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 3 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 and selected international alcoholic drinks including beer, spirits, cocktails, house wine with dinner, juices and soft drinks.
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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 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 - can be sold as a single - with 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed and a ceiling fan.
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Sun and Sand, does it get any better?
Stayed at this resort for a week from Feb.10 to Feb.18.We had some rain but managed to get our share of beach and pool time. Food was good in the buffet and lunches at the various snack bars as well as the two sit down restaurants we chose. The evening shows at the theatre were great. Service and quality at the bars and lounges was very good. Lots of trolley units running all the time save a lot of walking if that's what you want. The beach was spectacular with really fine sand. A lot of people get out early and put towels on chairs to reserve but we never really had a problem. Same with the pools. We had a lot of fun by the "activity pool" closest to the beach. The entertainment group is fun bunch of people.More
GrandpaGerryP, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Fun in the Sun !
We really enjoyed the resort,the service was very professional, and the food was very good. The gardens are well kept and bus service to the beach ran every five minutes.The only thing we did not like was getting a card to say you get a gift which turned out to be a high pressured sales some what like time share. You are a great person till you say you want to think about it and their mood changes ! Never again! This was our 17th trip to the DR and we love the people and the beach !! Looking forward to next year ! Special thanks to bartenders Angel and Mildred at the pool bar. Kudos to the greeting ladies @ the door to the buffet as they were always cheerful.More
Not what we have expected based on previous reviews... disappointed :(
We booked this trip last minute through Westjet Vacations and in hindsight, should have looked into each resort in a little more detail and asked a few more questions before deciding. For this trip however and consideration of the rating and a couple reviews on TripAdvisor; we booked our stay at the Bahia Principe Bavaro. Note: there are 3 main areas that make up the Bahia Principe in Punta Cana (Luxury, Bavaro and Turquesa). First comment; donât be fooled by the STAR ratings... Although the claim is that this is a 5 star resort, having traveled a few places in the Caribbean and elsewhere, we would not classify this as such. The Luxury area within might meet the 5 STAR rating, however we did not stay there so we are unable to comment on this part of the resort. Having hung out at both the Bavaro and Turquesa all week however, we would rate them no more than a 3.5 STAR. We will give a snapshot for those not wanting to read the lengthy detailsâ¦ 1. Beach is nice, people are relatively friendly and helpful 2. Rooms were good size and clean, service (if required) to rooms was very prompt 3. The Bavaro and Turquesa areas (in our opinion) are not for foodies of ANY level nor kid-less young people (20-45) looking for a fun and exciting group or couple trip (either to party or relax); most of the attendees were families or older couples that appeared not to vacation much 4. The food offerings were very mediocre at best, if you are a relatively healthy eater youâll find the food limited and full of sugar, deep fried or processed which for us wasnât the food of a 5 star rated resort. And nothing offered to dress it upâ¦no hot sauce (only tabasco which you had to ask for) and limited variety of sauces, dips or toppings in any of the pool or beach areas. More of these were available at the large buffetâ¦but who wants to travel all the way to the lobby when youâre at the beachâ¦ 5. This is a VERY large hotel with tonnes of people, many days it was more like a cattle drive to the food and any other amenities (towels, activities) therefore if you like a more intimate feel, this is not the place for you 6. We would rate this an overall of 3.5 stars and for what we paid, too pricey for what was received, for us, this is not a hotel we will be back to. PROS of Grand Bahia Bavaro: 1) Great beach area, everyone walks the beach daily and itâs a great way to check out other resorts, the scenery, swim, tan etc and only a few people out there selling various items (hats, cigars, etc) 2) If you have an issue with your room, the maintenance crew responds very quickly (our safe didnât work/TV switcher didnât work) 3) Our room was spacious, clean and in good condition with flat screen tv. 4) The excursions offered are fun and reasonably priced ($60 - $150). A recommendation would be the Outback Safari to learn about the culture, eat local food and check out the coffee and cocoa farms. 5) The local people and tour guides are friendly and accommodating CONS of Grand Bahia Bavaro: 1) Food served at the buffets was very mediocre at best; very bland and boring, not what you would expect from a 5 STAR rated resort. This got very tiring. Most notably, I expected the fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice, and bar drink offerings to be pretty great being that we were in a tropical placeâ¦ however this was for me the most disappointing, all juice offered on a regular basis was from concentrate and 100% sugarâ¦some juices were offered at the buffet in the mornings however not the fresh healthy offerings or variety I expected having been to numerous tropical destinations and having amazing fruit. I also expected the bar to have fresh blended drinks with fruit, which was also very disappointing, this is what I look forward to at a tropical vacation resort! Fresh banana blended drinks, pineappleâ¦ANYTHING freshâ¦sighâ¦nothing here but very limited super sugary pre-made slushy drinks and fountain pop. So sad when they have so much great tropical fruit here! The resort offers la carte restaurant bookings however it is only available for 3 nights of your one week stay. Everything else is buffet ï. A la carte food is better than buffet, but nothing to write home aboutâ¦the best one we chose however was the Garden Grill Steakhouse, the steaks ordered were cooked excellent (as requested); tasty and tender so kudos to that chef ï. The other 2 we chose were the Japanese (this was ok as the food was cooked in front of you and fresh off the grill, the sides offered were the exact same as the Asian themed buffet the night before) and the other choice was Dominican which was really looked forward to as it was the local food, however this offered the exact same salad bar as the buffetâ¦againâ¦and didnât stand out as a great example of the local food offerings at all (we had gone that day on the safari which had local Dominican food and it was awesome!) 2) The property is huge, which is a pro and con pending what you are looking for, lots of places to walk and a shuttle for those who donât want to, however the shuttles are very smelly of exhaust on the Bavaro and Turquesa areas (they seemed to have electric ones on the luxury side) The resort is an older style resort so donât expect anything modern if this is your preference. 3) Too many people (for our liking)â¦ With over 3000 guests and 3000 workers, makes for significant overcrowding at the beach and pools. If you are expecting a relaxing vacation, this is not the place. It was like a cattle drive for every eating eventâ¦chaos and people moving everywhere. Our room was very noisy every night as due to the 3 different areas as each had their own entertainment every night which most of the rooms backed onto, this only lasted till about 11pm however. 4) Be sure to obtain your beach/pool towel early in the morning, otherwise you may not get one...this was very frustrating, on 3 occasions we went to get towels at the pool and they were outâ¦ we were told the wait was an hourâ¦which actually ended up being 2+ hours, and we went to 2-3 different pool locations those days to find towels to no avail, all were 1h+ wait if no towels 5) The employees of the hotel clearly work very hard, however site services are average at best due to language barriers; weâll qualify this as we donât want to sound ignorant as when you are in a country, we feel you must know and learn your basic pleasantries and be polite, respectful and appreciative of all hotel staff working hard to accommodate you (learning the local language for please, thank you, bathroom etc is important) I think what might have been frustrating is that if you asked a question in your language, many employees seemed to assume they knew what you meant rather than clarifying if they didnât truly understand, therefore you ended up getting half of your request or question answered. This would be less frustrating if one just said they werenât following and we could figure out the right way to communicate our needs without feeling a little bit as if you kept getting a ya ya ya response then the result not what the original request was. 6) If you are a beer drinker, bewareâ¦ you only have 1 choice of beer, the local brand called Presidente (Pilsner) and after a while it begins to get boring. It would be good if the resort offered a few choices. The roomâs mini bar is stocked with 2 cans of beer, 4 pop and 2 water. Not much to offer for in-room selection. Again, very boring and not what I would expect from a resort that is rated as a 5 STAR. 7) For you Wifi goers, the resort offers Wifi throughout but with a price depending on what package you choose. The resort offers vacationers 60 minutes per day of free Wifi but the limitation is that the Wifi is only available in the main lobby area. Doesnât help if you are down at the beach or at the pool and wanna check emails. Other resorts in the area offer free Wifi throughout. 8) The in-room safe is available for a price of $ 4.00 per dayâ¦ and highly recommended by the travel provider. Not sure a $ 4.00 charge is warranted by the hotel. This is a standard fixture in most hotels and should not be considered an extra. Overall the Bahia Principe Bavaro is at best a 3.5 STAR resort. Our overall experience was average and not what we had expected based on the TripAdvisor, and the listed star rating. Although we would visit Dominican Republic again, we would not visit this resort again as I feel we were disappointed from our original expectations based on what was read.More
Jason P, Calgary, Canada
We were very happy with our visit...
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro for 4 days in February 2015. We loved it and had a wonderful time. We were thrilled to get away and we knew that the resort has to appeal to people from all around the world with different tastes and expectations and that we could find our happiness in that spectrum and we did. My thoughts going in were to set my expectations at a realistic level. I live just outside of New York City. We can get some phenomenal food in New York City. I went into this knowing that the steak I was going to get on the buffet wasn't going to be as good as a steak I can get in the city. They are cooking for over 1000 people per day, all day. The buffet probably offers well over 100 items when you consider the hot and cold options. You will always find something you like. Just focus on what you like and you will find the experience more enjoyable. That's the key and it applies to more than just the food. The resort cannot be all things to all people at all times. Some quick thoughts: - The grounds are beautiful and they are maintained constantly. You will never hear a leaf blower (thankfully) as everything is done by hand. - The beach couldn't be nicer. The sand is soft, there are no shells or rocks to step on. The water was a beautiful turquoise color. It was warm. You could always find a lounge chair if you looked around. You could also find a quiet area or a more lively area. There was always a breeze. - The pool areas are also beautiful and well maintained. They are very inviting. I found it surprising that the large pool area which is directly next to the beach was at least 5-10 degrees warmer than the beach. Maybe the concrete retained heat and radiated it up. It was also a little less breezy. So if you want to be warmer, stay by the pool. - There are drink and food options everywhere. You can eat 24-7 and drink 24-7. - The workers there seem to be genuinely happy. Although its not required, I tried to tip often. I realize that $1 means more to them than it does to me. I also appreciated that they were all working hard around the clock to make our experience more enjoyable. - We picked a room half way between the beach and lobby. It allowed us to walk to everything without ever having to walk too far. The shuttles however seem to run constantly. You would never have to wait long to catch one. - The room was nice. Larger than a typical hotel room in the USA. Everything is tile and stone. No carpets. I assume its easier to clean that way. There was a table with chairs and a couch, but we never used it, nor the TV. But it was nice knowing we had it. They restock the refrigerator daily which is nice too. - I'm a big coffee drinker. The coffee they provide in the room and in every dining facility was very good. So good in fact that my girlfriend bought some for me to bring home. - We ate at the Japanese restaurant (hibachi style). It was good. I would recommend it. We also ate at the Mexican restaurant. I think it was named Santa Fe, but I could be wrong. It was also good. They offer Margaritas the second you walk in the door and they were surprisingly good. I also liked that the appetizers were buffet style (so you could start eating immediately) and the entrÃ©e was ordered off of a menu. - They vary the buffet daily. There are certain stock items always there, but they have different themes daily. That keeps it interesting. - Toward the end of our trip, we explored the shops by the casino. We were surprised by how large the area was and we would have never seen it had we not sought it out on the map and went there. Its a nice area to check out. The resort is huge by the way. - We found that there is some sort of entertainment going on everywhere. In the evenings, there is a band in the lobby by the bar. There was a band on a stage in the area by the casino. There were DJs by the pool and there was a DJ on the beach. If you don't sit near them, the sound doesn't carry. But it was nice to hear the music when you wanted to. There are also the nightly shows in the big open air auditorium. We saw the Michael Jackson show and it was entertaining. The break dancers were great. I could go on and on with good, positive comments. I think the resort offered a tremendous value. If you look at what you are getting for the price, its very reasonable. I looked at other resorts in the area like the Hard Rock. It was 4x the price. It just wasn't in my price range. Would I go back? Absolutely. Hopefully we will start planning soon. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. PS The negative reviews you read about this property tend to be from people who have very specific issues that probably won't happen to you. The odds are in your favor. But if you are really picky or tend to be negative by nature, maybe spend more money and go someplace that is more in line with your expectations. Were there some things I didn't like? Sure, but all in all, I had an excellent experience.More
RLoeser, New York/New Jersey
After reading a lot of mixed reviews, I was glad to find out that this resort was not in anyway bad or less than 5 stars. My main concern was everyone complaining about the size, and don't get me wrong, it is a really big resort. But no way does it take more than 5 min to walk anywhere (well, I guess it depends on your pace). But as a group of 29 year olds, we managed just fine. And if we were feeling lazy, we'd wait for the trolley, which came quite often. I see people complaining they shouldn't have to walk that far because their on vacation....give me a break. The rooms were great. I didn't see many pics of rooms with two beds, but they do exist, and are two doubles. We also requested a room closer to the beach, and close to our other friends. We got a room 2 min from the beach, and connected to our friends room. We were quite pleased. Getting reservations at the al a carte's are super easy. We sat down at the table with the woman who makes the reservations. Told her we were a group of 5. Picked our three restaurants. And she gave us a list of dates and times. Took 10 min. The steakhouse was the best one (IMO). The Italian was also good. Was a little disappointed that the BBQ one was just a buffet, but the food was still good. The buffet was good, and breakfast was prob my fav meal. They'll make you eggs or an omlete to order, and although the bacon is scarce, they had a few different types of sausageswwhich were all great! Lots of fresh fruit which was a part of every meal! And the coffee was great. On our second last day we discovered the coffee/cappuccino machine. I wish we knew about this sooner. I'm happy with regular coffee, and not too fussy about fancy Starbucks type drinks, but this machine dispenses the most delicious caffeinated beverages. I had quite a few caramel lattes (or something along those lines). I wanted to just fill up my travel mug and drink that all day! There are a lot of people who get up early to claim beach and pool chairs. The pool closest to the beach fills up faster than the one in the middle of the resort. To get 5 loungers together by the beach took some searching and dragging, but that's to be expected considering we got there around noon. People always seem to complain about seaweed. Well folks, you're on an ocean. What do you expect? The beach is cleaned a few times a day, and they do their best to keep it clear, but depending on the tide, its gonna wash up faster on some days. You're not going to get cooties from it, and if it really bothers you, then just sit by the pool. I would def recommend getting bug spray if you're gonna spend a lot if time on the beach. I got a few sand flea bites on the second last day, and the itching drove me insane (again, not something people should be blaming the resort for!) Therooms were always kept neat and tidy . And our mini fridge was restocked daily with water, presidante lite and pop. We tipped the maid a couple dollars a day, and about 10 on the last day. I've always tipped the maids and bartenders on vacation, and have never suffered running out of toilet paper or waiting forever to get a drink. It is all inclusive, but I would tip a bartender or maid in Canada, so why should it be any different in another country? We got a pretty good deal from westjet, which made this resort more easily affordable for us, and would definitely visit again. It was a great vacation with some of my best friends. We all left happy and relaxed. More
Macleah, Toronto, Canada
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