I hate to say this because everyone will discover our favorite resort but this was our second trip to Esmeralda and it was even better than last year.
First I want to address some of the negative comments in a few of the recent reviews.
Bugs etc. - We saw one small salamander on the beach. It was about 3 inches long and non threatening. No bugs in the room at all. Ever!! We were on the top floor so few crawling bugs could make it up the stairs. Last year our friends were on the ground floor and had no bugs in their room either. 2 mosquitoes forced us off the balcony one evening. (At home in the summer we see thousands of the critters.) We were bitten a few times while sitting on the beach. Since we didn’t see anything, we assume that it was “no-seeums” or I think they might be called sand flees.
Saving seats – I’m sure this goes on everywhere and I saw no effort by the staff to stop it. I am an early riser and I would go out on the balcony at around 7:30 to drink my coffee. By that time most of the seats in the shade around the pool were already saved with towels.
Time Share – Last year we got a note asking us to pick our free gift at the desk. We figured it was a sales gimmick and we didn’t want to waste any of our precious week so we never picked it up. Once we were approached and chatted up by a salesman in the lobby but were saved when our dinner companions arrived.
This year there was no offer of a free gift and we were never approached by a salesperson. We did see some tours going on but not as many as last year.
Personally, we found that waiters at the a la carte restaurants seem to be subdued and very formal. If that’s what you like, that’s great, but we preferred the buffet. We found the waiters much friendlier and the atmosphere more relaxed. In fact, we loved the buffet so much that we cancelled two of our dinner reservations. The buffet always had a wide variety of foods from authentic Dominican to roast beef and turkey. If you like fish, you won’t be disappointed. The stone bass was amazing. On some nights sushi was available. Other nights had lobster and caviar.
There are so many other things we love about this resort. It is very quiet which is a plus for us. The beach is great and the adult pool is a nice addition. The staff were all friendly and helpful. There is even a waiter on the beach this year to get drinks for you. I could go on and on.
We are already looking forward to going back again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 Pools Sun terrace 4 Jacuzzis Sun umbrellas and loungers Beach and pool towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, 1 padel tennis court (additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment amphitheatre 2 buffet restaurants 3 speciality restaurants 3 Bars 1 Snack- bar Wedding gazebo Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms, 570 Deluxe Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Air conditioning Ceiling fan Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Bathrobe and slippers VIP amenities Radio-alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Ironing set Pillow menu Umbrella 24 hour room service Minibar WiFi (additional charge) Children Bahia Scouts The hotel is perfect for families, offering a range of facilities tailored especially for children, including the following: Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 (at the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana) Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) Bahia Scouts Water park Fun Area and Adventure Park (additional charge) Teen's club (11 - 16 years) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda Hotel Punta Cana