Grand Bahia Dominican Republic Punta Cana

Cons

  • A resort for the masses; do not expect intimacy
  • Generic brand liquor and drinks tend to be weak
  • Most rooms require a walk or shuttle ride to get to the beach
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby has limitations
  • Spotty service overall and non-Spanish speakers may struggle
  • Lines at buffets can be lengthy

Bottom Line

The Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana is mid-range, family-friendly all-inclusive with more affordable prices than three of the four other resorts in the massive Bahia complex. This section has 756 rooms in two categories: Junior Suite or the upgraded Club Golden level (which offers a few extras, such as closer proximity to the beach). The beach requires a walk or shuttle from most rooms, but it's easier to get a lounge chair here than at the pool, where chairs tend to get snatched during sunrise. Rooms are basic, clean, and spacious with pull-out sofas for families, but there's a pesky charge to use the in-room safe. It's a crowded, large-scale resort with lots of features and lots of bar and restaurants options.

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All-Inclusive, Beachfront, Kid-Friendly, Party, Resort

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All-inclusive resort for the masses

The Punta Cana section of the massive Bahia resort complex begins at one of two large lobby areas closer to the main entrance, which helps make arrival easier than other areas of the resort complex. It's best to have the exact name of the resort written down to avoid arrival confusion. This is one of the biggest resort complexes in the Dominican Republic - expect to get lost in the first few days. The rather confusing hierarchy doesn't make it easier; guests of every section have a different color of wrist band, which allows different levels of access throughout the complex, though the guests themselves may not have a deep understanding of where they are allowed and where they aren't.

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