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 4 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.
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 with balcony or terrace
These warm, bright junior suites sleep up to 4 with 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed and a sofa-bed. They're spacious rooms with a balcony or terrace outside. And air-conditioning and a ceiling fan have also been provided. You'll also find a whirlpool bathtub.
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Went to this hotel in may 2016 with my 3 kids and could not fault this place 1 bit. From food to entertainment was all first class. Weather was red hot during day and rained through the nite which was good to watch from the balcony. Would defo recommend this hotelMore
Very disappointed 4 time repeat guest.
This was my 4th time visit at the Grand Bahia Principe : 4 years ago in Bavaro, 3 years ago in La Romana, last year in Ambar. We decided this time to book Bavaro for a week on the 19th of November. It was also my boyfriendâs second time in this resort. My boyfriend and I flew with West Jet and our flight got delayed for 6 hours. We arrive at 9:30PM instead of 3:30PM. Although I was expecting a travel voucher, West Jet only gave us 15$ meal voucher per person... contrary to Air Canada who had gaven us travel vouchers last year for the delay we had encountered. When we got to the reception, the employee who served us was unimpressed by the fact that it was my 4th time visit and my boyfriend's second time. They added that we would only be considered repeat guests if it were our TENTH time visiting the hotel â which sounded doubtful since we met a couple visiting for the second time who were considered ââgoldenââ members and got a room right in front of the beach. They told us to come back the next day to check for availabilities. When we returned, they told us again to come back the next day to check for availabilities. We then figured they were unable or unwilling to help us. The food at the buffet had very little variety. If I recall correctly, this wasnât the case at the Ambar nor Esmeralda side. At âârushââ hours, we had to wait in line for breakfast, for dinner and for supper. When it was pouring rain, it smelled like mold at the entrance. We had to always ASK for coffee, for water or for wine â rarely did they offer which seemed awfully surprising to me who used to find the service impeccable at both anterior visits. At the pool buffet, I once asked if there was a table available for two and I got the answer : ââyou have to go look for yourselfââ from the employee in charge greeting the guests. The Ã La Carte restaurants were okay. My boyfriend asked for a second plate at the Garden Grill because he was still hungry and they refused claiming only one meal per person â this wasnât the case at the Pescador where we were very satisfied with the service. The pool bar was a lot of fun. Jose and Kelvin were very entertaining. The beach was lacking its beauty mostly because it poured rain for 3 consecutive days. When it was finally sunny, there were no available beach chairs. People were laying extremely close to each other and there was very little space to find. We had to ourselves drag two beach chairs from close to the pool area down to the sandy beach. Also, the hotel lacked clean beach towels so we had NO beach towels for 1 Â½ day. There were extremely long line ups every time they brought clean beach towels and eventually there were none left for certain people. We ended up asking for USED beach towels. It was ridiculous. Overall, I felt like I was ââjust another clientââ in a hotel who can now hold a maximum capacity of 14,000 guests and who seems to lack the resources for doing so. The hotel is very big and the trolley car in the resort was often full. It was hard to build a bond with the employees who seemed very busy trying to minimally satisfy everyoneâs needs. They did not even bother asking us if we were satisfied of our visit when we checked out at the front desk. I am extremely reticent in returning to Bahia even if I used to recommend this hotel to many of my colleagues, friends and cousins. If I ever should visit again, it would DEFINITELY not be at the Bavaro side.More
My worst vacation stay - Bahia Principe Bavaro, Punta Cana
I have been to Bahia Principe Punta Cana 3 times now. My first 2 times were at the Ambar and I can not say enough good things about the Ambar. Staff are professional, courteous and extremely accommodating. This last time the Ambar was full so we chose the Bavaro..what a mistake One would think that the same hiring practice would be in place no matter what part of the resort you are hiring staff for, but it would seem that is not the case. The reception staff was very rude and when I referenced the service etc at the Ambar, I was told "that's luxury". I think as a guest I should still be treated the same regardless of which part of the resort I'm staying at. Then there was an issue with one of the male workers at guest services. I had been instructed by the travel tour operator to obtain additional beach towels from guest services as we had flood in our room due to heavy rain. After many repeated explanations as to why we needed towels he finally went to get them, he then slammed them down on his desk and said HERE ARE THE TOWELS !!!! I never raised my voice at him, so his reaction and behaviour came as a shock to all of us. I do a minimum of 2 vacations per year and I would not go back to the Bahia Principe in Punta Cana again. We did not deserve this treatment and I am very disappointed.More
Great value for money
We stayed there in the first week of November (low season). We had rain and thunderstorms everyday (mostly at night), This was absolutely NOT a nuisance. The rain comes down for a few minutes, the weather is still hot; a couple of minutes later, it all comes to an end and we're at a magnificent beach, with warm, cristal clear water, with litle fish swimming around us, nibling our toes. The strand of beach in front of the hotel is the best in miles. There is always a team cleaning the sand, picking the seaweed, keeping the beach as if you're on a postcard. It doesn't happen in the surrounding hotels. The room was great, large, well kept and confortable. The housekeeping is... let's say, caribe like. They tidy the beds, empty the trash bin and restock your towels and minibar. For me, good enough! Food at the buffet is good, with plenty of choice, at all meals. The theme restaurants: The Dominican was alrigth (not brilliant), with good, romantic atmosphere. The Garden Grill was excelent (magnificent meat, well cooked). The "Pescador" was terrible. All the food was poorly cooked and tasteless. That day, we left and went to the buffet, The internet works well at the lobby. If you pay for Premium (outrageous 60 Eur, for 1 equipment only), you can acess, with good speed, anywhere in the property. We will surely return!More
Beautiful grounds, but...
Just returned from our vacation yesterday. We had an overall good stay, the ocean always relaxes me, no matter what. I was really concerned about the weather and yes, it rained a bit, especially at night, but there was also plenty of sunny hours to enjoy. The good... Beautiful grounds, very well maintained landscaping. Clean pools and the beach. I enjoy early morning walks on the beach so I got to see how the "before hours" preparations were going. The beach was always raked, pools were getting cleaned, beach chairs were always getting cleaned. Resort is pretty big, but the train system is very nicely organized. I liked the nightly live music in the lobby, liked that there was always coffee, water, morning snacks always available in the lobby. Got to see the Michael Jackson show, the Burlesque, the 70's & 80's Night, they were all very nice. Excellent service by the pool staff, but especially by Santa. She was just amazing. She made sure we always had a drink in our hand, was always happy and positive. Check-in and check-out went very smooth.. The bad... No matter how much we tried to convince ourselves that it was OK and not give it a bad review, the service at the main buffet was just terrible. We had to ask multiple times for a glass of water or wine and it took forever. I also couldn't understand how the service works at the beach buffet. I get it, you find your own table, you can pour yourself a soft drink, but I saw other beverages such as beer or mixed drinks or even water delivered to other tables by the waiters, but in our 7 day stay, we didn't get asked a single time if we would like something different (other than what you can get yourself) to drink. I was just confused how were some of the tables different than others. Thank goodness the breakfast was pretty much self-served. And our room...It could use some upgrading. Bathroom outlet (only one there) not working, bathroom recessed lights not working. Some of the towels and the comforter/bed cover should be replaced as well.More
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