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Monday,  July 22, 2024   3:41 PM
Bahia Principe to reopen Luxury Esmeralda in Punta Cana after $35M renovation

Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts has announced the reopening of Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

After nearly eight months and a 35-million-dollar investment, the newly-reimagined property draws inspiration from the indigenous people of the Caribbean, the Taíno, delivering a revitalized and culturally immersive experience to its guests.

Embracing the ‘Taino Soul’ concept guests can enjoy new culinary offerings, upscale amenities, and new room categories starting December 2023.  

“In our constant pursuit of excellence, we recognize the importance of investing in the continual enhancement of our hotels, allowing us to align our offerings with the ever-evolving demands of our valued guests,” said Helen Montijano, VP Sales Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, in a press release. 

“This recent renovation goes beyond mere space and facility improvements, it is rooted in a profound product conceptualization, deeply connected to the unique essence of the hotel’s location and heritage, paying tribute to an influential culture that has left a mark on the Dominican people." 

"We look forward to welcoming our guests to a transformative experience that seamlessly blends modern luxury with a profound respect for the rich cultural heritage of this beautiful region."

Cultural transformation

The ‘Taino Soul’ concept is weaved throughout the renovated property. Notably, the resort's grounds feature a distinctive tribute to the traditional Taíno sport of "batú." 

This ancient game, played within a rectangular space enclosed by rocks, is reimagined through the incorporation of stone elements and rugged textures, enriching the design with historical significance. 

Within this thoughtful design, the lobby and buffet areas serve as a symbolic representation of the home of the cacique (referring to the local leader of an indigenous group). 

The living and entertainment spaces are designed for the nitaínos, the nobility and warriors, while the outdoor areas and theater are dedicated to the culture, embodying the spirit of the bohiques, who held the roles of priests and healers. 

Poolside at Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda. (Supplied)

While the restaurants give nod to the naborías, who were skilled fishermen, farmers, and artisans. In addition, the natural landscape, abundant flora, and vibrant fauna are all embraced and seamlessly integrated into the overall experience. 

This grand reopening signifies a significant milestone for both the resort and its visitors, underscoring a commitment to crafting indelible memories and fostering a profound connection with the rich Taino culture.

Enhanced guest experience

The beachfront, family-oriented Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda presents a refreshing experience, combining functionality, tropical aesthetics, and contemporary architectural design. 

This transformation introduces increased comfort and enhanced room amenities, as well as new room categories and the inclusion of Premium Deluxe swim-up suites.

Junior suite deluxe. (Supplied)

In a first for the Bahia Principe brand, the resort proudly introduces two themed specialty restaurants: Taino Restaurant and Mongolian Restaurant. These additions offer a diverse range of delectable dining options, catering to varied palates.

This grand reopening signifies a milestone for both the resort and its visitors, underscoring a commitment to crafting indelible memories and fostering a profound connection with the rich Taino culture.

Guests at Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda can take advantage of exchange privileges with neighboring properties, which include Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar, Bahia Principe Grand Aquamarine, Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana, Bahia Principe Grand Bavaro, and Bahia Principe Grand Turquesa + Fantasia Punta Cana. 

This allows guests access to a total of 26 restaurants, 34 bars, and 9 swimming pools, all conveniently connected by an internal shuttle service.

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