My wife and I spent a week at the Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda. The Esmeralda is part of the larger Gran Bahia Principe resort. We have previously stayed at Ambar (adults only) in the same resort and would have stayed there again but it was full. But we enjoyed the Esmeralda greatly. There were some families with kids but most guests were older so the pool was still relaxing.
The Esmeralda was great. We were able to book specialty restaurants for most of our nights there. All in all they were pretty good, some were better than others (the service was much better at the restaurants in Ambar and Esmeralda than in Punta Cana and Bavaro). The Don Pablo was our favorite. In general, the food was good. The selection, fruits, deserts, pork, chicken, seafood were all very good. The one drawback was the beef dishes including at the Steakhouse. The quality of the beef was not great but there were plenty of other options.
The pool was great, we did not have a problem getting chairs any days. The pool was right next to the ocean so we were able to walk down to the beach everyday. The non-motorized water sports were included so we enjoyed kayaking and were tempted to try windsurfing but it was windy everyday and we opted to skip windsurfing.
Overall this was a very relaxing trip. There was not a lot to do at night except grab drinks in the lounge which suited us perfectly but others may want more activities at night.
Our one issue was that we found a cockroach in our room one night. We quickly killed it and did not see anymore the rest of the trip. I would recommend requesting a room on the second floor.
- 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 (additional 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 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