This was our first visit to D.R. and I did alot of research online prior. I chose the Esmeralda because we were travelling with our teenage daughter (age 16) and this was our first spring break without her older brother with us. I was concerned about some previous comments about the Dominican men being too friendly and flirtaceous with teen girls so I wanted a resort which was small enough to allow me to monitor this. We had no problems.
The Emeralda is a resort inside the HUGE Gran Bahia Principe Resort. I was very pleased with the layout, proximity to the beach, quietness of the pool, etc. Many families were staying here. The rowdy "Spring Breakers" were all in the Punta Cana/Barcelo part of the Resort.
The room was nice, but we had 2 double beds instead of queens. The bathroom was modern with 2 vessel sinks, a separate shower and toilet room and a jacuzzi. The bathroom floor was marble and got VERY slick with ANY water on it. It was a virtual skating rink so you had to lay towels as well as the bath mat on the floor to prevent wiping out!
The pool was never crowded. Getting chairs under shade was another story. People would "reserve" beach and pool chairs really early and then show up much later. I found myself getting up at 7am to stake out a spot otherwise you would be stuck in sun all day.The Esmeralda has a special section of beach reserved which was so much quieter than the adjacent main beach. It was easier to get chairs at the beach than the pool.
We did some water sports...used the sailboats (Catamarans) 3 days and did the water Kayaks once.
Beware of sand fleas. We did not wear insect repellent and were bit on our legs quite a bit.
The restaurants were great. The buffet was extensive and we went to 4 Ala-carte dinners. The Dominican (Los Corales) wasn't the best. The Japanese was fabulous. The Italian and Steakhouse (both in Esmeralda) were terrific. Make your dinner reservations for ALL evenings on the first day you get there!
We only went to one show...the circus, and we enjoyed it.
I give this resort 4 stars. In general very nice and I would recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 Pools Sun terrace 4 Jacuzzis Sun umbrellas and loungers Beach and pool towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, 1 padel tennis court (additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment amphitheatre 2 buffet restaurants 3 speciality restaurants 3 Bars 1 Snack- bar Wedding gazebo Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms, 570 Deluxe Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Air conditioning Ceiling fan Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Bathrobe and slippers VIP amenities Radio-alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Ironing set Pillow menu Umbrella 24 hour room service Minibar WiFi (additional charge) Children Bahia Scouts The hotel is perfect for families, offering a range of facilities tailored especially for children, including the following: Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 (at the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana) Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) Bahia Scouts Water park Fun Area and Adventure Park (additional charge) Teen's club (11 - 16 years) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda Hotel Punta Cana