Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro
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... for the most part we had a nice chat. Plus their accents are very different! I spent the whole day on the beach, swimming and snoozing in the shade. I had a late lunch of seafood and pasta. And for dinner went to a local place and had empanadas and yucca chips. Then went back to the hotel to chill out and pack ready for going to Santo Domingo tomorrow ...
... to see loads of different fish - stripy, electric blue, bright yellow, big fat ones and a tiny little one with a pointy nose (no, I have no idea what each of them were called!). We stayed at the beach for a while relaxing and eating pineapple and cake.
After the beach we went on the boat to Manu Juan, a small village on the island mainly living off the tourists who come on the tours. We were served lunch nearby, a buffet of ...
... There's also a nice terrace area where they serve breakfast and the shower, oh the shower! There's a proper shower head and after a few minutes I noticed there's hot water. To be honest I didn't like the hot water, in this climate a hot shower is the last thing you want! But it was an amazing shower - best yet! Tomorrow I go on a tour to Isla Saona. When I've visited Bayahibe before ...
... there all day. It was so beautiful! The sand was very white and fine, and the water was super blue. Where we were was all tourist resorts so there was a lot of spring breakers, and a lot of party boats filled with drunk american college kids.
Stephanie and I went swimming for a bit, Steven sat under a palm tree and relaxed, and Tarvo went on an awesome hang glider boat. I mean, it was a boat, that had a big engine, and also glider wings. I'm kinda jealous I ...
... picture perrrrrfect bodies in thongs. It was a good time! So around 11pm we entered the Disco and at that time Steph was already well on her way to "feeling no pain" lol! After some more drinks and some interesting people watching we headed back to the Villa. Had to admit enjoying watching/hearing Steph in an "relaxed" state lol...very entertaining lol! Im sure her hangover(when she gets up) will be an issue this morning lol!
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Did the tripadvisor user from Tampa FL stay at the same resort I did? I find nothing in her review valid to the experience my husband and I had.
We returned July 1st and can't say enough good things about the Bahia resort. Spotlessly clean, a staff that takes extreme pride in their work, and an obvious committment to excellence.
To only be open 1 month, they are doing a remarkable job. I found everyone knowledgeable, fairly easy to communicate with,and responsive pronto to any problem we had.
The rooms are large and the air worked great! Plenty of hot water although the shower/glass partition arrangement seems to be a little awkward. I worked it out alright but my husband almost flooded the bathroom his first shower. Our balcony had a beautiful view of the beach pools and the ocean. No problem with mosquitos, but there was one area in which people were having problems with them-overlooking the stream bed that runs through the middle of the complex.
The four pools are HUGH and very beautiful. The entire complex is very stylish and artistic. many murals, paintings and stenciling done by Mexican artists.
The beach is cleaned of seaweed early each morning- plenty of shade and lots of beach chairs. Do claim your shade by 10 A.M. or you might not end up where you would like. Sunscreen is SO important. Ask my "Oh, honey, I never burn" husband. He was very tanned already but got a nasty burn anyway. After that he was piling the sunscreen on.
Owning a restaurant myself, the food service was a focus of mine. Although all foods were not to my own personal taste, I was very impressed with the variety, quality, talent displayed in the restaurants. I found the foods temps to be as they should be-cold was cold and hot was hot. I never felt uneasy about eating anything presented on the buffets or in any of the 6 reservation restaurants.
Our favorite was The Grill-Order steak more rare than we are accustomed to in the States. Med. Rare for Dominicans is like Med. Well to us. We knew this from our dinner at La Gourmet-our second choice. Excellent quality fillet, just a little over done for me. Very good seafood-yummy lobster. Mikado- Well, you just can't expect Dominicans to habachi like the Japanese. Appetizers and soup were very good but the main course was over cooked. I expect this to improve with experience. The Seafood restaurant, El Pescador, we found more enjoyable for lunch than the dinner we had. Nothing wrong with the food, just personal taste. We did not try the Mexican or Italian for dinner.
The house wines were surprisingly good and the liquers made the wonderful coffee even better.
Remember this-ASK FOR THE 151 RUM! Otherwise you can drink yourself into Bahama Mama oblivion and never catch a buzz. A dollar or two tip goes a long way, it gets you special treats all week long.
We were not looking for an action packed vacation, just a beautiful place to relax and enjoy being together. We found that and much more. The teens and early 20's I talked to were having a great time at the Karioke Bar and Disco and Casino in the Village. There was as much to do as a person wanted to do. These places were not just for the young- I mention it because that age group seems to be the ones looking for the most to do.
We weren't expecting Las Vegas shows, FOR GOD'S SAKE, YOU ARE IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! The dancers are very talented and we found the shows relaxing and enjoyable
I only hope we can afford to stay at the Bahia once it is finished and running at full speed. It was an incredable bargain and we got much more than our money's worth.
Maybe the guest from Tampa should leave her children at home next time, relax a little more and learn to go with the flow. Take time to smell the coffee, so to speak.
Hotel is gorgeous, Food Horrible!
Hotel is beautiful. One of the most beautiful we have stayed at. The trams are very convenient. Learn some spanish before you go, as you'll need it. The staff is very helpful and gracious. The beaches are beautiful and there is a lot to do during the day that surrounds the beach. Dance lessons, aerobics, music by the pool, windsailing, canoeing, peddleboats, boogie boarding all at no extra charge. You keep busy during the day but after dinner there is no entertainment.
The resort claims to have a different show every night. That is not true. The shows that they do have are comparable to a school play or summer camp. Very disappointing. Again, if you want to understand the show, learn spanish because the shows are in spanish. There is nothing to do after dinner. The disco doesn't open until 12:00 midnight and no children are allowed in anyway. There is no music. There is a plaza in the resort with shops, disco and casino. At night there is a stage where you think there will be music or a band but nothing happens. Basically, from the time after you eat dinner until midnight there is nothing to do. The childrens program is nonexistent. The spa, gym and mini golf were all under construction so they were closed.
The biggest disappointmemt was the food. We were very careful to not drink the tap water or brush our teeth with it either. My daughter got food poisoning from a bad piece of meat at the buffet. They do not keep the cold food cold and the hot food hot. All of the food is room temperature, hence the bacteria growth that makes everyone sick. Everyone we talked to got diarrhea and said the food was horrible too. The cheeses which we love were all slimy from being kept at room temperature. My son got raw pork on a shish-ke-bob. I got a raw hamburger. The ala carte restaurants were a joke. We ate the Mexican where your entree is the same as the buffet. You go up to the "appetizer buffet" and get your first course and then you realize minutes later that the waiter is bringing you an entree that is exactly the same as what you just went up to get at the buffet. The Seafood restaurant was interesting too if you like clams that are spoiled with sand in them. The seafood looks nothing seafood as I know it. The only food we salvaged that night was the shrimp. Needless to say we left dinner those nights starving. The Garden Grill was OK. The steaks were a little fatty, but you could order the ribs or the shish-ke-bob with beef and vegetable. There was a salad bar there too. That was OK. We did not leave that restaurant hungry.
We got two adjoining rooms because my husband and I have three kids. The rooms are brand new and spotless thank God, but our room had a sewer stench that no one could figure out where it was coming from. We had no air for most of our vacation in our room because the contact on the sliders was not functioning properly so the air doesn't go on. When you unlock the sliders to step out on the balcony your air automatically shuts off. That's the way they rigged it in all of the rooms. But ours was just not closing properly and they couldn't fix it. We paid for the safe that the keypad was broken and it took the maintenance men three visits to figure that out. My children in the next room had no hot water in the shower. Our television in our room only got 5 channels. We had no power in our room the last day because they were working on our building and did something to our power. When the power shuts off you can't get in your room because the key is electronic. So we stood outside our room dripping from the pool and finally one hour later someone came to let us into our room and issue us new keys. I am not afraid to voice my opinion so believe me they knew of all the problems existed in the rooms and all they could say was that there were no more adjoining rooms. It is" impossible". If I hear "impossible" one more time I will scream. We were willing to move and they couldn't help us. Now you think that you're not in the room that much so this shouldn't be a problem. Mix in the fact that everyone gets diarrhea and stomach pains from the terrible food and you are in the room more than you anticipated. In a nutshell, if you like to eat while on vacation don't go there. If you like to be entertained at night either by dancing or by watching a show, don't go there.
Good hotel...will be excellent when finished
Having seen many of the resorts in Punta cana I would have to say that the Bahia Principe will be an excellent resort when finished. The resort is done all major construction however they are building 2 other hotels in the same complex. The construction is non disruptive. When finished it will be one of the best resorts in puj. I believe it is supposed to be completely finished by nov 2004.
I would highly recommend it to the elderly or impaired because unlike many of the other resorts the bahia offers a train car transportation from 7am-3am from the hotel lobby all through the resort to the beach. Its worth it if you cann't make the walk, had too many drinks, or are just plain lazy.
Overall the entertainment staff is excellent, the buffet has something for even the pickest eaters..The al la carte restaraunts were delicious. The staff is very friendly and work very hard. I think its appropriate to tip a couple of dollars...but even if you dont they still treat you great.
Over all the resort is very nice. They have some of the nicest rms in the dominican which are all jr suites with a hydromassage tub, sitting area, and balcony. It very clean. There are several pools some for relaxing and other w/ activities. The best bar tender is tyson at the relaxing pool closer to the lobby called the hybiscus bar..his english is okay but he's eager to learn and always has a smile on his face. Ask him to mix you up a suprise 9 out of 10 times it has amereto in it.
okay I've blabbed on enough...go see the resort for yourself it is really nice and it just opened 6/4/2004 so yes there are some kinks however based on the hotels performance I can assure you half of them are already fixed. its a great resort and a respectable hotel chain. Check it out for yourself.
Recently together with my husband we stayed at Bahia Principle in Punta Cana. The resort is brand new and I know many of you are looking for any review about this resort. I did the same thing when I planned my trip there. We stayed there from 06.18.04 for 9 nights and I had wonderful time. The Junior Suite rooms are very nice with large marble bathroom and Jacuzzi bathtub and balcony. As to the restaurants we tried the Japanese, Garden Grill and Italian. I would recommend the Japanese and the Italian and I would skip the Garden Grill. For breakfast they have one large buffet style restaurant by the lobby and two smaller ones by the main pool. For lunch you have a choice of two air-conditioned and one open air where they serve hamburgers, chickens, fruits, sandwiches, french fries and it is open all day from 10am-10pm. All of their restaurants are air-conditioned. As for the negative the staff didn't speak English and it was difficult to communicate with them. At times we felt like they are not looking to attract people from United States even thought we pay the most money for our vacations comparing to the Europeans who pay $600 for two weeks. Probably because of the language barrier we felt like they were arrogant at times. The other negative thing was that the hotel spa and gym was not open for those of you who like to indulge in spa treatments or like to work out even a little bit. Other then that, the property has three large swimming pools with swim-up bar by each of them. They have miles stretch white sandy beach with turquoise Caribbean Sea and if you are not looking to pick on little things and you go there with open mind you will definitely have a great time.
Better than we expected
This was our first trip to Punta Cana. We were a little apprehensive about the hotel knowing that it had just opened. My father managed hotels while I was growing up so I know better than to expect perfection in any hotel but I do expect if there are glitches for them to be courteously fixed; I was not disappointed.
Our vacation was with Apple Vacations and we felt very taken care of (thanks Carlos and Jessica)!
Check in went smoothly and quickly. The desk clerk spoke very little English but enough to communicate what we needed. We were greeted with a wonderful beverage and given a ride to our room.
The room was beautiful, and very clean. I had read reviews about other resorts and expected a lot of mosquitos and bugs. We were there for 6 days and I saw 1 mosquito and 1 spider the entire trip! We must have been the first people to use the room because the mini bar was empty when we arrived. We mentioned it to our Apple rep during our orientation and the fridge was quickly filled.
Our package included 3 dinners in the a la carte restaurants. We picked the steak house (great sirloin), the Mexican restaurant and the Seafood. Our favorite was the Mexican. In the ala carte place You pick your entree off the menu and help yourself to salad, soup, appetizers and desserts off a buffett. I loved the Aztec soup at the Mexican! Other meals are buffetts for breakfast and lunch and buffett in the main restaurant for dinner. We found a variety of foods to try and were never tired of the meals. The waitstaff at all of these places is superb, we felt very pampered. All of the bartenders were wonderful, although do not expect drinks to be the same as in the US. The bahama mama and pina coladas were wonderful and even the beer (Presidente) was very good. The water is filtered in the restaurants and for ice. The mini bar was stocked well for drinking and teeth brushing in the rooms.
We found the pools temperatures perfect and the beach better than any other we saw when we walked a couple of miles down the beach in both directions and spied other resorts. The huts at the beach provide plenty of shade if needed and we found the beach nice and clean. When the hotel is at maximum occupancy there should be plenty of room with 4 pools spread through the grounds.
The campus is large but there is a tram to take you from beach to main reception hall. We never waited more than 3 minutes for a tram.
All of the staff were so friendly and I was amazed that they were as efficient as they were with only being open for a few weeks.
Unlike the other reviewers, we enjoyed the nighttime shows. We were not expecting Las Vegas, just to be entertained and relaxed. We found Antonio to be fun(lets do it! I love my job!).
Some of the shows could be compared to a summer camp end of year show but one that we attended had very good dancing. Like I said we were expecting less!
We will definately go back to this resort although we may be spoiled that we were there at a time that it was only 1/2 occupied. I can not imagine a more beautiful resort, or more friendly people.
I had the time of my life! I had asked my travel agent to find me a place to relax and decompress (I wanted it to be like the Corona beer commercials) and I got exactly what I wanted!
I just returned with my group of 30 people where we stayed at the NEW Bahaia Principe PUJ.
It was great. Being a travel agent I travel at least 5 times a year to various Caribbean and Mexico destinations to do some research and inspections on the resorts mostly the upscale ones.
My reviews on the resort are very much favorable on all aspects of what a resort should offer. This ones ranks right up there. I can't say enough about the staff (front desk, entertainment, maintained and food services). They were just absolutely awosem. Always had a smile on their face no matter what services were required. The food was great especially at the Mikado Japanese restaurant. The grounds were beautiful and rooms are spacious and always maintained cleaned. Overall is I would rated at 5* (1-6*).
I would definitely recommend the property for anyone that wants to visit Punta Cana.
Everything you need or want
Airport a bit slow forms to fill in, arrived at hotel greeted with dancers music and a cool drink, room clean not to cramped a nice mini bar stocked every day. food ample full choice. A la cart if you wanted it was so good we did not bother. plenty of sun lounges, pool big. After laying by the pool drag snlounger on to beach fantastic. one slight draw back sea a little sea weedie, not as clear as should be, but nice to swim in. night time plenty on to too oclock. Tip take a pint container with you the cups they give you are to small. Could carry on and on, so any questions email me i will be pleased to help you. john and jan.
Beautiful Resort (But Still "Under Construction")
I just got back today from a week at the new Bahia Principe Punta Cana. The resort was beautiful, as expected. I booked this resort because of the chain's great reviews from their other locations. The site is still somewhat under construction and won't be complete until November, when the second resort opens (Bahia Principe Bavaro). Still, the staff tried to make sure all the amenities were available to us.
The entire resort is very beautifully decorated. The Pueblo Principe is a nice addition. The rooms are spacious; the bathrooms are really nice, which was important to me. All suites have jacuzzi tubs. Minibar was included and refilled every day. We booked three rooms, and none had been used before.
The staff was a bit inexperienced, especially those working at the front desk, but everyone was extremely polite and accomodating. We met some nice people (one man even went as far as to buy us some candy and alcohol in his town, since there is very little to buy in the resort area).
The restaurants are great for dinner, but as mentioned, there are limitations to the reservations; I'd suggest learning those early on. All restaurants are open (the week I was there, the Italian restaurant's location was not open yet, but was sharing space with the seafood restaurant on some nights). The Japanese restaurant was the best, and we left this reservation for our final night. The restaurant (because they have to cook right in front of you) only houses about 40 people at a time, so make this reservation early!
The service in the restaurants and bars are above average. Drinks and food are offered literally 24 hours a day. The bartenders in the main lobby are always good for a laugh. Few of the resorts in Punta Cana can compare with quality of drinks or service, but this is a five star resort-- this was expected.
The beach was not spectacular. I had expected it to be a bit cleaner, but the resort really didn't have much to do with this; it may have been the season. The set up on the beach was great, with numerous umbrellas and shaded areas. The water sports are all inclusive as well. The pools (there are three large ones all with swim-up bars) were great places to relax and have a drink. The largest, by the beach had music and entertainment; the other two are great for lounging.
There is a trolley system that runs down the main path, very necessary because of the resort's size. Although, I'd have to agree that the entertainment is lacking in the resort. The nightly shows are awful, really not worth watching at all. The live music in the Pueblo Principe at night was good, but as we went with an older couple, we didn't stay out long enough to enjoy the disco or the karaoke bar (most of the guests are European, and the cigarette and cigar smoke both in the karaoke bar and the theatre drove us away most nights).
Overall, apart from the awful shows, it was an enjoyable experience and I'd go to any one of the chain's other resorts. I feel the Punta Cana/Bavaro resort will only get better with time and experience.
5 Star Potential
This resort has the potential of being a 5 star but as of right now it needs to have kinks worked out.
The resort is beauiful...it reminds me of the Iberostar in Cancun.
Beautiful lobby and lobby bar, and reception area and great pools.
Check in for 3 out of 5 rooms went well.
The last two rooms had parents in one villa and kids in another on other side of resort....Finally parents compromised and got two rooms next to each other with 2 beds for 6 people.
Rooms were just as you see in brochure Beautiful
but they are having problems with showers...
They are leaking onto floor...while we were there it caused a problems with people on first floor.
Pool area is great ..animation team was wonderful . They gave 100 % It was one of the best I have seen.
Nightly entertainent was ok.
Beach was beautiful.
Workers were always cleaning public areas.
Buffets were repeatitious....A little disappointing...
perhaps it was just them being new.
It seemed like same thing daily..
Perhaps it's all hotels in DR?
Bacon was raw...Several americans told them about it and by the day we left it was cooked.
Snackbar lunches were burgers dogs fries chicken and pizza... Nicer lunches were from 1-3 in certain restaurants that later at night were made into theme areas..These had salads and fish and beef and chicken but it seemed to be the same daily.
Japenese restaurant was enjoyable...
Steak was good..choices were rib eye or sirlion
but they forgot who ordered what ...language barrier.
Desert was unusual semi sweet brownie...
The 24 hour snack bar is open from 10 pm-6am and is in the Pueblo Area outside resort. It has burgers , dogs and fries. This is the only place to eat at those hours.
Please remember long pants for reservation restaurants...
There were men walking in with womans pj's...just to get in. The shops were not all finished and nowhere to buy pants if you forget.
I think alot of the people were having tough time with exchange rates and sometimes being over charged ...myself included. Not understanding the peso.
While I was there there was a big language barrier.
If you asked for a margarita you got 3 different drinks...Lobby bar was best but they all tried to please.
The resort is big and they have a tram to get you from beach, pool to lobby area..Unfortunately the area that is still having construction done is in middle of resort.
At the time we were there ..the casino only had 3 or 4 tables...drinks must be purchased there.
The spa was not done.
The children program did not seem to be in geer.
The shops were not finished ( this seemed to be a cute idea...)
No room service.
My favorite part of the hotel was the animation team..Shack, and Carmen and the rest
My least favorite was the lack of variety in meals...and this can be worked on....
They need some nachos for late night snacks.
I am anxoius to hear .......more reports
Exactly what i expected for a new resort.
The resort is lovely, the people are friendly and willing to do anything for you. Most of the staff speak some english. The rooms are nice and so are the pools. A little unorganized, but overall a great experience. The shows are horrible, they need better entertainement. Always great games and things to do down at the pool. The food was okay, i pretty much stuck to chicken and fish. The restaurant i enjoyed the most was the steak house. The hotel only allow you one reservation to each restaurant(keep that in mind). The outback safari was excellent and Tony was a great tour guide. We stayed 7 nights, started getting bored towards the end of stay. Overall, I would go back to Punta Cana, but to another resort. And I would definitly vist Bahia Principe at one of the other locations, heard great things about them.