What an amazing resort!
My husband and I stayed at Now Amber for a brief honeymoon from Sept 24th through to the 28th. The hotel and the people didn't disappoint!
We had previously stayed at the Now Larimar in the Domincan and had such a fantastic time - we decided to stick with the NOW chain and try a new location.
We arrived somewhat later than expected on the 24th to breathtaking views of the ocean. The website pictures are dead on! We checked in fairly quickly to our room. We requested and ended up with a Swimout room. Amazing! Our room was beautiful. A bath had been drawn - full of rose petals, bottle of champagne chilling.
The resort was easy to maneuver. ...a mere two minute walk and you're at the pools. This time of year is their rainy season. We were told by the locals that rainy season starts June and ends the first week of October. The weather was hit and miss. We had more cloudy and rainy days than we did sun, but the weather was hotter than we expected....even iwth the rain. We averaged around the 30 -32 degree mark - but with the humidex it felt more like 45.
The food was terrific. We ate at the buffet each morning for breakfast, we weren't thrilled with the fare at the Barefioot Grill. We opted to order lunch from the poolside waiters. Dinners were terrific - they take such care in making an amazing meal. Our favroite would have to have been Himitsu. Reservations are needed to have them prepare the meal for you - but the best by far. Women are able to wear virtually anything within reason - men must wear long pants, collared shirts and close-toed shoes. We were aware of this prior to visiting.
The Vacation Club personnel are the first to greet you at the hotel. If you're not interested in a time share (that's virutally what their spiel is) just tell them no. Don't accept the coupons - it's another way of getting information from you to attend their meetings.
Maids were hit and miss.....sometimes there were there to clean mid morning - other times late afternoon.
The people were extremely friendly - willing to go out of their way to help, bring a drink, refill the mini-fridge. We had the pool waiter come to our swim-out room and deliver drinks there. They went above and beyond!
Resort was extremely safe. Beaches were not that great - rocky, a fair amount of debris - which they tried to remove each and every morning. The vendors were farily aggressive and could not go beyond the ropes unless asked by a guest.
We took a short cab ride to the boardwalk - cost was 60 pesos - or $6.00 US.
In short, we'd go again in a heartbeat. Perhaps pick a different time of year where we could see more of the sun. We are off to another NOW resort early next year and would highly recommend Now Amber to anyone looking for a holiday.
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