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Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo  

Ctra las Terrenas-El Limón Km.4. PO Box: 646 Las Terrenas – Samaná. Dominican Republic.

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On the exclusive beach of "El Portillo", this idyllic resort, Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo is located a few minutes from the village of Las Terrenas, surrounded by spectacular nature that will please the most demanding customers.

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Had a great time...excellent value for our $$$.
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Judy from Calgary  on Apr 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2009
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Arrival: Mar 28 - April 4
Okay..so it was a bit bumpy and scary..the bus ride that is. You are in a third world country not in New York...hmm let me think..that is scary too! We were given envelopes with all our resort info and pre-checked in...no waiting in long lines to do that. Our tour operator Edith from Air Canada suggested we go to the buffet and have some lunch and then check in at the a la cartes to book for our 4 specialty restaurants. Weather was great for the week..hot & humid!

Rooms
The resort is not large so getting to your building was never a far walk...not like in Mexico were you take the little shuttles to get around.Our room was in building 23..top floor..no elevator..although it was only three floors by the end of a hot day at the beach it felt like 20 floors! All in all gave us some good excersize! We had two queen beds (a bit firm as I'm spoiled with my pillowtop mattress)--great for us (sisters) but they do have king size for couples. The room was always clean...no bugs or scary critters..the shower pressure was good but for one small incident...we did have varying water temp at times but nothing to complain about. We did have an issue with the A/C..we probably should have said something, we talked to others and they were moved or had it fixed.I was fine as the fan kept things moving..again we are in a third world country and I didn't pay a zillion $ for this package. We did leave the gal small gifts and money each day...but never did get a towel animal..oh boohoo. Our turn down service was nice...even got chocolates on the pillow each night.Our safe cost was include in our package as was the bathrobes and slippers. We did leave $ in the fridge the first day and did get more Beer (Cervesa) but we didn't need it as we got everything we could drink on the resort. The water is bottled in the room and they have safe drinking water at the restaurants and a la cartes. We spent little time in our room.

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The resort was just great for what we paid.
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Denise from Maple, ON  on Jan 1, 2009  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
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Arrival: Jan 4 - 11, 2009
Air Canada flight down. No delays, cleared customs quickly and then directed to the bus. The drive to the hotel was about 1 1/2 hours through a beautiful mountain terrain. We left Toronto at 8:30 and we in our room by 3:00 p.m.

Rooms:
We were in Villa 2. Excellent location. Close to the beach, restaurants, etc. Clean, spacious, no problems. We requested a 2nd floor, king bed and that's what we got. Because we flew AC the safety deposit box was free. As well, if you take your own laptop they have wireless in the reception area and you don't have to pay for internet connection. Nice to send e-mails home when you want.

Restaurants and Bars:
We tried all 4 al a cartes. Nothing special but just fine. The buffet was good. Always something there. The staff are a little slow at removing the plates but so what...you are on holiday!!!

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Small pool, not much going on....the beach however is stunning. We have travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean and it was one of the nicest. You can walk for miles on floury golden sand and crystal clear water. There is a reef right off the beach and we saw many fish while snorkeling. We had issues with the sand fleas (numerous bites) but we seemed to be the only ones. No one else we talked to complained. The grounds are beautiful. Well maintained, lush...beats the snow back home

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We did the El Limon Waterfall tour. My first time on a horse (bucket list). After a very pleasant drive to the ranch we were given a horse then rode through some beautiful but rocky terrain. Climbing down to the falls was a little arduous but we did it. My husband swam while I took pictures and then back up the mountain to get back on the horse. We had a delicious Dominican lunch and were back to the hotel by 12:30, just in time for a drink and siesta. The only issues I had was my screaming thighs for 4 days afterwards but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Other Comments:
As mentioned we have been to the Dominican numerous times (Punta Cana, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo) and all through Cuba, Mexico and many islands in the Caribbean and found that this hotel was good mainly because of the beach and there is not another hotel for miles unlike Punta Cana. The hotel could be a 5 star if some small issues were looked after but if you want a stunning beach, good food and some R&R this is the place. The resort was just great for what we paid (sell off). If you are looking for those little extra's then you should considering spending considerable more money and go the Levantado or a Sandals!!! We don't typically go to the same place twice but we might make an exception! denisepratt@hotmail.com

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The beach is fantastic, we met some new friends and had a great time
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Joe & Victoria from Toronto, Ontario  on Jan 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
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Arrival: December 20-27, 2008:
We were on Air Canada's inaugural flight to Samana. It didn't get off on the right wheel as they didn't have the flight scheduled or there wasn't a plane ready or something? The details were a little fuzzy, however, they did offer us $10 per person at Wolfgang Pucks which we took advantage of. We were delayed by about two and half hours and we were sent through security with HAND WRITTEN boarding passes, that's a first!

I don't know the type of plane, the seating configuration was 3 & 3 and had the personal entertainment system in the head rest in front of you, very comfortable three and a half hour flight. When we landed we were greeted by two fire engines spraying an arc over the plane for their inaugural landing in Samana, another first for us. We exited the plane by both front and rear exits and we were the only plane at the airport, needless to say, we were processed very quickly through customs.

No cerveza at the departing area for the one hour drive to the resort. We met our Conquest rep and we were on our way in due time. Try to arrive in the daytime if given the choice, there are some breathtaking views along the way. Depending on the driver, they'll stop for photos.

Check in took a little while, most of the people on our flight were in the same hotel too. This was a good thing as it was real easy to make friends with familiar faces.

Rooms::
We bought into the Roulette Jr. Suite deal which means we didn't know until we made contact with the Conquest rep. which resort we were at. It could have been El Portillo or Cayacoa. We were at El Portillo, at first we were put into a standard room with a king size bed, I thought that was the junior suite, we went to the front desk to pay for the in-room safe key approximately $40usd for the week, we were informed that they had put us in the wrong room. Well, the real junior suite was even more impressive, room #8201, very large bedroom / living room area and the toilet, shower had there own segregated areas within the bathroom, very clean and no sign of creepy crawlers, bugs or anything else. We are not slobs and didn't invite any bugs either.

The mini-fridge was stocked daily with two beers, two waters and four soft drinks. Just leave a note and a tip if you want more than two beers or any other beverage left on a daily basis. If you arrive to your room without the bellhop, you need to insert one of your room keys into the white wall slot on the inside of your room to activate the power and a/c in the room. The shower had plenty of force behind it and all you had to do is place old towels on the floor to receive new ones.

Our balcony overlooked a utility shed of some kind and the property line where there was some palm trees and lush vegetation. There are no ``Ocean view`` rooms as the resort is set back from the amazing beach. We were approximately a five minute walk to the beach from our room.

Restaurants and Bars::
We did not reserve a la cartes until the next day after arrival and to our disappointment, could only get one of our entitled three reservations and that was at the oriental restaurant. As it turned out, we did not take advantage of the a la carte and we dined exclusively at the one buffet restaurant. The food and variety was o.k. to good, always fresh eggs for omelettes in the morning to theme dinners in the evening. The most important fact, neither one of us had any ill effects from the food or water. I do have to commend the resort on their X-mas eve gala dinner, it was exceptional, we had caviar, crab, traditional turkey was available, they accommodated a table of twelve outside for us, live music, a special X-mas with our new family of friends.

The bars were good, never had to wait too long, there were three bars fairly close to the beach, remember to bring a travel mug, there cups are small and it is a waste of plastic. The drinks are made well, not half alcohol like I have experienced in other all inclusive resorts. They only had El Presdente on draft and local spirits, there drink list was good and we tried a few of them. I enjoyed the Caiperhinjas, a white rum, sugar, lime and some other mix, very good!

Beach/Pools/Grounds::
The beach was incredible! If you are looking to body surf the waves, this is not the place for you. If you want soft golden colour sand, great coral reefs right off the beach, then this is paradise. The snorkelling was excellent, there are still plenty of areas where you can go for a dip and cool off. Never an issue for a beach lounge chair, they had plenty, no need to RESERVE your chair and leave, I hate that. It was fairly windy on most days, but, we preferred that to the pool.

We only spent literally ten minutes in the pool, we just couldn't pull ourselves away from the beach. The pool was a bit cool, and to me, a little small.

The grounds were very clean and well maintained with lots of lush local vegetation.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel::
We enjoyed a couple's deep tissue massage on site at the spa (not the one on the beach, that looked a little suspect for our liking) for one hour. $150usd for both of us, a little pricey but enjoyable.

We also went on the Cascade (waterfall) half day excursion, approximately $45usd per person, this was awesome. The drive was about thirty minutes in a unique type of bus, followed by forty minute horseback ride to a shaded rest area for the horses, then, a fifteen minute walk down to the falls, just beautiful. Go for a dip if you like, just remember you have to ride back in wet bathing suit or take a change of shorts. Bring hikers, I went in sandals and had to wear their rubber boots. Your shoes will get dirty. It is a very rocky and rustic trail which crossed the river a few times, but, the trail was beautiful in its own right. We each had our own horse and guide / horse whisperer, these guys walk the whole trip in rubber boots, every day. You can opt not to take a horse, I wouldn't recommend this option, it is pretty hilly terrain and it would wipe you out the rest of the day. I was sore enough from riding the horses, never mind hiking the trail on foot.

I was fortunate to meet a fellow Canadian who knew a thing or two on sailing, Admiral Perry! We were able to take advantage of the catamaran that is available, the shoreline is beautiful and it was a pleasure to see it from out on the water. I went out with Perry on three different occasions.

Enjoyed playing Bocce ball on the beach with Perry and Bob, you can get the bocce set from the animation team where they hand out towels.

The Disco was hit and miss. We had two great nights out of three visits where there disco was hopping pretty well, thanks to Bob and his tequila shots!

Other Comments::
We are an easy going late 30's couple and were looking for a place to catch some sun, relax and re-charge our batteries, we got this and more. The beach is fantastic, we met some new friends and had a great time and didn't get sick. With the new airport, this area will explode with tourism, visit now before it's too late.

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Just what the doctor ordered!
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Carleen  on Apr 1, 2010  >  4 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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My husband surprised us at Christmas time with a trip to the Domincan Republic; it was a much needed respite for March break especially after volunteering at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver for 16 days. So the rest, relaxation, wonderful resort and overall ambiance of the Gran Bahia Principe in Samana was just what the doctor ordered!

Your Arrival:
Arrival could not have been more perfect. Our luggage arrived promptly and we were escorted to the bus where we met the Air Canada representative Joel. The 90 minute bus ride was very scenic and Joel kept up a running and amusing commentary orienting us to the DR and Samana. At the hotel, our bags were brought to our rooms and the beach towels were already in the room, so what else could we do but head right out to the pool and beach! This was the smoothest arrival I've had at any resort in the Caribbean.

Rooms:
Our room was quite large; it is very modern - jet tub, separate shower. Bed were very comfortable; everything was extremely clean. Your room key turns on the air conditioning but as the hotel is trying to be as green as possible you can't use your second room key to keep the air running all day - the staff will take it to ensure the air is turned off. However, it's not a big deal - the room gets cool quite quickly. Towel service was excellent and there is turn down service for Air Canada guests but we were missed a few times - out of six days we had turn down on half. There are nice bath robes and slippers in the room, lots of supplies (shampoo, etc); and a mini bar - which has two beers in it and some pop. Although we tipped the staff, only once did we get more than two beers in the fridge.

Restaurants and Bars:
You can eat and drink almost 24-7. The pool bar is very busy and there is a bar out by the grill which is excellent - and the beer is colder than at the pool bar. There is also a beach bar and a bar near the hot tub. Food was excellent - lots of choice at the main buffet and the grill; I loved the rice and beans - could not get enough, and fresh tomatoes in March -fabulous. There are four a la carte restaurants and you can make reservations at each one, once. We only went to three, the Italian, the fish restaurant (pescadoro) and the gourmet. I wouldn't recommend the Italian (and why you would even eat Italian in the Dominican is beyond me - but my kids wanted it). However, the fish and gourmet were outstanding - anything with fish is great as its local. However, my husband had steak at the gourmet and it was outstanding. No complaints at all about either of these restaurants - the room ambiance is lovely, the service very attentive and overall just a really nice meal. At an all inclusive the meals make it or break it for me so this was truly delightful. Service at the large buffet restaurant can be a bit inattentive, however, it was March break and very, very busy. House wines are very nice. At nice, in addition to the main lobby bar there would be several stations - one had any kind of coffee you might like (Irish, Spanish, cappucino, etc), another station would have exotic cocktails like Kir Royale, Mimosa, etc; One night in the main buffet they also had a rum tasting - it was terrific!

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Pool is quite big and even though there were a lot of families and kids, there were still plenty of chairs with umbrellas and room to swim; you do have to get out early though to nab your spot. The beach is beautiful and there is a huge coral reef for snorkeling which we did a lot of. You can walk quite a bit and go off grounds although you are advised to do so in a group. My youngest and I walked quite a bit on the beach and really enjoyed the beautiful sand and vistas. The beach is very clean, there are a lot of lounges and umbrellas with hooks to hang up your beach bags. My son said he was bitten a bit by either sand flies or something - but I was never bothered. You really need to be conscious of using lots of sunscreen because it is extremely hot; especially when you are snorkelling and not thinking of the sun on your back. There are some vendors who will come by while you are on the beach but they don't pester you. You can just say no thanks and they will leave you alone. There is no topless bathing at the pool and I saw very little of it on the beach (a bit of a relief with a 15 year old boy).

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
There were four tours that Joel, our rep from Air Canada told us about - we went on the boat ride to the national park where you can go into a cave and see some cave drawings from the original Indians, as well as going through some mangroves and then off to a private beach for a Domican lunch. It was a full day excursion and well worth it. Other excursions were a jeep tour which took you to a coffee plant, a horse back riding tour to Limone Falls and a catamaran tour. As we only planned to take the one tour we wanted to see the national park. Samana is just becoming a tourist resort and it is an ecologically protected area. One thing to be careful of - we wanted to go whale watching but Joel advised us it was not worth it because the whales are done mating in March and the males have left; the females are waiting with the babies until they are old enough to migrate. One family we met did go whale watching and said it was a big waste of money as they saw nothing - so make sure it really is whale season if you want to watch whales.

Other Comments:
The staff are great; the resort is very clean. You can take a quick trip into town to buy cigars, rum, vanilla, and coffee which the area is known for - Domincan coffee is excellent and they drink it con leche (half hot milk, half coffee). The Gran Bahia Principe is a very relaxing resort - you can take part in what the animation group offers (salsa dancing, sports, spanish lessons,etc) or you can thoroughly relax with a book. This resort is not party central -there are no Americans (American airlines do not go to that area), there weren't any university students acting unruly, and there was lot of older people or families - my two boys made tons of friends who they still speak with on MSN. You may see a few too many speedos but hey, relax, you're in the Domincan.

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A fantastic holiday.
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Gillian and Evora  on Aug 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) PORTUGAL
Visited on: Aug, 2009
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Arrival: 21-28 July 2009
We arrived on 21st July after an 8 hour flight from Lisbon with the charter company White. A good flight with animators for the children who entertained them with magic tricks, trips up to the cockpit etc. which seemed to make the flight go much quicker. A good flight with only a little turbulence on the way so no complaints there. After leaving the airport we were greated by Silvia the Soltour rep at the El Portillo. We were put straight on a bus and given our check-in envelopes with our room number etc. We had to fill in a few forms - a word to anyone travelling from Portugal - bring a pen! We didn't and had to borrow constantly as we weren't prepared to fill in lots of paperwork. Also bring US$ as you pay the same to get in and out of the country in either dollars or euros - 30 per person, so with exchange rates it's cheaper in dollars. The journey to the hotel took one and a half hours - not the 45 minutes we had been told. It wasn't too bad a journey although it did start to rain and that slowed us down (a bit!). I think our driver had a hot date as he was hell bent on overtaking anything that appeared before him, including the other bus that had the rest of our flight on board!!! Anyway, no need for the sickbags I'd taken off the plane as a precaution. We arrived to the animation team singing and dancing with a drink so that was nice and we set off to find our room. This proved a bit tricky as we weren't familiar with the room numbering system. We had emailed the hotel two weeks before asking for villa 2, so when I saw that our room number was 2105 I was pleased. However, staff at the hotel immediately said we were in room twenty one oh five which sent us off looking for villa 21 and me feeling very deflated!! But when we did eventually find our room after much searching and never actually finding villa 21!, we were in fact in villa 2 right next to the beach. A word to the wise, if your room number has 4 digits then the first digit is your villa number 1-9 and the other three digits your room number. If your room number has 5 digits then the first two numbers are your villa number 10-24 and the other three your room number. This should save you time and shoe leather when you arrive as the staff we asked all told us villa 21 and noone ever said try villa 2.

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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  leonardito  on Jun 9, 2014  >  14 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jun, 2014 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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We have spent 2 weeks at Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, Las Terrenas, Samaná. The Resort had the usual beautiful Grand Bahia Principe style. One large main A/C buffet, Dalia, 3 a la carte restaurants. Orquidea was the gourmet, El Pescador was the seafood and Portofino was the Italian. All were with A/C. There was also a nice open air buffet at the beach. The food was delicious in all the a la carte restaurants and in the buffet. Lots of choice of fresh food. You could find everything and the red wine Baron de Valac (french) was also very pleasant. The Pueblo Principe, where the nightlife was taking place was a good place to meet people. The grounds were well kept and everything was spotless. This Resort is the cleanest place that we have ever visited.
The beach had golden sand and turquoise clear water. The ocean was very calm and very safe for swimming. The main pool was kept very clean. It was surrounded by lovely trees. We appreciated the lounges at the pool with their thick and comfortable mattresses. There was also a quiet pool for peaceful reading or relaxing.
Our Junior Suite Superior was very centrally located in building 7. It was quite large and everything worked very well. Good A/C, plenty of hot water, comfortable bed, mini bar replenished each day etc.The food. Buffet had an excellent choice of everything and was open morning, lunch and at night for dinner. We did enjoyed our breakfast and lunch at the buffet. At night, the A La Carte Restaurants were also very good and a pleasant change from the buffet. Orquidea, the Gourmet Restaurant, had a very helpful Hostess, Ysabel, who was always pleasant and took good care of the guests. We did not have a favorite restaurant as they all had something delicious that we enjoyed.
The service everywhere was super. All the staff were helpful and pleasant. They really worked hard to please you. We met the Resident Manager, Carlos, who was always around making sure that all the guests were happy. He is a big asset to the resort. Amilcar was also very helpful if you needed anything. We also had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Dianellys, who takes good care of the guests emails and add comments on the TripAdvisor reviews. The Hotel Manager Sigi is doing a wonderful job of managing the Resort. She is always walking around ready to hear the clients suggestions.
We must say that the Bahia Principe El Portillo is the best Resort from all the Bahias we have visited. All our needs were met and it even exceeded our expectations. We would recommend this resort to anyone who wishes to have a good relaxing vacation. Hasta Pronto. We will certainly return.
For pictures see: http://leonardito.com/bahportillo1405n/bahport1405.php

Room Number:
7306

Room Block:
7

Photos: http://leonardito.com/bahportillo1405n/bahport1405.php

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We felt as if we had been dropped off on a deserted tropical island.
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Monique from Gatineau, Quebec  on Mar 1, 2009  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Arrival: March 9 - 16
We are a couple in our mid-50 and we stayed at the Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo March 9-16. We flew Air Transat from Montreal. Departed on time and left one hour earlier coming back with a direct flight. Everything was perfect. On our way to Samana the plane made a scheduled stop at La Romana and we were able to get off the plane and have a drink at the outside patio at the airport. The check in for the hotel was done in the bus, card key for the room and everything. The bus ride from the airport to the hotel was 90 minutes, a bit long but worth it.

Rooms
We were in building 9, 3rd floor, room 02 (9302) with a nice clean balcony which we used everyday. Never saw an insect on the balcony. The room was beautiful, comfortable with king size bed, clean and big (junior suite). Everything worked perfectly. As for the hot water in the shower, this was the first time in our travels that we had hot showers every evening. We were situated near the entrance of the resort, which we appreciated. Quiet area and had good neighbors. We slept peacefully every night. Never had any noise.

Restaurants and Bars
Even thought the resort has four restaurants a la carte, we ate at the buffet area every evening. Why? Because it was good, tasty and plentiful and you could just show up without having to worry about time. You can eat in the beautiful dining room or at the outside patio, which is quieter, where there are beautiful tables under parasols covered with nice white linen tablecloths and candle lights. You can also have breakfast and lunch on the outside patio.

For lunch, we often ate at the snack bar buffet. They have a huge deck right on the beach overlooking the beautiful ocean views. Real beautiful!

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Attention beach lovers! This area of Samana has beautiful beaches. If you like taking long walks along beautiful beaches then this is the place. WOW!There are two pools. We noticed that most people did not know about the second pool. The main pool is near the beach and is busier. Not a huge pool but a nice pool and mainly used by families with kids. However, the second pool is located at the other end of the resort and his surrounded by block 10, 11 and 12. This is the quiet pool and also has a bar area. Real nice and quiet! This pool was mainly used by adults and never saw kids in this pool. Nice place to the day and have one last drink before heading back to our room.

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Amazing Vacation!!
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Samantha  on Jun 17, 2017  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jun, 2017 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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We just arrived back home form a week vacation (first week of June 2017) at the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo in Samana Dominican Republic. I have a few things I want to comment about...

The food was amazing, I'm a super picky eater and I had no complaints and we always found a buffet open whenever we got hungry. We tried all 4 à la carte restaurants, all were delicious.

The cleanliness of the hotel was on point, every day we saw landscapers and cleaners making sure the property was pristine. The bathrooms were constantly maintained, food areas cleaned and replenished, glasses/cups taken away once empty... the list goes on.

The beach, my favourite part of the entire vacation. The ocean was just so beautiful, warm and wave free and the beach was that white sand we hoped for! The only thing I wished I was told when reading these reviews, was to bring my own set of goggles and snorkel. We purchased our 1 set for $20 USD. We couldn't help it, the coral offered a spectacle of fish to see and explore! We were able to find shaded area very easily, but we did have to be on the beach before 9am to secure a front row spot with shade.

Down side...
I had not one complaint... until the last day I went to go "repack" my luggage and found mouse droppings everywhere between my clothes and the bottom of the luggage. We were shocked because We didn't noticed this all week and it hadn't been anywhere else. I'm sure I didn't bring anything from home or from the airport... I realized I should have kept my luggage zipped every day but had kept it wide open. My husband on the other hand, didn't have this mouse problem because he kept his luggage zipped up every day. To digress we were extremely grossed out and not expecting this at all but I would go back in a heart beat despite this issue, it had too many good things to focus on this wrong.

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i enjoyed the beach
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  victor  on Nov 30, 2014  >  1 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Oct, 2014 | Leisure | Solo
851 people found this review helpful

It is an excellent resort, average size because I wouldn’t call it big, I mean I have seen and been to bigger and larger hotels before. This place is a hidden gem in the wonderful city of Samana, when I booked, I didn’t expect what I met, everything was above my expectations so I can proudly say that they staff members here are the best I have met so far in my years of travel experiences. The ride from the airport to the hotel wasn’t far, the front desk even made it easier and was very friendly, check in was rapid and I was already in my room. The entire resort is spotless so was the lobby which was my first impressions on how the rest of the grounds will be like. The room was nice, clean and spacious; the bathrooms are nice and have separate showers. I loved it, everything was perfect, can’t say enough of this place. The food at the main buffet was up to standard, I was impressed, lots of options available and everyone I ate was delicious. Bar staff was great and they are so gentle, they joke a lot and make you feel welcomed. The beach is beautiful with its white sandy, it was kept clean all the time and had lots of shade with chairs to sit on and just have a good time. I enjoyed the freshly grilled fish at the beach, don’t miss out on it, and make sure you go there.

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Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo

User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  wallace  on Mar 3, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | With Group
2305 people found this review helpful

First for the people who found this place bad ---were ya awake ? This place was just great . we had our family and friends for a total of 14 people and I can say we were treated like kings and queens . The place is awsome . The pool is a bit small but who cares the beach more than makes up for it. Food was the best I have had anywhere in the carib and I have been there a total of 11 times . The staff were friendly and always wanting to make your stay perfect . Air Canada rep Maude was awsome . People if you go here you will enjoy yourself .

Room Number:
23203

Room Block:
23

Arrival:
No problem , we arrived at 2:30 pm and got the driver to stop for beer and snacks and we got our rooms on the bus so all we had to do was give the porter our bags and go for our first beverage at the bar . the drive was beautiful and no problem

Rooms:
Not the best we ever had but nice . Hot water all the time no concerns

Restaurants and Bars:
Food Food Food -- if ya can`t find anything to eat here then you should not go south . Drinks were very good . the frozen ones were done to perfection

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Pool is small but good . the beach is great . We spent hours each day snorkling and saw some amazing fish .

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
we did the ATV tour to Rubacon beach where we saw them setting up for the next suvivor show . Great ride . Also the natioal park tour which was fun too.

Other Comments:
We loved it here and will come back . Go into the small town to the left of the beach it has alot to offer and remember you are on vacation in a sunny place so relax and enjoy ." It is all Good "

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