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
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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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We had a great time at the Bahia Principe Bavaro Hotel. The staff are very friendly and work really hard to make sure you have good time. I especially want to thank Juan and Simeon at the Punta Cana Pool Bar for always greeting us with a smile and keeping our drinks filled. I read some bad reviews here about the food, but I honestly cannot complain about that. The food was delicious and always varied. Every day there was a great choice of different dishes. We did a couple of a la carte restaurants and I did not have a single bad meal there either. We reserved the day of arrival and had no problems getting reservations. The only comment I have on food and drinks are the cocktails: they were pre-made, not mixed on the spot, and there was barely any alcohol in them. Most of them just tasted like (bad) lemonade. I've done other all inclusive hotels where the cocktails were made from scratch right in front of you, so I know it can be done. I was disappointed to see that this was not the case in this hotel. Our room was nice and roomy and was kept very clean by the maid. It did have some minor issues: the shower head was not working properly, the light in the hallway was broken and the tv did not function all too well. To be honest: we did not give them a chance to fix it because we did not complain about it, it didn't really bother us. They are quick to respond though: one day there was suddenly a chair missing on the terrace and it was replaced immediately after I called the maintenance service. The resort is big, but it's easy to get around. It's nice that they have trains taking you around the resort, but for us it was not necessary at all and we walked everywhere. I was only a 10 minute walk or less from the lobby to the beach so hardly a long walk. You should definitely check out the shows in the evening, they are very entertaining. I can recommend the circus show, it was amazing! One thing that I have to note and which was a huge negative point for us: even though there are signs telling that it is forbidden to serve lounge chairs at the pool or beach, people keep doing it. They get up at 7 a.m., put their towels on a chair, then go away to have breakfast, only to get back at the pool hours later. The staff doesn't do anything about this. If you put up signs prohibiting the reservation of chairs, PLEASE check if people are doing it or don't bother puting up signs at all. It is EXTREMELY annoying to arrive at the pool at 10 a.m. only to find rows and rows of chairs with towels on them and nobody using them for hours. After a couple of days without being able to find a chair, we were forced to reserve chairs ourselves because it was the only way to get one. This is the only hotel where I have been where it is this bad, other hotels check regularly if there are towels left unnatended for more than an hour. Definitely a major negative point for me. To summarize: even though the hotel has some things to improve, we had a great time here and we were sad to leave.More
Sjoera R, Antwerp, Belgium
Fell short of expectation
Firstly, let me start with some positives. You cannot argue with the weather and the beaches are really nice. The staff will be far more friendly and accommodating if you can converse in Spanish with them. Not in a patronizing way, but in an "honestly trying" kind of way. We loved our waitress in Bavaro in the buffet hall, Johana Garcia. 3 weeks out we booked this resort for 5 days and it was a fair price. We flew direct from JFK. Onto the minor things you should be aware of: - This property is HUGE. There are multiple sections, and you wear a wristband with a corresponding color and number on it for identification purposes. We stayed in the Bavaro section of this property. As such there are areas you are restricted from and you are made very aware of that if you happen to wonder into a privileged section (like a lobby) or part of the beach. There are trolley cars that run between places all day. Unless you plan on being ambitious and walking everywhere as we did, be prepared to wait for one of these things, as almost everyone takes them. - There is an adults only section of this resort, but Bavaro is not it. There is a water park for kids on the opposite end of the property. - The beach gets jam packed as the majority of the property is funneling to one spot basically. If you want a beach chair, you need to get there early. At 6am people were already claiming spots. - ALL INCLUSIVE IS DECEPTIVE HERE! ~ I have never seen an instance where the property institutes a surcharge per diem to use the room safe. You can use it for $4/day for something so standard yet so necessary. ~ For a 5 night stay, you are only entitled to 2 nights of reservations at the a la carte restaurants. They have a few themed restaurants which apparently require reservations very in advance (for instance the Japanese habachi restaurant, good luck getting a reservation there). All other nights you either go to the buffet or nothing at all. The buffet is located in the central lobby area of each village. ~WiFi. You are entitled to 1 hour of free WiFi per day, per device ONLY in the lobby of your village. You can access WiFi outside of that, for a healthy charge. 1 hour of "premium" service is a prepaid US$8 charge, with charges increasing relative to the amount of use. I absolutely REFUSED to pay for that. If you do not speak Spanish, you will have some difficulty here. This place is staffed with SO MANY Dominican men and woman of all ages, it is not a guarantee they will speak a lick of English. I was really challenged here and haven't conversed in Spanish in many years. You will have far greater cooperation and friendliness from staff when you speak with them, not AT them. This can be easy when you're frustrated. The room (Junior Superior Suite, King bed), was very disappointing. The bed was sort of uncomfortable and the bathroom was very strange. Keep in mind these showers are NOT ACCESSIBLE for those who need it. For that matter, any person who isn't concerned with that still has to take at least a 2 foot step out of and into the tub from the floor. The air conditioning was always on the lowest setting and kept the room consistently cool which we were happy about. Finally, with purchasing keepsakes and the likes, everything is negotiable and we had no problem haggling down everything we bought. Keep in mind there are Dominicans selling goods, and Haitians selling goods. You need to use your judgment who you're comfortable purchasing what with. Truth be told, we had a much more comfortable at a property in another country. I do not know if we will return to the DR, particularly this property. It fell short of our expectations, despite having beautiful weather and getting it for a good price through Expedia. Do your research and choose wisely. I do believe there are better choices out there.More
Evan D, Oceanside, New York
Went for a week in the sun with my Brother to get away from work etc. and could not have picked a better place to go. Fantastic place to stay with more than enough going on, top entertainment, fantastic facilities and will more than likely be returning one day. A break that was more than needed :)More
Overall we had a great time at this resort, however the things that were disappointing was not being able to get a towel for the beach for the first 3 days we were there, as well as impossible to find a beach chair. It says you can not reserve beach chairs but over half of them had peoples towels reserving chairs. We tried booking our ala carte meals the first day we were there & we were only able to book 2 instead of 3 because they were already reserved which was dissapointing. Our service and food at the Japanese restaraunt was terrible . 3 /4 of us got sick after eating there. Warm sushi, cold tempura. The buffet selection was quite big and the drink selection was very good, and we always had good service from the servers in the lobby. Beaches are beautiful. A positive to the resort being so busy was having an upbeat environment where ever you went, the lobby sports bar shows and disco always had lots of people. I do believe I woild stay elsewhere on my next visit to the Dominican.More
Turtle-girl8, Calgary, Canada
Hacienda Room Upgrade Recommended
I'm bordering on rating this 5*. We've just returned from a really good week in this hotel. We upgraded to Hacienda suites and would thoroughly recommend this, not particularly due to the rooms themselves but because of the additional privileges. The rooms were excellent (we were in 25211 and 25112 which were close to the beachside pool and consequently the beach!). Crucially, the Hacienda room upgrades give exclusive use of the Santa Fe restaurant (close to the pool and beach) for breakfast and lunch. The quality of service and food in the Santa Fe is much superior to the standard facilities. The Hacienda upgrade also allows 4 x a-la-carte evenings per week. We chose the BBQ, Japanese, Garden Grill and Italian. All were excellent but the Garden Grill was one of the best experiences which my children (aged 16, 17 and 20) report ever having! To be clear, this hotel is massive and the Grand Bahia Principe has about 4 different hotels all on this one site. This means it is busy and impersonal and this is why its difficult to rate this as 5* (i.e. 5* Rating on Trip Adviser). The food and drink are all excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone for a great family holiday. There is no in-room wi-fi which is a bit disappointing for this grade of hotel. The free catamaran rental is excellent although you need to book by 9am for a booking for the following day. If you don't pre-book, there was no availability.More
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