Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added Value!
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).

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.


Puerto Plata - Beach
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - La Union (POP) : 30 miles
Santiago, Dominican Republic - Municipal (STI) : 60 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1995
Last Renovation: 2007
Floors: 2
Total rooms: 941


Hotel Details

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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.

Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating 5541 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Went on a business trip with my co-workers we had fun whilst working it was an awesome trip.....learnt alot about the Dominican Republic and the culture....we are looking towards doing another trip to another bahia Principe hotel using the membership of the privilege club we had loads of staff members on The trip and they got all the extra perks and membership benefits good was great....staff was welcoming and the welcome from the airport to the hotel was amazing...we will be returning for sure next year on our staff confrence.....

    Nov 09, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Worst bahia ever

    My family. Husband 8 year old and myself went to San Juan. We have travelled to almost every other bahia. This one was one of the first built so obviously its outdated. I've never wrote a review before but I couldn't help myself Food was ok but I didnt like that the restaurants were not enclosed so at night sitting near the edges of the restaurants we were getting bite by all kinds of bugs First time getting attacked by noseeums. Black flies on the beach Beach was dirty. I wouldnt let my sun play there. Room were very spacious but falling apart. Lots of old falling apart furniture Main door lock didnt work at all. Took 3 days to fix it. Bathroom door also didnt shut. Try bahia principe in Jamaica. Samana. And Punta cana. Nicer beaches. And with kids. Fantasia in Punta cana is the best hotel I've been to

    Sep 17, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating

    This hotel was centralized in the middle of Semana peninsula!! Made for easy access to Puerto plata Sousa’s and others!! Amazing beach close by called playa grande , we had a wonderful stay at the hotel food was good service was great!!

    Sep 03, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Well maintained with good staff, but food was only so-so

    My family and I stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe during the latter part of August and stayed in an ocean-view suite. It was wonderful waking up to the palm trees and the blue of the sea each morning, and overall we had a good time. In terms of positives, the staff was all very friendly. The property is very well maintained, with discreet (it was never loud and never interfered with our enjoyment of the complex) but constant work being done. The room was also in very good condition, with lots of storage space and a large safe to keep valuables in. They have a nice aqua-sports centre where you could borrow a stand-up paddleboard, kayaks (one and two person models), and catamarans. There are two tennis courts, an air-conditioned gym and a 9 hole mini-golf course. In terms of what could-use-improvement, the food itself was the biggest disappointment. While each night was "themed" (Spanish, Chinese, American, etc.) it felt like much the same over and over again, with one or two dishes being distinct. There was nothing that really stood out from a high-quality standpoint and a number of things that didn't. We could always find a seat, but we were also there during low season (it only got busy on the weekend when more Dominican's came to enjoy a three-day stay, which was great as it made the hotel much livelier). I must say I can imagine the ability of the hotel to keep up with high-season a challenge as the busy weekend seemed to put a strain on keeping up with the food and table service. The other big disappointment was the lack of staff at facilities. Again, we were there during low-season so I expect some things to be curtailed. However, we never once found anyone manning the sports centre so we couldn't play tennis. On one visit the booth was open so after waiting awhile we took it upon ourselves to borrow the equipment for the mini-golfing so we could at least play something. There is one main pool, which always had staff around, but the other pools (which are very small) never seemed to have anyone at them so if you wanted a drink you had to make your way back to the main complex. All in all, we enjoyed ourselves, but considering what we paid for the trip (closer to 4+ star pricing) versus what we felt we got in value (3-star facilities and service) we were a bit disappointed. It was an interesting experience, but we won't be going back.

    Sep 02, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    super relaxing time

    We travelled in May and after reading all the reviews were not really expecting much. What a surprise - we all loved it! There were four of us (two couples) and we were meeting some friends at the resort. It's not the most luxurious of the hotels - but I should imagine you can work that out for yourself via the price - but what it does, it does really well. The staff are fantastic and work really hard. They all have a brilliant sense of humour and do their best to make sure you have everything you need. The grounds are well kept and it looks lovely. I really like the size of the resort - it's not one of those massive places - you can easily walk about everywhere if you choose to or hop on one of the buggies. The food was good - especially all the Caribbean dishes; plenty of lovely fresh fruit - delicious! Personally we preferred the buffet to the a la carte restaurants and we had absolutely no issues with any of the dinners in the buffet that we had. We loved the Dominican singers and had a great night dancing in the street outside to the music... We came on the Privilege Club deal and loved the Privilege Club swimming pool and bar. The welcome party is also worth going to. Our suite was great - really roomy. Our bedroom had a problem with the a/c - but our companions all had lovely chilly rooms... We did had a rather lovely view though... The only downside is the beach is not that pretty.... There is a fair amount of weed, which sometimes gets cleared away. The beach fleas are a problem - don't go on the beach early morning or late afternoon otherwise you will look like you have measles - unless you spray yourself within an inch of your life with bug spray - around those times you are fine. But I wouldn't let that put you off coming here as there are prettier beaches a 10 min cab ride away. The area is safe to travel - we went on an organized trip with the hotel to the local town - that was really good fun - and as a result of that found a really good beach to visit after. We took a taxi from the hotel (our lovely taxi driver waited for us) and we had the most amazing sea food lunches on the beach. Faultless... To sum up: the hotel is good, the location is good - it is safe to travel outside, the food is good - plenty of lovely cocktails in the evenings, nothing not to recommend! Enjoy! We would definitely return if the opportunity arose.

    Aug 28, 2019
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