Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Review

Welcome to our in-depth review of Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel in the Dominican Republic. Located in the breathtaking surroundings of La Romana, the hotel offers moments of pure relaxation and indulgence under the warm Caribbean sun.

During our 11-day holiday at this luxurious resort, we took in everything it had to offer, from working out at the gym to indulging in the delicious dining options.

Luke and Kay from Flawless journeys at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

This blog post aims to provide an authentic review of our stay and a firsthand experience of what to expect when you take a holiday at this Adult-Only Hotel in La Romana. We cover the good and the bad parts, offering a glimpse into what to expect when you choose to stay at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel in the beautiful Dominican Republic.

We’ve included a table of contents to help you skip to the bits you want to know!

Now, no more waiting around. Let’s explore some details about the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel.


A map layout of the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic and surrounding properties and golf course

Tucked away in San Pedro de Macoris-La Romana, Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville is an all-inclusive adults-only resort inviting you to soak up a blend of tropical luxury and peaceful tranquillity.

Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel front entrance sign all lit up

This is our first trip to the Dominican Republic, and we were intrigued by this stunning hotel elegantly perched along La Romana’s scenic coast.

A map layout of Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville and La Romana

It offers a serene escape, a world away from the daily hustle – just what we were looking for. The area isn’t bustling with activity; those after more action might prefer Punta Cana.

The closest airport is La Romana International Airport, however we booked to fly into Punta Cana and took the included tui transfer to the hotel which took just over 1 hour.


Our easy booking with Tui set the stage for dreaming about the amazing trip ahead. After carefully checking the dates and flights, we realized booking 11 days instead of 7 was cheaper! Make sure you check to make the most of your money!

Initially, we were concerned about spending 11 days at an all-inclusive hotel. However, with the abundance of food choices, activities, entertainment, and the convenience of the neighbouring sister hotel, I can confidently say that 11 days proved to be the ideal duration to fully enjoy everything on offer!

Luke and Kay with Luke's Mum and Dad

We went with Luke’s Mum and Dad (who you will also see in the pictures) in January 2024 for a relaxing stay. Just a tip: it’s cheaper to book couples separately than together. Tui often has deals where you save money when you spend over a certain amount, so booking separately can help you take advantage of this!

Luke's mum posing in front of a statue of a ballerina

Bahia App

You can download the Bahia App 10 days before you arrive at the hotel. This allows you to check in to the Luxury Boganville Hotel ahead of time and make reservations for all the al a carte restaurants.


You first get dropped off at the sister hotel’s reception, La Romana Bahia Principe Grand. There was no word on what to do, so we ended up queuing at that hotel’s reception, only to find out we should’ve hopped on a buggy to the other hotel!

No biggie; we were in vacation mode anyway. But just to let you know, skip the wait and hop on the buggy to get checked in quicker.

Luke and Luke's mum and dad sitting in the long golf buggy being taken to the bouganville resort

We were warmly welcomed by the reception when we arrived, beginning our unforgettable stay.

The staff were super attentive and ready to cater to our every need. We were escorted to our room by our butler, the lovely Emelly. Who shared her phone number with us and told us to reach out for anything! We made the most of it, and she went above and beyond for us during our 11-day stay!

Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville sign


We opted for a spacious, roomy, and comfy Deluxe Junior Suite with a Garden View Room.

Large double poster bed with bed side cabinets and in front of the bed a unit with flat screen tv and coffee machine in our deluxe junior suite with garden view

The room boasted excellent air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a safe, and a compact ironing board complete with a traditional heavy iron – a non-steam model better than any modern iron I’ve ever used!

Kay ironing her dress using the hotel rooms issued iron and ironing board wearing the hotel robe

Our room, 54112, was at the far end, with a balcony overlooking the quiet pool. We loved this spot and would pick that room again if we returned.

Kay on the room balcony looking over the quiet pool at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

Luke’s parents were across the corridor, with a view of the lobby/Takara restaurant. Even though it was still quiet, their view wasn’t quite as nice as ours.

The well-kept rooms were spacious but felt a bit old-fashioned. A modern touch-up would have jazzed up the place even more. The rooms’ location was quiet day and night; we were right at the end of the corridor, and the stairs were in the middle of the block, so no one needed to walk down to our area.

Large double poster bed with bed side cabinets and a settee with table and chairs

The carpets in the corridors were very old and faded. But despite my mention of the dated appearance, it was all spotlessly clean, so I can not complain.


The bathrooms were impressively spacious, boasting luxurious his-and-her sinks for added convenience.

Jacuzzi bathtub, double sinks, hairdryer toilet and shower

The elegant design included a refreshing shower area, alongside a large jacuzzi-style bath perfect for unwinding after a long day, it was just about big enough for us both!


I must mention the hairdryer! I have thick hair, and it takes ages to dry, but the hairdryer they included in the bathroom is amazing, better than most hotel hairdryers. It is attached to the wall, though, so you have to do your hair in the bathroom, which gets quite heated!

Mini Bar

The room also featured a coffee machine. It took some working out to use. It is a filter bag you put in the machine. They supplied tea bags but no kettle, so I had to run the coffee machine without the coffee to get some hot water for a cup of tea.

Coffee and tea making machine and two bottles of fresh water

The stocked fridge contained a refreshing assortment of water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, beer, and spirits, catering to different preferences. These are all included in the all-inclusive package.

Mini bar stocked out with sift drinks, beer and sprits

It truly had everything we needed for a relaxed and enjoyable stay. One delightful surprise was that whenever we took a drink from the fridge, they promptly replenished it with a double, adding an extra touch of thoughtfulness to our experience.

Room Service

There is room service available, but we did not use it. I did look at it, and it seems you can order 24 hours a day!


As already mentioned, the rooms were spotlessly clean, and we were very happy with the standard of cleanliness shown by the maids. They always looked immaculately dressed and seemed happy in their job.

The cleaning staff dancing with the management around the pool

While we were there, they had a staff appreciation day, so here is a little picture of the amazing resort maids!

Ocean View Rooms

We spoke to people who had paid extra to stay in the Ocean Front Rooms; it would seem these rooms are not worth the extra money.

They have a very large balcony in the direction of the view of the ocean, but the many palm trees obscure it. They overlook the activity pool/ beach restaurant, so don’t expect a quiet balcony during the day.

Luke and Kay from Flawless journeys Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic


The Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel has two outdoor pools, each with its own charm. Surrounded by lush tropical vibes, these pools are perfect for chilling out in the sun or soaking up a fun atmosphere.

The pool bar looking busy in the quiet pool at Bahia Principe Luxury resort Dominican Republic

Each pool was clean, well-maintained, and surrounded by ample sun loungers, ensuring we always had a spot to relax and soak up the sun. The variety of pools catered to different moods and activities, making our stay at the hotel a truly enjoyable stay.

Quiet Pool

A quiet pool is located next to the Las Dalias Restaurant. This pool was our favourite for the majority of our stay. Our room overlooked it, providing a tranquil environment perfect for relaxation.

Panoramic view of the quiet pool and palm trees

We did have to put our towels down early, as we are used to at other hotels, but that’s not a problem for us as we are always up early! The peaceful atmosphere made for chilled-out mornings and early afternoons soaking in the sun.

The swim-up bar was well manned by our favourite staff members, who kept us topped up with drinks all day.

Kay and Luke's mum holding Bahama Muma and chocolate mudslide cocktails standing in the pool

We thoroughly enjoyed all the cocktails they made.

Passion fruit cocktail being held by kays hand

Some of our favourites were the Bahama Rumba with or without rum (ask for extra fruit), Dirty Monkey, Mojito, Chocolate Mudslide, and Daiquiri Maracuya (passion fruit cocktail seen above).

Luke and Luke's dad holding cocktails sitting in the quiet pool at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

In the late afternoon/evening, it got busier with golfers cooling off at the pool bar, adding a bit more hustle but not too much noise, just the liveliest part of the day.

At lunchtime there was a guy with a snack bike who brought around sandwiches, fried chicken and ice lollies.

Staff around the pool with the snack bike serving snacks around the pool

The pool maintenance guy worked tirelessly every morning to clean the pool, but there seemed to be a problem with the filter. I wouldn’t say it was dirty, but by the afternoon, many bugs (including wasps) were floating around because the filter was not working to remove them.

A horse wasp with a large sting

They did have some maintenance work going on and an outside worker looking and testing it, so I believe the issue was being addressed.

Fun Pool

On the other side, next to the Beach, is another pool. I have called it the fun pool because it is where all the excitement happens. Activities, games, shows, and fitness all take place here. It’s a focal point of energy and excitement.

The staff dancing with the entertainment team around the pool at the entertainment pool

It is a vibrant hub of uplifting activities echoed with laughter and lively frolics. It is great for entertainment! We often went here before or after lunch to soak up some of the buzzing atmosphere, but it was too loud for us to spend all day there. The swim-up bar at this pool was always busy!

People doing aqua a aerobics in the pool

That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy the entertainment! The sound of activities echoed down to the quiet pool, calling us to venture down and see what fun was happening!

Luke with his mum and dad holding cocktails in the quiet pool at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic


There is a little stand at the big pool where you can buy suncream, pool floats, and crisps.

Luke at the beach shop which sells lilos, sun cream, crisps, cigarettes and other snacks

Coco Coconut / Pina Pineapple

You can get a freshly made tropical cocktail from this pool at a stand for $5,chopped and mixed and poured back inside the pineapple or coconut shell.

A stall which serves fresh pineapple and coconut alcoholic drinks
Kay holding a coco coconut drink

While you can get drinks for free all-inclusive, this was a nice touch!

Jacuzzi Pools

There was also another quiet area next door to the fun pool. It had a couple of jacuzzi pools to relax in and its own bar. Quite a nice location if you want to be near the entertainment but not in the midst of it all!

Jacuzzi pools with people sunbathing around the pools and bar area


There was a lovely long stretch of golden sands, with beautiful tall palm trees that added to the charming atmosphere. Many comfy seats, including ultra-relaxing Bali beds, were available to soak in the laid-back Caribbean vibe.

A Bali bed on the beach at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

There is a big drop when you walk into the sea. We only went in once, but I am a pool person, so I struck with the pool after that. I am not a fan of swimming in the sea, and it’s even worse when I can’t see what’s swimming around me!

The sea isn’t the usual crystal-blue Caribbean sea; it is sandy and murky instead. I knew this in advance, so it didn’t let me down.

Luke on the beach at Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

It didn’t stop us from booking, but it might not be the best pick for beach lovers or those who want a hotel good for snorkelling. If you want a day trip to a nicer beach, you can book a trip to Soana Island or Catalina Island. We give more advice for day trips later.

The beach at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

Romantic Dinner

They have a romantic dinner in the evening. You can choose the setting between the beach and the pool. They will set up a private table for you with champagne and roses and your own personal waiter.

Romantic dinner table under palm trees on the beach with the sun setting in the background

It costs $75 per person for lobster and steak or $55 per person for just steak.

Romantic dinner menu

Beach Club

There is a beach club about a 5-10 minute walk down the beach. This is free for you to use; however, the drinks and food are not all-inclusive, so take some money with you to spend here.

The beach club at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville resort
Luke in the pool looking over the beach at the beach club

It has an infinity pool looking over the beach. It’s a very pretty view, quiet and relaxed. I didn’t stay long enough to sample the food or drinks. The pool is open 8 am to 6 pm November- May and 8 am to 7 pm May – October.

Daytime Entertainment

At Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville, guests can enjoy a mix of leisure, sports and relaxation. This full experience ensures each moment is as lively and engaging, or chilled and quiet as you wish.

To keep you informed about the day’s happenings, there are boards up at the pool and reception.

Daytime Entertainment Timetables

As you can see, there is plenty of daytime activities to do, from fitness classes to learning Spanish and playing games.

Activity board Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

There is also a touchscreen electronic board in the lobby updated with the day’s activities and events, and the app also tells you more.

Here are a few things we enjoyed. Remember you can also enjoy the activities at the La Romana Hotel too!

Pool Tables

There are two pool tables at the main lobby bar. They are free to use all day and night.

Kay playing pool at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

Pool Party

Whilst staying at the resort, we had the opportunity to join a lively pool party. The event was set to the upbeat sounds of club music, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

The foam pool party at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

As an added touch of excitement, a foam machine was in full swing, pumping frothy bubbles into the pool, adding to the fun and creating a memorable experience for all attendees.

Luke and Kay from Flawless journeys covered in foam at the pool party in the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville resort

Circus Show

Watching from the poolside was a delight. The performers showcased acrobatics, aerial silk displays, an aerial hoop show, tumbling acts, chair balancing, juggling, and a mesmerising strong men’s adagio balancing act. It exceeded my expectations!

A lady using the Ariel rope for the circus act around the main pool and a man holding the bottom of the rope for safety
The circus act around the main pool with a man standing on another persons head whilst both standing on a metal platform


One afternoon, the family La Romana Hotel set up a market in the reception lobby, where souvenirs, from T-shirts to jewellery, could be bought.

Market stalls for souvenirs in a Bahia Principe la Romana resort

Fitness Entertainment

If you’re looking to stay fit during your vacation, you can participate in water aerobics, stretching, yoga, pilates or dance programmes offered by the hotel.

Kay doing a yoga class at the Bahia Principe Luxury hotel

I used the morning pilates class when I was not at the gym.

Dominican Dancing Show & BBQ

They hosted a BBQ by the lively pool, where graceful Dominican dancers showcased their moves before the feast began.

Staff doing a Dominican day around the pool and dancing


We joined in with the Bingo fabulously hosted by Sexy Juan.

Juan the staff member holding a escape room gift card playing bingo at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel
A bingo card coffee beans and sunglasses

You can enter for free, use coffee beans as markers and get the chance to win coffee, a bottle of alcohol or tickets to the on-site escape room.

Evening Entertainment

The evening entertainment at Bahia Principe Luxury Boganville was a delightful blend of live music and cultural performances. They have something different every night.

Evening entertainment board Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

Couple Show

We watched the couples show, in which four couples competed in dancing, singing, and other funny competitions to win the title of best couple.

Couples night with the entertainment staff

Beach Party

Once a week, they have an eagerly anticipated and vibrant beach party. Laughter fills the air as the staff and holiday goers gather to enjoy the lively ambience on the beach.

Luke and kay and Luke's mum and dad at the beach party

Groovy tunes, mesmerising dancing light shows, and a spirited limbo competition add an extra layer of excitement to the evening.

The entertainment staff in a lit up suit dancing at the beach party
People doing a limbo dance on the beach at the beach party at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

Just make sure you spray with mosquito spray before you go, as you will get bitten!


We didn’t stick around too long for this one. Singing is not our strong point!

Someone sing karaoke


We enjoyed watching a magician doing some tricks he included members of the audience too.

Live Music

Live music was played on a small stage in one of the lobby bars every evening, including violinist and saxophonist.

Violinist playing music

70/80’s Night

My favourite entertainment night was the 70-80’s Night.

Kay standing with staff dressed up in the 70s and 80s theme night

We thoroughly enjoyed the event – it was filled with vibrant dancing, lively singing, and eye-catching neon outfits.

Entertainment staff dancing for 70's and 80's night at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

The atmosphere was electric, and it truly made the experience unforgettable!


There is even a casino on site for those looking to add excitement to their night.

People sitting at the poker tables in the casino


For those who like a bit of late-night fun, there’s a disco that stays open till late in the village. We didn’t manage to stay up late enough, but it’s perfect for night owls who want to dance into the night.

Staff doing dance lessons in the Bahia village

Buffet Restaurants

The Bahia Principe Luxury Boganville Hotel boasts numerous restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.

Luke and Kay from Flawless journeys at the Takara Asian restaurant

You can also dine at the neighbouring hotel restaurants, giving you plenty of delicious options to choose from! Let’s start with the Buffet Restaurants.

Jazmin Main Restaurant – Dinner and Lunch Buffet

The main restaurant, Jazmin, serves a buffet lunch or dinner without reservation. The buffet offers various dishes, from local Dominican specialities to international cuisine.

We opted for lunch here most days to sip wine from proper glasses (unlike the plastic ones from the beach restaurant at lunch). Plus, it was a cool break from the heat with air conditioning while enjoying our meal.

Jazmin Buffet Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

It is not permitted to wear pool or beach clothing for lunch or dinner. However, you can wear it if it is dry and you cover it up with clothing. They have people at the doors who will turn people away. We saw a couple try to enter at dinner wearing dressing gowns. They were told to get dressed or order room service instead, rightly so!

Las Dalias Restaurant – Breakfast

This is the place where we savoured breakfast each morning. It offered a buffet-style spread catering to all tastes, energising us with delightful options and the freshest produce available for the day ahead.

The breakfast coffee service was satisfactory; however, when I asked for tea, the staff seemed confused, and it took quite a while. I just wanted to flag this; I have no complaints, though!

Las Dalias Buffet Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

We enjoyed that you could enjoy your breakfast outside at this restaurant.

Kay and Luke's mum and Dad having breakfast with champagne

Oh and I enjoyed that you could enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or a mimosa in the morning for the days that I was not going to the gym or yoga!

Los Corales Beach – Lunch Buffet

This restaurant is situated beside the main pool and the beach. It was well-shaded and you got a nice breeze coming through to keep you cool ehilst you ate lunch. The selection of food was good. from small midday bites to a more fulfilling big lunch.

Los Corales Beach Buffet Lunch Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

As mentioned earlier, I did not like drinking out of plastic glasses. I understand it is near the pool and beach, but this is an adults-only hotel, so I am sure we can be trusted! Not a major issue but we preferred to eat in the Jazmin Restaurant at lunchtime.

Orquidea Main Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This restaurant is located at the Bahia Principe Grand La Romana Hotel, just an 8-minute stroll from the Luxury Bouganville Lobby. You can dine here for any meal you like, and it makes a nice change of scenery.

Orquidea Buffet Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

We visited and found it quite similar to what the adult-only resort offers. The restaurant, though spacious, serves the same food. We personally liked the Bouganville restaurant better.

A La Carte Restaurants

So now you know all about the buffet options, let’s move on to the a la carte restaurants.

Don Pablo Gourmet Restaurant – Dinner

Indulge in a fancy meal with tasty hand-crafted gourmet dishes at a gorgeous gourmet restaurant.

We tried two meals there – the Seafood Soup was yummy, and we all loved the Beef Sirloin and Lamb Chops for mains.

Don Pablo Gourmet Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

The showstopper was the Crepe Suzette dessert, which they flambeed right before us!

Rodizio Restaurant – Beach

By evening, the Beach restaurant Los Corales transformed into a Brazillian Steakhouse to enjoy your evening meal, offering delicious grilled delights on skewers.

You start with the salad bar, then grilled vegetables arrive at your table.

Next, waiters stroll around with skewers loaded with grilled meat, poultry, and fish, carving it onto your plate. They even have a skewer with garlic bread and grilled pineapple!

You’re given a card to flip when ready for more meat. It was a unique experience we really enjoyed.

Here is what we enjoyed

  • Sausages
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Turkey wrapped in Bacon
  • Flank Steak
  • Picanha Steak
  • Salmon
  • Pineapple
Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

We had a great time, although we wished we had saved room for the better meats and fish toward the end, like the Salmon, flank steak, and picanha.

By the time they were served, I was too full to enjoy, so I only had a tiny piece. Wished I had them instead of the slightly overcooked chicken and turkey!

Oriental Takara Restaurant – Asian

This restaurant offered Asian Fusion dishes that were a feast for the eyes and the palate. We really enjoyed the food, but the service was not as good as the other restaurants. We still visited this one twice to enjoy more of the food!

Takara Asian Fusion Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

Everyone is served an appetizer of sushi, which we enjoyed. For starters, we indulged in spring rolls, a poke bowl, shrimp, and vegetable tempura. For the mains, the Teppanyaki and Wok Noodles were our favourite options. We also enjoyed bananas and ice cream.

Le Gourmet Restaurant

French restaurant Le Gourmet, situated on the La Romana Grand side, offers authentic dishes made with fresh ingredients. We did not eat at this one.

El Pescador- Seafood Restaurant

Fresh seafood and a breezy ambience gave a true taste of the sea, though patience was required at times for the service. It is situated on the La Romana resort, we had noisy children seated next to us, and the food was just average.

El Pescador seafood Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

We actually preferred the buffet restaurant seafood night better than this. It wasn’t terrible, just not as good as the rest! But we met other people out there saying they liked this one better than the gourmet.

Il Capriccio – Italian

This a la carte restaurant service was slow, but the food was lovely.

Il Capriccio Italian Restaurant Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville


The Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel offers a variety of bars for all tastes. Here are the options available within the Resort.

Drinks at Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

Each bar at the hotel offers a variety of cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Beer, white, rose, red, and sparkling wine are also available. Spirits are also available. If you want branded spirits, make sure you tip.

Lobby Bar Tamarindo – Entertainment Bar

This bar has the most selection and labelled brands in the heart of the resort, where the drinks flow as freely as the conversation. However, be prepared to tip if you want them!

Tamarindo bar in the main lobby Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

Open day and night.

We enjoyed the outdoor bar next to the lobby bar for drinks before dinner; the ambience was perfect for winding down after a day of soaking up the sun.

Outdoor bar with seating area with people drinking smoking

Lobby Bar Palmira – Live Musician

Rhythmic beats and soul-stirring melodies made for enchanting evenings, this bar is a quieter area away from the main lobby entertainment, they played live music. We sat here most nights to play cards with our drinks.

Lobby bar Palmira in the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

Tropical Pool Bar – Quiet Pool

This was where we spent most of our time, at the pool bar.

Lukes mum at the pool bar at the quiet pool bar waiting for it to open for cocktails

The bar staff managed a non-stop pace with impeccable service and ceaseless smiles, even when Luke’s mum was trying to get drinks before they had opened!!

Luke with his Dad and Anthony the bar staff at the quiet pool

Anthony was a fantastic barman, always busy. If they get time, they bring drinks for you, too.

Every day the cocktail of the day changed; they all tasted great!

A sign of the cocktail of the day Daiquiri Maracuya at the pool bar in the quiet pool

Arrecife Pool Bar – Main Pool

Bubbling with activity, this pool bar was always busier than the other pool bar, with people quenching a thirst for fun.

The pool bar in the main pool in the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

Jacuzzi Bar

This bar is handy if you don’t want to get in the pool for a drink, but there seemed to be a smaller choice available here.

Bar piscina at the jacuzzi pools

Coffee Bar

There is a self-serve coffee bar which you can use to get coffee or other hot drinks any time of the day.

Coffee corner station by cafe Domingo Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville resort

They also have sandwiches, cakes and fruit baskets there too!

Fresh fruit and pastries at the coffee corner

Hibyscus – Beach Bar

Sandy feet and tropical treats paired perfectly beneath the coconut palms. The beach bar is there to serve all day whilst you enjoy the beach. And also, in the evening, during the beach party.

The beach bar at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic


The staff’s English wasn’t quite up to what I expected, considering most visitors are Americans. Good thing I know some Spanish, which helped bridge the language barrier. It’s advisable to pick up some basic Spanish before your visit.

Kay standing with staff dress up for Dominican republic theme night

The staff exhibited kindness and politeness and appeared content in their roles, which reflected in the exceptional service we received; and as I’ll explain next, tipping really helped to get the best service.


Tipping is very common at this hotel, more than we’re used to on other holidays. We British just aren’t used to it. We usually tip big at the end of the holiday to our favourite staff members who we felt went the extra mile.

However, we soon learnt things work differently here. There are loads of American guests at this hotel who tip for everything you can think of, from sliding notes for drinks at the bar, the waiter who shows them to their table, the buggy driver, to tipping the chef for cooking a fried egg at breakfast.

Luke at the quiet pool bar with other people waiting for drinks holding money for tipping bar staff

I wanted to alert you all because when we first turned up, we found that we were not getting served. I would not say the staff expect it, but when they have multiple people waving money at them, they will serve them before you, so you end up joining in with the American way of tipping!

When you show the notes, they will serve and even approach you while sitting around the pool. In the restaurants, you will be served drinks quicker, and during the evening entertainment, you will get better table service if you tip.

So I advise you to take plenty of $1 notes with you to ensure you get the best service by tipping a little every day!!

Kay holding a Bahama Muma around the pool

Cigar Shop

If you like a cigar, they have plenty of choice in this shop and alcohol too.

Cigar and Liquor shop inside the Bahia Principe Luxury resort

Bahia Principe Village

Take a stroll around the Bahia Principe Village, where you will find shops, fast food, and a 24-hour doctor’s.

Mini market in the Bahia village
Medical centre in the Bahia village


The gym at our Bahia Principe Luxury Boganville is available for guests to use free of charge. The gym has various basic equipment suitable for weight training and cardio workouts.

Luke at the Gym in the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

You’ll find everything you need, from fitness cable machines to treadmills and stationary bikes, to maintain your fitness routine during your stay. It was small and always busy no matter what time I visited. There are only 2 treadmills which I don’t think is enough for a hotel of this size.


The Bahia Principe Luxury Boganville spa adds a layer of luxury and relaxation to your stay.

The Spa at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville resort

If you want to pamper yourself more, try their beauty, hair, and massage services. Remember that these are chargeable services not included. I think the prices are quite high (as most hotels are); a 50-minute facial was $84, and a 50-minute massage was $104.

I didn’t have a massage, so I can’t comment on the service. You will find the up-to-date costs and services on the Bahia app.

Massage and Hair Braiding

They also offer massages and hair braiding at the main entertainment pool, which I found strange! In my opinion, it is far too busy and loud there to have a relaxing massage!

Two massage beds on the beach at the Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Dominican Republic

Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel Video

Here is a quick glimpse of the hotel and what we got upto there.

Things to do near the Bahia Principe Luxury Boganville

The hotel’s location is pretty remote, with little to do around the area.

Two boat excursions are available for those seeking pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters for snorkelling in. You can book directly at the hotel, with your tour operator, on TripAdvisor or with Get Your Guide.

Bahia Principe tours stand on the resort

Catalina Island

Want to snorkel? Take a full-day trip to Catalina Island by catamaran. There’s an open bar onboard, lunch, snacks, and all equipment is included. You will see tropical fish in crystal clear water.

Soana Island

Want to see a nicer beach then the hotel? Take a luxury all-inclusive catamaran cruise day trip to Soana Island.

Explore Saona Island, the Catuano Reef, and the Las Palmillas natural pool on this catamaran cruise from La Romana. Enjoy chilling on the decks, admiring the views as the catamaran zips around the island. Lunch and an open bar is included for a truly all-inclusive experience!.

Luke and Kay from Flawless Journeys

Scuba Diving

Want to go deeper, take a half-day boat tour with a scuba diving instructor and explore the underwater flora and fauna. Check out local marine life as well as a famous shipwreck.

Buggy Adventures

Take a buggy off-road and explore the rugged terrain of the Dominican Republic countryside.

La Romana

Book a day trip to enjoy a full city tour of La Romana, checking out Casa de Campo and Altos de Chavon.

Visit a key Dominican cigar factory to delve into the history of cigar-making in the Dominican Republic, and later, have some free time for shopping in La Romana.

A statue of two lovers cuddling in the main restaurant in Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Hotel

Conclusion Review of Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville

We had a great holiday at the Luxury Bouganville Hotel. Right from the start, we were totally wrapped in comfort and elegance. The staff were super attentive and looked after us so well, making sure our stay was unforgettable and chilled.

The food at the hotel’s a la carte restaurants was great, but even the buffet food gave our taste buds a real treat with so much choice we never got bored.

Luke and Kay from flawless journeys with Luke's mum and Dad

The beautiful surroundings were the perfect backdrop for a peaceful break from the daily grind, and when we wanted some fun, there was plenty to be had.

We totally recommend The Bahia Resort, Luxury Bouganville Hotel to anyone looking for a relaxed, stylish stay. Our time here has been absolutely perfect and the memories will stay with us forever.

We can’t recommend it enough to anyone planning a trip to this beautiful island nation.

Read more reviews about the Bouganville Hotel on Tripadvisor. Check out more all-inclusive hotel reviews, we have posted, Riu Sri Lanka or Riu Palace Tikida Agadir.

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