Our 2nd stay at this lovely resort. Excellent food selection. Friendly helpful staff. Clean rooms, good beds. I like the bathrooms in the jr suites.It's always smart to rent a safe, but twice we left cameras & chargers out & all were where we'd left them. Great beach for snorkelling.
Pool on the small side, but we never use the pools.
Tho the new road is complete from El Catey (I think about 20 min to El Portillo) the tolls are high & our bus still drove around the mountain (1.5 hr drive),,,but the scenery is so beautiful the ride goes quickly.
We enjoyed exploring Las Terrenas again, 10 minutes away by taxi, or an hour along the beach...yes, it's completely safe to go "off resort" just use common sense. If you get dropped at the taxi stand in LT, stay on that side of the road & you will quickly come to "Angela's" a great little shop for souvenirs. She speaks only French, but has Dominican helpers that know English.
We enjoyed the al a cartes when we visited in January, the food was excellent at the Italian. This trip we travelled with 2 of our sons, 20 & 22, & we ate only at the buffet (our choice, since we were often off the resort & didn't want to worry about meeting reservation times!)
Small touches: Hand sanitizer offered at buffet & al a cartes, and clay pots for cig butts at every palapa on the beach. We are smokers, but it sends me nuts to see people butting out in the sand...filter tips littering such beautiful beaches:( Also I noted this time a portion of the lobby bar is non smoking, which is nice for the non smokers. When it rained, board games for the children were immediately made available in the lobby.
The 4 of us visited One Love, owned by Terry & Rachel from Canada..best burger & hand cut fries we've enjoyed in a long long time!
Hubby & 1 son visited Restaurant Luis in Playa Coson, both swear they've never tasted such good seafood before.
We visited El Limon, exquisite! But if you can, do the hike instead of the horse ride. We were 4 of us walking & 2 very pleasant gentlemen from France on horseback (we went with Flora tours, book in Las Terrenas) We had the falls to ourselves & it was great. One of the guides took 1 son to a cave beneath the falls. Walking back down, we passed at least 50 on horseback going up...I think it would be harder to appreciate the beauty of the falls with that many people in the tour group. Take good running/walking shoes & expect to get mucky. Our guide Jessica was great.
We did Los Haitisis, also thru Flora. Stunning scenery & wildlife, great photos, but we found the trip a bit sedentary for our tastes. After visiting the caves, I think my sons (ok, us too) would have enjoyed a frolic on the island with some cuba libres. Our guide Eric was also great & very informative, but the day seemed very slow. I see other tour companies offer Los Haitisis tours combined with an island visit..perhaps their tours are more upbeat.
Great week, but I am prejudiced, I love Las Terrenas town.
I would not recommend this location for young people, however. The bars close early, very little night life on the resort. This is an observation, not a complaint.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services: 2 pools Jacuzzi Sun terrace with loungers and sun umbrellas Pool and beach towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, tennis court, basketball court, volleyball net on the beach Water activity and scuba diving centre WiFi access in the lobby (24h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment theatre Main buffet restaurant and 4 a la carte restaurants 8 Bars Snack-bar Pueblo Principe: local craft stores, live music, shows, bars and disco. Rooms 582 rooms including 4 types: Standard, Club Golden Junior Suite, Junior Suite and Family Suite. Junior Suites are larger than Standard rooms. Room facilities: King size bed or 2 full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, shower, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Air conditioning Ceiling fan Terrace or balcony Telephone Radio alarm clock Satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe (with additional charge) WiFi (additional charge) Ironing set (available on request) Superior Junior Suite: balcony or terrace, sitting area with sofa-bed, ironing set, coffee-making facilities, private guest service phone line, umbrella, VIP amenities. Club Golden and Club Hacienda Junior suites (See page 18 Club Golden, Club Hacienda) Children Bahia Scouts The hotel is perfect for families, offering a range of facilities tailored especially for children, including the following: Children's pool Mini Club with daytime activities Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge) Bahia Scout Water park Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Bus stop opposite the hotel Personalised diets on request and subject to circumstances Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo Hotel Las Terrenas
- El Portillo Beach Resort