This was the first time in years that could take a break with the family and enjoy the best that life can provide. It took almost one month to choose the destination and the Hotel. After reading tones of reviews, the choice went to Punta Cana and to the GPB Esmeralda. Tripadvisor was the site that I used the most to build my decision, so here goes my review to help those who are looking for reliable information.
We flew from Lisbon to Punta Cana on Sunday 17th. We had some bad news about the weather before leaving Portugal that was confirmed at the arrival. It was raining a lot!
The trip to the hotel took about 30 minutes. We were invited to abandon the bus at the GBP Punta Cana Lobby and to take a small “shuttle” to the Esmeralda.
The check-in was very smooth, because we were the only family on the front desk. That’s when we realized that we arrived at a very quiet place. The personal at the reception was very nice and efficient. The reservations for the restaurants were ready (I did it by email during the week before) and we received useful information about the GBP complex and the night shows.
Our baggage was taken by the hotel personal and we were accompanied to our room
The room was large (about 40 square meters), very well equipped with large free safe, Minibar, coffee machine, air conditioning, king size bed for me and my wife and an extra bed for my son (he is 15 and he had any problem sleeping in that bed). The bathroom was also very large, with 2 sinks, Jacuzzi bath, shower, hair dryer, etc… Everything was absolutely clean and well decorated. (Please check the photos)
Just before dinner, we had time to take our first bath in the green-turquoise wonderful water of the sea. So warm! Unforgettable!
We had our first meal in the Esmeralda main restaurant – The Jazmin. The quantity and diversity of food is impressive! One of the chefs of the restaurant is always present to guarantee that everything works perfectly. The food was very fresh, tasty and very well presented. Some plates looked like real work of art. Because the food was so good and the ambiance so nice that we never tried another buffet in the GBP complex. All the personal was simply fantastic. Our thanks in particular to Luis and Paula that were always very kind, fun and always with a smile on their faces.
During the week ee had dinner at the following restaurants:
“Bella Itália”: Italian style restaurant in the Esmeralda Hotel. The food was good, with a buffet of starters and desserts and an A la Carte service for the main course.
“Maiko”: Japanese Restaurant in the GBP Bávaro Hotel. Different, but the food was not impressive.
“Garden Grill”: Grilled meat restaurant in the GBP Punta Cana Hotel. We didn’t like it very much. The food was just OK and the ambiance not so good.
“Le Gourmet”: French style restaurant in GBP Bávaro Hotel side. Very nice dishes and a very good ambiance.
The gardens of the Esmeralda are beautiful y maintained. The lobby and the main bar are in my opinion the most interesting areas of the hotel. Colonial style extremely clean and very well decorated.
The pool area is very nice and very clean also. The area, including the chairs around the pool, is completely disinfected every night by the maintenance team. (Please check the photos)
The beach of the Esmeralda has a part reserved for its hosts, but not in the first line. We never had any problem to find a free beach chair but the front of beach of the Esmeralda could be a little bit larger. Canoeing and Catamaran sailing are included in the hotel package. All other water activities must be paid.
As a global opinion about the Esmeralda, I think that it is a wonderful hotel for a reasonable price. Of course you can find a much cheaper hotel in Punta Cana, but if you want the guarantee to have nice vacations in the company of your mate or family in a quiet and beautiful hotel with first class service with very nice personal, always with a smile to make you happy, then the Esmeralda is an excellent choice. I would return to Esmeralda for sure!
- 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 (free of 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 (free of charge) 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