We return to the esmerelda because of the very positive experience we had during our last holiday in the spring of 2012. This time we returned with our best friends.
WEATHER - we were a little concerned about a October visit because of hurricane season - a non issue, we had hot weather sun most of the time - afternoon cloud and storms did roll through on 4 of the 7 days, and all the weather forcast showed thunderstorms and clouds for our 7 days but it would have been more accurate showing sun for 7 days. ROOMS - a little trouble getting our room right with our friends, our trave agent requested ajoining rooms - we also sent an advance note to the hotel but our first priority was building location, King bed and higher floor near our friends. we got ajoining rooms but our friends didn't get a king - the Esmerelda staff moved us on our 2nd day....our advise is be very clear as to your most important requests, this will them get it right (Thank you front dest Manager ). CONSTRUCTION - we were advised by our travel agent after booking that there would be some construction, building 93 is close to it... hence our request for building 90,91. Also the lunch - outdoor buffet was being renovated - building noise was pretty significant during our last 2 days. The beach bar was also being taken down and this area was roped off. I'm hoping that the expansion of more rooms wont take away from the benefits we've come to enjoy (rooms close to the beach,beaches not really over crowded, restraurants not overcrowded etc. ).
FOOD - again was exceptional for an all inclusive - a la carts were also amazing. DEEP SEA FISHING - was well organized, booked through the hotel staff (Iassac) $105 each - Albert and I caught 4 fish each - Maui Maui ( 8 - 20 lbs ) the 35 foot fishing boat was a little tired and the cabin dirty and old but boy we had fun and the fishing guide did an amazing job - 30 fish into the boat in 4 hrs. SICKNESS - unfortunately many people picked up a bug - virus - flu this week ? the "runs" every 45 min for two days - cramps and flu symtoms the first day, all 4 of us got it and we heard of at least 9 others, would be really interested in finding out what was going around. We were still able to enjoy the beach however lower apetite and many washroom breaks lasted 5 days for me. First time ever this has happen to us - but who knows how we picked it up - on the flight ? food ? another guest ? We didn't drink the water and the hotel is extremely clean, food is also well cooled and or heated as needed - just one of those things that can happen. GOING BACK ASAP, this is a great resort , great staff ( Milfi (butler) and Augosto (funny server) were excellent)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 Pools Sun terrace 4 Jacuzzis Sun umbrellas and loungers Beach and pool towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, 1 padel tennis court (additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (free of charge) Entertainment amphitheatre 2 buffet restaurants 3 speciality restaurants 3 Bars 1 Snack- bar Wedding gazebo Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms, 570 Deluxe Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Air conditioning Ceiling fan Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Bathrobe and slippers VIP amenities Radio-alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Ironing set Pillow menu Umbrella 24 hour room service Minibar WiFi (free of charge) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda Hotel Punta Cana