My boyfriend and I booked the trip based on a recommendation from his parents who visited last June and loved the resort. Although we looked at many, we chose the Ambar because of it's adults only appeal and the value it provided.
We arrived Tuesday May 18th and left on Sunday the 23rd. My one must for this trip was transfers had to be provided....if I could recommend one thing, it would be to book transfers wit your vacation! Everything is handeled for you from arrival at the airport to pick up at your resort when leaving.
The resort as a whole was huge! I know reading some reviews it bothered some, however it was no big deal to us. There are two "trolly" lines that continually run through the resort, although there is no science to the timing, remember you are in the Carribean. We were dropped off at the main section and moved to the Ambar where check in was smooth (although no free welcome drink as promised....) We were in Villa 63 which is the closest to the main lobby and buffet and the furthest from the beach and the pool.
The pool situation was not as bad as previously indicated by reviews. My boyfriend went down every morning around 8 to drop off towels and books and to secure some shade and then we would go to breakfast and head straight down to our spot. Not many un-used reserves spots though! My only complaint about the pool is the employees trying to sell services and excursions to you, althoug some were nice and just wanted to talk.
We tipped our maid generously each day there and we never received the same level of service more than once. Either the mini bar was refreshed or the bed was acutally made never both....returned to the room the first day to find the bedspread thrown across the bench half on the floor although the maid had already been, however we had extras in the mini-bar. Not a huge complaint, but if you are paying the money you expect certain things! Other than that we never saw her the entire trip.
My only other complaint about ths trip was the food. We read a number of reviews prior to leaving and they did complain about the same thing. I don't think we ate a full meal until the night before leaving. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and a few nights while the other nights we had reservations at A la cartes. We first ate at the Italian resturant at the Esmeralda section. The food was far from enjoyable and we felt slightly ignored while here. The second one we tried was the Don Pablo at the Ambar. We both ordered Fillet, my was good, my boyfriend's was hardly cooked. And the final night we ate at Maiko the Hibatchi resturant at the Bavaro section of the resort which was awesome, we highly recommend it! Ordered room service a few times....came in a timely manner and we enjoyed the snack before our late reservations.
All in all the trip was great, all employees are extremely pleasant and will go out of their way to help you! Visit Jose in the lobby bar, he made our vacation that much better :)
- 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