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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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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Standard all inclusive hotel
An ordinary all inclusive hotel complex. Well tended with no garbage or tree branches laying around. A couple of a la carte + a buffet restaurant. At first you find lots of different stuff to eat, but as the vacation progresses you'll find that much of the food tastes the similar. Nice and clean rooms. More
F K, Sthlm
generally very good...
Its very simple really, I don't want to waste your time reading repeated stuff from other reviews so ill keep it short. The hotel in itself is massive but beautiful and clean. This includes all areas; rooms, lobby, restaurants, grounds. The beach is exquisite. The pools follow sort. The staff were fabulous and went the extra mile to be kind to my baby Isabella. She became very popular over the two weeks. So many thanks for that. The buses that run are excellent, prompt and easy. The sunbeds could do with cushions for being 5star. Theres two things I would say let the place down and my whole overall experience, 1st being the food. The main 'canteen' had a very peculiar smell as you entered. This subsequently put me off eating. It smelt like perm lotion?! The actual food was Luke warm, basic and repetitive. I was disappointed that they didn't make pancakes for you upon request and even more so with the absense of nutella!! With that said, the la carte restaurants were better but the buffets were still Luke warm. Upon my return home I found I hadn't gained a single pound in weight and that's saying a lot for me! Relieved may I add. 2nd being the mosquitos. I understand the hotel cannot control this but as I got bit a lot I had terrible welts on my legs that were itchy and painful (attractive, I know!). No amount of pesticides, lotions and creams we used seemed to help. it seemed like fighting a losing battle. You see the little .... flying round your room and we were forever trying to squat them. The hotel will fumigate your room which helps for that one day. Then as soon as you open your door you see them fly in! I've been to the Caribbean before, am well travelled and have never suffered like this before. Perhaps it was bad luck. Anyway, recommendations: I would recommend this hotel but I would advise to book every la carte available to you (6) to utilise their better standard of food. I would recommend booking the Saona island trip but be warned it is not suitable for children under 5 in my opinion as you have to get on a speedboat etc... The trip however was wonderful and you really do feel like you're on a tropical island. I would also recommend having a massage at the hotel spa. Best I've ever had by a lovely lady called Catalina. It was to die for. This review hasn't turned out to be as short as first thought but I hope I've given some genuine insight to what is overall a wonderful place.More
daniel m, Bristol, United Kingdom
Perfect winter adventure
Rooms beautiful, beach far better than read on reviews, staff are all excellent and helpful, food and drink amazing I'm a fussy eater and was more than satisfied, the Mediterranean was outstanding. Great pools, animation team all great they work so hard , great shows lots to do. The safari was a great experience I asked the rep to get me some sweets from the local supermarket for the children, he got me a huge bag for $12 you will see so many children there all come out to wave So friendly it was the best experience stopping off at a beach and the blue lagoon stopping at a waterfall to watch the local children dive they were so respectful and really appreciated our tip. Also went on a taxi trip well worth the money $120 for 3 we stopped at a boat in giri giri for a private boat tour of the man groves through to Chrystal clear waters of Playa cake ton secluded beach few locals there all friendly selling local produce amazing traditional food piÃ±a coladas on the beach , I had a massage on the beach for â¬15 fabulous :) The taxi waits for you there for as long as you like, the locals were great felt so safe there, paradise. The hotel has is own little own street with 3 bars, shops, doctors disco and casino i wouldn't recommend the casino, all inclusive drinks are available you can party until all hours the bar staff were cool! We met some lovely people there, all in all I loved this place, go for it :) More
777Tracey, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Great Loction and Hotel, but DON'T USE TRAVELOCITY!!!
place was excellent, the staff keep the place in incredible shape! They dealt with all the screw ups that were created by our travel agency (Travelocity). The only thing I can say is watch out for the language barrier, I think some may use it as a tool to rip you off, especially with 'BLUE' travel (division of Expedia & Travelocity -if you book excursions), they screwed up half of the things we planned with them and it cost me 200.00 out of my pocket due to the exchange rate when I got them to refund me for a excursion I never wanted). I would recommend this Hotel (Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro) to everyone! Rooms are at best a 4 star but who cares, you'll be at the beach all the time anyway. Food I'd give it a 4+ star, beach 5+++++, Travelocity & Blue = negative number (but you don't have to use them, use someone else); Overall , our experience was a 4+ out of 5 even with the issue with Blue & Travelocity. (oh, there was 10 of us that went there. the Air conditioners are pre-set so you can't make it colder then what they have it set for which is normal room tempMore
doo409, Cold Lake, Canada
Amazing Trip to Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro Punta Cana!
We visited the Gran Bahia Principe in Punta Cana on March 15-22, 2015. Overall, this is a great resort but there were a few minor things. Service- It was hit or miss. Sometimes the service was great, but most times not. I found the staff to be unsmiling & unimpressed most of the time. I would like to recognize Edgar in the Bavaro lobby buffet as being outstanding-always smiling, courteous and attentive. Also, Danilo in the Bavaro buffet as well making the morning omelettes. He always had a smile & a kind greeting. Rooms- Rooms are very spacious and ours was exceptionally clean. Our location was close to the Bavaro lobby which I found convenient for breakfast. The beach was easily accessed by jumping on a trolley and taking a 2 minute ride. Trolley's come frequently, so there was no issue with getting around this huge property. Pools- there was a pool in the central area closer to our room. I personally liked this pool the best as it was less crowded and more of a family atmosphere. The pool down by the beach was crowded and at least during the week we were there, it was "party central" near the pool bar all week long. This was a little annoying as we travelled with our children, but we were generally able to find a quiet spot. Pools were nice and clean. Beach- Beach is beautiful! Warm, clear water and powder soft sand. I enjoyed it immensely! The only con would be that it is crowded. We went down every day around 6:30am to reserve some chairs, otherwise they were hard to find later in the day. Water park- there is a small water park at the Turquesa side of the property. It was a nice place to go for a few hours, but our kids were a little old for it (ages 8-14). It is perfect for toddlers and younger children. Our kids had fun, but were ready to leave after a couple of hours. Other things to be aware of: As I said, this resort is huge. It is a combination of 5 resorts in one location. If you are staying at the Bavaro as an example, you can access every part of the property except the Ambar (luxury Adults only) & the Esmerelda (luxury). You have to eat at your own lobby buffet unless you book the a la carte restaurants (I'll get to that). Safe-The in-room safe costs $4 USD per day. Wifi: You are allowed only 1 hour per device per day in the lobby and it is all in one sitting (you can't use some in the morning and the rest later). You can pay $50US to have it for a week all over the resort. Arrival/Departure tax: Arrival taxes are $10US and departure $20 US. If you travel with Westjet, these fees are included and you do not have to pay them. Food: Food was good. Lots of selection and seemed to be good quality. Myself and a couple others we travelled with had some minor tummy issues, but nothing major. Buffet food gets a little repetitive, but you can always find something to eat. Good stuff for kids includes fries, burgers, hot dogs and sometimes onion rings. As for the a la carte restaurants, we ate at the Italian, BBQ and the Japanese. All were good but the Japanese was my favourite. We did the Tapenaki with the chef cooking in front of us. All was delicious. The BBQ is just a buffet down near the beach which was a lot of the same food with the exception of the delicious steak. Grounds: the grounds are beautiful and there are constantly people grooming the property. It is spotless and they do a great job! Vendors: Most of the vendors are quite pushy but if you answer with a firm "no" they leave you alone. If you are up for a long walk, there is a market at one end of the beach that sells the popular "Punta Cana" bags and other souvenirs for much less than the hotel shops. You can barter, but again, they are quite pushy. It is probably a 30-40 minute walk one way. Bugs: I only saw a couple of mosquitos but none of us got any bites. Our friends stayed in a different villa on the first floor and they had a big bug crawl in when there door was open. For this reason, I would recommend the 2nd floor. I would recommend this resort and I enjoyed this vacation very much!More
NMack29, Halifax, Canada
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