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.
Lovely hotel with a big colonial entrance hall and reception, the staff are great very attentive and helpful, we went April 1 to April 17 for our 25 wedding anniversary, we were greeted with wine and chocolates in our lovely large room with a sea view room 316 recomended.The grounds of the complex are immaculate and a pleasure to walk round the maim pool is the party pool so noisy during the day but all over by 6pm returning to piece and tranquility, The most tranquil place to be is around the smaller pool on the west of the complex, quite, sunny with a small bar to keep you cool, you can also snoorkel in the near by beach and bay but there must be no wind if you want to see anything under water, I did film a moray eel on the sea bed along with star fish a many other coulerful fish.The food was excellent in all the restaurants the French one had the edge though, On the drinks front well they were all pretty weak and the wine is a bit rough, we down the town to get a couple of decent bottles but not cheap at $16 a bottle but oh so worth it!The town is safe enough as the hotel owns most of it but behind the scenes a very poor commuinity, so the locals are always looking to make a dollar or two, your seen as fair game with your yellow all inclusive wrist band, there is very little to purchase anyway but a nice place to have a stroll around the harbour, All in all a very nice and well ran hotel but feeling a little locked in as there is very little to do that does not cost money, the hotel trips are ready available but far from cheap, we went on the snoorkling trip and that was $180 So if you like getting out and about by your own steam you will be very limited and for that reason we will probably go back to Thialand next year far more to do and much much cheaper.
My wife and I were offered a free upgrade from the Bahia Principe Levantado. We spent 9 days at the Cayacoa and cannot praise the resort enough. Everything was fabulous. Thanks to the management and staff for all their efforts, we really appreciated it.
My husband are arriving home today April 18th after a weeks stay in this unique picturesque hotel. Samana airport was modern and quick as we were the only plane landing. We took a taxi $50 one way took 35 min (closed my eyes a few times) and an hour by bus today. It's nice to have a short check in line up because you've beat the bus. Shout out to staff who went over and above; the check in who graciously found us an upgrade when I neglected to book a standard room with a view. (Only standard) the $140 US was worth every penny. Didn't like that the safe was an extra cost. Also the lobby bar staff we're awesome and kept me company when my husband retired early. It's only open until 11pm so I headed to the disco with friends only to discover it was all local music. It would have been much better to mix in current pop. An advantage however is that the drinks are included there as well where any other disco the drinks are not inclusive. We were in Room 210 with great access to Lobby, main pool, patio area and view over looked the bridge to the elevator with the open water behind. Raul at the pool bar was very efficient and friendly. The entire place is kept very clean however is looking a bit tired eg tarp on restaurant roof. We were able to go to an speciality restaurant 5 nights out of six. The steak house and Italian were our fav. Although beautiful grounds (with the exception of the main beach) the stairs made for quite a work out and we only travelled to the other little beach and pools once upon arrival. We took the lobby shuttle and walked back. I'm in my 40s and weekly at the gym and found them a lot. Our friends we met there were in a building where you had to climb steep stairs daily so if you have mobility issues ensure you know where your room is located because room service is not available in the event of rain. I just took off my heels and sloshed through to the steak house but know there is an umbrella in your closet. It's a four star with unexpected beauty like the patio area that overlooks a bay with a scene that resembles Portugal. The nightly entertainment was as good as any other resorts we've been to. We probably won't go back just because we prefer 5 star. However we appreciated all this resort had to offer we will look into the 5 star sister resort located on its own island visible from this resort. This was an "extra" vacation for us this year and for the value we appreciated and enjoyed our time very much.
I would ignore reviews that rate this resort lower than a 4*. The grounds are kept spotless, the rooms and resort are kept very clean. Initially we were given one of the rooms in the villas. We politely asked if we could be moved to the main building which we had requested when we booked. They switched our room immediately. Thanks to Daniel as he went above and beyond his duties to help us out. We found all staff at the resort helpful and friendly. You are in a different country, so you should expect a language barrier. We found the staff really enjoyed our effort to speak a little Spanish. The food was excellent and we tried all three ala cartes. We enjoyed all of them. The antipasto bar in the Italian was excellent, although you could see some people confused by it. The lamb at the ala cartes was the best we have ever had. I would say the buffet food was typical of this star rating resort. There was something for everyone. There was no lobster at the Gala evening in the buffet as some had stated, it was king prawn.We tried all the pools. If you don't like the activity pool, there are a lot of quiet pools or the beach to go to. The water temperature was perfect. We also took our snorkeling gear and found it to be perfect for snorkeling when we were there. Tons of fish and starfish.Our biggest con was the patio area in the later evening. There were a lot of people smoking and we just found we could not sit outside because of all the people smoking. There was no designated smoking area and the breeze just circulated the smoke.We found the average age of guests to be between 50 and 70. I would not recommend this resort for children. Although there are lots of stairs, there are elevators and carts to transport you around. We always took the stairs. We did use the gym facilities. Believe me, it is like a sauna in the gym. No air flow at all.I believe the resort would do well to reduce their prices in the store by about one third. They are overpriced and you could see not many guest were in there. However, the trip into town is another story. There is nothing to buy there. However, the trip in is an experience on its own. You will need no more than 1 hour in town as there is not much there. The store people will be on you the minute you step off the shuttle.One last note which has nothing to do with the resort. We did use our credit card in the store at the airport (the only place we used it). By the time we got to Toronto, our card had been compromised. We don't know if that is where it happened, however, they tried to charge $9,000 within a half hour of us using it. Just seems to coincidental.A big thanks to Darius and Manuel at the lobby bar. Wonderful staff all around.We would return to this resort.
We stayed for a week at the Grand Bahai Principe Cayacoa and had a great week. The hotel and grounds are near the town of Samana about 40 minutes from the airport.The hotel is very well maintained as are the hotel grounds and walkways. We stayed in the 3300 block south of the main building, and enjoyed it for being quiet and the awesome view. The pools, restaurants, bars, hallways, walkways and grounds were very well maintained and in excellent shape for a hotel that is not very new. Everything was clean, no damage around, even all the beach chairs were in perfect shape.The food was the best we have had besides a week at a Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos (at triple the price). Better than any other previous trips to the Dominican Republic or Cuba. It was an excellent surprise. The buffet had a great selection and the food was always hot. They also set up a mini-buffet on the beach each day and it was great as well.We ate at each of the three a-la-carte restaurants and while the food was good, we enjoyed the buffet selection better. The views from each of the a-la-carts was amazing, especially the french restaurant at the tip of the peninsula.Our room was a junior suite that was a good size with a separate sitting area that we turned into a bed for our 9 year old. The bathroom in our room could have used a few hours of work and was looking a bit tired. The shower drained very slowly and the shower bottom was in need of replacement. The shower door and door to the toilette area were out of alignment and it would be a quick fix. We found the air conditioning struggled a bit, and were hot the first two nights until we turned it all the way to the lowest setting and left it there all day. The room was still never cooler than 24-25C. The mini-bar was restocked with water and beer each day and the room was cleaned very well.The resort is pretty spread out and built on a cliff, so there are lots of stairs and walkways plus the elevator to the beach. If you don't like walking, get a room in the main hotel. The beach was really nice and we spent most days there. The water was warm, the bar service was excellent, and even the bathrooms on the beach were clean and working, a rare treat.Overall a great week, with excellent service, food and amenities.Highly recommend to couples and families.
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Grand Bahia Principe Samana RouletteSamana,Dominican Republic
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