Last Updated on February 23, 2024

Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts reopened Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda in December of 2023 after an eight month, $35 million renovation. Located in the renowned beachfront destination of Punta Cana in the  Dominican Republic, 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 ‘Taíno Soul’ concept, guests can enjoy new culinary offerings, upscale amenities, and new room categories.

“This 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,” Helen Montijano, VP Sales Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, said. “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 all-inclusive 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. 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. 

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.  

With this remarkable renovation, Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda is primed to deliver a revitalized and  culturally immersive experience to its guests. 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.  


"Matum" show at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.
“Matum” show at Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts. Photo courtesy Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda presents an exclusive show, “Matum,” as part of its new cultural emphasis. The new, 53-minute production is inspired by the Taíno and introduces guests in the mystical ambiance of ancient rituals. The show features nearly two dozen live performers and is presented every Wednesday. 

More than a performance, this standout collaboration between local Dominican talent and Bahia Principe’s art and entertainment team, was designed to offer guests a unique experience and opportunity to learn.

Special trips to cocoa, sugar, and coffee farms can be arranged, as well as ATV excursions and trips to Stingray Bay.

Benefits of Connectivity  

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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