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 2014 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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With Thomson Airways
- Direct flights from 7 UK airports
- Fly on the spacious new Dreamliner
- Experience quieter, jetlag-busting flights
- Enjoy complimentary drinks
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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.
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Surrounded by a terrace, dotted with glossy palms and daybeds.
Don Pablo gourmet à la carte international restaurant
For exquisite international cuisine.
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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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My husband and I visited his gorgeous island for our fifth wedding anniversary and needless to say we loved every minute of it!!! Prior to arrival I was in contact with Kat who is a super star she answered all my questions and having met her in resort she is soooo lovely and genuine and really wants to help and make your holiday the best (she succeeded) The flight on tho Thompson Dreamliner was great, it's a shame can't be said for the 4 1/2 transfer. The coach was old and uncomfortable and the driver crazy prepare yourself for a white knuckle ride!!! However it is certainly worth it!!! Our room (406) was gorgeous.... Sea view (although you can hear the evening entertainment which is very loud) but after getting over the long journey this wasn't a problem actually some nights we sat on out balcony and watched the shows. Now the entertainment isn't great and can be repetitive but it is what it is some nights were a good laugh- mr Cayo, the 80s disco, the beach party, others had me reaching for my buzzer- circus, Michael Jackson, the magician, but hey no-ones forcing you to stay!!! The entertainment staff work tirelessly and are truly a credit to the hotel. The staff at this hotel are truly amazing, all of them are cheerful, polite, helpful and really seem genuine. They work long hours and do so with a smile. Tipping is not expected here but hugely appreciated so take lots of one dollar notes because they really deserve it. We in fact spent most of our money on tips because the staff were so accommodating. I would love to mention so many more but huge thanks to Kat, Lisairi, our chambermaids Martha and zaida fermin, the barman walky(who makes amazing cocktails even if it's not on the menu) the two ladies on the door who made our table beautiful yaneuris and Mercedes, Juan Alberto the cheerful taxi driver and yrineo the breakfast chef. The resort is beautiful, the grounds are constantly being maintained and the views and scenery are breathtaking. The best beach shots are from the public beach- just in front of the hotel entrance, so get a selfie stick and just pop down for some photos (sunbeds are not comfy) also pop along in the evening for sun set (about 6.30-7) amazing photos (just don't leave it till the last day like we did as it was a bit cloudy) here is the only place were you can buy souvenirs (apart from the expensive prices in the hotel) a lot of it is tat but be prepared to barter (they also accept the soft drinks and spirits from your free daily mini bar so if u don't use them stock up and take them with you as a bartering tool to knock the price down) There are 3 pools and being pool people we thought we would spend our time around them. The pool next to the gym is beautiful but very hot-no breeze and the water is also very hot so not a refreshing dip, we never made it to the jacuzzi pool because when your hot (and it is hot there)we didn't feel the need. The main pool is lovely and big and not so hot so you do feel refreshed and there is a slight breeze and the sunbeds are comfy but for once we hit the beach! Our favorite spot was at the end next the the lifeguard hut beautiful views and a good breeze so sunbathing was bearable!!! Be warned tho even with the breeze re apply the sun cream as it is burning weather! In the 2 weeks we had one cloudy afternoon, and only rain for half an hour on the day we left!!! There is no shortage of sun beds so don't feel the need to get up at stupid time to reserve. We loved the fact it was children free and the entertainment staff are brilliant there are lots of great games throughout the day to get involved in and prizes to be won (if your a winner you have to get up on stage that evening to collect your prize) I loved playing the beach volleyball every day at 4.30. But you can also do paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling (take an old t shirt as you have to wear this under the life jackets) Now the food - be prepared to go back half a stone heavier!!! My husband and I are not big buffet fans and this can be a bit repetitive!! Breakfast and lunch that is but the food is good quality and the service is efficient. It was at times not hot enough for my liking but there's a good old microwave to solve that problem and you can always get fresh meat cooked for you. We tended to go back to the main restaurant for lunch as it was a bit cooler that the pool restaurant by the beach plus there was more choice. Throughout the week there is different themes in the main restaurant Sunday oriental night was lovely. Monday night is the Mediterranean booking night so we missed the Mexican night at the buffet. We thought the food here was nice and we do like to be waited on whilst on holiday. Gala night is on Thursday so the restaurant is very busy which is hardly surprising considering its steak and lobster night freshly cooked which was yummy. The lobster in portifinos was also delicious. All restaurants are worth booking but the best one by far was don Pablo the chefs taster menu was delicious. We are here 4 times and they really looked after us on our anniversary. You need to book your reservations for the week at 2pm Saturday to guarantee nights and times you want, there is still lots of availability upon arrival but maybe not for the times you want. (Men are suppose to wear shirts and shoes in these restaurants but that rule was never seriously enforced as long as you look smart I guess they are happy) Trips- we did a couple our favorite was the horse riding. Now this is an experience..... Take some socks, wellie are included although they let you wear your trainers if you want but you could get rubbed from the stirrups which is why it's better to wear the willies they provide! I have never experienced a ride like it. I had to try to shake the "poor horses" feeling when I saw the first hill that they are expected to climb the whole ride is boulders and rocks and hills no flat path at all and how the horses do it amazes and slightly scared me. The waterfall is ok and the 10 minute steps to get there are steep but the half day and 50dollars for it is well worth it. Each horse comes with a volunteer guide who are brilliant they carry your bag (so pack light) and look after you so tip generously we gave 20 dollars each which was well worth it. The other trip we did was the Jurassic islands. Waste of half a day and 80 dollars. A packed boat takes about 40 minutes to get to a load of tiny islands (that look just like the island opposite the beach at the hotel only bigger) with some birds flying around. You then visit some hot sweaty caves with some random drawings on the wall so save your money. Our friends did the other beach trip and said it was just ok- our island has the best beach and all you need to see. Now many will tell you to avoid the time share or holiday club sellers. When they say it only takes an hour it is correct and actually what they are selling is good. If we had a spare Â£1500 as a deposit then monthly payments of Â£85 for 30 weeks worth of holidays in any bhia resort (10 weeks of that world wide-Maldives included) we would have taken it as it really does make economical sense for guaranteed amazing holidays. (You do have to pay for flights and your inclusive food package - max Â£155) ask lots of questions and look at the contract if you are interested apparently the offer extends to family and friends!!Plus for taking the time you get a gift we chose the 30 minute massage each. We then topped this up in the spa to the couples massage so paid an extra 90 dollars between us and had the best massage we have ever had so well worth it plus if you aren't able to commit they don't hassle you. We are just sad we weren't in the financial position to do so. You have the butler service included in your junior suite so you are entitled to one outfit a day ironed free of charge! Also if you like different pillows get them changed we got goose feather which were sooo comfy (the beds are huge and also comfy) the butler service was the only service out of all that we found lacking but it is there so take advantage of it! Make sure to take your malaria tablets there isn't really any Mosquitos on the island really although I did get bit a couple of times and once by a water spider (not poisonous) but better to be safe than sorry. Hubby got very sick (I'm convinced from the mawamba drink which we bought that is suppose to have medicinal benefits-NOT!!!!) so he had to visit the 24hr on call doctor who was brilliant 200 dollars later a big painful injection and he was on the road to recovery so make sure your insurance has a low excess just in case! If you feel the need to ease your conscience from all the good food drink and go to the gym there is a treadmill, 2 steppers, 2 bikes and some weights. Unfortunately it only opens at 8am and can be busy then. It's a shame it doesn't open at 7am and then this doesn't eat into your sun bathing time. The island is only small and easy to get around but for tired weary legs you can always get the taxis. I only meant to write a short review but felt the need to share. So if you want a totally relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings being waited on hand and foot and made to feel special for the entirety this is definitely the place for you. We have vowed to return!! More
jessamy, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Spent 2 wonderful weeks on this beautiful island & what can I say about the whole experience..... WOW! Villas, restaurants, staff, food, beach, both private & public etc, etc all fantastic. Could not fault anything with this truly amazing place. Thank you Gran Bahia for a memorable time.More
Rosie G, Bedford, United Kingdom
The best of the best
They definitely deserve to be Number 1 on Tripadvisor! This is the best hotel in DR I have stayed in. The attention you receive from the staff is out of this world. They are so eager to always help and make sure you are enjoying your stay. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. Definitely not a place to visit to party, more of a romantic couples getaway. The food was really good, the only downside is when you want to make reservations at the a la carte restaurants. The restaurants tend to always be booked but when you actually go eat they seem empty which was quite disappointing as we were able to enjoy a few of them. Definitely recommending it to all my friends and hope to return!More
delfin113, New York City, New York
Nice, Relaxing Stay on a Beautiful Island
Had a good stay at Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantdo in August of 2015. I know that it is a trek for many people to get to the hotel, but please note that there are 2 flights to Samana that fly direct from NYC/JFK via JetBlue on Wednesdays and Saturdays so if you want to avoid the long car journey, you have this option and the hotels boat is only a 45 minute ride from the airport in Samana. Atmosphere: Beautiful island and I would recommend it to couples and friends/families traveling with others that are not there to party but to relax. Check In Area: Upon arrival to the hotels entrance on the main land, you check in to receive your room key and information before boarding a boat. I would expect them to provide guests beverages of sorts, especially as many have had a long journey of 3-4 hours but they didnât offer anything aside from water. That is one change I would say should be made as you sometimes get stuck waiting another 45 minutes or so for the next boat to the island after arriving. Beach: Beautiful beaches. There are 2 beaches, the resorts private beach as well as a public beach not far from the main lobby. I preferred the tranquil, clear waters of the public beach. Some of the most beautiful water I have ever seen/swam in. However, by noon the public beach starts filling up with tours so I recommend going earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon as all tours generally leave by 5pm. There is a bar on the public beach but during the day, it is not part of the hotel. You will be offered to buy things from local vendors. If you say no nicely they leave you alone and donât hassle you. The private beach is also nice, plenty of lounge chairs, a bar, close to the pool, activities and a restaurant so it has all you need. Pools: There are 3 pools. One right by the private beach, another one by the rodizio restaurant and a Jacuzzi pool. If you are a pool person, then this is a great resort for you as you can use one of the 3. The pool by the rodizio restaurant was not very crowded and has a bar, but if you want to get good chairs in the shade, it looks like you will have to stake out a spot quite early. Food: I would give the food a 6.5 out of 10. The buffet was great, very well stocked, they do an awesome seafood night you should not miss with lobster, langoustines, shrimp, crabs etc. Otherwise, the Rodizio restaurant was my favorite as it gave you a abundant selection of meats. The chicken at the rodizio was my favorite thing of the entire trip! Otherwise, I would say that the restaurants try to aim for the classy/beautiful presentation of fancy restaurants, but the quality of the food is average. It is an all-inclusive, so I really canât complain since I never set standards for them at the same level as I would for non all-inclusive restaurants. Drinks: Not as wide of a selection as many other resorts Iâve been to. I feel like the pool bar served mostly well liquor, which makes you feel like you were hit by a truck the next day. The lobby bar and pool bar did have some better standard liquor like Absolut, Dewars, Cuervo but make sure you ask for it. The free champagne is only 5% abv, so if you are into your 3rd mimosa and wondering why youâre still so sober, thatâs the reason. Overall, the bartenders were nice but the language barrier made it tough to order certain drinks. However, you are in paradise so you ignore that. Rooms: Beautiful rooms, we stayed in Villa 3 and it had an incredible view of the ocean/beach. The only rooms that have direct beachfront access are the few villas on the beach and then some of them have ocean views. We upgraded to a larger suite and even though it gave us much more space, we probably dint need all of it. However, it was well worth it for the view. All rooms are stocked with beer, water and a few mini bottles of alcohol as well as bath supplies. Please note the lighting in the rooms is quite dim and the AC only runs when there is a key in the key card holder so be sure to ask for 2 keys right upon check in. One to keep in the room in the AC otherwise you come back to a very warm room. Service: Great service. Everyone goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome including your butler, although we didnât use his services. Ferry: Be aware the boat to the island does run once an hour. We only came for 2 full days so we were slightly annoyed as the 4:15 ferry left without anyone on board even though we were standing next to it and we had to wait another hour for the next one. They do leave promptly so be ready to wait if you donât get there on time. Other Tips: Remember, although this is an all-inclusive, always be generous and try to tip even a dollar or two for drink/food serving staff. Since most people in DR donât make much per hour, it makes the staff super grateful even when giving them a $1 for their fantastic service. I feel like less people tipped here than any other resort I have been to in numerous parts of the Caribbean or Mexico.More
MMagdalena, New York City, New York
Absolutely incredible experience. Had everything you could ever want. Was worth every penny and every mile travelled for the treatment and service. Puts other countries to shame. Food was equisit as well as the fresh cocktails on top of all the amazing trips organised. We are considering going back when we can afford to.More
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