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Surrounded by spectacular nature and set on one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic, Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo is a charming colonial-style resort. This family-friendly resort looks out over a sugary white sand beach dotted with coconut trees, leading to the endless turquoise sea.

A perfect choice for families, the hotel organizes shows and activities that are perfect for kids. Children will find endless excitement at the Bahia Scouts Water Park and kids' club. Activities include everything from eco-adventures and exploration to mini-Olympics and beach activities. The resort also offers a mini-disco for children and babysitting service (fee) so parents can relax worry-free.

For a little relaxing getaway, adults can spend time in Baha Spa, savoring relaxing treatments, rejuvenating massages, and a variety of beauty services. For the more active, a wide array of beach activities are available, including windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, or a scuba diving lesson in the pool! Take it down a notch in the two sparkling pools and outdoor beachfront Jacuzzi. Once the sun sets, a variety of evening activities are available, including nightly shows and the Bachata discotheque!

Accommodations are comfortable and provide everything needed for a wonderful stay. For guests wanting a more luxurious stay, Junior Suite Club Golden rooms are located in the resorts beautiful villas and have a private reception, welcome cocktail, a living area with sofa bed, and a full bathroom with a hydro-massage tub.

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Honeymoon: Bottle of rum or domestic sparkling wine, fruit basket, and room upgrade (based on availability).

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HOTEL LOCATION
Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo is located thirty minutes from the new Samana Airport.
Address: PO BOX 646 LAS TERRENAS
SAMANA


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Local Phone: 809-240-6100
Fax: 809-240-6104
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Pools
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Outdoor pool with children's area. Jacuzzi with a large sunbathing terrace and gardens with beach umbrellas and recliners. Bahia Scouts Water Park available with full line of children activities including eco-adventures, exploration, mini-Olympics.
Golf: NEARBY
Playa Grande Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones is 2 hours away.
Holes: 18
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo features four restaurants, three bars (Lobby Bar, Pool Bar & Snack Bar), spa (fee), gym, tennis courts, kids' club, and kids' waterpark. Beach: Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check-out: 12 p.m.
Total Rooms: 558
Year Opened: 2006 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
All restaurants are non-smoking. Three dinners in a la carte restaurants per week of stay and previous reservation required. There is fee for use of the room safe.
ROOM TYPES
FAMILY MASTER SUITE
Special amenities pack upon arrival, welcome basket with sweets, welcome kit with t-shirt and cap, kids' bathrobe and slippers, standard adult minibar plus upgraded kids' minibar. Up to 8 guests.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE
Spacious suites with lounge area, hydromassage tub, balcony, and VIP amenities.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD
Equipped with luxurious amenities. 2 full size beds or 1 king bed. Hydromassage tub and shower. The maxiumum occupancy for this room is 3 guests - 2 adults and 1 child.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
FAMILY JUNIOR SUITE
Special amenities pack upon arrival, welcome basket with sweets, welcome kit with t-shirt and cap, kids' bathrobe and slippers, standard adult minibar plus 2 juices, 2 milkshakes, and 2 cartons of milk. Up to 4 guests.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite

OTHER INFO
There is fee for use of the room safe.
DINING
Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo features 1 meal plan options:
All Inclusive
There are 5 Restaurants at Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo:
El Pescador - Air conditioned a la carte seafood restaurant. This is a non-smoking restaurant. Reservations required.
Orquidea - la carte restaurant where guests can enjoy experimental cuisine and modernist design.
Portofino Restaurant - la carte Restaurant with specialities of traditional Italian cuisine.
Las Dalias - Air conditioned buffet restaurant serving international cuisine.
Burger Principe - A la carte restaurant located in Pueblo Principe. Open from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
One free hour: Windsurf, Catamaran, Kayaks, Boogie Boards, Snorkeling, kids' waterpark, kids' entertainment zone, bicycles. New chill out relaxation area on the beach, to enjoy the sun and the fantastic views of the magnificent Portillo beach with t
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
International entertainment program for adults and children. Live music and a large variety of shows.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Bahia Scouts Waterpark. Children's Bahia Scouts program includes children's pool, Mini Club with daytime activities, evening mini-disco and babysitting service (additional charge).
Applicable Ages: 3-11

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Teen Disco
Children's Pool

Babysitting Fee: Fee required
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

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Love Samana...Love Bahia!
jellybean92, Waterloo, Canada
Thu Apr 28 08:07:56 EDT 2016
We travelled here April 12 to 19th/16. Wow...loved every minute of it! WestJet flight was awesome...Samana airport...small and quick to get through...40 minute bus ride to resort...great way to see the area...beautiful views...welcome drink waiting the minute we got off the bus along with staff singing and dancing to the Bahia theme song. We were in building 6 top floor (2 storeys)...close to lobby, beach and all amenities...everything about the room was great...beautiful views of the lush green gardens from our balcony, the entire resort is beautiful...palms, vegetation, flowers!! The beach...OMG...where do I start...goes on for miles in both directions...without another resort in site...this beach is literally private and all yours to enjoy...we walked it everyday ... a couple times each day...the ocean is very calm always...great for swimming and areas of coral reef too...we took our own snorkel equipment (but you can rent it) ... many different tropical fish to see among other sea life which were spotted by other people we met. The food ... so awesome...there is a main buffet but there is also a smaller version breakfast and lunch buffet in the building right on the beach ... which we went to almost always ... can't beat having an ocean view while eating ... this buffet on the beach is also the Brazilian a la carte at night...which we did... highly recommend it...never had anything like this meal before ever...you literally sit down and have this little card on your table that you turn over ...the waiters then come over with skewers of different spiced meats throughout the night and shave it off onto your plates ... so fresh and tender ... then you turn the card over when you are done ...this food will keep coming otherwise...at the end ...even pineapple on a skewer covered in cinnamon came to us...heaven...plus appetizers, rice, and other desserts...amazing experience! We did one other a la carte...Italian...so good..the Margarita Pizza was so delicious and that was just an appetizer on the menu. There is 2 other a la cartes but we didn't go. All the staff are very nice and funny! There is a main ... everything going on ... pool near the beach and a quiet pool which is closer to the entrance to the resort ... we only hung out at the main pool but the quiet pool area seemed nice and had its own bar there also. We went to the disco one night...it was busy the night we were there...fun!!! We saw some of the nightly entertainment...the circus night was really good!! We loved everything about this vacation...we would definitely repeat this exact trip.. right now that is what we are thinking we are going to do next vacay! More>

things have changed for the worst
joe g, Sayre, Pennsylvania
Wed Apr 27 11:06:05 EDT 2016
stayed at many Bahia principes. second time here and changed for the worst. was suppose to get rum,fruit basket, shirts for being a return customer and did not receive. was suppose to be all inclusive as normal but we could not have room service?? no robes and slippers in rooms as promised etc. they even said they ran out of toilet paper and gave us Kleenex instead. hotel full and only one bartender on duty at any given bar. also bars were out of stock on many items most of the time. asked our rep there about perks for returning but he did nothing about it even after he said he would take care of it. the room service thing was not a pleasure as felt a little ill one day but could not get anything. all the perks and all inclusives were listed on our trip material and the hotel ripped that page out when we checked in, not sure why. anyways this resort is going in the wrong direction so I am leary about staying at any of their resorts again which is a shame because I always had great times there and we travel with a large group usually between 16-20 people. heard they are under new management?? look elsewhere before you book. More>

Great Honeymoon, beautiful Resort....but had some issues
Nahanni G,
Tue Apr 26 11:24:54 EDT 2016
visited: April 17-April 24, 2016 This was our honeymoon, and we have never traveled, so we were very excited to go after seeing all of the wonderful reviews. When we first got there we were greeted kindly with a yummy fruit punch drink, and when we checked in we received a room upgrade closer to the beach and pool area, on ground level. Yet, When we checked into our room it smelled like sewage, we asked someone to come spray it but they didn't. We decided to ignore it as we thought maybe it was normal, and we aired it out best we could. After settling into the room, we took a walk around the beautiful and clean grounds, we were then accosted by a gentlemen who wanted to sell us a catamaran package, we were hesitant but we did purchase it, and we had a GREAT TIME. We decided not to go with our Air Canada rep, as we got a better deal with the other company. The next evening there was a storm and my husband woke up at 4am, and woke me up freaking out because our whole room had FLOODED! My suitcase was on the ground all all of my clothes got wet including my suitcase and some of our travel documents. I was not happy, someone came to clean it and it took him a whole hour to clean it up as there was so much water. We were so unhappy and they did nothing for us. We spoke to our Air Canada rep and he just said to speak to management, which we had already done. After that, we kept everything on top of tables etc. The rest of the vacation was great! The beach was amazing, but they do need to regulate the use of the beach chairs as a lot of them had towels on them and not in use. The food is good, we were worried at first about eating anything but it was fine. The A la cartes were really good, and had good service. We did have an issue however, in the main buffet we were seated in the very back room and we saw micro ants on the walls and on our table. We were seated elsewhere but the waiters did nothing to clean up the ants! Pretty gross.... One more tip, a few friends we had made had some things stolen from them in zones 20+ we were in villa 6...but we Always had our `DO Not Disturb` sign on the door so nobody would go into our room unannounced. We had no issues with stolen property and we always left something for the maid and family. All in all, we tried not to let all the "negative" stuff affect our honeymoon because we wanted a drama free vacation, but if i could go back I would've definitely complained more about our room and the flood we had, nobody else had flooding and we should've received something from them for it. More>

Wonderful Service, beautiful setting, lots of excursions and lovely beaches & town.
Tamra D,
Tue Apr 26 09:31:44 EDT 2016
The rooms are nice and clean, a little dated, but food is good, service is amazing - the people who work at the resort are wonderful. Enjoyed a few of the excursions - definitely the zip lining at Barts Ziplining was great! The town was charming and the beaches beautiful. Overall great trip - I've been to this resort twice. Would go again. More>

Nothing to complain about... seriously.
Trevor P, Montreal, Canada
Tue Apr 26 09:24:23 EDT 2016
I really and truly enjoyed our experience at this resort. I have been to many hotels and this by far surpassed all of our expectations. The grounds we're very well groomed, so was the beach, they had workers daily on call to come collect the seaweed that washed up. What was really awesome was that you could snorkel right off the beach, the corals were teaming with life, we must have seen dozens of different species. I had the privilege of seeing a sting ray.. Wow, how cool is that!? The food was awesome, I've read other reviews where people are complaining, I have none, the buffet offered so much variety and there was indoor and outdoor seating, which was nice. The A la Carte's we're all very good. We went to the Italian, the Brazilian and the Gourmet (French), all we're amazing. I wasn't afraid of eating anything at this resort, cause it all looked and tasted so good. They had 5 different kinds of breads, all the jams and spreads you could think of. Breakfast of champions... We got harassed a bit by vendors on the beach, but they were just trying to make a living, they had some nice stuff, a little expensive though, but good quality. Service from staff was always great, everyone is nice and wants to help. it helps if you speak a bit of Spanish, but if not no worries... We visited the town of Las Terrenas, it was cool to get out of the resort, and we all felt safe. I would highly recommend this resort to families and couples... More>



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