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Bahia Principe Questions

Lewes, DE
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Bahia Principe Questions

Hi All -

We're going 11/19 - 28, and very excited. We've been to PC before, but usually stay at the Bavaro Princess - and love it.

Hope someone could answer my questions:

1. Is the construction done on the addition?

2. Looks like there are three pools - one by the beach, and two in the middle of the resort. We would probably hang at the one by the beach. Is that an "adults only" pool?

Or do they have such a thing? I have two kids coming along - 8 & 10.

3. Is there a bar on the beach?

I know these are very important questions... : )

4. Do they serve bottled beer? And if so, what kind? Hopefully Presidente!!!!!

5. Can men wear bermuda shorts to the buffet at dinner?

6. What resorts are each side?

7. Are all the rooms the same or can you upgrade?

Thank you so much.

calgary,ab
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1. Re: Bahia Principe Questions

Great questions. Hope some one answers your questions as we will be there in December and are asking the same.

Have fun.

white rock bc
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Hi

We are going to the Bahia Principe in January,and we have booked with Transat Holidays and are paying for Club Golden Bahia Principe. Club Golden inclusions offer rooms located closest to the beach, nightly turn down service, beach towels and umbrellas in rooms. In addition we will receive added privileges including private check-in at reception and room service, as well as additional a la cart dinners. There is also free internet service. I think premium liquor is included as well.

I don't think this is an adult only section, it doesn't say that anywhere in the brochure.

I think Signature Vacations sells this section of the resort as Club Hacienda.

Hope this helps.

Bellini

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A nice person named Elizabeth answered our questions - she writes:

<<I was there in July and it was ongoing than but they were supposed to be done by Nov. but I don't know if they hurricane had any affect on it. There is no adults only pool as such but the two pools in the middle are quiet pools and the one by the beach is for activities.All the pools have swim-up bars. I don't remember the kind of beer as we don't drink beer.The men can wear bermuda shorts to the buffet but not the a-la carte.I am not sure what resort is along side for sure but I think it is Secrets.You can upgrace to the club rooms.I hope I have answered your questions. I don't mind answering your questions.>>

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We were at Bahia Principe last week. We had a great time, however this week we both had bad stomache and diarrhea problems. Not sure what caused it, since we were very careful about not using any of the water. We used the bottled water for everything, including brushing teeth. Perhaps the water in the ice for drinks? Oh well, we will survive, and will always remember the place for a wonderful honeymoon. It is truly a tropical paradise. I will try to answer some of your specific questions:

There are no problems with hurricane damage. Everything is beautiful. They were transplanting a couple palm trees that we presume may have been damaged, but that is all. There may have been a lot of flooding, and some of the areas around the perimeter of the place and near the center had standing water with a slight odor, but that become noticeably better during our week stay there. The rooms and other facilities are all spotless.

The construction looks nearly done, they are advertising for a Nov 1 opening, and I doubt they will have a problem with that.

There are three pools, none are adult. We only went to the one by the beach, it seems the best and the one with the most activity.

They don���t serve bottled beer that I could see. Everything I had was on tap, and all they have is El Presidente, but I liked it and I am a draft beer drinker anyways.

No shorts to dinner, but I did wear sandals with no problem in the ala cartes.

I am not sure what resorts are on each side. On one side I think is the Riu Resorts, but on the other I am not sure if there is anything. There is a market place on the beach to the left, and we couldn���t see anything beyond that. We didn���t venture out except for one trip for swinning with sharks and snorkeling, which we highly recommend doing. A place called Marinarium, or something like that.

It seemed all the rooms were the same except for location and king beds or double beds. We started in building 6 and moved to building 22 to be closer to the beach, pool, etc. both were identical. All we had to do was ask to move and they were very friendly and accomodating.

Beach towels are not a problem, since everybody gets a towel card and you pick up clean towels by the pools by turning in your card. When you return your towels at the end of the day, you get your card back. Really simple.

Both rooms we were in had a big umbrella, which comes in handy for the near daily late day thunderstorm that only lasts a short time.

The men need slacks for the ala carte restaurants, but I wore sandals and had no problem.

Here is some info I copied from a previous post in response to specific questions other people had. Hope this helps all of you...

Sorry we didn't get back to answer sooner. We went there on our honeymoon, and since returning we have had a lot of things going on. Here is more information for you all.

Restaurants: we only ate at three ala carte restaurants. La Gourmet was very good. The Mexican restaurant was good also. We didn't like the seafood restaurant at all. The steakhouse books up early, and we didn't get it there. We suggest booking your reservations for the ala cartes as soon as you can.

There is waiter service by the pools, but not at the beach. We suggest bringing insulated mugs and filling up at the bars by the pools when going to the beach. They are not very far from anywhere on the beach, so it is not a big deal to get drinks.

The best buildings to stay in are 1, 2, 21, and 22. They are closest to the beach, the pools by the beach, and the bars and eating places by the beach. The other buildings leave you a bit of a walk to these areas. There are shuttles that runs continuously, so it really doesn't matter where you stay, but if you can get into the ones above, it will be better.

All of the staff are Spanish. Most of them speak a little English. We don't speak any Spanish, but we managed to communicate ok with them. You will be fine. They try very hard to meet your needs.

The beach is fine, white sand, not rocky at all. Most everybody walks on the beach barefoot. It is wonderful. You should bring sandals or tongs for walking around other areas since some of the walkways get hot from the sun.

We are not sure if drinks are included in the casino or the disco, but think at least in the disco they are included. The disco doesnt open until midnight, and we only went in once for a few minutes. Suggest staying away from the Casino since nobody seems to go in there, it is not fun, and nobody wins. We heard some real horror stories about people losing huge sums of money. We lost $40 in a few minutes at blackjack. They say nobody hits the slots.

Not sure about ATMs, we didnt see any, but we were not looking either. If there aren't any at the resort, there is nothing nearby. This country is very poor, and except for tours, we suggest not venturing out at all. The resort is a bit removed from everything, and you can't walk to anyplace anyways. We suggest bringing whatever money you need with you. You shouldn't need much money, unless you want to give it away at the casino, or do some shopping in the shops. Stay away from the market place on the beach, they are rip offs, and they really pressure you to buy things. You can do better in the shops at the resort. We bought Mamajuana at the market place for $15 to find it later in the shops for $4!

The rooms have shampoo, soap, and lotion. They also stock the fridge with soda, beer, and bottled water. Suggest taking out the bottled water so they keep restocking'always want to have a full supply for drinking and brushing teeth. DO NOT DRINK THE WATER!!!!

We hope this helps. You all will have a great time.

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Wow! Thanks for all the info. That's a great heads up for our start in DR at Bahia. We now have an idea which bldgs. we want to be in and we'll book our a la carte as soon as we get there. (Which isn't soon enough)

We'll post info on our return or shortly after (New Year's)

Thanks again all.

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Hi Everyone!We just booked for Dec. 6 - 20. Flying from Germany. Our hotel is listed as Bahia Principe Bavaro at Puna Cana and now I read that there are two separate hotel areas,one not finished. Is ours the one still under construction??? Hope it is done by then. And does anyone know if they are the same set up (with the jetspray bath) as the other suites? We researched a lot and wanted to go to Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in La Romana but they are FULL until mid-Jan. We hope we have picked "a good one". Oh, and I am glad to see someone from LEWES, DE is on their way down. My folks are here visiting us at the moment and they live in Lewes too! Small world isn't it? Thank you for all your great information. It is sure fun to read and check out the postings.