We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro or Punta Cana?

Which Punta Cana hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
New Jersey
Level Contributor
311 posts
2 reviews
Save Topic
Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro or Punta Cana?

Hi all. I know these resorts are supposed to be a mirror image of each other but why is the Bavaro

5 apple and Punta Cana a five golden apple? The Punta Cana is a few dollars more in price. The Trip advisor ranking for Punta Cana is #26 vs #36 for Bavaro. Would appreciate your input.Also is it worth the upgrade from Jr Suite Superior to the Club? Thanks Need to book soon

Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
510 posts
11 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro or Punta Cana?

There is no difference at all between the two resorts. They are side by side and offer all the same amenities. Book the cheaper of the two.

Brooklin, Canada
Destination Expert
for Punta Cana
Level Contributor
13,001 posts
23 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro or Punta Cana?


With respect to one of these resorts being rated differently by Apple Vacations, only Apple Vacations can answer that questions - as poster Bodnar has mentioned above - they are mirror images of each other and have identical amenities.

As far as them being rated differently on Tripadvisor, often guests will post their review under the wrong resort ( ie: Bavaro resort being posted under the Punta Cana resort and vica versa) - it would have a bearing on the standings.

They were both built at basically the same time, the Bavaro resort is larger in room numbers (864) versus the Punta Cana resort with 708 rooms - all rooms at both resorts are the same layout.

They each have their own lobby, lobby bar, main buffet, and share all other amenities such as beach, pools (4), lobby bar, lobby, entertainment area, water park & a la cartes (but not each others main buffet).

Here is an overview of the resorts from a posting I did on the Bahia resorts that may help you further.

" Firstly, here is the link to a map of the Bahia resorts in Punta Cana that I will refer to shortly.


There is a legend at the bottom of the map that will also assist you.

The Bahia resort complex in Punta Cana actually consists of 5 different resorts - all of which are 5 star resorts. It is the largest resort complex one one property in Punta Cana with a total combined rooms from the Bahia 5 resorts of 3,114 rooms at present (soon to be 3,174) - numerous daily & nightly activities with a large shopping and entertainment area on site, called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14), which is exclusive to Bahia guests only.

Each resort has it's own lobby/check in, lobby bar, gourmet a la carte and main buffet, free wifi in their main lobbies, Water Sports Centre on the beach, where guests may book the non-motorized items such as catamarans (hobbie cats) for sailing.

The resort offers its guests bicycles for on resort use, mini golf, tennis courts and tennis pro for those so inclined to obtain lessons at a small fee, beach volleyball, archery, soccer field, and a segway guided tour throughout the resort at a small fee, at the Sports Centre (map blue #11).

Also located at the Sports Centre is a "Fun Park" which has bumper cars, sorb Ball, skating, F1 remote control cars race and some arcade games like Basket, air hockey, kikkers, trampoline apparatus and is open every day from 10am to 10pm and also is at a small fee.

Lets start with the Bahia Principe Bavaro resort - 864 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the pink #1 - guest rooms are the white numbers 21-39 and 71-79

The Bahia Principe Punta Cana resort - 708 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the yellow #1 - guest rooms are building numbers 1-19.

Each of these two resorts have their own upgrades - the Bavaro resort has an upgrade referred to as Club Diamond or as some tour operators will name it, Club Hacienda - these are room numbers 23 & 25-29.

The Punta Cana resort has it's upgrade called Club Golden - these are room numbers 1-10 and 20, 21, 22 & 24 - as you can see, the primary difference is the location to the beach, and there are some other benefits which are for another discussion.

Both of these resorts are basically a mirror image of each other - all guest rooms are identical - the guest room buildings are primarily 3 stories in height with a few next to the beach that are 2 stories in height. They share all amenities including the pools - map blue #4,#18 & to the left of #17.

Lets continue with the different Bahia resorts:

The Bahia Principe Bavaro-Premier - 504 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on map as the orange #1- guests rooms are building numbers 40-53. This resort is the furthest from the beach but is like a resort within a resort - very quaint and is available through selected tour operators. The new "Boy Scout" Water Park is near buildings #52 & #53 & is open from 8am to 6pm for children only ages 3-12 years.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar resort - 528 rooms - adult only - lobby is shown on the map as a beige #2 - Offers all top end services the Bahia has to offer, including a larger selection of top shelf liquors, butler service, waiter service at the beach and pool, pillow menu, room safe included in price, unlimited a la cartes, spa, gym, private beach area directly in front of it's main beach pool, a "White Night" beach party every second Saturday evening, a "Party at the Pool" on alternative Saturday nights and room service 24/7. No other guests may use any of the facilities (pool, beach, a la cartes, main lobby, lobby bar, for example) at the Ambar other than guests at the next resort I will mention, which is the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - and they may only do so provided they do not have children under 18 years of age with them when using the Ambar resorts facilities.

Guests of the Ambar and the Esmeralda may use all of the facilities at the other resorts with the exception of the other resorts gourmet a la cartes and main lobby buffets - that provides them a total of 8 pools to use including their own, throughout all of the Bahia resorts.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - 510 (soon to be 570 rooms as of the end of December 2013) rooms - a family resort with the same Top End Services as I mentioned above for the Ambar resort, including a private beach area directly in front of their beach pool, 2 buffets, a spa, 2 pools & an adult only jacuzzi pool.

The rooms at the Ambar and the Esmeralda all have 4 poster canopy beds, with pillow top mattress's and a slightly different large private washroom layout.

Directly in front of both the Ambar and Esmeralda resorts is a small defined private beach area for "Privilege Club" members, which is exclusive to these members.

All resorts share the large shopping and entertainment area called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14) which contains the Casino (drinks are extra there as it is not owned by the resort), disco, smoke shop, kareoke and sports bar, patio lounge, many clothing, gift and jewellery shops, internet shop, local vendors with their wares, an outdoor stage where a house band and audience participation nights are often held each evening as well as a special event with professional entertainers called "Caribbean Show" on Friday evenings at 8:30pm for a small fee. They also all share the large Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) where the big nightly shows are held - two performances nightly - one performance at 9pm and the other at 10:30pm. The "Boy Scout Water Park" located near buildings #52 & #53 at the Bavaro-Premier resort, has a themed pool with many different games/slides - strictly for chiildren ages 3-12 years who are guests at any of the Bahia resorts.

Every pool throughout all resorts has swim up bars as well.

The Bahia resort complex has a very efficient tram system, should guests wish to use it, that operates 21 hours per day(6am - 3am), but I can tell you that one can walk from the Bavaro lobby buffet (map pink #6) to the large beach pool (near blue #17) in less than 10 minutes, from personal experience.

Guests at each of the Bahia resorts listed above may also "request" room locations and a la cartes preferences prior to their arrival - the latter is highly recommended in my opinion in order to provide a greater opportunity of obtaining the a la cartes of your choice, versus trying to do so no later than the first morning after your arrival. "

If having a room closer to the beach, one extra a la carte per week (4 instaed of 3), and a 20% discount at the Bahia spa along with an exclusive a la carte - the latter two features are for Club Diamond guests, are important to you, then it would be beneficial for you to purchase the Club upgrades, as these are the main differences.

If you decide this is what you desire, do so in advance with your Tour Operator/Travel Agent - do not attempt to do so on arrival at the resort as it is more expensive and is based on the availability at the time of your arrival.

Here are the complete features of Club Golden, which is available through the Bahia Punta Cana resort:

- amenities are 4 a la cartes versus 3 for non Club Golden rooms, 24 hour room service, Welcome letter and a bottle of rum in your room, beach towels, bathrobes and slippers in room upon arrival, turn down service at night, full access to the Royal Golden Club House, free printed press and Internet access at Club House, and a private lounge exclusive to Royal Golden guests. A 20% discount on Bahia spa services is not included.

Here are the complete features for Club Diamnd or Club Hacienda as some Tour Operators refer to it as - available through the Bahia Bavaro resort.

- An exclusive a la carte for breakfast and lunch which is the "Santa Fe" (Tex - Mex). Private reception for check in and check out, four a la carte (versus 3 for non Club guests) , 15 minutes of free internet access in the club house, Welcome letter and a bottle of rum in your room, beach towels, bathrobes and slippers in room upon arrival, turn down service at night, plus a 20% discount on all Bahia Spa services.

I hope this does assist you.


Brooklin (Bubba King)

3. Re: Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro or Punta Cana?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 01 December 2014, 06:18