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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 Bahía 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.
Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo is located thirty minutes from the new Samana Airport.
PO BOX 646 LAS TERRENAS
Barber / Beauty Salon
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
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.
Playa Grande Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones is 2 hours away.
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
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.
Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check-out: 12 p.m.
Total Rooms: 558
Year Opened: 2006
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.
Spacious rooms equipped with luxurious amenities. 2 full size beds or 1 king bed. Hydromassage tub and shower.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Radio Alarm Clock
Located in the villas. Living area, hydromassage tub, private reception, welcome cocktail, 4 dinners per week in specialty restaurants.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Radio Alarm Clock
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 -
Balcony or Terrace
Radio Alarm Clock
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 -
Balcony or Terrace
Radio Alarm Clock
Spacious suites with lounge area, hydromassage tub, balcony, and VIP amenities.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Radio Alarm Clock
There is fee for use of the room safe.
Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo features 1 meal plan options:
There are 5 Restaurants at Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo:
Portofino Restaurant -
À 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.
El Pescador -
Air conditioned a la carte seafood restaurant. This is a non-smoking restaurant. Reservations required.
À la carte restaurant where guests can enjoy experimental cuisine and modernist design.
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.
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
Babysitting Fee: Fee required
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours
Beautiful resort with a great beach: gentle, clear water, plenty of chairs, lots of shady huts and good shade (if you want it) from trees. The resort is beautiful. Our room was fine: nothing fancy...
Beautiful resort with a great beach: gentle, clear water, plenty of chairs, lots of shady huts and good shade (if you want it) from trees. The resort is beautiful. Our room was fine: nothing fancy, but it was clean and roomy. This resort is quite far from Santo Domingo airport--3 hour drive. The closest airport is Samana, which from North America, you can only fly into it from Toronto or New York. The food is the real downside to this resort. While there is plenty of food and restaurants to choose from, it all is bland and overcooked. I was surprised we could not get fresh juice (they have juice with lots of sugar), vegetables and fish. I was looking forward to fresh fish, fruit and veggies and was sorely disappointed.
Second time at this hotel
Mon Jan 26 06:59:59 EST 2015
We've been at that hotel last year in April and decided to go back this month. Hotel was much busier than last year, some things worked slower but it was lovely to see some new things like new...
We've been at that hotel last year in April and decided to go back this month. Hotel was much busier than last year, some things worked slower but it was lovely to see some new things like new Rodrizio restaurant (really good!) with interesting concept of serving the food or new places around lobby bar and pool bar. Everybody are always kind, fun and smiley, love the animation team. They started to do plays and aerobico at the beach also in the afternoon which was pretty cool.
Beach bar works everytime a little bit slower that pool bar. Sorry, Mr. Excellente:))
Staff should be better in English, I really don't speak Spanish:))
I was quite dissapointed about seafood restaurant. Food was good but we rather be happy for nice concept with just grilled and fresh seafood. Food was so heavy! Main restaurant was a little bit busy in some hours. you need to wait for free table which seems kinda weird in 5 stars hotel. But last year was everything fine. Food in restaurant is amazing, lot of exotic fruits and vegetables, nice variations of food and cakes.
Still in love with the beach, hardly find another hotel with nice walks like these. Beach was always clean in the morning.
Room was always clean and well prepared. Sometimes a little bit later than other days, but nothing to complain.
I can higly recommend trip to Playa Rincon. It was so funny especially the way of transport in safari open truck. You will see a beautiful part of Samana and also eco farm where you should buy local products like natural coconut oil or honey from farmers. We were in love with playa Rincon and also had a wonderfull all day photoshot for good money.
So we are in love with the hotel. I will always want to go back.
Jay L, Grimsby, Canada
Sun Jan 25 22:47:36 EST 2015
Great resort with an awesome beach for walking, food was great and the staff awesome and friendly.....only two drawbacks were lack of beach chairs and the getting hassled in the lobby to go to an...
Great resort with an awesome beach for walking, food was great and the staff awesome and friendly.....only two drawbacks were lack of beach chairs and the getting hassled in the lobby to go to an information session to become bahia prestige club members ( we were told no money was involved to join that it was just a way to save money when booking a bahia by bypassing the travel agents...after a half hour of baloney they started talking about the cost) so if that sort of thing doesn't interest you just tell the guys pushing it in the lobby to buzz off and enjoy your day. as far as the lack of beach chairs , if you can't find any and you don't mind putting down your beach towel and laying on the sand just go 75m or so eastwards ( in front of the neighbouring beach club and face the mountains in the distance ...its like sitting on your own private beach .
if you do that you will be solicited to get a beach massage ...seriously consider it $25 to $ 30 for a hour long full massage looking out on the beach with the palm trees overhead is truly awesome.....las terranas is a town close by that you can get out to explore ....do some shopping and feel completely safe.......if you're looking for somewhere more laid back than Punta Cana....check this pace out
Biljana C, Toronto, Canada
Sun Jan 25 18:09:36 EST 2015
We travelled around Caribbean extensively from Bahamas to St. Maarten, Antigua and St. Lucia, and this was our second visit to Dominican Republic. Compared to Punta Cana, Samaná is much more laid...
We travelled around Caribbean extensively from Bahamas to St. Maarten, Antigua and St. Lucia, and this was our second visit to Dominican Republic. Compared to Punta Cana, Samaná is much more laid back and relaxed. The scenery reminds me of St. Lucia because of the mountains, lush tropical vegetation, rivers, waterfalls, and pristine beaches. We found people warm and friendly and felt safe wherever we went.
Samaná El Catey International Airport is small but modern and not very busy. Not very many flights land and takeoff at the same time, so it is way less crowded than Punta Cana. There is a nice modern duty free shop at the airport where you can purchase rum, coffee and souvenirs on your departure day. Transfer from the airport was about 45 minutes; the ride was scenic and local roads very good.
The resort itself is beautiful surrounded by lush tropical gardens with lovely interiors and exteriors. It is not too big or too small, and everything is accessible within a short walking distance. Our room was in Vila 24 near Pueblo Principe and children?s aqua park; however, it was very quiet and housekeeping service was consistently good. Hotel workers are simply wonderful, always smiling and willing to assist. They make this resort so warm and welcoming. My experience from Punta Cana was quite the opposite so I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff. If you encounter an issue during your stay e.g. something in your rooms is not working, or your room key malfunctions, don?t be upset with the staff; it is not their fault and they will do all in their power to assist you. I was surprised to learn that there are a lot of European guests in this hotel, particularly from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Menus in a la carte restaurant are available in all these languages, in addition to English, and many buffet dishes cater to travellers from Europe (e.g. Wiener schnitzel). Regarding entertainment, although there are regular nightly shows held in Pueblo Principe, almost every night we enjoyed relaxing live music near the lobby bar.
Food & Drinks
Food was excellent and buffet option was provided at Las Dalias restaurant near the main pool for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There were plenty of choices for everyone?s taste. The selection of fresh fruits was excellent, and our favourite passion fruit was plentiful; we ate so much of it on this trip. All four a la carte restaurants they were very good. We enjoyed the Seafood and French the most, and antipasto in the Italian restaurant was great. Drinks at all the bars including some of the cocktails were very good, not too sweet and quite strong. They know how to make excellent mojitos and caipirinhas; however, my favourite local drink was coco loco, simply yummy!
Playa El Portillo is one of the most pristine beaches we?ve seen. It is gorgeous palm forest with white sands, calm and clear waters and plenty of water sports and other activities. The beach is long and wonderful for those who enjoy walking; it is very scenic and picturesque with many unique photo-op opportunities. Unlike Punta Cana, there aren?t very many resorts along the shore, which we really liked. The beach is protected by the barrier reef making it calm and enjoyable in the swimming areas. Although there is quite a bit of reef and coral, there are nice sandy areas for swimming. Snorkelling is awesome so bring your mask and fins and enjoy the sights and marine life. Plenty of sunbeds are available and there is no need to wake up at the crack of dawn to get a spot. However, as early risers, we were there early each morning as we like to maximise our beach time while on vacation. The main pool at the resort is not too big and there is no swim-up bar. This was a complete non-issue for us as we are beach people. Locals selling souvenirs, massages and trinkets are very friendly, and are non-intrusive.
You can rent a taxi or motor chino to the town of Las Terrenas; or you can walk the beach to town which we did on one of our long walks. We went on a trip to the Los Haitises National Park (awesome!) across the Samaná Bay, and to Cayo Levantado, a little islet in the Bay with a beautiful public beach, park and restaurants. There?s so much more to see in Samaná compared to Punta Cana. We will be back one day to see and experience the rest of this wonderful part of Dominican Republic.
Overall, we had a great vacation in Samaná. We loved everything we saw and everyone we met. We enjoyed our stay at Grand Bahia Principe, El Portillo and highly recommend this hotel to our friends and everyone else interested in visiting Samaná.
Good family vacation
Richard C, Kingston, Canada
Sun Jan 25 14:37:49 EST 2015
Overall our experience was decent. This was our first stay at a Bahia Principe resort and we enjoyed the majority of our vacation. Just so you understand, we traveled as a group of 10 (4 children...
Overall our experience was decent. This was our first stay at a Bahia Principe resort and we enjoyed the majority of our vacation. Just so you understand, we traveled as a group of 10 (4 children under the age of 10 and 6 adults).
- We were in building 24 which is a newer building and is located right in front of the kids water park (for us this is was a good thing.) It's also right across from the main square where the shows usually took place at night. You'd think that would make it really loud, but when the doors are closed we didn't hear a thing. We emailed the resort and requested a third floor room and they obliged and kept our entire group together.
- The room was ultra clean every day and the fridge was well stocked. We really liked it. We slept well and so did the kids!
- Our toilet was clogged the first day but they were around within 15 minutes with a plunger and we never had any issues the rest of the week.
- The room didn't smell bad but the front of the building (by the stairs) sometimes smelled of sewage. There were some days when we didn't smell it at all and other days when I thought it was disgusting.
- The water in the bathroom is very high in mineral content (even tastes like salt). Don't swallow it, you'll be sorry! It didn't actually hurt any of us, but I never really got that clean feeling when I showered.
- Water pressure was great in the shower but sucked in the tub. Seriously, if you want a bath expect a 20-30 minute fill time.
- The food was great, we never felt that it was bland and no one in our group ever had any serious stomach issues as a result of bad food. Definitely recommend the Brazilian and Gourmet restaurants as well, they were outstanding. We have food allergies and I was really impressed with the care they demonstrated in ensuring that we were protected. The buffet was a hit with the kids especially! I was very happy with the way they always managed to seat all 10 of us together.
-Can't really say anything bad about the places to eat! Food was always good, places were always clean, and the service was always excellent.
- The beach is beautiful! The sand is soft and, because of the coral which acts as a break, the beach isn't really exposed to many waves.
- The beach chairs are in good shape. The same is true for the palapas.
- The locals selling their wares here really aren't pushy.
- The snorkeling was ok. Most of the reef is dead (I think) so the coral isn't colorful but there are still lots of fish to look at :)
- The coral is spread out a lot so you've got to be careful where you walk.
- There aren't enough loungers or palapas. If you want one get out there early (7ish) to reserve one.
- Clean and great service. Our kids especially liked spending time at the pool. There were a lot of kids (which didn't bother us.)
- If you're expecting a quiet vacation just to relax and not have any kids around then this isn't the place to be. Most of the kids were either at the water park of the pool, not many were at the beach. Keep in mind that not everyone has the same sort of value as you, my kids are generally well behaved, but they are kids. They know better than to throw tantrums in public but there were some kids here that didn't. Again, we were there with kids and it didn't bother us that much. Then there are those that, in my opinion, need to be taught manners (one little boy would piss in the sand because his grandmother wouldn't take him to the bathroom), that was NOT ok with me but no one said anything (not even the hotel staff that saw it happen multiple times.)
- Also, like the beach, there aren't enough chairs and if you'd like to reserve them you'll want to do that first thing in the morning.
This is where I think the resort needs some major work. There were way too many inside jokes and, because of the language barrier, it was hard to tell if they were at your expense or not. If my wife here's "oooohhhh boyyyy" one more time she may go postal. Activities were few and far between and it never really seemed like there was much action going on. This is definitely my opinion, I prefer more activities with on the spot prizes (instant gratification lol). It was strange because while they seem to be trying to cater to more families they just aren't quite there yet on the activities front.
- One of the best parts of the experience for us. Alessandra (spelling may be off) was outstanding and our kids loved every minute they spent with her.
Overall I'd say it was good, everyone had a good time and we never encountered an issues.
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Recommended for GroupsThis colonial-style hotel offers a fabulous sugary white sand beach and a variety of activities for families and adults. Take advantage of special event services, or relax in the Bahia Spa and comfortable accommodations. Enjoy the shops and entertainment at Pueblo Principe while Bahia Principe staff work to ensure your event is executed to perfection. Kids will love splashing in their own water park!
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