Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa
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Beautiful, clean room, with an amazing view. Extremely friendly staff. The food was good, but the included wine (it is called Rebelle) was so gross that I couldn't drink it. And this is coming from someone who appreciates wines of all prices. The entertainment was good on some nights, and bad on others. The service was incredible, and the bar has an awesome selection!
We booked with Air Canada Vacations using the Samana Roulette deal which meant we didn't know which resort we would go to until we landed and met the ACV Rep at airport (in fact, everyone who booked the roulette on our flight where directed to this resort, which seemed kind of predetermined to me). I have to admit, I was hoping for the other resort (Also Grand Bahia) but we got this one and we are glad we did. Flying into Samana Airport is excellent. AC flight was the only flight there all day, so customs and luggage pick up was a breeze. (This airport can handle mid-size short haul carriers, so travellers from Europe on big long-haul planes have to land at Puerto Plata and endure a longer bus trek, and presumably more passengers and a busier airport).The ride to the resort was an experience. It was very interesting to see how life unfolds in the Dominican. Safety is NOT sexy here, as we saw families of 4 riding on motorbikes and not using helmets. Also, many people just walk on the roads without regard to traffic. This was an "excursion" in itself.After arriving at the resort, check in was seamless. Although some people report their reception as being rude, I think it's a language barrier. They can read the names and use the computers, and perform check in very good, but if you start asking questions to them, the language barrier becomes evident. I can understand their trepidation for conversing in a language that is not their own. Doesn't mean they are rude. Finding our room was slightly confusing, but we found it. Our room wasn't as fancy as we have had before, but we had a view of Samana village and a bay littered with anchored boats. (Also a view of the loading dock and portion of the terrace lobby, but no biggie, we didn't stay in our room other than to shower, change and sleep.)Our first trip around the resort was daunting, as we went back out the way we came in. We followed the roadway down to the beach, which was a long meandering trail that led you to the "quiet" pool and the villas. We then found the beach and walked along it in about 2 min flat. Not a big beach and not white sand with turquoise sea. We knew this though, since the resort is in Samana Bay and also gets runoff from the jungleside. You get spectacular views in its place. Lots of birds, lush greenery and very few insects. If you want the white sandy beach and turquoise sea, then look elsewhere. However, if it's non-stop fun and laughter you want, then this resort is top notch. What makes this top-notch is hands down, the animation team. I will have more to say on them in a bit.Resort Grounds: Once you have acclimated yourself, it actually is a small resort with everything easy to get to and close by. They are surrounded by lush green tropical trees and plants. It is close to the town of Samana which you can see from most parts of the resort. It is a bustling town at night which is nice to see. This is the only resort around which is totally opposite of places like Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. You can trek down to the village on an hourly shuttle, but you will have to bargain with the locals for the souvenirs. There is a "Puerto Village" which is not fully complete, which other Grand Bahia Principe resorts have. There is a disco on the resort itself which we never checked out (except one night of entertainment being held in there because of the threat of rain). The main pool is situated on the hill, so the views from there are outstanding. The Food: There are 3 a-la-cartes, and we only ate at the Dolce Vita (Italian). Wasn't that great, but I defer to other reviewers. We always ate at the Buffet (Los Dahlias) and it was good. After a few days, you get the same stuff out there despite their best efforts to mix it up with theme nights. Wasn't terrible by any means, but better food than in Cuba and this is on par with other Grand Bahia resorts, I hadn't realized there was room service until I read other reviews today. (Perhaps that was for superior suite rooms?)The Main Pool: this was the place to be for us. This is where we met the most interesting people, including travellers from England, Sweden, Germany and mostly us Canadians. The animation team keeps the pool a fun place to be with daily games like darts, shuffleboard, ring toss and bingo. They also have aquaerobics at noon daily. The animation team is led by Alex who is super high energy and he is trilingual. Him and his staff are hugely entertaining, they all made me feel welcome every day (Osvaldo the black banana, Chocolate, Miguel, my little latina honey Julissa and all the rest of them....Hola from Mateo!!! Love you long time!!)Main Lobby and Entertainment Shows: This was the after-dinner place to be and meet other travellers from the world. Met lots of interesting people with interesting stories. The entertainment included alot of dancing (animation team got people dancing!!!) and games. Some of the shows were very entertaining, as they are locals who travel to all the resorts with their shows. They put alot of effort into their craft and should be commended for such, Some of those shows took a lot of time and effort on their part, and to those reviewers who call it boring, I say take a chill pill. The resorts aren't going to book big names for you, and they rely on the locals as they should. Just enjoy the performances because they all work hard to entertain you. I was not disappointed, and thoroughly entertained. Again, Alex and the animation team (after a long day at the pool) will do their best to ensure you have fun at night too, so "love them long time", they deserve every bit of praise I give them.The room: it had a bed, a balcony a bathroom that all functioned well. I had no complaints other then the pillows were too small, but by no means did that ruin anything for me. The maids did the room daily and never missed a thing. The internet (only because some people want to stay connected while they are on vacation): We only used the 1hr per 24 hour period of free wifi in the lobby to connect and that was more than sufficient. After struggling to figure it out on the first day, it worked well for us, but only within the lobby (and not in the lobby bar). The 1hr was cumulative, so it wouldn't knock you out if you only used it for 20 minutes, you could go back later in the day and get another 20 minutes, I never ran out of my 1 hour. Then again, some others who want to remain connected throughout the resort, would have to pay big money for that privilege ($15 a day, or $60 for the week). Not for me though, I go on vacation to leave the connected world!! Miscellaneous: Yes, they time share you to death here. When you see the "privilege club" staff, just say hola and keep on going. They have their job to do, so I can't fault them for trying really hard to get you. Maybe some people would do time share, hence they keep trying. In my view, I would rather see all the world has to offer and not tie myself down to the same resort every time. However, because of the animation team here, I would definitely consider returning. In fact, I was not itching to get back home on day 7, I wanted more fun!! I could do 10 days here easily.Hope you find this review helpful.
Clean, Food is good, Staff very freindly and it was worth the money and i highly recomend it. The best hotel i have ever been due to how they make you welcome, food was good, front desk staff go the hundred mile to serve you, generally ALL the STAFF were good and i will be going back.
Date of Trip: Dec 29th to Jan 5th 2017. A great hotel/resort. The buffet was excellent and had a lot of variety. The pools were all nice and had great staff at the bar areas. There is a lot of walking if you desire privacy, but there are shuttles and the elevator can eliminate the majority for those that have mobility issues - however, I would suggest another spot for those that are unable to walk short distances unassisted.
My review is a just a bit late. My best friend and my family decided to vacation together and couldn’t ask for a nicer place. We stayed in the villas down the hill and although a little far from the events at the main building with the availability of the carts it was actually kinda fun. Our side of the resort was quiet and it felt like we had the whole private beach, pool and restaurant to ourselves. It was wonderful. The surroundings of the hotel is beautiful and the views are to die for no matter where on the grounds you are. The staff at the resort are amazing! I don’t think I have ever met such friendly and helpful people before. Thanks Felix and Victor, just too many staff to mention them all. We had a great time, did a few trips and really loved this side of the island (been to Punta Cana). My only negative comment was regarding the WiFi. Travelling with teenagers, meant I had to hear about this but you know what?? Connect with nature!
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- 3 meals daily plus snacks and afternoon tea
- All drinks (Domestic brands, Domestic beer, House Wine)
- Drinks at disco
- Hobie Cats
- Pedal Boat
- Boogie Boards
- Exercise classes
- Pottery lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 223 rooms in one main 4-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants (International, Mediterranean, Italian)
- 6 bars including Beach bar, Swim-up bar, Pool bar
- 2 outdoor pools
- Fitness facilities
- Sauna (fee)
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Internet (fee)
- Shopping nearby
- Cable TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Balcony or Terrace
- Hair dryer
- Mini-bar (fee)
- 1 king bed and full bathroom with Jacuzzi tub
- Max occ 2
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Living area
- Full bathroom
- Max occ 4 up to 3 adults
For the Kids - Babysitting service for a fee, kid's section of main pool.
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Grand Bahia Principe CayacoaSamana,Dominican Republic
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