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Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

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Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

Just back from a wonderful week at the Esmeralda, which is one of the ocean front sections of the Bahia Principe. Had a great time and will be post a review soon.

In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions.

I want to thank all of those in this forum who helped us before the trip. For those that have not been there yet and want to get a feel of the resort, I put together a short walking tour of complex...enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3DBxIal-5o

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11. Re: Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

Thanks BigJim

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12. Re: Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

Steve_of NJ,

So glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation Steve and how very thoughtful of you to have taken the time to do up a nice video presentation of the Esmeralda and Bahia resort complex - so helpful for future guests.

John

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13. Re: Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

My pleasure...always like to give back and hopefully help out future Punta Cana travelers!

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Steve_of_NJ,

Many thanks for the video, it gives us an idea of the property layout and whets the appetite for our holiday there in October!

Cheers,

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15. Re: Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

Nice review and video! Thanks.

Question....can you utilize restaurants at the other Bahia's on site such as the Ambar?

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16. Re: Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

yes...we made reservations at the Don Pablo/ El Oliva/ and the Portofeno (spelling may be off) which are all at the Ambar, and the Mikado at the Bavaro section in the center of the resort.

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LMAM,

Here is a copy of a recent posting that may assist you - it contains more than you had asked but there likely may be information of benefit to you - :

"Let me firstly provide you a map of the resorts in Punta Cana, so you can see where the Bahia resorts are positioned in relation to the other 100 plus very nice resorts that the area has to offer.

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The different beaches which make up what is referred to as Punta Cana, are all shown here - the Bahia resorts are located in the beach area referred to as Arena Gorda Beach.

Secondly, here is the link to a map of the Bahia resorts in Punta Cana that I will refer to shortly.

www.resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

There is a legend at the bottom of the map that will also assist you.

The Bahia resort complex in Punta Cana actually consists of 5 different resorts - all of which are 5 star resorts. It is the largest resort complex one one property in Punta Cana with a total combined rooms from the Bahia 5 resorts of 3,114 rooms - numerous daily & nightly activities with a large shopping and entertainment area on site, called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14), which is exclusive to Bahia guests only.

Each resort has it's own lobby/check in, lobby bar, gourmet a la carte and main buffet.

Lets start with the Bahia Principe Bavaro resort - 864 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the pink #1 - guest rooms are the white numbers 21-39 and 71-79

The Bahia Principe Punta Cana resort - 708 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the yellow #1 - guest rooms are building numbers 1-19.

Each of these two resorts have their own upgrades - the Bavaro resort has an upgrade referred to as Club Diamond or as some tour operators will name it, Club Hacienda - these are room numbers 23 & 25-29.

The Punta Cana resort has it's upgrade called Club Golden - these are room numbers 1-10 and 20, 21, 22 & 24 - as you can see, the primary difference is the location to the beach, and there are some other benefits which are for another discussion.

Both of these resorts are basically a mirror image of each other - all guest rooms are identical - the guest room buildings are primarily 3 stories in height with a few next to the beach that are 2 stories in height. They share all amenities including the pools - map blue #4,#18 & to the left of #17.

Lets continue with the different Bahia resorts:

The Bahia Principe Bavaro-Premier - 504 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on map as the orange #1- guests rooms are building numbers 40-53. This resort is the furthest from the beach but is like a resort within a resort - very quaint and is available through selected tour operators. The new "Boy Scout" Water Park is near buildings #52 & #53 & is open from 8am to 6pm for children only ages 3-12 years.

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.

Guests at each of the Bahia resorts listed above may also "request" room locations and a la cartes preferences prior to their arrival - the latter is highly recommended in my opinion in order to provide a greater opportunity of obtaining the a la cartes of your choice, versus trying to do so no later than the first morning after your arrival. "

I do hope that this does assist you.

John

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Edited: 8:44 pm, May 20, 2013
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I just want to add this information....as many know on thursday nights they have the Gala at the buffets, which many refer to as the seafood night. Some of our group do not eat seafood so they did not join us for dinner Thur night at the buffet.

It is true, at the Gala there was lots and lots of seafood including shrimp , stuffed squid, king crab legs, and lobster made two ways (grilled and boiled). BUT they also had meat! Bacon wraped filet of sole, rib eye cut to order, and at least one other meat dish.

I ate it all and enjoyed every bite!

So non-seafood lovers feel free to attend! No reason to break up your group!!

Edited: 2:24 pm, May 21, 2013
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19. Re: Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

Hey!! I have just booked my wedding at this resort and I was wondering if they have a beach bar? As well as are you able to drink and eat at all of the other bars/restaurants throughout the large complex? Thanks!

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20. Re: Just back from the Esmeralda..any questions??

David and Jessie,

Welcome to the Punta Cana forums.

Yes, they do have a beach bar.

You can use all of the other resorts bars as well as their lobbies - although, certain brands of liquor will be at a charge at the Bavaro/Punta Cana resorts, which are part of your all inclusive when drinking at the Esmeralda resort - exception being if any in your group have children under 18 years of age with them they are not permitted to be served alcoholic beverages and the children cannot use any of the facilities of the adult only Luxury Bahia Ambar resort.

You are unable to use the other resorts main buffet, the La Gourmet a la carte, the IL Capriccio (Italian) a la carte as you have your own designated to you. You can use all the other resorts snack bars as well.

Hope this does help.

John

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