Grand Bahia Principe La Romana (Dominican Republic)
- A family-friendly all-inclusive resort near La Romana
- Large pool and swim-up bar that overlooks the beach
- Beautiful sunset views for pre-dinner drinks
- This smaller property is peaceful and uncrowded
- Main lobby has a bar and theater for evening entertainment
- Spacious rooms have sofa beds for families
- Marble bathrooms with deep tubs and multi-head showers
- Higher-level Club Golden rooms have additional amenities
- Water is murky, and not as nice as in Punta Cana (though there are fewer crowds)
- Room decor is pretty basic (not unexpected given the low prices)
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Families and couples looking for a more relaxed pace
Located on a near-empty stretch of highway between San Pedro and La Romana, this resort trades in raucous late-night discos for a more relaxed setting. With more than 400 rooms, this is actually one of the smaller Bahia Principe properties. Some guests are disappointed by the less-impressive entertainment, limited amenities, and calm bay water. But the small size does have its advantages - it’s quieter. Romantics will probably like the low-lit dock at night, which can be reserved for private dinners.
It's not all quiet, though. The animation team makes frequent visits to the pool and beach areas, and there is evening entertainment for those interested. Otherwise guests can simply stay horizontal on the beach lounge chairs, palapas, and hammocks. Though there are a few choices for evening bars, the place as a whole quiets down after 11 p.m. –- even the disco and casino, which don't get much of a scene despite staying open later. That’s because most of the guests are more mature. Young partiers looking for action are better suited for Punta Cana.
Peaceful surroundings, though it may require an expensive taxi ride
Though the resort titles itself as La Romana, the massive entrance is actually past La Romana on the highway towards San Pedro -– an expensive 50-minute taxi ride from either the Las Americans International Airport in Santo Domingo or La Romana International Airport (Punta Cana is even more expensive). There is not much to see around the resort entrance - not even neighboring resorts - so it’s best suited for guests who want to stay put and relax on the property. Excursions are available for scuba diving and visiting the Cave of Miracles. Some excellent courses, such as Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo, are within an hour's drive.
The beach here is not along the sea or ocean, but along a bay, and the water is different than what people will find in Punta Cana resorts. The calm waves have some algae, but it is still swimmable and the resort keeps the beach spic and span.
Basic but clean rooms have canopies and older furnishings
This low-key resort has 400-plus rooms spread out among two-story buildings...
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