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Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana
Ranked #60 of 110 Hotels in Punta Cana
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

We stayed here 13th to 27th Dec. Hotel check-in was on the bus a short trip from airport, on arrival at hotel luggage was put straight on a buggy and we were taken straight to our rooms.
We had two rooms in villa 17 which we found to be a good position easy access to lobby, resturants and pool. The rooms were clean spacious and in good condition, there is a huge bed, table and two chairs, coffee maker, tv, fridge stocked daily and safe (extra cost $4 per day)
The buffet restaurants were clean and a good choice of food which was mainly hot. We only used two al a cart restaurants garden grill and Italian both were very good. The hotel and grounds are massive all kept in perfect condtion, there are several land trains to get you around it's that big. All the staff are helpful and friendly, no need to queue at bars there were waitreses at pool bars and lobby. Coffie was available in lobby by machine or from waiters.
Maintainence service was first class with imediate responce 24/7 they get around on bikes .
All the staff that you need to converse with could speak enough english to get by.
The day time acttivites were not as good as other hotels in dominican (this was our 7th trip) but it was ok the evening shows were quite good there is a large covered thearter and an outdoor one in the shopping area. Shows were only spoilt by the constant screaming by the Canadians (you know it's right). The only thing we did not like about hotel was the main pool and beach were to crowed with sun beds.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

I went here before the holidays in December 2011 with my boyfriend (we are 23 and 24).

I really only have 2 downsides for this resort, which aren't really that big of a deal.
1. Have to pay for Safe - We got checked in on the bus, so when we got to the resort, the bell boys drove us straight to our rooms without even going into the lobby. The safe in the room has a card-key slot, so you assume you use your room card-key to gain access to it, but you then realize that this does not work and you have to go to the lobby and buy a safe card-key which is 4$ a day. This was fine, but it was just useless being dropped off at your room to find that you have to gather your valuables and go back to the lobby and buy a safe. Not a big deal though.

2. Narrow beach ( I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet) - The beach is great except for it is so narrow! Its only the Gran Bahia Principe's beach that is so narrow. You walk by all the other resorts and the beach is wide enough,but walk by our resort, you see a row of sardines lined up! Its is all beach chairs lined in a row from the start of the beach to the water. I've been to 10 other resorts, 3 in Punta Cana, and this was the narrowest/smallest beach I have been to. I understand there are natural reasons for this (i.e erosion). I still enjoyed laying on the beach though.

Other than those 2 things, this vacation was great! The service was great, the pool area was great. You do have to wake up by 8am to put your towels down. The food was great. It became a little repetitive after awhile (the buffet), but if you are not picky you will be fine. The shows were good, but the Circus one was the best. The disco was also a lot of fun and always full, but it opens at 12am. The resort is huge, but you get used to it in a day.

We went to 2 a la carte restaurants: the garden grill, and the japanese. The garden grill was really good. The japanese was good, but if you have been to a japanese restaurant before, it will not amaze you. Maybe it is because we are from the Toronto area and have seen this before, but everyone seemed so amazed that a chef was cooking rice and chicken in front of you (he cooks it in front of around 12 people). It was also a little bland, and salty. All the chef uses is oil and soya sauce. I am not complaining about this restaurant, just saying that I don't think should be as hyped up as much as it is (the girl at the front desk said this is the restaurant we cannot miss!) It was still good! If you haven't been to a Japanese restaurant - definitely do this one.

The excursion we did was called "Bavaro Splash" and we thought this was amazing. It consisted of snorkelling, snuba, and speed boating. A lot of fun and energy-filled.

The weather was okay. It was very windy and cloudy/rainy on most days, though there was some sun too. I have been to Punta Cana before in December and it is usually like this. I think the only place you will be guaranteed hot sun every day in the winter is Aruba and south of it lol.

I would recommend this resort to others for sure.There was also a mix of families, couples, and groups of friends so it was very well-rounded.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

Generally everything was very good (size of the resort, grounds, variety and taste of food, suites, shows, personnel, etc.).

1. Check-in is amazing. The time on the bus (about 30 min) was used to check us in, give us keys, towel cards. So the moment our suitcases were unloaded we were on our way to our suites with the bell-boy carts. Excellent! There is also a greeting group of female dancers and a cocktail too.

2. Air temperature is warm (about 26 28 deg C). We did not need beach towels, so we were not bothered if there were none left. On the other hand our Air conditioning worked very well so we were comfortable at night.

3. Very few mosquito bites (1-2 for 15 night stay). No need of DEET spray.

4. Very clean and elaborately prepared room/bath for our stay. I brought used clothes that were small for me or my kids and left them as a donation for the room maid. She was very good at what she did.


The things that bothered us most:
1. The excessive smoking in the common areas - lobbies, theater, disco, beach, pools have so much smoke we had to avoid them.
2. Too loud theater speakers during the night shows.
3. Kids club requires pick up of the kids between 12:30 and 14:30h. No playground access after kids club hours (except for Club Premier grounds).
4. Many tiers, colored bands and places not allowed to use.
5. The size of the beach with respect to the size of the resort is small. This makes the beach crowded. It is not in Amber and Esmeralda/Privilege club beach areas but these require special band / upgrade ($). One needs to find loungers before 8 am close to Xmas break.

Overall this was a very pleasant stay for the four of us.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

Dec. 18 - 25, 2011 - wife, two sons 22/20 and self.

Our vacation began with the smell of exhaust from the USA3000 jet. The odor was present the first 15 minutes of the flight and final 15 minutes of the flight. It was quite nauseating. The transfer from airport was then rough due to all the stops. My wife was ready to get sick.

Once we arrived, we were whisked to a VIP check in. Irianna was very accommodating. She is from NY so she speaks clear english. We had previously set reservations at the ala carte restaurants for M W F. She explained that there was an additional 'special' Christmas Eve dinner and set our reservation right then. She took time to explain the resort set-up, took a resort map and circled where each restaurant was and where the sports bar, disco and late night meal was. She also wrote corresponding map number on each reservation to make it very simple to know where to go. We were on an Apple vacation and had the run of the properties with a few exceptions.

Our rooms were next door in Villa 11. It was convenient to everything on the property. The boys were in 11106. Their room was not quite ready but was made quickly available. Our room was 11105. Both rooms were the same. Our king bed was okay but we sleep on a Tempur-Pedic Grand at home so nothing measures up when we travel. All said, I did sleep well. The floors were always dirty. Just walking around the room your feet or socks would become black. This is probably due to the marble and the poor cleaning procedures used. They flood the floor with bleach solution and use a broom to scrub and then sweep solution out the door. Microfiber flat mops would do a much more efficient job. When we travel, we leave the no service tag on the door. We still could catch our housekeeper for new towels and bottled water daily and to quickly change the linens on M W F. I refuse to use a room safe that you have to pay for so I will not give housekeeping free reign outside the USA especially while traveling over the holidays. One stolen passport could ruin the trip.

The television was an older small set. The remote would only change channel and volume up/down and power on or off. They need to upgrade to at least 32" flat panels if not 37" due to room size. WIFI should also be offered in all rooms.

The bathrooms were okay. Toilet seat did not fit bowl and was not securely fastened. Tub is difficult for someone with restricted mobility or balance issues to exit. They need some assist bars. Tubs were deep, drain had removeable plug and there were jets. The shower head could be adjusted up/down and could be removed. There is no shower curtain. There is a partial privacy glass but water can still be sprayed onto bathroom floor. This can cause a slip fall issue. Water was not hard at all and you felt clean after bathing. The bathrooms do not have exhaust fans so the steam up fast and hamper the cooling of the room.

In our unit, the air conditioning was not adequate to cool the room especially after showering.

You must use your room card to turn on all electricity in the room. It can be easily by passed with an old credit card.

We did kill two small black spiders in the room.

ROOM TIP: We have to take ground floor due to my spouses medical condition, but would recommend top floor due to noise from above and more secure patio. I did not leave any items outside drying because they could easily be snatched up. The resort is huge, but the walks to the lobby or beach were very manageable and gave up a chance to enjoy the landscaping and tropical breeze.

POOLS/BEACH: It was near capacity during our stay. You needed to get to the main pool before 8am to throw down a towel especially in a shaded area to get a chair. You had until 8:30 to do so at the pools in the middle of the resort. We typically hang at the pool but this trip spent more time at the beach. It was also difficult to get chair at the beach but it was easier than the pool. The beach was nice and laid back. It was quieter. The beach was quite eroded and there is a large drop off to get to where one would normally walk along the sea. You will see a few thongs, g-strings and topless bathers. Unlike Mexico, most actually had the body to pull it off.

There is no service at the pool or beach. You must go get your beverage.

RESORT GROUNDS: The walk ways are slick after a rain or after maintenance tries to spray it off. The landscaping is lush and very well maintained. The trams (not buses or trains like some describe) are open air and run the resort regularly. You can walk leisurely and cover the same ground as the trams if you have to wait for one. We found that using the outer walk way was quicker and easier.

ACTIVITIES: We played mini golf at the front of the resort. It was entertaining but nothing special. You have to walk past the spa and the mini golf to find the 'clubhouse' to get your ball and putter. We did not attend any shows but heard they were good from other guests. The sports bar was okay at best. The need to totally remake this area and have some food options like burgers, dogs, fries and wings. They need more and larger televisions.

SHOPPING: We bought a few things at the shops but did not really shop. There was no haggling in the stores but the vendors in the open air mall were willing to deal. They also had some vendors set up one afternoon inside the resort. We paid 1/3 of their original asking price.

FOOD: We had reservations at the Japanese Restaurant, the Garden Grill and the Mexican Restaurant. The Japanese was the best by far. Although the call it show cooking, it was not like you would expect. No fancy handling of the knives etc., but food was great. The Garden Grill was above average as was the Mexican Restaurant. We did return to the Garden Grill for the Christmas Eve Dinner and it was a six course meal. It was an excellent dinner.
The main restaurant buffet varied day to day. The eggs on the buffet were undercooked and watery. The french toast was poor. The food they prepared in front of you was pretty good. Fruit was fresh. For my taste, the buffet food was not hot enough and appeared to be recycled from previous days. One afternoon they put out a new tray of mac and cheese. It was not hot when I got back to the table. I guess part of the issue is trying to please such a large diverse group.

BARS: Drinks were inconsistent. I found the bar at the beach the best and most friendly. The orange juice seemed fresh too. Pepsi products are available but they are not the US formulas and are too sweet. Beer was a DR domestic brand and was not very good.

LOBBY: This area was nice and inviting. Bar service was available in this area. WIFI is free but is slow when there are very many people trying to use it. They need free WIFI in each Villa so folks can conduct business if necessary.

STAFF: As a rule the staff was friendly and accommodating. Many do have limited english skills. There was one rude waitress/hostess but I can not remember her name. Irianna was our concierge and she was great.

GUESTS: You will meet Americans, Canadians, Russians, Ulkanians, Spainerds, Brits and others. The majority of the Russians are not friendly. Others seemed kind and friendly.

This is a huge resort. It is beautiful and worth a visit. We may return to Punta or try another Bahia property in Mexico next Christmas.

One plus is the Punta airport is much more easier to navigate than Cancun's.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cold Lake
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

Lobby: There's quite a few different lobbies because of the different sections in the resort, so generally you stick to your own area with a few exceptions to different a la carte restaurants you may book. Nonetheless, each lobby is fairly large with a coffee machine, a bar, check-out/check-in and information desk. There's also free wi-fi in the lobby, which we didn't use often because we were usually pretty busy with other things. The main buffets are also located in the lobbies.

Getting around: It is a really large resort and the first day you get there it'll be pretty confusing. Once you get the hang of it and know where the main places you need to go to are, you're good to go. Otherwise, you can always go to the info desk and ask where to find it and they'll do their best to tell you where it is. There are buses that can take you around the resort which are very handy, seeing as it's a little far to walk everywhere you need to go in a day. They usual arrive at the bus stops pretty frequently, the odd time you'll have to wait a long time for one. If you find yourself waiting too long, you can always walk.

Entertainment: There's a 9 o'clock show every night in the Teatro Tropicana theatre near the Punta Cana lobby. Most of these are pretty good and I'd recommend seeing them. There's also an 11 o'clock show in Pueblo Principe which aren't as good as the ones in the theatre but still worth seeing. The shows in Pueblo Principe are more of audience members being in the shows rather than watching a real show.

Beach: The beach was very nice, the sand was soft and it was never too hard to find chairs even though some people think it's okay to put towels on a chair to claim it for themselves. It's always a bit windier on the beach than it is at the pool, but when the sun is shining it's still pretty warm. The water is quite warm too, but the waves are huuuuge this time of the year.

Pools: The pools were nice as well, same with the swim up bars but too many people saved chairs with towels and we never saw them in their chairs once during the day. There would be maybe 5 or 6 people actually in the pool, but all or almost all the chairs would be taken over by towels.

Beach vendors: None of the beach vendors are too pushy, but keep in mind that they're just trying to make a living too. The shells you can buy from them, no matter how pretty, won't be allowed back into Canada and you'll get charged for trying to bring it back. So be careful.

Pueblo Principe stores: The stores in Pueblo Principe seemed to be pretty expensive except for a few things. If you don't plan on leaving the resort but want to do some shopping, compare prices between the stores so you get the best deal.

Excursions: There's two free tours you can take through Air Transat tour operators: one to Nicole's Shop and one to a cigar factory. We recommend you take those. Nicole's Shop is mostly for jewellery; she sells some really nice things. Larimar is a stone you can only find in Dominican Republic, so she sells a lot of that but also some Amber and other things. If you want to buy jewellery, go on that tour. It only takes about an hour and things are fairly cheap for the quality you get. There's a souvenir shop in the place they take you to as well that is much cheaper than the stores in the resort. The cigar factory tells you all about how cigars are made and allows you to try a cigar and buy if you would like. The lady that shows you around also gives you some information about larimar, amber, and black coral and offers you to take a look at the small selection of rings and other jewellery that they have. For price range, my mom and I got 2 larimar necklace pendants, 2 necklace chains, 2 larimar rings, and one regular ring for about $170, and my dad got 24 assorted cigars for about $140.

We went on two excursions: Bavaro Runners and the Carribean Festival. The Bavaro Runners is an all day excursion (until roughly 6 o'clock) that takes you through the countryside and shows you the real Dominican Republic. You make quite a few stops and have lunch. Overall, it was a very interesting and informative excursion. The Carribean Festival is a half-day excursion (until roughly 1 or 2 o'clock) where you get to interact with sting-rays, swim with nurse sharks, and snorkel in a coral reef. The day we went it rained pretty hard while we made our way to where they keep the rays and sharks, but it was still a fun experience. We would recommend both of them.

Food: The buffet was pretty good most of the time. Breakfast was always great, lunch was alright, dinner was pretty good. Be aware of the color of your meat though, I had burgers and more often than not the meat was pretty red on the inside. It's no big deal, just don't eat it. The only time I ever saw a bug in the buffet was when it was on my plate once at dinner time. It was dead, and I didn't notice it until I got back to the table but again, it's no big deal. If that happens, just put it to the side and go back up to get a different plate/more food. No need to complain, they serve probably over a thousand people during each meal. Deal with it. Buffet always had a pretty good selection of food so you're never really left hungry unless you're REALLY picky.

The four a la carte restaurants we went to were BBQ, Italian, Steakhouse, and Japanese. BBQ is just a buffet so it's nothing special. We HATED Italian and would not recommend it, the night we had Italian we went to the buffet after because we were still hungry. Steakhouse was really good, our second favorite for sure. Everything was well cooked and tasted good. Our favorite was Japanese, mostly because they cook it right in front of you and it's served to you as soon as the cook finishes. We recommend you book the Steakhouse and the Japanese if you plan on staying here.

Room: The room was always cleaned really well by our maid and nothing was ever taken like some people seemed to have problems with. The air conditioning could be improved but really, you're only in your room during the night to sleep. Our only complaint about the room would be our mini fridge NEVER worked. When we got there, everything in it was completely warm. Someone came up to fix it right away, and they did fix it, but it still didn't cool everything down. It took at least 2 days to get things to a cool state, but nothing was ever really cold. Other than that, the room was nice and large.

Staff: If you think the staff here is rude and impatient, you must be one terrible tourist. Almost everyone who works at this resort tries hard to keep the tourists happy and communicate with them as much as possible. They're just trying to help you. Not all of them speak the best English, but they're trying. My mom and I had a small conversation with a bartender named Wilson at the pool. He showed us a picture of his kid and talked about his wife. Try having a conversation with one of them even if they don't speak English too well, they'll enjoy it. If anything, the only people who are rude and impatient here are the tourists.

* You should give at least a dollar to your waitress/waiter, chef, bartender, bell boy, maid, tour guide, etc. They don't make much money and even a dollar can make a difference to them. Just because it's an "all inclusive" resort, that doesn't mean that you can't be courteous.

Room Tip: Villas 1-4 are closer to the beach/main pool but farther from the lobby. Villas 5-10 are fairly clos...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Elkford, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

Just returned from 7 days at Gran Bahia Principe, Royal Golden Club - Dec 8-15, 2011

We were pleasantly surprised with the room - king size bed and sitting area, nice big bathroom. We were in building 10, garden view, so not much of a view really but who goes to sit in the room. Mini bar stocked daily -altho it was not that cold - The safe is $4/day. When we arrived we were told there are 3444 rooms in the resort - That is how many people are in our town - We were taken by cart to our room. There are several trains that go back and forth all day long so if you can't or don't feel like walking you can wait at the bus stop. Always go to your first day meeting with your Rep - they are always a fountain of information as far as the resort and any tours you want to take. The entertainment at this resort is quite good. Check the board to see what is happening every evening at 9. It is all lip sinced but the performers and the costumes are very good. Michael Jackson was excellent. The food in the main buffet was good - you could always find something to eat altho they do get repetitive after 7 days - There is also a snack bar at the pool closest to the beach that is very good at lunch time. Book your el a carts early or you will not get in - I tried to book mid week and it was too late - doesn't matter to us but I did hear the Mediterranean was good so if we go back to this resort I would be sure to book some el a carts right away. Like at any resort watch your step - there is always someone with a cast that misjudged a step or ramp - or didn't see it - lighting is not always great in any of these places. It is a good idea to carry a small flashlight. We did two tours - the safari that took us horseback riding (my horse got the day off as I was not into that), how sugar was extracted from the cane; stopped to see a lady making chocolate - we got a look at how the real people live. We also went on the catamaran/snorkelling trip. I have to say the water was merky and I would not go snorkelling there again having been in Cuba and Maui - there was no comparision but we did have a hoot sailing, drinking and dancing on the boat followed by a game of water basket ball and a Taitian lunch that was wonderful - best food I had all week. Watch for the time share guys - they will tell you it is not a timeshare - they call it a club now - if you do go it is a gruelling couple three hours - you do get a discount on an excursion but they don't like to hear "no". The Gran Bahia beach seemed to accumulate a lot of seaweed and I was surprised to see plastic and some other questionable items washing ashore - not sure where it is coming from - you can walk down the beach in either direction and find a clearer swimming area - it must be the way the water comes in. We were right directly across from the ship wreck. We also walked down to the market on the beach - you can get all your souvineers there but remember you will pay about half of the first asking price as a rule - for instance I went into one and was quoted $40 for 3 T shirts - was leaving when he went down to $30 - went to find my husband who was in an almost identical shop and got the same three shirts for $18 - shop around. This market is all attached to each other in little shantys - sandbagged - Any questions?

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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s/w ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

Yes the place is huge 3100 rooms, so anywhere from 6000 to 7000 guests when fully occupied....1500 employees!!!...that's roughly 1 for every 2 rooms........can you say "pampered"?......once seated at the restaurants, whether buffet or ala carte the wait staff and servers wouldn't let a coffee cup or a wine glass become empty.

There are shuttle trains to move you around the resort and to and from the beach, but the grounds are immaculate and a 5 or 10 minute walk is more scenic than the shuttle.

My only complaint was upon arrival the room request was for 2 beds and our room had a king bed. It was 1030 at night and although the front desk would have preferred we change rooms the next day at 100 PM, we insisted it be changed and although it was after midnight when we got settled, there was cold beer in the mini bar and a bottle of local rum on the table.

We booked our 4 ala carte restaurants the next morning, and for the rest of the week it was relaxation.

If you're concerned about getting up early to "reserve" chairs on the beach or by the pool, although the rules say that is prohibited, it seems most people still do so. We never had a problem finding chairs by the pool or could always locate a couple of chairs on the beach as well, without "reservations".

Yes it's huge, and crowded but we never actually had to line up for food or beverages...the bars were always busy, but the service was very quick....the snack bars were busy at lunch time , but by 2:00 PM, there were plenty of seats available and lots of fresh and hot food, so my advice would be to eat a little later....you're on holiday after all......

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana
Address: Crta. Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 9999, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#24 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#38 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#53 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#53 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#54 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#56 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana 4*
Number of rooms: 756
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 2 lake-style pools Jacuzzi Sun terraces Lounger, sun umbrella and towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, tennis court, multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Meeting and convention room 1 buffet restaurant and 5 speciality restaurants Japanese restaurant 16 bars Wedding gazebo Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, disco and casino Rooms 756 rooms including two types: Superior Junior Suite and Club Golden Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom with Jacuzzi, hair dryer and a full range of amenities Balcony or terrace Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe (additional charge) WiFi (additional charge) Club Golden Junior Suite (See page 18 Club Golden, Club Hacienda). Children Bahia Scouts The hotel is perfect for families, offering a range of facilities tailored especially for children, including the following: Children's pool Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 Baby Station Bahia Scouts Water Park Fun Area and Adventure Park (additional charge) Teen's club Other Services 24 hour medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) WiFi in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request and subject to circumstances ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Punta Cana Gran Bahia Principe

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