4.4 out of 5

"Pros: Beautiful hotel and grounds. Super clean and inviting. Staff excellent. Cons: Food could be better. Lots of variety but lacking in taste. The 2 ... " More

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Hotel Description

An all-inclusive stay in Bavaro awaits you at Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - All Inclusive. You'll be within a 15-minute walk of Punta Blanca Golf Course and 2.8 km (1.7 mi) from Iberostar Golf Course. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 6 restaurants, 2 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

Plasma TVs with satellite channels are featured in all 570 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, furnished balconies or patios, and sofa beds. Minibars provide refreshments, and 24-hour room service is also available. Pillow menus welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include jetted tubs and bathrobes. Sitting areas, separate bathtubs and showers, and coffee/tea makers are also available.

A day of pampering at Bahia Spa can include hot stone massages, beachside massages, facials, and body treatments along with access to the sauna. The buffet restaurant, Jazmin, serves international cuisine. With 2 poolside bars and 8 bars/lounges to choose from, you can enjoy a drink at the resort. Spend the day at the beach where you'll find umbrellas, and enjoy the onsite golf course and free water park. Other amenities include a casino, a nightclub, and free WiFi in public areas. Each morning free buffet breakfast is offered between 6:30 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Places within a 15-minute drive of this 4-star Bavaro resort include Arena Gorda Beach and Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay.

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - All Inclusive ratings based on 25 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5
Pros: Beautiful hotel and grounds. Super clean and inviting. Staff excellent. Cons: Food could be better. Lots of variety but lacking in taste. The 2 fine dining we tried, Bella Italia & Takara, were terrible. Buffet is better than fine dining for sure but overall food is unimpressive. Also, because it is a complex of 8 resorts, it is very crowded on the beach, felt like ants on the beach. The whole beach charm is lost becoz of that.

Posted by , from Minnesota on Apr 10, 2018

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5 out of 5

Great Hotel right on the beach!

First time at an all inclusive in Punt Cana. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, the service and friendly staff was impeccable. The beach was always cleaned from seaweed, plenty of chairs at the beach and pool if you get there early. Also access to the other pools on the property helps. Buffets were great, and if you want to reserve a nice restaurant, try to do it before you arrive or after you book your vacation. Shopping on site, plenty to do, excursions like “La Hacienda” was well worth it!! Will plan to go back next year.

Posted by , from Miami, FL on Apr 2, 2018

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5 out of 5


Amazing and unforgettable stay at this hotel. Rated best for everything. Outstanding customer service with outstanding amenities will go back again

Posted by , from phoenix arizona on Dec 21, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 24, 2018 by Customer Service

Dear Nick, Your recent review motivates us, even more, to continue providing our valuable guests the most amazing experiences and the warmest service. Our hardworking team will feel proud to hear that their effort is so well appreciated. We would be absolutely pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you back. Kind regards, Adriana Peguero Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort

5 out of 5

Excellent and Rexlaxing Stay

Pros: The service and the staff.
Cons: Availability of Wi-Fi during the entire stay. It was a hassle trying to connect daily.
Location: Hard Rock Casino was close by and very enjoyable to visit. There are plenty of tours available to purchase.
This resort was excellent in all aspects. I felt well pampered and taken care of. Service and food was first class. I would not hesitate to recommend this resort.

Posted by , from Edmontont, AB on Dec 3, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 22, 2018 by Customer Service

Dear Darlene, Our entire team working will be glad to learn your comments and to hear that you appreciate their effort in making your stay so great. We would be enchanted to cater you once again! Kind regards, Adriana Peguero Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort

5 out of 5

Birthday Celebration

Pros: Well maintained grounds and common areas. NIce and spacious rooms
Cons: Designated non smoking areas
Location: Not that far from the airport. Did not do any things outside the resort
My wife and I planned to go away for our birthday's. We chose this resort on a recommendation from a family member. The resort is well maintained and is very spacious. Specialty restaurants are good and the buffets are decent. The beach is very nice; however it is very crowded as there really is not that much space for how many guests they have. Also, the hotel staff really do not speak English. They rarely understood what we were saying to them; and automatically were speaking Spanish to us. Another point that is worth mentioning; if you are not a smoker than be advised that the pool areas and the beach have no designated non smoking area. People were constantly smoking cigars and cigarettes nearby and thought that just because they were outside that no one would notice. This tends to be irrritating if you are a non smoker and the problem could easily be remedied. However, the resort prefers smokers as they are constantly selling tobacco products on the beach and in the hotel.

Posted by , from Chicago on Nov 21, 2017

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5 out of 5

Fantastic location.

The hotel staff from beginning to end went out of their way to ensure we had an excellent stay. Beautiful room with a beautiful view! The room was very clean and well equipped.

Posted by , from salem, va on Nov 1, 2017

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5 out of 5

Very nice hotel close to beach

Staff is amazing very friendly Food is awesome Hotel personnel very organized Definitely going back again Room service excellent

Posted by , from westchester NY on Aug 28, 2017

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5 out of 5
We had an amazing time. The staff makes you feel welcome and makes sure you have everything you need. Ruth, our butler, was absolutely fabulous. She went above and beyond. The pool was gorgeous. The drinks kept coming, the nightly shows in the lobby were great fun. We did one excursion to see life outside the resort which was also a great day. The spa was relaxing. The casino and shopping in the village was fun. The breakfast buffet was just heaven. I can't really think of anything negative. I would go back.

Posted by , from Gainesville, FL on Jun 25, 2017

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5 out of 5

Just amazing!

Pros: Friendly staff Spacious room Food options Friendly guests
Cons: Food at buffet was not always the best However, there were so many options that we always found something we liked.
Location: Parasailing Diving
I got here with my three daughters on Thanks Giving week 2016. The place is actually a collection of 5 or 6 hotels that are all enclosed in one area that is secured and is like a little city. You can attend shows/events/restaurants/pools etc at any of the other hotels. We stayed at Esmeralda, which is right by the beach. However, there are these train/golf carts that pass every few min and can take you anywhere in the hotel, including the beach. Tons of options for food. I was so amazed that even alcoholic beverages are free. Staff is amazing. They are so friendly, kind and easy going. I loved the pool and the great options for restaurants, although you better make reservations beforehand. However, the best part was the other guests. When I was there about 60% of the guests were from Canada and they are all so friendly! I didn't have a single doll moment. I must have made over a dozen friends and always found myself in good company. Normally I like adventure and to mix with the locals so this was my first time in an all inclusive resort. I expected to be bored to death but I truly enjoyed every moment of being there. I highly recommend!

Posted by , from Brooklyn NY on Apr 15, 2017

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel

Great time to relax and enjoy the staff and the food

Posted by , from Maryland usa on Aug 3, 2015

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About the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - All Inclusive

Location Arena Gorda Macao, Punta Cana, La Altagracia 23000

All-inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • 24-hour room service

Activities and facilities/equipment
Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Windsurfing

Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

  • Aerobics
  • Dancing

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old


  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Golf green fees
  • Use of golf cart
  • Use of golf equipment
  • Motorized water sports
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Premium food items
  • Premium and/or non-domestic beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Property Features

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - All Inclusive is an all-inclusive resort. Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Other items and amenities, including taxes and gratuities, and access to recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - All Inclusive offers its guests a full-service spa, a golf course, a complimentary water park, and 2 outdoor swimming pools. There are 6 restaurants on site, along with a snack bar/deli. For a drink, you can stop by one of the onsite bars, including 2 poolside bars and 8 bars/lounges. Free breakfast is available daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. A casino, a children's pool, and a nightclub are also featured at the family-friendly Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - All Inclusive. Self parking is free.

  • 570 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 5 buildings
  • 6 dining venues
  • 2 bars by the pool
  • 8 bars or lounges
  • Built in 2009
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Casino
  • Nightclub
  • Bar on the beach
  • Swim-up bar
  • Deli
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • 1 conference room
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free water park access
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Children's club (free)
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Arcade/game room
  • Playground on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Sofa bed
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Punta Cana (PUJ-Punta Cana Intl.) (26.3 km / 16.3 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - All Inclusive offers 570 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas and include sofa beds. A pillow menu is available. Plasma televisions come with satellite channels. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers with jetted bathtubs, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Sitting area
  • Jetted tub
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Plasma television
  • Satellite channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Pillow options
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Bidet
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

Jazmin - Overlooking the pool, this buffet restaurant specializes in international cuisine. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Snack Night - This buffet restaurant overlooks the pool.

Arrecife Grill Restaurant - This restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Asian - This restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Bella Italia - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

24-hour room service is available.

Spa Services

Guests can enjoy Bahia Spa, offering massages with hot stones and essential oils, reflexology, and body treatments. Guests can also put themselves in the hands of professionals for customized facial treatments like anti-stress, anti-ageing (or wrinkle reducing) or traditional body massages. The spa also offers an extensive and varied list of beauty services (manicures, pedicures) and hairdressing. It has an area for Ayurveda treatments, based on Hindu philosophy, and a VIP cabin with private hot tub. On the beach or poolside, guests can enjoy Caribbean massages in the palapas.

  • Hot stone massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Massages on beach
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No elevators
  • Minimum guest age is



The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • New Year's Eve gala dinner fee
  • Christmas Eve gala dinner fee
  • Resort fee

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

Hotel Names

  • Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda
  • Esmeralda All Inclusive
  • Esmeralda Bahia
  • Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
  • Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda All Inclusive
  • Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda All Inclusive Punta Cana
  • Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Punta Cana
  • Luxury Esmeralda Bahia Principe
  • Luxury Principe Esmeralda
  • Principe Esmeralda

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.
  • For stays on 24 December, the total price shown includes a charge for a mandatory Christmas Eve gala dinner.
  • For stays on 31 December, the total price shown includes a charge for a mandatory New Year's Eve gala dinner.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.