Hotel Grand Bahia Principe San Juan Hotel 5 star
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Carretera Gaspar Hernndez Km. 18 San Juan, Dominican Republic
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Located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the Bahia Principe San Juan hotel is on the edge of an immense beach - 2 miles long, one of the most beautiful spots in the north of the island. A giant complex that is convenient for all those who are fond of XXL clubs. Fortunately, the size of this hotel does not alter the quality of the services. The variety and quality of the food, the fitness centre, the organised activities and entertainment as well as the sports equipment of all kinds ensure a successful stay for the entire family.

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

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    Location 6.75 /10

    Located 6 miles west of Rio San Juan, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the Bahia Principe San Juan is located 45 miles east of the international airport in Puerta Plata. Expect about 60 minutes for transfers.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    Out of the 941 rooms of the complex, 254 offer a view of the ocean. They are housed in several orange buildings. All rooms, decorated in the local style, offer air conditioning with a ceiling fan, telephone, a clock radio, a safe ($ 25 a week), cable television (78 channels), a stocked fridge (two beers, a bottle of water and two sodas) and two queen size beds. A large closet with hangers and a umbrella is useful for storage. The large bathroom includes a bathtub with a flexible shower, personal skin care products and a hair dryer. The rooms all have a balcony or a terrace and offer a nice view of the gardens of the hotel. They are pleasantly decorated with beautiful naive paintings.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Built in 1995 and renovated in December 2006, the Bahia Principe San Juan really looks like a city in the city! It is accessible by way of a long shopping avenue, El Pueblo, lined with colourful Victorian façades. Indeed, a mini shopping and leisure centre that resembles a Dominican village has been installed in the complex. It has several bars and restaurants, arcades, a hairdresser, a casino, a mini-market, a medical centre and several shops. After this long pathway, you come to the first building. You are at the reception. All around, scattered in a vast park with flowers and trees, dozens of bungalows house the hotel's 941 rooms. In addition, there are six restaurants, twelve bars, four swimming pools, 80 activity coordinators, a lot of sports equipment and a spa. The main swimming pool is huge, with an islet on which a palm tree is planted, a kid's pool (25 inches deep) and a bar immersed in the water. The other swimming pools are smaller and quieter. Two swimming pools have a cold-water Jacuzzi and the last one is used for free diving. The hotel manages to meet the needs of the customers staying at the Bahia Principe, which in high season, far exceeds the threshold of a thousand occupants!

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    The main restaurant, La Brisa, has a vast dining hall under a large wooden roof, in a well ventilated area, that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Open on all sides onto the lush gardens, the room, ventilated and airy, has rattan furniture. Excellent and varied, the buffet is located in the middle of the room. It offers both local and international cuisine. Five other places for dining are at your disposal: a snack bar that is open 24/24 (La Casita Blanca) and four a la carte restaurants where you can enjoy Italian specialties (El Chiringuito restaurant), Mexican dishes on the beach (El Rincon mexicano), Mediterranean cuisine (La Orquidea) or seafood specialties (El Pescasor) in the village near the casino. At least a dozen bars, scattered here and there, will quench your thirst throughout the day and wherever you are!

    Beach 7.70 /10

    Comfortable, clean and well equipped, the vast beach of the Bahia Principe stretches for 2 miles along the Playa San Juan, one of the most beautiful spots in the north of the island. Unfortunately, the site has been marred by black artificial rocks that serve as a breakwater to lessen the effect of the waves. Deckchairs, towels (signed out with a card from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and pergola sunshades, with an integrated shelf (for your drinks or books) are provided free of charge to the hotel's guests. Toilets and showers are also part of the service. Although considerably long, the beach is rather narrow, leaving little room to place the deckchairs. Many bars have mushroomed along the dark brown sandy beach, which also hosts two beach volleyball courts, two massage huts, wooden benches, taps to wash your feet, a fitness centre and the ideally located "Bahia spa" plus an equestrian centre at the eastern end, and an old yellow bridge spanning a river that flows into the sea. Within the all-inclusive service, you can enjoy free non-motorised water activities for an hour a day. For extra payment, motorised activities are also provided by the sailing club "Scuba baribe."

    To know

    Given the size of this hotel (5,380,000 ft²), a small train service commutes every ten minutes to the heart of the complex. Horseback riding enthusiasts will be pleased to visit the equestrian centre directly on the beach. Just in front of it, the "Indiana plaza" brings together several coloured huts offering all kinds of souvenirs. Bodybuilders can contemplate the ocean while sweating on the modern machines, as for spa enthusiasts, they may opt to be pampered a bit to the sound of rolling waves or relaxing music and an iced tea, in one of the eight massage rooms, including one outdoors under a pergola. Between care procedures, you can relax in one of the panoramic Jacuzzis, filled either with cold or warm water (37°C). Located far from the rooms, the shopping street "El Pueblo" can be quite a fun in the evening, without disturbing other customers. Finally, for golf "aficionados", a shuttle provides free transfer to the golf course, Playa Grande, 10 minutes away. Designed by the famous American architect Robert Trent Jones, this 18-hole course is 370 acres and is located on the seaside.

    A lodging tip:

    given the size of the hotel, ask for the rooms located near the main swimming pool, where you can focus on the main bars, restaurants and theatre, while avoiding long walks. Buildings E and A, some 65 feet from the beach, offer a beautiful view onto the sea, while buildings D and H are farthest from the beach, some 490 feet away.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, stretching, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

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

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The wide choice of restaurants.
    • The spa and fitness centre overlooking the beach.
    • The three additional swimming pools.

    disadvantages

    • The huge size of the hotel.
    • The difficult access, 50 miles from the airport of Puerto Plata.

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in juin 2016 Posted on 2016-07-25 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel excentré,mais bcp d'animations. 3 belles piscines.Transats se situe à l'animation.Le W.E animé avec l'arrivée d'etudiants qui viennent faire la fête pendant plusieurs semaines.Très bonne ambiance de la part des animateurs de Kappa.Merci à Julien et à toute ton équipe(de la part de Daniel et Nicole).Nous vous avons beaucoup apprécie,de vrais copains.Je note 7/1O non pas pour l'animation,mais pour les spectacles en soirée.Trop tardif( 21h30) et un peu pauvre.

      • Advantages

        Beau resort 5°.Chambres calme2

      • Disavantages

        puces de sable,nombreuses piqures demangeaisons

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      • Overall Score 8.14/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in février 2016 Posted on 2016-02-29 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        grand parc très agréable, donne l'impression de tranquilité, nourriture variée et très corrcte, bon restaurant français et asiatique, italien à délaisser. Chambre refaite récemment et propre. Personnel très souriant et agréable. Pour la plage,les amateurs de sable blanc seront décus...l'eau est très propre (pavillon bleu) mais remuée parait sale. L'équipe Kappa est dynamique et propose une animation "autrement", différente des nombreux autres club précédemment fréquentés.

      • Advantages

        nourriture, animation

      • Disavantages

        plage sans sable blanc...

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      • Overall Score 8.43/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in août 2012 Posted on 2014-09-20 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        On y mange bien, les cocktails sont bons même si les dosages sont pas tout à fait les bons. La chambre est climatisée, elle est propre.Le paysage est beau. L'hôtel est bien entretenu.

      • Advantages

        La mer est juste à côté, elle est suffisamment grande pour ne pas être les uns sur les autres. Le site est grand, on peut se promener tout en restant dans l'hôtel, le coin est tranquille.

      • Disavantages

        L'hôtel est un peu loin du centre mais l'on trouve tout de même des activités à côté. Manque d'activités manuelles.

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      • Overall Score 7.57/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2013-10-30 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel très accueillant. Agréable.

      • Advantages

        Très belle vue, très beaux paysages, hôtel moderne mais qui garde tout le charme du pays.

      • Disavantages

        Rien à redire, petit bémol peut être la situation et encore.

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      • Overall Score 8.75/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in mars 2011 Posted on 2012-04-01 Entre amis - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Globalement trés bonne prestation hoteliére, avec des buffets variés et une grande propreté...la plage est vierge puisque l'hotel est isolé.

      • Advantages

        animations en journée et en soirée non stop...avec une discothéque gratuite pour l'hotel à partir de 23h.grande piscine avec bar dans l'eau.

      • Disavantages

        loin du centre ville parceque isolé.rien aux alentours.pour les puristes la plage a des monticules en béton pour casser les vagues:pas extra

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      • Overall Score 7.29/10