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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.

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  • joyinthemorning : Wisconsin
Beautiful Resort

We stayed one week in April at the adults only Esmeralda. There's been a lot of talk about not being able to find a chair on the beach. We didn't seem to have much of a problem with that unless we waited until noon. Even then, there were still chairs available, may not the best sites but not a problem. We found the resort to be exceptionally clean. Looking at the other resorts on our beach walk, we thought ours was by far the most appealing and clean. They ran out of washcloths the second day. Not sure why... the maid didn't speak English. She did try to apologize. The food was abundant on the buffets. We found it to be good. I'm always up for trying what the locals eat so we appreciated the beachside prep area just outside buffet where they made a Dominican rice and shrimp in a large skillet served picnic style at lunchtime. We had a room on upper floor overlooking the pool. I thought it might be noisy but the pool closes early enough and there was no noise problem at all. We slept great. Like others mentioned, just ask for a pillow of your liking and we had lavender aromatherapy added to them and the room. You do need to ask every day for the aromatherapy, they won't just automatically do it. We gave our butler a generous tip at the beginning of the week and she made sure to have the drink of our choice available in the room fridge. The coffee is truly amazing. We couldn't get enough at breakfast. Others at the resort said room service was not worth the wait. We didn't use it as we were close to two buffets and we just used our balcony for morning coffee which we made in our room. The only reason I didn't give the resort a five star rating is because the service seemed to be inconsistent despite tipping. Some of the staff will bend over backwards to make sure you have anything you need and others not so much. One morning there were three staff standing around talking with each other and we kept having to get there attention to get more coffee. That seemed to be the case throughout the week. We also found that we had to get our own drinks at the pool and the beach most of the time. The on grounds transportation was always prompt and available whenever we needed it. We went to the on grounds shopping area and found you can negotiate prices at some of the shops. I paid twice as much for some jewelry we saw on our expedition the day later. We took the Outback Adventures tour and it was fabulous. This is where you'll want to buy coffee, coconut oil, cigars, cocoa, jewelry or homemade chachkies. Worth the money to take this tour. Overall we had a great time. WiFi was spotty. No problem with smokers.

  • odette s : Toronto, Canada
Luxurious! Best Vacation! Great Hotel! 5 Star Service

Let me start by saying that this was our 9th time at the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda and can't wait for the next time. The Hotel is amazing the service is all you can ask from in a Luxury Vacation, the staff goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. I need to list some of the special people who made our vacation unforgettable.Front Desk: OscarEntertainment Team: Sexy Chocolate, Danny Boy, DJ Junior and of course the Manager- Luis Gonzalez.Butler - NoriCleaning Staff- AmericaI would like to thank them all for taking such good care of us, they truly go out of their way to make you want to return to this hotel.Hope to see them all soon.

  • Kikk0man : Ontario, Canada
Best all inclusive holiday!

We had a fabulous week of sun and relaxation. Impressed with the variety, quality and presentation of the food. Ate at the buffets and 4 a la carte restaurants. (Liked the buffets better) Rooms were clean, lovely beach, many beautiful pools and well manicured grounds. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Good variety of evening entertainment. Used free wifi and reception was pretty good in most locations. We hope to return again with friends and family.

  • Pamela C : Nova Scotia, Canada
Our two weeks of recharging

We arrived at our destination about 11:00 in the morning after being up since 2 am to get our flight only to be told that you cannot check in to the hotel until 3 pm. If we had swim suits in our carry ons we could change in one of the public bathrooms and then we had to carry our carry ons around with us for a few hours as there was no where secure to leave them. It was not a great way to start our vacation. When we finally got to our room we were in the building furthest from the beach but that was only 600 steps when others at the sister resorts needed to take mini buses to the beach they were so far away. We were told we were having a room with a king size bed but ended up with two double beds, which we were able to make do with as there was no way they could move us. We were able to get reservations to all the a la carte restaurants that we requested but when we attended them we discovered that each one had a particular quirk to it and with the language barrier it was unclear if we ate what we got from the salad bar before the meal, if it was part of the meal or what was coming with the meal. The food was good in most of them but some explanation as to how each worked would have made it less like a mystery puzzle to figure it out. I was surprised to find that the bed sheets several times had holes in them and that the towels often should have been long retired as they were thin and some raggedy as well as the beach towels.The menu in the buffet restaurants remained much the same especially the lunch buffet. We had breakfast each morning at Los Geranios and enjoyed it.Starting a day with an omlette made by Alberto and a conversation with him is a great way to energize yourself for the day. Our favourite waiter was Franklin as when we were at his tables you had only to start to think you would like something and he already had it in his hand. He was a treasure to be sure. Gary in the Italian restaurant was extremely efficient and we had a wonderful meal in a pleasant atmosphere. The Asian dinner was our least favourite as the server did not know what went into the different dishes and neither of our choices was what we expected.At Arrecife for the noon buffet Julio was always waiting to see if he could help us out. Great job guys!! It would have been nice if the hors d'ouevre tables had the names of what was in the dishes as many were unfamiliar. As I have food allergies it was hard for me to know if I should try it or not so most often did not. I did not find that the wait staff had a good understanding of what was in the various dishes. The bathroom by the beach broke one day and it took two days to have it fixed. The toilet areas were always running out of toilet paper. I was surprised that the bars did not have bottles of cold water for the guests. If you wanted a bottle you had to bring it from your room and it got very warm quickly. I needed a needle and thread and in the sewing kit in or room was one small golden safety pin, 2 buttons , lots of thread and NO needle. not a lot of help. I was surprised that we were staying in this lush green oasis and that the lobby and the tables were decorated with plastic flowers. I would much have preferred no flowers to plastic ones.When we went to the sister resorts for a meal we were driven there by little busus and we were left twice at the end of streets and told down that street was the restaurant. Coming home one evening we were told to walk to the next resort and they would take us home it was dark already and we had no idea where we were so the driver ended up taking us back to our resort but you could tell he was not amused. Most evenings after supper we went up to the lobby area and there was entertainment going on. Often many people were waiting for tables as there was a shortage of chairs and tables for guests. The singers were great to listen to but would have preferred maybe a few more English songs.I was impressed that there was an area by the beach for those who were in a wheelchair or had other handicaps. Some evenings there was entertainment on the beach but if you did not happen to walk that way you never would have known it was going on. The beach was beautiful but to get a chair you needed to be up very early to claim a seat even though signs said this was not to be done.Lots of entertainment during the morning on the beach. The sand was white and the water blue although some days the water was murky due to large waves. There were many people selling everything you could imagine and some were quite persuasive. It was nice to have someone come and sweep the sand from your lounger through the day. We were surprised just how crowded the beach area really was as there were so many resorts along the beach. overall we enjoyed our stay


Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda, Punta Cana, DR. For me and my new bride, this resort paradise provided an exceptional honeymoon locale for us to start our new life together as man and wife. Bahia Principe stunned us with precise attention to visual detail. The Punta Cana section of the Dominican Republic displays breathtaking scenery, crystal clear blue water, warm tropical days, cool refreshing evenings and nights, and some of the nicest and friendliest people on the planet.

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

  • 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.