Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa
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We just got back from the Grand Bahia Principe Cayocoa Samana Province DR. It was great. The food was really good and the staff were even better. Sadly when we got there (November 20th 2017) they had had a ton of rain, and the elevator was not up and running and some of the beach was under repair. You can pick the weather. The staff, Alex and the animation team (Miguel, chocolate, and Clorise) were fantastic. High energy and a bunch of fun. Make sure to go see the comedy show!! Lewis kept the drinks flowing at he pool bar and Victor in the lobby, 2 guys always ready to smile. Ramon in the restaurants was very helpful to accommodate our group of 14. We were lucky to have a couple of reservations for our whole group. Make sure to pick your own pasta and start the day off with a delicious omelette!The room we had, had the most amazing view of the bay looking out to the ocean. There is no shortage of walking at this little resort, lots of stairs. The guys in the shuttles will come get you with just a quick call to the front desk. Thanks for everything guys!
I travelled solo to the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa November 20th to 27th. My experience at the hotel was average or a bit better but to be fair, some of the scoring would be due to weather.The weather issue was a tropical depression that sat over the island for several weeks causing flooding and other damage and issues. What that system brought was much torrential rain, grey skies and cool weather.My main issue was that the "panoramic elevator to the beach" was closed the week I was there, even days after the weather cleared. I understand the safety issues so in that regard, my issue is that the hotel and Air Transat vacations did not give a warning about the hotels main attraction being out of commission. I am a beach/ocean guy so this was a big negative issue for myself and many others. The elevator was closed for over two weeks so there was lots of time to give travelers the news and let them make a choice. You can still go to that beach and I will discuss that later in the review.The resort is built into and on top of a cliff. When the visibility is clear sky is blue and the sun is shining, you will be hard pressed to find better views. These views include lush, mature vegetation and foliage of all types, small mountains and several islands. As well, the bustling town of Samana is not far away and is visible from the lobby's outdoor patio. At nights the lights are very nice and lively music can be heard coming up from the bars and patios. Being on a hillside creates a neat layout and options for some nice exploring of the hotel grounds but be aware that the reviews discussing lots of steps are very accurate. If you are youthful and or fit you might like it, I did, but if you have any physical challenges you better forget exploring and booking the suites and take a room in the main hotel. If a suite is a must and you have challenges, the hotel has a very efficient shuttle service 24/7 that will come and pick you up at the more remote parts of the hotel grounds. As an example it was 85 stairs and several uphill paths from my room to the main pool deck. Yes, I counted lol. The room I had was the Royal Golden Junior Suite. It was nice, it had great views when fog and rain cleared and it was clean. Other than that it was nothing special, a bit of extra room, sofa and table, a few extra al la carte meals and a few extra drinks and chips in the mini bar. One nice touch is the included room service. Another plus was that the AC worked well when I needed it after the weather broke and the sun was out.The hotel is very e-savvy and a cool intranet application for your phone assists you in reporting room issues like a broken AC unit or leak and even lets you book your al la carte dinners. That impressed me. Since it is a wifi intranet app, you will not have extra data charges etc. The crowd/guests are not youthful so if you are looking to party, forget it, it's quite tame!Speaking to the food, I never had a problem getting a good meal at the buffet or the snack bar near the quiet pool. I always found variety at the main buffet for breakfast and dinner and my lunch at the snack bar was acceptable. One critique of the snack bar is that it needed more choices and it needed to be replenished more often. It simply had too few choices and got very picked over quickly. The Orchid al la carte and the Italian a la carte were decent. I would say that they tried a little too hard to be fancy and the portions could be a bit more hearty. The food and the presentation were good but I found the delicate serving sizes and so few menu selection choices a bit pretentious. The wait staff at all the restaurants were attentive and professional and made happy conversation with me at every sitting. Main pool. The main pool is the hub of the action and main source of hooch during the day unless you are one of the regulars pounding drinks in the lobby bar from 10 am onward. The pool is small but very nice, again with great views. There is a nearby Jacuzzi pool (not a hot tub) that is a nice touch. Bar staff here are fantastic as are the animation teams attempts to make people smile. Congratulations on that. Even with the rain, there was some fun days spent in the water and at the pool tiki bar.The beaches, in short, are not spectacular. The main beach in my opinion is the only swimmable one and it is still a nice beach. I did not expect the never ending turquoise sea and white beaches of Punta Cana so I was not disappointed. If you are coming to snorkel with your kids, play in crystal clear water and jump into the waves, you will not be happy. It is like a salt lake with a nice stretch of golden sand and great views. One of the views is the famous "bridge to nowhere". The hotel does set up a mini bar there and it is well run but there are no watersports and with the elevator down, there is no access to bathrooms. The other two ways to get to the beach without the elevator is a long section of stairs and paths down from the main hotel. Going down is fairly doable but going back up is a solid workout and not something I would recommend for kids or seniors or the challenged. The most popular way to get to the beach is by the aforementioned shuttles. It is about a ten minute drive and as well, be aware that it is through some seedy areas strewn with garbage and litter. You also must go through an area under the bridge that is a flea market of sorts with local crafts and local vendors. The vendors are aggressive but friendly. I liked that part but many people seemed frightened. The hotel does have security on scene. The other beach is picturesque and quiet but the water is murk and there is litter floating in it. It needs some special attention.Finally, The bridge to nowhere. The bridge was made in 1972 and is probably over a kilometer long. To get on it and get over the adjoining islands there are many....wait for it....stairs! There are signs saying do not enter at the entrance and I suppose it is formally closed. That said, you can go on it and you can go to the very end. I did it every day. It is a good workout but parts are under construction and I would not recommend it for seniors or for solo women travelers as it is sparely travelled and the work crews are all male. I was friendly with the guys and tipped them all a dollar a day and had no issues but my radar was always on. There are litter issues on the islands and in town as well. I loved going to town daily and taking it all in but this is not Nassau or a quaint St. Maarten town. This is a bustling town full of desperation and hustlers. There are some nice views, a sweet church, craft shops and some great places to have a beer thick in the local culture but you, once again, better have your radar on and leave the bling in your safe. All in all a nice vacation, something new, I made the best of it, I always do but the elevator and beach access was a big disappointment, otherwise I would have been down there most of the day everyday.
Just back from our two week vacation. This was our first time in Samana at Bahia Principe Cayacoa. The resort is set on a hillside overlooking the town of Samana. Great wonderful views from all the rooms overlooking the bay or the town. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The staff was cleaning all the time. The staff was very helpful when we had questions or needed help on booking an excersion. We enjoyed all the Restaurants. They had a very good selection. Something for everyone's tastes. We had a little rain but the animation team kept all of us busy with games and skits. Every night they had a show in the disco with acrobats, Jackson and even the animation team but on a show. The made us laugh so much. If you go to Bahia check out Alex and Miguel they are very friendly and get you involved in activities. Thanks to the animation team for their friendliness and go spirit. We went to town and the locals are so friendly. we had a guide taking us around town. If you have a chance to go to the food market you will like it. Thanks to Chico for taking us around. We will make it back but want to visit other Bahia Principe resorts. Enjoy!!!! I forgot to say that their is always a gold cart available to take you around the resort.
We travelled here November 20th to November 27th. I did not realize when I booked how much rain Dominican had been getting. 21 days of rain causing flooding and mud slides including one at the beach at this hotel. When we arrived the beach was reopened partially, but no bathrooms there and a temporary bar. The elevator is shut down and you can take a tram through the village or walk many stairs to the beach. The water had a lot of garbage floating in it, like plastic bottles, chip bags and takeout containers. This stuff washes up on the beach every day. The hotel workers try to clean it up, but there is more every morning. Not a good place for snorkelling because of this. There is a smaller beach, but it had garbage washing up every day too. I also found broken bottles and broken light bulbs here as well. My husband tried to snorkel, but all he saw was floating garbage. On our day trip to the National Park we saw trash floating in the bay and asked the tour guide about it. He said that a big river feeds into the bay through the Park and that the locals throw their garbage into the river and it goes in the water around the Park and into Samana Bay. I have never seen this before any where, and find it appalling that no one does anything about it!There are many stairs at this hotel so be prepared to walk! We found a nice quiet pool to go to and it had a snack and pool bar nearby. There was a long dock that you could fish from and we had daily sitings of a pelican looking for dinner.We had a junior suite and the room was nice and clean with a view of the sea. Mini bar stocked daily. The air conditioning worked well. You have to make sure your patio door is shut or it will not run.The buffet had a good variety for all meals. The seafood and Mexican theme nights were great. We tried two a la cartel restaurants , the Italian and the seafood. The atmosphere and service were great at these restaurants. We ordered a bottle of wine as the house wine was like vinegar. The food was good, liked the Italian the best.The bar service was good all around the resort. They made a variety of drinks and always happy to serve you.Overall, the service here was good, and the employees wor hard to make it enjoyable for all. Food was good and we did not get sick! Lots of hand washing before entering the dining areas seems to be working! The beach situation was upsetting and we would not return to this resort based on this. Bahia staff is doing an excellent job, and we would explore other Bahia hotels based on the quality and service at this hotel!
My sister & sister-in-law & myself went to this resort Nov 12 - 19. The check-in was smooth thanks to Miladys. I have trouble with stairs and walking lots so she got us a room in the main building which was close to everything even though we were to a junior roiom. Our room faced the town of Samana but we could still see the ocean.The grounds are kept very clean and the views are spectacular. The food was very good and well presented.They had to close down the main beach the second days because there had been so much rain the dirt was coming down the hill. There was another beach that people could go to though. Safety is the best policy.This was a difficult trip for us emotionally but thanks especially to Chocolate & Miguel from the Animation Team.These two young men have exceptional people skills and are a real blast to be around, even for us 60+ gals.We did the Jeep Safari and went to Rincon Beach. It was a full day and thanks to Ramon our tour guide who was a real joker.The entertainment at night was good. The couples nite was hilarious, the tropical dance was good but the best of all was the Micheal Jackson tribute. We had heard that it was good and we were not disappointed. We have been to two other Bahia Principe's in previous years. All in all we had a good time and were happy that we picked this resort.
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Grand Bahia Principe CayacoaSamana,Dominican Republic
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