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Gran Bahia resort

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Gran Bahia resort

Is beach area and ocean as nice as Ocean Blue's?

Has anyone stayed at both and can u compare food and staff??

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1. Re: Gran Bahia resort

I've only stayed at the Bahia. The beach area has had problems with erosion, and it's a huge resort. Numbers of guests vs smaller beach area makes for crowding on the beaches. The water is a little bit rougher than further south, IMHO the beaches around El Corticito are nicer than by the Bahia. BUT all the beaches are beautiful, I'd take the Bahia over the snow we are currently having hands down!!!

Food and Staff were both good a the Bahia, we really enjoyed our stay there.

Have you read a current thread about Ocean Blue/Sand??


Edited: 3:29 pm, March 29, 2013
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Hi Again,

I know you mentioned on your other thread you were looking at the Ambar.

In regards to the beach guests at the Ambar and Esmeralda have private sections of the beach so it is not over populated like the main section.

The main section of the beach is for Bavaro, Bavaro Premier, Punta Cana and the upgrades Royal Golden, Club Diamond. Which makes it more packed. Of course since your at the Ambar you can still go there, especially the younger ones in your party.

Also in your other post you mentioned for August so that time is generally a lower season and it is not as packed as is high season. Still going to appear crowded as Bahia complex is very big but not as crowded as in high season. I been both in Sept and April and definitely can tell the difference. Either way though if your staying at the Ambar section you have your own private beach section.

You also asked about coffee on your other post. I am sorry I am not a coffee drinker but hopefully Brooklyn Bubba King Jon can comment. Previous posts mentioned the Ambar has a good Spanish coffee in the lobby.

You can take a look at the below activity sheet that shows all the activities they do by the pool, beach and at night.

Disregard the times as most have changed (Always refer to one given at the resort at check-in) this is just for you to see what they do each day.

The ocean is lovely at the Bahia as the above poster mentioned a little more waves then Ocean Blue but nothing close to what you would see on East coast of Florida. Still usually nice and calm, of course this changes with storms, winds, etc but that is everywhere.


Heres the resort map that will give you and idea of the size of the Bahia complex


Edited: 3:48 pm, March 29, 2013
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Hi Again,

Below I have listed a lot of information regarding the Ambar. All below is from Brooklyn Bubba King John and I take no credit.

Just passing it along to you :)

Use the resort map above for what is listed below!




The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar resort - 528 rooms - adult only - lobby is shown on the map as a beige #2 - Offers all top end services the Bahia has to offer, including a larger selection of liquors, butler service, waiter service at the beach and pool, pillow menu, room safe included in price, spa, gym, private beach area directly in front of it's main beach pool and room service 24/7. No other guests may use the services of the Ambar other than guests at the next resort I will mention, which is the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - and they may only do so provided they do not have children under 18 years of age with them when using the Ambar resorts facilities.

Guests of the Ambar and the Esmeralda may use all of the facilities at the other resorts with the exception of the other resorts gourmet a la cartes and main lobby buffets - that provides them a total of 8 pools to use including their own, throughout all of the Bahia resorts.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - 510 rooms - a family resort with the same Top End Services as I mentioned above for the Ambar resort, including a private beach area directly in front of their beach pool, 2 buffets, 2 pools & an adult only pool.

The rooms at the Ambar and the Esmeralda all have 4 poster canopy beds, with pillow top mattress's and a slightly different large private washroom layout.

All resorts share the large shopping and entertainment area called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14) which contains the Casino (drinks are extra there as it is not owned by the resort), disco, smoke shop, kareoke and sports bar, patio lounge, many clothing, gift and jewellery shops, internet shop, local vendors with their wares an outdoor stage where a house band and audience participation nights are often held each evening. They also all share the large Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) where the big nightly shows are held - two performances nightly - one performance at 9pm and the other at 10:15pm. The "Boy Scout Water Park" located near buildings #52 & #53 at the Bavaro-Premier resort, has a themed pool with many different games/slides - strictly for chiildren ages 3-12 years who are guests at any of the Bahia resorts.

Every pool throughout all resorts has swim up bars as well.

The Bahia resort complex has a very efficient tram system, should guests wish to use it, that operates 21 hours per day(6am - 3am), but I can tell you that one can walk from the Bavaro lobby buffet (map pink #6) to the large beach pool (near blue #17) in less than 10 minutes, from personal experience.



Here is what the resort states that the butler service may do for you:

- unpacking your luggage

- sorting your items in the drawers and closet

- taking personal care of your laundry needs (if any)

- polishing and cleaning of shoes

- arranging your dinner reservations at the a la cartes if you have not prebooked or assisting with making any changes to prebooked a la cartes with guest services dept

- obtaining your pillows you wish to order from the pillow menu (scented, memory foam etc.,) and advise if they are returned each day if you wish to maintain the same ones (scented pillows need to be removed daily and re-scented)

- getting daily press from your country or choice of country

- making sure your jacuzzi bath tub is ready for whatever time you request it -(even getting a surprise for the couple, like flower hearts, etc)

- can assist in bringing loungers brought to a location you wish to set them up at on the beach

Most guests make little use of the butler service, but it is available if you you wish - and if so, notify the staff at the front desk when you arrive.

There is no additional cost for the butler service at either the Esmeralda or Ambar resorts..



In regards to making reservations you would be required to email them only 7 - 10 days before your arrival.

Building 60, third floor, corner room with a pool/ocean view ROOM # 60308

Building 64 and 67 are also closet to pool and beach. Again 3rd floor corner room.

All corner rooms have one king size canopy bed (Maybe for the couples in your party)

On the right hand side of TA "Top Questions" Brooklyn Bubba King John has detailed information regarding A la Cartes titled "Commonly Asked Gran Bahia Room & A La Carte Questions"

However I have listed the link below for you.


Below I have listed the Ala Cartes available to you and the buffer theme nights.

Here are the a la cartes available to you as a guest at the Ambar:

Don Pablo, El Olivio, Portofino at the Ambar.

Bella Italia at the Esmeralda.

The Garden Grill Steakhouse at the Punta Cana resort.

Japanese (either the Maiko, the Mikado, or the new Takara).

Santa Fe (Tex-Mex) on the Bavaro side by the beach.

Pescador (Mediterranian Cuisine) on the Punta Cana side by the beach.

Las Olas - BBQ (on the Bavro side by the beach).

El Meson ( Spanish Food ) - on the Bavaro side - just above the Ambar.

Takara - Asian at Esmerald

And remember the Gala Seafood buffet is every Thursday.

Email advance dining requests to Leonardo Astacio at:


Email room requests to Albania Batista at: asistenteventasbppuj@bahia-principe.com

Send 7-to-10 days prior to arrival. Include your tour operator's name & booking number.


Here is the theme nights. It is not just for Ambar it is same for all Bahia sections.

Monday ........ Española

Tuesday ....... Italian

Wednesday .....Oriental

Thursday ... Gala (seafood)

Friday ......... Dominicana

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

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


FREE Water Sports (1 hour per day)




The most popular a la cartes for Ambar guests are:

The Don Pablo - gourmet - located at the Ambar resort

The Bella Italia - Italian - located at the Esmeralda resort

The Takara - Asian - located at the Esmeralda resort

The Garden Grill - Steakhouse - located at the Punta Cana resort

The Maiko - Japanese - located at the Bavaro resort

The El Olivio - Mediterranean - located at the Ambar resort (I agree it can be hit and miss at times)

You may book an a la carte more than once.

Do not overlook the very popular main lobby buffet at the Ambar - excellent food choices - they have a different theme night each evening and they are as follows:

Monday ........ Española

Tuesday ....... Italian

Wednesday .....Oriental

Thursday ... Gala (seafood) -most popular night

Friday ......... Dominicana

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

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

A la cartes and buffet open at 6:30pm and close at 10:30pm.

This may also help you - some of these were provided graciously by poster "London86":



Assorted Sushi with vegetable rolls

Vegetables and Seafood Tempura


“MISO” soup

Ginger and seafood soup







Served with rice and vegetables


Fried ice-cream

Ginger cake with vanilla sauce

Coffee Gelly Okinawa style



Buffet Service

Homemade soups

Selection of crudités and salad

Mediterranean corner

Cheeses and cold meats

Smoked salmon with garnishes

Chef’s Hot Specialties

Cod brandade canapés

Lamb couscous

Poultry brochettes

Battered squid rings

Pasta a la mariniere with lobster

Green asparagus

Grilled Vegetable Platter

Brocolli with almonds

Stuffed baby tomatoes

A la Carte Menu

Hot Starters

Garlic Shrimps accompanied by Mixed Tempura Vegetables

Piquillo peppers stuffed with Cod Brandade

Vegetable Moussaka

Fish and Meat

Tuna Confit with Aromatic Herbs and Ginger Chutney

Fillet of Red Snapper with vegetables a la Julienne

Fillet of Cod with smooth Garlic Mousseline

Three-flavour Iberico Steak

Chargrilled Steak with Onions and Green Asparagus

Beef Steak with Pedro Ximenez sauce

Chef’s Recommendation

Seafood Grill

Buffet Dessert Variety

Classic Italian Pastries and Cakes

Selection of Sliced Fresh Fruit


Special welcome appetiser with cocktail of the day



Soups and Cremes

Lobster and mussel soup (with Armagnac aroma)


Cream of Courgette Soup (with a sprinkling of morels and Iberia ham)

Hot and Cold Starters

Smoked Salmon Parcels (filled with cream cheese, an olive oil reduction, and fresh basil)

Imperial Foie Gras Terrine (with figs caramelised in sweet wine and apple coulis)

Mesclan Bouquet with Soft Cheese and Mango (with walnuts and French vinaigrette)

Red Tuna Tartare (with garnish and sour cream)

Fish and Seafood

Legendary Caribbean Lobster (grilled and accompanied with garlic butter)

Sea Bass Fillet a la Marseillaise (with potato, salt, and court bouillon flakes)

Red Snapper Supremes a la Normande (with vegetable tian and herb puree)

Meat and Poultry

Filet Mignon in Burgundy (au gratin with foie gras)

Glazed Duck Magret (with sweet wine sauce and forest fruits)

Lamb Fillets with Thyme and Honey (with asparagus and mushroom and spring onion brunoise)


Delicate Passion Fruit Bavaroise with Chocolate Crème Brulee

Strawberry and Crème Brulee Pastry

Cream Cheese Delight with Caramelised Apple

Chocolate and Marinated Strawberry Volcano

Cheese, Preserves, and Nut Trolley


Refreshing Vicchyssoise Shot (with beetroot coulis and Parmesan crisp)

Mesclun Bouquet with Soft Cheese and Mango (with walnuts and French vinaigrette)

Lobster and Mussel Soup (with Armagnac aroma)

Red Snapper Supremes (with vegetable tian and herb puree)

Filet Mignon in Burgundy (au gratin with Foie Gras)


Buffet Service

Starters and Soups

Hot and cold buffet of appetisers and salads

Caesar Salad

Steak Soup

Louisiana Corn Chowder

A la Carte

From the Grill

Rib-eye Steak

Spare Ribs

BBQ Chicken Breast

Grilled Tenderloin Steak

Mixed Meat Grill

Shrimp Skewers wrapped with Bacon

Stone-bass Fillet with seasonal vegetables

(Angus) Classic Double Burger with Cheese and Fries

Vegetarian Dishes

Grilled seasonal vegetables

Fresh vegetable pie

Buffet Dessert Variety


Welcome Cocktail and Appetiser

Buffet Service

Hors d’oeuvres

Traditional Italian salads

Antipasti, Cheeses, and Italian Cold Meats with garnishes

Carpaccio Assortment with dressings

Chef’s Recommendations

Gorgonzola croquettes

Battered Fish Sticks

Mini Meat Calzone

Artichoke Fritters

Mushroom, Garlic Shoots and Bresaola Tartlet

Courgettes filled with Ragu

Prawns a la Fiorentina

Mini Sicilian Calzone Ripieni

Mini Cannelloni alla Casalinga


Soups and Creams

Minestrone Soup

Florentine Cream

Choose your Italian Classics


Pomorodo – Bolognese – Carbonara

Pizza and Pasta

Mushroom and Lobster Taglioni (with Salsa Marinare)

Salmon and Prawn Lasagne (on a bed of fresh tomato coulis au gratin with Parmesan cream)

Old-style Sicilian Arancino di Rizo

Pizza Toscana (Tomato, Oregano, Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Prawns, and Smoked Salmon)

Vegetarian Pizza (Tomato, Mozzarella, Oregano, Asparagus, and Mushrooms)

Pizza Vongole (Tomato, Mozzarella, Oregano, Mussels, Clams, Garlic, and Parsley)

Pizza Napoletana (Tomato, Oregano, Mozzarella, Anchovies, and Black Olives)

Fish and Meat

Livorno-Style Cod (on a brandade of tomato and garlic confit)

Salmon Pieces with Via Romana Caviar (Amaretti and balsamic vinegar reduction, with Parmesan coral sauce and wild mushroom compote)

Chicken Involtini alla Milanesa (on a bed of sweet mozzarella, vegetable millefeuille, and mini cannelloni, with proscuitto brandade)

Beef Tagliata alla Fiorentia with Foie Gras (martini sauce with creamy risotto)

Buffet Dessert Variety

The "Takara" - Asian

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


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

Here is the Bahia resort dress code policy for all of the a la cartes - this covers all of the 5 resorts in the complex - with the exception of the "gourmet" a la carte called the "Don Pablo" for the guests of the Ambar and Esmeralda resorts and the "La Gourmet", which is for guests of the other 3 resorts. (Note - Esmeralda guests may not have children under 18 years of age in attendance when dining at the Don Pablo)

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's - For men, long pants or trousers are acceptable - shorts or sleeveless shirts are not acceptable - long or short sleeve shirts are acceptable- no open toed shoes are permitted - 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 - bathing suits or sleeveless shirts are not permitted.

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. "


I hope this gets you started, feel free to ask any other questions.

Safe Travels!

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4. Re: Gran Bahia resort


I answered your inquiry under the Ocean Blue topc, but here it is again -

There is not a dedicated coffee shop at the Bahia's, but they do offer a nice selection in the resort lobby every day where many guests will sit with their coffee and relax.

Hope this does help.


Brooklin (Bubba KIng)

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