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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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • KDesrosiers2 : Cornwall, Ontario
Great place!

Highly recommend this resort. Fabulous beach, walk for miles. Safe, and very picturesque. A la Cartes were all amazing. And staff accommodating. I had absolutely no issues with anything at this resort. About 50 minutes from airport. Nice ride.You should go!

  • 1000islandgirlx :
Christmas at El Portillo

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful vacation over the Christmas Holidays at El Portillo. The room was nice and clean. It was not a large room but the bathroom was a decent size and the room was spotless which is what I think is most important. The beach was very nice. It is a long, natural beach that is a joy to walk. The food was good at the buffet and all of the a la carte restaurants. Christmas Eve was spectacular. The resort really made it a special event! You can snorkel right from the hotel which is awesome! We went on one excursion to see the National Park and Cayo Levantado. We had a great time on the excursion. I think this resort is a good solid 4 star and it is good value for your money. Staff were very nice. We would go back again but we prefer to try new places.

  • susan658 : Toronto
Great resort for the price!

This is our 4th trip to the DR. First time in Samana. -food the BEST out all four DR resorts we have tried-we upgraded to Junior Suite superior and it was so spacious. Yes a bit dated, but VERY clean! We stayed on the 3rd floor of Building 26. So quiet. Loved it.-ate at all four a la carte restaurants. Everyone in our group of 10 said the Italian was their least favourite. The other 3 a la cartes were enjoyed equally.-Buffet is great but I did get tired of it and was grateful for the a la carte restaurants-beach is fantastic -- we snorkelled every day.-service was a bit slow for drinks/water at ALL restaurants-slow bar service. Not enough bartenders. Sometimes only one at the Lobby Bar.-no coffee in main lobby until well past 8am. I know there are coffee machines in the rooms but I like to let my partner sleep in and I so wanted to enjoy a cup of coffee at 7am looking out at the beach. I didn't want to go to the buffet as I wasn't ready to eat. -Lots of loungers on the beach and plenty in the shade. We enjoyed the end of the beach close to the Tropicana stage as it's less noisy than the volleyball/bar area. There is a small bar down at that end with the basics -- so we didn't have to walk far to get a drink and there is a washroom close by!-we walked the beach in both directions every day. Our Air Canada rep (Guy -- best vacation rep I've ever experienced!!) told us NOT to wear jewellry/watches while walking. His advice is worth noting! One day we were there a woman was robbed of her cellphone while walking on the Las Terrenas side of the beach. A guy was in the bush and ran out and grabbed it from her and then took off on a motorbike with an accomplice. She wasn't hurt. They just wanted the phone. So -- be safe and DO NOT take anything valuable with you on your walk. Watching the kite surfing up the beach is a lot of fun!-This resort is great for the price point. It is not a "party" resort which suited us fine.-The evening shows were not too great (except for Circus night which was amazing). -there is no "WOW" factor at this resort. It's pretty standard. If you want to be treated like royalty and have more entertainment options and bigger pool then you need to look elsewhere. Honestly for the price I think it is amazing. Just don't go expecting a 5 star place or 5 star amenities/service.-download a translation app onto your phone -- it will help you communicate!-best non-sugary drink (in my opinion) is the Caipirinha. It's the signature drink at the Brazilian restaurant. You can get it at any bar. It's like a lemonade drink and very yummy!-pleasantly surprised by the seating areas by the lobby bar. Even when it rains you're not confined to your room. Nicely laid out. Other resorts could learn from this.I do not hesitate to recommend this resort. You won't be disappointed as long as you are aware of what they do and do not offer. I personally won't be going again but that is just because I like going to new places and don't like doing the same thing vacation after vacation.

  • Guljit K :
Lost paradise found again

25 years ago I was in Las terrenas a place called Cacao Beach, which was a paradise and I visited this place 5 times. After many years this was the first time in this area. It was a nice experience, to have a beach with few people.

  • creativechris2016 : Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
Niiiiice!!!!!!! Again

Second trip to this place love it! Can't go wrong here, the staff work very hard to keep the place clean, service with a smile and the food is great. Love how organized they are, room keys and bracelets are handed out on the bus and we got our bags delivered to our room right away.Wish they would take our Canadian money as the USD is only benefiting the Americans. The pool is too small for the amount of people that stay during high season but we didn't care too much because the beach is the best. No problem finding chairs either!Some of the staff that went above and beyond - Ramon at the beach restaurant, Kelvin and chocolatee (can't remember his real name) at the main buffet, and of course lady Gaga. Wish I could remember more names. All the staff were so courteous. We may come back next year!

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)
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Pedal boats
  • Snorkeling
  • Bicycles
  • Pool scuba clinic
  • Daytime Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Disco
  • 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
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Babysitting (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Ceiling fan
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/ Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (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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