My girlfriend and I, just returned from our 7 day stay at Gran Bahia Principe. We booked our vacation through Apple Vacations with the assistance of a travel agent. This is our second stay under the Gran Bahia name (my parents recommended Gran Bahia Principe to us as they have stayed with them two additional times). Last year we traveled to Gran Bahia Principe Tulum, in Mexico. We loved our experience and knew that we couldn't go wrong staying with them at another location.
We traveled to Punta Cana via a charted flight by Apple Vacations. We highly suggest this. We all proceeded as a large group through airport security, customs, and the ground transportation to our desired resorts. We had an Apple representative riding along with us to our resort. This was extremely beneficial because we know very little spanish.
Upon arrival we were greeted by two hotel staffers where they sat us down to explain the resort layout to us and the upgrades that we were receiving being Apple Vacation clients. We had scheduled to stay at the base level "Bravaro" section of the resort. And were upgraded to the Club Premier Section. This allowed us to have access to our own pool with swim up bar, snack bar, buffet, and lobby. The premier club is a smaller section of the resort. We never had an issue finding lounge chairs at the pool and tables in the bar / lobby. If you need any help ask for Pedro, he helped us with our a la carte reservations and our in room safe while waiting for our room to be ready upon arrival.
We would recommend the Japanese and Italian restaurant and would suggest passing on the French. Over all surface was slower than expected at all a la carte and buffet meals but we didn't let it bother us, I mean we are on vacation to sit back, relax, and live the slow life :)
We had beautiful weather. I do believe that it rained every night, but the clouds always broke up before 10:30am. We did however, have one day that was overcast with rain on and off. We spent our afternoon in the Premier Club lobby drinking, playing games (provided by the hotel), and listening to music.
We also went on one excursion from which we booked through Apple Vacations (pay for your excursion ahead of time and you get a discount, we selected the date after arriving at the resort). We went on the full day "Outback Safari" excursion. We loved it!!
Over all we would suggest this resort to friends and family. Keep and open mind and relax. The resort is large and people are every where and it takes a few minutes to get to where you are going but thats the glory of a large resort, there is lots of places to explore, people to talk to, and memories to make.
Also, props to Miguel and Julio at the Premier swim up bar for never letting my drink get empty. They would make us drinks without us having to ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 1 Pool 4 Jacuzzis 1 children's pool Lounger, sun umbrella and towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, bicycles, football, volleyball, petanque, darts and mini-golf Water activity centre (snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing) WiFi access in the lobby (24h free of charge) 1 buffet restaurant and 3 speciality restaurants Japanese restaurant (exclusive to guests) 5 Bars 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club (additional charge) Wedding gazebo Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, disco and casino Rooms 502 rooms including three types: Superior Family Junior Suite, Family Master Suite and Premier Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Fully equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, shower, hair dryer and amenities Sofa-bed Sitting area Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Satellite TV Ironing set Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe (additional charge) Balcony or terrace WiFi (additional charge) The Family Junior Suites and Family Master Suites also include: Bath robes and slippers for all the family for use throughout your stay Children's bath kit Welcome basket with sweets Mini-bar for children stocked with juices, shakes, milk and soft drinks Two separate and connecting rooms (Master family suite) 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 (located in the Grand Bahia Punta Cana hotel) Baby Station 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) WiFi in the lobby (24h free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (forceliacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request and subject to circumstances. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Premier Hotel Punta Cana