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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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Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 4.3 of 5 22 review(s)
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  keith  on Jun 17, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jun, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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this place is great. the staff is friendly and willing to make your stay an enjoyable one. most spoke english. the ride from the airport was 2 1/2-3 hours but the view on the way was beautiful. we arrived early our room wasnt ready but they accommidated us til it was. the rooms were clean. cant see the beach but its so close it didnt matter. the food was excellent. the beach was clean, the drinks were good. vendors walk up and down the beach so you dont even have to leave the beach to go shopping.(ha)

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Best beach ever! warm and fine tan sand
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User Rating:  Gran Bahia Príncipe El Portillo Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Kris II  on Jan 10, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2009 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
1191 people found this review helpful

Would visit again.

EXCELLENT. Building 3. Air conditioned well. jacuzzi tub and separate shower, VERY clean. coffee maker, close to main reception, quiet, great beds. Only bad thing was the fridge was not very cold

Restaurants and Bars:
food was alright No nightlife except for beach party one night Has disco but not my kind of music and have to pay for drinks in there.

Beautiful!!!!!!Shade if you need it too. Get a $25 massage for an hour on the the beach.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Los Haitus Nat Park is good and it stops at Cayo Levantado (Beach)Best beach ever! warm and fine tan sand

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

Posted by:  Shayna  on Nov 30, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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This was our first time in Samana. This resort came highly recommended from a friend who had been there previously. I have severe osteoarthritis in my knees and this resort was perfect. Because of the small size of the resort, I was able to walk everywhere. There are also golf carts available for those who need them

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Villa 3

We stayed from November 21st to November 28th. The drive from the airport takes 1 1/2 hours. apparently there is anew highway that takes much less time but costs $50 so it is not used very much. We had a great time.the staff was very friendly, the rooms clean and the food was good. I had emailed in advance to say that it was our 30th anniversary. We were provided with a fruit platter in our room upon arrival and free resort t-shirts. we were also given a bottle of champagne at our first a la carte restaurant.

Reception: Could have been more organized. We arrived at about 9 p.m. Everyone just gathered at the front desk to register. Roped off lines would have been much more organized. We were taken with our luggage to our rooms by golf cart.

Room: We were registered in the Royal Golden Club and had a Junior Suite in Villa 3. It is well worth the extra cost. The room is very large with a big bathroom that included a Jacuzzi tub, separate toilet and stall shower all in marble. Amenities were provided such as a comb, 2 disposable razors with shave cream and 2 toothbrushes with mini toothpaste. Each room has a safe. Spend the extra $4 per day to use it. It is well worth it so that you don't have to worry about your valuables. the bar fridge is stocked with Pepsi, Pepsi Light, 7-Up, Fanta Orange and Brahma beer. Take a pass on the beer and get yours at the bars. It is El Presidente and much better.

Housekeeping: The rooms were kept spotless. We had towel animals on our bed each day. part of our package included turn down service each night. Tt was missed for 2 nights in a row but was corrected immediately once we spoke to the management.

Restaurants and Bars:
Food: We found the food very tasty. Breakfast had made to order omelettes every day. Lunch and dinner in the buffet was a different theme every day and included made to order pasta. We tried all four of the A la carte restaurants (Italian, Gourmet, Oriental and Seafood.) We had good meals in each one.

Bars: Augustin at the pool bar was great. After the first day he knew that we wanted our water bottle filled with ice and immediately accommodated us. A couple of dollars on the first day does wanders. The Banana mama was our favourite drink. the frozen blended mixed drinks are better at the lobby bar, which is also steps from the pool. They are made fresh there, while at the pool bar they are pre-mixed. They don't scrimp on the alcohol as we have found at many resorts.

Beach: A beautiful beach that is only for this resort. Since it was the end of the rainy season it was a bit windy and the ocean was somewhat rough most of the time. The last day the red flag was up meaning you could not swim in the ocean. Make sure you have a massage on the beach. they start at $30 for an hour. My husband paid $20 and said it was worth every cent.

Pool: The main pool is nice, lots of very comfortable chairs and the water was great. There is a 2nd pool but it is hard to find, near the front of the resort and far from the main part of the resort.

Grounds; the grounds are very beautiful with lots of palm trees and flowering bushes. the grounds are kept immaculately clean.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Entertainment (Anamacion team): There was a different show each night. A little mediocre but quite common in these resorts. Make sure you see the "Ideal Couple" show. It was absolutely hysterical. If you don't want to be chosen to participate in any of the shows, sit in the back. They usually get all the volunteers by the time they get halfway back in the audience.

Town: We took a taxi into Las Terrenas one morning. The taxi from the hotel is $10 each way. The driver gives you 2 hours to shop and meets you back at the place he drops you. Make sure you pay at the end. Try and get a few couples to go into town with you. the cab is a flat rate and you can share. We had a van and went with 3 other couples. It cost us $6 a couple including a tip for the driver. It is a cute little town with lots of shops. This is where you get your best deals because the merchants with all bargain back and forth. If you are looking for Dominican vanilla, the grocery store sells a 1 litre bottle for about 35 pesos ($1 U.S.) They also have clear vanilla which is hard to get in Canada.

Excursions: We took one excursion - Samana Runners. We were picked up at 8:15 a.m. in a typical Domincan jeep and dropped back at the hotel at 5 p.m. We visited a typical Dominican 2 room home where we were educated in local fruits and vegetables. We sampled cocoa, bananas, pineapple, rum, papaya and Mama Juana. Mama Juana is a drink from the Dominican Republic that is concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. We were able to buy blocks of cocoa (you grate it to use) and fresh bottled pure vanilla. We were taken to a local school and on to Lulu Waterfall. the walk in and out to the falls is a little strenuous but there are teenaged girls there who hold your hand and help you walk when needed. the falls are small but beautiful. we were then taken to an outdoor restaurant for a typical Domincan lunch. there were 2 salads, rice and beans, chicken and fish, and fried plantain. Dessert was fresh pineapple, coconut and rum, of course. Our last stop stop was the cigar factory where we saw how the cigars are rolled and cigars are available to sample. There is a small shop where you can purchase cigars.

Other Comments:
All in all, we had a fantastic time. If you are looking for a smaller resort in a very quiet area, this is the place for you. November is a great time as it is low season. The resort was not too busy and there were very few children.

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