My wife and I recently spent two wonderful weeks at the Esmeralda and thoroughly recommend it as a vacation resort.
Over the past 10 years we have stayed at mostly 4.5 and 5 star Iberostars in D.R. and Cuba and one disappointing stay at the GBP Tulum.
So we went prepared to be disappointed but in fact the GBP Esmeralda exceeded our expectations and we are already planning a return.
Air Transat out of Toronto was good although on the return while we arrived back 30 minutes early, it took Toronto airport workers an hour to get our baggage to the carousel.
The Esmeralda is really a compact and QUIET resort attached to the much larger and noisier GBP Punta Cana and Bavaro.
There are no games, skits, animation team or Kids Club, all of which are available a few steps away.
The food is simply the most varied and satisfying that we have had anywhere.
The rooms are spacious suites with large 5 piece bathrooms.
The service is attentive and timely especially if you sit in the same area each day and become known to the very friendly staff. Tipping is appreciated but many Europeans don't which is a little unfair to the poorly paid and hard working staff.
We only visited the on-site Bella Italia a la carte which was great.
Overall, outstanding value-for-money at a great new resort.
- 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