My husband and I along with another couple just returned from a 2 week stay on Feb 24th at this resort. Overall we had a wonderful vacation, but this resort is just too big. This was our second stay at a Gran Bahia Resort. The first one was last year with our family of 8 at the Gran Bahia in Tulum, Mexico. We stayed in the Premier section which is the section farthest from the beach. After our 2nd night we got a message that we could be upgraded to the Bavaro Golden section which was closer to the beach. We declined the upgrade because on the first full day of our stay we had walked up to check out the beach and it was so crowded with all the beach chairs one on top of the other. No personal space in between what so ever. We knew we wouldn't want to spend our days at the beach because of this. Our villa #41 in the premier section was only steps away from the lobby, pool, buffet, shopping area and Theater. We had no crowds at the pool next to our villa and decided to just stay where we were. We like to walk on the beach so everyday we would walk a leisurely 15 minute walk down to the beach and walk for miles in either direction along the waters edge. There are trams that come along about every 5 minutes or less and we could hop on one if we were too tired to walk back to our section of the resort.
We were a little apprehensive before leaving and reading all the negative reviews, but found that those people must be very hard to please because we thought the resort was lovely other than the size. The rooms and landscaping were amazingly beautiful and the food was just fine in the buffets and wonderful in the ala carte restaurants. We did have some difficulty with the language barrier because not too many of the staff speak much if any english, but we always got a smile and great service from all. If anything we found several of the the other guests, especially the hispanic guests, to be very rude, butting in front of everyone and very pushy.
We would not return to this resort simply because of the size (7,000 people while we were there). We are really beach people and would return to the DR to try a smaller resort that doesn't have so many people and more space at the beach. We passed by many nice resorts on our daily walks that we took note of to check out for another stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 1 Pool 4 Jacuzzis 1 children's pool Lounger, sun umbrella and towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, bicycles, football, volleyball, petanque, darts and mini-golf Water activity centre (snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing) WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) 1 buffet restaurant and 3 speciality restaurants Japanese restaurant (exclusive to guests) 5 Bars 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club (additional charge) Wedding gazebo Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, disco and casino Rooms 502 rooms including three types: Superior Family Junior Suite, Family Master Suite and Premier Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Fully equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, shower, hair dryer and amenities Sofa-bed Sitting area Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Satellite TV Ironing set Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe (additional charge) Balcony or terrace WiFi (additional charge) The Family Junior Suites and Family Master Suites also include: Bath robes and slippers for all the family for use throughout your stay Children's bath kit Welcome basket with sweets Mini-bar for children stocked with juices, shakes, milk and soft drinks Two separate and connecting rooms (Master family suite) 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 (located in the Grand Bahia Punta Cana hotel) Baby Station 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) WiFi in the lobby (free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (forceliacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request and subject to circumstances. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Premier Hotel Punta Cana