We stayed at the Ambar from Mar 24-31st. From the moment we arrived until the moment we departed we had a fantastic time! I loved that everything in the Ambar section was no more than a short walk away, and being so small it was reasonably quiet and peaceful, while allowing us the flexibilty to go to party at the common areas like the Disco, Theatre, and especially the (Piano? I saw no piano...) Sports/Karaoke Bar.
We did a la cartes almost every night, and if food is important to your vacation, it is definitely the way to go. We dined mostly in the Ambar and Esmerelda outlets and I think that is the way to go. Our only "outside" experience was at El Pescador, which was extremely disappointing.
Don Pablo was the best, but we did El Olivo, Bella Italia, and Arrecifa which were all good as well. We did the Thursday "seafood" buffet at the Ambar, but it didn't quite live up to the hype that other TA reviews have given it.
During the day we spilt time between the beach and pool when we weren't on excursions, and they were both really nice. The only complaint is the "towel game" which is a little ridiculous.
In the evenings we starting doing pre/post dinner cocktails at the Ambar lobby lounge, but we soon found ourselves spending each evening at the Esmerelda lobby bar. The atmosphere was much happier and festive over there, and the entertainment was more interactive. The servers actually looked like they were enjoying themselves(!), unlke the Ambar where the servers were very clearly punching the clock.
Other likes were 24 hour room service and that the trolleys moved your around the complex pretty efficiently.
The mild dislikes were that the front desk never seemed to have change, which unfortunately meant that some of their staff got less tips than they might have, and the hyper aggressive vendors in the square. The timeshare folks were an annoyance, but not too much of one as I had been forwarned here.
Outside of the resort together we did zip lining, a night at the Hard Rock casino, and Imagine Night Club. I recommend them all. I golfed at the local course which was convenient, and a great place to golf. One of the girls in our group did the shark/stingray adventure and loved that as well.
Overall a great vacation!
- 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