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.
Facilities► View all
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.
Rooms ► View all
club junior suite with garden view and balcony or terrace
Club junior suites are tastefully furnished with warm tones. They sleep up to 4 with 2 double beds or a king-size bed and a sofa-bed. It's the extras that make these rooms special with the Golden Club services and amenities with an alarm clock, beach towel, bathrobes and slippers, nightly turndown service, VIP amenities, umbrella on request at reception, private Golden reception, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail, 4 à la carte dinners per week, entry to private Casa Club and free internet and newspapers in the Casa Club. Plus, you'll have a balcony or terrace with a garden view.
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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Great Choice of Many Hotels in the area
I had a three day weekend to spend in Punta Cana waiting for my PAX. I researched many all inclusive resorts and choose the Bahia Principe Esmeralda as it was rated high. Great choice, very clean room and resort. Even the beach was being continuously cleaned. Food was excellent at all meals with a great variety of fresh offerings. Very high end and not your mundane offerings of many all inclusive resorts. Room was spacious and bed was very comfortable. Bathroom had both jacuzzi tub and shower with good pressure and rain shower head. Every amenity desired from dental kit to loofah. Three well landscaped large pools, five restaurants, and a water park in the complex. Very attentive staff from front desk to housekeeping. I will return to this resort with my family for vacation.More
Derek G, 41660
Great Hotel and Great Service
Just about to check out of this hotel. What a fab place. I always look at all the other reviews and think to myself did these people stay in the same hotel. Check in was done on the bus and when we arrived at the hotel we were quickly escorted to our room. The room was spotless and well stocked with towels and a generous mini bar which were re-stocked daily. The drinks at the bar were of good quality and unlike other places I have been on all inclusive you didn't have to wait 30 minutes to get them. All public areas were clean and well maintained. The staff work really hard. The buffet restaurant was also very good. I am an extremely fussy eater and even I managed to eat every meal. A major credit to this hotel is the staff. All are extremely helpful and friendly. Yes their English might be limited but at the end of the day you are in a Spanish speaking country so what would you expect. A special mention must be made to Lissete at the main bar who made our stay. Always had a smile from us. Even remembering our drinks order every day with a cheery high five. At the end of our stay one of our party managed to break his leg. (His own drunken fault not the Hotels) All the hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful. Even when we got bored of him and left him they very kindly kept him fed and watered. All in all a great holiday and would not hesitate to recommend. As a final note, although Peso's is the nations currency take US dollars instead. They are much more widely accepted, to the extent that everything is priced in dollars and not pesos. More
Nothing to do!!!
We booked our holiday back in January and were really looking forward to our first long haul holiday. Everybody told us how good the Dominican was and that we would love it. Firstly the Dominican Republic is a beautiful country, and is completely different to any country i have ever been to. The staff rely on tips so if like me you rarely tip at home it takes some getting used to. If you take any advice from my review, take US Dollars, the Paso is not used. The hotel's location is awesome and a real selling point of the resort. The beach is something else and the sea was warm. If you are like us and can't be bothered with the sand all the time the pools were warm with a good atmosphere. The swim up bars were convenient and offered a good range of drinks. There were always plenty of sun beds, however being anti-smoking we often found ourselves leaving them because it appeared everybody smoked. My only complaint about the pools were the cleanliness of them. Sand stuck to the bottom and an occasional fag butt would float past you, making you want to go for a shower. The staff were very helpful and assisted us with all of our requests and the transportation around the hotel makes everything accessible. We booked two trips the Dolphin Experience and the Saona Island trip. One thing I will say about the trips is take plenty of cash if you want photographs, they are not cheap. We booked our trips before we went which I would recommend as you can be sure they are legitimate trips and not cons. The ony drawback is you need to call and confirm 24 hours before you are picked up. I advise you see your rep, and ours was kind enough to do this for us. The trips were fantastic and both once in a lifetime experiences. Saona is a must, a real paradise and great value for money. Our room was nice and kept clean and we always had a stocked mini bar and clean towels. We were unlucky and got a ground floor room, we were woken every morning at about 6am by the maid opening her cupboard and her radio which must have been on the "as loud as hell" setting. As for the rest of the hotel, if like us you want to enjoy a holiday in a child free setting then do not visit this hotel. We were not made aware by Thomas Cook of the free child places. I expected some children but not the amount that were there. I know it sounds grumpy, but we chose school term time to avoid children but there were too many,and some of the most badly behaved i have ever come across. This is not the hotels fault but something couples who want a quiet getaway should be aware of. The Al A carte restaurants are fantastic and the food was very nice, it is unfortunate the same cant be said for the main buffet restaurant, the food was like school dinners, i am not a fussy eater by a long way and even i struggled. I didnt enjoy the main restaurant, i went in because i needed food, i wouldnt have gone unless i had to. It was pandomonium with unsupervised children running around and staff resembling headless chickens when it came to who ordered what drinks. Contrary to other reviews i have seen on here, there was nothing for adults without children once the pool bars closed at 5.30pm. Once you have eaten there is only the lobby which if you enjoy sitting on your phone and ignoring the rest of your party then this is the room for you with the wifi. Everybody on their phones/tablets kills the atmosphere. There is a sports bar which opens at 6pm and has music but again, it is empty and no atmosphere. I am not looking for a club 18-30 holiday but there is nowhere to go unless you want to gamble away your spending money in the casino. The entertainment is dire, i would prefer a Butlins show, It is just a series of dance shows, the 70s 80s dance show resembling something from Phoenix Nights. There was live music at 11pm but with nowhere to go you needed some endurance to get that far. The only time there was something for me and my girlfriend was the Blanco Fiesta which was a beach party and had a great atmosphere. The resort needs more of that for the adults. I would recommend this hotel for families but not couples, especially couples in their mid-20s. Too many kids and nothing to do. The days and the trips made this the best holiday i have ever had, the nights spoilt it and like a grandad i was in my room by 10 o'clock watching tv drinking my minibar dry.More
Best vacation ever!
Just arrived from Punta Cana, Ambar Luxury Resort. I was there with my husband, 7 days, from 21 sept to 28 sept. Amabar and Bahia, it was great! Clean room, good food, nice beach, nice personal. In sept is not season, but we had a good weather, only 15 min with rainy in the last day but was awesome. I recommend to all this resort, I don't know if something is not ok, because we had a good experience. Everything was perfect, all the people are very kind, and there is no stress. We made 3 excursion: at Sanoa Island, the fishing and swim with dolphins. You can do everything you want in Punta Cana, is not boring! The resort is very big, have 5 hotels. Ambar is only for adults, and is the best from them - the difference is only some pools, restaurant. It was excellent! Thank you Bahia for your services!More
Just arrived back from a fantastic 2 week holiday. Just let me start by saying, don't listen to the complainers. The hotel staff are very warm and welcoming, even though they speak little English, communication was not a problem. They try very hard to help you with any requests you may have and are a credit to the hotel. On our journey to the hotel we were given an envelope and inside was our wrist bands and room keys and information we would need whilst there, check-in was basically done on the coach before we got there. On arrival at the hotel we were met with a nice ice cold welcome drink which after such a long flight went down a treat. When we got to our room it was spotlessly clean and on the table was a welcome basket of fruit, which was a nice touch. We stayed in the hacienda section (block 23) which is closer to the beach and main pool and also closer to the santa fe restaurant where the hacienda guests can go for breakfast and lunch. The in room safe cost $4 dollar a day which works out at $56 dollar for 14 nights. The hotel grounds are immaculately kept and the gardeners work very hard to keep them that way. Although the hotel is on the large size, there a little trains that run all day to take you to the lobby and reception and the main buffet restaurant and back again to the beach and pool,in between there are little bus stops. The beach is gorgeous with plenty of sun loungers to go around and the sea is warm, you do get the odd pedlar trying to sell you their wares but a firm no thank you (if you do not wish to buy) will do the trick. The main pool with the swim up bar can get a little crowded and noisy but there is a quieter section at the other end. There is also two further pools in the middle of the resort. The food in the buffet restaurant was very good and plentiful, a good selection of foods for every taste, it will only become repetitive if you eat the same thing day in & day out, the choice is yours. They have themed nights in the buffet too, chinese, American, mexican, dominican etc, i can be a fussy eater, but had no complaints what so ever. We tried mexican, garden grill and bbq 'al a carts' whilst there, i can honestly say 2 out of the 3 were very good, the only one we found disappointing was the mexican, the food was very bland and not at all spicy as you would expect. I would to take this opportunity to mention yolendis at the santa fe (mexican restaurant) who went above and beyond her duties to make our stay a memorable one, also we would like to mention Sarah, Eva and Santa at the lobby bar who work very hard keeping us all topped up with drinks, they always had smile for you....thank you. The only down side is that i think the hotel should have an adults only pool, as the hotel has an on site waterpark already for families with children there should be a pool for adult to relax by. Would we recommend this hotel.....absolutely yes...had the most amazing time, we will be returning. Room tips...there are none, all rooms are the same, the only extras you get with the hacienda rooms is 4 al a cart bookings per week, towels in room on arrival and slippers and robe for use during your stay. More
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