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Joannie & Rafael


June 2, 2018

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Joannie & Rafael


June 2, 2018

NOW Larimar Plaza

Welcome!

Welcome, Family and Friends! We are so excited to spend an extended weekend with you in gorgeous Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Your presence means the world to us as we have the time of our lives and pledge our love to each other in paradise. 

Carol, of Barefoot Bridal, a destination wedding travel agency, has been amazing with helping us with all the booking details. Carol has worked with the hotel to secure a group rate with the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection and to help all of our guests book their travel accommodations for our wedding on June 2, 2018.

Should you have any questions related to traveling, please contact Carol and Barefoot Bridal. There is a chat button on the bottom right hand corner of this site, you can email carol@barefootbridal.com, or call 980.355.0930. 

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Amenities


Amenities


Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda is a large all-inclusive resort that sits on an idyllic white sand Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. Located just 30 minutes from Punta Cana airport, the resort offers guest rest, relaxation, excitement and adventure. There is truly something for everyone. The Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda is a family-friendly resort. 


  • Beautiful location next to the ocean
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 24-hour room service
  • VIP amenities
  • Butler service (upon request)
  • Evening turn-down service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Pillow menu (upon request)
  • Towels for the pool and beach in the room upon arrival
  • Exclusive beach bar service for Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda guests
  • International newspapers
  • Organized games and activities
  • Mini-bar with alcoholic drinks (restocked daily)
  • Bocce ball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and mini-golf available upon request
  • Gym
  • Aerobics, merengue classes and yoga
  • Local taxes and tips
  • Unlimited á la carte dinners in our specialty restaurants(reservation and formal dress required)
  • Wide selection of international drinks
  • 24 hours free WI-FI throughout the hotel (service available for a maximum of two devices per room reservation)
  • 1 hour per day free (subject to availability and Upon request,) paddle surf, kayaks, tennis, catamarans for hire, snorkeling
  • Diving lesson in the pool (subject to availability and upon request, a lesson per person per stay)
  • Guests can use all the facilities and restaurants of the complex (except the buffets and facilities of the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia).
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ACCOMMODATIONS


ACCOMMODATIONS


The Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda is part of the Don Pablo Collection and is one of the smaller, more luxurious options in the Bahia Principe resort complex. Each of the 570 Junior Suites comes equipped with 2 full-size canopy beds or 1 king-size canopy bed, a hydromassage bathtub and separate shower, air conditioning, coffee and tea machine, a safe, a mini bar restocked daily with alcoholic drinks, and a terrace. Enjoy a pillow menu, 24-hour room service, umbrellas, towels for the beach and pool, butler services, unlimited a la carte dinners in the specialty restaurants, and VIP amenities. 

The Special Wedding Group Rates have been secured and rooms have been blocked off with a room block, waiting for you to book your stay! There is a 3-night minimum stay for the rates. The rates are below.

Please Note: There is a rate break starting on the night of June 1. All bookings will be one rate up until the night of May 30 and a second rate starting on the night of June 1. 


Junior Suite
(up until and including the night of May 31)

Bedding: 1 king canopy bed or 2 full size canopy beds

Maximum Occupancy: 
3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children

Special Wedding Group Rate:
$187.00/night for a single person
$124.97/night per person for 2 in a room
$118.72/night per person for 3 in a room
$62.49/night per child age 2-12

Junior Suite
(starting the night of June 1)

Bedding: 1 king canopy bed or 2 full size canopy beds

Maximum Occupancy: 
3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children

Special Wedding Group Rate:
$173.04/night for a single person
$115.36/night per person for 2 in a room
$109.58/night per person for 3 in a room
$57.68/night per child age 2-12

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Gourmet Dining


Gourmet Dining


Enjoy unlimited a la carte reservations at the specialty restaurants below in addition to full access to any of the restaurants at the rest of the Bahia complex.  


Jazmin
International Cuisine Buffet

Indulge in amazing food, beautiful surroundings, and good company. Choose from the many gourmet options and create a meal that is perfect for you. 

Formal dress code.
Reservations not required. 

Los Geranios
International Cuisine Buffet

Redefine your perception of a buffet. Gaze upon hundreds of gourmet options made with the freshest ingredients where everyone can create a meal that is uniquely their own. 

Formal dress code.
Reservations not required. 

Pool Restaurant
International Cuisine

Enjoy your meals and drinks by the pool, in an ideal setting for relaxing in the comforts of our hotel and savoring our rich and varied cuisine.

Reservations not required.

Beach Restaurant
International Cuisine

Savor delicious meals and drinks while you enjoy the fascinating scenery. Come and try our exquisite culinary offerings by the seaside.

Reservations not required.


Oriental Takara Restaurant
Oriental Fusion

Enjoy a new twist on Oritenal cuisine. Our experienced chefs have combined traditional recipes you love with innovative culinary techniques, sure to take your breath away.

Reservations required.
Formal dress code.
Adults Only

Bella Italia Restaurant
Avant-garde Italian Cuisine

Indulge in traditional age-old recipes, with a modern flare. Try any of our delicious meals including lasagna, beef tagliata Florentine, or honey lamb chops.

Reservations required.
Formal dress code.
Adults Only


Rodizio Restaurant Arrecife
Brazilian Steakhouse meat served tableside

Tantalizing grilled meats served with bossanova beat. Enjoy from 13 perfectly cooked meat options. 

Reservations required.
Formal dress code. Long pants for men. 
Adults Only

Mashua Nikkei Restaurant
Japanese and Pervian Fusion

Delight in a new blend of Asian and Peruvian cuisine. Our experienced chefs combine the traditional recipes that you love with innovative culinary techniques. Their dishes are sure to take your breath away.

Reservations required.
Formal dress code.
Adults Only

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Booking and FAQ


Booking and FAQ


To be considered part of Joannie & Rafael's Wedding Group, you must book through the group rates and not through any other method (even directly with the hotel). We have negotiated competitive group rates and secured a room block to make this as easy as possible. To participate in all of the wedding-related activities, you must stay at Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda as part of the wedding group.

A refundable deposit in the amount of $100/room is required to reserve your room and book your stay. The deadline for the balance to be paid is March 11, 2018. You do not need to know all the parties in the room, the travel dates, or the room category; book your room based on what you think you will need and any changes can be made until the balance due date. 

Any changes made to your booking after the balance due date will be subject to a $75 change fee. Any changes requested after the balance due date must be paid for in full upfront even before they are confirmed. 


Frequently asked questions


+ Can I Set Up a Payment Plan?

Yes! You can structure your payments in one of 3 ways:

  • You can make a deposit and then let the balance charge automatically on the balance due date.
  • You can make a deposit and ask us to calculate an even amount to charge every month with the last charge to be made on the balance due date.
  • You can make a deposit and click the "Make a Payment" button whenever you want to make an additional payment in any amount and if there's any balance left, it will be charged on the balance due date.

+ What is the Cancellation Policy?

Any deposit or payments made towards bookings as part of wedding groups are fully refundable if requested in writing to carol@barefootbridal.com at least 7 days in advance of March 11, 2018. If a cancellation request is not made in time, all moneys paid towards travel will be nonrefundable.

+ Is Travel Insurance Available?

Travel Insurance is available and highly recommended. Rates are per person, depending on the cost of the land-only portion of your trip. $69.00/person for trips up to $1,250/person, $79.00/person up to $2,000, and $99.00/person up to $2,500.. and so on. Travel Insurance can be added at any point; however, in order to receive the full benefit of the travel insurance, you must add it within 14 days of booking. Otherwise, the "Cancel For Any Reason" benefit will not apply and the only benefits will be for in-travel issues. Please note that once purchased, travel insurance is nonrefundable.

+ Will I Need a Passport?

Yes! A passport book is needed to fly to and from the U.S. and the D.R. - please take the time now to locate your passport and check the expiration date; make sure it is valid for 6 months after your anticipated return date. Check this site for more passport info: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

+ Can You Help Me with Round-Trip Airport Transportation?

There is a discounted rate for the round trip semi-private direct airport transporation for $30 per person in addition to the hotel room rates. This will be invoiced separately within 14 days of departure by Renny Travel.

+ Is there a tourist VISA fee?

There is a $10 tourist visa fee that must be paid in cash when you arrive at the Punta Cana airport. You can purchase it online here to avoid the lines: https://www.dgii.gov.do/Tturistaweb/home

+ What is the Weather Like?

The weather in the D.R. is hot and humid with averages in the 80s year around. Humidity is lowest during Dec-Feb and increases the closer you get to August. Hurricane season starts in June and continues through November. There is a gentle breeze that comes off the ocean on most days, so make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen because the breeze makes it easy to forget just how hot and strong the sun really is!

+ Do I need an Adapter for my Electronics?

You do not need an adapter for your electronics; the outlets in the D.R. will accept U.S. plugs.

+ What if I want to Book Excursions?

I can assist you with booking excursions. Let us know me what kind of activities you'd like to do, how many people, and the date you'd like to go and we can get you rates.

+ Can You Help Me Book Air Travel?

Barefoot Bridal can assist with airfare. Please contact your TA with your travel dates, depature gateway, number of people traveling, and special requests at carol@barefootbridal.com with the wedding name. However BFB cannot gaurantee that we have better rates than what you may find on your own.

+ I found a cheaper price online, can you match it?

Finding cheaper rates than the group rates online is very rare! However, if you have found cheaper rates, please take a screen shot that includes the final total price (with all taxes and fees), what the price includes (dates and room category), the website you found it on and the date and time on your computer and send it to groups@barefootbridal.com. We will ask the hotel for a price match. It may take several business days to hear back from the groups department for the match. We have been successful in the past in reducing entire group contracts, but hotels can also reject price matches due to having a group contract in place.

If you are ready to book your stay, please click BOOK NOW below. When your card is processed, you will receive an e-mail with your invoice. Please check that invoice to confirm that everything is correct. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!