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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Hi could anyone advise if the Hacienda suites are an adult only upgrade, or if you can do so with kids?

Also is it actually worthwhile doing the upgrade as it appears to only bean extra £100?

As always many thanks for all responses.

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1. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

No only the Grand Bahia AMBAR section is adult-only.

The Hacienda upgrade at the GBP Bavaro is available for any age guest and gives you some extra amenities to your junior suite such as preferred location and an extra night a la carte dining option.

Here's a link to the room description:

bahia-principe.com/en/…

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2. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Many thanks

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3. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

go Ambar for adult only it's great

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4. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

celtforlife,

As you mentioned you have children, here is what you would receive if you booked the Bahia Bavaro Club Hacienda upgrade or the Bahia Punta Cana Club Golden upgrade:

Here is what you get with each upgrade;

Club Golden available through the Bahia Punta Cana resort:

There is no difference in the Club Golden rooms to any of the other rooms throughout the entire resort - it is the room location that is different - other amenities are 4 a la cartes versus 3 for non Club Golden rooms, 24 hour room service (no breakfast menu), 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.

Club Golden rooms are closer to the beach, and are building numbers 1 to 10, 20, 21, 22 & 24.

For Club Diamond or Club Hacienda as some tour operators refer to it as, available through the Bahia Bavaro resort, is as follows:

Club Diamond/Hacienda rooms are closer to the beach and are building numbers 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

An exclusive a la carte for breakfast and lunch which is the "Santa Fe" (Tex - Mex). Private reception for check in and check out, 4 a la cartes (versus 3 for non Club guests) , Welcome Letter and bottle of rum in the room, bathrobes and slippers in room, 15 minutes of free internet access in the club house plus a 20% discount on all Bahia Spa services, turn down service in the evening and beach towel in the room which can be exchanged as required at any of the towel huts next to the pools. Thought I should mention for those guests flying from Canada and using “Sunquest Vacations”, the room safe costs are included in their all inclusive price with the Club Diamond booking - otherwise it is an extra $4US per day.

Here is the link to the resort map which help you identify the room building locations:

resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

Hope this does help.

John

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Edited: 31 August 2014, 00:27
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5. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Thanks Brooklin for such a detailed reply.

I went back to my travel agent to book the upgrade, but they are unable to do it as it would be classed as a new booking apparently.

Bit annoyed that I wasn't offered it at the time of booking but Heyho.

Do you know if it is possible to upgrade in resort and the likelihood of availability.

Should mention that we are not going until Next July Lol, so not sure how busy it is then.

Many thanks again

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6. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Celtforlife

It is possible to upgrade on arrival, however, even in July there are no guarantees that the upgrade would be available as the resort is near full capacity even at that time.

The resort itself will advise guests wishing to upgrade, to do so with their tour operator/travel agent as this will guarantee you the upgrade and it is less costly to do so.

The cost of the upgrade on arrival is $20US per person per day for Club Hacienda (Diamond) or Club Golden with children ages 2-12 paying 50% of that amount per day.

It may be more beneficial to have your Travel Agent cancel your existing booking - pay the small cost to do so and then rebook what you truly want.

At least this way, you are guaranteed the Club upgrade.

Hope this does help.

John

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7. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Any idea which is the best room on a hacienda club with a sew view and close to the beatch...and from the renewed buildings???tnx

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8. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Voodi,

I replied to your pm.

In the event others are reading this post - poster "Voodi" made reference to "renewed buildings" - wanted to let everyone know that all of the rooms at the Bahia Bavaro and Punta Cana resorts have been updated - the last room building was completed last week.

The updates of the rooms consisted of the furniture itself being changed – 4 poster canopy beds are now installed, new flat screen plasma televisions, new style sinks in all washrooms and rain style shower heads.

John

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9. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Can any one tell me if the upgrade Junior Suite (Deluxe) for Grand Bahia Punta Cana, the same as Club Golden? Also, are the price of the safe also included? What is the difference between Bavaro to Punta Cana side? We are booked at Punta Cana side for November with the Deluxe upgrade. No one can confirm to me that Deluxe upgrade is the same as Club Golden. I will be disappointed if it is not. I paid almost $30 a night extra.

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10. Re: Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro- Hacienda suites

Searbb,

Welcome to the Punta Cana forums.

It certainly does sound like you have booked the Club Golden upgrade - if your Travel Agency stated that it was an upgrade then Club Golden is the only upgrade available at the Bahia Punta Cana resort. If you were also informed that you would receive 4 a la cartes per week then it is Club Golden - if they stated that you would receive 3 a la cartes per week, then it is not the Club Golden upgrade - that is an easier way to tell at times, as many tour operators put a different name on the rooms for each resort, when in actual fact, the rooms are all identical at the Bavaro, Punta Cana and Premier (Turquesa) resorts.

The room safe is not included in your price paid.

There basically is no difference between the Bahia Bavaro resort and the Punta Cana resort.

Here is an overview of the Bahia resorts in Punta Cana from a previous posting I did that may assist you;

" 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.

puntacanatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/P…

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.

resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

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 Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro resort

- 816 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the pink #1 - guest rooms are the white numbers 23, 25 to 35,37,39 and 71-79.

The Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana resort

- 756 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the yellow #1 - guest rooms are building numbers 1-19, 20 to 22, 24, 36 & 38.

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 to 22 & 24 - as you can see, the primary difference is the location to the beach, and there are some other benefits, which are provided below.

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 have been updated with 4 poster canopy style beds, flat screen plasma TV’s, new styled sinks and rain style shower heads.

Here is what you get with each upgrade:

Club Golden available through the Bahia Punta Cana resort:

There is no difference in the Club Golden rooms to any of the other rooms throughout the entire resort - as mentioned above, it is the room location that is different - other amenities are 4 a la cartes versus 3 for non Club Golden rooms, 24 hour room service (no breakfast menu), 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. The cost of the room safe is not included – otherwise it is $4US per day.

For Club Diamond or Hacienda as some tour operators refer to it as, available through the Bahia Bavaro resort, is as follows:

Club Diamond/Hacienda rooms are closer to the beach and are building numbers 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

An exclusive a la carte for breakfast and lunch which is the "Santa Fe" (Tex - Mex). Private reception for check in and check out, 4 a la cartes (versus 3 for non Club guests) , Welcome Letter and bottle of rum in the room, bathrobes and slippers in room, 15 minutes of free internet access in the club house plus a 20% discount on all Bahia Spa services, turn down service in the evening and beach towel in the room which can be exchanged as required at any of the towel huts next to the pools. For those guests flying from Canada and using “Sunquest Vacations”, the room safe costs are included in their all inclusive price with the Club Diamond booking – otherwise it is not included in the upgrade.

Lets continue with the different Bahia resorts:

The Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro-Premier (As of Nov 1/14 will be renamed to the Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa)

- 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 "beach party” every Saturday evening at 9pm (weather permitting), 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 resorts may use all of the facilities at the other 3 resorts with the exception of their “gourmet” a la carte 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 self-contained washroom layout.

Within the confines of the private beach areas at both the Ambar and Esmeralda resorts, there 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 activities 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., which I provided the link to above.

They also all share the large Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) where the big nightly shows are held - two performances nightly during the high season - one performance at 8:20pm and the other at 9:25pm and one show in the evening during the low season at 9:30pm. 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 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.

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g147293-i28-k751818…

I do hope that this does assist you.

John

Brooklin (Bubba King)

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