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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 Bah�a Pr�ncipe 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 B�varo resort complex, with simple minibus access. 

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

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Melissa T :
Anniversary Trip

Like other reviews have stated, this is just one of 6 resorts together - this place is huge!! We go to a different tropical destination every year for the last 11 years and this was by far the most beautiful resort we've stayed. Everything is plush and well maintained and the staff is there to meet your every need. You couldn't get a chair at the pool unless you got up by 7am to save them, however, we loved the swim-up bar and stayed in the pool 99% of the time. Best thing about this side of the resort - NO KIDS.. :) Beaches were crowded, but we were Privilege Members, so we had our own private section for chairs. Water and sunrise....beautiful!!! Great entertainment every night, food was great, drinks were better. You must experience this beautiful place!

  • Jodie M : Ottawa, Canada
Awesome resort!

This is the first time we have ever been Punta Cana and first time at a Bahia Principe resort and we loved it! The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The pools are beautiful and clean and the beach is very busy but always had lots of spots with shade. We never figured out the butler service there so have no idea what that was like. We loved the big resort feel and as we were in the luxury collection we could try all the other parts of the resort so we tried the swim up bars at the pools at the Ambar blue, the Ambar green and the Bavaro. We liked the Esmerelda the best for the friendly and helpful staff but found the lunch options at the Ambar blue much better. We loved the random drink carts with specialty drinks that popped up all over. Getting dinner reservations was a bit tricky. The only nights we could get a reasonable time was the last wo nights we were there. I would highly recommend the Mexican a la carte as the Mexican food on the buffet was wonderful. We found the breakfast and lunch buffets at the Esmerelda always cold. It didn't seem to matter even if they just brought the food out of the kitchen, it was cold. On the last day we found a microwave at the breakfast buffet so maybe we could have used this but we didn't know. We tried the Garden Circus steak house and loved the rib eye steak! The sauces were really good. My husband had the chicken peanut satay and he said it was really tasty as well. Travellers we were with tried the Brazilian and said it was really good as well. The biggest knock we had on this resort was the "saving" of loungers around the pool. Every morning they were all taken up with towels and you wouldn't see people around them for hours at a time. Same with the palapas at the beach. The rooms were beautiful although a bit dated. The air conditioning was perfect, we always had hot water and the beds were comfortable. The front desk staff were really helpful and went over and above to ensure we had a wonderful vacation. If you get a pick of buildings, we stayed in 90 and it was awesome. Right near the ocean, pool and the carts to get around the resort. We ventured into the village several times and there was always something going on. We will definitely consider returning to this resort although might try the Ambar blue next time.

  • Largang : Ottawa, Canada
Great beach and great service

We are a couple in our 50's who stayed at the resort for 7 nights in February 2017. We would highly recommend the resort. We stayed in the GB "Punta Cana" part of the resort last year and we prefer Esmeralda. All the buildings in Esmeralda are close to the beach and there is no need to go to the main Punta Cana lobby. Esmeralda has its own lobby with nightly entertainment. At this time the resort was "adult only" which was great (this may be changing). The 2 pools (one quiet and one with more activities) are great and there is also a hot tub area between the two pools. Esmeralda is not that big so every building is close to everything you need. You can also take the internal transportation if you want to go to the Punta Cana/Bavaro main lobbys or to the larger entertainment show facility (Tropicana Theatre). This would be the best place to see the Michael Jackson show as the sound and video screen are better.Room:We were in building 94 but we had hoped for 90 or 91 as there would have been views of the ocean (make sure you get a pool facing room); recommend the 3rd floor if you don't mind stairs. The room is spacious and had a safe. We faced the pool and sat on the balcony later in the afternoons. Noise is not an issue especially since building 94 faces the "quiet pool". The bed (king) was a bit firm but we were OK with that. The AC worked well (except when it leaked but they promptly fixed that). They stocked the fridge daily with a couple of beers, liquor, water, and pop. The maid service was good and they were very friendly The room was in pretty good shape (not a 5, but a 4 star).Food:There are two different buffets you can go to for breakfast and are basically the same. The food for was good for all meals. We booked as many "a la carte" restaurants as we could. Be sure to make your reservations in the lobby as soon as you get there. We went to the Rodziao Arrecife for the Brazilian meal (great - you turn a card to green when you want food and it keeps have your drink and relax before you are ready); highly recommend the El Olivo Mediterranean (in Ambar), great food with a more formal format); had the beef steak and lamb; Also loved the Maiko Japanese (in Bavario lobby and be sure to ask for the dinner with a "show" (chef cooks in front of you along with up to 8 other guests at the station.)..its fun). Also ate the BBQ..its OK, be sure to get the food from the grill. The Garden Grill was also great (steak), For lunch, we went from the beach to the beach restaurant and there were enough choices though they could offer more. We wanted to go to the Don Pablo French but it was booked (unless we wanted to eat at 930).BeachBeach was great. Esmeralda has its own beach area (different towels) but we had to play the game of going down early and putting our towels/magazines on chairs before breakfast. We did this around 8-830 and never had problems. Great beach for daily walks for a few KMs.ServiceService was great in all bars/restaurants. Never had to wait to order drinks. Be sure to tip once in a while ($1 or $2). We brought $100 USD for tips for 7 days (for maids, servers etc)...we might have spent a bit more than that. Many do not speak English that well ...a few basic words in Spanish were appreciated by staff. Service to and from airport was good.In summary, the value for money was great. Beach is great, Service was Great. Room was good. You can't go wrong.

  • kleblanc2017 : Digby, Canada
Amazing as expected

Just returned home after a week away at this absolutely beautiful resort . Staff was super attentive to all our needs and then some . The rooms are spacious, well equipped with all the necessities a person would desire , stocked fridge every day , plenty of towels and even face cloths . The resort is immaculately kept . Grounds are beautiful and manicured , plenty of seating inside and out . Loved the coffee machines in the lobby to use at your leisure . Drinks were great and consistent at most of the bars . Staff at the reception area were pleasent and always seemed willing to help out . The bell hops were great , always with a smile . Ate at both of the buffets - Jazmin and Geronimos . Nestor our waiter at Geronimos went out of his way to make our time special . . The resort should be proud to have this young man on staff . He made great memories for us to take back home . Food was excellent with great variety at each meal and of great quality . Loved our morning Mimosa's and banana smoothies . We were able to eat at 4 of the al la cartes , each being unique in their own ways . Loved the Japenese " Maiko" and the Brazilian " Rodizio" . Entertainment was good but it would have been nice if the Esmeralda had a small theatre of their own . Beach was gorgeous and finding chairs was only a slight problem . The only disappointment was trying to book a hobby cat to venture out on the water . Unsure of why the policy is that you cannot book a reservation during the day , that a person has to be there at 0900 in the morning to book for the following day . . Was cancelled numerous times due to wind , and weather . Often saw boats sitting up on the sand not being used but because a person hadn't been there at 0900 the morning to book , you were refused use of same . Doesn't make sense in my books . A person should be able to go up any time of day and request an hours use if the boats are sitting there idle . Over all a wonderful vacation for out group of 8. Would highly recommend this resort to friends and family . Well done Bahia Principe Esmeralda ❤️

  • RonBo1000 : Plainview, New York
Beautiful Resort! Wonderful people! Great beach and pools! A Punta Cana Paradise!

Just returned from a week of tremendous fun filled joy at Esmeralda! Our group consisted of 14 of us, four of whom had stayed at Grand Bahia Principe but not the Adults only Esmeralda. So we came based on their recommendation...and everyone was impressed!This, we believe, is the best of the Grand Bahi Principe resorts on site....the grounds overall are huge (wish we had a bicycle to ride around!), but Esmeralda is far more intimate. It is right next to the ocean and the pools are right outside your door.We loved buildings 90 and 91 and facing the pool wasn't noisy at fact it was fun seeing the happy faces enjoying themselves. It is also quite convenient to take in the morning ocean and afternoon pool!The ladies loved the exercise classes both in the beach and in the pool. The team that does it are most enthusiastic and entertaining!The men loved the pool bar....Juan is the best! As are all his co-workers. The drink of the day is great!Breakfast at Jasmin, lunch at Arricefe next to the beach and dinner at one of the a la Cartes...what's not to like!We regret we did not do any buffets for dinner, since we had heard they were very good...especially Tuesday night. But we booked our reservations for dinner 2 weeks in advance as others had suggested, which is what you need to do to get a reasonable time...and we had such a large group.Our two Favorites were the tepayanki at Makido (2 Japanese restaurants back to back in principe that appear to be the same and have similar names) and the Don Pablo French Gourmet. The chateau Briand, lobster and filet mignon on the tasters menu are spectacular. Ask for the bananas foster for's a great flaming show! If you are lucky to have Juan as your waiter, you are in for a treat...very attentive! This is the only restaurant that didn't also have a buffet for appetizers, salad etc. very impressive.We also dined at The Brazilian is the last dish - prime ribs, Garden Grill Steakhouse was nice, excellent buffet and good steak, which you would expect. But no ice cream for dessert! Lol!Takira is a beautiful building, has sushi on the salad bar buffet, along with miso soup. Our least favorite was El Pescador....maybe it was a bad day, but food was only warm...There are so many restaurants to choose from...which is great.If you like soup, this is the place for you! Soup is available at every restaurant and buffet ...and a great hike to choose from...very few repeats!Desserts were plentiful and the liquid refreshment was free flowing...all over.Overall, we loved the resort, wish we would have explored more of what the entire property had to offer....but we were too busy chilling by the beach or pool.The biggest negative is the chair game....many in our party had skin health issues and needed protection...after the first day we learned to play the silly game. Up at 6:15 AM to get a palapa by the mid week you had to be there by 6. Beach palapas were more readily available if you went at 8. We wish they would find a better way to manage this...perhaps a card in every room that can be used to reserve 2 chairs?Rooms were outstanding. USA tv chaneks start on channel 42....lots of themCatholic Mass is at the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel Lobby at noon on Sunday.Overall though, we all loved our visit to Punta Cana Paradise in Esmeralda! We look forward to going back again!

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
  • 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)
  • Internet (fee)
  • 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
  • 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.

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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  • 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.