We have spent 2 weeks at Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, Las Terrenas, Samaná. The Resort had the usual beautiful Grand Bahia Principe style. One large main A/C buffet, Dalia, 3 a la carte restaurants. Orquidea was the gourmet, El Pescador was the seafood and Portofino was the Italian. All were with A/C. There was also a nice open air buffet at the beach. The food was delicious in all the a la carte restaurants and in the buffet. Lots of choice of fresh food. You could find everything and the red wine Baron de Valac (french) was also very pleasant. The Pueblo Principe, where the nightlife was taking place was a good place to meet people. The grounds were well kept and everything was spotless. This Resort is the cleanest place that we have ever visited. The beach had golden sand and turquoise clear water. The ocean was very calm and very safe for swimming. The main pool was kept very clean. It was surrounded by lovely trees. We appreciated the lounges at the pool with their thick and comfortable mattresses. There was also a quiet pool for peaceful reading or relaxing. Our Junior Suite Superior was very centrally located in building 7. It was quite large and everything worked very well. Good A/C, plenty of hot water, comfortable bed, mini bar replenished each day etc.The food. Buffet had an excellent choice of everything and was open morning, lunch and at night for dinner. We did enjoyed our breakfast and lunch at the buffet. At night, the A La Carte Restaurants were also very good and a pleasant change from the buffet. Orquidea, the Gourmet Restaurant, had a very helpful Hostess, Ysabel, who was always pleasant and took good care of the guests. We did not have a favorite restaurant as they all had something delicious that we enjoyed. The service everywhere was super. All the staff were helpful and pleasant. They really worked hard to please you. We met the Resident Manager, Carlos, who was always around making sure that all the guests were happy. He is a big asset to the resort. Amilcar was also very helpful if you needed anything. We also had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Dianellys, who takes good care of the guests emails and add comments on the TripAdvisor reviews. The Hotel Manager Sigi is doing a wonderful job of managing the Resort. She is always walking around ready to hear the clients suggestions. We must say that the Bahia Principe El Portillo is the best Resort from all the Bahias we have visited. All our needs were met and it even exceeded our expectations. We would recommend this resort to anyone who wishes to have a good relaxing vacation. Hasta Pronto. We will certainly return. For pictures see: http://leonardito.com/bahportillo1405n/bahport1405.php
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