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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro
Ranked #62 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 May 2007

Just returned from Punta Cana DR last week and had a wonderful trip. There were 5 of us ranging from 20-48 years of age and we all enjoyed our stay at this resort. My husband and I had been at the Bahia Principe Bavaro before and returned taking others with us for a second trip. The resort is absolutely beautiful and the people working there are wonderful. The rooms are big and clean, the pools are clean and clear, the beach is amasing, the food is great with lots of choices, and the drinks are marvelous. What more can I say. Be sure to take in the theatre after supper, followed by the main stage at the square, and finish up at the disco for the night. The entertainment teams work very hard all day, do a great job, and always smile giving you the feeling that they really like what they do and enjoy doing it. Also we took in the excursion the "Outback Safari" as before, and had a great day off the resort. The tour guides and drivers are friendly, knowledgable, and funny keeping you interested as you meander through the countryside and villages to the mountains stopping at a ranch for lunch. You will see the local hospital and school (bring with you items for the classroom to leave with the teacher), visit a local home, coffee and cocoa plantation, visit a local beach and get to taste tropical treats as well as having many happy hours!! The weather was hot and sunny, seen no mosquitos or bugs, "it was picture perfect."

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Reviewed 1 May 2007

Date: April 21-28

Very beautiful and clean resort. We travelled with 11 people and had 4 rooms in building #1 in the Golden section. It was great being closest to the beach and pool. There also was an indoor and outdoor restaurant close by so that we didn't need to travel to the main lobby area. The resort is huge but the trams come every 2-3 mins- even at 2:00 a.m. in the morning. They are always cleaning and maintaining the resort inside and out and the staff are most friendly. The big dissappointment was the food. This was our 4th all inclusive (2-DR and 2-Mex). We have never experienced such poor a la carte dining anywhere. I can say that we never experienced a single poor a la carte at any of the other 3 resorts- Here we had 4 bad experiences.
Don't do the lobster beach BBQ- as others have mentioned it is not so good without the lobster. I felt so bad for the wedding party beside us who obviously were looking forward to a nice meal. The Groom was very distraught- don't blame him!The BBQ steak was like chewing on your boot!
The Japanese was probably our best outing however if you are looking for authentic taste and presentation- you'll be disappointed- I would give it a 5 out of 10.
We thought the next night at the Italian restaurant would restore our pallet. We arrived and found 2 people from 2 separate tables returning the food on their plate. 1 from our table had to do the same.
Finally came the Steak house. We arrived once again to have the table beside us very upset with their meals. The 7 of us who ordered the rib steak couldn't cut the meat. Bring a steak knife. 2 from our group ordered the tenderloin- it was the only meat that was edible.
I have never experienced such poor quality of food for a la cartes. I have never witnessed so many people returning food.
It's too bad because the place really is beatiful. It is great for families kids and even singles. Our 19 year old lived every night at the Disco- meeting girls every night- he had a blast.
With some effort on the a la carte dining this could be a 5 star facility however I would rate it a 31/2 or 4 max. The beaches are definetly 5 star. Even better than when we stayed further down the beach at the Paradisus. You can't even compare the dining at the 2 facilities.

Tim- Toronto Canada

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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8  Thank T4796B
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Reviewed 1 May 2007

Terrible hotel. If not for the lovely beach stretching on for miles, and the fact that we prepaid, we would have left.

My husband and I have vacationed in the Caribbean at least ten times over the years. Within the last 6 years we've taken our son to the Melia Caribe Tropicale in Punta Cana 3 times and the Barcelo Colonial in Mexico once (both All-Inclusives and both lovely). While no hotel is perfect, this one truly seemed to be a mill, moving hordes of people through it as cost effectively as possible.

Service: awful. Check-in was a nightmare. Won't bore you with the details. Suffice it to say we were shuttled back and forth between the Punta Cana And Bavaro lobbies 3 times (they didn't seem to know where to put us!) and then given unactivated room cards by mistake making it impossible to enter the room. On and on it went like this the entire week we were there.

Food: awful. The 3 times we tried to make reservations, the line required at least a 45 minute wait (that was their estimate!), so we gave up. The dinner buffet dining room is like a cave with no windows and more crying babies than we have ever encountered in our lives. The indoor lunch buffets next to the pool that are supposed to be air-conditioned did not have even remotely functioning air-conditioning making the outdoor snack bars the only acceptable option for lunch. The food there was disgusting. This was the only resort we have ever been to where we got sick (and no, we did not touch the tap water, are careful with sun exposure, and do not overindulge in alchohol).

Atmosphere : awful. There is not enough room here for the number of people using this resort. Always an ordeal to find chairs at the pool or beach. The pool is VERY crowded, with many rowdy drinkers and unsupervised children. The pools at the Melia put this to shame. Some parents actually let their children eat their hotdogs in the pool, so you can see what type of oversight is (or is not) occurring here.

Recreation: awful. At the Melia and Barcelo our son enjoyed playing board games, miniature golf, shuffleboard, life size chess, pool, foosball, etc. We would not expect any resort to have all of these, but this hotel had nothing. Their miniature golf was in a disgraceful state of disrepair, and when we tried to play pool at night, we found that they required quarters. Not one person could help us find change and we never saw anyone play the whole week we were there.

Beach: amazing. The only reason to come here, but there are miles of beautiful beach in Punta Cana, and better hotels.

Don't be lured by promises of a 4* experience with the price of a 2* hotel (we were).

Stayed: April 2007
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Reviewed 30 April 2007

We stayed the week of April 14th to 21st. Flight and transfer was great no problems. We were Royal Golden so check in was on the bus. Our friends and us both had ground floor rooms in building 65 and 64.

The hotel is big but has a good transportation system.
The room was clean and beautiful. Maid service was hit or miss. We couldn't get towels and our friends couldn't get beer in their mini fridge. I don't feel the towel thing is the maids fault there does not seem to be enough linen for the resort.

Had a couple of problems but nothing that would ruin your vacation. On Sunday, we discovered the whirlpool tub was leaking. We called royal service and they had a worker there in 10 minutes. Quickly fixed the problem even thought he had limited equipment to work with. The other problem we had was with our mini fridge. On Monday the fridge was not cold. It took 4 phone calls, 1 from us, 1 from the head maid, and 2 from the Air Transit rep, before someone was sent. No big deal just used lots of ice and a garbage can. When the man came on Thursday to fix the problem he felt that picking up the fridge and slamming it on the floor three or four times would fix it, lol. Finally he just went and took a fridge from an empty room.

The buffet - had no problem finding any thing to eat. Lots to choose from. Yes there is a bad smell around the resort that I feel is caused by sewer gases . The sewage system is not really to Canadian building codes but hey your not in Canada..

We had 4 a la carts but only used 2 because we didn't feel like being on a schedule and having to get dressed up while on vacation.

Pools were nice but we didn't spend much time there, too many kids and too busy. We went to spend time on the beach anyway. Beach was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Don't miss the sunrise it is worth the early wake up time. We went early a couple of mornings later in the week to get good chairs in the shade, but had no problem getting loungers at any time during the week, you just had to look and move them were you wanted to sit..

I would not pay for Royal Golden again. It was nothing special for the extra money paid. Employees, with the exception of guests services and the lobby shop employees, were friendly and helpful. However I did not like how some of the guests talked down to the employees or just acted like they were there to be their servants. Hello and thank you is not hard to say. Don't leave your manners at home just because you are on vacation.

Bring lots of one's for tipping, the people work hard. They also love to get baseballs. Had some of the best service when we handed out baseballs we had brought with us.

This is a perfect place for a family vacation. I would return again in a heartbeat just for the beach alone, but would not recommend this for a romantic getaway or single people. Would have liked to have stayed longer. Most relaxing vacation we have ever had.

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Reviewed 30 April 2007

What a LARGE beautiful place, met husband for a relaxing get'a'way and it was. the food was great and do know that you can eat bfast anywhere and lunch by the pool(beach) and dinner, you do not have to go to lobby buffets. We stay in villa #2. Great location. do get up and save loungers. You will find something after lunch but do need shade which is plentiful most of the time. We thought this was a great place but very large but had everything you could need. Bar tenders great and you got anything you wanted. I drank the specials and he drank vodka tonic to scotch & sodas to specialty drinks. They are not shy with the liquor, what you want is what you get. Never visited the disco. The French alacarte was just fabulous. do make reserv. for those asap. The beach was great, the rooms, fantastic and large, the maids wonderful. There is a cheat sheet in info book for you. Had no problems. Stayed in club golden and liked it mainly for location. Not one person we talked to was dissapointed but you either like the place or not. It is large but never a trouble getting a ride to the lobby. We prefer a smaller place but had NO complaints about this place. The market at the place was just fine. The lobby bar drinks are the best. Not sure why. You can specify what you want and amount of liquor you want but they were just better. Do try the Mama Juana. Try each specialty drink, it is paid for and DO take a thermal mug. Enjoy and relax.

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Address: Arena Gorda - Macao Seccion Baigua | Arena Gorda - Macao, Seccion Baigua, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#38 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#38 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#54 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#55 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#56 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#58 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range: RM617 - RM1,613 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro 4*
Number of rooms: 744
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 2 lake-style pools Large sun terrace New relaxation zone with Bali beds, sun umbrellas and loungers Pool and beach towels BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts (floodlit for an additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment theatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffet restaurant and 17 speciality restaurants Japanese restaurant 10 bars 3 Snack Bars Cocktail Lounge Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Golf 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 816 rooms including two types: Superior Junior Suite and Club Hacienda Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Sitting area with sofa Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Alarm clock Satellite TV Minibar Coffee-making facilities Safe (additional charge) Ironing set Wifi (additional charge) Club Hacienda Junior Suite (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: Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) 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) Bus stop opposite the hotel Meeting and convention room Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request and subject to circumstances Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Gran Bahia Punta Cana
Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana
Bahia Principe Dominican Republic
Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
Punta Cana Bahia Principe
Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro Punta Cana
Principe Punta Cana
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Gran Bahia Principe Dominican Republic

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