This is our second time at a Grand Bahia property (the first was in Mexico) and we absolutely loved it! We had originally booked at the Bavaro, but upon check-in were upgraded to Esmerelda along with the couple we were travelling with - what a pleasant and much appreciated surprise! The rooms are spacious, quiet, clean and well-appointed. Esmerelda is one part of a group of 5 GBP's in the complex and I would have to say it is the best. It almost feels like a secluded resort, but if you want more activities or action you can easily access the other complexes.
I found the food to be incredible and for the first time I went against my own travelling rules and ate the seafood, which usually causes major stomach problems but I did not have an issue at all. Big shout outs to the best waiters - Franklin, Cesar and Keidy who made the trip so much fun and enjoyable. Also, a big thank you to our butler Victor who decorated our room for my partner's birthday complete with a cake, balloons, champagne, bubble bath and roses. The whole crew there is amazing, and although some do not speak English very well, I do not care as we are visitors to their country and made it a point to try to converse in Spanish, which seemed appreciated and made things fun.
The trollies are a great way to get around, although they do not run as often as in Mexico, however, we did not mind as it meant walking around the beautiful resort. Oh, and the beach is amazing! Never had a problem getting chairs, even under an umbrella. A few times the cabanas near the pool were available at all points during the day so I am not sure where people think there are not enough chairs. We NEVER had a problem.
There is no doubt that we will be back, and will stay at the Esmerelda. Would highly recommend it to anyone.
- 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 (additional 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 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