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Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana

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Our Opinion

A lovely resort situated within the heart of the Punta Cana resort. There are a plethora of food options to choose from. The buffet spreads are great and have pleasant and attentive staff. Make sure to check out the BBQ Buffet, the Garden Grill and the Italian a la carte restaurants (reserve when you check-in, as there are limited spots for these places). Great modern and spacious rooms. The Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana also has an incredible lobby bar, that very rarely gets busy. It's elegant, modern, and serves up some top-notch drinks, which makes this resort stand out from others along the resort strip. While the pool area is spacious, it gets relatively busy throughout the day. Make sure that you reserve spots early in the morning. The workout facilities could use an upgrade. There are very limited machines and some are often broken.


Overview
The spectacular Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, extending over 500 metres of beach front is set on an incredible beach of white sand. Equipped with all Junior Suite accommodations and each complete with oval hydro-massage tubs for soaking pleasures. At the entrance of the hotel is 'Pueblo Principe', a Dominican-style commercial & entertainment village with daily entertainment and a variety of shows, bars, casino, shops, internet access, car rental and a medical centre.

Location: Directly on Bavaro Beach, 30 min to Higuey, 25 min from Punta Cana airport, 60 min from La Romana airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Serena D :
Big Resort, Great Entertainment!

I have been to the DR-Punta Cana several times but this resort had to have been my favorite. The food, the entertainment, the beach was simply amazing. I don't have any negative comments about this resort. Other than, it requires a lot of walking. It is so big that everything seems far. What I will say however, is that the resort offers a little 'train' or 'buggie' that passes every so often and takes you from one stop to the next. The entertainment staff was hilarious. Leaving was really sad because they became like family. The rooms were very spacious and the maid did a very good job at keeping it clean. You have a variety of choices of food and 'ALACARTE' restaurants which were all very good. If I every have to book a vacation, I always look to book with Gran Bahia Principe. They have a good reputation as a hotel chain.

  • Theresa M : Ontario, Canada
Great All Inclusive Resort

We travelled with other couples. Our room was clean & large. We purchased upgrade to Royal Golden room, (24208) which for us, was great! Three couples were in one building & the other 2 couples were 2 buildings down. All rooms were similar. We asked and had king size bed which was great. When we arrived we were escorted to a room, given cocktails & filled out information & was told to go to that room if we needed anything. The internet was free in the lobby & it was ok. We booked thru Air Transat & we booked excursion thru them & they were very helpful. Lenny & Fish were very fun & helpful and went above & beyond for us & our whole group. The buffet was adequate with lots of variety. We spent much of our time by the different pools & also the beach. The beach was clean, & we always saw workers raking,& cleaning it. The employees were always helpful.....One suggestion would be to have the information on how the shuttles run in print, as this is confusing when you first get there. I wish we knew Spanish , as there was communication barriers surrounding this until we figured it out. We helped many other guests regarding this. The first shuttle takes you to your room with luggage when you first arrive...... The other shuttles have different stops on the other side of the hotel lobby to your room, restaurant, or other stops. The one little problem that we all had was our room keys would demagnetize. This happened often! (we did not have it near electronics ). The a la carte restaurants were very good. My favorite was the Italian & Japanese Restaurant. We enjoyed our stay very much! Employees were very attentive to our needs & very friendly. The fridge wasn't always filled but when you asked, you got what you liked. A great vacation!

  • Courtney M :
Married Apr 2013

We picked Grand Bahia Punta Cana because of recommendations! The resort is HUGE but very nice and week maintained. The restaurants were fabulous, especially the Asian restaurant. The buffet was great throughout the day.The beach was incredible - whitest sand and bluest water I've ever seen!We arrived with a group of 31 people. Firstly, we did upgrade to the Royal Golden section so they were very accommodating when we arrived. Our room was not ready so they let my husband and I use the managers office to get changed it and to leave our luggage/dress. We went to the pool and waited for our room. After a bit of a wait our room was ready - but they ended up putting my husbands parents in the wedding suite and us in a regular room and we didn't know this until mid/late week when they were joking about all the cool stuff that was getting done with their room. We kept asking why we were getting certain things and they didn't really have an explanation (you would think after numerous calls they would have clued in). Also, we bought a certain wedding package and A LOT from that package was missing. Now for our ceremony - the lady who performed our ceremony had a dirty white shirt on. The photographer was good but was not creative at all - very posed shots. Beautiful resort, beach and water but I don't think I'd recommend getting married here unless they have changed since 2013.

  • Turtlelady1963 : Dorval, Canada
beautiful palce but too crowded

Went here for my first trip ever to the Carribean..beautiful and sevice was excellent but........too crowded ...couldn't get a chair at the beach/pool unless you reserve one with a towel at 5AM....fustrating. Also, to book dinner at a a la carte restaurant, GOOD LUCK...>I was there 5 days and got 1decent one, the other 1 was not worth it at all....otherwise it was always the buffet but the huge choice of food was above average.I might go again but off season, maybe August/September.

  • beacher2017 : Toronto, Canada
Good resort, needs improvement

Our family of 4 spent a week at the Bahia Principe Luxury resort in Punta Cana. This is a new resort set 200m back of the beach in the Bahia complex. It's advertised as the luxury option to the main Punta Cana hotel next door and includes room service, butlers, free room safe, premium drinks and poolside waitresses. The resort is new and very clean compared to the Punta Cana which is showing its age. The trees and gardens are young so there's not much natural shade yet but it will look lovely in a few years. There are only 2 main pools. One is quiet and rings the main fountain and the other is larger and includes the bar and daily games. The resort was not at capacity during our stay and there were always lots of loungers available throughout the day. The kid's park is small but geared towards children under 10 and was always busy. The food is ok, but nothing special. The extra $$$ spent upgrading to this resort isn't sent to the kitchen. Pork & fish were the dinner highlights most nights. The burgers were shoe leather and the pizza was typical resort fare. Our kids - both 12 enjoyed the pasta and the fruit & fresh breads were always good. Breakfast was the best meal because it was cooked fresh for you if you didn't mind a few minutes wait and the cooks would do eggs any way you liked. Tip: pick your omelet ingredients from the salad bar as there's more options and they're fresher. The bacon ranged from ok to raw & going bad. There was no telling how it would taste and even getting it cooked properly didn't always help. This was a big disappointment and the resort needs to address this problem. They have a section at the beach with lots of shade and many rows of loungers so there was always room and the golf cart shuttles ran every few minutes so getting there was easy and fast. Getting sun at the beach was crowded however so if you like the first row or need to pull a lounger out towards the ocean you'll need to get there by 7am at least. We always got 4 together several rows back after breakfast without any worries. Service at the beach is predictably slow and tips of any size had no effect on that. The big draw is the beach and the swimming was stellar. Warm clear water and great waves to surf and play in. This was our 4th trip to Bavaro beach and is really the reason to come here. The Bad....We upgraded from the Punta Cana to the Luxury at the Punta Cana front desk. We knew the Punta Cana would be full and crowded when we arrived so the offer to go next door at this new resort we hadn't heard of was great news. We happily spent the extra $735.00 U.S. for the week which broke down at $35.00 daily for 2 adults and $17.50 daily for the kids. This is where it got messy. Our written quote prepared at the Punta Cana was for $735.00. They charged our Visa $980.00 U.S.(4 full adult rates) with this explanation; "Ages 2-12 means not over 12" This is a very creative interpretation of 2-12 especially when they refused them entry into the Kids Club because they weren't 13. It took us all week with several meetings of both hotel managers to get this resolved and it wasn't until we got Air Canada involved that they finally gave in and honored their written quote. This was an avoidable blemish on an otherwise great week so if you are travelling with 12 yr olds be warned. They might be considered adults and charged as such. All in all this is a decent resort. A good choice for young families and those that prefer a more peaceful poolside week. The lack of crowds meant a good table at dinner was always available and you don't have to get up at 6 to get a seat at the pool. A warning to little girls with princess fantasies....there are 2 Cinderella castles that sit front and center here. One holds a buffet and steakhouse, the other is the pool bar...sorry.

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
  • Amphitheatre for programs & shows
  • Entrance and drinks included to Disco & Karaoke bar
  • 600 Junior Suites
  • 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
  • WiFi internet in lobby
  • 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)

Junior Suites include:

  • 1 king or 2 double 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
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Living area with daybed
  • Maximum occupancy 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children, or 3 adults and 1 child)

Kids Deals - The 1st 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 - Bahia Scouts Water Park and Mini club is now open for your little ones to enjoy! Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' Club, playground and wading pool. Baby-sitting service available for a fee.

Exchange Privileges - Access to all services of the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro (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 Punta Cana
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana
Crta. Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 9999 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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