My adult family (8 of us total- my parents, 2 brothers in law, 2 sisters and my husband and me) stayed at this resort in March 2013, (the review won't let me post any earlier than June!) and it was great. The year before we all went to the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe in Riviera Maya, which was much larger (the lobby & bar areas especially), so all of us were initially unsure of the Esmeralda. The lobby felt small (which sounds silly, but it kind of sets the stage for the rest of the resort) & it seemed like it catered to an older crowd. While the whole "scene" at the resort definitely was a bit of an older crowd (which was expected to an extent), we ended up really enjoying our stay there. We walked around to the other resorts in the Bahia complex and spent time at other restaurants and pools which made it really fun. The restaurants were decent, about what you'd expect from an All-Inclusive, and the service was excellent. We liked walking to and spending time at other hotels in the complex, it made everything feel fresh and new, but we are all very active and generally like to exercise (and walk a lot) on trips. You can't go wrong with a Gran Bahia resort, they do a great job & the complexes are always so huge that you're sure to find "your spot" at the pool/beach/etc. Sometimes it just takes a day or 2 to explore and figure it out a bit. I would recommend this place to friends, it was a great family vacation & special time to travel together before we all have kids! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 Pools Sun terrace 4 Jacuzzis Sun umbrellas and loungers Beach and pool towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, 1 padel tennis court (additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (free of charge) Entertainment amphitheatre 2 buffet restaurants 3 speciality restaurants 3 Bars 1 Snack- bar Wedding gazebo Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms, 570 Deluxe Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Air conditioning Ceiling fan Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Bathrobe and slippers VIP amenities Radio-alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Ironing set Pillow menu Umbrella 24 hour room service Minibar WiFi (free of charge) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda Hotel Punta Cana