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24 Apr

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The Best of Bahia Principe in the Dominican Republic

April 24, 2017 | By |

Punta Cana boasts long white-sand beaches, excellent water sports and diving, and a warm, lively atmosphere. In Samana, discover serene beaches, spectacular views and awe-inspiring natural beauty—the perfect spot for relaxing in the sun and exploring charming villages. La Romana is a golf lover’s dream, and offers easy access to cultural hotspots like Santo Domingo and Boca Chica. Eco-adventures abound in Puerto Plata, with beautiful beaches and great cycling, hiking and jungle excursions.

The resorts:

Punta Cana

Our pick:

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection
This brand-new fantasy-themed resort offers fun for the whole family with a waterpark, kids’ club and teens’ club featuring fitness facilities and a spa. Guests will love the vast selection of dining options and great activities for everyone, including magical, relaxing environment for couples, parents and single travellers.

Samana

Our pick:

Luxury Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo Collection
With complimentary WiFi, delectable gourmet cuisine, and luxurious service and amenities, the boutique-style Luxury Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo Collection is a dream come true. What’s more, the resort’s We Wellness program offers an exclusive personalized wellness plan, with relaxing body treatments and more.

La Romana

Our pick:

Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection
Luxurious and cosmopolitan, this beachfront resort is a paradise for guests ages 18 and over, with complimentary WiFi and the Don Pablo Collection’s incredible services, amenities and special personalized touches. What’s more, receive a 50% golf discount at the Playa Nueva Romana Golf Club facing the hotel.

Puerto Plata

Grand Bahia Principe San Juan
Get an authentic Dominican Republic experience with Grand Bahia Principe San Juan. This beachfront resort is ideal for a family getaway, with lots of land and water sports, great entertainment and complimentary WiFi in the lobby.

30 Oct

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The best of the Dominican Republic

October 30, 2013 | By |

Let the sun-filled flavour of the Dominican mango lead you through the most diverse and fertile island in all the Caribbean, which grows, farms and catches almost everything that’s served on dinner tables everywhere, from tropical fruits, to organic cocoa, fresh seafood and rich Dominican coffee.

Explore the possibilities whether you’re loving the sun on the perfect beaches of Punta Cana, kite surfing in Cabarete near Puerto Plata, whale watching in Samana or catching some culture in Santo Domingo while vacationing in beautiful La Romana.

Multiple non-stop flights, excellent hotels including the all-inclusive Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts and exciting excursions to keep you going.

That’s Air Canada Vacations. That’s your brighter Dominican Republic.

Non-stop flights to Dominican Republic

  • Fly to Punta Cana from Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa or Toronto
  • Fly to Puerto Plata from Halifax, Montréalor Ottawa
  • Fly to Samana from Halifax, Montréal or Toronto
  • Fly to La Romana from Toronto

FUN facts

  • Over 800,000 children play organized baseball in the Dominican Republic.
  • The Dominican Republic is credited with creating and developing Merengue,
  • a fast-paced rhythmic dance music.
  • The Dominican Republic is known as the “breadbasket of the Caribbean” because it grows, farms or catches almost all of its food.
  • Novembre 25°C – 30°C
  • Spanish is the official language.
  • 110-120 Volts (same as Canada)
  • Dominican peso (DOP). The US dollar is also generally accepted.
  • Los Haitises National Park, in Samana, with beautiful islands and mangroves.
  • Local cuisine is a combination of Spanish, Taíno, and African influences.

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30 Oct

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Chef Palacios’s Bahia Principe

October 30, 2013 | By |

Executive Chef Oscar Palacios brings his unique wisdom to all the Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, creating brilliant dishes to savour in some of the world’s most beautiful beach locations, including the Dominican Republic.

When did you realize you wanted to be a chef?

When I was very small I would watch my grandmother making fried aniseed and cinnamon rings and I saw the love that she devoted to them. When I tasted them I experienced a world of sensations I had never felt before and that was when I knew I wanted to be a chef.

Where did you study?

I trained under great teachers including Chef Eric Samaniego [of the celebrated Los Angeles Comme Ça], Chef Paul Luna [the mad genius of Atlanta, born in the DR] and Grand Chef Juan Amador [holder of three Michelin stars].

What’s your cooking style? 

I love classic cooking, perfectly timed cooking and resting. I am also a lover of how a dish is presented. Dishes always turn out better with love and passion.

Is there a famous Dominican dish everyone should try? 

Fried chicharrón, chicken marinated in garlic and lime, served with a very cold beer.

What inspired the menu for the Don Pablo Gourmet Restaurant?

In the gourmet restaurants we try to introduce our guests to a world of different flavours and textures. We hope that they feel like they are in one of the most sophisticated restaurants in France.

What do you recommend at Takara?

In Takara we created a fusion of traditional Asian cuisine from various countries and Caribbean ingredients, for example Taco de Atún Rojo (red tuna taco) inspired by Thailand.

Can you recommend a vegetarian dish at the resorts?

Mesclun salad with extra-mild cheese and mango, walnuts and French dressing, cream of courgette soup with morel droplets

Why should we visit the Dominican Republic at least once in our lives?

For the paradise locations with beautiful beaches and the kind and friendly people. 

What’s next?

To keep working. You never stop learning in a kitchen and there are always new challenges to face.