My friend And I just stayed at the hotel for five days and overall I loved the experience. The hotel is very nicely situated and its very interesting that its built into the side of a cliff and you have to take a glass elevator to the beach. The staff is very friendly and accommodating and we did the all inclusive so the drinks and food were always flowing. The food in the main restaurant (the buffet) where you get almost all your meals if you choose to is only so so though so I highly recommend having at least one dinner at one of the finer restaurants on the premises. If you are there for less than 5 nights only one restaurant is included. If you do 5 it's 2 and if you do 7 it's 3. We were there only 4 nights so we only tried the Italian place and it was much better than the buffet.
The beach was beautiful and not too crowded at present but I don't know if it was because of the rain or the Geographic location but the water wasn't that gorgoeus azure blue like some other beaches in the Caribbean are. It was my first time in DR so I can't tell if all the beaches there are the same but on our way back to the airport in Santo Domingo I did see that beautiful clear blue water I was hoping for.
The real drawback to this hotel and Samana is that it is a 3 hour ride from the airport to the area. It's a pretty treacherous 2 lane road that can get pretty scary when scooters with sometimes 4 people on it jump out in front of you. And when Samana isn't really the unspoiled paradise that the New York Times said it was, I'm not completely sure it's worth it. Avoid it if you get car sick easily.
If you just want to sit on the beach and drink for super cheap I would recommend Samana and this hotel, but if your tastes are a bit more refined I would do more research than I did and go somewhere else in DR and pay more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services: Main pool with Jacuzzi surrounded by a sun terrace 3 beachside hydromassage tubs Loungers, sun umbrellas and towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Water activity centre WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) Wedding gazebo Buffet-style main restaurant and 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars, cocktail lounge, chill out zone, 1 snack bar Sports facilities: gym Pueblo Principe: Shopping and leisure mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars and disco. Rooms: 295 rooms including 4 types: Standard, Standard with Sea View, Superior Junior Suite and Club Golden Junior Suite. Junior Suites are larger than Standard rooms. Room facilities: King size bed or 2 full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, hair dryer and magnifying mirror. Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe (additional charge) Terrace WiFi (no additional charge) Junior Suite: sitting area, sofa-bed and ironing set Club Golden Junior Suites (See page 18 Club Golden, Club Hacienda) Children Bahia Scouts The hotel is perfect for families, offering a range of facilities tailored especially for children, including the following: Park Mini Club for children aged 4 to 12 Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Bus stop opposite the hotel Auditorium for corporate meetings Panoramic lifts Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, Expedia, TripOnline SA, HotelQuickly, Hotels.com, Agoda, Travelocity.ca, Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa Hotel
- Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa Samana