The ultimate in relaxing tropical retreats, you'll find all you need to unwind at the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, which was previously called Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro. It has three pools with one sitting right along the powdery white sands. With a shopping centre and shared facilities with its sister hotel, there's loads to keep you entertained.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. 3 visits per week to one of the 7 speciality à la carte restaurants. Snacks.
Local and selected international alcoholic drinks including beer, spirits, cocktails, house wine with dinner, juices and soft drinks.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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With whirlpools, fountains, and a kids section. Towels are also available.
Hotel-run kids' club
For kids aged 4 to 12 years.
Mikado Japanese à la carte restaurant
Offering authentic Japanese dishes. This place comes with a dress code, it's long trousers for men. You'll also need to make your reservation in advance.
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junior suite golden club room
Junior suite in the Golden Club sleeps up to 3 adults and a child or 1 adult and 2 children up to 12 years with 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed and a ceiling fan, plus Golden Club services and amenities such as alarm clock, beach towel, bathrobes and slippers, nightly turndown service, VIP amenities, umbrella on request at reception, private Golden reception, welcome cocktail, 4 à la carte dinners per week, entry to private Casa Club, free internet and newspapers in the Casa Club.
Junior suite sleeps up to 3 adults and a child or 1 adult and 2 children up to 12 years with 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed and a ceiling fan.
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Loved this hotel!!!!!
We thought the hotel was fabulous - I stayed there for 5 days in early March with my 16-year-old daughter. Property, cuisine choices, service, activities and entertainment all terrific!! Thank you for a wonderful vacation.More
funtimes654321, Princeton, New Jersey
Great repeat vacation!!!
We had returned a second time to the Grand Bahia Principe resort and enjoyed our stay as much as during our first visit. Aware of its size we were also aware of all it has to offer. There is virtually something for everybody. So if there is a little "hick up", just move on to the next activity since there is so much being offered on the grounds. Why not make the best of your vacation! The service stuff has been great at the restaurants, no matter if it was at the Lobby buffet or the A-la-carte restaurants for which we had made timely reservations. A great thank you goes to Wilson and Stephanie ( at the Spanish Restaurant on Feb25/2014 and the next morning at the Breakfast buffet by the lobby). It makes you realize that they work long hours, but it is being done with a friendly smile. However we witnessed at the Spanish restaurant the late arrival of some tourists who did not think that the booked dinner time should be binding to them. They showed up almost 2 hours late for their dinner with their children in tow and blamed their delay on a rain shower. The manager was trying desperately to calm them down and to accommodate them. In any case these patrons got verbally abusive to the stuff at the restaurant, including loud shouting. It was really hard to watch and our hearts went out to the stuff who ended up seating this unpleasant group and having likely to work much later that evening. The stuff should be applauded and thanked. In the future it would be a good idea to point out to patrons to do their part to keep everybody's enjoyment in mind: be punctual and respectful. Respect goes a long way, both ways! The weather was great, the beach is cleaned every day first thing in the morning and ongoing. You can always get some chairs at the beach and if go early enough, you can catch the sun rise..... In any case, we are looking forward to be back next year. We travelled with 2 more couples and all had a great vacation.More
Claude022014, Ottawa, Canada
Fantastic second trip to grand bahia principe bavaro!
We have just returned from our second trip to the grand bahia principe bavaro, diamond section. We once again had a fabulous trip. Service was outstanding at every restaurant we went to. The staff at the Santa Fe restaurant were friendly and helpful. The grounds are impeccable, maid service outstanding. The buffet choices were great at the main buffet. While everyone has their taste in food, I highly recommend making reservations at the French restaurant and Italian restaurant. You cannot go wrong with those restaurant choices. I was just a bit disappointed in the set up of the barbecue restaurant. No a la carte options and too many people have reservations at the same time. Gran Bahia is our oasis away from it all and our choice winter family destination. Pools are great, drinks are great, the beach is fabulous. The shows were entertaining and the kid disco adorable. Our kids loved the water park and the fun park. We played mini golf, trampolines and bumper cars which was so much fun. I highly recommend grand bahia. We will be returning again!More
finnegan155019, Toronto, Canada
A HUGE disappointment: overcrowded not-at-all-inclusive
A HUGE disappointment This place is huge: there are 5 Bahia Principe hotels in that complex and, in contrast with other places where we saw such arrangement; they are not situated side-by-side along the beach but one behind another. Our agent put us into Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, which I am reviewing now, but the pictures you see are from the two other, much better, hotels in the complex. So if you scam (tour) operator (Apple vacations in our case) places you in “Bahia Principe Bavaro” you can expect to end up shoved into the same hole we did. The main reason for us vacationing in the Caribbean is to be at the beach. Our cottage was 2 km (1.3 miles) away from it. There is a complex transportation network with multiple colored routes, stops and transfer points which is supposed to run from 5 am in the morning to 3 am at night. The trucks/buggies/trains don’t follow the routes, don’t run on schedule, and often not at all. The ends of line don’t match. From our house we needed to take a hike, get a ride, take another hike, get a second ride and then take the third hike to get to the beach. It took us on average 45 minutes to get to the beach and sometimes as long as an hour. And in the week we were there we never saw a bus from the grey line which connected our hotel to the main lobby before 8 am or after 7 pm when we needed it most. The beach is badly overcrowded and you needed to be there before 6 am to claim a place in the shade and if you came after 8:30 all places were gone. Some people we met were coming to the beach at 4 am to get the places they wanted. But not to despair: there were people (not sure if they were employees or just enterprising locals) on the beach who for a few bucks would toss/take the towels from the beds of people who stepped away and drag them to you. We lost a couple of places and towels to this scam. In order to get ANY place on the beach we had to leave our room by 7 am with all the beach bags and whining kids, hoof the first kilometer of foot (the first day we made a mistake and waited for 30 minutes for the bus that never came), take a ride, walk for 10 minutes around the beach trying to find the least inconvenient place that was still unclaimed, drop our things and walk to the beach-front restaurant to wait for breakfast. Naturally, the beach places opened for breakfast an hour later than the ones inland, but if we took breakfast first we would not have any place on the beach at all. Not-at-all-inclusive In my book this is not an all-inclusive resort. Here are the things we were told we had to pay for, that I was expecting to be included: - Use of the in-room safe ($4/day even when it’s broken) - Good drinks in bars: they had very small selection of “included” drinks in the bars and all lobby bars had 2/3 of the space on their shelves dedicated to the “not included” stuff with prices on par with US bars. They would not give you an “included” drink unless you ask for it correctly: when you ask for “Kahlua”, “Bailys” or “Irish Cream” in a good hotel you get the real thing, on an Ok place you get the generic substitute. In this place you were asked to pay, and only after researching the bar menu I found the code word “whiskey Cream” that got me the free substitute. - Beach towels: during the check-in we were told that there is no need for towel cards “you just get the towels at the beach or by the pool” and weren’t given any cards. The people at the pool demanded the cards to give us towels and when we explained that we were not given any they cheerfully said “No problem! You give me $3 per towel, and I give it to you with no card”. We had to go back to the lobby and make a scene to get the towel cards. Good thing we did, because during checkout it turned out that failure to return the cards we weren’t given in the first place would have cost us $20 per towel. - Evening entertainment: $15 per person for a “Caribbean Party with tropical drinks” “Finally, we made a breakthrough: you are UNIMPORTANT!” We were regularly made to feel exactly like Z in Woody Allen’s AntZ: - When we came to the room several things were not working (lights, safe, etc.) and it required several calls to reception to rectify this. When I asked why our room was not prepared (the light bulbs were unscrewed and lying next to the broken fixtures) the cheerful employee answered: “Do you know how many thousands of rooms we have in this hotel? We had 500 check-ins just today!” - In buffet restaurants 1/3 of the times waiters would not even come to us to take drink orders. In another third they took the orders but did not bring them (at least not within the hour it took us to eat and feed the kids). - As we were waiting for 20-30 minutes for a ride that would sometimes never show up at all, we saw the constant stream of “privilege club” golf cards zooming past us - There were often tables set in the lobby where a lady would be mixing and serving fancy-looking drinks. I stopped by one of them and was told with a friendly smile “Not for you, sir!” - As I mentioned, the beach was terribly overcrowded, but that that was only the half accessible to “regular” guests, there was another half reserved for “special” guests with a sub-section dedicated to “privileged” ones (or the other way round) with lots of empty beach beds at any time of the day. I have seen such areas in other resorts but they were usually small and discreet and here it was half of the beach in the face of terrible overcrowding. Speaking of the privilege club: we were constantly assaulted by people trying to make us buy the privilege upgrade to the already very expensive price we paid for staying in that hotel. The last time this happened was when we were coming with all our things to board a bus for the airport on our last day. More minor disappointments: - The food was mediocre. We never made it to any of the a-la-carte restaurants (couldn’t spare 2 hours to make it to the lobby during the times they were accepting the reservations) - The drinks were watered down and often indistinguishable from one another - Kids club had very limited and inconvenient hours 9:30-noon and 2:30-5:00 PM so we couldn’t go on even the shortest snorkeling trip without dragging the kids in tow - There were long lines everywhere (even when there was no reason for it: staff would make us wait in the buffet’s lobby even when the place was half-empty) and they regularly ran out of the good stuff that everyone wanted – sometimes I had to make 2-3 trips to the serving area to get what I wanted. - The “new water park “everyone was talking about (the agent said it was the main attraction, the check-in person said she was placing us next to the waterpark rather than the farthest place away from the beach was a bit of an oversell. We only went there once last day (despite a PM departure time there was no time to get to the beach for the last swim in the ocean as has been our tradition since we started going to the Caribbean). It was Ok but slightly less exciting than the one we have in the community pool in our village which takes $5 and 10 minute drive to visit. On the positive side To be fair, not every single thing during this stay was terrible: - The weather was perfect (it rained twice for the first and last 30 minutes of our stay there) - The beach was great - the room was spaceaous and the bathroom was great - The pools were excellent and there were a couple of wet bars - Juice station on the beach was a nice touch - They had Stoli vodka amongst the “included” drinks I will never again go to this hotel and advice everyone to avoid it as well.More
LehaM, Chicago, Illinois
Amazing resort, amazing vacation
Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro is one amazing resort. The grounds were immaculate, the beach was gorgeous and the staff were so friendly. The rooms were perfect (we stayed in 29103 and 29104 Week of feb 19-26) We never had an issue with anything in the room or the maid service. One day we didn't have beer restocked in our fridge, called express service and within 15 minutes a maid was there delivering us the beer we requested. The food and drinks were good and plentiful. I am sure if I wanted to, I could "find" things to complain about, but I would really have to sit and think about it (can't waste my time looking for faults, rather spend my time enjoying my vacation) The resort is huge, but very easy to find your way around. I have read complaints about the lighting around the grounds at night, but I thought there was enough lighting. Never had an issue getting around. I have to say that the Europeans are extremely rude and just bitter. They will not be happy with anything! The only one thing I have to say is that if you plan on spending your time on the beach, sand fleas will attack so bring bug spray. I was kind and chatty to all the staff and received super friendly and great service in return. Check in and out went very smoothly. When we arrived at noon our rooms were not ready, which I expected because check in is not until 3pm. We went back at 2:30 and they were ready. We travelled with my parents, my mother is an early riser (6:30am) so we had the same hut on the beach everyday. My boyfriend and I would takes walks on the beach throughout that day and always saw beach loungers available, maybe no huts but lots of available chairs. We all had an incredible time and can't wait to return to Grand Bahia next year! A big thank you to the staff who made our stay incredible! And a big thank you to west jet, always a great experience with west jet! See you next year!!More
Ang881, Ottawa, Canada
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