After reading seriously negative reviews about the same hotel chain in La Romana, I immediately called my travel agent to rebook hotels. I was also a little antsy about staying in Bahia Principe because I've gotten accustomed to staying at the Riu hotel chain. I was pleasantly surprised.
First of all this resort was ENEROMOUS!! The beach was a good 15 minute walk from our room in "Club Premier." This bothered me at first, but then I realized its just nice exercise after over indulging in food and drinks at the bar and buffet.
The beach was PHENOMENAL...the waves were awesome. (too high for kayaking though =[, Ideal for body surfing). Spent hours in the water. I'm not much of a pool person but the pool was nice. Pool bar had 2 friendly bartenders: Geovanny and Claudio...waiter Meldy was really cool too ...gracias amigos! (anybody who says that staff isn't friendly is probably walking around with a stick up their behind)
Yes, the beach is crowded. Yes you have to get up early to reserve loungers but that didn't bother me. Yes it's difficult to get reservations for the A la carte restaurants, yes the food is mostly OK...but still tasty and i promise I was never starving.
rooms were clean and very spacious and NO ONE EVER STOLE ANYTHING (read a few comments about theft. I kept all my valuables in the safe...the $4/day safe charge did suck though).
Overall this trip was fun. I don't know what sort of luxuries people expect when they go vacationing, but if you're just going to relax and unwind, you'll be fine.
- 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