This was my third time at this particular Bahia Principe and as always, you can't go wrong! This is a huge property with a bunch of resorts inside. We stay at the Ambar as it is adults only and closest to the beach. Friends stayed at the Esmeralda, also on the property, close to the beach but allows children.
For the first time there was a mix up with our room; we go two doubles instead of a King. We had to put up with this overnight as we arrived at midnight but it was corrected the next morning.
The rooms are clean, mini fridges stocked daily and the cleaning lady was amazing. Very polite and did a fabulous job..she even incorporated my stuffed dog that travels with me into her nightly pull down service with the bed!
Food at the buffet is remarkable, very well presented, tasty and lots of it. It isn't always very hot.
The beach is amazing, clean and since our last visit 5 years ago they have added an abundance of sun beds so you always get one, even if you don't get to the beach until noon!
Didn't catch a show this time, but I remember them being great. We did go to the managers beach party and loved the drinks in a hollowed out pineapple or coconut!
The a la carte restaurants are OK. Not as amazing as I remember them but nothing to complain about either. I think I should have picked different ones and we would have been happier. There is a lot to choose from.
Our friends room at Esmeralda was great! Very clean and because we travelled for our anniversary, balloons decorated the door and a bottle of run awaited! We didn't get this at Ambar and when we enquired we got rose petals in the tub and bubbles….
Went on a new excursion, on a catamaran with a paddle boat ride and a stop at an island to snorkel and lunch. AWFUL!!! The sea was rough and you had to jump into the little motor boat to get to the island and a huge wave hit, the men let go of the boat and I am sporting a huge leg wound, that should have been stitched and required medication and a visit to a dermatologist once we returned home. There should have been a disclaimer with this trip; older ladies were being lifted back into the little boats to return to the catamaran after lunch as the waves were so bad they couldn't step into the boat. Not safe at all. The lunch was OK (I am allergic to seafood and was told after that they would have prepared a separate meal, but I watched them serve chicken and lobster with the same tongs so didn't trust for cross contamination) then after lunch someone came out of the cooking shack and proceeded to pee behind the building! YUCK!
I have zip lined, whale watched, shopped, and done many more tours and never had this type of experience anywhere in Punta Cana or the Dominican for that matter!
Back to the hotel….they have a little square of shops on the property, all sell pretty much the same stuff, run, t shirts, carvings, hats etc. There are also 2 jewellery shops which in previous trips offered great deals, not so lucky this time!
All in all this property is amazing! The grounds are amazing, clean, beautiful and you can see it all in the little bus that runs all over the property. The spa was awesome and much appreciated as my neck was sore and giving me headaches.
I would recommend this chain of hotels anytime, anywhere. Always a pleasure!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel Punta Cana