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Live from Bahia Principe Esmeralda

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Live from Bahia Principe Esmeralda

We arrived here on monday really late at night, guess it was 11.30pm.

After getting through the airport waiting and waiting more and just... waiting in some lines for absolutely no reason and then getting driven here in about 40 minutes we were dropped off the bus and the driver told the guy from the hotel to get us to esmeralda. He took our luggage, put it on that golf-cart thing and drove us to the esmeralda reception. He took us to reception and just at that moment we didn't have to care about anything else. We checked in, the receptionist tried to explain us everything but I was just way too tired to listen and he was talking some spanish-english which is hard to understand for me. We got our wristbands and an envelope...

Anyway - we were taken to our room by a nice guy who carried all our suitcases by himself and by hand (impressive - it was heavy) to our room and just showed us minibar and where the booklet with information is located.

We were a little hungry but just really tired so we ordered a hamburger and a sandwich by room service. About 20 minutes later it came and was actually way better than I expected.

So arrival was really good! We fell to sleep pretty exhausted but happy to get here without any troubles.

I have to mention that our room request was completely fullfilled and all restaurant reservations we made by mail before were in that envelope.

Tuesday I woke up really early early, nice weather. I sat on the balcony an just watched the sun rise. Later we went to breakfast.

The breakfast buffet is just gigantic - really huge - not all stuff is at our taste, but I'm pretty sure everyone will find something which she/he likes.

Beach is great - we don't play the towel game but always find something to place ourselves - and we're moving around several times during the day, on the beach, the pools etc...

We took butler service and he showed up on tuesday and apologized for not beeing there on monday night (we didn't expect that because it was just really late).

He's really a nice guy and visited us and called us today - but actually we don't have any more wishes because everything is so nice. So he just brought us some ice and some missing things from mini-bar (I think the guy who fills that up just puts something in but without any system - today we had 4 whiskey, the beer never got filled up again) and our big pillows.

So ending our second day I have to say everything is just perfect about the hotel!

Only the weather is really crappy - raining all the time!

And OK, today we went to Don Pablo and it really wasn't gourmet at all - were going to cancel our other reservation there. It was just the buffet food in a very strange "wannabe" gourmet type. Don't need that at all, then rather just eat buffet. But that's our personal taste I guess.

But a very funny and nice waiter there who was trying to get us drunk on whine and was apparently amazed that I could still talk normally, walk normally... ;-)

Greets mat

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1. Re: Live from Bahia Principe Esmeralda

Is the weather any better today? I'm very nervous for our trip this up coming week. I need sunshine!! : (

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Weather was good yesterday and today. It only rained on wednesday....

It's really great here! We can just recommend this resort...

Went to Garden Grill yesterday and liked it much better than Don Pablo. Maybe we're going to the carribean party tonight.

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Go to Caribbean nite excellent show

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Hey Matze. Hope you are enjoying your trip. Would you be kind enough to let me know the names of the restaurants available to guests of the Esmeralda and also what the different themes are at the buffet each night if you don't mind.

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We don't want to work Matze too hard while he is on vacation, so I thought I would provide you the information you requested ! LOL !

It is worthy to note that guests of the Esmeralda resort may not use any of the a la cartes or other amenities of the Ambar resort, if they have children under 18 years of age in attendance.

Guests of the Esmeralda resorts can dine at an a la carte each night of their stay and may also dine at the same a la carte on more than one occasion.

Here are the a la cartes available to you starting with the most popular.

The Don Pablo - gourmet - located at the Ambar resort

The Bella Italia - Italian - located at the Esmeralda

The Garden Grill - steakhouse - located at the Punta Cana resort

The Takara - Asian - located at the Esmeralda resort

The El Olivio - Mediterranean - located at the Ambar

The Portofino - Italian - located at the Ambar

The Maiko - Japanese - located at the Bavaro resort (designated for Ambar guests)

The Mikado - Japanese - located at the Punta Cana resort (designated for Esmeralda guests)

The Sante Fe - Tex-Mex - located at the Bavaro resort

The El Meson - Spanish - located at the Bavaro resort

Olas lYll – BBQ – located at the Bavaro resort

Conuco – Dominican – located at the Premier resort

The buffet is themed each night, as follows:

Monday ........ Española

Tuesday ....... Gala night - seafood galore - the most popular night

Wednesday .....Oriental

Thursday ... Italian

Friday ......... Dominicana

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

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

The Gala night features grilled halves of Caribbean Spiny lobster, snow crab legs, shrimp, etc. as well as the standard buffet fare that is present at every dinner service.

The regular assortment of foods are still offered – there is a greater emphasis & larger assortment on the foods for each theme.

Hope this does assist you.


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How was the beach/waves? I enjoy the waves.

I also wanted to ask about the a la carte? Do you need reservations/is the wait long? Is this part of the huge Bahia Principe complex?

Have you been to the buffet/how is the food? Is the beach super crowded or do you have your own section?

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All of the a la cartes at each of the Bahia resorts do require reservations.

Guests may email their "requests" for a la cartes and for room locations to the resort in advance of their arrival.

The instructions on how and who and to whom to send such "requests" to are provided at this link: - when the link opens, just scroll up to the original topic:


Guests of the Luxury Bahia Esmeralda and Luxury Bahia Ambar have a private beach area at their resort and guests of the Bahia Bavaro/Punta Cana and Premier resorts do share a common beach which can be very busy depending on the season, including this time of the year.

Here is a posting that may be of further assistance to you as it explains the Bahia resort complex and map references are also provided:

" Let me firstly provide you a map of the resorts in Punta Cana, so you can see where the Bahia resorts are positioned in relation to the other 100 plus very nice resorts that the area has to offer.


The different beaches which make up what is referred to as Punta Cana, are all shown here - the Bahia resorts are located in the beach area referred to as Arena Gorda Beach.

Secondly, 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 on one property in Punta Cana with a total combined rooms from the Bahia 5 resorts of 3,174 rooms - all room buildings are in 2 or 3 story high buildings (no elevators) and worthy to note that they all have separate private washrooms, versus the open-concept style commonly found at some other resorts - 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 as part of the all inclusive. There are a total of 15 a la carte's in the resort complex (reservations are required), 5 snack bars, 7 pools (all of which have swim up bars), & 2 jacuzzi pools - some of which are exclusive to guests of the Luxury Bahia Ambar and the Luxury Bahia Esmeralda.

The resort offers all 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(which is at a small fee), throughout the resort, at the Sports Centre (map blue #11), Presidente beer in the mini fridge and robes & slippers in the rooms along with an iron & ironing board.

Also located at the Sports Centre is a "Fun Maker Park" which has bumper cars, sorb Ball, eco skating, F1 remote control cars race and some arcade games like Basket, air hockey, eco-ice skating surface, kikkers, trampoline apparatus and is open every day from 10am to 10pm and also is at a small fee for both children and adults. Babysitting service is also available 24 hours a day with no age restriction.

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. All rooms will shortly have 4 poster canopy style beds, flat screen plasma TV,s, new styled sinks and rain style showerheads, as they are currently being upgraded.

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 and has the new “Fun Maker Park” located directly opposite it near the tennis courts at the Blue #11 – it is offers excellent value for children.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar resort - 528 rooms - adult only - lobby is shown on the map as a beige #2 – guest rooms are the beige #60 to 70. Offers all top end services the Bahia has to offer, including a larger selection of top shelf liquors, butler service (request when checking in), waiter service at the beach and pool, pillow menu, room safe included in price, robes & slippers in the rooms, beach towels in the rooms (no towel cards) and exchanged in the room with the nightly turn down service, unlimited a la cartes, spa, gym, private beach area directly in front of it's main beach pool, which also has 10 cabanas for shade and privacy, a "White Night" beach party every second Saturday evening, a "Party at the Pool" on alternative Saturday nights, nightly entertainment in the main lobby 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 any of 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 - 570 rooms – main lobby is shown on the map as the green #1 and guest rooms are #90 to 96 - 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 (without the cabanas), nightly entertainment on the pool deck in front of the main lobby, 2 buffets, a spa, 2 pools & an adult only jacuzzi pool, and the hallways of all room buildings are carpeted for further noise reduction.

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.

There is an “Activity Listing” for day and night acivities for each of the resorts, which is provided to each guest in their “Welcome Package”, which they will receive when they check in, along with their room cards, wrist bands, fold out pocket/purse size version of the same resort map etc., I provided above.

They also all share the large Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) where the big nightly shows are held - two performances nightly - one performance at 8:20pm and the other at 9:25pm. 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 children ages 3-12 years who are guests at any of the Bahia resorts. There is also an overnight snack bar called the "Piscis" (map blue #7) that is open from 11pm to 6am - light snacks (burgers, hotdogs, french fries, salads, veggies, beer and wine) which is available to all guests.

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. “

This link will provide the details for emailing such “requests.


I do hope that this does assist you.


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wow thank you for all of the information!

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Amazing information!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to prepare this. Very helpful indeed.

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I see John already answered the qouestions - thanks! ;-)

Just a note about the alacarte restaurants:

We actually cancelled a couple of reservations and just have one more in our remaining 5 days at garden grill.

It's mostly just the normal buffet and you just get one alacarte dish which you select from a choice of about 4 or 5 dishes.

The buffet for entrees is just a much smaller edition of the normal buffet and the alacarte dishes disappointed us.

At the big buffet you can at least choose from a really big variety of foods and there we allways found something that's at our taste. Biggest disappointment was the Takara so far. That we found to be really nasty.

I have to say we are picky about food but allways did find enough at our taste at the buffet.

So now we allways go to Los Geranios (buffet)Restaurant for breakfast and dinner (you can even sit outside there), which is a bit smaller than Jazmin and not that crowded - and ever since our first visit there we got our "special waiter" who already knows us and even got a bottle of Jameson at the restaurant so I get my whiskey after dinner. We even get served Cappucino at breakfast without asking anymore -so my tipping seems to be sufficiant *lol*.

That's a good point too: Try to sit at the same place everytime and tip the waiter - they actually remember face much better than I ever could ;-)

About the weather: It was just great today! Yesterday it rained at evening but everything is really nice here.