My husband and i stayed at the Esmeralda from 3/13-3/20. We were traveling to Punta Cana for a friends wedding and decided to stay as a couple separate from the rest of the group. After much research and many hours on trip advisor i decided on the Esmeralda! So happy with the choice we made! I now know why its rated #4!
From the moment we arrived everything went beautifully. I had sent in our room and a la carte requests about 7 days prior to our arrival and when we checked in all our "requests" were granted!!
They gave us a room in building 90 which was the building closest to the ocean with a view of both the pool from one side of our balcony and the ocean from the other. We were greeted and given our room keys. This is when we met Victor, our butler. I cant not begin to tell you all how sweet, thoughtful and most of all helpful Victor was during our stay. We normally would not have needed a butler per say but because we need taxi rides to and from our resort to the other resort our friends were at and needed suits pressed and what not we opted to take advantage of the service the Esmeralda offered. Not only did Victor give us a tour of the property before showing us our room but he made sure to check on us all week, on top of all the things we needed him to do to help us with the wedding festivities. He even had us choose what type of pillows we would like and brought me lavender scented ones. One night he even had a warm bath drawn, with rose petals and heart shaped towels after we arrived back from the wedding. He really is the best, so please ask for Victor on arrival you will not be disappointed.
As for the restaurants, i had mentioned prior that i sent in our requests. I requested the Portofino located in the Ambar section, the Bella Italian located at the Esmeralda, The Don Pablo at the Ambar and the Maiko located at the Bavarro. We tried all 4 and i have never in my lifetime been to an all inclusive resort with better food then we had on this trip. We are pretty seasoned travelers and have been to many all inclusive resorts and been on many cruises. This food is 5 star all the way!!! My expectations are always pretty low considering these restaurants at these resorts are serving thousands of people everyday so i was so so pleasantly surprised. The Portofino and the Bella Italian were fantastic, the buffets attached to these restaurants are really good too. The Miako was awesome! We requested a hibachi table. The cook Victor put on a great show and the sushi and hibachi meal were like something we would eat here in NY. The Don Pablo was our favorite we both order the filet, you could literally cut it with a butter knife. My husband order the tuna tar tar which again was delicious! The bananas foster is a must here!! It is out of this world but you do have to ask for Luis to make you one because it is not on the menu. He brought the cooking cart out and let us take pictures while he cooked our amazing dessert in front of us! Service in all restaurants was terrific and there was never a wait...a reservation is a reservation at this resort, which we really liked!
The buffets were good too, we loved being able to go to the beach buffet in our pool attire and we absolutely loved the fact that NO ONE walks into any buffet/restaurant without the hostess squirting hand sanitizer in your hand!
The bars were also top notch! The selection of top shelf liquors was great and very surprising considering most resorts do not offer Baileys, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker, Tanqueray, Bombay, Absolute just to name a few! We had a few favorite bartenders that i would love to mention! First at the Esmeralda lobby bar...Maximo! He was so friendly and personable. He was always smiling and we loved going to that bar to talk with him. Alexis & Pablo at the pool bar (pool closest to the beach) were awesome too. They both make great Mojitos and were always happy to fill our insulated mugs! Victor at the Ambar lobby bar was fantastic as well!! He was the happiest guy around. he always put on a great show while making our cocktails! He makes a great Dirty Monkey...be sure to ask him to make you one!
Our room as i mentioned was in a prime location and was just as beautiful on the inside. Lots of closet and drawer space. Big bathroom. Comfortable bed and clean as can be. The housekeeper for room 90111 was absolutely amazing! I did not get her name but she did such a nice job and was always very friendly and always knew the exact perfect time to clean our room each day and then again at night. She also set up a a jacuzzi bath and rose petals and animal shaped towels for us one night too.
The beach is beautiful! The sand is soft and the beach was super clean! I usually never go into the ocean past my knees but this water was blue and clean i had my husband in that water everyday with me. I really enjoyed the beach in Punta Cana! There were always plenty of chairs and lots of huts available, There is spots with sun and many spots with shade. I am a sun worshiper and my husband likes to stay out of it as much as possible and we never had a problem...we were both happy!
We booked a couples massage at the Ambar bahia spa, and it was terrific. Very clean and the girls who gave us our massages did a great job. Took us right away and they were very sweet.
We did not attend any of the shows only because we were out 3 nights late for the wedding activities and the other nights we were just too tired from being in sun and maybe a few too many cocktails during the day :) We did try our luck in the casino 1 night and walked out with an extra $100. Not too bad...extra tipping money! Please tip these people even if it is only a dollar or 2, they really do deserve it! The Esmeralda is defiantly a quieter resort but that is one of the major reasons we picked it. If you do want some high energy, loud music, younger crowd all you have to do is walk over to the Bavarro pool/beach and you got it! Thats the greatest part of the Bahia complex. You can walk around or take the trolley wherever for whatever.
All in all i cant not say better things about this resort. It was impeccably clean and the food was amazing for a 5 star all inclusive resort! We had a great time, met some really nice people and are so glad we picked the Esmeralda! A vacation is just that..your not working, cooking, cleaning etc. Enjoy yourselves and just go with it! We will defiantly be back!
- 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