Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo All Inclusive

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Why We Love It

  • The mostly undeveloped Samana peninsula location is surrounded by forested land and peacefully secluded
  • Spend the day splashing in the ocean and playing in the sand -- this area is known for having the best beaches in the Dominican Republic
  • Unlike most all-inclusive resorts, there’s no loud daytime DJs or raucous pool games keeping the focus on relaxation
  • Kids’ water park area will keep the little ones entertained for hours

“#6 of 36 Las Terranas hotels” – TripAdvisor

Map & Directions

The Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo is approximately a 45 minutes drive from Samana El Catey International Airport. A taxi costs approximately $65 plus tip.

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For those looking to get away from it all, the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo fits the bill. The resort is located on the Samana peninsula, an area not yet overrun by developers.

The secluded feel is also due to its location. It’s about a 45-minute ride over somewhat rough terrain from the nearest airport in Samana and there are no direct flights from the U.S.

Although it can be a challenge to get there, the tradeoff is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Think calm and clear waters with soft powdery sand. The dearth of hotels and activity in the area is a boon to guests here. The property Is surrounded on either side by heavily wooded areas, making it feel miles away from civilization.

Within the grounds, there are plenty of modern-day activities including snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking. There’s also a main pool with a separate children’s area. A nice bonus for families is the water park area where the younger set will probably want to spend their day.

This is not the typical party atmosphere of most all-inclusives. There are no daytime DJs, pool games or loudly touted organized activities. The emphasis here is on relaxation. Night time turns up a bit with an on-site dance club and nightly shows and music.

If you don’t speak any Spanish, bring a translation book or download an app. Past guests on say there’s a bit of a language barrier.

From the press:
  • “#6 of 36 Las Terranas hotels” – TripAdvisor


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Additional details: You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

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