La Romana

Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville

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Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville, Don Pablo Collection is an adults-only resort located right on Santana Beach. Guests will receive exquisite service from staff that has been trained to meet guests' highest demands. The spa, pools, and fine restaurants promise guests the perfect opportunity for relaxation and luxury.

Feel the fine white sand between your toes along the 1,100 meters of beautiful beach. Enjoy the waves of Santana Beach by snorkeling, windsurfing, or kayaking, and then make sure to get a drink to cool off in the beach bay. To really relax, visit the spa for a massage facing the sea, a repairing facial after a day in the sun, or enjoy the hydrotherapy and relaxation zone.

Satisfy your appetite with unlimited dining at any of the fine restaurants. The Jazmin Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at an international buffet, featuring different dishes from around the world. Le Gourmet Restaurant features delicacies of avant-garde cuisine. Seafood lovers will enjoy El Pescador, while Il Capriccio offers all the Italian favorites.

The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. There's always something to do at night, with karaoke, live music and shows, and salsa dancing. For the liveliest guests, the night doesn't have to end there. The party continues in the Bachata discotheque until the early hours of the morning.

Enjoy access to the facilities, restaurants, and bars at Grand Bahia Principe La Romana (except main buffet).

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Extra Value: Apple Vacationers receive private check-in, VIP amenities, exclusive concierge service, and more.
Honeymoon: Bottle of rum or domestic sparkling wine, fruit basket, and room upgrade (based on availability).

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On a dreamy bay, with the exclusive services of the Luxury Bahia Principe brand - prestigious Grupo Piñeros top range- this hotel emerges as a bright star in one of the most iconic destinations of the world. Enjoy unlimited a la carte dining!

Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (Onsite in Pueblo Principe)
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Enjoy the large lake-style pool; surrounded by gardens and boasting three Jacuzzis.
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
Motorboats: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Jogging Trail: Complimentary
Squash: Additional Charge
Other Sports: Guests may also enjoy soccer, stretching, basketball, volleyball and badminton.
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
Enjoy unlimited a la carte dining and free, 24-hour Wifi throughout the resort (up to 2 devices). Beach: Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check-out: 12 p.m.
Total Rooms: 244
Year Opened: 2013 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, Discover, American Express
This hotel is an Adults Only property.
Spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. 24-hour room service and reception with butler service. Don Pablo Collection bathroom amenities. Pillow menu.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Fabulous views and exquisite services, including 24-hour room service. 2 full size beds or one king. Don Pablo Collection bathroom amenities.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe

Complimentary Wifi internet access throughout the resorts (24-hours, up to two devices).
Butler service, access to a private lounge with premium beverages, VIP amenities, a full bathroom with hydromassage tub and more!
Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 9 Restaurants at Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville:
El Pescador - Take advantage of quality seafood and fish, with a traditional twist in this a la carte restaurant. Please note, there is a dress code for dinner.
Takara - Asian a la carte restaurant. Open for dinner.
Il Capriccio - À la carte restaurant offering exquisite Italian cuisine, pasta and pizza. Please note, there is a dress code for dinner.
Jazmin - Buffet restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Le Gourmet - An a la carte restaurant where guests may sample avant-garde cuisine with modernist design. Please note, there is a dress code for dinner.
Burger Principe - Open 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Orquídea - Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet-style.
Los Corales - Beach restaurant garden grill. Smoking area.
Las Olas - Buffet and a la carte beach restaurant.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Throughout the day the resort offers many activities, sports and facilities. Relax in the Spa, enjoy an incredible beach, have fun in the pool or get out and about - enjoying the local area.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
By night take-in a show, and if you feel like dancing, Salsa, Merengue or Bachata under the stars. For the lively, the night doesn't end when the show is over. The party continues at Bachata Discotheque until 2:00 a.m.
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Ana Belen S,
Tue Nov 29 08:35:08 EST 2016
We stayed in this hotel for our destination wedding. Our wedding planner, Indira, was really good yet she is by herself and cannot handle many weddings at the same time. The service of the hotel is pretty miserable.. we had to call twice to get CLEAN TOWELS, and even SOAP! we requested an ocean view 8 months before the ceremony and surprise....... THERE WERE NO OCEAN ROOMS AVAILABLE! the first response of everybody in this hotel is NO, NO, NO.. then after you are really upset they try to help... WE HAD TO STAY IN A DOUBLE ROOM IN OUR WEDDING TRIP (PRETTY PATHETIC) On our wedding day, we ordered champagne 3 HOURS before the ceremony to make a toast and there were no glasses available a THURSDAY AFTERNOON in the 2 HOTELS so we left without our toast and WE MISSED THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE which you imagine for so long while preparing all the details of you special day................DISASTER!.. the next day we met with the general manager PATRIZIO and we lost 1 hr of our time trying to explain this terrible experience plus everything else (double bed room, no clean towels, no soap) he just said "thanks for letting me know I'll find out what happened"..... OF COURSE HE DID NOT GET BACK TO US. We figured if this is the manager's attitude, you certainly cannot expect more from the service of this hotel. Only some employees were very nice with our group, thanks Roselin, Indira, Egal, Joanna, Jahaira, Joaquin. We stayed last year in Bahia Principe Punta Cana and was good so we were expecting to have a great time here. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING IS THE BEACH! you cannot call this pond "a beach"... OMG SO BAD! PLEASE FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO STAY!

Richard V, Ottawa, Canada
Mon Nov 28 05:24:37 EST 2016
My wife and I and another couple have travelled extensively over the last 20 years and just love any of the Luxury Bahia Principe Don Pablo Collection resorts. We have been loyal customers at the Esmerelda and the Ambar in the Punta Cana area, so much so that we have visited this resort 3 times this year so far and over the years have made numerous friends. It's just like home. When the Bouganville opened as an Adult section, and after reading reviews on the Trip Advisor, we reluctantly decided to try for a change. We opted to choose to land in Punta Cana with Air Transat and get bussed to The hotel as this would give us a chance to see the country side. When we arrived at the hotel. we were greeted by smiling Anielby and Wendy who provided us with a towel and a welcoming drink . We then proceeded to quickly register and be escorted to our room. My friends has a small issue with their room, reported it to management and this matter was quickly resolved by the Assistant Manager herself, Maria Bonsenor. Our nightly supper reservations were professionally handled by Wendy and running Dany who is all over the place. ( You're going places Danny....Keep up the good work..) Breakfast every morning was served attentively by Emerlyn, Robert, Alexander, Raymon and Jasmin and cannot forget Carlos who cooked our eggs to perfection Can't forget the pool servant, Celeste wo made sure we would not dehydrate and Carlos who made sure we had a taste of their daily special drink. Lunch was great with Luis who made sure we had everything we needed.. Can.t forget Ricoberto our maid, made sure to acknowledge us everytime he saw us and attended all of our rooms needs including filling up the fridge with our favorite beverages. We all must say that we had excellent meals at all restaurant throughout our 7 day stay and that the service was first class all the way.... This Hotel is contagious as all employees, even the gardeners acknowledge your presence, smile and greet you...... and make you feel special. The grounds and the hotel is spotless, the beach is not like in Punta Cana, the water is calm and no floating weeds and you do not sink in the sand . The beach is just wonderful to walk along. I cannot say anything negative of this resort. As we have known the Assistant Manager, Maria Bonsenor when she was in the same position as the Esmerelda and has only been at the Bouganville since mid-September we were deeply touched when she took time off her personal schedule to come back to the hotel on her day off to wish us all a safe trip back home. Thank You Maria... Can.t say enough of this resort.... Will surely be back soon...... Thank You All For Making Our Trip So Memorable....... Ricardo-Catherina Ricardo- Lyne Nopv. 20-28-2016

The Truth And Only The Truth!!!!
David B, Frazer, Pennsylvania
Mon Nov 28 04:53:22 EST 2016
I write these reviews so that others considering the places I write about will be able to see things through my eyes and make a more informed decision. I write this review with the intent on providing as much information as possible because this resort will either dazzle you or fall very short of what you may be expecting in a resort on the Caribbean. I will write this in stages like the title and I will be completely honest based on my opinion. And this reviews contains only original content and no substantial quoted material from other sources, including (but not limited to) websites, e-mail correspondence, other reviews, etc. The Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection is built in the area around El Soco and has been named 'Playa Neuva Romana'. From what I saw at the location, they are pretty much in the process of building a small city. It will have the already completed Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection and its sister, the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. Around these two anchors they are planning the development of complex luxury residences which will be part of a massive Beach & Golf Resort. The property is massive and is currently under several different layers of development and when, or if, it is ever completed will be a site to behold. There is no doubt that they were able to purchase this property at a good price because it is located in a mostly undeveloped area along the coast that has some of the most TERRIBLE beaches I have ever seen. This alone will keep, I think, people from purchasing expensive homes in this area. People who want to buy a home in the Caribbean want the sapphire blue water with white sand beaches and not the dingy gray water and brown sand beaches of the El Soco area. That's my opinion but I just did not see a draw for home buyers. That's enough on background. Time to talk about the resort! THE GOOD.... 1) First and foremost are the people who work at this resort. They will take care of you beyond what is ever expected at any vacation resort. Period! They are friendly, kind, helpful and some of the most understanding people I have ever met. If the resort survives it will be because of the service these people provide. 2) The food was exceptional in the restaurants. There are several to choose from and they offer variety so most people will find something they like. We ate at the all and enjoyed them all. Let discuss a few: a) Jazmin Main Restaurant – This restaurant was the primary one and offered an International cuisine buffet each evening. They would change each day between the major types of world cuisines and added the local Dominican which was a very nice addition. This restaurant was also the breakfast restaurant and offered a massive selection which included a station that provided ‘made to order’ omelets. The staff was always helpful and went out of their way to make you happy! No fancy clothing required! Great! b) Beach Restaurant – This restaurant was the primary lunch spot. It offered a buffet of International cuisine with the pool a few steps away and the seaside also a short walk away. The staff was, as expected, outstanding! Clothing was come as you are! We liked that option. c) Le Gourmet Restaurant – French cuisine in an exquisite gourmet á la carte setting. This restaurant provided high end dining in the resort. Not very large so it never seemed like you were on a resort. Formal dress required, long pants and shirt for men. However, they did allow men to come in with shorts and t-shirts. That was a let down for those of us who took the effort to wear the appropriate clothing. The staff here was over the top and made the meal one of legend. You have to book early to get a RESERVATION here or you will miss a great opportunity. I downloaded the resort app and used it to book. It was the fastest and easiest way. Also check up front if you can’t get a reservation. People will cancel and you may be able to get a spot at the last minute. We only got in one night out of seven. d) El Pescador Restaurant – This restaurant described itself as serving delicious Mediterranean foods but I would classify it as a seafood restaurant and the food there was magnificent. Formal dress required, long pants and shirt for men. However, they did allow men to come in with shorts and t-shirts. That was a let down for those of us who took the effort to wear the appropriate clothing. The staff here was over the top and made the meal one of legend. You have to book early to get a RESERVATION here or you will miss a great opportunity. I downloaded the resort app and used it to book. It was the fastest and easiest way. Also check up front if you can’t get a reservation. People will cancel and you may be able to get a spot at the last minute. We ate there twice out of seven nights there. Our only problem was that the lobster changed between visits. On the first visit it was nice and firm and on the second it was a bit squishy and we avoided it. e) Los Corales Rodizio Restaurant – This restaurant doubles as the Beach Restaurant during the day but it transformed into a traditional Brazilian grilled steak restaurant where the meats are served table side. This one was our favorite and we celebrated my birthday here as well. The staff baked me a cake ad sang for me…..what can you say…..I love this place! f) Il Capriccio Italian Restaurant – We did not try this one but some other guests told us it was great Italian food. g) Oriental Takara Restaurant – This one had not opened yet but we could see it being built. If standards hold it will be a good one as well. Overall, this resort has the food issue well in hand! 3) The pools on site were outstanding. Big enough to enjoy and ours had a swim up bar. My favorite spot! 4) Buildings and grounds were kept impeccably clean and beautiful which is important in a country fighting Zika. Grass was cut low and water did not stand for long. Excellent management! Compared to the closest city, it was paradise. 5) Entertainment was handled by a group of people from 'Animation'. They kept us entertained with water aerobics, lunches by the pool, Spanish lessons and at night with karaoke and dancing in the bar. It was a good time for all when these people went to work. 6) Housekeeping was unbelievable. The best I have ever seen…period! 7) In closing out the ‘GOOD’, I wanted to give special recognition to some people who really stood out during out vacation: a) Ricoberto – Our housekeeper was the most kind and amazing person we met on the resort. This man went out of his way to make our room perfect…..always. I will post photos of how well he took care of us and you can see for yourself. If you could have all the housekeepers trained like him people would flock there to have that kind of service. b) Mac – Mac called himself our ‘Butler’ but was more of a mentor, guide or trusted friend. He stayed up on our needs and wants and did it well. c) Manuel – This guy, Mr. Funny Man, was a part of the ‘Animation’ group. He was everywhere from early in the morning at the pool until late at night in the bars. He had a great personality and gave one of the most memorable, and hilarious, Spanish lesions I had ever had. Great guy! d) Joel – This guy was the head dude at my favorite place, the swim up pool bar. Joel kept our glasses filled and kept his bar functioning at a high production rate for all the thirsty guests. Joel was friendly and professional….great choice for that job! e) Darling & Midori – These two ladies worked up front and helped us out with the dinner reservations as well as answering lots of questions. They always had a smile on their face and eager to make us happy. We appreciated all they did for us! THE BAD.... a) Along with the GOOD there will always be some BAD. I want to start this section with my ever present complaint about resorts…..SALESMEN! Like most resorts, this one also wants to try to sell you something. This group is associated with RCI and the salesmen were relentless in trying to get you to the sales briefing. They hit you up in the lobby; they left fliers in your door offering free gifts which ended up being cheap sunglasses and cheap watches. Then, if you still ignore them they start calling your room and bugging you. So enough is enough….if people want to buy vacation packages then they will already have that intention. Leave a packet of information in the room and allow them to contact a salesman. If people are not in the frame of mind to buy then it becomes a nuisance. A BAD nuisance! b) Bad Maintenance – When we walked into our beautiful white marble floored room, my wife did not notice that water had leaked out of a faulty refrigerator and slipped and fell striking her arm on a wall corner and her knee on the marble floor. We immediately contacted housekeeping and the housekeeper (Not Ricoberto. He came with our second room.) came in and mopped up the water and said it was ‘OK’. It was not ‘OK’ because five minutes later the water was back and I slipped. SO off to the manager I go to complain. Mac got us a new room and the management offered to have my wife taken to a doctor to be checked. We declined and she waited until we got home. After that we were treated much differently than others in our building. We had four bottles of champagne delivered at various times and lots of other perks. One can only think that the resort was buttering us up because of the fall. Regardless, housekeeping should have noticed the problem and the room should have been closed to guests until the leak was rectified. BAD! c) Understanding that service must be done at this large resort still does not explain why there are so many motorized vehicles roaming the walkways. I can’t even begin to count how many times we had to step out of the paths and walkways to allow vehicles room to pass. There has to be a better way to get these vehicles from place to place without having the guest to be hampered moving from pool to beach to room. Just a thought! THE UGLY.... 1) This one is simple…..the beach on this resort is TERRIBLE! As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, the property of this resort is massive and is currently under several different layers of development and when, or if, it is ever completed will be a site to behold. There is no doubt that Pablo Pinero was able to purchase this property at a good price because it is located in a mostly undeveloped area along the coast that has some of the absolute WORSE beaches I have ever seen. The main problem for the beaches is the river, Rio Soco, which empties out into the Caribbean close to the property. Turbidity is caused by the presence of suspended particles and organic matter s suspended in the water. The Rio Soco dumps massive amounts of organic matter into the area and it causes this turbidity in the cove right in front of the resort and causes grasses and weeds to wash up as well. The matter settles on the beach in the form of decaying plants and causes the sand to be darker as well. It is obvious the resort has taken issue to this problem since there is an army of people working on the beach everyday. They are constantly raking up this matter in an effort to keep the beach clear but it just renews with each day and will until they can figure out a way to divert the Rio Soco. On that note, if you look on a satellite image at the area you will see that they have attempted to do some engineering. They have placed these enormous black sand bags, which by the way looks terrible, at the east and west edges of he cove in an attempt, I guess, to keep the flow of organic matter out of the cove. The bags are very prominent on the west tip where the owner has a huge home. They are still not working and if anything is making a large mud hole where the stuff comes in and the currents can’t get in to flush them out. SO if you want a resort that has nice white beaches with clear sea water, this ain’t the place. If you want a resort with great grounds, building, restaurants, pools, and amazing people then come here. We wanted both so we will not return here and probably not to another of Mr. Pinero’s properties. So for this reason alone I wanted to rate this resort as TERRIBLE. I don't want people to make the same mistake I did and be stuck on a TERRIBLE beach!

An honest appraisal
Steven B, London, United Kingdom
Sun Nov 27 06:36:35 EST 2016
A fantastic 2 weeks had by me and my partner. Firstly, as we all read trip advisor before booking, a few truths about other people's rants. Hotel not 5 star......agreed, what is 5 star is the fantastic grounds, reception and shop prices. Rest is 4 star. The sea is murky....yeah yeah, well documented so why do people still complain, it is ok for paddling but we used the pool where there was ample room. Repetitive buffet food.....yes but there is a wide choice, it is only repetitive if you are a creature of habit and take the same dishes daily (like me) try taking late breakfast in the Corales, ask for Johnny, he'll look after you. Cig butts and broken tiles around the to me, exceptionally clean and well maintained. Staff do not smile and miserable.....try doing there job and keeping a smile, they work long shifts and have there own problems. The only person who never gives you a 'hola' and a smile is the manager who looks like he really doesn't want to be there. Watered down drinks.....I don't know, maybe just drowned in coke and ice but it is certainly difficult to get drunk there. As for no premium drinks.....just ask for them and they are provided. Privilege club staff...disconnect your phone and when they approach you just say 'we talked last week' confuses the hell out of them. The not bad but irritations felt by us and other guests......constant power cuts from 1 minute to 1 hour durations, wifi good enough to watch a footy match by the pool on your iPad one day but other days on and off erratically, room bar not refilled (we was ok but one couple had nothing for a week) and not enough staff on the bars, also expensive tours because you have transfers to add on and constant lack of clean pool towels. Not really complaints but more why it is not 5 star. The good.....the pool and jacuzzi pool, lots of sun beds, animation team working there socks off, no footy louts on stag do's (average age about 50) which meant a very peaceful holiday (barring the gobby American one weekend who stood in the middle of the pool like a music composer orchestrating his buddies to the annoyance of anyone within 500 yards) the staff who are all fantastic, the solace of adults only but you can utilise the Grand which is the same resort but they cannot use the luxury side, other guests who just want the same thing.....a fantastic chill out holiday where you can forget about work and just unwind. Oh yeah, word of warning, only 2 types of music is permitted, Carribean and Michael Jackson!!!!!

Bethany B,
Sat Nov 26 12:35:26 EST 2016
Our trip to Bouganville was enjoyable. Much like the 2 previous times we have vacationed there. The animation team was fun, energetic and entertaining as always. The biggest disappointment of the trip was the "boss" of the animation team at Bouganville. She was rude to the staff and guests (including our group) and when she was in the room the mood was much less fun and happy. She always played boring elevator music at the pool even when multiple guests asked her to put on something more appropriate for the setting. I don't come to the Caribbean to listen to the music that I listen to while on hold with my phone company. I hope there are some changes in management by the time I return in 2017.

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