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Grand Bahia Punta Cana

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Grand Bahia Punta Cana

Hi All-

I've narrowed down my search to the GBPPC and I have a few last questions before i book.

How does the all inclusive thing work? Is there a meal schedule? Is it three meals a day? Are there vegan options?

Also, is the liquor top shelf? And is it unlimited?

The only number I could find to them was long distance so I figured I'd try here first!!

Thanks in advance!!

Daniel

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1. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

First here is the resort map.

www.resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

On the map Punta Cana room buildings is 11-19

Punta Cana section offers an upgrade to Royal Golden. Which is basically the same rooms just the buildings are closer to the beach those room buildings are 1-10 & 20, 21,22 & 24.

From the map you will notice that just above the Punta Cana section there is the Bavaro section room buildings 30-39 & 71-79 and there upgrade called Club Diamond rooms 23 & 25 - 29.

The reason I bring up the Bavaro section is because sometimes it prices out cheaper then the Punta Cana section. The Punta Cana section and Bavaro section are mirror images of one another and share the same things except for the lobby and buffet. Bavaro has it's own lobby and buffet and Punta Cana has it's own lobby and buffet but everything else is shared... So if Bavaro is cheaper there is no reason not to book that instead of Punta Cana as it's the same thing.

Moving on with Punta Cana section.

In the Punta Cana section your entitled to 3 ala cartes per week. So food wise in the morning there is the breakfast buffet in the lobby.

For lunch you have a few options... Down by the beach there is two snack bar type restaurants.. One is a terrace over looking the beach BLUE 16 on map and the other is by the main pool BLUE 7.... These snack bars you can get light food for lunch. Like pizza, salads, hamburgers, fries, sandwiches etc.....

If you want the full lunch then you would go to the actual buffet in the lobby for multiple food options.

For supper you would either be eating at one of your Ala Cartes you choose or at the buffet. The buffet is theme night.

Here is the different theme nights at the buffet.

Monday ........ Española

Tuesday ....... Gala (seafood)

Wednesday .....Oriental

Thursday ... Italian

Friday ......... Dominicana

Saturday ............... Mexican

Sunday .......... American (Like BBQ - different meats)

Your not technically on a schedule buffet wise... As there open for numerous hours so you can go when you please during the times there open. For Ala Cartes there is a time that your required to go eat depending on what time they book you for and also depending on what you requested when you made your ala carte reservations. (IE -If you requested early or late supper)

Afterwards there is a late night snack bar by the main pool ( BLUE 7 on map again) that is open to 6am... Which serves some food and beer... Again a light menu, cold cuts, hot dogs, salads, etc.

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The Bahia allows guests to email room and ala carte requests in advance to there stay. All info on how to do this can be found on below link.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147293-i28-k64951…

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Drink wise top shelf liquor is only included in the package for guests that stay in the Ambar or Esmeralda section.... For Bavaro and Punta Cana it is not included but you can order it for a fee.

To see the complete menu of what liquors are included in the Punta Cana section and what is at a fee visit link below.

Post one by Bahia Guru/Expert Brooklin Bubba King John lists the menu... It's just after the Spa Menu.

tripadvisor.ca/…5444

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Reverting back to the map another thing to mention is BLUE 14. This is the Pueblo Principe which is shared by all sections of the Bahia.... At the Pueblo Principe there is shopping, casino, terrace/sports/karaoke bar along with the club (disco).

Safe travels!

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2. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

Thanks Jim!

As always, you're info is invaluable.

I haven't booked the rooms yet. I'm corresponding with a travel agent and I've gotten a quote.

However, I'm wondering if booking directly with the resort will get me better rates?

Any knowledge on the matter of rates with the Grand Bahia?

Thanks again!

Daniel

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3. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

Np Daniel,

Price wise there different here in Canada but your best bet is to try all different travel sites... Try searching flight and hotel separately as well as flight and hotel together for discounts.

Cheapcaribbean.com currently is offering a 100$ booking discount for flight and hotel together...........Orbitz currently has a 15% discount on hotel bookings on top of an early booking discount that might price out better then others.

But really try all the sites, Expeida, Funsun, Apple, Priceline, Bookit, etc, etc etc.

In general though usually Bavaro section prices out cheaper then Punta Cana section and like I mentioned on first post there mirror images of one another.

Then there is Bavaro Premiere that select tour companies offer. Sometimes it prices out cheap as well but take note the Premiere section is furthest from the beach... On the resort map the buildings on the left closet to main gate with the orange numbers is the Premiere section.

If you can find prices cheaper then with a Travel Agent then there is no harm booking without a travel agent.... Your likely to get all your answers answered on these forums thanks to Brooklin Bubba King John then what a travel agent will know.

To get you started the below is courtesy of Brooklin about the entire Bahia complex... After reading the below I'm sure you will be in agreement that you really don't need the assistance of a TA lol.

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From Brooklin -

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. "

I do hope that this does assist you.

John

Brooklin (Bubba King)

Edited: 09 December 2013, 02:36
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4. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

By the way what dates are you looking for so I can take a look? Your flying from LAX I presume? And is your dates flexible?

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5. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

It's worth mentioning though that when you book with the hotel directly, you actually have more to do and a few more risks. Maybe the price will make it worthwhile though.

When you book a package deal, you have your airfare, transportation to/from airport and hotel included, and the hotel itself. As well, there is always a rep from the company that you booked with at the hotel who can assist you if you run into any problems.

If you book the hotel alone, you have take care of all the details yourself. Many people do it - and without issue. Just if it's your first time doing a trip like this, my advice would be to book the package so you have less to worry about.

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@Ryguy,

I'm not that familiar with US packages but from my understanding it's not the same as here in Canada for us... I might be mistaken but isn't it really only Apple and Funsun in the US that offer complete packages with a tour rep at the hotel? Where here in Canada we have a multitude of companies that offer packages (Sunwing, AirCanada, Transat, TMR, Nolitour, Sunquest, ETC)

I think in the US most travel sites offer just hotel and flight and then gives an option to book transfers. If that's the case if OP is limited to just Apple (which usually is a higher price then other sites) they won't be finding the best deals.

I think in the US people OPT to book via a TA so they have that backup to fall upon incase any problems arise while at the hotel then there TA can deal with it.

@ Daniel,

What you could also do which is a great suggestion by RyGuy is many travel sites price match... So if Apple is at whatever price and your able to find the same flight/hotel on another site for cheaper then contact Apple to see if they will price match. This way you will have a package and a rep at the hotel incase anything arises.

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7. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

Thanks a lot for the info.

I'm looking to leave Tuesday evening on March 11th and getting there the next afternoon. I'll be leaving Mondat the 17th. Flying from LAX, dates are not flexible because we have a big party and everyone has chosen these dates. Which is also why I can't do a package deal, we're booking four rooms total. Three in the first room and two in the others.

The rate that I found is $132/per night per person.

Btw, do you know if the hotel has an 800 number for bookings? All I found was their int'l number.

Thanks again!

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8. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

So really you want to checkin on the 12th and check out on the 17th?

If that is the case I found a cheaper rate for Punta Cana section then what you listed at 132 per person. I found it for 94.39$ per person..... just checking a few more sites then I'll follow up with a 2nd post.

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9. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

@Bigjim93

Good point. I knew of Apple and I know there are others. I kind of assumed the rest.

@daniel

On their website, I see "1-866-282-2442" as their toll free number. This is for the Bahia reservations center. (Not a specific hotel.) Can't guarantee if this works in the States though.

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10. Re: Grand Bahia Punta Cana

Thanks Ryguys, I will try that number tomorrow.

@Jim..I'm sorry I didn't specify. We're actually checking in on the 13th. We're doing a separate hostel the first day because most of the group comes in then. Only three of us the 1st night.

Thanks again!