About a week ago I arrived home after my first trip to an all inclusive resort down south. Seeing as I had no past experience with these sort of vacations I really had no expectations. But with no expectations I was blown away! The decor of the hotel and the property was fantastic, it was immaculate at all times. The staff was extremely helpful and the amount of activites that were free or could be purchased was great.
Cons- Some of the staff (mainly servers) did not have the best english skills, great if you know spanish but hard if you had food allergies or questions about the menu at times, which i did.
-The rain smells terrible, so hope it doesnt rain when you are there
- There are always people wanting you to buy something, whether it is a a trip, activity or a physical good, when you are trying to relax by the beach or pool
-If you are a nice looking girl, be prepared to be hit on, whether it is parts of the staff or by other drunk hotel go-ers ;)
- There isnt that many activites that are arranged in the evening (this could be because we went in April, and it may be different in the busy season)
-We didnt have hot water in our room, and although we told the front desk when the man came to fix him, we asked him to come back at 9, (so we could wake up first) but he never did
-The guest service woman is less then helpful
-The buffet is less then fantastic, so if your a food expert be prepared for many choices of food but with little taste to all of them. Pepper was my best friend down their
- Although they have many options for free activites, be sure to not go over the one hour a day rule when kayaking or boogie boarding or you will be charged.
-the staff is always cleaning, they rake the beach, and are always wiping down the floors or walls,
- the pool staff work around the clock washing the beautiful pool decks and cleaning every cushion
-THEY DO NOT WATER DOWN THEIR DRINKS, a dominican shot is about two and a half canadian shots..they love their alchohol!
- Although there are some annoying people in the town that want to lead you around and take you to all their shops, so they can earn commision from their bosses, you will hopefully come across some genuine helpful people. We met one man who worked at a small grocer shop and he took us everywhere we needed to go and never pressured us to buy anything, and took us to his competitors shops even
- Pesticides are illegal in DR, so the fruit, is AMAZING
- We were so fortunate when we went to have met some of the staff. Most of them work 11 days on and 3 days off. They work 12-15 hour days and even by the end of the day, they are so energetic polite. The whole time they would come up to you and dance with you, even at 1 pm by the pool, or they organized so many games, (volleyball, bingo, ring toss, darts, balloon toss) and MADE you play them, they did yoga and exercise classes by the pool deck. And it seemed that each of the workers had their own connection with each of the guests. They realy make an effort ot make you feel welcome at all times.
-Book a speed boat ride $20 american dollars to spend half a day at bavero beach, #4 beach in the world and the white sand and view is incrediable. Well worth the money
- ****MUST DO ACTIVITY*** WALK THE PLANK ZIP LINING TOUR. ziplining, waterfall jumping, mountain beach, and organic food presentation, most inspiring day of our week, hands down. Be sure to do it. The owner and operator Bart, taught us so much about his story, and the culture, on our off road drive up a mountain..and man was it bumpy. While hysterically laughing you dont realize that you are climbling this mountain so you can zip off of it. After reaching the top and doing a little up hill hiking we got strapped in and started ziplining. If i can tell you one thing. Go upside down. be crazy and do it. it was the highlight of my vaction and it will be yours. After we went to a water fall and you could jump off it... amazing. THEN , we walked to a beach and although it started to downpour, there was something about the hot rain, the mist of the huge mountains off in the distance, and the fact that we were all huddled under a local bars grass hut bar, that made it the most community experince i felt the whole trip. The locals were dancing with us and it rained and we were laughing and having an amazing time. Finally we had to drive literally 200 kms an hour up another mountain (so we didnt get stuck in all the mud) we attended a presentiation about local produce, where we got to try fruits, cocoa beans, coffee and chocolate. And even purchase them to take home.
Overall, this was such a relaxed, happy, and amazing valued trip. For the $900 canadian we paid, and even though it rained the last few days we were there, we made so many friends, met inspiring locals and everything went smooth from flight, to check in, to the stay and activities, until check out. Amazing time, and everyone should see this beautiful resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services: Main pool with Jacuzzi surrounded by a sun terrace 3 beachside hydromassage tubs Loungers, sun umbrellas and towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Water activity centre WiFi access in the lobby (24h per day free of charge) Wedding gazebo Buffet-style main restaurant and 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars, cocktail lounge, chill out zone, 1 snack bar Sports facilities: gym Pueblo Principe: Shopping and leisure mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars and disco. Rooms: 295 rooms including 4 types: Standard, Standard with Sea View, Superior Junior Suite and Club Golden Junior Suite. Junior Suites are larger than Standard rooms. Room facilities: King size bed or 2 full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, hair dryer and magnifying mirror. Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe (additional charge) Terrace WiFi (additional charge) Junior Suite: sitting area, sofa-bed and ironing set Club Golden Junior Suites (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: Park Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Bus stop opposite the hotel Auditorium for corporate meetings Panoramic lifts Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa Hotel
- Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa Samana