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Gran Bahia Bavaro

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Gran Bahia Bavaro

Hi could anyone give me the pros and cons of this affordable resort. Thanks ! Thinking about the week before Xmas and don't want to break the bank!

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1. Re: Gran Bahia Bavaro

One thing to know is that it is a HUGE resort. The Bavaro is just one part of the whole Gran Bahia complex. I have heard that the complex is the largest in Punta Cana. It's so big there is a tram to take you from one end to the other.

Depending on where your room is, you could be a long way from the beach. I would suggest checking out the Ambar section of this resort. It's adult only and all the rooms are nearer to the beach. You still have access to all the ala-carte restaurants from the Bavaro and Punta Cana sections, so you have A LOT of choices.

We stayed there 3 years ago and had a great time. Great beach and absolutely lovely grounds. Nice swim up bar, too.

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And if the Ambar is not in your budget, try to get the upgrade at the Bavaro (to Diamond) or Punta Cana (to Golden) section - that will put you closer to the beach and give you a few extra perks too.

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I agree that the Ambar is a great resort so if you're just adults, then definitely recommend you check it out. The Esmeralda is also very nice for families. The biggest "con" for me of the Bahia is that I found the beach and pool very crowded.

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tweetybird24,

As poster "HogDaddyMike" as accurately mentioned, it is the largest resort in room numbers (2,904 - soon to be 3,108 with the additional rooms being added at the Esmeralda) on one property. This definitely provides you with a tremendous amount of activities, a la cartes, pools (4), entertainment - both day and night, snack bars, and other bars to choose from.

Here is a link to the most current map of the resort to review (guests are provided a nice fold out pocket size version of this same map in their "Welcome Package" when they check in.

resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

The Bavaro resort section starts with the front lobby entrance (map pink #1), - the rooms are building numbers 20-39 and 71-79. Most are 3 story high - no elevators throughout the resort - the following buildings are 2 story - #23 & #24. Rooms are all identical and very well appointed.

The main pool is the large one by the beach - map blue #22 - you can also use the following pools - blue #4, 18 and the gold #6 at the Premier resort, which are much quieter than the large beach pool.

The beach can get very crowded - in particular the area directly in front of the large beach pool - you may wish to use the beach area closer to the south or north of the central beach area.

There is a very efficient tram service that operates 21.5 hours per day that you may use, the distance from the beach pool to the lobby would take about 8 minutes to walk if you did so - we take the tram.

There is a large shopping & entertainment area on the resort which is shared by the guests from all of the 5 different Bahia resorts here - it is called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14) - here you will find the casino (not owned by the resort, so drinks are extra there, the disco (open from 11pm to 2am), sports bar, kareoke bar and patio lounge, smoke shop, many clothing, gift and jewellery shops, local vendors with their carts of products and an outdoor stage where a house band and audience participation events are commonly held each night.

The big shows in the evening are held at the Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) - two shows per night - one at 9pm and the second at 10:15pm.

You do not have access to the adult only "Bahia Ambar" resort or the "Bahia Esmeralda resort"

There is an overnight snack bar available called the "Piscis" - map blue #7 by the large beach pool.

Your main buffet is located in the main lobby (map pink #6) - excellent selection.

You would receive 3 a la cartes per week - room safe is extra at a cost of $4US per day, paid when you check out.

The upgrade available at the Bavaro resort is called Club Diamond or Hacienda, as some tour operators refer to it as. Best to upgrade with your tour operator/travel agent prior to departure versus ever trying to do so on arrival - in advance at least guarantees you the upgrade at a lesser cost.

The upgrade provides room buildings closer to the beach (building numbers 25-29), an extra a la carte, a 20% discount on the Bahia Spa services, to name a few additons (rooms are still the same and well appointed). Your mini fridge is stocked daily.

Here is the dress code for all of the a la cartes with the exception of the "gourmet" a la carte called the "Cafe de Paris"

" No bathing-suits or sleeveless shirts or open toed shoes - dress shoes or a nice sandal is acceptable. Dress shorts, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts for men are fine - ladies are good with shorts, capris, dresses, pants"

Here is the dress code for the gourmet a la carte - For men, long pants or trousers - no shorts or sleeveless shirts - long or short sleeve shirts - no open toed shoes - dress shoes or a nice sandal is fine. For the ladies, any shoe is acceptable, but not swimming sandals - flip flops as they refer to them.

For the buffet, open toed footwear, including flip flops, dress shorts, pants are permitted for all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner - no bathing suits or sleeveless shirts.

You will find that many men will wear a pair of kahki long pants to dinner and the ladies very often are dressed in capris or a dress.

There is a different theme night at the main buffet each (& yes, other foods are still avaiiable) and here they are:

Monday ........ Española

Tuesday ....... Italian

Wednesday .....Oriental

Thursday ... Gala (seafood)

Friday ......... Dominicana

Saturday ............... Mexican

Sunday .......... American (Like BBQ - different meats)

I hope this does assist you.

John

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5. Re: Gran Bahia Bavaro

Thanks for the replies. Do you think it will be crowded the week before Christmas? We travel this time every year and notice Xmas week thru New Year 's is the busiest. We like traveling the week before for both, cheaper and less crowded.

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The week prior to Christmas week will be busy, but not as busy as the actual holiday week.

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7. Re: Gran Bahia Bavaro

Bubba King. What are buildings 20 to24 at the Bavaro?

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Mizuno1,

BRoom buildings 20 to 24 are some of the room buildings designated for the Club Golden upgrade guests which is available through the Bahia Punta Cana resort.

John

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9. Re: Gran Bahia Bavaro

Thanks John. One/two more questions. How are these different from Diamond and Hacienda and is it possible to upgrade to these rooms as well.

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10. Re: Gran Bahia Bavaro

Mizuno1,

The actual buildings and rooms are identical.

Club Golden rooms are closer to the beach than Club Diamond. Their rooms consist of building numbers 1 to 8 and 20 to 24.

Club Golden also offers 24 hour room service. I have already listed the key features of Club Diamond/Hacienda above in post #4.

To book a Club Golden room, the guest must book the Bahia Punta Cana resort, as the Golden upgrade is only available there.

One would just have to do so through their Tour Operator or Travel Agent prior to departure.

It is less expensive to do so in this manner than trying to do so on arrival and it basically guarantees you the upgrade.

I do hope this does assist you.

John

Brooklin (Bubba King)