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*)

2019 Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon: Bottle of sparkling wine, box of chocolates, welcome card, surprise gift, special room decorations, turndown service, 20% discount on spa treatments, and late check-out (based on availability).

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 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
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. 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
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
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

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 - Ŕ 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 - Ŕ 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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Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
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BETZI D.
Nov 15 2017
I just do not know why we have to pay for a key to the safe box, when in puj that is free, that was a little annoyed.
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EUGENE L.
Dec 09 2015
almost nobody speaks English
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Nothing less than I expected!
KETURAH M.
Nov 03 2014
Myself and my partner were extremely pleased with the accomodations at this hotel and through Apple vacations. I would recommend to anyone who will listen and wants to have an enjoyable stay in Samana!
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Outstanding services; friendly staff
NAZREEN A.
Sep 02 2014
The staff go out of their way to ensure you are having a great time. We were a large group and we all had a great time. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. We felt relaxed and safe to walk around the grounds; when you feel like walking, there are shuttle to take you; the animation team is excellent in keeping guest involved in the activities.
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First Dominican Trip
BRIAN S.
Aug 27 2014
Great trip overall! Our Apple representative was wonderful with a great sense of humor! The customer service was excellent and I felt like I was in paradise. It was exactly what my new husband and I needed after our wedding.
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Fantastic beach and very nice resort
CAROL K.
Jan 29 2014
This is our second visit to the Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo and we will definitely return in the future. The resort guests are mostly Canadian and European and I think it is mostly due to the fact that it is a challenge for Americans to get to this resort. There are very few flights to Samana from the U.S., so we flew into Santo Domingo and then had transfers provided through Apple by Amstar. Amstar was excellent, but the ride is a good 2 hours from Santo Domingo to El Portillo. When you arrive, you will see how it is well worth the drive! we have been to the DR 11 times (Punta Cana, La Romana, Puerto Plata and Sosua and this is our favorite part of the island. It is just beautiful! The beach at the hotel and is miles long and the water is clear, calm and the snorkeling is great. The food is excellent, the service is very good and it is a very comfortable, pretty hotel. There is also a fantastic outdoor multi level patio area for dining. The weather was fantastic while we were there (January). We love this place and we will be back!
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Place to go for time out from stress
LOUIS S.
Jan 22 2014
Overall the week was very pleasant stay. Even my husband who has a little difficulty walking was very happy because everything was so convenient for us.The beach area was beatiful place to be because it had many lounges and huts in the shaded areas if you choose. The food was amazing with every day a great variaty to choose from with all the drinks you want to have. The service was always with a smile the only thing the waiters should see what is missing from the table without having to be asked ie spoon or glasses. One,only complaint was that the rooms that we were registered for jr suite was not available for two days. We had to make move and that was a little inconvenient for us. It was a hassle to get compassetad, a lot of paper work etc.i did not understand the reason that we did not have the room we paid for. The resort is very beautiful with nice plantation around us. We did have a good week and woul recommend it to our friends.
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IGOR S.
Nov 28 2013
By the rules of resort, staff can provide room early them check up time, but this part never was provide, cleaning service very bad, some day forgot add water, some day coffee, try turn on jacuzzi in the room - was very bad smal. Front desk staff never said sorry for inconvinient, but restaurant staff very nice, food is good. By my opinion resort just 3 starts. Any way it was good time, good weather, good beach.
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I didn't meet the representative from APPLE Vacations
GALINA L.
Jul 22 2013
I didn't meet the representative from APPLE Vacations
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The ups and downs of our vacation.
MARILYN D.
Apr 03 2013
The trip from the airport was horrendous. Long, scary, bumpy etc. then to be charged $5 to come back to the airport by taking the "new road" which took only 35 minutes is literally "highway robbery". We were 3 in the room (by no means a suite--just a big room) and housekeeping could not get it straight that we needed more than 2 towels daily. Safe I paid for needed to be fixed 3 times and then was finally replaced. Last night came back to flood in the room. Had to convince them that it couldn't wait until the morning and then they came and found it to be in the ceiling from the air conditioning. They did send someone to mop up. Tob shelf liquors promised. At first no Jack Daniels to be found then when they got it on Tuesday, four bartenders had to tell me that it wasn't included. I kept saying that I was willing to pay and it was finally resolved. Water aerobic instructors did everything in Spanish and one seemed bored to death with the less than a half hour class. Bought snorkeling trip at beach water sports. On the way back, the water was extremely rough. No one had life jackets on (as we did going out) and the boatman took delight in taking the waves head on (I owned a boat and know that this could have been avoided). We flew up high and then came down with a bang. My granddaughter had major major heart surgery two years and while she was cleared to do this, it was scary. My daughter has a bad back and was really shook up by it. I have a huge black and blue mark on the back of my thigh from where I was constantly smacked as I came down on the seat. Not to mentioned soaked by the waves crashing on board. We did speak to the boat renters and the young lady offered us a catamaran ride for free but due to the bad weather the last two days we couldn't do it. It is a beautiful spot but these "downers" were not fun.
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MIKHAIL M.
Mar 09 2013
We did not see your people in the hotel at all. We had to find out about everything ourselves, especially difficult was to find out time for the car back to the airport. This happened with us for the first time. We arrived at airport more than 3 hr before time.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Very good hotel and food. Bad service and beach... :(
Montreal_CanadaBob, Montreal, Canada
Tue Dec 11 14:09:39 EST 2018
First time in Dominican Republic, before traveling always to Cuba. If I compare food it'S 5 stars in this hotel, but restaurants are not open 24h. I was sad to not enjoy a beautiful sunrise without my coffee. at 5h30 - 6h everything was closed! Beach is grey color, I hate big waves, but it was like a lake without any movement of water at all... that sucked too... some corals to snorkeling but it's far from Cuban white sand beaches! Service bad... no matter hove many tip You give :( So don't waste money... Going back to Cuba next time for sure. I am not difficult person, but it was a little disappointing :( But food was good... 5 STARS! Nothing to say bad, even if I try hard ;) If you go to eat it's definitely the place!

Great resort, customer service could be better
Karina G, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tue Dec 11 09:14:58 EST 2018
My 78 year old mother and her friend were visiting this resort last week. I have booked premium suite. Two weeks prior to the arrival we called Sabrina, the manager, and explained that these are two older ladies that are coming for vacation. I asked to place them in the building 1, 3 or 5 so they can be closer to the beach to avoid long walks, because my mom has bad legs. Of course, I understand that there is no guarantee to be in the closest building, but at least I was hoping that they take in consideration their age and physical condition. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that my mom and her friend were put in building ...... 25. The farthest from everywhere building. Thank you Sabrina for your good heart. Thanks for taking care of older tourists. You are by far kindest person. The place was facing some utility building and it was stinky. It smelled like place where windows never opened. My mom’s friend made her way to the administration and complained. So, next morning they were moved to building 7, which was conveniently located in the middle of resort. Everything else was perfect. For those who is curious, Italian restaurant was the best. Brasília restaurant didn’t worth visit. Another note in terms of care about older people. My mom and her friend had a dinner at the French restaurant. Waiter asked what they would like to drink and offered a wine list without saying that wine on that list was not a part of the all inclusive deal and they were surprised to see $36usd charge at the check out. It is not a big amount, but this is just a scheme. You can’t take advantage of older people. That’s just not nice.

One of very best !
Morefun444, knowlton qc canada
Tue Dec 04 16:51:20 EST 2018
We stayed at this resort in mid October 2018. The resort is compact and so easy to find your way around. Everything is so clean - rooms, restaurants, grounds and beach. Spotless ! The beach is gorgeous and the ocean water warm and clear. There were plenty of beds for everyone both at the pool and on the beach. Our room, building 3, was spacious and perfectly located. But, in all honestly, all rooms are perfectly fine. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our days were filled with gracious greetings and smiles. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend this resort. It is delightful !

Wonderful Spot to Vacation
Kayla B, Canada
Tue Dec 04 09:08:24 EST 2018
This was our second time traveling here as we also travelled here the year before in January 2017. This resort is great for snorkelling! I found it great to walk along the beach as you didn't need to travel through other resorts which tends to make the beach a bit crowded. I alway felt safe walking along the beach. Jorge at the pool bar is amazing, although very over worked. One downfall of this resort is no swim up bar and most time only had one bar tender at the pool bar and ocean bar. The drive here is only about a half an hour and smooth roads but they are not too straight so take gravel accordingly if you get car sick/motion sickness easily. Rooms are clean and well maintained. This is definitely an 'up and coming' resort so if you can find a great deal - it is a wonderful place to travel to!

Great time!
onapro,
Mon Dec 03 20:02:08 EST 2018
Food was a buffet + 3 restaurants that you get to reserve 3 times. beach was beautiful, grounds were well kept and the pool was very nice and clear. I would recommend this resort. Staff was the friendliest for all the resorts I've been too. They have vendors on the beach that will come talk to you but they are extremely nice. We actually enjoyed having them around, they would come and hangout with us before they were going to leave for the day.



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