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Some more questions about Esmeralda

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Some more questions about Esmeralda

Brooklin, your posts have been very helpful. I have been ready all the ones that have to do with Bahia and have been making all my note to make the most of it. Thank You!!!

The only thing that I am still a bit worried about is the beach. My kid/teens like to snorkel, is the beach safe and do they have to go on a trip to get snorkelling done?

Also I'm not a big fan of having butler service, guess you can say we are pretty low maintenance. Would I be missing out on anything by opting out of having the butler serves? Would you recommend it even if I don't think I would be needing the service?

Also, what activities and restaurants do you think tween and teens would enjoy? I notice unlike some other resorts, they don't have anything geared to tweens and teens. Is there anything activities/events that you would recommend? Also do you know if they would be allowed in the Karaoke bar? Is there any type of billiard/game room for them?

Thanks

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1. Re: Some more questions about Esmeralda

destinationbeach2012,

There are many activities for the younger ones at the Bahia:

Here are three links that show the all the activities:

The first one is for general activities throughout the resort:

bahia-principe.com/en/…activities-hotels.pdf

The second one is for those ages 4-12:

bahia-principe.com/en/hotels/punta-cana/reso…

The third is the main page link on their website:

bahia-principe.com/en/…

These activity listings are provided to each guest in their "Welcome Package" that you will receive when you check in - along with the resort map, room cards and map of the resort.

Many guests do not make use of the butler service but I would suggest that you request it - even for the sake of having a bucket of ice delivered to your room in the event you desire for an evening drink for example - it's all at no extra cost to you.

The chidren truly seem to like the the main lobby buffet for their meals - a variety of foods available there that they always can find plenty to dine on. Along with that we often see the youger ones and teens dining with their parents at the Bella Italia (Italian located at the Esmeralda), the Takara (Asian located at the Esmeralda), the Mikado (Japanese located at the Punta Cana resort), and the Garden Grill (Steakhouse located at the Punta Cana resort).

The ocean in front of the resort is very safe for snorkeling, but not much to see there as it is all sand bottom - you may want to do a tour with them and the following tours I would recommend:

May I also direct you to the top of this page where it states "Things to Do" - click on that and when the next page opens, click on the "Avtivities" tab near the top of the page.

Here you will see many great tours available - from zip lining, to truly seeing the life style and meeting the people of the Dominican Republic through "Mikes Dominican Adventures" (a must in my opinion and one which cannot be booked through the resort - only in advance through this site -http://puntacanamike.webs.com/ ), "Extreme Buggy" tours (http://www.xtreme-buggy.com), Catamaran/Snorkeling/Sailing tours at "Marinarium Excursions" (http://www.marinarium.com/) and the "Macao Surf Camp" for surfing (macaosurfcamp@gmail.com )

There are other tours as well, but perhaps more suited to Mom & Dad such as deep sea fishing at Mikes Marina (http://www.mikesmarina.info/) which can only be booked through this site.

Many offer half and full day tours and all will arrange for you to be picked up at your resort and returned.

Hope this does assist you.

John

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2. Re: Some more questions about Esmeralda

Thanks John,

Can you tell me how far the Hard Rock Casino is from Esmeralda and when and how is the best time to go there?

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3. Re: Some more questions about Esmeralda

destinationbeach2012,

This link will show you precisely where it is in relation to the Bahia - the map is all to scale and it is north of the Bahia resort complex:

puntacanatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/P…

I would estimate it about 2 miles - should take about 10 minutes by taxi.

The evening hours are when people usually like to go for the drinks and gambling at the Hard Rock Casino. Just see the porters at the front lobby of the Bahia Punta Cana resort and ask them to call a taxi for you.

Hope this does assist you.

John

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Edited: 12:22 pm, March 24, 2013
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4. Re: Some more questions about Esmeralda

A few more questions about the restaurants. Does the new Japanese restaurant (Takaro) have Teppanyaki or is it buffet? Which restaurant with a teppanyaki would you recommend? Also, which Italian restaurant do you think is the best (most authentic). Does the Thursday night seafood gala have options other then seafood for those in our party that do not like seafood? Do we have to make reservations for the Gala? And finally, I have been getting two completely differing opinions on eating raw food in Punta Cana? To eat raw vegi's or not- would hate to give up on salads for the week.

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5. Re: Some more questions about Esmeralda

I ate salads while at the Ambar last year, no issues at all! I personally loved Bella Italia, although I do not know if it is authenic. It was my favorite restaurant while we were there. Yes, the Gala had options other than seafood, John will not eat anything from the sea. Note - At least in the Ambar buffet front left corner as you walk in, they will cook Ribeyes while you wait, they did this at lunch also.

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destinationbeach2012,

The new Takara Asian a la carte is not a buffet style. You are seated at a table and served there.

The Tepanyaki "show" is only available at the Japanese a la carte (the Mikado Japanese a la carte is designated for Esmeralda guests) located at the Bahia Punta Cana resort.

Here is the menu for the Takara a la carte:

Fish & Meat

Emperor's Delights (Japan)

consists of shrimp, squid tempura, fried sushi and duck yakotori

Tuna Filet in green curry (Thailand)

with eggplant and jasmin rice

Teriyaki Salmon (Japan)

with mushrooms and spinach

Roasted Duck Breast (China)

with spring onions in Hoisin sauce

Poultry Skewer with Pineapple (Cambodia)

with crunchy sesame and a hint of cinnamon

Traditional sweet and sour pork

Teppanyaki

Traditional Japanese dish with the following options to choose from:

Chicken, Beef, Pork, Seafood, Fish and Mixed

served with vegetables and rice of your choice

Singapore Rice with lobster

Yakimeshi Rice with vegetables

Buffet of appetizers and desserts

They do not have a tepanyaki "show" table - two chefs prepare the food at the back of the restaurant.

The Bella Italia located at the Esmeralda is an excellent Italian a la carte - not what I would call "authentic" but the food was very good in our groups opinion.

Every night at the buffet, including the Thursday night "Gala" night for seafood has a theme - there is always a large selection of "non themed" foods available.

Reservations are not required for Gala night or any other night at the buffet - but try to be there early (opens at 6:30pm) as it is the most popular night.

No need to be concerned about the salads - they are all prepared using "purified" water - the same purified water which guests have provided in bottles for drinking water, ice cubes etc.

Hope this does assist you.

John

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