Set on a hideaway island with palm-edged pools, luxe bedrooms and a first-class dining scene, the Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado makes an ideal romantic retreat.
This Couples hotel is set on the tiny paradise island of Cayo Levantado, cocooned by white sands, turquoise seas and nodding palm trees. And it was voted one of the top ten best All Inclusive hotels in TripAdvisor's 2013 Travellers' Choice awards.
Outside, the property features a couple of palm-fringed pools, while inside, you can expect big, stylish rooms with king-sized canopy beds, lounge areas and hydro-massage bathtubs.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
24-Hour All Inclusive. Buffet meals and an optional à la carte dinner. Snacks can be ordered 24 hours a day.
24-Hour All Inclusive. National and selected international alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, spirits and cocktails and soft drinks
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
Facilities► View all
Including sunbeds and towels.
Don Pablo gourmet à la carte international restaurant
For exquisite international cuisine.
You can enjoy the non-motorised watersports for 1 hour a day free of charge.
Rooms ► View all
double room with garden view
Double room with garden view sleeps up to 3. This room comes with bathrobes, slippers, 24-hour room service, flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, coffee-maker and a hydro-massage bath in the bathroom. You'll find this room located in the rear garden view buildings around the island.
beach villa with jacuzzi®
Beach villa with Jacuzzi® sleeps up to 3. This room comes with bathrobes, slippers, 24-hour room service, flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, coffee-maker and a Jacuzzi® on the terrace with a small porch facing.
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Bahia Principe - Cayo Levantado Resort
Just returned from a week at Cayo Levantado with my wife.....Fantastic! Great service, food, ammenities and surrondings. The resort is on an island and the island is the resort! You have to make use of the butler service - from the pillow selection menu, the private jacuzzi set up and everything else, we loved every minute. Stayed in Villa 11 top floor, fantastic view every am and pm. Great sounds of the ocean! Biggest decisions of the week: Beach or poolside lounging & which meals to have or not have because we were full! Classy, immaculate, friendly, beautiful resort. Just the right amount of activity for us. We will upgrade to the Delux room next time as suggested by other guests (my wife would enjoy - room we had was perfect for me). Bring some music for you room.....only complaint was that there was no source of music in room for pre-dinner cocktails or morning coffee. Mattresses are very firm. Took us a few days to adjust.More
Craig D, Oakville, Canada
This is a very unique resort as it is alone on an island. If you like to walk this is a great place. If you don't prefer to walk they will come get you in one of the many little golf cart type shuttles... The Buffett was fantastic. Large variety of food at every meal. Gluten free or vegetarian always tasty. The ala carte restaurants were lovely. The steaks and the lobster were great. The house wine is very nice. Beer rum etc all very good. Staff were fantastic. Friendly and helpful. We were really pleased that every guest must use hand sanitizer entering an eating place. This is something we haven't seen at other resorts and really appreciated this. Entire resort is immaculately clean. Pools are comfortable temperature and clean. Great snorkelling at resort beach and public beach. Lots of gift shopping at public beach. Lounge for a cocktail at night was wonderful. Wifi was great. TV got enough English channels for the week. Bed and bedding very comfortable.More
Christine M, Tecumseh, Canada
Not to be missed
Apart from the 4 hour coach transfer ride it took from the airport to get to the island, this is one of the best resorts we have stayed in. We had a beach villa over Christmas 2014 and the whole holiday was perfection. All of the staff just want to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as can be. Food, drinks, staff, resort was all fantastic. We will defiantly be going back to this resort. Well done to all the staff that made our holiday enjoyable, you have got it 110% spot on.More
2greatdanes, Battle, United Kingdom
A Christmas Cracker!
You may find it surprising, when you read some reports from other reviewers about horrendous transfers and inflated journey times, that anybody would ever go to Cayo Levantado twice if it was so bad, but we did, for the second time in 12 months, in December! It was a 'slow burn' for me on our first trip in February, but this time round I immersed myself in its qualities, and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of Christmas on this wonderful island. The transfer? Oh yes, I remember it now! We departed the airport within 15 minutes of our arrival and the journey to Cayo Levantado dock took 3 hours 30 minutes precisely. 15 minutes only to check in whilst our cases were loaded onto the ferry and another 10 max to cross the channel to the island. True, the coaches in the Dominican Republic aren't the best or to Western standards, and ours was again extremely chilly, but we were prepared, wrapped up, and negotiated with the driver to have a/c on for 15 minutes, and then off again for another 15 as there was no other adjustment. It was pouring with rain and pitch black for a large part of the journey, but my OH slept through most of it and I enjoyed spotting the cheery Christmas lights along the way. Once again, we were given a lovely room (thank you Stephanie and Frantz) and it was delightful, beautifully maintained, and missing nothing once I had a dozen extra hangers and a couple of firm pillows delivered - nice to have such a choice from the excellent butler service. We opted to have our room cleaned between 10.00 and 2.00 and, without fail, this was achieved every day of our two week holiday. Plenty of coffee sachets, and bottled water both in the bedroom and bathroom - never ran out - mini bar replaced daily, all toiletries, tissues, towels, face cloths, constantly refreshed. Top notch throughout our stay, and we particularly loved the comprehensive turndown service. How welcoming to come back to your room at the end of every evening to find cups and glasses washed, facilities and towels renewed, bedside lights on, bed made, blackouts closed, a midnight chocolate on your pillow, and a bedtime linen mat each side of the mattress. Luxury! Whilst this time round we visited the public beach more often, and thought the swimming in the sea there far better than the private section, we invariably spent most of our days at the quiet, upper pool - simply because it has everything! Great service from the bar staff, the new Rodizio for buffet breakfast and lunch, constant cleaning, caring, and a wonderful relaxed and sociable environment. We particularly enjoyed the new patio area with well spaced sunbeds under the natural, dappled shade of the trees. The food, as in February, was excellent. Whether in the buffet, the Don Pablo, or the Rodizio, always a great selection, with professional service and a wonderful atmosphere, and I particularly enjoyed my first taste of elvers - never seen such a huge bowlful on a buffet before - and the ceviche - tried one and just had to go back for more - delicious! The organisation of the gala dinner on Christmas Eve was impressive, to say the least! All guests dined in the buffet in two sittings. We chose the later one at 8.30 pm, thinking it would be well gone nine by the time they cleared after the first, but, no, a few minutes after 8.30 pm we were on our way in, greeted with a glass of French champagne, a beautiful red rose, and a completely refreshed buffet presentation. A Christmas candle decoration on our table, and amongst the goodies on offer were huge prawns, langoustine, crabs, crayfish, lobster, an enormous Turkey with all the trimmings, and a dessert table to die for, complete with a wonderful selection of handmade chocolates - just in case the chocolate fountain wasn't enough! Superb! Impressive too that so many gentlemen wore lounge suits and jackets to accompany the ladies in all their finery and add to the occasion, despite the fact it was so extremely hot! Any negatives? Well, as before, the entertainment was enthusiastic, though not always to our taste. There was more live entertainment this time round, which we appreciated, but not much opportunity for a simple dance on the lobby patio without a loud compere barking instructions for the merengue, and the Monday night Karaoke was out of place and excruciating to the point of laughter, but then again, some people like it. Particularly enjoyed the evening open air cinema with a huge screen on the lobby patio, but not quite sure if Casablanca was the the right classic choice of film to show? However, we mostly enjoyed the good company of each other and our fellow guests, and the entertainment was just a pleasant background to our conversations. Must just mention Jessica, our rep, too. She knows everything, gives freely of her time to help with any queries, and will even go shopping for you on the mainland to save you the bother - excelente! We loved Christmas at Cayo Levantado. If anything, the extra rooms have only added more facilities, more dining options, and more professional staff, who now have more time to ensure you have everything you need without ever having to wait. More time too for a chat, a translation, and lots and lots of smiles and holas! Particularly impressed too with the discreet coaster service, whereby a waiter asks you if you'd like a drink and if you say yes, takes your order and puts down a coaster to say you've ordered and a drink is on it's way, and if you say no, puts a coaster down in front of you but turns it upside down to the plain side so that other waiters know you've been asked and declined. Saves constant interruptions if you're just chatting, and if you change your mind and want a drink, just turn your coaster over and a waiter will appear - magic! However, please don't go to Cayo Levantado if you want long walks along a never ending beach because there isn't one; don't go there if you expect to be at your hotel within 10 minutes of landing on foreign soil; the flight is 9 hours plus from the UK to DR, that doesn't change whichever hotel you go to - it's only the transfer that's longer than most if you want to go to such a special place; and, please, don't go there if you think every member of the Spanish speaking staff should be fluent in your language, whatever it is, and then call it 'a barrier' if they aren't. More important, surely, is their friendliness, competence, and enthusiastic service. Cayo Levantado is an amazing, tranquil, resort in a very special location, ideal for a relaxing holiday, and, thankfully, not on the usual tourist trail. The hotel maintenance, service, staff, and facilities are top drawer, without being overbearing. In fact, we enjoyed it so much second time around, we have already booked to go again for a third visit! Cheers â¥ï¸More
Wirralite, Chester, United Kingdom
Great food, unbelievable service, but they've over-built.
This was our second trip and in most respects it was as good as the first. Iâll save one the negative, and a recommended solution, for last. So, on to the great partsâ¦ Service & Staff: Outstanding! Really, the staff here is just amazing and Iâd challenge anyone to find better. This resort is the standard by which service should be measured. Rooms: Again, amongst the very best weâve ever seen and the view from our room was out of this world. Food: Wow, just WOW. Itâs hard to believe youâre eating at a buffet on a resort. There is just no such this as a bad meal here. Grounds: Lush and gorgeous. And now the bad. Sadly, corporate seems to have felt that there were too few rooms here and that a quiet, relaxed atmosphere was somehow a bad thing. So, they built three new buildings: 2 3-story units and one 2-story one. In our opinion this was a colossal mistake as it took the Levantado from being a true luxury resort on a large-boutique scale and ran it right to the limit. Now, please donât misunderstand, Iâm not against more people enjoying this resort as I recommend it to anyone whoâll listen. What Iâm against is it becoming âjust another resortâ instead of a super mellow place to unwind. If you want a resort thatâs built right up to the point of âcalculated miseryâ there are hundreds to choose from. The beaches are now so crowded that one day it took us nearly 20 minutes to find free loungers as, just like any other large resort, folks now tag chairs before breakfast and expect them to be their personal property whenever they decide to show up â frequently this means after a morning excursion and lunch. Honestly, I think this is a result of the crowding causing some to be less considerate than they normally would be because there was no issue with it last year. Solution? I would suggest that, unless the company wants to sacrifice this resortâs reputation as something special, they need to reduce the number of rooms. This could be easily done by removing the oldest villas (21 through 25). This would still leave a net increase in rooms and might be enough to bring back that special atmosphere. Otherwise, you might as well drop the word âluxuryâ from the name because no matter how good your staff and food are, crowded is crowded. It was that very lack of crowding and the resulting mellow atmosphere that we loved the first time and now thatâs gone. Iâd suggest that if corporate had wanted to make more money off this resort they should have just raised the prices. On our first visit we felt that it was quite underpriced, now, not so much.More
Winds0rDave, Windsor, Canada
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