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Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana

Arena Gorda-Macao, Seccion Baigua, Provincia La Altagracia, Punta Cana, 9999

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Overview

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

Family Interests

  • All Inclusive Rates
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Water Parks
  • Water Sports

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Children Programs
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Breakfast
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids' Theme Meals
  • Laundry
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
  • Refrigerator

Rooms & Rates

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.

Reviews

Solid 3 stars

by TheTripandTravel

Soooo
The good -
-Quite a few options at the a la cartes
-Buffet was pretty good in my opinion
-Service was not bad and staff was friendly and lots of smiles
-Great service from Oscar in the Santa Fe restaurant
-Resort seemed very clean (they were mopping the main sidewalks in the resort after the rain and pressure washing)
-Tips go a long way especially at the bars
And buffet
-We were able to schedule an a la carte every day we were there(don't be picky on times and book your whole stay right after you check in)
-Beach was busy but very nice. Bar right on the beach along with food some days
-Multiple pools
-Easy to get around in carts
-Bell man service was very fast and easy

The bad
-Room was awful
-Comforter was old and needed to be bleached it looked dingy (we took it off and used blankets in the closet)
-A/c worked but was very weak (just leave it on 24/7)
-App for the resort never worked
-Wifi in lobby did not work
-International phone in lobby did not work
-Food tasted good but I kind of had an uneasy feeling in my stomach here and there
-Drinks often were not that good(flat soda and watered down from melted ice)
-Roaches in the bathroom in the room at night

Overall it was nice and we had fun. We will probably stay in the Esmeralda or Ambar Blue next time as the rooms look nicer. For the price we paid we got a great value. I would stay again ! Don't change money at the airport you can do this at the resort at a better rate. Hope this helps!

Returning to the Grand Bahia Principe

by DDBeans

We had a great stay at the Grand Bahia. The staff is always smiling and very friendly. Animation is great, thank you to Dominik! He always made sure that we had a good time! The food is good, the "à la carte" restaurants are excellent. The beds are comfortable. The rooms and site are super clean. The staff at the beach is always there to bring us a chair. We really enjoyed our stay. We would definitely go back!

Family Activities

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.

Pools
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.

Beach
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.

Teen Club
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.

Sports Center
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.

Additional Activities
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.

Caribbean Party
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.

Family Dining

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.

Orquidea
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.

Mikado
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.

Capriccio
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 Bávaro.

Santa Fe
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.

BBQ
Located on the beach at the end of Avenue Bávaro, this seasonal buffet-style restaurant serves up barbecue favorites from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

El Pescador
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.

Garden Grill
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.

Maiko
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.

Los Corales
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, cibeño goat and sanocho. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Piscis
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 Bávaro 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/Check-Out
Check-in time is at 3 p.m., with check-out by noon.

Wi-Fi
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.

Babysitting Services
Guests can hire a babysitter for $15 per hour, per child.

Fitness Center
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 España.

Medical Center
A 24-hour medical clinic is available to all guests for an additional fee.

International Travel
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.

Getting There
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.

Getting Around
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.