Grand Bahia Principe Samana Roulette
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OverviewFor those looking for luxury, you hit the jackpot! Book the Grand Bahia Principe Roulette at a great low price and Air Canada Vacations will assign you to either the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa or Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo. This option is great for those who are flexible in their resort selection.
We were there for a week.HITS: Nice clean place room was clean comfy bed and balcony facing the ocean. Food was good. Lots of choices. Amazing spa. Not to far from airport. MISSES: Stairs omg if your not in shape or have health issues lots of stairs. Pool only 1 close 3 others a good walk or use the driver. No people serving around pool or picking up garbage. Although I saw them clean it everyday it was full of bird poop, dirt and leaves..and cups. Discussing. Lots of renos going on. Kids yes lots. We're not kid people but for the price we sucked it up. Employees were some good some just miserable and look like they hate their job. I rate this a 6/10
We stayed here because we wanted a smaller resort. I have nothing but good things to say. The staff was very friendly, the service was great. Rooms are very spacious. We had one overlooking the small inlet and the view was beautiful. The food was great as per my other stays at a Grand Bahia Principe. The 6 story elevator to the beach was a unique feature. We flew into Samana airport so our trip from airport to hotel was relatively short compared to the others who landed elsewhere. The only knock I have on this resort is the main beach. The water was not as clear as I hoped and there was lots of debris floating around. I wouldn't let this stop me from returning. If you are lucky enough to get a chair on the beach by the pier below the snack bar, you will have a better experience. I would recommend this place at the right price.
Just returned from two glorious weeks staying here.Room was lovely and view of the bay stunning. Tea/coffee/drinks provided in room daily.Very clean. Food was excellent. Always a variety. Three great al a carte restaurants.The staff were very friendly. Would have like rooms cleaned earlier in the day as sometimes when returning to our room at 4 o'clock room wasn't cleaned.The locals tend to take over at the weekends which resulted in queues at lunchtime.The beach was lovely but lots of rubbish in the sea. The lads did well in cleaning up the beach each morning.No A/C in the lobby and limited wifi only in lobby. Didn't want to pay extra £100 for wifi in room.There is a free golf buggy to take you to town each hour. Be careful of being 'met' off the bus by 'Richard', who wants to take you to his cousins shop(!)....unfortunately we did go with him as he helped us at the pharmacy, but as soon as we were out of site he wanted our bag of presents.....and because we were on his turf thought it best to give them to him, this put me off going on any tours or going to town again.We hadn't read any reviews beforehand, so didn't realise there was a 3 and half hour transfer from airport....too long.All in all, we enjoyed our holiday. The hotel was lovely.
I do blame myself for not checking that it takes 31/2 hours to get from Puerta Plata airport to the hotel. That was after an 8 hour flight from Manchester. Is the hotel worth the travelling time? In my opinion, unfortunately not! The hotel is situated on a promontory and because of that there seemed to be a cooling breeze a lot of the time which was good. It also means that, as has been mentioned in other reviews, you need to take the steps or go on the lift to get to the beach. The beaches are not great and I did see discarded plastic bottles and tops floating around in the sea. I have no reason to believe that it is a health risk but it just was not very appealing. The beach is kept fairly clean and it is also raked to keep it free from rubbish. No idea why people don’t just take it back with them!We spent most of our time at the pool and in comparison to previous holidays, the pool was not very big. Luckily for us the hotel was not full so we found it ok. We were also always able to get a lounger and happily there did not seem to be a booking frenzy for seats. The main pool can be noisy and we did go to the far away pool a few times, which was great and also quiet. You can also get a golf type buggy back up to the hotel from there avoiding having to climb up all of the stepsOne of the daily problems were the low flying birds, both at the pool and the beach. The birds were not unlike swifts, small and very fast moving. They would swoop the pool a few times each day. This seemed to coincide with the appearance of several large predatory eagles. This in itself was not a great problem but I was not too impressed with the resultant bird droppings in the pool! You would notice people in the pool sweeping them to the side away from them. The hotel is aware of this problem and to be fair I have no idea how this could be solved. An attendant would “filter” the surface of the pool in the morning and also just after lunch using a long handled net, so they did make an effort to keep it clean.Our room was large with plenty of space. Beds ok, storage ok, shower not too good. The room and the hotel in general was very clean and it looked like there was always someone cleaning somewhere. Minor problem with our room was that it had a door linking it to the room next door. This could have been a bigger problem as one night the guests next door decided to stay up late (4.00am) and were particularly loud. The noise travels more because of the adjoining door and in the interest of good holiday relations I did not complain. It improved greatly when they left a day or so later but if it had persisted, one of us would have been moving rooms! Don’t mind people having a good time, but not when it keeps me awake half the night. The view from our balcony was really nice and the best we have had in the last five or six years. Practically next to the hotel there are two bridges linking the mainland to two other small islands. On the beach a security guard asks you for your room number before you set off and you check in when you get back. Not sure if they have had any problems in the past or they are just being proactive? We walked over to the end of the last island and to be quite honest it is not worth the effort, unless you have a passion for walking over bridges! There is nothing to see except some half finished concrete constructions with a load of building material lying around. Looks like someone either changed their mind or ran out of money. Anyway don’t waste your time going over unless you want to take a few photos looking back to the hotel.The food was just ok. Was not too hot a lot of the time and it seemed that there was never any milk for breakfast cereal. That is unless you had chocolate milk or soya milk. The buffet serving area was very small for a hotel this size and in comparison to our hotel in Mexico last year, it was a fraction of the size. In fact one lunchtime when they had more guests than usual, they had to shut the restaurant doors and guests were only allowed in when others left. Never had that before!Unfortunately I will not be returning to this hotel. The combination of travelling time and the quality on offer is not at all appealing. They also charge $4 per day for safe in the room. Not impressed with that, especially if they consider themselves 4*+. The staff were very pleasant and helpful and I have no issue with their attitude. It’s just that there are a lot more better places to go and you can get there quicker!
We returned to Cayacoa mid May until mid June this year for 4 weeks of being well looked after by all the wonderful staff who treat us like family.After a very smooth Dreamliner flight from Manchester we landed at Puerta Plata and were met by our taxi (Nadin) who we had booked last year. It is a 200 minutes coach ride provided by First Choice but after the trip to the airport and then an 8 1/2hr flight we decided that 200$ in an air con taxi and 150 minute drive was good value. We were met by Danny at reception who welcomed us and arranged our sea-view room with balcony just like the one last year. I must say that throughout the stay, Danny was always on hand to help. After the usual shower and unpacking (we never learn and always take too much!), it was down to the lounge/bar to see Dario, Manuel, and the middle guy in the photo. The only barman/friend missing was Victor who was on holiday but we met up after the third week and had a great reunion.In the restaurant we met up with Dadys who is the maitre 'd and many of the waitresses that we knew (Caroline, Brenda the smiler, Empiratrix and more). See the picture how happy everyone is. The food is so good and varied with a different theme every night that we decided not to visit the à la carte restaurants. Most days we go to the beach and chat to the artist Eusebio ( Picasso!), Raymond and Gregory who can organise tours and taxis if you want to. The sea is warm and you can stay in for a couple of hours no problem.Unfortunately there had been two landslides last November which reduced the usable beach by two thirds so the sea in the early morning was dirty and the daily lunchtime food in general was cancelled. We still came home with great tans. We organised a private trip to Las Galeras (not impressed) and then on to Rincon Beach which must be one of the most beautiful beaches in Samana Province if not DR. Lovely clear warm water and the freshly barbecued whole fish (snapper I think) and rice was superb. The only other trip we organised was a private visit with Raymond to Las Terrenas for the day. Souvenirs and Italian food made the day. We must mention Jordi who with Euris ran the beach bar. Both of them are masters at any type of drink from cocktails to cèverça or vino tinto. They always had a smile and maybe a song for you. José Rodriguez was a manager who made sure that everything went smoothly. It really was a wonderful holiday and seems to improve each time we go. We are both planning to return in October 2018 or June 2019.Join us if you can.
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