Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

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Overview
This elegant and luxurious hotel is perfect for families and friends. Surrounded by lush vegetation and set on one of the nicest beaches in Samana, a natural reef in front of the hotel makes the water calm and perfect for children. 

Location: Beachfront property. Located on the beautiful Samana Peninsula. 30 minute drive from the Samana airport.

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  • Nm1970 :
Beautiful hotel

We visited the hotel for 2 weeks from the 8th July. I cannot fault the hotel or the staff! They work tirelessly to ensue the hotel is kept clean, it was spotless. The use of hand gel is evident everywhere, especially in the dining areas. Vanessa on the far beach bar was amazing, by far our favourite, just sad she was not there for the last 3 days of our holiday...love to you Vanessa 😘. The location is superb, the beach spotless, and the sea amazing for snorkelling. Every day was spent on the beach as we found the main pool area to be too loud for us, although everyone seemed to enjoy it who was there, we prefer the quieter option! The reception staff are great! Whilst there were very few English and there was a slight language barrier, this did not spoil our holiday at all. Simon the rep is lovely and always to hand.The transfer is a 4 hour trip..very long! The coach staff were great and entertaining, with a stop off at a local bar both ways.Love the hotel!

  • Pedro F : Porto, Portugal
Quiet, well mainatined, very good food, excellent beach

This hotel is built in the colonial style , basically white colors and the public areas are very well maintained and kept very clean. Also the gardens and beach.In general the personnel is very friendly and responsive to any request, mostly in the restaurants.The beach is beautiful, quiet, you can see the tropical fish almost with out mask and in very shallow water! You can walk / run the desert bays mostly until 8 am.The food is very good and varied.Our room was OK, huge bed, but the bathtub needs modernizing..The water sports personnel were very friendly and can use catamaran, kayak or Stand Up Paddle, for free.If you want to go to Santo Domingo, although they omit this info at the Hotel, you can taken one bus outside the main entrance, at around 8:25 a.m. that takes about 3 hours to the Capital. It costs around 7 USD, each way, has A/C and free wifi. It comes back starting at 3 pm from Santo Doming bus terminal..When you the to the bus terminal they have a group of Taxis, that take you to the colonial downtown for 300 pesos (which is about 6 USD for 3 people) .

  • Adam D : Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Quite expensive but good stay overall

Just got home today after a 2 week trip to the Dominican Republic and stay at this hotel.It is 4.5 hours from the airport via coach which is pretty horrendous after a 3 hour drive to the airport then 8-9 hour flight! Once we eventually got there, check-in took forever, a good 45 minutes!Other than that, the only negative point was all of the screaming kids etc in the "Adult only" pool, lifeguards did nothing about it, there was even one day where the pool had to be closed because a toddler crapped itself in the pool!Onto the positives:The room was excellent, plenty of room, kept clean, good aircon and free mini bar!Food was good and plenty to choose from/different theme each night.Pool a nice cool down when the heat gets a bit much, beach very nice and clean with free kayaks/body-boards.Overall, was a good stay.

  • kholex : Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Lovely stay

We booked through Thomsons. The hotel is a 3 1/2 hour transfer from the airport they use, don't let this put you off, it's well worth it.Check in was a little slow, but the front desk staff were friendly. Our room was in block 17, close to reception and the restaurants but quite far from the evening entertainment so quiet at night. No issues with the room, huge bed and good shower over a bath. Maids did a good job and the minibar was restocked daily with beer, water, soft drinks and crisps. None of the blocks are more than a 5 minute walk from anything, but they do have little vehicles to take you around the resort if you need them.There are a couple of pools, the main pool and a "quiet" pool. It was quiet as in there was less people there (it's kind of on the edge of resort), but it's basically just the main pool without the entertainment staff. Lots of kids, inflatables etc. Not an issue but not particularly quiet if that's what you're looking for. Franco at the bar here was great. We didn't use the main pool but plenty of loungers etc, it never looked too crowded.The beach is amazing and the reason we booked this hotel. This is the only large hotel along the beach and you can walk for miles either left or right from the resort beach. We went to the left most days and took a picnic blanket and sat under a palm tree for the day rather than staying on the hotels part and using the loungers. Prefer a more remote beach and this was perfect. Security will sign you out when you leave the resorts beach. There's some very fancy looking private residences along the beach with their own security guards walking alongside the beach so it feels fairly safe. You can walk all the way into town via the beach too. Calm clear water, some coral reefs close to the shore (you don't even need to snorkel to see the fish) and plenty of palm trees providing shade. There's a few very friendly stray dogs on the beach who will come and sit with you for the day..Food was very good. We tried the Brazilian a la carte which was nice, but other than that we just stuck to the main buffets. Amazing amount of choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the mango and the banana bread :) There's also a snack bar near the beach open most of the day. The bars are good but if you like to stay out late just be aware they all close at 11pm when the disco opens. Would definitely come back here, you can't beat the beach. Really good stay!

  • s a : Toronto, Canada
Amazing location, excellent property

Just returned from a two week stay at the Bahia El Portillo and we absolutely loved our vacation! Having been disappointed previously with the Bahia complex in Punta Cana I was nervous prior to our visit to El Portillo, however booked the resort because of the good reviews on TA. I am glad we decided to stay at a Bahia hotel again, despite the not very good experience we had in Punta Cana, as the staff managed to regain our trust in the Bahia chain. The resort and staff had exceeded our expectations and went out of their way to ensure the guests are happy and enjoy their stay.We flew into Samana’s El Catey airport and the transfer was only about 30-40 minutes. This is a great option if your airline offers it as we met many people transferred from Punta Cana airport which means 3.5-4 hours bus ride, quite long in my opinion. The airport in Samana is quite small but it has a good alcohol selection at the duty free shop-much better prices than the vendors at the beach can offer you.The rooms were very comfortable and kept spotless, landscaping amazing. The resort is not as big as others and getting anywhere within the complex takes no more than 5 minutes. The food at the main buffet was really good. Plenty of variety, enough healthy and vegetarian choices, abundance of fresh fruit (the mango was to die for). We tried some of the a-la carte restaurants, loved the Mediterranean and Italian, but were not that impressed with the Brazilian. We couldn’t go the Gourmet as it had a strict dress code which required long pants and the guys in our party didn’t bring any, so cannot comment on it.Lunch at the beach buffet is a must – the view is breathtaking! Ocean is literally steps away from your table and the breeze quite refreshing during the hottest time of the day. The staff were excellent and tried their best to ensure the guest are having a good vacation. The majority speak only Spanish and I’ve heard so many complaints from other guests how they can’t communicate – folks, you’re in a Spanish speaking country, learn their language or don’t complain. I only know a few Spanish words and tried to use them when speaking to the staff, they truly do appreciate the effort. Also, they were always able to find someone that spoke our language if they didn’t and any requests we had were promptly taken care of. The person we dealt with the most was Lidia in the RG lounge - she was amazing and truly made the difference in the level of service for us.We didn’t do any tours however there are many offered through the resort and also the beach vendors. The gift shop in the lobby has somewhat limited selection when it comes to sunscreen variety so make sure you bring enough from home, you will need it and it is very expensive to buy there.The only negative thing I have to say is the wi-fi in the lobby – on and off and not dependable, so if you really need to stay connected, they offer weekly wi-fi packages. It didn’t bother me at all, I didn’t go on vacation to work but it was an eye-opening experience for my teenaged son who takes the speed-of-light internet connection at home for granted  The highlight of the resort for me personally was the beach and location. The property is situated in a very quiet, remote area which gives you access to large, unspoiled beach. You don’t need to get up early to reserve a palapa since there is enough shade on the beach and plenty of space. The reef right off the beach was an added bonus, snorkeling was great – there were many tropical fish to see and water was crystal clear and calm for the most part. The remoteness of the resort creates very unique relaxing atmosphere you can rarely find in a more popular location like Punta Cana for example. Our family had a fantastic vacation and I can honestly say, this is my new favourite spot in the DR (been to various resorts in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and La Romana). We will definitely return to Bahia El Portillo - already planning our next trip for May 2018 and brining our extended family and friends (a group of 21 ppl) with us this time.

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
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  • 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)
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Pedal boats
  • Snorkeling
  • Bicycles
  • Pool scuba clinic
  • Daytime Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Disco
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby
  • 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
  • Jacuzzi
  • Tennis court
  • Paddle court
  • Gym
  • Full service spa (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Gift shop
  • Wi-Fi in lobby
  • Babysitting (fee)

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Ceiling fan
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/ Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Wi-Fi (fee)
  • Mini-bar (stocked with soft drinks & beer)
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults when sharing with 2 kids

Junior Suite also available.

Kids Deal - 1 child 2-12 yrs can stay, play and eat free when sharing a room with 2 adults. Just pay a special airfare. 2nd child pays a special child price when sharing with two adults.

For the Kids - Kids Club for ages 4-12.

Honeymooners - Receive a complimentary room upgrade, fruit basket and bottle of rum (based on availability at check-in. Valid within 30 days of wedding. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at time of 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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  • Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo
    Samana,Dominican Republic

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Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo
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.

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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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