Samana

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo


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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.

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.

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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
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
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

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:
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.
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.
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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First Time to Samana
Leone G,
Wed Jun 21 16:04:59 EDT 2017
Overall, very good. Room clean, bed comfortable, food good. Main lobby bar very good. Very good value for your dollar. Nothing to really complain about so I won't nit pick. Liked the quiet area of Samana. It's your vacation. Make the best out of it.

Second Time Back
RitaBarb18205, Mississauga, Canada
Tue Jun 20 11:58:00 EDT 2017
Just visited the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo for the second year in a row and once again it was fabulous. We were there from June 12-19 and the weather was beautiful. A few rain showers on Sat and Sun but they only lasted 5 mins give or take. Having stayed there last year, we were very familiar with the hotel and grounds so we felt settled in right away. The food was still as good as last year and once again I would recommend the Brazilian restaurant, it is still the best! I would advise everyone to email the hotel and book your a la carte's before you arrive because they get booked up quickly. We met a couple from Thornhill (Irena and Costa) who had been there 4 times before. Lots of fun and laughs with them. We all agreed that this is definitely a place that you would be happy to visit again and again. A big thanks to Maricela Meier Mejia from Customer Service who made our stay wonderful. Also a shout out to Francis and Juliana who were two of our servers. They remembered us from last year as soon as they saw us and were so happy and excited we had come back. Also to Wandy our beach security guard, hugs and kisses. Fantastic week with lots of fun and laughs. Love you Samana we will be back.

Relaxing and Amazing Vacation!
Peach2815, Brampton, Canada
Tue Jun 20 06:55:49 EDT 2017
We vacationed the first week of June 2017 at the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo in Samana Dominican Republic. I have a few things I want to comment about... When we arrived at the Samana airport and there was a mad rush and it was chaotic. We had forms to fill out and to pay the $10 USD each person, but nobody was aware this was going to happen. The food was amazing, I'm a super picky eater and I had no complaints and we always found a buffet open whenever we got hungry. We tried all 4 à la carte restaurants, all were delicious. The cleanliness of the hotel was on point, every day we saw landscapers and cleaners making sure the property was pristine. The bathrooms were constantly maintained, food areas cleaned and replenished, glasses/cups taken away once empty or refilled... the list goes on. The beach, my favourite part of the entire vacation. The ocean was just so beautiful, warm and wave free and the beach was that white sand we hoped for! The only thing I wished I was told when reading these reviews, was to bring my own set of goggles and snorkel. We purchased our 1 set for $20 USD. We couldn't help it, the coral offered a spectacle of fish to see and explore! We were able to find shaded area very easily, but we did have to be on the beach before 9am to secure a front row spot with shade. Down side... I had not one complaint until…... the last day I went to go "repack" my luggage and found mouse droppings everywhere between my clothes and the bottom of the luggage. We were shocked because We didn't noticed this all week and it hadn't been anywhere else. I'm sure I didn't bring anything from home or from the airport... I realized I should have kept my luggage zipped closed every day but had kept it wide open. My husband on the other hand, didn't have this mouse problem because he kept his luggage zipped up every day. We were extremely grossed out and disgusted!

Excellent Resort,Bad Club Privilege membership sellers & trimmed service Air carrier with trimmed smile
Ajit B, Brossard, Canada
Mon Jun 19 07:29:03 EDT 2017
Our travel Air Canada Rouge package was booked by Voyage Bergeron which is a reliable travel agent. Our air carrier was Air Canada Rouge. This is a carrier with trimmed service, compacted space & only 2 toilets. A long line for using toilet facility was an usual scene through-out our trips.Also to be noted, at the P.E Trudeau air-port, one of the lady at the departure gate even trimmed her smile & common curtsy. I did not realize smile is costing much for Air Canada Rouge. Arriving at Samana, we were guided towards a bus. Air Canada representative was explaining about the resort & services, but it was not very comprehensible. Inside the bus, we were given check-in form to be filled up. We were also given room keys. This is the first time we experienced that waiting time for check-in at the resort was eliminated. At the arrival at the resort we were told to leave our luggages with the porters & hurry for supper as the buffet restaurant would be close at 10 p.m. After supper, we were given a taxi service to our rooms which were very near to the lobby. Buffet & à la carte restaurants are all 5 stars. Only things were missing fresh unpeeled fruits. Beech atmosphere, scenery and facilities are also 5 stars. It was Very easy to reserve spot for enjoying whole day at the beech. Swimming pool was crowded, but it was possible to use if we desired. People at the reception were the best smiling receptionists we have ever seen in any resorts. They were the best friendly people. However, the people who were involved with selling privilege club membership were like old car salesmen. We were introduced to one who was supposed to be a past resident of Quebec. This guy was the most arrogant, ill mannered person we have ever met in any resort. After one hour of his sales pitch, we asked him to inform about the cost & advantages. He answered in a rude way & told us it was too early for this. One of our member left the room due to his rudeness.It is a shame that this guy is an employee of the resort.

A truly memorable experience! Highly recommended location and hotel
omniafly, Oxford, United Kingdom
Sun Jun 18 01:28:29 EDT 2017
Rarely do I go to a Hotel and actually look forward to writing a review. This resort is simply stunning. The positives: * stunning beach * incredibly clean and well maintained (rooms, beach, pool and restaurants) * very friendly staff * lots of food and drink options. Pineapple literally flies off the serving plate! The negatives: * 3.5 hour transfer from the airport with Thomson * wifi only available in the lobby, or $80 dollars for the week for multiple devices * annoying privilege club sales reps lying to get you to do the 1 hour sales pitch * issue with flies at the Brazilian restaurant. Could be a seasonal issue! Our week flew past. We are really thinking about when we can return, so that really sums up our stay. We decided to take a risk with this resort, due to the transfer time from the airport, but I think its remoteness actually is a positive in the end. The Location really does feel like Paradise. The Beach is huge, incredibly well maintained and beautiful. Lots of sun beds and shade options, as well as excellent snorkelling opportunities. We saw some beautiful fish within 5m of the shore. The rest of the resort is well maintained with beautiful garden areas. Seeing a hummingbird visit a banana tree was a highlight for me. As for our room. We took the junior suite upgrade which was well worth it. Lovely large room, with great separate shower and bath as well as a huge bed and sofa area. It was spotless! And was kept that way all week. Could not fault the cleaning teams across the whole resort. They take a lot of pride in their resort. The buffet restaurant could be seen as a little repetitive if you didn't scratch the surface. However chefs will make up things from scratch, and there are lots of options to keep things interesting. The meat does seem a little cheap at points, but if you pick well, you can get some brilliant options. Spaghetti bolognese and fish finger sandwiches were a highlight for me. The fruit available is also a real treat, with an endless supply of beautiful fresh pineapple. Almost reason to return just for that. The other bookable restaurants were ok. The food was incredibly well displayed on the plate, and the staff were friendly and attentive, however they seemed to miss exactly what they were aiming for. A little more attention to detail on flavour is needed to bring out the cuisine options based on each country. Also why serve steak at a seafood restaurant? The staff are this resorts main asset. They all seem to work incredibly long hours and yet are very helpful and happy. All seem to regularly work 5 days straight with 12+ hour shifts. You can find some that struggle a little, but considering how many staff there are, you would expect a few to lack a little confidence. Restaurant and bar staff learnt what we liked and you could ask Jorge at the Pool Bar for "the regular" and he knew what we meant. Very impressive. So for the negatives. I do feel like free wifi across the resort should be as standard these days. It's what European guest expect. Charging $80 for a week for up to 3 devices was crazy. It was cheaper for us to use our Vodafone world travel option and use a hotspot on the iPhone £30 for the week! Speeds were quicker than the free wifi in the lobby. 0.3mb was what you got in the lobby. It's like going back to the mid 2000's! A real shame. The privilege club sales reps got hold of us on day 3! He told us to say we were together for 5 years, and all this other rubbish, and promised a free massage for both of us. This is only if you sit through the hour sales pitch. We didn't bother. I hate constantly being sold to while on holiday. I get enough of that at home. Thankfully we avoided them for the rest of the stay. And finally flies at the Brazilian restaurant. This has the most incredible position with a view over the sea. Make sure you go there during the day for the snack restaurant. The food is limited, but worth doing once just for the view. A real photo opportunity to make your friends at home jealous. Anyway back to the flies. The idea of the Brazilian theme is good. As with all the themed restaurants, they miss the mark a little. However the fly issue was off putting. Attracted by the lights, they were all over the tables. They need to buy a few fly lights to zap them and invest in other options to keep this issue under control. I should say, the negatives are really minor compared to the positives. I would have liked to give 4.5, but as I can't, I thought 5/5 was a truer reflection of our stay. Thank you for making our holiday so memorable, and all at an incredibly reasonable price! Excellent value for money. P.s don't miss the pineapple!



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