Have just returned from a fabulous 11 night stay. I can only echo all the positive reviews made by others.
Check-in was very quick and we were soon in our large, very clean, spacious room. I had emailed ahead and requested a 3rd floor corner room – and we got it (we booked direct on hotel website, maybe this helped with our request?). Unfortunately our dining reservation requests were not made. No big issue - we made the reservations for the rest of our stay the following morning.
Several of our initial dinner reservations were at restaurants outside of Ambar and Esmeralda. There was a difference in the whole dining experience at these restaurants (quality/variety at the buffet appetizer, service not as efficient/attentative). After having two dinners, we made the decision to cancel and re-book restaurants back within Ambar and Esmeralda – there was no problem in getting the reservations changed. Purely our personal choice and expectations – but you may want to bear this in mind if you are only staying for a short break.
The main buffet restaurant (we went for breakfast and lunch everyday) was definitely the best buffet we have ever had. How anyone can complain is beyond me. The variety and choice is wide – and the service was excellent.
We aren’t into the early ‘towel on bed’ game around the pool every day (but lots are!) – again, personal preference, but why travel all that way to sit around a pool? The pool area was stifling with no breeze - we used it to rinse off at the end of the day before returning to our room. The beach was fab, great people watching, bar service and a lovely breeze which allowed you to lay on it all day.
I have to mention the staff – all of them - they were just the best. The service and food was exceptional and I would have no hesitation in returning or recommending. The best we have experienced in DR with comparable hotels.
Just a small niggle: A little more consideration to guests who have late departing flight times. Our room was not cleaned until very late afternoon every day - so I could not understand why an extension to 4pm was not feasible on our last day (and people are arriving all times of the day/late evening). Would be nice to be able to put in a late check-out request on checking-in, ie. Not waiting until 8.30am on morning of departure. Did hamper our last day unfortunately.
And finally an observation ....Free wi-fi in lobby/bar area is a great bonus but sooooo many people constantly on their ipads and phones. What happened to the art of conversation?!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 pool Sun terrace with sun umbrellas and loungers Relaxation zone with Bali beds Outdoor Jacuzzi BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additionalcharge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (free) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffetrestaurant 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars 1 snack- bar Gazebo de bodas Smokers' lounge with bar service (cigar menu with additional charge) Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms 528 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Ceiling fan Air conditioning Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer Bathrobe and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen TV Coffee-making machine Minibar Safe Butler service 24 hour room service Evening turndown service Pillow menu 2 disabled rooms for a maximum of 3 adults Prime location right on the sea front Exclusive lake-style pool Aroma menu WiFi (free) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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