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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
  • snorkelspaz : London, ON
Not for Us

Hubby and I visited in April. Will boil down our experience to simple pros and cons:Pros:Nice groundsSorta nice beachGreat wait staff at beach and poolGood a/cNice roomGrill Restaurant very goodCons:Too big, over crowded, over capacityRows and rows of loungers on the beach, maybe 10 rows deep, packed like lemmingsNot enough loungers or huts for crowds, definitely had to be at the beach by 6:30 if you want a hutScarcity of huts and loungers later in the day caused a lot of what I called "hut drama". I witnessed it pretty much everyday. Bickering between guests due to "stolen" huts when left vacant. That was a real bummer as no one wants to encounter this kind of negative energy on vacation.Limited beach towels due to crowds. Some in our party rarely got one because they chose to sleep inFood pretty basic in buffet and long lines most of the time. Popular stuff like really nice desserts went fast and weren't replaced (at least while we were there)Stated 3 al la cartes per week (not really). Again due to crowds, they were only available if you booked days and weeks in advance (even though hotel brochure says 24 hours needed)No escaping the loud music on the beach and in the pool. If you want some quiet it is challenging to findA lot of mosquito bites this trip. Didn't run into that issue as much in other resorts ( a few over the course of a week). Not sure why this resort had so much more. Not talking one or two. Hubby and I had a dozen so bites early on so .spent a lot of time scratching!Have to pay extra for drinks like Jack Daniels at the barBeach vendors come right up to your lounger. Other resorts they stay near the water and don't come to where you are sitting.We've been to Punta Cana at least a dozen times and really like it. This resort was just too big and crazy crowded for us so we won't be back. The 20 somethings in our party loved it due to the energy and action. Really depends what you are looking for in a vacation.

  • Debbie S :
fantastic vacation april 1-15[2017

stayed at the royal gold. room very clean and comfortable. staff friendly and efficient.had a minor problem with the room fan and safe that was taken care off within minutes. the food was delicious and there was plenty of it with great variety so any fussy eater could fine something he/she would like.In the dining areas staff polite and you need to meet Yulanda at the main buffet . the beach was well kept inviting one to enter the warm waters.at the beach the bartender Joniel is the guy to get to know. his personality makes him an asset to your beach time. our 2 week stay was very enjoyable and we hope to return next year

  • dustyPuntaCana : newfoundland
Have stayed at this chain now for 3 times...but disappointed on this one !!!

Have stayed at the Grand Bahia in La Romana twice before so i guess i had my expectations ran high. Well I have to say this resort was huge. Way over crowded and a bit chaotic. Its like a small city. Have stayed at many resorts before and even the Grand Bahia La Romana twice before but this resort is just way to big.When we got there we upgraded to The Royal Golden Bracelet thinking we would get better service and more perks....well this was a 238.00 dollar rip off. When we first asked about it they told us of all the extras we were gonna get and let me tell you it was not worth the 3 days trying to get things promised to you 3 days late. In reality there were no extra perks than the reguler purple bracelet...so dont be fooled. The pool area is very crowded also...unless your up at 5am every morning to try and claim a chair you might as well forget it.The beach area is the samething....over crowded and not enough chairs...also very confusing as there are many sections of privileged areas...none for Royal Golden by the way !!!Food was average to good....we were told we would get room service with our golden bracelets but didnt even have a menu in our rooms to order from.Entertainment is very old as well....we went there 8 years ago....different resort but seen the same shows then as they were showing now.The lobby bar is very nice and I have to give a big shout out to Marasol Pema. She was excellent. Always made sure our glasses were never empty and very nice to talk to.overall very disappointed

  • brenda d : Milton, Canada
Another great vacation

Again we went to Grand Bahia Punta Cana March 31 to April 14 a great two weeksThe weather was perfect as was the beach. The resort is very big so would not be for everyone. The resort is very well managed even though it is large my compliments to all employees. The grounds were immaculate inside and out at all times. Never had an issue with any service or food if I had a question the answer was delivered quick and professional. Ramon the daytime bartender was awesome and DJ from the Royal Golden lounge were very attentive.

  • Mikeod_44 : Negaunee
Wedding/Vacation

We visited the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana from March 22nd through March 28th. We traveled with a group of nearly 50 people for a wedding. We've been to a few other all inclusive resorts and found this one to be pretty good. It is big. If your aren't used to that, it may catch you off guard. It took us 2-3 days to get a good feel of everything the resort had to offer. We ended up in unit 1 which we weren't sure how...it was the closest unit to the Ocean. Our room was nice but didn't see many differences from the other rooms. We did not have any problems, some did have a sewage smell and a few had some flooding problems in room. We usually tipped our maid $2/3 a day and reaped the benefits...extra water, beer in fridge and extra towels. The food. The buffet (both breakfast lunch and dinner) was huge. Lots of different selections, I could usually find a few things new during each meal that I enjoyed. Lots of repeats though. We ate at the Italian restaurant which was outstanding, the Japanese "show" (not as much show as other resorts, but food was good), and the Dominican restaurant which was pretty good as well. The one place we did not get too and I regret it was the Garden Grill. We cancelled our reservations one evening to eat with the group in the buffet. I heard from others that went it was a mistake as the steaks were very good. We enjoyed the pools most days. Played lots of pool volleyball and frequented the swim up bars. We tried the beach but it was just too packed for our liking. We did do some swimming in ocean while it rained and that was awesome, huge waves! The transport service that ran through the resort was handy, most of the time it was no problem catching a ride. One thing we found out two days before we left is that we could have upgraded to the adults only Fantasia or Esmeralda for only about $60-70 a night more. We had friends who did so and enjoyed the amenities, especially the sushi bar! Another thing we did not get to do that others did was the catamaran excursion. They had a big group and talked the price down to $50 or $60 a person. They all raved about it, from the drinks to swimming in crystal clear ocean, snorkeling etc...the pictures were amazing. I thought they did the wedding very nicely. The only negative was that it was on the beach and during the early evening where many people still were using the beach. So it in sense became a spectacle, kind of reminded me of a sporting event where strangers gathered around and watched, some even crying! But everything else was top notch, the mobile bar on the beach immediately following the service was great while they did pictures. The appetizers were amazing and drink selection great! Then we moved to a private poolside reception which was again very nice- food and cake were phenomenal! Overall, it was a beautiful resort, well kept...just a bit to hulking for our liking in regards of returning.

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
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi 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)
  • Wi-Fi (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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