We traveled with a group of 43 people for my wedding vacation and had nothing but positive feedback from the group. In my opinion the lengthy 1.5hrs bus ride from the airport was well worth the scenic secluded beach....just remember your gravol if you experience motion sickness.
El Portillo is a great choice for families with it's pleasant atmosphere. Most of the guests were Canadian, European and South American. The rooms were good, not the most modern but were very clean and well taken care of. The resort isn't too large, less than a 5 minute walk everywhere.
The staff were all amazing! Everyone was so friendly and catered to our needs well. Georgina, the wedding coordinator did a fantastic job and made our special day a success.
The restaurants were great and food was delicious. The buffet had a good variety. We had our private wedding dinner in the Seafood restaurant, perfect location and amazing food.
Our wedding was the only one during the entire week which made it seem a bit more special. The only thing I would recommend if you're picking this resort for a destination wedding to request the resort to invest in a steamer or bring one along for the brides dress. We had to iron mine, luckily I didn't have a delicate detailed dress. Also if you intend to use their spa to do your hair, request that the hairdresser is working the day of the wedding.
The beach was stunning and you could walk for miles. Only a few selected vendors were approved to enter the beach area so they weren't much of a bother. The coral was beautiful with so many brightly colored varieties of tropical fish. Don't forget to bring your snorkels. It was quite windy on the beach but there were never high waves due to the natural barrier.
Overall an awesome trip. I would highly recommend this resort.
- 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