Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville -Adults Only All Inclusive
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville -Adults Only All Inclusive in El Soco, you’ll be by the sea and within the vicinity of Cave of Wonders. This 4.5-star resort is within the region of Estadio Tetelo Vargas.
Make yourself at home in one of the 134 air-conditioned rooms featuring free minibar items and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can get some exercise with a round of golf or enjoy a lazy day at the private beach. Additional features at this Colonial resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon.
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 4 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. When you are in need of a refreshing drink, visit a beach bar or one of 10 bars/lounges, or 2 poolside bars. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out, dry cleaning/laundry services, and coffee/tea in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Check in at the hotel was straight forward, however as previous customers of Grand Bahia hotels we had emailed the hotel who responded that as repeat guests of Bahia Principe hotels we would get those nice little touches in our room, but this didn't happen.
Our room was very spacious with dual sinks, a jacuzzi bath, toilet and shower. This hotel has learned that not all guests appreciate the window between the bedroom and bathroom so modesty here is maintained with the fitted curtains over the window.
We requested a first floor room as you get a private balcony, whereas the ground floor rooms don't have much privacy from people using the access pathways.
Bouganville is the adult only section of the larger La Romana hotel complex and has it's own restaurants that can't be used by residents of the La Romana hotel, however customers of the Bouganville section can book the restaurants in La Romana.
My wife and I ate at all of the a la carte restaurants and mostly enjoyed the food, although the food wasn't as good as at the other Bahia Principe hotels we had visited. Sometimes we got welcome drinks and appetisers sometimes not. On our 1st visit to the Brazilian Restaurant we had finished our meat when they brought us the vegetables we should have ate with it which was cold. We also enjoyed the buffet restaurant Jasmin which had plenty of choice though service was much better on one side of the restaurant.
We stayed for 2 weeks from the 14th October 2019 and found that for the first week a number of facilities were closed including the second buffet restaurant Dalia. It was the same for the bars where a number of them were closed including the bar at the jacuzzi pool. In addition drinks service at the quiet pool and the jacuzzi pool was hit and miss with me spending time walking to the closest bar which tended to be the beach bar.
You get a towel card that you exchange at the start of the holiday for a beach towel, you can then exchange your towels each day, at the end of your holiday you exchange your towel for a towel card, failure to present a towel card at checkout gets you a fine of $10 US. For a Luxury Bahia Principe hotel it was disappointing to see the beach towels being stained and threadbare and the sun loungers being as dirty as they were.
Drinks were very good with a number of top shelf international drinks being available, however part way through our second week the lobby bar ran out of Baileys and offered a local variant that wasn't as good as the original. I like to finish the evening with a port but for our last 5 days they had ran out of port and didn't get any more before we left.
As Bouganville is an adult only section you don't expect to see kids in the bar areas or restaurants, however there was an instance where a couple of family members had booked into Bouganville with the rest of the family booked into La Romana, the adults in Bouganville then expected that they could invite the family members including kids from La Romana into the bar areas of Bouganville and then proceeded to get shirty when told by staff that kids were not allowed. Also adults from La Romana were not allowed to use any of the Bouganville bars and restaurants and some had to be politely moved on by management.
The staff were very good whether in the restaurants or the bars and we had no issues with getting drinks or getting the drinks topped up.
As other reviewers have remarked a lot of Dominicans use this hotel for weekends. They obviously go to enjoy themselves and can be quite loud in an otherwise quiet hotel. We did find that the second weekend we were there the Dominican guests were given priority and on one occasion in the restaurant at lunchtime we struggled to even get a glass of water while several waiters ran back and forward to a group of them.
Having been to a number of hotels in the Dominican Republic we have been on many trips and so don't find it necessary to do any more , we spend two weeks relaxing and chilling out.
Overall we were pleased with our holiday at Bouganville, however I'm not sure whether we would return although this would have as much to do with TUI's organisation at the airport as it would be to do with the quality of the hotel. Once through immigration we looked for the Tui reps and it was very confusing we were eventually left standing in blazing sun beside a locked mini-bus while they tried to phone the driver. Eventually he turned up and six of us got in the mini-bus to head to Romana. After an hour the driver received a phone call and pulled onto the hard shoulder. He spoke little English so handed the phone to a passenger. It turned out that one of the couple son the bus were heading to the wrong hotel! This I am sure was down to the chaos at the airport.
We stayed at the Luxury Bahia the first week of Novemeber. It is a fairly long drive from Punta Cana in a tiny bus so looking at getting into La Romana Airport is a great option!
Our room was always clean, the mini bar stocked every day. Staying at the Luxury allows you the Grand Bahia as well..so you get 2 resorts for the price of one.
The grounds are kept immaculate and every single person we interacted with made us feel as part of the "family".
We were allowed an ala carte restaurant every night of the week..the ala cartes had great food and great service. The buffet had great service and had better food than I've had in some resorts.
All in all a great resort!
This was not our first choice hotel as we were supposed to be Hilton La Romana (which I hasten to add is on a gorgeous beach which is why we picked it!) but they gave us the option to change as the adults only part would be closed due to upgrading, so we chose the adults only Bouganville.
The Good- Lovely big room cleaned daily with nice jacuzzi bath, daily stocked mini bar, air con worked well although not used too much as it plays havoc with my bad chest! big comfy bed, clean fluffy towels daily, amazing beach a little man made in parts but still beautiful in amongst the huge palm trees, nice clean pools, plenty of sun loungers never had a job finding one, main pool was always busy and full of 'loudies' who like the sound of their own voices (not English :/) we're beach peeps so never a problem, pool party was fun nice touch with a coconut containing rum, some friendly staff, jacuzzi pool lovely, girls at the beach bar were nice, but that closed early every day, guys in the lobby bar were nice and friendly too.
The not so Good - The buffet restaurant was ALWAYS busy, throughout the whole of our stay (2wks) for every meal time we were rarely shown to a made up table with everything on (knives, forks, spoons, napkins, condiments, glasses) and always had to ask for them if you were lucky enough to find someone as they were clearly very short staffed, very difficult to get a drink often went without through the majority of our meals, ended up taking drinks in with us from the lobby bar in the end. Tried the a le carte restaurants, not much better at all food very disappointing, evening entertainment was hit and miss and although an adult only hotel felt we were herded around from place to place and they basically put you to bed by 10pm most nights.....unless you wanted to go to the disco which is where they obvs wanted you all to end up. Evening entertainment was much better over the family side, La Romana. Water was murky as river mouth close by, so not good for snorkelling. Was not very well and spent the last day and evening in the room, something I'd eaten maybe, couldn't put my finger on it, but having spent all that time studying the room noticed that the walls were covered in mold! I have a long term lung condition so don't suppose that was very good for me at all.
To summarise - made the best of our holiday as you don't really have a choice and on the whole was okay, would I go back or recommend to others.......no sorry, I wouldn't.