Samana

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo


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2018 Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon*: Bottle of wine and box of chocolates, bathrobes and slippers in room upon arrival, turndown service, 20% discount on couples spa massage, special room decoration, and surprise gift. (restrictions apply*)

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 at Bahia Principe Village!

Accommodations are comfortable and provide everything needed for a wonderful stay, from Junior Suites to Family Suites for up to eight guests.

*Proof of marriage required. Must be within 6 months of original wedding date.

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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
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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. 3 dinners in a la carte restaurants per week of stay, reservations required. There is fee for use of the room safe. As of 01/01/18 arrivals, all Grand Principe Hotels & Resorts iclude free use of in-room safety depositbox
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 SUPERIOR SUITE
Guestroom includes one king bed or two double bed, a fully-equipped bathroom with a hydromassage tub, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a stocked minibar, a sitting area with a sofa bed, and more.
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
JUNIOR SUITE
Guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, a fully-equipped bathroom, and a private balcony or terrace.
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:
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.
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.
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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Paradise! Favourite place
Wojtek K, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sun Sep 23 14:15:53 EDT 2018
We got there for two weeks of paradise. Great hotel with big, clean rooms. Beautiful nature and the best beach with white sand. Great food, very nice staff and top drink bar! Spectacular landscape, ocean and quiet part of island, not that touristic as the rest. We enjoyed beach voleyball, seafood, kayak trips through the coast, and coconuts straight from the tree;) dream vacations!

My stay at El Portillo!
rosiebmontreal, montreal
Mon Sep 17 20:04:20 EDT 2018
Just came back from 2 wk stay at El Portillo. Staff in general are very attentive to clientele. Great variety at the Buffet (even after 14 days). Loads of europeans & spanish guests from South America. Being from Canada, i felt like we were definitely the minority. When we arrived, we declined a room on the 1st floor, & were then given a room on the upper floor which i was very happy about. Lydia was very professional and promptly took care of us without any hassle. We had taken the Royal Golden Package (offered by Air Transat), but were disappointed. The HOTEL did not offer us the newer rooms/blocks & we did not know about the newer blocks till about almost halfway thru our stay. As Royal Golden, we were led to believe that we would have been offered the nicer & spacious" SUPERIOR JUNIOR SUITES", but it was not the case. I had a chance thru out my stay to visit the other rooms & was greatly disappointed when i compared my dingy/older room with the fresher, airy, 2 sink vanity rooms in the newer blocks. So please beware & make sure you get what you pay for. We also noticed that our shower was rarely cleaned. We found hair left over on the drain from day before, seaweed & little tiny pieces of soap that just went to prove that the shower was all but forgotten. Calcium & rust on the shower doors & handles. Please take note that once 11:30pm comes along, they shut off all the lights on you & close up lobby bar (which is the only place to get a drink before/after supper). They actually start putting away all the booze & locking it up in the back around 11:10pm, so that it's "LIGHTS OUT" at exactly 11:30pm. That was a bummer for those who like to enjoy some late night cocktails outside on a beautiful summer night. The only place open after that was the Disco (11pm), but it was inside & full of loud spanish music...not the same vibe. They should at least allow drinks outside the disco at the Pueblo Village for those who still want to stay outside & enjoy a late night drink or play a bit more english tunes. The hotel is located right next to the mountains, so it gets cloudy quite often & there is more probability of torrential downpours. The locals said it was quite normal for the area. Everything was lush & green due to this. The balconies on the upper floors (2nd/3rd ) obstructed any type of view & stopped any nice breeze from entering the balcony or your room because they were cement blocks that you could not see over, if you were sitting on your balcony. The only rooms that actually had regular railings with which you actually got a view from balcony, were the standard rooms or the junior suites located on the ground floors. Staff in general spoke very basic english, which we were ok with as we always try to learn & speak their language (since we are in their country) but when staff working at Guest Services cannot understand "wake up call" after trying to explain for 10 minutes, then that should be something to look at. Animation did the best they could, but did not seem too comfortable mingling too much with english speaking guests as they seemed too much out of their comfort zone due to language barrier The beach is what you make of it. Yes, there are areas with lots of coral which is fun for snorkeling & looking at fish, but as soon as it got windy or cloudy you could not see the coral too well & there were a few times that i hit the coral accidently (little scrapes & bruises ) due to the current pushing me to the rocks. The 2 extremities (left & right) of the beach have less coral & can be better for swimming without worrying about rocks. Now on to the good parts of the trip: -Service in general, was impeccable ! (hardly a chance to sit down & they would already be attentive to your requests-regardless of tipping) -Pool/Beach bar service was quick, polite & very efficient -Self serve coffee machine at the lobby as well as self serve water, & slush at the pool & beach bars (great idea!) - No need to rush to the beach in the morning for huts -loads of trees a bit further back, but it did the job -Beach was well maintained-sun loungers were in great shape! -Ate in all 4 a la cartes....each one had something different to offer & greatly enjoyed the food as well as the service ! -Service at the Buffet was also good, with loads of variety! -Clean Hotel -Always an ample supply of beach towels In conclusion: i enjoyed el portillo & would have no problem recommending it. It depends on what you are looking for in a vacation. It is not a party central hotel...It is loaded with families & kids, but it was a very well run establishment! Kudos to management & staff for doing a great job! Important Note: Please bring your best ANTI-SLIP sandals/flip-flops, as there is marble practically everywhere (around pools, around beach, lobby area) and when it rains it can be very dangerous... Happy Travels!

Doesn't cater for English
AndreaB4513,
Thu Sep 13 13:33:15 EDT 2018
Stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks from 29/08/18-12/09/18 as a couple with TUI from UK. Major downside is 3-4 hour transfer from airport at Puerto Plata as English flights not allowed to land at local airport. The drive can only be described as an interesting experience. Hotel itself is beautiful with grounds etc well kept, and pool and beach areas. 4 A la carte restaurants.. Brazilian - lovely beachside location and different dining experience with meat brought out on large skewers but accompaniments not on food warmers so go cold well before all meat served. French - best restaurant in our opinion.....food amazing and truly wonderfully romantic. You do have to dress up and men wear long trousers which is enforced. You are advised at time of booking and it adds to the experience. Italian - food OK but my hubby was looking forward to an authentic pizza but the pizza was not available on the night we visited. No explanation given and not advised until tried to order. Mediterranean - only free on one of the nights of our stay namely the final night...really looked forward to a relaxed final night but upon arrival found restaurant closed - no explanation and no prior notice from staff which was disappointing. Buffet food has large variety for all meals - bacon very overcooked for breakfast (especially for English). Alcohol is served freely but is difficult at meal times as long waits and less than 1/3 glass of wine poured and unable to even have bottle of house wine left on table....asked for full glasses due to wait for refill and waiter laughed at us and commented to another one across restaurant. You definitely need to book the a la carte restaurants upon your arrival at the resort to ensure availability. Entertainment had a good variety and the Michael Jackson show is fab but disappointing that all national flags of guests displayed at the end of this show EXCEPT British flag noticeably absent. Overall, we had a lovely relaxing holiday but the lack of other English holidaymakers noticeable and the transfer from the airport has put us off visiting this hotel again. Would reconsider if UK airlines fly to local airport to Samana.

Beautiful beach
Chris D, Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Wed Sep 12 17:57:01 EDT 2018
Nice hotel. A lot of Europeans. Food was 3.5 star. Beach was 5 star. Our room was a villa. Give it 4 stars. Best ala carte was the Pescado. This is a great place if you want to just unwind. Miles of pristine beach to use. The day trips are a pain as ypu need to get driven into Samana. Which is hilly and twisty.

Good hotel
1mik3, Toronto, Canada
Wed Sep 12 14:44:53 EDT 2018
We traveled with a big group of 11 people and there was always enough room for all of us at all the restaurants. The service was so-so. Scuba and the instructor were amazing, forgot his name. Hotel is pretty big so you have to walk far, but there are always golf carts that you can jump onto to get a ride to and from the lobby.



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