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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro
Ranked #62 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Stayed at this resort last year, loved it. The resort is very large but we really enjoyed walking it.
Gorgeous gardens and vegetation. Service was amazing, we loved the main lobby bar and spent most evenings there. It was also a great spot to go for a break in the day for coffee and snacks. Very nice coffee bar set up. We enjoyed the food, buffett was always good.
Room was always clean and always rec'd water/beer/pop in our fridge. The beach is long and beautiful.
Would recommend this resort.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank findog2
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort, especially from our Quality & Customer Service Department.

We would like to thank you for recommending us and for highlighting our gorgeous gardens, amazing service, nice lobby bar, good food, clean room, and beautiful beach.

We are very pleased that we were able to meet your expectations. This is what is allowing us to make a difference in each guest experience and motivate us to continue striving towards excellence.

Thank you for your comments and looking forward to welcoming you once again!

Kind regards,


Karen Mantilla
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Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro Resort

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

i have been to many different places. we had a flood in the room with little to no help from the staff. call was made and staff showed up 1.5 hours later.fridge in room was looked at twice to no avail. didn't want to stay in room and wait to see if they can try and fix it for the third time. the food was warm to cold every meal except for the el la cartes. beach was like being in a sardine can. too many people to look after. hotel was beautiful. still we wouldn't go back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank joel g
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort, especially from our Quality & Customer Service Department.

We would like to extend our most sincere apologies for any inconveniences or difficulties you may have experienced during your stay.

Thank you for highlight our beautiful Hotel.

We hope you will be willing to give us the opportunity to welcome you once again and be able to change any negative perception, demonstrating you the commitment and quality of service we have exhibited through the years.

Kind regards,


Karen Mantilla
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Just got back from our 3rd visit in less thank 19 months. Amazing vacation as always, great selection of food and drink. Very friendly staff and very clean rooms.
would recommend Grand Bahia Principe to anyone who wants a great vacation for a great price! Make sure they know if you are a repeat customer( we got our travel agent to tell the tour operater this so they can set it up for us), if so, dont pay for Diamond, you get upgraded as far as your bracelet color, which gives you access to breakfast and lunch in the Santa Fe restaurant near the beach, its much quieter than the lobby buffet, you also get one more A La Carte meal

Room Tip: Ask for a room which is not directly facing the trolly route, it was like being on the freeway, cons...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MrsJudyV
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort, especially from our Quality & Customer Service Department.

First of all, we would like to thank you for bringing to our attention your comments about your stay in our Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro.

As a repeater client your opinion is very important to us. It represents a challenge, an opportunity to improve our services, and maintain the magic that makes our dear customers choose for their holiday destination this paradise called Dominican Republic.

We greatly appreciate that you have chosen once again our Resorts as your holiday destination.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,


Karen Mantilla
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Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro Resort

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

This was our first time to the Dominican Republic and will not be our last....the Grand Bahia Principe Bravaro far exceeded our expectations....The staff was very friendly and always wanting to please us....the food ,the pools, the rooms, the gardens, the night life, the facilities awewsome. Thanks to Andy de Leon in guest services for taking care of us and any problem we had. We will be going back next year!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank greg h
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort, especially from our Quality & Customer Service Department.

It is a pleasure for all of us to hear that we could exceed your expectations during your stay in our Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Hotel . We are proud to hear that you had an excellent stay due to the friendliness of our staff members, especially because Andy. He will be delighted to know that he is making a difference in each guest experience.

Thank you for your comments and looking forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,


Karen Mantilla
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We recently returned from a week at The Gran Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. We have traveled quite a bit and this was absolutely the most wonderful vacation we have ever had. From the staff to the Apple Vacation Representatives there was not one thing to fault. The room was beautiful, the pools and grounds were spectacular, you had a large options of places and different foods to eat. The entertainment was great and yes Sergio you were the best bellboy ever. I would recommend this vacation destination to anyone. D Faria

Room Tip: The resort is so large and there are so many good places to stay there really are no "bad: room...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank donna f
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort, especially from our Quality & Customer Service Department.

We would like to thank you for recommending us and for highlighting our beautiful rooms, spectacular pool and grounds, vary gastronomic offer, and great entertainment. Please be assured that your nice comments will be forwarded to Sergio.

We are very pleased that we were able to meet your expectations. This is what is allowing us to make a difference in each guest experience and motivate us to continue striving towards excellence.

Thank you for your comments and looking forward to welcoming you once again!

Kind regards,


Karen Mantilla
Social Media Coordinator
Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro Resort

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We attended my Niece's wedding at this Hotel the week of Feb. 1st, and had the time of our lives. The wedding was fantastic, but we really enjoyed the whole experience of staying at the Gran Bahia Principe. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. Our room was very well appointed with a garden view. Our houskeeper, Oris, was excellent. Each day we had displays on our bed more unique and fabulous than the day before. We always had lots to do, and found it an excellent experience. The location couldn't have been more beautiful. Thanks for a great time, and we are already looking forward to our next visit. Jackie and Bud, Muskoka, Canada.

Room Tip: All rooms come with a balcony, which worked well for smokers.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Jacalyn1111
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort, especially from our Quality & Customer Service department.

We do not know how to thank you for this kind of comments. Posts such as yours delight us and gives us confidence to keep working hard to satisfy our customers and improve our service.

Thank you for acknowledging all our staff, especially Oris, who will be very happy and delight to learn your comments. We appreciate guest comments and suggestions, now that is allowing us to make a difference in each guest experience.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards,


Karen Mantilla
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Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro Resort

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is our second time at this hotel. We have visited Riu chains as well as Gran Bahia Principe in Jamaica. By far Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro surpassed our expectations. We had such a great time once again. I am always amazed at people who pick things apart. PEOPLE you are going on vacation for sand and sun if you want to nit pick then it's best you stay at home!!. Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro is a vacation paradise but it's not home so don't go in with an attitude of being entitled just because you paid to be there. Leave your high expectations of what you would expect to get from a 5 star hotel from home at home and don't expect champagne on a beer budget!!. Like everything else you get what you pay for so keep that in mind.
This is a poor country albeit a beautiful one. The hotel is beautiful and clean and the grounds are spectacular.The staff is exceptionally friendly and accomodating. We stayed in the Diamond Club.which I highly recommend. We stayed in building 23 which is VERY close to the beach and main pool. With Diamond club you get a few more amenities than the regular rooms. For instance the safe in the room is part of the package, you get a separate check in/out area, internet use in Diamond club lounge as well as drinks., The mini bar in the room is well stocked with alcohol, pop, water etc.. but note that if you want ice for your room you have to get it at the bar as there are no ice machines! Diamond club rooms are started off with 2 Beach towels, robes and slippers and there is a restaurant called the Santa Fe which serves breakfast and lunch that is specifically for Diamond Club guests should you choose not to hit the main buffet or beach restaurant. Alternativley if you want to stay in the adults only section then I suggest the Ambar.There is also the Esmeralda section which is new and exclusive and designed for families. Again you get extras that you would not otherwise get if you get the standard packages. You are given 2 room cards. Once inside your room one of the cards goes in the slot on the wall at the door which operates your a/c and power to the room so don't freak out thinking you have no power. We left the card in the slot at all times to keep the a/c running and the alarm clock from having to be reset! There is free wifi in the main lobby as well. Anyway back to Diamond club and special Thanks to Andy D' Leon " a.k.a. Andy Boy" who is the Diamond club concierge. We had a spectacular time! Andy is the Man!! So if you are part of Diamond club he's the go to guy for sure! He hooked us up with whatever we asked for!!
The resort itself is huge! at full capacity it holds 7000.Thats alot of people! but it's so spacious one would not notice how many guests were staying at any given time.
There are a few a la cartes to choose from. We especially liked the Maiko Japanese. I would suggest pre-booking from home if there is a specific a la carte you want to try. The most popular one is Garden Grille(Steak house). I personally am not a fan of beef however if you choose this a la carte I would suggest the Tenderloin as its a bit thicker than the rib steak. Remember you are not at home so you are not going to get a big honkin steak on your plate!!The main buffet is great. Lots to choose from. Everything is fresh and hot!! There is a vegetarian section, kids section, pasta section, theme nights as well as lots of salad selections ,breads, fruits and desserts.If you can't find something to eat at the main buffet then you are one picky eater!
The drinks are strong! the dominicans don't measure alcohol they just pour and if there is room for mix then they will add that too!! I would suggest you bring a stainelss steel travel mug or bubba for the pool/beach. Its hot there and their plastic cups at the pools just don't cut it for keeping drinks cool!! Keep in mind they have slushy pre mixed drinks at the bar but they are non alcoholic if you want alchol in it you have to ask for it. With that being said when you are at the lobby bars don't bother asking for FROZEN drinks i.e "frozen Margarita" they don't know what that is.and you will be disappointed if you are expecting frozen drinks. It's tropics and seriously how long do you think a frozen drink would stay that way in the tropics????

There are a few pools on the property so if you like a quieter setting then there are pools scattered in different areas of the property that are probably more to your liking. Theres a newly built water park for kids which wasn't there the last time we visted so if you have kids there's something for them as well there's a teens club.
The main pool is adjacent to the beach and is the FUN pool!
Francisco(I hope I spelled that right!), Jose and Junior are the pool entertainment as well as the evening lounge entertainment in the main lobby. These guys are a riot!! We had such a good time from the beach yoga and salsa lessons to the bingo games and the crazy games at the pool. These guys are out in the hot sun during the day showing the guests a good time and performing in the evening in the lobby and always with smiles on their faces. Theres no way you won't have a good time at this pool or lobby whether you are participating or just watching!!

Money: try to remember to bring smaller currency for tips and shopping. Although it's not necessary to tip at an all inclusive a dollar goes a long way at the bars and restaurants. Also the shops can't always break large bills so to avoid frustration don't go thinking you're the only tourist with large bills in their pockets! We usually left the maid 5 dollars a day and 10 on the last day as her service was great and she was lovely.

We would not hesitate to visit Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro again next year!!

Room Tip: Rooms in the numbers of 40 on the front of the property are noisier!! if you want to be close to the...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Rhonda F
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort, especially from our Quality & Customer Service Department.

First of all, we would like to thank you for bringing to our attention your comments about your stay in our Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro.

Please allow us to reassure that we are extremely proud to have provided you a positive experience at this tropical paradise, which reflects the commitment and quality of service we have exhibited through the years.

Thank you for acknowledging Andy, Francisco, Jose and Junior, who will be very happy to learn that they were able to contribute in creating a memorable experience for you.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,


Karen Mantilla
Social Media Coordinator
Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro Resort

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Address: Arena Gorda - Macao Seccion Baigua | Arena Gorda - Macao, Seccion Baigua, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#34 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#38 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#38 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#53 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#55 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#56 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#58 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range: $136 - $399 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro 4*
Number of rooms: 744
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 2 lake-style pools Large sun terrace New relaxation zone with Bali beds, sun umbrellas and loungers Pool and beach towels BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts (floodlit for an additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment theatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffet restaurant and 17 speciality restaurants Japanese restaurant 10 bars 3 Snack Bars Cocktail Lounge Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Golf 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 816 rooms including two types: Superior Junior Suite and Club Hacienda Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Sitting area with sofa Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Alarm clock Satellite TV Minibar Coffee-making facilities Safe (additional charge) Ironing set Wifi (additional charge) Club Hacienda Junior Suite (See page 18 Club Golden, Club Hacienda) Children Bahia Scouts The hotel is perfect for families, offering a range of facilities tailored especially for children, including the following: Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) Bahia Scouts Water Park Fun Area and Adventure Park (additional charge) Teens' Club (11-16 years) Other services 24 hour medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Bus stop opposite the hotel Meeting and convention room Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request and subject to circumstances Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries ... more   less 
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