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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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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
CLUB GOLDEN
Located in the villas. Living area, hydromassage tub, private reception, welcome cocktail, 4 dinners per week in specialty restaurants.
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
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
STANDARD
Other Amenities -
Kitchen
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

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:
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.
Orquidea - la carte restaurant where guests can enjoy experimental cuisine and modernist design.
Portofino Restaurant - la carte Restaurant with specialities of traditional Italian 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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Not bad
Daniella_t000, Toronto, Canada
Tue Feb 09 08:55:40 EST 2016
I stayed at Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo for a week from Jan. 24th-31st with a large group. My main objective was to relax, tan, sit by the pool, and have drinks, so with that being the goal, I really can't complain about my experience here. The grounds are pleasant with a lot of lush greenery and landscaping. As I'm not much of a beach girl, I spent most of my days lounging by the pool (there are 2). The main pool is attractive, a good size, and I never had trouble getting a couple lounge chairs for my best friend and I. The "relax" pool was smaller and more private - also nice, but a bit too quiet for my tastes. There are a number of bars all throughout the hotel, and a few near the main pool. At times, the drink service was painfully slow. I most definitely was not the only one out of my group of 20 who had an issue with this. It felt as if we were waiting 15 minutes just to get another round of drinks. Very frustrating. The quality/variety of drinks were usually pretty good, however the vodka sodas at times tasted strange, and the white wine was hit-or-miss. Also, they needed to switch up the music by the pools....I felt as if I heard the same songs over and over again all week. The food was generally pretty good. Both buffets had a good variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, however I felt the main buffet really wreaked. Because of the stench, I had breakfast and lunch at the smaller buffet by the beach. The view here was really great :) I tried 3 a la carte restaurants - the Brazilian, the Italian, and the Mediterranean. Overall I enjoyed each meal at the a la carte restaurants, however the steak at the Brazilian restaurant was a bit tough. The staff were hard working and friendly, however a number of male staff members really hit on my friend and I, which I thought was a bit much! My room was large and clean, however barely any of the lights worked and it was so dim I couldn't see anything. If I wanted any light, I needed to open the curtains, but my room was on the ground floor so when the curtains were open I had zero privacy. I didn't want the other guests to be peering into my room. (Not like I spent much time in my room anyway, but still.....that factor really bothered me). The beach was beautiful and clean - there are lots of lounge chairs available. Every night, they would shut down the lights at all the bars and lounge areas at 11 pm on the dot. I thought this was too aggressive - what if I wanted to sit outside and socialize for a little bit longer? I didn't come to the Dominican to sleep! All in all, did I have a great time? Yes! Endless food, drinks, sun, and good company really made my vacation. I don't know if I would go out of my way to return to this specific hotel, however. More>

Just back from our perfect Wedding at the el Portillo
Seka'sGirl, Pickering, Canada
Tue Feb 09 06:59:34 EST 2016
We went to the el Portillo from Jan 4th to Feb 7th and brought 27 other guests with us, travelling through Air Transat out of Toronto. 21 people were here for one week, 8 of us stayed for 2 weeks. Flight was uneventful coming down, we met our Air Transat rep with our paperwork and room numbers at the bus (one couples paperwork was missing) because of our number of people we got our own bus (woohoo!!). It took about 45 minutes to get to the resort and its a stunning drive through the mountains. We arrived and met another AT rep. who gave us our room keys and towel cards, very fast check in as the whole group did the Royal Golden package. off to our room with the porters who are really sweet, the people who were there for one week were all in building 27 (new building, really nice) and the 2 week people were in building 8 (older building, kind of in the middle of everything) The weather was overcast when we arrived and it rained off and on for the first day and a half and boy did it pour at times. BUFFET WAS AMAZING, seriously anyone who complains about the food...seriously??? The salad bar was out of this world, kind of funny though because the lettuces were at the end so the toppings were always under your lettuce, so fresh, crisp and cold. The pasta bar was always popular (I don't eat pasta but the group really enjoyed the choices) I loved the grill, the chicken and fish were always yummy. Lots of nachos and toppings. Tons of other choices, one guest was a vegetarian and said this was the best resort she had been to food wise. We did all the a la cartes, all of them were nice, we had good meals everywhere. The wedding was in the Jan 29th at around 5 pm and was perfect, the reception was at the Rodizo (Brazillian) and the service was exceptional and dinner was fun and enteraining. I asked for a coconut wedding and it was stunning and so yummy, we brought a cake topper and they used it on top of the cake no problem again the cake was given rave reviews. Saturday morning we were to receive a honeymoon breckfast but it didn't come, we got up and went to the buffet and met the crew, we preferred breckfast in the snack bar, quieter and the ocean was stunning. Delcia organized the breckfast again for monday morning as we wanted to have breckfast with the guests who were leaving on sunday. They left at 11:30 am on the bus for a 3:20 flight and unfortunately the plane had issues and they didn't end up leaving until the next day at 5:45 pm, nothing to do with the resort but Air Transat could have been much better with the info they were receiving the 2nd day as everyone was getting different info and the AT website said the plane has already left. I received frantic texts asking to send a Air Transat rep from the resort as they had been dropped off and the reps left so they didn't have anyone there to ask, not cool Air Transat!!! Anyway thats my rant, the plane part came via Montreal, to Punta Cana then to Samana and the plane was fixed and they left at 5:45 monday night and arrived safe and sound in Toronto. Then the Honeymoon begain and we could relax, did the buffet a few nights and a la cartes for dinner. I enjoyed walking the beach everyday and feeding all the amazing beach dogs, so sweet and friendly. There were a few I would have loved to bring home, so cute!!! Special mention to Carolina (beach bar) total sweetheart and always smiling. Vanessa (buffet server) I was always saying "Yum yum" for all the fruits and she was always smiling and laughing. and Dayhana (lobby bar) always smiling and interacting with us, beautiful girl. The wedding pictures turned of really well, thanks to the photographer who was very professional and friendly. The resort is one of the cleanest I have ever been to there is always someone cleaning, washing, painting something, they work so hard, the grounds keepers were everywhere. All and all we had an amazing wedding and trip, loved this place and would recommend it to anyone!! One thing maybe, please put bigger signs up to show the Adult pool, it was so nice to go to a quiet place at the end of the afternoon and some days there were screaming kids in there that it was like no one policed... More>

Like paradise
Pierre V, Rosemere, Canada
Mon Feb 08 11:30:46 EST 2016
What a wonderful place. People were so nice with us and always smiling. Nothing had to say about the room it was always clean. So far the Buffet was the best for me so far. The restaurants à la carte were also very good. In the morning we were walking on the beach from the hôtel to downtown it was about 6 kilometers both ways. Very Nice place I would recommend it to anybody. More>

On the count down!
Connie S,
Mon Feb 08 05:36:34 EST 2016
I feel bad for my delinquent review of this amazing resort! We are booked and counting the days to return to the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo.Happiness revisited! Exactly the same place with the same people! I have been reading the reviews and opinions of some of the other vacationers and I find it difficult to believe we experienced the same resort. I am compelled to write my review for this reason. My husband and I had never travelled to a tropical destination, so needless to say we were both excited and apprehensive and more than a little agog on our arrival! It was truly paradise! The resort was pristine...always! Our hotel rooms were "Royal Rooms" with marble floors, an oversized king bed, a stocked fridge (daily), house coats and slippers and a welcome fruit basket personally delivered on our first night in the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo. The beach was clean and beautiful. The bathrooms were impeccable with an attend present at all times. The bars were staffed with the most beautiful young people who were always smiling, always happy and ready to be of service! Oh the food!! We did not miss a meal and why would we, the food was incredible and oh so memorable! We are still talking about the meals we shared during that fabulous holiday at the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo The people at this resort work long hours...they work hard and still they are happy and ready to help make your vacation the best experience ever...and they succeed beautifully. Going home was bitter sweet after our vacation in 2015...as they say, there is no place like home...but without a doubt we all left our "hearts in the DR that year. In 10 days we will be back and we are so excited to walk up to the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo lobby and say we are home again...at least for 14 days this time! More>

best vacation ever!!
Tammy H, London, Canada
Mon Feb 08 04:17:35 EST 2016
There was a group of 9 of us from Jan 31-Feb 7......and no one has a bad thing to say about this place. Staff is all super friendly, rooms were clean, beach was amazing (we never had a problem getting chairs) food was good, drinks were always tasty....great place to vacation!! We all hope to go back some day:) More>



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