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Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda

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Our Opinion

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
  • Steve R : Brampton, Canada
Amazimg Vacation

My wife and I stayed from June 12 to June 19 as we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary at the Bahia Príncipe Esmeralda and it was absolutely the best vacation ever. First I will say that the resort is beautifully kept, green, lush and pretty perfect to look at. This was our 3rd trip to the Grand Bahia Principe Esmeralda. I had e-mailed the hotel about a possible room request, but when we arrived we did not get the villa which we requested, and then thanks to the reception manager, Mr. Oscar Santana, our problem was resolved very quickly and professionally. We got the best room in the house, villa 90 with an ocean view and pool view. Our butler, Anevry, was an amazing person, and he did an excellent job with getting us anything we needed at all times. Anevry put great effort into making us happy and we enjoyed having him as our butler. One issue was that we had booked an adults only hotel, but when we arrived it was changed to a family hotel. Esmeralda became a family hotel again on May the first! We had never seen so many children in a hotel – so be cautious if you’re looking for adults-only. I do want to thank everybody at the Esmeralda for making our stay so memorable. I highly recommend this resort and will definitely be back.

  • Julie W : Neptune, New Jersey

Great food. Wonderful staff. Lots to do. Unfortunately rooms were never cleaned in a reasonable time frame even though they ask you to pick a time. Refrigerator in room is an ice box, needs ice to keep things cold. There is no place with air conditioning except your room. Even the a la carte restaurants only have fans. The pool as big as it is is so hot it does not cool you off. Dress code for restaurants were demanded but men wore shorts anyway.

  • Vicky8718 : Liverpool, United Kingdom

This hotel is nothing short of heaven. It is one of multiple within the huge Bahia Principe resort. With three separate pools, and easy access to the beach, the options were limitless when choosing where to rest for the day (particularly as we could use any pools within the complex, bar the Fantasia). The hotel features two Buffet restaurants, and multiple A la Carte's, all of which provided beautiful varieties of food (I've stayed in multiple All Inclusive's, and the choice of delicacies on offer at the buffets was beyond anything I'd seen). Drinks wise, the cocktail menu is lengthy and generally the service is extremely speedy. The rooms are also exceptionally clean (not surprising, seeing as the maid attends the room not once, but twice, to stock the complimentary mini-fridge). The hotel is exceptionally secure, with 24 hour security. But what truly sets this hotel apart from the rest, is the truly impeccable staff. Never have I encountered such a friendly, hard-working, lively bunch of people who are truly an asset to the hotel. We had the most amazing stay, and would not hesitate to return!

  • jjujju12345 : Montreal, Canada
Very good resort

The resort is beautiful and very well maintained.The staff is always available helpful and super friendly.Food is real nice and defo recommend to try the italian restaurant.The only "down" is that while its forbidden in theorie to "reserve" long chairs by the beach or pool, they do nothing to prevent it. So most of the people would put towel to "book" their spot in the shade as early as 7am and most of them dont even show up until late afternoon...So while those empty spot are "reserved" and not even used you end up cooking in the sun.So be aware shall you need some shade...

  • Marco A : King City, Canada
We can't understand the lack of negative reviews, but we are not crazy.

Reading over the reviews post trip we still can't understand how it is only a hundred or so people that left poor reviews. The resort seems to be doing something right but our week long string of horrendous experiences makes us really wonder the accuracy of tripadvisor reviews on this particular resort. I won't even go into details because there are too many but here are the bullets. - Hardly anyone speaks English, made for a situation where it was nearly impossible to ever get what we asked for or to learn about the resorts amenities.- No postings or publications of any kind regarding nightly entertainment or activities (read also above language barriers), which we later found appears to be more a problem in our Esmeralda section because once we ventured out we saw some signs and even saw a few shows. Having said that, the Esmeralda shows we short and extremely poor quality, but we did find on the last night that the shows in the front were better.- We are not big drinkers, so we like our mixed drinks to be a little weaker than 50% alcohol. (read also above language barriers).- We found the food horrible, every day and every buffet. Also the selection never changed and even the a-la-carte were half buffet service with the same food as the other buffets. We preferred the Cuban resorts very much over this one. I vomited for the first time in over 25 years after our first few meals there, and my wife felt ill as well feeling very nauseous. My stomach tolerates anything, don't know what we ate that did it so I cannot pass the info along. - Resort avoids giving exchange to Dominican Peso under 100peso bill, making Canadians pay a minimum $3.33 for any tip they offer. If you hit the right person at the right time at the main resort counter they do have 25/50peso (about 80c/$1.60)coins tucked away but you have to beg. The smartest travellers were those with US funds for tips, thanks so much for exposing to us the importance of having US currency in these resorts).- The resort/grounds/rooms/pools themselves were quite nice, but we were in a newer section too. However our room had a messed up A/C thermostat and the A/C vent in the wall is directed right at the bed and can make for a very uncomfortable cold breeze. We in particular had lost water in the washroom for several hours at an important point before dinner and our bed felt like we were sleeping in a foam bowl so both my wife and I could barely walk by the end of our stay. (Again language barriers prevented us from having some of this dealt with).- The people are not impolite, but don't walk around with that perma-smile like Cubans. Unlike Cuban resort employees, those at this resort hardly spoke English so not being able to speak to them it became impossible to get to know them or see if there was a less serious personality to them. It made for an experience that felt far less personal and more like a bunch of machines just there to serve.I'm cutting my list off here as I'd be surprised if you readers made it this far. I'm not writing any positive reviews frankly because there were so few of them and because the negatives time and time again became so frustrating we just wanted to jump on a plane and go back to work. Any positives we did actually experience here would be generic to resorts and not solely to this one.

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.