Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana
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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.
Location: Directly on Bavaro Beach, 30 min to Higuey, 25 min from Punta Cana airport, 60 min from La Romana airport.
We we're a group of 12 adults + 1 child travelling with Transat in the Golden Privilege section. For check-in, there was no indication on where to go for the private check-in but we found it and sat down while receiving a drink and waiting to check-in. Rooms: we we're all in building 1 which was really nice since we had a small ocean view but it can get really noisy at night since a lot of wedding parties are happening at the grill next door. When we got to our room, we had 2 double size bed which is not what you want when getting married. We called the concierge a couple of times and they finally told us that they could move us the next day. Not a big deal but we lost about 1 hour that day and another one the next morning to resolve this. All the rest of the group had great room. The room we got switched to had a bad AC but we didn't want to move again so we just dealt with it.Cleaning: Room was clean but the replenishment of the mini bar was a joke. We had chips and alcohol the first day and that was that. One day, we didn't receive any water. The resort itself is very cleanRestaurants: Food is overall good. For a la carte, we tried the Maiko (Bavaro section), the Garden Grill & the Mikado. Some people in our group tried the Beach BBQ, Italian and Mexican and everyone was satisfied.Beach/Pool: The beach can get really crowded and I wouldn't want to be there in high season. Other resorts around had much more space but the beach is really nice and clean. Pools we're great, the one by the beach is more noisy so we often went to the others to relax. There's a pool bar in 3 of the pools which is awesome!Wedding: The wedding was great! They really know what they're doing so I've spent my morning on the beach without a worry! We had the Unforgettable package with the ceremony at the Garden Gazebo and dinner at the Garden Grill. It was great! We then made our way to the lobby and finished the night at the disco.I do recommend upgrading to Golden Privilege, being closer to the beach and the safe makes it worth it (it was about 70$ cad more for us). Overall, the resort is nice but keep in mind that it's huge and the resort is aging.
Omg! What an amazing trip! We stayed at gran Bahia principe Punta Cana. We were six in our group 5 adults and a 15 year girl! Unfortunately first 3 days it rained during the day and plans to hang out at beach and pool were changed! We walked around the huge premises and visited stores n the other hotels on the property. By the time u knew it it was time to eat. Food, drinks and staff was exceptional. Everything was perfect! On Tues Nov 22, we went on an excursion to Santo Domingo. Very long day, a MUST tho! We visited a cathedral, tres ojos caves, the President House, (Which is cream not white in color) Lol, saw a 4D short movie, went to a palace where the brother of Christopher Columbus lived. We also had a a Dominican buffet which was great! We had about 1 1/2 to shop which was enough. We were ready to head back to our resort which was 2 1/2 hrs away. All in all excellent day!
The hotel is excellent! Lots of Salsa Bachata and Merengue. And Genesis with lots of positive energy!!!Food is also ok. The hotel has plenty of green areas. See the Michael Jackson show. And the beach is amazing.
My wife, son and I were guests here during Thanksgiving week in November. However, before going into my detailed review, I just wanted to provide you with one really helpful tip when it comes to staying connected to the internet. The resort provides a limited amount of free wifi access in the lobby each day whereas the rest of the resort's wifi coverage is an extra charge (for example 7 days will cost you $59 US for one device). However, their internet provider has a number of partner roaming agreements. We used Boingo Wireless' Mobile Plan that gave us unlimited access on our smart phones and tablets (up to 4 devices). Was only $5 US for the first month and we canceled once we returned home. Although Boingo recommends connecting with their app, we found it easier to connect by entering our Boingo user name and password in the browser. The app doesn't seem to work in some of the later versions of Android. There were other roaming partners listed such as Orange, Vodafone, Trustive, iPass and Telia Homerun but not tried by us. One last thing, the lobby is probably the worst place to connect. I'm assuming it has to do with so many people trying to connect to the free access. The rest of the resort, including the beach, was pretty good.Now about the resort:- This is a very large resort. Beautiful, but large. This is actually one of 6 Grand Bahia resorts grouped together. We were in building 8, listed as one of the Royal Golden rooms with a short walk to the beach. On the other hand, it was around 10 minutes back to the lobby and main restaurant and a further 5 to 10 minutes to the Bahia Scouts Water Park, located close to the main entrance and the Grand Bahia Turquesa.- The Royal Golden rooms are closer to the beach. We travelled with Air Canada Vacations which include the rooms but not the service perks. So, we had to pay for our safe and use the regular check in process. But in all honesty, having the room location is probably the best part.- If you prefer not to walk, there are 4 trolley bus lines that run during the day into the night, passing by every 5 minutes or so.- The beach has lots of shade and is really well maintained all day long. Seaweed is cleared early in the morning and they have staff working on it all day long keeping everything nice. The other chains next door do not do this.- On the other hand, the beach will get crowded. We were in low season so it wasn't too bad but in my opinion, they do not have enough space. They've built their resorts inland and not along the beach like the chains next door. We went walking in both directions and the one thing that stuck out was how much more room the guests at the other chains have compared to the Grand Bahia. It also doesn't help that they have reserved some of their beach for the Privilege Club and the three luxury resorts. I wouldn't want to be on this beach during high season.- I suggest that you exchange your beach towels the night before. If they have run out, keep the ones you have and exchange them the next morning. We took cards one night only to find out they had as shortage the next morning that only got resolved by around 10:30. I do think this was more of an exception as opposed to the norm though.- Most of the hotel employees we dealt with were very friendly and helpful. Probably didn't hurt that I speak Spanish, so any words you can use, go for it. Also, please consider tipping, especially to the cleaning staff, even if you come from our a country where this isn't the norm (thinking mostly of Europe). We left our cleaning lady $5 every day (not a big amount for us) and was really well appreciated by her. - The main restaurant was pretty good and there are enough choices and nightly themes to keep things different. But, if you are a creature of habit or if you try a little of everything each time, then you might find it repetitive. - We tried three of the A la Carte restaurants. Our favourite by far was the Mexican, which started with an appetizer buffet. Word of warning though, I strongly suggest making all of your reservations the day you arrive as they do fill up. Gets harder to book the larger your group.- For lunch and all day snacks, there is the Picsis Snack Bar right near the pools and the beach. From 12:30 to 6:00 they have a buffet as well as a chef making either rice or noodle paella. There's another snack bar with more seating right next to the beach. Food is pretty much the same and is open from 12:30 to 3:30.- The gym is lacking in my opinion. It's small, doesn't have a lot of equipment and what they do have seems old. People who like to exercise on vacation may end up being disappointed. I only went once and that was because it was raining. On most days I went jogging, which because of the size of the resort, is a really nice option:)- I can't say too much on the nightly entertainment as we only saw part of one show. After spending all day out in the sun, we were pretty much pooped and thinking about bed:)- We took our 9 year old son to the Bahia Scouts Water Park. We do a lot of water parks back home so this one didn't keep his attention for too long. But for younger kids, they will have a blast. It's also parent friendly (ie has a bar:)).- We also passed by the kids club which goes to the age of 12. In the end, we saw that he was definitely too old for this. Even at 9 he would have been the oldest child there.On another note, you will find salespeople in the lobby and on the beach who are there to promote the Bahia Privilege Club (sort of like a vacation club/timeshare type of thing) but they were surprisingly very friendly and were not constantly in your face trying to get you to sit down with them as we experienced at another Bahia. This is a good thing:) Just keep in mind though, that any promise of a gift, raffle, etc will be used to get you to speak with them. So if you are not interested, then just don't go see them and you will be fine. That's about it! Hopefully you found my review helpful.
My wife and I were in a party of 50 for a destination wedding. This gave us the gold bracelet for the extra golden privileges. We would be greeted with a cocktail at the check in (never happened), We would have a complementary bottle of rum in our room (never happened), The room bar fridge would be replenished each day at no charge, we got a bottle of water most days except for the day we found it left outside the room on the door step. Snacks were never replaced and we got one can of beer during the week. Bathroom was large and well laid out but took taking the chrome tissue box cover off the wall and leaving it on the counter to finally get it filled. Second day they took our bath towels and never replaced them, we had to phone for some, Next day the face clothes disapeared only to return two days later, The blue beach towels were not in the room as they stated they would be, we picked them up at the main lobby. Two members of our group had items go missing from their rooms but they had not put them in the safe (who puts a 750ml bottle of booze in a safe) another was a hand mirror and also $140.00 cash. We have never been to the Dominican before and wont be going back anytime soon. Being used to other Caribbean countries with the happy Hola greetings all the time this resort seemed to lack that friendly atmosphere, Food was ok nothing special, typical buffet food with factory looking supplied desert squares. We selected three a la carte venues, The BBQ grill is a joke its just a buffet and there is a better selection at the main buffet, The Italian was very good and the Japanese was excellent. We were warned not to even think of going to the Mexican restaurant. Alcohol was plentiful and the service was not bad at all unless that is if you wanted Tea then go find the water yourself at breakfast, Oh and note you only get tea spoons at breakfast, There are none put out at any other meal time. You have to use a table spoon or knife to stair your coffee. I must recommend if you do a tour, to choose the runners day trip with the river barge lobster dinner cruise, it was well worth it and if you can have Mimi as your guide you will have a fantastic day out. In General to sum it up Id pick another hotel or even visit Mexico again. If you check any of my other reviews you will see I'm pretty fair if its good i say so and this was resort was not good just ok.
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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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
- 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
- Ceiling fan
- Satellite TV
- Mini-bar - stocked daily w/water, soft drinks & beer
- Coffee maker
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom w/jacuzzi tub
- 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 CanaPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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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.
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