Puerto Plata

Grand Bahia Principe San Juan

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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*)

Set on a one-mile private beach that is sheltered by a coral reef, Grand Bahia Principe San Juan boasts a wide range of high-quality restaurants, relaxation in the spa, numerous facilities and personalized customer service. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation with mangrove swamps, guests will feel lost in nature.

For those wanting to enjoy the beautiful beach, there are numerous beach activities during the day including kayaking and snorkeling. Tennis, volleyball and aerobics are available to keep your heart pumping. The hotel offers small children a pool, a mini club for ages 4-12, and mini golf.

At night, the crowd goes wild at the Bahia Principe Village. The hotel has its own shopping and entertainment center, which is open 24-hours. It includes shops, a disco, a casino, shows, live music and more.

Note: Coupon system applies for dining: Stays of 3 nights receive one a la carte dinner, 4-6 nights receive two a la carte dinners, and 7 nights or more receive three a la carte dinners.

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

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Learn more about Puerto Plata.
This hotel is located at km 18 on the Gaspar Hernández-Río San Juan road, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, 70 km from Puerto Plata airport (60-minute transfer) and a comfortable distance from towns such as Cabarete, Sosúa and Puerto Plata.

Local Phone: 809-226-1590
Fax: 809-226-1991
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (Pueblo Principe)
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
There are large lake-type pools (with children's sections, and one where activities are organized), with a large sundeck, sunshades, sunbeds and towel service
Golf Club Playa Grande - 10 minutes away Golf Packages are only for Guests booking direct at/through the Hotel.Proper golf attire required.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., this 370 acre, 18-hole Par 72 course features 10holes stretched along the sea cliffs, overlooking the bay. Proper attire is required.Transfers to Golf Club Playa Grande are complimentary, hours are 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: Included
Club Rental Fees: $
Caddy: Mandatory ($)
Number of Courts: 4
Outdoor Courts: 4
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Other Sports: Volleyball, soccer.
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Facials: Additional Charge
The Bahia Principe consists of beachfront low rise villas surrounded by coconut palms. It covers an area of over 500,000 m2 surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, with 940 air-conditioned rooms. The rooms are between 20 and 150 meters away from the beach Complimentary transfers to the Golf Club Playa Grande. Pueblo Principe, a Dominican-style village, has a life all its own offering restaurants and bars, shopping, plus a disco and a casino. Beach: The resort stands on a private 5-km-long stretch of pristine Caribbean beachfront sheltered by a coral reef. Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 508
Year Opened: 1995 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
Springbreak policy: Must be 18yrs and have a credit card in case of damages. There is fee for use of the room safe. As of 01/01/18 arrivals, all Grand Principe Hotels & Resorts will include free use of in-room safety deposit boxes for all of their guests.
Located in villas close to the beach. Enjoy a private reception with a welcome cocktail. Room includes 2 twin size beds or 1 king. Enjoy 4 dinners per week in a specialty restaurant.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Available
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
2 twin beds or 1 king bed. Smoking or non-smoking. Terrace or balcony.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Grand Bahia Principe San Juan features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Burger restaurant is included. Three dinners per week in the a la carte restaurants.
There are 6 Restaurants at Grand Bahia Principe San Juan:
Takara - A la carte Asian restaurant. Open for dinner.
Dolce Vita - Italian a la carte restaurant. Open for dinner.
Burger Principe - Buffet restaurant and bar open 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Brisa - The main buffet restaurant serving international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
El Pescador - A la carte restaurant. Reservations are required.
Casita Blanca - Beach buffet restaurant
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily organized activities for adults and children.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly Entertainment (different show every night), Night tennis.
The mini-club has fully qualified staff responsible for entertaining children with various recreational and interactive activities to ensure they enjoy their holiday ina healthy and safe way.
Applicable Ages: 4-12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Game Room
Teen Disco
For children, there are mini-shows and a mini-disco.

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 5221reviews
What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Worst trip we've taken
Jan 24 2018
My wife and I have been all over the world on different trips, this was easily our the worst one we've gone on. Both of us got sick (food poisoning, parasite, bug bite issue, something) a couple days into the trip and are still sick a week later. The food is, at best, awful. Completely unappealing visually and not much better once you taste it. After a couple days, we stuck to bread and water. I shudder to think about eating anything from the buffet again. If we stayed by the pool, we were constantly badgered by staff trying to get us to do some day trips or or one of their timeshare presentations. If we went to the beach, we were harassed by the local venders of the "shopping village" who wouldn't leave us alone, even if we told them we weren't interested. I eventually bought some stupid little statue just to have it in my possession so they'd leave us alone. The wifi there was terrible, so we were forced to buy their "premium" version for $80, which still didn't work very well. The waiters and staff in the buffet areas were about the only thing positive I can say about this trip. They were all very friendly and accomodating and quick to get things for you. Other than that, this trip couldn't have ended fast enough. We arrived late on Sunday afternoon, by Tuesday night we were looking up flights to come home early. I would tell everyone to steer very clear from this place.
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Fun in the sun
Jun 06 2017
From the moment walking in the lobby me and my husband was greeted with welcoming smiles. Check in was fast. The room was amazing and the food was delicious. We would recommend and planning on going back very soon
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Good Bad and Ugly
Mar 22 2017
I was not happy with what I received as a vacation for what I paid for. If you like to share a vacation with 700 to 900 High School students who are drunk obnoxious fowl language and total obnoxious behavior go to the Bahia in march I blame Apple Vacations for not making me aware of what to expect and if they say they did not know well shame on them this trip for the students was arranged by S-Trip they over sold and the hotel overbooked it made my vacation the vacation from hell the resort was just over run and no control by the hotel stall or thr S-trip group some were sent home for there behavior The banged on my door at 2:00 am because they were so drunk they could not find there rooms so Apple you better learn about what you are selling shame on you
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I won't go back!
Oct 27 2016
The hotel allows people to peddle their souvenirs on the beach. This is highly undesirable and annoying! Never again for me.
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Apr 28 2016
The staff and service were great! The only inconvenience was that wifi is not included in all areas of the hotel.
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Not perfect...
Apr 17 2016
Nice hotel, nice people, food just ok, excursions too far away, had an excursion cancelled to lack of enough people for bus ride. Total bummer, heard a lot of guests excursions cancelled due to this.
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nice resort poor room
Apr 05 2016
This is a 5 star resort with a 2 star room. Noisy AC and fridge. Room needs serious remodeling. Low water pressure, undrinkable water in the sink, tub had a 6 inch crack in the bottom of it. We booked the vacation not knowing that it was during holy week, which meant that all water sports were unavailable for the last 5 days of our vacation. Apple knew but failed to inform us of that before we booked the vacation or we would not have booked it for that time period. We did a couple of activities off site that required a 3 hour round trip bus ride to participate in. There was not any place to shop near by except for a couple of small stores on the resort grounds. Went to buy more sunscreen. $27 for a tube of sunscreen. The food was good and so was the service. The beach was beautiful although there were no waves as they have created an artificial reef that eliminates them. The reef is made up of a series of 30 foot partially submerged oblong membranes that really detracted from the scenic beauty of the ocean. Too bad. There was free internet service available for 1 hour each day but we had a lot of problems maintaining a connection. The staff tried to help with it but there were times that they couldn't figure out the problem.
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Mar 02 2014
Old TV with buggy screen, broken air conditioner...
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Apr 14 2013
beware of costantly slippery floors. It rains frequently and it makes the tile very slippery.They can't put signs everywhere,I feel once and it affected my trip.My husband almost feel and instead wrenched his back.
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Apr 04 2013
Couldn't be better
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Mar 15 2013
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Wonderful vacation
jonathan320, Russell, Canada
Wed May 09 14:05:34 EDT 2018
We travel to Gran Bahia Principe the last week of March and we had a wonderful vacation. The resort is old but well kept and very clean. Never saw washroom that clean in any resort. The food is fantastic, tried all the restaurants Ă  la carte and they were amazing. The main buffet has a great variety, never had the same thing since there was many choice. The restaurant at the beach was very convenient and had a decent choice, always had something on the grill also. The room are small but very clean. The only negative point is the water, it's not the typical south clear water but we still have a lot of fun in the water. The beach is not white sand but very large and clean. The kids had lot's of fun and you never need to reserve some chair. I would recommend that resort any time.

Wonderful, relaxed Resort with welcoming people
leburnrose, London, United Kingdom
Thu May 03 10:07:05 EDT 2018
Clean and well maintained resort with friendly staff. Concierge Service.and Privilige Club membership could be more seemlessly integrated. Also, no mention of Privilige Area and related areas/services on the map. We liked the welcome basket of fruit, but we didn't get the opportunity to enjoy it as it was removed by the chambermaid the next day. Also we would have liked more contact with our Concierge.

A week of two half’s
Georgia M, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Wed May 02 13:36:27 EDT 2018
This review is worth reading until the end this is the day by day experience of my holiday. Day 1-4 amazing 5-7 terrible Day 1- we arrived and where greeted with cocktails while we filled in our details and our bands got out on. The bell boys where very helpful they took us via golf cart to our room. Our room was 2233 it was second floor had a sea view. Perfect room. Hairdryer, coffee machine, very good air conditioning and a mini fridge which was restocked everyday. WiFi is only available in the lobby and is slow. You can pay for premium but I’m not sure in the cost of this. Day 2- great nights sleep in the huge bed! Large balcony’s and the tv had a few English/ American channels. Collected our rented towels which can be changed once a day. Relaxed around 1 of the 4 pools and joined in with the action packed day time activities. Animation team extremely good and always wanting you to join in. Grounds where very clean and the whole hotel was a little piece of paradise. Day 3- rented a kayak were warned previously that although included in the all inclusive you are penalised heavily for damages. We had no problem. Watched the night time entertainment it was an amazing acrobatic show however the area was extremely hot and cramped, this was the only night we watched the evening entertainment. Day 4- the food up until day 4 was fanatic in the main buffet. We had also tried the Asian and Italian à la carte which you can go once per week. Loads of tablets and plenty of food choice. Something for everyone. Day 5- more guests arrive the hotel went from approximately half capacity to full. You couldn’t get to the pool bar, the guests where loud and having parties all day. Unfortunately I did not feel the hotel took any action to calm these guests down, and there behaviour was certainly not appropriate for family’s with children. I felt intimidated walking around on my own being a young girl large groups of older men would constantly bother me by talking to me and whistling at me. Day 6- the other guests where staying to spoil my holiday. Obviously this is not entirely the hotels fault but there was not enough security. The buffet was full and the staff couldn’t keep up with the demand to get new food out. It was nearly impossible to find a table especially for evening meal and when we did, we often returned and the table had been cleared and other people were sitting at our table. Day 7- couldn’t stay around the main pool the parties other guests where having was far to loud. Went around the quieter pool which was significantly better however still other guests using speakers around the pool area which was meant to quiet. Tv stopped working apparently it was a problem throughout the hotel. Guest services amazing they could help with everything.

Beautiful scenery, Hotel in disrepair
derek h,
Sun Apr 29 15:13:13 EDT 2018
We recently stayed at this property for 1 week while attending a wedding there. The scenery and staff were great but the buck stopped there. The suite that we had was is disrepair...A/C didn't work, windows were broken, telephone didn't work, furniture in room was broken, drains were clogged, walls were cracked. We were told and read that the resort had been recently renovated ...we couldn't find where. The activities are not centralized and when we went to use activity equipment we found that many things were either missing or in disrepair...mini putt was tattered and needed to be resurfaced, 3 of 4 pool tables were broken and not usable. The beach is long and easily accessible. Due to the wave action, we couldn't use our snorkeling equipment that we had brought along as the ocean was too murky and dark-staff at the water sports desk told us we had to go out to the outer reef to snorkel/dive and was only accessible by boat - asked for $50 USD to take us out there for an hour. The food was average and the menu at the buffet was constant with a few different dishes nightly. Don't expect steak or lobster here...they did have thin beef steak and pork chops along with lots of chicken. We tried the Italian A La Carte during our stay and got up and left half way through the meal...family member was ill eating one dish and the food that my son ordered looked like they had run over to the buffet and grabbed a piece of overcooked chicken breast and cold french fries to give to him....definitely not fresh. The activities there were active during the daytime but there really wasn't anything for older kids and young teens as the resort advertised. There were evening shows for the younger kids and a show nightly for the adults along with live entertainment by the pool. If you are looking to do some dancing and have a drink, this is not the resort for you...the pools close at 6pm and the bars in he main complex close at 1030pm. If you want to dance and have a drink, then you must walk up to the night bar situated about a 5 min walk up the entrance road. The casino is there as well. Overall, we loved the heat and the scenery ....the issues that we had on a daily basis with the room and amenities really took the wind out of our sails given that we paid a considerable amount of money to come to this resort. Definitely not a 4 star per standards....The resort actually has a 5 star award hanging in the lobby from the DR Hotel board...I would not rate this hotel above a three at best. Do your research before booking here...we read a lot of reviews where people actually gave the resort big points but their reviews were ful of the same issues that we ran into with the resort....read the reviews carefully and see what body of the review contains before booking

Nice Holidays
PatsyC182166, Gatineau, Canada
Sun Apr 29 11:42:44 EDT 2018
We were there from April 6th to the 13th. We had an amazing week. The grounds are beautiful and clean. The food is decent. The a la Carte restaurants are very good especially the Asian. The beach is different due to the brown sand but it is very clearn and nice. Lots of space and chairs. Beautiful sunsets. I enjoy looking at palm trees and they are all over. One thing I didn't like was the tables at the buffet, they are not cleaned fast enough. It looks dirty, not too welcoming.

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