Went 4/6-4/13, direct flight was great, resort was ok.
I asked about an upgrade at checkin, they said they were overbooked, come to find out, the resort took several hundred travelers that came from another resort, the upgrade didnt happen.
Service was decent, except at the front desk, where it was subpar at the "Premier" lobby, Europeans walked right up to the desk, around the line of people infront of them. Maid was slow, ususally room not cleaned until afternoon.
We were placed in the "premier" section, this means that you are further away from the beach, nothing premier about it. you take a shuttle to most places as the resort is so massive (long and narrow).
A la Carte dining, BOOK ALL A LA CARTS AT CHECK IN!! two we went to where VERY good (Il carpaccio and Japanese hibachi) and two (Mediterranean/El Pescador and the Spanish/ El Mason) and were so bad that we didnt eat most of our meals and went to the buffet instead. The buffets were decent, however, the bacon and the hamburgers were floating in grease. not a lot of healty options.
negotiate anything you buy in the stores.
Tips: 1) bring a large insulated cup, less trips to bar and save dozens of small plastic disosable cups. 2) if you want an upgrade, get it when you book the trip, dont wait til you check in, 3) get to the beach/pool early if you need shade, signs say no reserving chairs, but everyone does it anyways, got there by 630 and got shaded seats further back, 4) bring ample sunscreen and aftersun lotion ($25 a bottle on the resort) and protect your eyes (my eyeballs burned from the reflection on the water), 5) ask to book a la cart for the week when you check in, 6) lots of Europeans who cut in line and dont wait and act better than everyone else, like one group who "reserved" seats on the beach the night before with water bottles, which were cleaned up when i got there, so i took the seats in the first row closest to the water, they guilted me into leaving and said they had had been reserving the seats for the past 2 weeks,
ATTN MGT AT BAHIA PRINCIPE BAVAOR:
1) the resort should clear all of the chairs at night, removing place savers such as towels, shirts, etc. so the people who get at the crack of dawn get to choose, first come, first serve.
2) Please find a way to limit people from taking cuts, maybe ropes in the lobby, or ticket system, and add more people to the desk at the premier lobby at peak times, took me almost 30m waiting in line to check out.
AVOID PREMIER SECTION if possible, furthest away from beach, get upgraded room when booking if you w...
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