Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

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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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  • averageman157 : New Bedford, Massachusetts
Return to Paradise

Stayed Oct 20 to Nov 1. Second time was as great as the first. There was little evidence of any damage from the hurricane and the resort grounds were as beautiful as I remember. Check in was very fast and the welcome drinks delicious. We got the Building and room we requested building #2 very close to the beach. The beach is one reason we came back. It is absolutely beautiful, not crowded, clear water, and great snorkeling plenty of fish to see. From sunrise to sunset the beach is where you will find us. My wife who is a very fussy eater said the food was great. Theme nights with a great variety to choose from each night. Special thanks to Albis, Youndalisa, Uclides, Roberto ,Alma, and the rest of the staff for making our stay special. As I have said before this is the first AC resort that we have returned to and we will come again. Hope to see all my friends next year. TIPS: WiFi used Boingo worked everywhere. Learn a little Spanish English speakers are few. A little tip and a smile go a long way.

  • Joseph D :
Sunsets in the mountains

our second visit this year,loved it both times, this resort is now our favorite, have been to Cuba , Punta Cana, Riviera Maya , Cancun, Florida many times, the beach is why we travel, and this one is our best so far,its safe swimming, easy snorkeling, coral and fish are nearby. El Portillo is like our home now, the people are friendly, the food is good, and the grounds are easy to navigate. Little advise for the Chef though, food was great, good variety, but sometimes a little salty.Our block 5 we stayed in was perfectly located, spacious, love the walk in shower, though mattress needs to be changed soon! They put allot of effort in keeping this resort tip top Congratulations El Portillo, R&J looking forward to next trip!

  • peter3296 : Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Great food, great staff, perfect for relaxing

Our room was located in in the middle of the complex, near the children's play area. Most of the apartments surrounding were being re-vamped at the time, and we think ours was next on the list as it was looking a little tired in areas. Having said that, the cleanliness standards were high and the room was very comfortable, and I imagine by now it will have been renovated for the upcoming season.The beach was absolutely gorgeous, occasionally a little too warm after midday but there was plenty of shaded areas if needed beneath the tree's. Highly recommend snorkelling out to the edge of the swimming area - some fantastic corals and sights to see. Favourite time of day was to go out around 4pm and sit until the sun set over the bay, absolutely stunning. What's more, the season we went the lightning storms were fantastic. Some days it restricted you to your room, but we got a night watching a lightning storm out at sea under a parasol with a frozen daiquiri in hand - it's exactly as spectacular as you can imagine!The quality of the food was always fantastic at the main restaurant, although the snack restaurant quality could be better - sometimes lukewarm and with flies as the restaurant is completely open to the elements. The staff at the resort were all fantastic, especially Lady Gaga on the beach bar who is mentioned often in reviews, and Cecarina in the animations group.I would recommend getting a taxi in to Las Terrenas to walk about and see the locality; but there isn't a huge amount to do other than walk around and browse the tourist shops. Cost of the return taxi was approximately $20, with a taxi organised by the hotel who arranged a pickup time for us.Would also like to mention something specific to fellow LGBT travellers. We're aware that some islands in the Caribbean have less welcoming reputations to LGBT couples, but my boyfriend and I felt really welcome here.

  • Rafael C :
Excellent Vacation With Family

We stayed at Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo from Saturday November 4 through Saturday November 11th and we had a great time. Hotel is very nice and beach is excellent the best one I’ve been to in DR 🇩🇴! The staff is what made vacation amazing the entertainment team was excellent Joel ( Chocolate ),David ( Spagetti ), Sandy ( Crazy Chicken ),Daniel,Andri the Dj, Emely,Ceserina they always had great games, shows and dancing at beach and pool. Jorge at the bar by pool made the best drinks 🍺🍷. Our little boy Alexander loved the kids club and teen area where he was learning how to play pool 🎱. Our daughter Shaileen played tennis 🎾 for the first time. Excellent vacation cause of the amazing staff and great beach we will be going back to Grand Bahia El Portillo next time we visit Samana.

  • Konstantin Z : Toronto, Canada

This place i will say is one of the most beautiful on Caribbean islands. There are a long-long beach surrounding with the palms.We visited this resort after hurricane September 25, 2017. It was looks like nothing happened. They work very hard to fix everything as soon as possible. I have nothing to complain. Not going to repeat about rooms, food and ....Yes they have some problem with English but tourists shouldn't complain too much.They try to learn and very soon they will be good.I recommend to everybody book an excursion to the National Park. It's very unique.May be when you see this beauty we will be a better human. May be.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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)
  • 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. 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.