where comfortable and clean and the aircon worked a treat as it was very hot in the day. There was also a free safe that kept out belongings safe all holiday. The pools are excellent and the swim up bars are well equipped and well staffed.We found the pool near to Villa 16 to suit us the best as it was much quitter than then pools near to the beach.The whole resort appeared well managed and we had no problems at all, all the staff where friendly hardworking and courteous, particular mentions to Jamie the Restaurant Supervisor and Jose "the killer" for looking after us so well during each meal.The Main restaurant was a good standard of buffet and was always a varied and fresh options to hand, The Omelette chefs are a must in the morning and a good tip is to wait for the fresh food to be cooked to the left and right of the service counters if you don't want what has been put out. We also used 4 of the restaurants which served us well but I think its safe to say that by day 10 we had had enough of buffet and food in general - Recommend a visit to a local restaurant called the Jelly Fish (TAXI RIDE) if you fancy a night out. Drinks offering was very good, we preferred table service in the loby so that you get Glasses and not plastic cups in the evening, so stay on your table and you will be served and we tipped $1 each time.The beach was incredible, lots of beds and we cant believe people complained about seaweed !! It was minimal and constantly being cleaned up, lots of security too.Being the average family we found that there was lots of posers strutting around but it gave us some entertainment.Entertainment was great and we visited the Village too.We also had 3 excursions - Deep Sea Fishing, Horse-riding, and the Trip to Saona Island which was incredible - Loved every thing just wish we had more time to explore the local area and culture.The resort is large and has mini resorts set within, from VIP areas, and Adults only - However we didn't need anything more than we paid for, There is also a jump on tractor style bus that constantly transports you when ever needed up and down the main areas from the lobby down to the pools and beach.Overall we loved it and will defiantly hope to return.Our top tip is - don't read the reviews and just try it for yourself ! The country and location are incredible and a definat must do holiday.
There from Dec 3-10Pros: Beautiful beach, water was lovely and safe. Weather was mostly perfect. Waves got a little wilder when the wind picked up, hang onto your glasses and hat. It was a 7 min. walk to the beach from our rooms, but was very pleasant. The trolley went by every few minutes if you needed a ride. Several pools, all large and beautiful with good access to chairs. Swim Up bars for Happy Hour was very fun. Food was very good, great variety and good quality. Ate al a Carte at Dominican and Japanese restaurants. Not that much better than the buffet food. The Japanese chef presentation was cheesy but entertaining. Hotel Lobby was large and lovely with great outdoor seating to watch the nightly musical entertainment, which was mostly excellent. Lots of opportunities to dance. Bar service was fairly quick in the lobby and also had a coffee bar in the middle. Rooms were spacious enough and very clean. Only saw one little "critter" in our room. Every room has a small balcony and bar fridge was stocked with large water bottles and soft drinks. Drinks at the bars were very, very generous servings. I recommend bringing a larger go cup and adding more mix. Pool bars had unlimited water and soft drinks/juices for the non-drinkers. Went on 2 excursions, highly recommend the Safari Tour, you will learn everything you want to know about DR. The Boat Spa with Dr Fish was enjoyable too although getting there and back was a bit cumbersome. It is recommended to book through your airline agent, as opposed to booking through the beach vendors.Cons: Punta Cana airport is busy, inefficient and took a long time to get in and out of. Be prepared for that. Resort was only a 20-25 min. trip from airport. Very, very large resort, if we weren't at the beach before 8:00 am you didn't get a chair. Towels were supplied, but lineup could be long at primetime to exchange. All sorts of people staying here from families, seniors to young people. There were vendors on the beach selling all sorts of things but were not pushy. Beach toys were quite a ways down the beach and not many people seemed to be using them. There weren't any snorkelers or boats in the immediate area, mainly just bobbers in the water. Lobby and beach allowed smokers just about everywhere which is gross when you're not used to it. Book al a Carte restaurants early, they fill up quickly. Mattresses on beds were very firm, which I did not find comfortable. Lighting in room was terrible, had troubles reading a book. Have to pay $4 US/day for safe, not impressed. Wi-Fi was free in the lobby, but was a bit sporadic. The front desk was very helpful to figure it out. Sat through the beginning of a few of the stage performances but found them cheesy and left. There was a casino on the grounds but very tiny. Dominican towns are not conducive to exploring, quite 3rd world and unclean. That's why the excursions are good to go on, they ensure everywhere you go and everything you eat is safe.
This place tops the list for worst resort experience ever. From the moment we arrived, it began. We had booked and paid for 2 contiguous rooms six months in advance so that our children who are minors would be next to us. We even booked the rooms and chose rooms on the resort's website. On arrival we were told we had rooms in different buildings and that was the best the hotel could do, no explanation or extenuating circumstances of why our reservations were not honored. We requested to speak with a manager and were denied. I guess management is overwhelmed with so many complaints and problems they refuse to address anymore of them.As we entered our assigned rooms we discovered a blood stain on the frame of the bed, needless to say nothing was done about placing us in a different room. In addition there is quite a bit of mold in the shower area, and cleanliness in general is a problem.The food was mediocre at best, even the restaurants where reservations are required, are really nothing worth reserving nor standing in line for. Again, after making reservations for "las Olas" they informed us we did not have a reservation.The beach is small and if you happen to find a place close to the pool you have no view given the straw umbrellas are low and block the view of the water.Would not recommend nor consider staying at this place nor the brand again. Stay away
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- 24 hour all-inclusive with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- 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
- Boogie boards
- Snorkeling 1 hour/person/stay
- Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
- Daytime tennis
- Mountain bikes 1 hour/person/stay
- 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
- 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
- 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 BavaroPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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