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Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

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Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

We have narrowed our vacation down to these three resorts. We are a young 45 year old couple looking to stay at a resort that isn't too stuffy. By no means are we looking to do shots and dance on the bar, or are we looking for a Hedonism type place! Some reviews for some adults only resorts use the words "laid back" and "quiet". Quiet and laid back are fine, as long as there is some livelyness mixed in.. Also, not sure if there are beach bars at these locations. Any insight other advice to on these resorts would be greatly appreciated!!

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1. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

Been to Barcelo Palace and Punta Cana Princess and would not return to either. People seem to enjoy Ambar. I would vote for Ambar.

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2. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

I love the Ambar but "laid back" is an understatement. There is no liveliness to be found there - sorry. Can't comment on the other two as I have never been to either.

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3. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

Been to Ambar twice and will go again. The Ambar itself is laid back but if you want liveliness you can go to all the other Bars in the Resort. There is also the nightly shows at the Theatre and even an all night bar on the Beach!

The Pueblo Principe has good nightlife with Disco, Karaoke, Shows and a Casino - how people go to this resort and not mention this is beyond me.

In fact it has the liveliest nightlife going in PC but with staying at the Ambar you have the choice of staying quiet or going to the livelier parts - which is why we like it. :-))

Ambar also has it's own Beach Bar for Ambar Guests only.

snooks

Edited: 25 November 2012, 08:28
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4. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

I am booked for Barcelo Bavaro Beach and all the reviews seem to be really good . It looks like a smaller adult resort with the option to go to its sister property next door if you want some noise !

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5. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

We like those resorts that have an AO and a larger property you can use for a bit more fun - you get the best of both Worlds then.

We are trying the Royal Catalonia this year which has a similar set-up.

The main thing is you enjoy yourself!

snooks

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6. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

Love the Ambar, going for 3rd time in December

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7. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

Don't misunderstand me, I LOVE the Ambar and will be returning for my fourth visit very shortly. But it's quietness is actually part of its appeal for me. As to the Pueblo Principe, perhaps I never stayed late enough to see it turn "lively" but I always found it pretty laid back as well. A few loud drunks here and there but not exactly party central.

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8. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

Hi bill,

I don't think it really livens up until after 11 o/c and we've had trouble getting a seat in either the Sports Bar or outside where the bands play. So I suppose if you went earlier you may well think it was quiet. And I don't think the Disco opens until 12 o/c - that too was busy and you could smoke n there! :-)) Very good aircon though before non-smokers cringe!

The other bar I like is in the Premier part of the Hotel where not a lot of people even know exists!

Have a good holiday!

snooks

Edited: 26 November 2012, 07:14
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9. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

Of the three you've listed we've only been to the Ambar and we loved it, On our first trip it was very quiet and laid-back and it was much more of a party atmosphere on our second trip - mainly due to some groups of people (you know how it is - large groups of friends seem to make the party happen).

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10. Re: Grand Bahia Ambar vs. Punta Cana Princess vs. Barcelo Bavaro

"Ambar" is an excelent resort with one of the best food in PC!.