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Bahia Principe’s Newest Brand is Simply Magical

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has just redesigned its Caribbean portfolio into three brand categories and three ‘Experience Collections’ that take the guesswork out of identifying the perfect property for each client.

But when it comes to the group’s exquisite property selection in the Caribbean, there’s one resort in particular that’s generating some serious travel industry buzz: The Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in the Dominican Republic.

Due to be renamed the Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana in November, the property is proving so popular that the hotel group is now presenting ‘Fantasia’ as a distinct brand in its own right.

The renaming of the Punta Cana property coincides with the grand opening of a second Fantasia property in Spain this November, so there are plenty of reasons for travel industry pros to get excited about Fantasia!

The Secret to Fantasia’s Success

“The Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia has far exceeded our expectations during its first year,” enthused Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts’ national accounts director for Canada, Sal Buccellato. “We’ve been running at close to 100% occupancy from the day it opened its doors; it’s been phenomenal.”

The secret of Fantasia’s success? A winning blend of the highest standards in quality and service, along with the guarantee of a thematic experience that all guests can enjoy -- regardless of their age.

Aimed at families and adults who want to have a ‘magical experience’ during their vacation, here’s what Fantasia has to offer, at a glance:

  • Spacious rooms that can generously accommodate up to five family or group members
  • Concierge service, including specialized family services
  • A kids’ club with extended timetables
  • Gastronomic and family menus in all restaurants
  • A playground area just outside the main restaurant
  • A stroller room
  • A water park for kids up to 14-years-old -- exclusive to Fantasia guests
  • The LOFT teens’ club
  • Multimedia shows at the property’s landmark castle
  • Themed days and nights for guests of all ages
  • Free WIFI throughout the hotel

“It’s just incredible what the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia has to offer,” says Buccellato. “With the kids’ clubs, the activities, the concierge and the waiter service at the beach and pool -- it’s all about the happiness experience at this property.

“We have definitely taken things one step further with the Fantasia.”

Targeting Teens

The Fantasia brand takes pride in providing special entertainment and facilities for teenage guests -- an age group often overlooked at all-inclusive properties.

“There are very few resorts out there that offer any sort of activities for the teenagers; they’re usually off on their own or moping around,” added Buccellato. “We’re happy to see that the teenagers at Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia are taking advantage of all the services that we have for them.”

Keeping the teenagers happy on vacation can be a big challenge, so that’s a big benefit to keep in mind when qualifying clients for the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia. But did Buccellato have any other hot sales tips to share?

“When clients are travelling with kids, their budget can be consumed very quickly, so a lot of them start by looking at the Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, which always comes in very well-priced and meets a lot of people’s budgets,” he said. “But then ask them these questions: How old are the kids? Is your teenager going to end up doing things on their own?

“A lot of the time the Fantasia comes in at just a couple of hundred dollars more than the Turquesa -- and that makes parents think twice.”

Elevate Your Clients’ Fantasia Experience with Transat

With Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia a part of Transat’s Family Collection, your clients can benefit from even more inclusions.

Highlights include little luxuries like free seat selection for Air Transat Kids’ Club members and priority check-in and boarding for families, both of which go a long way to making your clients’ travel-time stress-free.

“We’re really excited about Fantasia because families are looking for more than just a traditional resort with a beautiful pool and a small kids’ area,” explained Nicole Bursey, commercial director at Transat.

“More and more people want that waterpark-style vacation; there is definitely a growing interest in that sort of vacation. The agents have no hesitation in booking the Fantasia because Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has a strong name and a good reputation. And the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia really is quite something!”


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