The Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana is a huge complex with a prime beachfront address. Expect everything from sea-view pools and gourmet restaurants to merengue and salsa sessions.
This place doesn’t do things by halves – it lines up 2 pools, 6 restaurants and tons of sports and activities. Plus, the whole complex is pulled up against a white-sand beach.
Bedroom-wise, junior suites are the standard here. They’re really spacious, and each one has a whirlpool bath and a roomy terrace. Golden Club rooms get add-ons like cocktails and 24-hour room service, too.
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With Thomson Airways
- Direct flights from 7 UK airports
- Fly on the spacious new Dreamliner
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Free room upgrade
Book a junior suite between the 24th April 2015 and the 31st January 2016 and receive a free upgrade to a junior suite Golden Club room. For arrivals from the 1st May 2016 to the 31st October 2016. Please note bookings will be automatically upgraded in resort.
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. 3 visits per week to one of the 5 speciality à la carte restaurants. Snacks.
Local 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.
Main buffet restaurant
Offering a variety of international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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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, a ceiling fan and hydro-massage bath, 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 - can be sold as a single - with 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed, a hydro-massage bath and a ceiling fan.
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A week in Paradise!
After reading some of the reviews on here I was a little worried about this hotel but I can honestly say you really do have to take them with a pinch of salt as we had an absolutely wonderful stay at the Bahia Principe Bavaro! From the moment we got in our pre booked taxi (arranged through the hotel) with our ice cold 'Coronas' to the moment we arrived back at the airport everything ran soooooo smoothly and was so well organised within the hotel. We had paid for the upgrade to Hacienda through Thomas Cook and was well worth it. I had emailed the hotel two weeks prior to my stay to book the restaurants and all of my bookings were confirmed on arrival. We changed some reservations around and made the times later over at the guest services which was a simple task. The Japanese was fantastic as was the Fish Restaurant and Steak house. The buffets were also great so much choice and the quality was really surprising, the food really was of such a high standard everywhere we went and catered for everybody's tastes! We must mention Luis in the Mexican he took some funny photos of us with the big mexican hats and made a real effort so he is well worth a mention! Our room was beautiful, Villa 23106 perfectly positioned by the "train/ golf buggy'' that was sitting there every time we walked out of our front door! This is the feature of the hotel and some people moan the grounds are too big? We just hopped on and away we went no issues what so ever and found our way around within a day it really wasn't that hard!! You have exclusive use of Santa Fe for breakfast and lunch and was perfect so quiet in there and so close for us to use. Maria our maid was wonderful and on hand to help us with any issue we had, even gave us a gift on our departure and was always smiling and friendly, please pass on our gratitude. The beach was stunning...white sand and turquoise warm seas, it was pure paradise and never really had an issue with getting sun loungers, bar one day when an awful old american lady said "'we had pinched her spot''....we certainly didn't and the row of beds behind us who were also American confirmed this to her but she still didn't believe us or them and started arguing ..so we moved anyway as didn't want her sour old face ruining our perfect afternoon and there were plenty of other beds to choose from, a very strange, miserable lady!! We went Double Kayaking one day, you have to go up to the hut at 9am to reserve for the same day but there were plenty of times to choose from so we had great fun doing that and fantastic that it was all included!! We sunbathed round the pool a couple of times and although we are a young couple, even we found the pool entertainment wayyyyy too loud and there is no real need for it to be. Arm wrestling, bingo activities, music we really have no issue with, but its the constant shouting and the pitch the man uses which just annoys and really grates on you so we just left and went back to our balcony or the lobby for some wonderful daiquiris and to catch the last evening rays!! We played mini golf and tennis and both were excellent and didn't have to queue to do either, although we found the tennis a bit hot at 5pm so perhaps choose the 6 or 7pm slots! We went to the Michael Jackson show on the Monday evening and even if you are not a fan you must go, I have seen thriller in London and this was a really good standard of entertainment especially for a hotel and rounded off one of our best evenings in the resort. We got roped into going for the tour of the neighbouring hotel and presentation. We knew it would be sell sell sell but were interested in seeing the Esmerelda in case we came back and wanted to upgrade. Bianca was lovely that spoke to us and showed us around but then the sales manager came across to explain how it works and how much it all was going to cost and he was rather off putting. He didn't explain the package and how it works well at all and just handed over a few illustrations and numbers and expected us just to hand over Â£8000 plus for the "timeshare'' package and he was actually quite rude when we asked him to explain it again after a second time. We decided then it was something we would not be interested in and ran for the hills! We then had to pass ''quality control'' to get our free gift we had been promised so we chose the Dominican package which included a bottle of rum and a cigar amongst other bits so wasn't too much of a wasted hour!! All in all our stay at the Bavaro really was fantastic and we had the most memorable holiday...beautiful food and drinks, friendly staff, stunning beach and grounds, hot sunny weather, what more can you ask for!! We really cannot wait to go back as we said we would most definitely return to this resort in the future and would recommend it to all of our family and friends!! A few tips: There is no need to buy tourist cards before you go as saved us no time at the airport. Email the hotel before you go with your restaurant reservations and any room requests. Let them know if you have an anniversary or birthday as they make such an effort and you get some fabulous treats and decorations added to your room which was a wonderful touch. If you want a british newspaper and you are in the Hacienda upgrade pop into your private reception and they will print one off daily for you. Stay clear of the vendors who try and sell you things, plan your route around them as you will be stuck with them for ages! If you need low denominations of dollars for tips go to the cashier in the reception and she will change them for you. Have a wonderful trip!! :-) xMore
Sunseekertam, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Just spent 2 weeks at the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro 24th April to 8th May and having read some of the reviews we were a little concerned, but we didn't need to have been. Although the complex is very large we were in the Bavaro part having upgraded to the Hacienda suites Villa 27 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The room was decorated with balloons and we were given a bowl of fruit, slippers and bath robes. The fridge was replenished daily as was the coffee/ tea making facilities. We had a lovely chamber maid who always had a smile and a cheery greeting for us and did a good job of cleaning the room.she was well worth a tip at the end of the holiday. As part of the Hacienda upgrade we could have breakfast and lunch at the Santa Fe restaurant which was just a short walk from the main pool and beach. This was a very relaxed dining experience. We also booked four of our Al a Carte restaurants in the first week ; the Barbeque, Italian, Garden Grill and Mediterranean . The second week we rebooked the Italian and the Garden Grill. We found the food and service to be really good in these but the Barbeque was our least favourite. We also went to the main dining restaurant which people told us was very busy and poor service but we went at 7.30 one evening and 9 pm another evening and found plenty of empty tables and the food choices were unbelievable, so we had no complaints there. Our days were spent round the bottom pool sunbathing and swimming, can't believe how warm the pool was at 8 o'clock in the morning. Had some walks along the lovely beach and only saw seaweed on one day otherwise it was beautiful and clean. Unfortunately we were bitten by the sand flies and suffered for that, but the sea was so warm. Our only complaint about the bottom pool was the afternoon music being played and the bingo session. After a lovely lunch we would retire to our sun beds for an afternoon nap only to be woken by the entertainer shouting "when I say Bingo, you say Bongo " and coming out with silly irritating comments . It drove us mad and we would wonder off to our balcony for peace and quiet. The main lounge area in the centre of the complex was very warm as there was no air conditioning there only fans but we went there for our free one hour Wi Fi and to enjoy the free coffee station.we didn't go to any of the evening entertainment so can't comment on that. Also we didn't book any of the Thomas Cook trips as we found them to be expensive and not really to our taste. We are in our late 60's and early 70's and I think our days of Zip Wiring or Dune Buggy and speed boat trips are long gone. More catering for the younger ones. We were thankful for the free buses which run every few minutes up and down the complex as it was so warm we didn't have the energy to walk too far. On the whole we had a really enjoyable holiday. More
Not a 5 Star
Visited May 1-6. Our second visit to a Grand Bahia having previously visited Runaway Bay. Arrival: check in was smooth, whisked to our room by bell services and entered our room, at 31311. Location was great. AC did not work and the ceiling fan made a terrible squeal when it was on. Walked to the lobby to report this and they sent someone within five minutes to look at it. The message was that they needed a part to fix the AC and couldn't get it until the next morning. Would we be okay for the night? I answered No because my son was suffering from a migraine since the end of the flight. They said they would call back shortly with an arrangement. We did not receive a call for the entire night. Went to the reception desk at 8 the next morning to report the AC issue and the lady immediately called someone and said it would be taken care of. She would also be sending a welcome gift and a swan shaped fruit basket since we are returning guests. At about 11 we returned to our room to find men there working on the AC. Returned at 1 to find everything reassembled, the AC NOT working and no message for us. Went to the WestJet vacation rep who told me that if I had attended the session that morning, she would have had me moved at 1. Now you will have to wait until tomorrow. I told her that I was only there for four full days and I wasn't going to waste another day on this issue. She rolled her eyes and left me to deal with the reception staff. After kicking up a fuss, we were moved to another room with AC that worked. Food was good, a lot of the same things every day but there are a lot of choices so you can easily select different things each day. Lots of bottled water available. Beach was beautiful with fun waves. Staff were very happy but I found service to be so-so. Booked the catamaran tour through Stevie Stevie on the beach for our two families and were very disappointed with the behaviour that our young teens had to witness on that boat. My 12 year old got to watch as a staff person pushed my friend's husband over at the waist and proceeded to gyrate and grind against him with her hips until he could get away. My daughter is still talking about it a week later. Left on the 6th having never seen the welcome gift or the swan shaped fruit basket. If this I how Grand Bahia treats their returning VIP guests, I wouldn't want to be a first-time visitor. Did we have fun? Yes. Did we get what we thought we were paying for at a five star resort? No. If you get it for a great price, by all means go. I would not pay full price to visit again.More
Wanda L, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
This resort has a very nice & clean surrounding. Most of the staff are friendly however some need to work on there hospitality. The food at the buffet was okay. The a la carte restaurants have great food and spectacular service. The pool activities and music need improvement big time! My experience wasn't fun but it was relaxing. They need to do something about the roaches in the Lobby area. I was afraid to put my bag down.More
Good resort but would try somewhere new
My boyfriend and I spent 4 days, everything was smooth. The staff was pleasant and courteous. They have shuttle cars to transport you all over (free of charge) Beach was great and beach activities were super fun but a bit on the pricey side. If you want to use the sailboat/catamaran and have no experience they will charge you $35 US for the lesson then you can be on your own...(the lesson isn't worth the money, to use the sailboat/catamaran is very very simple, just google/YouTube it! ) As for food, for really average quality and cold food visit Piscis, we found out on our 2nd day that the restaurant attached to the Bavaro lobby serves better quality breakfast, lunch and dinner...we didn't like the fact that you needed to make reservations for most of the restaurants, and which you have to do before 7pm each day.More
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