We were at the Esmeralda for Christmas with our 3 year old, and had a very nice relaxing vacation.
They have several a la carte restaurants that you can choose from, I made all of my reservations on the first day at guest services.
We ate at Bella the Italian restaurant, Le Gourmet French restaurant, El Pescador Mediterranean restaurant and the Garden Grill restaurant.
I was actually very impressed with El Pescador and the Garden Grill, their ribeye and tenderloin steaks were very good.
Bella and Le Gourmet was sub par
The buffet was average, I got bored of it after the second day, it was pretty much the same foods everyday
I found they put way too much salt and overcooked most of the meats, and most of the desserts were just not good at the buffet
On our last day we had an 11pm flight and had to check out of the room by noon or else we would have to pay $15 an hour.
We left our bags in the lobby and enjoyed the rest of the day at the pool, they gave us 30 min in a guest room to shower before we left.
Its a massive resort with 4 resorts in one; Punta Cana, Bavaro, Principe and Ambar.
Our bus to the airport was at 7:15 so we had no choice but to eat at Bahia Principe Punta Cana's buffet bcoz that where our bus picked us up.
The buffet restaurant there was huge, and a lot better then Esmeraldas. Its a shame that we didn't find out about it till the last day.
Our room was very nice, lots of channels on tv and nice size space. Only thing was the internet was very inconsistent, somedays it would not work and other times it was very slow.
Costs for the internet was $50 a week. The internet service provider reimbursed us our $50 bcoz of the bad service, we spoke with guest services and they helped us get our money back
The gym was below average, they have 2 gyms and they are both not good. They have a bench for chest, dumbell rack up to 50 pounds, an old cable machine, a hamstring machine and a couple of old cardio machines.
Each resort has 3 or 4 pools and they were nice, the beach was nice too, very soft sand with warm water
They have a nice water park for kids and a kids club for children.
This was my second time to Punta Cana, first time I stayed at Paradisus Palma Real.
I dont think I would come back to Bahia Principe again, although it costs a bit more I would definitely stay at a true 5 star like Paradisus.
There is no comparison when it comes to food, amenities and service.
I rate Bahia as 4-4.5 star and I think its on the same level as RIU chain, maybe a bit lower when it comes to food
Excellence was another great all inclusive 5 star I have been to in the past
- 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