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Amazing Wedding! Ignore the Complainers!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 Nov 2008
The Gran Bahia Punta Cana is awesome. As others have mentioned, it is absolutely huge, but the little trains are always going back and forth to help with that. Plus, you'll need the exercise after all the food! It was so clean and the people that work there are super friendly and try really hard to keep you happy. We were within maybe the 5% of visitors that spoke English. Everyone else was basically European. The staff does not speak a lot of English, but come on, really, can you complain about that? You're visiting their country to get a taste of their culture. How can you expect them to speak your language? How about trying to learn a few words or sentences in Spanish cuz it will help you a lot.

The food was ok, but not great and we had expected that because everyone told us about that. They try to please everyone. No one got sick. There was lots of selection in the buffet and the a la cartes were pretty good. We just got tired of it by the end of the week. You go to Dominican for the beach, not the food! The beach was the most gorgeous beach I have ever seen!

My husband and I got married there on Nov 4 and had 5 people with us. If you are interested in doing a wedding, I recommend it completely. They do a wonderful job and the flowers are beautiful. We chose to have the trio sing for us and it was definitely a highlight. Everyone in our group had booked just regular rooms, not golden club, and I think we were all happy about that - it didn't really seem worth the extra. Since we were getting married, we got silver VIP bracelets at the check in, but don't get too excited cuz you're still going to be just like everyone else. This was a bit disappointing. We thought it would give us lots of perks, like not waiting in lines, or getting priority on reserving a la cartes, etc, but all we got was access to the diamond pool (nothing special) and breakfast at the italian restaurant (which is just a smaller version of the buffet). All the “perks” were the things we had already paid for with our wedding package. We paid $2000 for the basic wedding package and it covered dinner for up to 50 people, but we only had 5 plus the two of us. We still had to pay $2000, there was no negotiating. Anything above exactly what the package outlines they will charge you for. For this, I would actually give the resort a 4, but everything elase was so great that it made up for it!

Some drawbacks: the staff in general was super nice, as well as the wedding coordinators, and even the guest services, but the guest services has some issues. We went to book our dinners the 2nd day there and there nothing left for us (again, those VIP bracelets don't mean much!) All we got was what was leftover – the last reservations for the night at the restaurants (9:30, so we missed the shows 3 nights because of that!). The food was still ok though. Since our a la cartes were so late, we would go for an early pre-dinner at the buffet!

Great things: we went on the stingray bay excursion – so worth it! The beach was the best ever and if you walk down the beach to the flea market, they are all your amigos and everything is cheapy cheapy for you because they have a relative living close to you or because your are bonita. The price starts off at $150 American and 20 minutes later you give him $30. LOL! We loved it.

Overall tips:
Don't exchange you US dollars for pesos - you will always lose.
Offer the people 25% of waht they want when you buy souvenirs
Be sure to tip your maid (we even brought little gifts of scented lotions and nail polish)
Talk to Augustino at the lobby bar - he was our favourite!
Don't miss the Michael Jackson show or Lion King, those are the best
The little shopping area at the resort (Pueblo Principe) has almost the same stuff as the flea market (40 min walk on the beach) so you really wouldn’t need to go to the flea market, but it is a neat experience.

Anyone who complains a lot in their review had either an isolated bad experience, or they're just really picky people that like to whine (and you will run into them at the resort too!). Ignore the negative reviews, just go and see for yourself cuz the majority is correct! The weather was beyond perfect and I would recommend this place to anyone.
Date of stay: November 2008
Trip type: Travelled with friends
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
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