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Hotel Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana Hotel 5 star
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Carr. El Macao - Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -
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The Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana 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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      Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.0 /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 Punta Cana are very spacious (463 sq ft), 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 Punta Cana accommodates 708 of them. You can see the size of the resort from the huge lobby, which is distinguished from the lobby of its neighbouring Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro by its large palm tree sculpture. 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.

    Spa

    The Bahia Spa consists of a relaxation zone, 20 treatment and massage cabins including two for couples, two heated swimming pools with an aquatic circuit, cascades and hyromassage jets, a cold water basin, sensation showers, a sauna and a steam bath, not forgetting the fruit juice bar, the hairdresser and the beauty salon.

    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 Punta Cana 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 Principe Bavaro 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 Punta Cana 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, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

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