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“Absolutly amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grand Bahia Principe Samana

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Grand Bahia Principe Samana
Ctra Samana-Las Galeras s/n | Los Cacaos, Dominican Republic   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #29 of 56 hotels in Samana Province
essex
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Absolutly amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

Just come back from a week away in saman a and stayed at the gran bahia principe hotel. If your thinking bout going here. Do it. It was so lovely. Mainly full of young couples. I recommend going to the Bacardi island aswell if you go there. Was paradise. The staff there were outstandingly nice And friendly and go out of there way to make your a holiday the best. They have activities around the pool and on the beach everyday. I really would go back. The poolnarea was especially nice. And the hotel never felt crowded. EspeciLly the beach. The time we went there was hardly anyone on it. Also there is a water sport hut on the beach where you get an hour free a day 2 use a canoe or pedalo. The one thing I would say is although the food is to a high quality it's pretty much the same thing everyday. Altho we got on with it ok. People did become bored with the food. You do get 3 free a la carte restraunts which were nice but you have to be quick to book them. This was one of my top holidays especially becoz of the staff. The rooms are lovely and big and well decorated And views and scenery from the hotel are amazing. Definitely would go back. Perfect.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2008

We had an absolutely wonderful time! As everyone has said, it is just as beautiful (if not more!) than you imagine it to be. We met some great people right away and that definitely added to the experience. I have no complaints about anything - the service was impeccable - almost too much attention at mealtimes if anything!

We tried both a la carte restaurants but definitely preferred the buffet ... do it yourself, eat as much as you like, AND eat in the beautiful open area with a view of the ocean if you're sitting on the lower level. Sometimes a cute cat comes around asking for scraps.

I really regret not having learned any Spanish before going ... if you have any inclination to learn this language, definitely do it before you go. I found I loved listending to it so much I am taking a course now!

I personally thought the animation team did a great job. If you dared to participate in one of their shows, you got a thank you gift ... by the end of the week I had gathered two bags of coffee and a T-shirt! So go ahead and participate - you are on vacation, let loose!

As one person said, DEFINITELY bring your own mug - especially if you are eco-conscious and are sickened by the thought of how many little plastic cups get consumed .... Speaking of waste, we also opted to let our blue beach towels dry on the balcony each night so that we could use them again the next day instead of exchanging for a new one ...

Tipping is appreciated so we tipped at most meals and every day for the cleaning staff, and then at the end we went around tipping random people - gardeners etc. To tip, either bring small US bills (don't bother with Canadian - it really doesn't matter if our dollar is doing well) or exchange larger US bills at the front desk.

Also, at the end of your stay, don't be shy to leave behind partially used cosmetic products - sunscreen, lotions, etc. These products are very expensive for Dominicans to buy and it is appreciated if these kinds of things are left behind - but make sure you write a note, otherwise the staff could be accused of stealing it. (I learned this information from our "contact person" - Natalie).

I didn't make it to the markets, however, I did find a couple of other shopping opportunities:
- there are vendors who come right to hotel (twice during our stay) and set up in the evening for a few hours either by the pool or on the upper deck
- if you take the little excursion to Cayo Levantado, there are vendors at the public beach there as well.
The jewellery is beautiful, and I am very happy with my purchases!

I think that's it - I tried to focus on things I hadn't already read in other reviews. Make sure to have a few shots of mamajuana!!!

Yours Truly,
Samana Fan

PS If anyone wants to do me a favour, please figure out the name of the song that the animation team plays over and over whenever they do their litle introductions (NOT the bahia principe one.) THANKS!

PPS Oh yes - my one negative experience - If you buy the CD in the gift shop, open it in the shop to make sure there is a CD inside ... only when I was back home did I discover mine happened to be an empty case ...

  • Liked — Beautiful location
  • Disliked — What's not to like?
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Grand Bahia Principe Samana

Address: Ctra Samana-Las Galeras s/n | Los Cacaos, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #29 of 56 hotels in Samana Province
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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