by Karon Warren
Built 11 years ago, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana welcomes families to experience all of its activities and attractions for guests of all ages. Of course, there is the beach and swimming pools, but this property also boasts its own water park geared to younger guests. Or you can enjoy time shopping, getting pampered in the spa or snorkeling off the beach. There’s no limit to the fun you can find here.
Families also will love the different dining options that include Mexican, Italian and Japanese cuisine. And then there’s a daily schedule of evening entertainment. But, of course, you can skip it all and just relax by the pool or on the balcony of your room. No matter what you choose to do each day, you can bet you and your family will have the vacation of a lifetime at Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite water park for young children
- Free activities available daily
- Kids and Teen clubs
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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The majority of the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana's 756 guestrooms are located in three-story buildings without elevator service. Golden Service guestrooms are located in two-story buildings without elevator service. All guestrooms at Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana come with a hair dryer, plenty of bathroom amenities, an in-room safe (must pay daily fee of $4), a mini-bar stocked with soft drinks, water and beer (restocked daily), and Wi-Fi service (additional fee).
Although all guestrooms are nonsmoking, smoking is permitted on balconies and terraces. Extra beds are permitted in guestrooms. While there is no charge for the bed itself, you will be charged for any extra persons in the room. Cribs are available upon request for no charge. Ice machines are available in each building.
Note: Oceanfront rooms are very limited, with only a few buildings out by the beach that contain Golden Service rooms.
Junior Suite Superior
Outfitted with either two full-size beds or one king bed, this room also features nightstands, a dresser, and seating area with small sofa bed, two chairs and a table. Outside there is a terrace or balcony with chairs and a small table. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
Junior Suite Superior Club Golden
Outfitted with either two full-size beds or one king bed with pillow-top mattresses, this room also features nightstands, a dresser, and seating area with small sofa bed, two chairs and a table, and coffee and tea machine. Outside there is a terrace or balcony with chairs and a small table. Maximum occupancy is three adults and one child or two adults and two children.
Guests staying in these rooms also receive towels for the pool and beach in their rooms upon arrival, bathrobes and slippers, room service, evening turn-down service, VIP amenities, umbrellas, private check-in, and a welcome cocktail.
I make a living selling vacation packages based on All Inclusive resorts and all I can say is I wish I could sell Grand Bahia. The food is like a 7/10, the excursions are a 9/10 and the people are very friendly (shout out to Raphy, the "concierge" at GB Punta Cana who really helped us set up our three excursions which were dune buggy riding, horseback riding and monkeyland. The dune buggy riding came with a hidden gem of cave swimming which was the bomb.com. The food from the buffets like most all inclusive is basically from sub par to great dependinf in what you get, for example whatever time you go to the main buffet restaurant, there will be two stations where they will cook for you like in the morning they'll make you an omelet or freak eggs however you want prepped. This is much better then just grabbing the premade eggs from the buffet countertop. As well when you get to the resort make your reservations as quick as possible for the a la carte restaurants because they fill up quick, and trust me you don't want to miss out on that food. The room was a stunning little hotel room and we absolutely loved the jetted shower tub alongside the balcony. The only complaint I could give about this resort is some things are a bit more complicated than they have too. For example, they advised me that wifi for my entire stay was 9 dollars total, what they didn't tell me was that in order to sign up for it I had to be standing at front desk, connected to the internet of the main BahiaPrincipeapp.com, click on the free WiFi option (only works in lobby) and then that promo will show up. If you try any other way they will show you way more expensive prices for the same wifi. The other complicated thing is if you don't speak Spanish, you might get lost with the shuttles around the resort. But all in all these are small things that front desk can help with if you just ask. Sure to come back or go to the one in Spain
I travelled here with my family (husband, son and my mom) with a group of over 50 guests travelling together to celebrate our close friend's wedding. The first day on our arrival it took two hours long to get our room and when we were finally seen we weren't given much info about the resort. We arrived in the afternoon, and by the time we got our room it was night time and we already lost a day and didn't get to do anything. When we got our room, the air conditioning was not working so I had to already go back to the front desk to complain and get help to fix it. When I was informed that someone would fix it, I returned to the room after it was done and it still felt the same. On the third day of our trip, we were going back to our room from the beach around 5pm and then saw that people from our wedding group staying in our building villa (#6) were evacuating their rooms due to strong toxic fumes from staff going into the rooms and painting them!! The floors on the first floor where it happened were sprayed white and the fumes were so strong it gave headaches to anyone that inhaled them. It is really stressful and upsetting that this would happen on our trip already when we feel nervous about travelling to Dominican Republic with all the bad news of people getting sick and dying when travelling to the resorts and then this happens! Why would anyone paint indoors while guests are currently staying in the rooms!!! This shows total disregard to the guests well-being, health and safety! What was their urgency to paint the rooms? We all had to re-pack all of our things and stress about where to go next when we were never given any notice or warning that this painting would be taking place during our stay and to know that it would continue for the rest of the trip. Would this happen to anyone of the staff in their own homes without a care? There was no apology or compensation for the major inconvenience this had caused almost 10 rooms of guests with families, that stayed in villa 6 who were moved to villa 5. Because of this, I had missed my a la carte dinner that was scheduled for that same night at 6:30 pm because it took almost two hours to get our new room. When I complained to the front desk staff about this issue of evacuating due to painting, I was informed that I could only get a "VIP amenity" in my room which is a fruit basket, chocolate and a bottle of champagne to make up for this loss...this is not exactly something I would want from the bad experience that happened especially since I could get all of these things in the restaurants or bars. If that basket of treats was going to be done, it should have been done immediately the next day with a note of apology to the guests. The good hospitality in this resort is almost non-existent. I have never in my life experienced this total disregard and disrespect. I have worked in the travel industry for almost 15 years and have travelled to many places and all-inclusive resort experiences and I know what is good service and unfortunately, it was not here. No one does anything to show comfort or support to the guests, or go above and beyond. We were travelling here for a wedding and many of the guests were also staying in these rooms that were evacuated including both of the parents of the bride and groom! This made the bride and groom even more stressed about this whole vacation experience at this resort as they were concerned for the safety of their friends and families attending their wedding.
Not only was that an issue, but also upon checking out I was given a hard time at the front desk regarding towel cards and the room I was moved to was only for two guests with a King-sized bed and a twin bed and I have a family of four, I only had two beach towels to use because it was supposed to be for a room of 2. If the staff had never painted in the rooms of our villa and evacuation had never had to happen, then things wouldn't be still so disorganized. There should be a note in their res system with what guests have experienced and to pay attention to their care and situation as it was already unnecessary stress on what is supposed to be a fun and relaxing vacation to celebrate our friends' marriage there. Also while I was there I witnessed a truck spraying pesticides at night time and the smoke and fumes were huge and strong... so upsetting to see what is being done to maintain this resort and spraying more chemicals into the air harming people and our earth.
I don't recommend this resort at all and this was my second time to Punta Cana (where I got married as well) after travelling here last 2006.
Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana is part of a large resort, and activities are scattered around the property. While walking from your room to an activity is easy, shuttles also are available from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily to transport guests throughout the property.
There are two "twin lake"-style swimming pools in the center of the property, each with Jacuzzis. There is an additional main swimming pool out by the beach. Lounge chairs line each pool, with some tables spread out between the chairs. There also are several permanent umbrellas providing shade for the loungers. Pool hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. No lifeguards are on duty at the swimming pools. At check-in, you will receive a towel card for each guest, which must be turned in at check-out. If you lose the card, you will be charged $20 per card.
Bahia Scout's Water Park
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 15 through October and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November through May 14, this small-scale water park consists of a large wading pool, several waterslides, and spraying water features. There are some lounge chairs surrounding the water park, as well as some tables and chairs located near a snack bar.
Lounge chairs line the beach, many under the permanent umbrellas planted throughout the space. Cabanas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-motorized sports are included with your stay. These include snorkeling, kayaking, pedal boating, windsurfing, boogie boarding and scuba instruction in the pool. Additional activities, such as banana boating, glass-bottom boat cruises, windsurfing lessons, and more are available for an additional fee.
Bahia Scout's Mini Club
Designed for children ages 4 through 12, Bahia Scout's Mini Club offers supervised, daily activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Mini Club also includes a Baby Station, available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for children ages 2 to 6 years old.
Open from 3 to 11 p.m. daily, the Teen Club welcomes children ages 11 to 16 to enjoy a wide selection of games and activities.
Bahia Scout's Mini Golf
Located at the front of the property, families can practice their putting skills on the mini-golf course. There is no charge to play mini-golf.
Bahia Scout's Spa
From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, kids can enjoy their own pampering services at this tot-friendly spa located near Bahia Scout's Water Park. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
At Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, guests can play football, tennis, volleyball and basketball on the courts by the Sports Center. You also can practice archery, or go for a bike ride. Bikes are free for guests to use for 45-minute periods. They must reserve their bikes in advance.
Other activities at Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana include shopping, casino gaming, a disco and a karaoke bar. Each night at 9 p.m., the resort hosts musical shows in the Teatro Tropicana, followed with late-night entertainment in Pueblo Principe.
Every Friday at 8:30 p.m., the resort hosts a Caribbean Party in Pueblo Principe. This party is not included in your all-inclusive package. Tickets are $15 per person for adults, and $5 per person for children ages 2 through 12.
Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana features nine restaurants, as well as several snack bars available to its guests.
While the buffet restaurant is available to all guests at any time, guests staying in Junior Suite Superior rooms receive just three a la carte dinners in restaurants during a one-week stay. Guests staying in Junior Suite Superior Club Golden rooms receive four dinners in specialty restaurants per week of their stay. Guests staying just two or three nights will receive one dinner at an a la carte restaurant, while guests staying five nights will receive two dinners at an a la carte restaurant.
Except for the buffet, all restaurants require reservations and a formal dress code. For men, long pants and shirts are required; no tank tops, shorts or flip flops are permitted.
Located near the main lobby, this international buffet serves a wide variety of cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast hours are 7 to 10:30 a.m., lunch hours are 12:30 to 3 p.m., and dinner hours are 6:30 to 10 p.m. Informal dress.
Enjoy your favorite Japanese specialties at a traditional tepanyaki dinner show, or opt for a low-key a la carte meal from the menu. Located near the main lobby, this a la carte restaurant is open for dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
For those who love Italian cuisine, this a la carte restaurant offers classic Italian dishes for dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Located near the "twin lakes" swimming pools off Avenue BÃƒÂ¡varo.
At this a la carte restaurant located near the beach, sample some of the best Mexican and American "Tex Mex" dishes for dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Located on the beach at the end of Avenue BÃƒÂ¡varo, this seasonal buffet-style restaurant serves up barbecue favorites from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Fans of Mediterranean cuisine will enjoy dinner at this a la carte restaurant located down near the beach. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Located near the "twin lakes" swimming pools off Avenue Esmeralda, this a la carte steakhouse is open for dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
This a la carte Japanese restaurant gives guests the option of participating in a traditional tepanyaki dinner show or choosing from an a la carte menu. Located near the main lobby, dinner hours are 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Located in the Turquesa section of the Grand Bahia Principe resort, this seasonal a la carte restaurant features traditional Dominican cuisine, such as fried plantains, cibeÃƒÂ±o goat and sanocho. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a selection of snacks, fruit, salads and desserts from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at this snack bar located at the main pool near the beach.
Las Olas I and II
Located at the end of Avenue BÃƒÂ¡varo at the beach, this snack bar serves snacks, fruit, salads and desserts from 12 to 6:30 p.m. at Las Olas I, and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Las Olas II.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Check-in time is at 3 p.m., with check-out by noon.
Guests must pay for Wi-Fi in their guestrooms. However, all guests receive free Wi-Fi in the lobby for one hour per day per device. Guests staying in Junior Suite Superior Club Golden also receive 15 minutes of free Internet service per room, per day in the clubhouse.
Golden Club Service
Guests may upgrade their stay to include Golden Club Service, a VIP service that includes such extra amenities as a welcome cocktail, 24-hour room service, personal check-in and check-out, a private beach area, a private lounge, four dinner reservations at the a la carte restaurants per seven-day stay, 15 minutes per day of Internet service in your guestroom, private bar at Club Reception, and ability to choose guestrooms closer to the beach.
Guests can hire a babysitter for $15 per hour, per child.
The fitness center features a variety of cardio machines and weights. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 to 8 p.m. There also is a designated jogging trail around the perimeter of the resort along Avenue Esmeralda and Avenue EspaÃƒÂ±a.
A 24-hour medical clinic is available to all guests for an additional fee.
Although you will need a passport when traveling to Punta Cana, an advanced visa is not required for a short stay. However, you must purchase a 30-day tourist card at the customs and immigration desk, which is $10 U.S. per person. Only cash is accepted for this purchase, so plan to bring it with you. Although the official currency is the Dominican peso, the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. You should bring some cash with you for any taxi or unexpected expenses. While Spanish is the official language, English is widely spoken, especially at Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana.
The Art of Smart Timing
While Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana experiences year-round temperatures ranging from 82 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, high humidity can make it feel warmer than the actual air temperature. The Caribbean waters maintain a year-round temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The property's high season runs from Christmas through Easter, and the low season runs from September through mid-November, when families will find the best room rates.
Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana is approximately a 30-minute drive from Punta Cana International Airport. A one-way taxi ride from the airport to the hotel costs approximately $50. However, the hotel offers a free, shared (with other hotel guests) transfer to the property. To book an airport transfer, after booking your reservation, log into your personal page on the hotel website and select your free transfer. You also have the option to upgrade (for a fee) to a private transfer.
Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana does not offer any complimentary shuttle service; however, for those golfing during their stay or taking an offsite excursion, round-trip transportation usually is included in the price of the excursion. If you want to explore the local area, plan to pay out-of-pocket for taxi service. Rental cars are available at the airport, but are not recommended unless you are staying for a lengthy vacation and plan to do a lot of your own sightseeing.
For Mom and Dad
For parents traveling with grandparents or taking advantage of the kids' club programs, enjoy some quiet time at the Bahia Spa, where you can enjoy the Special VIP massage for couples that includes time in a private Jacuzzi. Later in the evening, enjoy some dancing at the Congas Bachata Discotheque, or try your luck at the casino.