Hotel Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Hotel 5 star
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The Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro offers all the facilities and services necessary for a pleasant family stay on the paradisiacal coast of Punta Cana. It has colonial architecture and a magnificent beach in a huge complex, with an all-inclusive 24h/24 package.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 9.02 /10

    The hotel is located directly on the beach of Arena Gorda to the north of the tourist area of Punta Cana, the tourist epicentre of the Dominican Republic on the south-eastern coast, with its 25 mi of fine sandy beach. Allow for 45 minutes by car from the international airport of Punta Cana (22 mi), and three and a half hours to reach the capital. The town of Higüey and its famous historical basilica is 31 mi away (one hour by road), and the El Cortecito fishing village is 6 mi away.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The bedrooms of the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro are very spacious (43 m2), and prettily arranged, with their pastel coloured walls decorated with two naif art paintings and a green plant. With tiled flooring, they have satellite television (40 channels), a fridge mini-bar that is re-filled every day (water, fizzy drinks, beer), facilities for tea and coffee-making, a safe (£2.60 per day), individual air conditioning with a roof fan, telephone, and a large fitted balcony (two armchairs and a round plastic table). The furniture includes a king size bed or two queen size beds, a large sofa, a round wooden table, and two armchairs. The lovely marble bathroom holds a whirlpool bath with handle and flexible shower, toilet, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, welcome products, and tissues.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Inaugurated in 2004, the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort is a huge top-class complex with 19 buildings in pastel colours, with one or two floors accommodating no less than 2,064 bedrooms in its three hotels! The Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro accommodates 828 of them. You can see the size of the resort from the huge lobby. Every five minutes, a small train takes you across this large domain nestling in the heart of a vast tropical garden with a mangrove swamp for free. The hotel has four swimming-pools, of which two are exclusively reserved for the clientele in the suites. Open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, they have vast sun deck areas with parasols in palm leaves, deck chairs, and showers. Beach towels are supplied in situ for free. The main swimming-pool has a whirlpool bath in it, together with a waterside bar. It is prettily arranged with a wooden bridge. Various snacks can be had in the snack bar, such as delicious chocolate bananas. A large theatre with capacity for 600 people provides spectacles in the evening for the whole of the resort.
    The Bahia Spa has a relaxation area, ten huts for treatments and massages, a swimming-pool with a circuit, a cold water pool, power showers, a sauna and a Turkish bath.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    Under a large palapas roof of palm leaves, the main buffet with show cooking can accommodate 500 guests. Breakfast is served from 7.00 am to 10.30 am, lunch from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm, and dinner from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. To vary your pleasure, there are various restaurants on themes available: Japanese (with teppaniaky and sushi bar), gourmet, or seafood. These are a la carte restaurants on reservation that open in the evening only, from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. You will also find a snack-bar at the swimming-pool, another on the beach, and a third on the Pueblo, open 24h/24. Finally, you can quench your thirst at one of the complex's 8 bars.

    Beach 8.20 /10

    Arena Gorda beach is a wide strip of fine sand that is soft and white and bordered by coconut trees surrounded by blocks of stone. Transparent turquoise blue water at 28 C°, coconut trees acting as natural parasols; it is difficult not to be seduced by all this! Further away from the shore, you can see a rusted wreck on the coral reef, following the passage of a cyclone. It is said to be a pirate boat! You can play beach soccer and beach volley in the shade of the coconut trees. There are massage huts with palm leaf roofs on the beach, which also has deck chairs and showers. The water sports centre offers a considerable number of activities from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. An area has been marked out for bathers to avoid them getting mixed up in the water sports activities. The beach bar serves snacks during the day.

    To know

    The Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro is one of the three hotels of a huge resort on the very beautiful beach of Arena Gorda, which also includes the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana and Ambar Hotels. This resort, a member of the Gran Bahia Principe Spanish hotel chain, is a real village in itself, and has a main street, called El Pueblo. This vast area offers its own collection of souvenirs and services: billiards, discotheque, casino, medical centre, shops, karaoke bar, cash machine, Internet café and snack bar, open 24h/24. Every five minutes a small train serves the different points of the resort for free from 6.00 am to 3.00 am.
    Guests of the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro have access to the facilities of the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana.
    The Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro is the only resort in the Dominican Republic that is specially equipped to deal with the hurricanes with, for example, adapted shutters on the windows of each room.

    Accommodation Advice

    There are connecting rooms for families.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, mountain bike, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, canoe, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The superb beach of Arena Gorda.
    • The superb beach of Arena Gorda.
    • Access to all the resort's facilities.
    • The access to the facilities of the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana.
    • The superb beach of Arena Gorda.
    • The access to the facilities of the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana.
    • The spa.
    • The spa.
    • The spa.
    • Free Internet access for 15 minutes a day.

    disadvantages

    • The absence of Dominican life at Punta Cana.
    • The absence of Dominican life at Punta Cana.
    • The hugeness of the resort.
    • The absence of Dominican life at Punta Cana.
    • Access to the airport.
    • Access to the airport.
    • Access to the airport.
    • The hugeness of the resort.
    • The hugeness of the resort.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Christophe L. Christophe L.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2015 Posted on 2015-05-19 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        tres bel hotel repas excellent

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        situation et les repas

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        pour moi aucun incovenient

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
    • Helene B. Helene B.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2014-10-03 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Super hôtel ! Accueil très chaleureux, enceinte idyllique, endroit idéale pour se reposer et profiter en famille d'un fabuleux séjour !

      • Advantages

        Cadre idyllique, proche de la ville et de la plage

      • Disavantages

        La ville est assez vétuste et il faut savoir parler l'espagnol pour ne pas être embêter durant son séjour

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      • Overall Score 8.14/10
    • Helene B. Helene B.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2014-10-03 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Très bon séjour en famille !!

      • Advantages

        proche ville et plage

      • Disavantages

        Parler l'espagnol est conseillé pour ne pas être embêter

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      • Overall Score 8.57/10
    • Soisic R. Soisic R.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2014 Posted on 2014-07-13 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Excellent séjour. Immense complexe avec un splendide jardin. Eviter absolument les chambres sur la rue ou passe le petit train c'est très bruyant manque d'intimité. La plage est très belle mais il faut se lever tôt pour avoir une place agréable. idéal pour faire du bateau. Personnel très gentil et serviable. Complexe impeccablement entretenu. Seul bémol les repas vraiment moyens. La surprise excellents cocktails pour du tout-inclus.

      • Advantages

        Très bel endroit impeccablement entretenu. petit vent qui nous a permis de faire de la voile inclus dans le séjour tout les jours.

      • Disavantages

        Les repas sont vraiment médiocres.

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      • Overall Score 7.50/10
    • Serge G. Serge G.  
      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2013 Posted on 2014-07-12 Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Très bien. Mais je ne souhaiterais pas y résider en pleine saison. Restaurant à thème à améliorer !

      • Advantages

        Belle infrastructure où l'on peut rester sur place

      • Disavantages

        Loin des sites touristiques, temps de route long

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      • Overall Score 7.14/10
    • Benoit P. Benoit P.  
      10 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2014-02-14 Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        un des hôtels sympa de Punta Cana mais peut être avec un peu moins de charme que les deux autres où j'ai pu séjourner hôtel récent, belles piscine, plage agréable service trés correct mais quelques soucis avec les moustiques très/trop présents

      • Advantages

        infrastructures petit centre commercial sous forme de rue espagnole - sympa plage piscine

      • Disavantages

        pas le plus fourni en cocotiers vue depuis la plage d'un cargo échoué au loin

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      • Overall Score 8.57/10
    • Caroline A. Caroline A.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2013 Posted on 2014-02-13 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        bon hotel, bon rapport qualité prix. J'ai passé de très bonnes vacances

      • Advantages

        propreté, repas excellents, les employés très aimables

      • Disavantages

        les animations pour les jeunes

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      • Overall Score 6.86/10
    • Delphine P. Delphine P.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2014 Posted on 2014-01-19 Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Un hôtel de grand standing les pieds dans l'eau. Séjour au top

      • Advantages

        Propreté Gentillesse du personnel Beauté des jardins Belle Junior Suite

      • Disavantages

        Trop grand Difficulté pour avoir des transats a la plage ou a la piscine

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      • Overall Score 7.00/10
    • Karine B. Karine B.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in novembre 2013 Posted on 2013-11-25 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        très grand hôtel près de la plage. service impeccable. très bien entretenu. grand choix de buffets et divers restaurants.chambre très bien agencée vue sur les jardins luxuriants.

      • Advantages

        nombreuses piscines, grands choix de restauration et très belle plage.

      • Disavantages

        L?hôtel est un peu grand pour y faire des rencontres ou sympathiser avec le personnel.

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
      • Package deals in janvier 2012 Posted on 2013-11-23 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        hotel magnifique à refaire !!!!

      • Advantages

        tout est beau bon accueil temps magnifique

      • Disavantages

        un peu de vent passer trop vite

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      • Overall Score 8.75/10
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