Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda

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An amazing resort getaway for couples and families. This resort has the best of both worlds - there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Make sure that you book ahead of time to secure a spot! Alternatively, there are also plenty of quiet places to relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the resort. Good buffet and a la carte food options to choose from, including a snack bar that is open until late. Amazing and spacious rooms


At the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda, Don Pablo Collection you'll enjoy exquisite treatment in beautiful surroundings. Offering a wide variety of facilities and services, you'll also be able to access the facilities and services of the 3 hotels in the Bavaro resort complex, with simple minibus access. 

Location: On Bavaro Beach, 30 minutes to Punta Cana airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Kim A : Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Family Vacation

We stayed at the Bahia Principe Esmeralda from 8/10-8/17/17. We were a group of 5: my husband, six year old son, parents and myself. Beautiful setting. It is a comfortable, safe place to holiday. There was some entertainment in the evening but was better at the Bahia Principe Punta Cana (1 trolly ride away). However, we would say it’s a four to four and a half star resort. It wouldn't take much to be a 5 star resort. The drinks and service from the staff were good. Around the pool are little trays with flags, if you want a drink you lift up the little red flag and someone comes to take your order. The wait was never that long. The choice of food at the buffet was good but it does become repetitive and never seemed to be hot even when it first came out of the kitchen. They do different themed evenings in the week in the main restaurant so there is some variation. I booked speciality meals in the all la cartes about a week before arriving to the hotel. All my requests were granted. The food was excellent at the a la carte restaurants and was hot. Our favorite was the Don Pablo Gourmet restaurant (on the Amber side...18 years +). You can use several other hotels in the complex. The only one you are not allowed to use is the Fantasia (don't forget Amber Blue and Amber Green are 18+ hotels). There is no need for water shoes at the beach however there was a lot of seaweed. This was disappointing because I had specifically asked our travel agent if there was a lot of seaweed and she had told us no. The hotel does try to clean it up (it was cleaned up a lot better than the other hotels around us). But it doesn't help when the seaweed is all around you in the ocean. As for the beach towels, it is true that they are hard to exchange. You have to keep an eye out for when they receive the towels (there are two kiosks one next to each pool). When you see the towels arrive exchange them right away...don't wait or there will be none left! The rooms clean. Our maid, Ana, was a sweetheart who loves children. We had no problems with bugs in the room (we were on the third floor). Our butler, Felix, introduced himself to us right away (he is the one who showed us where our rooms were and how to work the safe). My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and my Mom and stepdad were celebrating 35 years. For our anniversary, Felix decorated our rooms fantastically. We had a banner on the door with balloons, rose petal walkway that was illuminated with little tea candles and a message on the bed made with rose petals. It was beautiful. Whatever you needed Felix was always ready to help :-). In general we would recommend the hotel but try to book as many a la cartes that you can if you want to eat hot food!

  • HappyRealist : Louisville, Kentucky
Not a pleasant experience :(

Disclaimer: I have not spent a lot of time in resorts. But I did live in the Dominican Republic for 2 years (in the center of the country - nowhere near a beach!), and I am used to the chaos and disorganization. However I expected that things would be a little more organized at a resort. Not this one, unfortunately. Here is a list of the pros and cons of my 3 day stay here with my 16 year old niece:Pros:Beautiful grounds.Beautiful, spacious room. Most staff are friendly.Cons:- Not enough staff - always long lines at reception, had to wait 20 min for tram on more than one occasion, long waits to get concierge phone calls answered (and a couple times no one ever answered) and very often didn't get water or coffee with meals until we were almost finished. - Lots of disorganization/misinformation. E.g. was told at reception that the pharmacy accepted credit cards. Took tram to pharmacy (this place is a compound of a half a dozen resorts and only one has a pharmacy and it was quite far away). Got there and it turns out they only take cash. So had to take the tram back to my resort, get cash, wait for the tram again to go to the pharmacy and wait again to get back. Took a whole evening just to get some over-the-counter antacids! - Don't plan to spend any time in the rooms. No movies, very limited TV options, poor lighting (e.g. for reading), very limited room service options. AC slow to work, never got very cool. No extra power outlets (had to unplug stuff to charge my phone). - Two cockroaches in room.- Mold/mildew in shower (otherwise room very clean)- Power went out twice.- Wifi was slow and a pain to sign up for (and had to do it every 24 hours!)- Lots of food but not great AC in dining areas. This combined with the lack of easily accessible cold water made some meals uncomfortable. - Spa services - my niece wasn't able to use the regular spa since she was under 18, so we had to use the "teenager" spa, which was a joke. The woman who did my nails got more polish on my skin than on my nails. Thankfully my niece's was better. - HUGE amounts of seaweed on beach. Apparently resorts in Punta Cana (this one is actually in Bavaro) don't have the same problem.

  • jennifer s :
Travel with celiac

We had a good time! Very warm, bring sunscreen! Ate at restaurants every night and food was very good! We have been to many all inclusive as in Mexico and thought the food was better here. We stayed a week and were in villa 90 close to the beach. We had a great butler named Edward! I have celiac disease which was a little tricky here. I handed each server a letter typed in Spanish which helped. Only suggestion have gluten free pasta available at Italian restaurants :)! Speaking Spanish here is also a plus.

  • rdejong43 : Zutphen, The Netherlands
Great resort and animation team

We visited the Esmeralda resort for 2 weeks and had a great time. It is a luxury resort and although the resort consists of 6 different hotels it doesn't feel massive. Personally we liked the Esmeralda and preferred this above the other parts of the hotels. Reason is that it is close to the beach and you can easily use the sea and the swimmingpool without having to change the sunbeds. We always had sunbeds on the beach where there was plenty of space to get beds with parasols so no need to wake up at 6 to put your towels on a bed like still some people tend to do.I must give complements to the staff of the hotel. From waiters and reception staff and bell boys and animation team all are super friendly and like to serve you with a smile. Really a nice experience to see people working while enjoying it to communicate with the tourist. I would like to recommend to use the bahia appto make reservations for the restaurants. The buffet restaurants are good and we never had to wait a long time before finding a nice table. They have this very well organized. Regarding tipping: although they appreciate it the staff is not expecting to get tips and you do not notice the difference in the level of service you get. We always gave tips and I want to recommend to also think about the people that are cleaning the resort and the gardeners. They are easily forgotten but are working very had to keep everything clean. Especially please think of the people that are cleaning the beach (see weeds). They are from Haiti and only earn 3usd / day. I think they deserve some extra money and attention from us tourists.Another positive note is the animation team. They are doing a great job and through the day (even when they are not on duty) they always try to start a conversation and their smile and positive attitude is helping to a positive vibe on the resort. Special thanks to " Mini- me" and Danny boy. A negative note is that the WiFi connection and speed is really poor. In the room it is Oké but on the beach and quite some areas on the resort there is no connection with a reasonable speed possible. This should change!

  • vanessa26azizian : Mississauga, Canada
Parents 26th Anniversary! ❤️

A vacation I’ll never forget! I first would like to thank Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda for their hospitality and for having my parents and I to celebrate their 26th Wedding Anniversary! Edward made my parents feel so special! The room was decorated with balloons, candles, and roses! And there was a cake waiting for us with a bottle of wine. My parents and I were so surprised, we loved it! I also wanted to show love and appreciation for the Entire Animation team: Luis, Danny Boy, Daneidy (Mini Me), Yoan, Shakira, Andreina, and Luisa! They are all amazing and so talented! They each bring their own talents and personality to the team. I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance but I was always nervous. Everyone on the team made me feel comfortable to step out of my comfort zone and to have fun! They work so hard each and everyday whether it be at the beach, pool, etc. I learned so much while having a blast! You can tell they love what they do! They always put a smile on everyone’s face. The memories they have created for my parents and I will be something we will treasure forever. The week went by so fast. As the saying goes.. time flies when you’re having fun! This isn’t a goodbye, this is an until next time! Thank you again and God bless!💖❤️

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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  • Daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited a la carte dinners
  • Daily activities program
  • A variety of daily sports
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout resort
  • Selected non-motorized water sports (1 hour/day)
  • 24-hour snacks, soft drinks and domestic beer at Pueblo Principe
  • 24-hour room service
  • Butler service
  • Unlimited selected international drinks
  • Mini-bar (water, soft drinks, beer and alcoholic beverages)
  • Pillow menu
  • Introduction to scuba diving in pool (once/stay)
  • Access to all services of the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro and the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana (except the Buffet and Gourmet restaurants)
  • 240 Rooms
  • 1 a la carte restaurant (Italian)
  • Access to 8 a la carte restaurants at Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana Royal Golden
  • 1 Snack bar
  • Bars including Swim-up bar, Karaoke bar
  • Disco
  • Casino
  • 1 Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis
  • Gym
  • Mini-golf
  • Golf course nearby (fee)
  • Scuba diving centre (fee)
  • Motorized water sports (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Convention facilities (fee)

Junior Suite includes:

  • 1 king-size or 2 double beds
  • Living area with daybed
  • Hydro-massage tub
  • Separate jet shower
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffeemaker
  • Mini-bar
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi (up to 2 devices; unlimited devices in lobby)
  • In-room safe
  • Terrace or balcony
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults and 2 children (or 3 adults and 1 child)

Kids Deal - One child under 13 stays and eats free when sharing the room with 2 adults (except for stays including the Christmas and New Year's holiday period).

For the Kids - Kids' Club for ages 4 to 12 and Children's pool.

Honeymoon Bonus - Bottle of rum and Fruit basket in room. Must request at time of booking. Marriage certificate dated within the last 6 months is required upon check-in. Offer is subject to change.

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  • Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection
Crta. Arena Gorda - Macao, 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. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.