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Location: Beachfront property. Located on the beautiful Samana Peninsula. 30 minute drive from the Samana airport.
First of all, the drive from and back to the airport was fabulous, amazing views, mountains and beautiful vegetation everywhere. I normally just tolerate the drive to the resort but I enjoyed this transfer so much.The resort is very pretty and yet elegant, loved the open air concept in all the additional places to the lobby, restaurants, seating areas. There were so many places to go and sit if you wanted to get away from everyone. Rooms were great, everything replenished on a daily basis. Restaurants are really nice, loved the buffet outdoor seating on the beach. Food was good to really good depending on the dish. Tons of selection at every meal, fantastic fruit, yogurts, breads, salad bar, lots of flavourful dishes, some of the highlights for me were the pork tenderloin in prune sauce, the oxtail stew, the goat stew and the octopus stew. I know that these are not to everyone's taste but I loved them and there are plenty of delicious chicken, pork, seafood and beef dishes as well as lots of vegetarian. Rodizo, the Brazilian restaurant was a great experience, the most amazing chicken and pork although the service was poor, especially to two women.Dishes were replenished regularly at the buffet and those desserts were too good, especially the small squares of cakes, so light and delicious.Staff very friendly and helpful, slow to serve at the bar so you need patience but this is the Dominican so slow down. The beach was beautiful as expected, lovely bay with spectacular views to the right side. Lovely soft, fine golden sand, clear, calm water. You could walk for miles. My only disappointment and for me this was significant was that the beach was so crowded. There are not enough palapas and beach space with chairs for this size of a resort. I felt that people were on top of each other all the time. The only exception was if you got a front row palapa, otherwise you were looking at a sea of beach chairs and bodies. Lucky for me is that my sister is an early morning runner, so she was able to get a decent spot most days.We had great weather, one really overcast and windy day so we took a taxi into Las Terranas. Interesting town. lovely beach side promenade and restaurants and stores. The cab driver offered to wait for us for 2 hours but if not, there are plenty of other cabs.I loved Samana and would like to try one of the other smaller Gran Bahia resorts in this area.
It was our first vacation in the DR and we have a lot of experience travelling in the Caribbean and Mexico. We booked the superior suite and found it very nice. We were on the 3rd floor of building 27. Unfortunately my brother in law and wife were booked into the ground floor and the street noise was too much. Valentine the manager transferred them to another building. I recommend to not stay in this building's ground and second floor. Apart from that we had an excellent time. Great staff and service everywhere. We had a great time at the Rodizio and Italian A la Cartes. The snack bar at the beach was our favourite for lunch. We walked on the beach 9 km to Las Terrenas most mornings (start early before it gets too hot) and had great pastry and cappuccinos. Good cigar place across the street. Then we took a cab $10US back. We took two tours arranged with Herman at the hotel. Both were excellent. The whale watching was a lot of fun. The El Limon waterfall was a nice adventure. Ramon and our guide Paulino are very safety oriented which is what you need on this exciting trip. Bring water shoes . They are better than the rubber boots they provide. I read a few reviews complaining about the front desk. They were always quick amiable and efficient with us. Hope you have as much fun as we did and watch out for the lobby bar. They make great Bloody Caesars!
Love the resort but the room which we paid extra for junior suite needed updating. The sliding door had been jimmied so couldn't be locked. Dead bolt on door just kept turning and couldn't secure hallway door. Only had a chain to lock and if needed emergency exit would need to find something to push in knob at end of chain to release. On the other hand resort is kept very clean and food in dining rooms great. Staff was helpful and friendly. They also now have Clamato juice
Great vacation x 10 days Feb 11-21/17. We had rain 1st 2 days but then excellent weather. Great walking beach-best views ever. Food was good. Staff are what make this resort. Best bar tender - our man Primo Franko at relax pool-great guy. Beach buffet was excellent- kudos to Margaret, Susan, Luis and Ronnie for great service even though often seemed understaffed. Special thanks to Andrea our house keeping person for our room-very friendly and efficient.
My husband and I just returned from a week at the GBP El Portillo. We Really enjoyed this resort. It is very clean and under constant maintenance. Service was great, our room was central and on the second floor. The Buffet food was very good; we were very pleased with the many eating areas, (inside, outside and the large quiet dining room at the back). We ate at one a la carte, the Brazilian Rodezio and would highly recommend it, the food served on swords was excellent. The beach buffet is excellent, right on the beautiful beach. We will definitely come back for a relaxing vacation.There are areas designated for smoking and nonsmoking. This resort is wheelchair accessible.
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
- 3 buffet meals daily plus snacks
- 3 a la carte dinners per week (reservations required, dress code in effect)
- All drink (Domestic beer and house wine)
- Pedal boats
- Pool scuba clinic
- Daytime Tennis
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Kids Club (ages 2-12)
- Horseback riding (fee)
- Scuba Diving (fee)
- 396 rooms in several, 3-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants (International, Asian, Seafood)
- Snack bar
- 4 bars including Pool bar & Beach bar
- 1 pool
- Tennis court
- Paddle court
- Full service spa (fee)
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Gift shop
- Internet access (fee)
- Babysitting (fee)
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Ceiling fan
- Cable/ Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Mini-bar (stocked with soft drinks & beer)
- Full bathroom
- Balcony or terrace
- Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults when sharing with 2 kids
For the Kids - Kids Club for ages 4-12.
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.
Resort Location Map
Grand Bahia Principe El PortilloSamana,Dominican Republic
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Crta. las Terrenas - El Limon, km 4, Las Terrenas 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.
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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.
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