Grand Bahia Principe La Romana
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... will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11 ESV) So often my theology of God's grace and mercy is so shallow. God is not my own personal genie in a bottle granting my every whim (or at least three). But God is also not an absentee ruler ...
Last night there was a very loud thunderstorm so didnt get much sleep, although Im glad I didn't experience anything like that when I was in Guaymate with the tin roof! Had breakfast and as there aren't many tables for everyone I shared it with the Argentinian couple from the tour. Got to chat to them more in Spanish, there were some things I didn't ...
... of dancing again creating a great atmosphere. Ama and 3 of her friends went on to another gagá in a batey, whilst her other 2 friends stayed in Guaymate at the charity. We chatted all evening about different things, mainly about what Chile is like and Dominican Republic.It was really nice to chat to them, and felt my Spanish had improved. Went to bed early as we plan to go to Bayahibe tomorrow to reunite with Ama and the rest of the ...
...No. of Dominicans left to convert: Only about 10 million or so .
Today a previous volunteer came to visit from Chile. She is now living in Santo Domingo and before I came here she helped me with advice about volunteering, so it was nice to meet her in person. She also gave me further warning about the weather, apparently in May it absolutely chucks it down and in June and July it gets ...
... bit of interest could be taken as you must be extremely interested and want to keep talking. Anyway, this is something that I will have to get used unfortunately. That said, I have never felt unsafe here, the guys just talk to you and if you are uninterested they soon leave you alone.
Today I went to Bayahibe beach by myself. It was even better than Caleta beach last weekend. More tourists but the sand is whiter and a bit cleaner. I managed to find a ...
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Grand Bahia Principe La Romana.(2007/12/03)
We spent a week at the gbp. La Romana.
Here is how we would rate this hotel:
Grounds, infrastructure, rooms, pools, --- 5 stars.
buffet restaurant and snack bar food quality, --- 5 stars.
a la carte restaurants, --- 4 1/2 stars,
all bars and drinks, --- 5 stars,
service --- 5 stars,
Beach, 4 stars, although lot of shade and chairs.
ocean 3 stars.
This is a beautiful hotel and perfect place
for a relaxing vacation.
The Director F & B ... Patric ...extremely nice fellow !
What a beautiful place. food was fabulous, but the al la carte dinners are not that great, time comsuming and the food is just okay. It is all presentation. I would rather the buffet myself. We enjoyed the buffet, especially the prawns. huge ones, and the rest of the food was perfect.
Beach is nice, sand nice. Very relaxing place, a lot of Canadians from quebec.
the downside....every place has one, well this one is the damn sand fleas and mosquitoes. Holy cow..you are bitten too death. for heavens sake take anti-itch cream. At 6:40 every night they go thru the resort and bomb the place with this terrible insecticide..you can't breathe, it is awful and it doesn't seem to help at all. You can't sit on your batcony at 6:30, they swarm in and you are chewed up.
It is a shame as it is a beautiful resort and has a lot going for it.
the trip to Saona is wonderfull, the trip into Santo domingo is great, shopping is okay..not enough time to really mooch and look for bargains.
Rooms are big, very clean, well looked after. Take the golden Club deal, you get a lot more for your dollar. It is worth it. VIP treatment...plus plus plus.
this is a resort for older people and not party people. If you want to relax, then go here.
Hotel parfait mais attention a la mer !!!!
nous avons séjourné a cet hotel du 24 novembre au 2 décempbre 2007 l' hotel venait d' ouvrir depuis 1 mois tout a été refait a neuf !!!! l' hotel est impécable, un vrai 5 étoiles, qualité confort, services, gentillesse du personnel... rien a redire....seul problème la mer..... elle n' est pas turquoise !!!! pas claire du tout....l' ancien propriétaire "hotel santanabeach" avait fermé la baie avec des rochers d' ou le problème....la nouvelle direction du bahia principe a réouvert la baie afin que l' eau se régénère, mais cela prendra du temps, des mois, des années....( c' est ce que nous a expliquer le responsable du club nautique de l' hotel.) sinon l' ile de saona est merveilleuse, avec de belle plage, une mer turquoise telle les cartes postales....
We just got back a few weeks ago from our Honeymoon at Bahia Principe. I really wasn't impressed with the airline that we took. Air Transit out of MOntreal. They were very rude and they didn't even have english cards to fill out .. only french and spanish.
Anyways other than that we areeived at the airport everything went smoothly. The bus ride to the Hotel wasn't to long a little bumpy tho.On the bus ride there there was a man that gave you all the information you needed...braclets and everything. Check in was super easy and quick that way!
We really couldn't believe when we arrived at the hotel.. WOW All you could see was shiny marble floors... beautiful plants and smiling staff. AMAZING. We got to our room and it was huge and SO clean. The bathroom was awesome ! There was lots of closet space too. The bed was HUGE and the pillows were the most comfortable I have ever had. The buffet was awesome I am a VERY picky eater but I always found LOTS to eat and I mean LOTS Lol Desserts were really good too. The staff there were so sweet! The only thing we didn't like was there was a big gap between supper and the nightly show. After the show there was dancing and then disco until 2.
I would highly reccomend taking a taxi into town to go shopping. It costs 60 dollars but they call it for you andhe takes you to a bunch of stores and waits for you there and brings you to another. We also went on the catamaran trip!! It was Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! They take you to an island with drinks music and food and WONDERFUL Water... oh and don't forget the natural swimming pool in the middle of the ocean! SO COOL. On the Catamaran they have drinks and dancing. IT was just awesome.There is a guy there that films the whole thing and then you can buy it from him, it is really nice to have.
humm..what else... Be prepared for the animation team to bug you to dance with them throughout the day. I went a few times but it's those times where you just want to relax by the pool that it bugs you. Oh and if you are planning on bringing children just note that there are lots of topless people around the pool and beach. It kind of took me by suprise.......
IT was all around an amazing vacation... the people were awesome .... hotel was AMAZING, everything was sooo clean, food was great ... what else can you ask for !!!!
GBP La Romana
As promised here is a review of our stay at the Gran Bahia Principe La Romana.
The trip started not so well because the gentleman at the SNCF (French Railways) decided to strike! So no high speed train for us but a 3 hours drive to get to Charles De Gaulle airport. Flight with Air France was OK. I found the transfer from Punta Cana airport (2.5 hrs) a bit long...but AF does not do La Romana so it was whether that or a charter flight to La Romana. The resort is about 2hrs by bus from Santo Dominguo Airport.
Property: the property is nice with around 4 bars (beach, lobby, pool and snack bar), 3 a la carte restaurants, a club, casino and spa. The swimming pool is very nice...was a bit disappointed by the beach...which is man made so forget about white sand. I did not find the water to be dirty as mentioned in previous reviews.
Bedroom: we were in block 17 which gave us both a pool and sea view (I think block 17/18 are the best). The bedroom is around 30 m sq with a nice marble bathroom (but no bath as advertised by vacances transat). It comes with a sitting area, a balcony, a fridge filled up daily (all inclusive) and coffee maker (love Dominican coffee btw!!!).
I was disappointed by the daily cleaning as I thought it was slow and not extensive enough despite good tipping.
Animation: staff is really friendly and multilingual (English, French, Italian). All day they organise beach-volley, dancing lessons, football...and present a show every evening.
Food: maybe the only real disappointment of the stay...was expecting better than that...house wine not good...food at the buffet was often cold and it was difficult to get bookings for the a la carte restaurants. They turned out to be disappointed as well...Italian was bland, while the Gourmet had nothing to do with proper French cooking...four of us got sick at the fish restaurant (only got sick there!). We preferred the snack by the beach (great view!!!) which was serving hot food. We also enjoyed the Burges Principe (open 22-06) where they made pizzas to order. All the catering staff is friendly which makes up for a lack of skills/experience. For instance a waiter poured some house wine into my glass which was containing wine we paid for...
Trips: went to Saona which is lovely. Postcard style: blue clear water, white sand...had a lot of fun on the way as well!
Santo Dominguo is a very intriguing city...so European...but with tropical temperatures and vegetation. Wished we spent more time there.
Boca Chica: nothing there but bars, girls...so good for single men only!
I would underline it is safe to go out...just be sensible...monthly average salary in DR is only around 150 EUR/mth
All together we had a good time ...13.5/20. A good resort for those going for a week of sunshine and relaxation...if you are planning a longer stay you may choose another resort as this one is in the middle of nowhere...
Hope this helps!
Gran Bahia Principe -- Nice Digs!
I wound up at this resort by "default" for only one night just 7 days ago and found it to be quite nice and the staff to be very accomodating. I was on a trip to the Dominican Republic and when I arrived at my designated resort I was told that my room was unavailable due to construction ... so they sent me to this resort for one night. I was very crabby when I arrived after travelling for 26 hours because I just wanted to be in "my resort" and I WAS only here for one night .. but here is what I thought.
The staff on check-in was very accomodating. I was greeted in a friendly manner and had a welcome cocktail presented. The room was nicely appointed and I immediately changed and went to the pool area and checked out the beach. All were beautiful.
I was a little disarmed by the fact that the pool bartender either did NOT speak a lick of English or pretended not to .. but I think he was sincere as the Dominican's seem to be proud of their country and their language and upon being in their country for a week ... they just don't speak English. But it's their country so ... brush up on your Spanish!
I enjoyed cocktails at the little bar off the lobby after enjoying the pool and I thought the buffet for dinner was quite nice. I also had a delicious cappuccino at the lobby bar before dinner and the coffee drinks that were offered were first rate. There were many things on the buffet that I did not choose because I'm not a seafood person in any respect but there were great chicken dishes and breads and salads and the dinner was nice. As I recall there was a lobster dich offered but ... it wasn't my cup of tea.
Breakfast at the buffet was the same .. many things I wouldn't eat but delicious "made to order" omelettes etc. Also champagne and bloody mary's for those that like that kind of thing in the morning! Many delicious dishes though and really nice presentation.
This resort was very beautiful and clean and nicely appointed - great staff. When we checked out to go to our "real resort" the desk attendant that checked me out inquired about if I was "comfortable" and "feeling better" because she obviously knew that I was upset upon check-in since I had been displaced from my original accomodation. I thought it was very nice that she remembered me from the day before and seemed to care that I had had a nice experience here.
The rest of my vacation was spent at Oasis Canoa and I loved it .. my review of it is on Trip Advisor as well .. had a good time and all .. but if I go back I would probably prefer Gran Bahia Principe.
Gran Bahia Principe La Romana
We have never been to the Dominican and were a little nervous but our fears were soon put to rest. Everything was well organized by Sunwing Vacations and Zoom Airlines was great. The Gran Bahia is well organized and well run. The resort was apparently just renovated and had only been opened for 3 weeks. We arrived on Nov 23/07 and I have to say all the people at the resort are there to please you. They will do anything to make you happy. Check in/out was seamless and very quick. They have activities throughout the day as the resort is secluded and you are pretty much locked in unless you take a tour. The staff really work hard to make sure your stay is very pleasant. They had activities for every age from Spanish lessons, to Bingo Bongo, Beach Volleyball, Dancing lessons and the evening shows were fabulous. We did not recieve any bad service whatsoever. I am not a buffet person and would rate the food o.k. however you could get fresh made omlettes to order at breakfast and at lunch and dinner your meat or fish cooked right in front of you to your perfection. One thing to mention, to go to the a la carte restaurants you have to dress for dinner. No t-shirts or shorts. Men must wear slacks and a collared shirt. The buffet at dinner the men must wear slacks, no shorts for either of the sexes. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. We were disappointed on the La Romana shopping tour and would not recommend that as they take you to high price outlets and then the Jumbo market which is like a Walmart. The Saona Island tour was fantastic and is a must see. We will miss the people we met at the resort and will definetly go back. If you go, say Hi to Daniel the activites co-ordinator from Christopher and Janet from Vancouver, B.C.
Overall very satisfied, good four star plus quality
We have just returned from a week at this hotel. We stayed from 19NOV07 to 26NOV07 and were booked in the Royal Golden Principe category, which could be compared to an executive floor. As far as we understood, the resort had just been reopened after a change of ownership and excessive refurbishment. We booked this hotel since we knew the Bahia Principe chain and their generally good reputation.
Check-In: The check-in process was a very nice and efficient experience. We booked via a touroperator and had a package including the airport transfers. Besides the agent of Transat holidays, they also had hotel staff accompanying us in the bus from La Romana Airport to the hotel. The entire check-in process was done in the bus. They handed over an envelope with the room key cards, baggage tags (bags were delivered directly from the bus to the room), site information and the all inclusive identification wrist bands, so you were already checked-in and good to go to enjoy the hotel amenities as soon as the bus arrived at the hotel.
The hotel architecture is very nice. Typical open space and bright Caribbean colours. Amazing landscaping and gardening. Beautiful tropical plants and loads of palm trees. Very well kept and clean public areas. A VERY large swimming-pool with swim-in bar and several jacuzzis, as well as direct access to the beach from the pool area. The beach is very nice with good quality lounge chairs and umbrellas, hundreds of palm trees. You'll always find a private spot. The water was unfortunately not as clear as expected, and we did not really enjoy bathing in that water.
The room was pretty large with a king-size bed, couch and sitting area, large marble bathroom (two sinks) and a nice rainforest-hydromassage shower. Amenities in the bathroom included dental kit, shaving kit etc. and were of good quality. Even the toilet paper was pre-powdered. In-room coffee maker and minibar with soft-drinks and beer (all-inlcusive, re-stocked daily). 24 hour room service was available (also inclusive). The rooms for the Golden Club category appeared to be closer to the ocean than the others, and we were lucky enough to get a nice ocean view from our balcony (Room 2612). We would recommend to request a room in buildings 26/27/36 or 37, this would more or less guarantee you an ocean view.
Food & Beverage:
They have a buffet restaurant, three a-la-carte restaurants and a snack bar on the beach (very nice view!). We tried all locations and were very satisfied with the food and drinks. Most of the drinks and food they offered were international premium brands, no cheap no-name stuff. Although the tap water is purified, they only serve spring water and use bottled water to produce the ice cubes. We went full risk and ate and drank everything that you are normally not supposed to eat or drink at these destinations (Mussels, Sushi, dairy, fresh meat/fish products, soft-ice etc.). We did not have any problems during the whole week. The food was excellent in quality, variety and appearance, and you could clearly see that they had hired some real, well experienced chefs. Good house wines with lunch/dinner and sparkling wine for breakfast. We are not vegetarian, but found that even for vegetarians there was a lot of choice. The temperature of the food at the buffet was not always optimal, something you would most probably experience anywhere. One time we complained about the food temperature and they immediately started to exchange all the food with new hot items.
They offer all kinds of activities (Archery, Beachvolleyball, Dance classes, spanish course etc.) Very nice shows and live music in the evening, good entertainment for the kids. We took the sea kayaks for an hour (included).
What we liked most about this resort:
- The vast majority of the staff was very friendly, attentive and caring. They appeared to be very well trained and professional, demonstrated good teamwork and most of them were fluent in French, English, German, Italian. We were under the impression that the company is taking good care of them and everybody was proud and happy to work there. Especially in the restaurant and at the bar the service was very efficient and fast.
- everything was VERY clean. No creepy crawlers at all. The only insects we saw during the week were some butterflies and a few grasshoppers. NO spiders, cockroaches or other scary stuff.
What we did not like too much:
- The service was a bit inconsitent in some areas, especially housekeeping and maintenance, for example the minibar was sometimes stocked with three bottles of Coke and no Lemonade, since she just had no more Lemonade on her trolley. We had a problem with our save and had to wait for two and half hours in the room for the manager to show up with the master key. We asked the "royal express service" if the evening turn down service could fill up the ice bucket in the room, our request was confirmed, but the we never got the ice.
- The pool water temperature was a bit cold.
- They are spraying excessive amounts of pesticides every evening. We were forced to stay in our room with the aircondition turned off for about an hour each evening, otherwise we would have gotten knocked-out by the poison. We asked them what chemicals exactly they use, and to my big surprise they were not trying to hide anything and gave us the name of the product, Deltamethrin a.k.a Kaotrin.
Last but not least:
We would stay at Bahia Principe hotels again, but would not return to this resort. Although it's a great beautiful place with very nice people, there is not a lot you can do and nothing around the hotel. The sea water is not as you would expect it when travelling to the Caribbean. However, if you are just looking for a week of relaxation with good food and service, this is a very good place to hang out.
One more trail
well i guess the best thing to do is start at the beginning, flew out of montreal with air transat, not the best flight, a bit short of leg room, but only a 4 hr flight, so no biggy really, got to la ramana airport, no hassle at all, everyone was helpful, got the bus, ( if one of the bellboys get your case they expect a tip, not fond of this, but oh well live and learn) the bus trip took about 40 mins, max. the roads while not the smoothest i have been on were pretty good, no real wheel jerking potholes, we turned into the property and went through the main gate, drove about a mile to second gate and around a corner.............we could not belive our eyes, the place is awesome, spotless, gleaming,beautiful. we got out of the bus, and our luggage was unloaded, there was dancers and music and ofcourse a drink or two, lol, one of the other guests picked up one of our groups bags by mistake, the bell boy sorted that out for us within 10 mins, we got our room numbers and map and bracelet on the bus as we were traveling, so we were all ready to go. we walked through the beautiful entranceway and down a couple of steps and out into the gardens and walkways to the suits, the rooms were so easy to find and to get too, we opened the door and slipped one of the door cards into the slot on the wall and the lights of the room came on and we were thunder struck it was so clean, large, bright, we just looked at each other and could hardly say a thing, never have we had so much for so very little,
After settleing in and freshening up, we went for supper, one thing you HAVE TO DO is the guys have to wear long pants and the ladies no beachwear, at SUPPER even in the buffet room, (breakfast and lunch you can wear shorts), there is a large selection of food, from chicken, beef, pork, all done many ways, fresh fruit, canned fruit, fresh and cooked veg, awesome poratoes( i'm not a big fan of potatoes, but these were great) and the sweets and breads are top notch, the only thing i found a bit tough was some of the beef, not all just some, ( push the serving tongs into it, if they go in easy thats the bit you want) there is also a pizza cooking station right there in the buffet, pizza done the way you want, the food is great at the buffet, so good infact we never got to the al a carte ones, but talked to ppl who did and they said it was good, but not much differant than the buffet and not a lot of choice, but as i say we didn't try them, so really i can not comment. the staff at the buffet are awesome, they try to talk to you in your language, we are english and we could communicate fairly easy, better infact than to the french speaking canadians in montreal. each night is a differant theme night for the food, american, asian, french, spanish, etc, i could always find WAY to much choice, we ate a lot ( lol i just now went to the bathroom and got on the scales, i don't belive it, i only gained one pound, wow,) i guess swimming and walking on the beach does keep you fit. ok after supper, we went out into the main hall and had a couple or so (lol) drinks, the beer at this bar is to me a little harsh, its the same beer at the other bars but this bars beer tended to gas you up more, lots of good rum drinks, ( they tend to be a bit heavy on the rum, but if you kinda show them how much you want in a drink they will give you that, ( my son was drinking tripples all week), gin and vodka drinks were also included, and for a small fee you could get other imports, lol we stuck with the free stuff, ok tipping, you don't have too, but to be truthfull $5.00 here or there don't hurt, we tipped a couple of the bartenders early on and had great service all week, they never hung around looking for more, but on the last night we tipped again, the entertainment for the adults starts at 10pm, it was good, not great, but good, some of the dancers were real good, some not, try their best, some were too frantic, but some were Very good, the show lasts an hour, then they move outside to the "plaza" for an hour there they teach dancing and differant stuff, and on sunday nights karaoke for one hour, all good fun, after that the disco is open til 2am, a bit loud, a little to much spanish music, not much north american music, but heyyyyyyyy your in what was a spanish country, but still a little more known music would of been nice, there is a snack bar in the plaza area, burgers/ fries etc, i only used it once, it was good tasty food,
the beach is great, wide, not white sand but nice yellow sand, the water is not clear, but its not muddy as some have said and you can walk out a good long way,, they have done a lot to the beach so i was told, we had no probs at all on the beach, there is not very much for young kids to do, appart from play on the beach, i only saw 4 or five pre teens, and maybe 7 teens under 18 but the older kids can do volly ball, soccer etc. to my mind it caters to adults much more than teens down over, also if you have a problem with ladys going topless i have to tell you some ladys do go topless, not many, saw maybe 10/15 all week, 3 or 4 a day.
the two best bar tenders are Ramone at the lobby bar, and Job at the pool bar, they get you your drinks the way you like them and they dont forget, thanks guys, the other person who is #1, is Victor, our tour rep, he is very attentive to any needs you have, thanks so much my friend.
the only complaint i have about the resort is the annimation team would not take no for an answer, it really got a bit too much at times, but hey i guess its their job
had a great time, i recomend this resort 100%