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
  • dendavis : Northern Virginia (DC Metro)
4th time at Esmeralda

We love this resort. We were on our 29th Anniversary. After all the Hurricanes we originally this planned for Saint Martin. However we switched back to our reliable great service resort. Many restaurants, pools and a fantastic ocean that is very well kept . The grounds are kept very clean. If one needs attention you get it. Now FreeWifi in rooms and I used it at the beach too. Staff very respectful and pleasantWe normally travel 2 weeks but this year only 1 week. We wanted to stay longerThe resort is huge We will be back.

  • Normand L : Okeechobee
Need refurbishing

Front reception staff is arrogant, food good, room clean, roof leaking and toilet water overflowed when raining. Need refurbishing. We ended up with a room with 2 beds and they were supposed to find a room with king bed. They never take care of it.

  • mastimastimasti : Toronto
Very nice but needs modest number of improvements

Check in, though I was traveling with little kids took 4 hours and even then the maid was only just starting to clean when we arrived in the room with the butler.The room too was just okay. We were on the third floor of building 93, which is furthest away from the beach but it is just a pleasant two minute walk to it. The room was large but nothing special. TV reception was nonexistent and the remote did not work. They never stocked the fridge with chips even though we called for them 3 times during our stay. And we said no alcohol to both the front desk and housekeeping but they were still regularly put in the fridge. The beds were doubles and pretty firm. Nice view of the pool. We booked our a la crates as soon as we arrived but could only get reservations for the third night onwards through the app and help of Guest Services together. The buffet closest to us was closed all week and the main buffet was lukewarm food as nearly all reviews complain. We liked the Asian restaurant at the Esmeralda the most followed by the Garden Grill and Tax Mex one. The Italian restaurant was disgusting.Beach was very nice though quite crowded given so many Bahia resorts share the same area. I would hate to imagine how packed it gets during busy season.We really enjoyed the night entertainment for families including a dance party on the beach one evening. The Jasmin buffet did an amazing job with Halloween themed food that evening but the taste was still so so. And I do wish the resort allowed us to use the Fantasia water play area but it was off limits. Trekking all the way to the water park near the main resort entrance one morning was too much hassle, since we also had to switch trolleys and wait in the hot sun, so we didn't do it again.

  • Netspaghet :
Awesome Family Vacation

I can’t say enough about our time at Bahia Principe Esmeralda in Punta Cana. The people, the property, the food... all top notch. Sadly we only had three days of sun, but otherwise an amazing getaway. Would highly recommend and plan to return in future. Special thanks to Jensy from the animation team!!

  • jane M : Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Good but not 5 star

The Esmeralda is a good place to stay but it is definitely not 5 star .1. Check in is very unorganised you get dropped at the punta cana reception and just left with no explanation as to what is happening eventually golf carts turn up and take you to the Esmeralda where you are checked in with a welcome drink (ours never turned up) and your cases are taken to your rooms.2. The rooms are large ours was on the third floor with no lifts they are clean (apart from the lamps at the side of the bed which were sticky and dusty) but in serious need of updating the brown colour scheme is very old fashioned you apparently have a butler but we never saw or heard anything from ours in our 2 weeks stay and through them you can change your pillows etc.3. We ate in the buffet every night but 1 and the food was good and varied I am a vegetarian and had no issues finding things to eat the only issue was that the food is never hot the staff are very hit and miss sometimes you would have to ask 2 or 3 times for a drink before it appeared this got worse at very busy times .4. The pools are good we spent most of our time at the adult only spa pool there are never any problems getting a sun bed and the cocktails etc were great from the little bar there.5. The beach is like a cattle market there are so many sun beds there and lots of different areas where you can only sit depending on where in the hotel you are staying the sea is not the Caribbean and you can definitely not snorkel there.Overall I would say the hotel is good but could be great we have stayed in the Gran bahia in runaway bay in Jamaica and this hotel is not a patch on it but in saying that I think it is good value for the money we paid for it would I go there again probably not but that is purely down to the beach area I think if some of the staff could learn a lot from 1 of the barman who we knew as William who's customer service was amazing. There are some very good things about this hotel just let down by some small niggles for me which I have listed above.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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.