When we arrived we had a two hour bus ride to the hotel, the staff are great in helping you with your luggage. Its more like a tour, the scenery is amazing and the bus stops at the top of the bay of Samana for pictures. You go through little villages and you see how the locals go about there day. When you arrive the staff take you right to your room with your luggage. We were in villa 16 on the top floor. The rooms are very clean with tropical design and the bathroom all done in marble. We did have a issue with our air conditioner it blew luke warm air. We did go down to the main desk and they promptly sent the repairman, who hit the outside of the grill on with a wrench and left again. But we made do with the huge over the bed fan. There was a big language issue with the staff, who knew very little english or french but our tour guide Joel through Air Canada was helpful. FOOD: Being from Canada we thought the meals in the buffet were hard to adjust to, allot of foreign based foods except Sunday they had Americano the only day we got spoiled with bacon lol. But the beach snack bar has great pizza. fries, roast chicken, hotdogs, and cheeseburgers. My husband and I really enjoyed the food here and the scenery of the ocean. We did do three al lacartes but preferred the italiano there pasta was good, we did ask for the steak well done and it returned bloody but there was a language barrier. The service is excellent at the al la cartes and the wine and drinks plentiful. They are not strict on dress code, most men were in shorts. We didn`t really enjoy the al lacartes and the fourth one we did not take. It is a nice change of scenery but food is nothing spectacular. ENTERTAINMENT: The beach and snorkeling is amazing and for us the best entertainment, bring your own snorkeling gear because they have a one hour policy at the hotel. We did get haggled the first day by merchants on the beach. All there souvenirs can be purchased at the hotel gift shop for a lesser price. The staff do have bingo`s, exercises and activities during the day, they have a schedule by the beach bar.
The night life is entertaining but this is not the place if your looking for a wild party, its more of place to relax. The drink menu is good and they use mostly rum, my husband enjoyed the beer. TOURS: The tour to the EL Limon waterfall is worth the money, you go by horse through the lush tropical forest. You do have your own guide who is paid by your tips. Ours were great, they stopped to show us local birds and plants. The waterfall itself is amazing and we swam in the base and explored the caves. Then when you arrive back at the ranch they make you a little buffet, which was delicious and had great fresh fruit, fried rice, chicken, and beef. Then on the way back they stop and show you a local cigar shop, which had great deals and you saw first hand how cigars are made.
The second trip we took was to Playa Recon, the long bus ride is so worth it and very scenic. You go through there cities and follow the coast through small villages and local farms. You then come to this white sandy beach with the clearest blue water surrounded by mountains and palm trees. You can purchase your dinner of rice, fries, chicken and lobster. We had the chicken, rice , and fries which were all great!!
Great vacation, very relaxing, clean, and enjoyable. Hope to return before it becomes over populated with resorts.
- 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