Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:49 PM
I was wondering if anyone has gotten married at this resort in Punta Cana? The reviews look great and the grounds look beautiful. I've also been looking at Iberostar Bavaro (stayed there last year and loved it!)
Any input would be appreciated!
Posted 28 July 2010 - 06:06 AM
I am getting married at Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro. I think the Esmeralda is the new section? if i am correct.....
I have been to the resort and its fantastic! thats why my FI and I have decided to get married there.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:24 AM
My husband and i were married at the Gran Bahia resort on April 22, 2010 and it was absolutley perfect! The wedding staff are amazing and probably the nicest girls you will ever meet! They made it so easy for us to enjoy our week with our 40 guests and not have to worry at all about wedding plans. You will have a wonderful time, and the resort is beautiful. The only advice i have is to get a list of all your guests room numbers because it is hard to locate people at this resort. It is huge, but easy to find your way around. If you stick to the main trolly line, it will take you just about anywhere!
When you arrive, the wedding coordinator will have a time set up for a meeting. We met with her the morning after we arrived and went through all the details (it took a couple hours), picked out flowers and talked about how the day will go. Everything turned out just as planned! They are very busy with weddings, but they will accomodate for anything that you ask for. All of our flowers were gorgeous!!! They were the nicest tropical flowers i have ever seen!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer, the resort does have one on site. We decided to go outside the resort and hired Michael Weiler to take care of our photos - he is absolutely amazing and very reasonably priced! He makes the best wedding albums! He is very fluent in english and easy to talk to. During the ceremony he was getting close-up shots and i honestly dont even remember seeing him there...i have no idea how he got some of those photographs!
i will try to attach some photos for you to have a look at...
Also if you want to see some of our pictures, go onto the following site and look up Melissa & Justin under the weddings section
If you have any questions or would like more details let me know - i spent over a year planning our wedding so i can probably answer just about any question with regards to this resort.
Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:25 AM
My husband and i were married at the Bahia resort in April 2010 - the Esmeralda is a new section to the right of the Bahia Principe section. It is beautiful but a different lay out than the Principe and Bavaro hotels. The rooms are located in large 5 or 6 story buildings, whereas with the Principe and Bavaro hotels the rooms are in 3 or 4 story villas which are located all over the resort. When we were there in April the grounds around the Esmeralda werent finished and the gates had not yet been installed at the opening to the resort. It looked empty, but i could be wrong. i bet its beautiful inside though!
Posted 13 August 2010 - 01:03 PM
I got married there in April and stayed in the Esmeralda section and it fantastic! It is beautiful, the staff is great, and it was much quieter than other areas of the resort. There were fewer children and the pool area was never crowded. Compared to what I saw at other areas of the resort I would highly recommend staying at the Esmeralda section over the other sections.
Posted 02 November 2010 - 10:25 AM
We came back 2 weeks ago from the Bahia Principe Resorts. We stood at the Ambar section but because we had VIP bracelets we were allow in the Esmeralda section. We were hanging out at the Jacuzzi area by the Esmeralda because we had it to ourselves most of the time and here's a picture:
Posted 04 November 2010 - 05:55 PM
Do you know what the difference is between Esmerlda section and Ambar Section?
We are going to the Ambar.
Sorry, my name is Karen and my daughter is getting married there in April .
Thanks in advance if you know the answer!
Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:23 AM
The Ambar is Adults Only and the Esmeralda families are allowed, but the picture I showed above is in the Esmeralda but only for adults.
The Esmeralda is the newest one, it opened up less than a year ago and it's gorgeous but we still preferred the Ambar because of the adults only deal also we found our section of the beach was always less crowded.
Hope this helps
Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:26 AM
My wedding day is Jan 11th, 2011 at the Bahia Principe... thanks for the info!
Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:05 AM
Glenny, did you provide transportation to and from the airport for your guests? I want to, but $44/pp seems steep to me?! Also, did you use their photographer? I want more pictures than 10, but not too extreme. Any suggestions on that as well?! Thanks for the information on the Ambar vs. Esmeralda, I was wandering that as well.
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