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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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • cataserban : Richmond Hill, Canada
Excellent vacation

Just returned from LBP Esmeralda where we’ve spent a wonderful week with my 6 yrs old. After hurricane Maria, the resort looked like nothing happened. I’ve noticed the maintenance workers replacing some broken roof tiles but there is no sign of any damage for the eye of a regular guest.This would be my 9th time at this resort and everything was excellent, as expected. I’ve seen some improvements over last time we visited such as beach towel service.The room was very clean and constantly refreshed and the mini fridge replenished. The food at the main buffet was good and some time for dinner we’ve preferred to eat there over the a-al-carte.The food and service at Bella Italia, Maiko and Garden Grill were excellent, as expected. The activities for kids (Bahia Scouts) kept my little guy busy throughout the day.I’ve got excellent service from Edward, the butler and occasionally Meldy. The assistant general manager Jaqueline was very courteous and always around to greet the guests and make sure everyone is happy. Great service also received from Juan and Marino from the pool bar and many others that I do not remember their names.Overall an excellent stay.

  • Sandie L : Montreal, Canada

Just back from 7 beautiful days at Esmerelda. Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there and had a wonderful time. Beautiful beach (except for some jelly fish)and pools, good food (many choices, even if you're vegetarian), great animators who do a wonderful job keeping you busy during the day with water polo, volleyball, aerobics, etc., and entertained with the nightly shows (minor complaint - didn't realize there was a sports area until we were on the bus, being driven to the airport to return home, need to advertise that a little better). Rooms were clean, large with comfy beds and your choice of a plethora of pillows, can even have your room scented :)Made our restaurant and room requests two weeks prior to arrival and all were honoured.

  • kuearling : Topeka, Kansas
First time in Punta Cana

Immaculate resort, very clean room, excellent food in expansive restaurants. The breakfast and lunch buffet was okay but we are not fans of buffet as we like our hot food hot. The beach was nice, the hurricane brought in some seaweed but they did an excellent job of cleaning it up. There are no ocean view rooms and no food at the pool. The resort is very large but we enjoyed walking about the resort for those that don’t there are loads of golf carts. The staff did not speak as much English as we are accustomed to in Cancun. There are excursions available we did not go on any it appeared the destinations were all 2-3 hours away.

  • nelsonsrin : belfast
Staffing issues

Just home from the Esmeralda, room was lovely, could not fault it. Brilliant sized bed, coffee and tea facilities, a shower and a bath whirlpool. Very spacious. Three pools at the Esmeralda, two with swim up pools, the other was a whirlpool type pool. Staff at the pool bar at 93 block were very nice, Yenny worked very hard. We had a butler Ruth in our block 93 who was very good, we didn't really use her services but she did introduce herself straight away, and always came and asked how we were. Our friends didn't even know they had a butler or were entitled to one, as no one introduced themselves to them in their block. Room was nicely cleaned everyday with fresh towels, but mini bar was a hit and miss, one day filled, other days just left, and never the drink it specified on the list. Beach towels could be changed everyday with no problem. People do reserve the chairs by the pool at 6am in the morning. The beach was beautiful, the workers are cleaning the seaweed away all the time but there isn't much seaweed anyway. The resort is so big, which is great, like a little town and easy to get around on buggies everywhere or even a nice walk. NOW for the small things that I feel need to be addressed as all the small things add up. Like you don't know what's on in each hotel as there isn't that much information anywhere, as to what shows are on each night or what activities are on during the day. The entertainment staff are very good but they don't really interact with the guests only the ones they want too, like there was a man who was there who was picked for all activities, dancing at night etc, MR VIP, they called him. Went and got him dry chairs every night, and high fived him every night. Couldn't tell you any of the entertainment people's names. Which I find unusual, any other holiday we know the entertainment staff, but as I said they don't really make themselves known. The buffet restaurant is the most disorganised buffet restaurant I've been in, you wait 30 minutes to be served a drink, no self service for drinks, also the staff are definitely not the friendliest, very rude and abrupt. I hated asking for an omelette, felt as if I was asking some of the cooks to go out their way, very very rude. The al la carte restaurants are excellent, better staff, and lots of choice to suit everyone's taste. We done two excursions, swimming with dolphins, well worth it but photos were extortionate. Also done Santa Dominica, brilliant tour of the capital city. Maybe this resort suits some people but I've been to better. As I said, the hotel really needs to train the staff on manners to holiday makers, a genuine smile. My husband left his phone one night on a sunbed beside the pool and it was handed in to reception, fantastic except the 86 dollars in the phone case was missing. A cleaner handed the phone in, as he was seen, the hotel customer service man told me to fill a form in. Not so much as a sorry for the inconvenience, sorry this happened or a fruit basket in the room, something would have been nice, some kind of recognition that this shouldn't happen in a holiday resort. ESMERALDA, you really need to address staffing issues, all staff I have mentioned, please train them in customer services, you have a lovely resort which I can't fault. It's a pity really as I wouldn't come back to your resort for that reason. I want to feel as if the staff are genuinely happy to see you and happy in their job. Also a wee hint to everyone, there is a group on Facebook, grand Bahia principe, if you write anything negative at all, you will be deleted off the page, and your comment. So that's why it list all the good points.

  • Lulu43210 :
Best place in Caribbean

My family has been coming to this location for years. We love it. The staff is amazing. Great restaurants. Extremely clean. So many activities. Great for families, singles, couples. The beach is BEAUTIFUL.I just love it!

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.