Grand Bahia Principa La Ramona
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To stay true to the nature of a “review” I will share the good and the bad, the good and the ugly but know this- the good far outweigh the bad and there was absolutely nothing that could be deemed ugly in this five-star resort. Upon arrival, we entered a grand lobby that made us second guess if we had arrived at the correct destination knowing what we paid. We were greeted immediately with a bell staff whose smile spoke a universal language of kindness. Upon going to the front desk to check in, we were again greeted with the brilliant smile of a receptionist offering a complimentary drink.
Our room slept three and could easily accommodate more. The room was spacious and comfortable. The care that goes in to keeping this resort clean and meticulously maintained was evident in the rooms, the gardens, the restaurants, and in the lobbies in which the floors shone like diamonds. The cleaning and maintenance crew clearly take pride in their work. My one complaint in this area was that we requested our room get cleaned in the morning, left the room all day and returned late afternoon to find our room untouched. We had to leave again for it to get cleaned which was inconvenient but worth the wait as the staff truly take pride in creating a spotless environment. The room had an air conditioner which really helped ward off the humidity and the TV which offered plenty of American channels. I could not imagine a higher quality stay at this price point.
Food and Beverage
This hotel experience was all inclusive and included all meals, three restaurants, beverages, snacks and alcohol. There is absolutely no pressure to “drink” as virgin cocktail and frozen drinks are readily available by simply asking. The dining experience for a majority of the trip was the buffet Orquidea. My family thoroughly enjoyed the blend of cultural food options with American classics creating that ‘something for everyone’ ambiance needed in a resort setting. With a carving board, fresh salads, assortment of breads, and array of rice, pastas, and meats- creating an appeasing dinner plate was never problematic. Breakfast also offered a plethora of dining options from the familiar French Toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs and toast to equally enjoyed Fritos, yuccas, conch, bananas wrapped in bacon and seasoned plantains. The buffet was the epitome of compromise and flavor! The only thing better than the food was the service. The wait staff became family as they welcomed us without fail at entrance and departure; constantly offering to refill glasses of water, get you a cocktail, a glass of wine, or coffee. Although it was a buffet, full service and customer satisfaction was an on-going theme and pride of this resort.
Out of the three onsite restaurants available for selection, we were able to secure reservations at two. The Japanese restaurant Takara and the seafood restaurant El Pescador. The restaurants offered another level of elegance to an already sublime experience. A dessert bar of pastries, cookies, cakes, pie, ice cream and custards promised to satisfy any size sweet tooth. Perhaps one of my favorite features would seem an odd appreciation considering the heat and humidity in DR, but I really enjoyed the espresso/cappuccino machine which offered perfect cups of flavored Joe every time.