My girlfriend and i visited the domincan for our first holiday away abroad. We chose the Gran bahia Principe esmeralda. It was certainly worth every penny we paid. What a great holiday and amazing hotel. Apon arrival we where taken from the Punta cana reception to the esmeralda lobby. The hotel is one of about 6 on the resort. we where checked in and then shown to our room, given important info on the room, resort and everything we needed to know. The room was spacious, clean and quite simply amazing. We had a mini bar and safe in room which was included as part of our all inclusive. the mini bar was restocked each day when cleaning the rooms. our room also had quite a spacious balcony with a table and chairs perfect for reading our book in the morning. There was a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and snack bars available for the times inbetween. The snack bar was open air so no air con, so if you want to escape the heat you should wait for the lunch buffet to open at 1 as this was inside next to the lobby, with air con and waiters serving drinks. The greatest thing was that the Water served in the resturants is from a purified source so its safe to drink. Also they use purified water to make ice so thats safe to have in your drinks also. The buffets where clean with a large selection of foods and there was also a chef cooking up food on a hot plate. The esmeralda is a two minute walk from the rooms to the beach. the waters and clear and warm and it really is paradise. clear blue sea and clear white sands. At the momemnt they are in the process of enlarging the complex so ask for block 90 or 91 as its furthest away from the building renovations so quieter. The pool was large and has many beds, if you want a lounger undercover get down early to grab one. the pool itself is quite warm, but with the heat they have thats to be expected, its bareable and not as hot as some reviews have made it out to be. we never found it uncomfortable, if you do you can take the 30 second walk to beach and find slightly cooler water. it about a 25 minute bus ride from the airport. Its handy to take dollars for tips, always keeps some ones and fives available for tipping. In terms of money, all items on resort are priced in dollars due to the large amount of americans holidaying in the dominican. all of the excursions are priced in dollars. its much easier to pay in dollars but you can take pesos as they convert it for you at the till. We took dollars for the hotel, tips and excursions and some pesos for the small market stalls and "lookie lookie" men as you get a better rate with pesos here. overall our experience of the hotel was amazing, super relaxing and the perfect get away. We'll visit punta cana again some day and we'll stay here again.if you have any questions feel free to ask, weve been home two days now and were missing it lol. give the ron barcelo rum a try, we got such a taste for it, we brought some home. happy holidaying.
- 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