We were at the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro for 12 days from July 24 to August 6. We are a family of three children ages 10, 14 and 18. We had two rooms in building 79, each was a Junior Suite Hacienda. Overall, we were pleased with this resort. The resort was extremely big (too big), clean, the service was good as well as the food and drinks. It is quite a walk getting from 1 point to another (pools, restaurants, beach, lobby, etc.) unless you take the resort trolley. Without any exaggeration, if you want to get to point A to B within the resort within a reasonable time, you have to take the trolley. If this idea does not sit well with you, DO NOT go to this resort.
BEACH. The beach was beautiful and clean. There were plenty of beach chairs but if you don’t reserve a set for your family early in the morning, you will have a hard time getting a good spot. This is pretty typical for beach resorts no matter where you go in the world. Since there’s a patch of reef nearby, there tends to be a lot of sea weed in the water and on the beach, but thanks to the hard working beach staff of the resort, the weeds get cleaned up right away. The Bavaro beach does not have drink service. If you want a drink you either have to go to the snack bar, or to the bar by the pool to get your drink. Basically, it is not very convenient to get a drink if you want to hang out on the beach. Non-motorized water sports are free if you are willing to line up at the beach office starting around 8-8:30 in the morning as a line up builds up quick. You can only reserve a watercraft a day in advance – really not worth it in my opinion especially if you are already doing excursions outside of the resort.
POOLS. There are a lot of pools in the resort. The ones we went to in the middle of the resort and close to the beach each had a nice pool bar. The pools had plenty of music and entertainment. If you want a pool a little bit quieter than the others, go to the Flamboyan pool where the best of the best bar tenders from the entire resort will serve you. They are Yuly, Rafael and Ana. These guys are very hard workers, kept the bar very clean and put out a fantastic service and drinks to all. Management, if you are reading this, please send our thanks to these 3 and give them a raise! They truly deserve it.
RESTAURANTS. The buffet restaurant at the Bavaro lobby wasn’t bad with plenty of selection. Aside from the local fare selection, there is a station for North American cuisine consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, spaghetti, chicken wings, mac & cheese, etc. You will not go hungry in this restaurant. The breakfast buffet is great. Everything is very fresh. Kudos to Jesus, Maximo and Jose. These waiters are fantastic and trust worthy. Our son forgot his Ray Ban sunglasses after dinner one night and the waiters could have easily have kept them. When we went back to the restaurant and Maximo recognized me right away and knew I was looking for the sunglasses and brought me to where they were. Mucho Gracias!
Our family preferred the a-la-carte restaurants. We got to go to 5 during our 12-day stay. We found the best one to be Mediterranean (seafood) and Garden Grill (North American) restaurants. However, the waiter at the Mexican al a carte was fun and lively.
INTERNET. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby and that’s it. You can go to the lobby shop and buy a card to get Wi-Fi anywhere available in the resort. It was $50 for 7 days. It’s not worth it as it’s not very reliable, pretty slow and only one device logged-on at a time is allowed.
ENTERTAINMENT. The nightly entertainment is your typical corny resort entertainment with not so bad dancing, singing and acting. But that’s not the point, you’re there to have fun not to look for the next American (or Dominican Republic) Idol. Although Michael Jackson night (on Monday nights) I must say was pretty neat, especially if you’re an 80’s buff as they played a medley of 80’s tunes before the show. There is a bar at the theatre as well.
DOCTOR/CLINIC. We went there for a general consultation as my son had an ear infection. They ended up administering an ibuprofen shot and antibiotics for 5 days. So after a 1-hour session and a check up the following day, $700 was spent. The doctor was pleasant and personable enough. No issues there whatsoever, but once they find out you have insurance (and that’s the first thing they ask), might as well give them a blank cheque.
GENERAL. As mentioned, the resort is too big. You have to take a trolley everywhere you go. Important fact – there is only 2 beach towel huts/stations for the entire resort, at least that we saw. One is at the pool in the middle of the resort and the pool close to the beach. Even if we missed one or two other huts/stations in the resort (I doubt it), it is still NOT enough. To put it into perspective, it is quite common for the two towel huts to run out of towels on a daily basis. The safe in the room if not free. It is $4 a day. If the resort is classified as a 5 star, then a room safe should be included. The bar fridge in our room is stocked on a daily basis with beer, pop/soda and bottled water. The chambermaids did a fantastic job cleaning our rooms on a daily basis. Every time I see them cleaning our rooms, they are always washing the floors, not just sweeping. General costumer service in the resort was impeccable. A few issues in our rooms with our AC, fan or whatever, a service person was at our door within 5-10 minutes and resolved the issue each time.
My wife went to the spa for a massage and facial. The prices are comparable to home but she had a relaxing time there. They are very professional. There is also a children’s “lounge” where there is music, foosball, air hockey and ping pong. Great idea and fun.
Had no issues checking in or out. It was like any other place. The bell boys were wonderful and helpful. We found all of those services to be very efficient.
Lastly, I would say sure this is a 5-star resort. However, if you are spending the extra money for a 5-star resort thinking you will notice a big difference from a 3-4 star resort, I would say not. Save your money and go for the 4 star and I’m sure you will enjoy that resort just as much. I would go back to the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro resort if the price was right, i.e., lower. I would recommend this resort to anybody.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 lake-style pools Large sun terrace New relaxation zone with Bali beds, sun umbrellas and loungers Pool and beach towels BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts (floodlit for an additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment theatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffet restaurant and 17 speciality restaurants Japanese restaurant 10 bars 3 Snack Bars Cocktail Lounge Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Golf 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 816 rooms including two types: Superior Junior Suite and Club Hacienda Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Sitting area with sofa Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Alarm clock Satellite TV Minibar Coffee-making facilities Safe (additional charge) Ironing set Wifi (additional charge) Club Hacienda 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: Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) Bahia Scouts Water Park Fun Area and Adventure Park (additional charge) Teens' Club (11-16 years) Other services 24 hour medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Bus stop opposite the hotel Meeting and convention room Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request and subject to circumstances Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Punta Cana
- Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana
- Bahia Principe Dominican Republic
- Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
- Punta Cana Bahia Principe
- Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro Punta Cana
- Principe Punta Cana
- Bahia Punta Cana
- Bahia Resort Principe
- Gran Bahia Principe Dominican Republic