Just came back from an incredible week at the Ambar. Highly recommend for anyone looking to have a nice relaxing week in a tropical paradise.
I read many reviews before my boyfriend and I headed there and there is a lot of great reviews.
First off the grounds were immaculate and very beautiful, lots of greens and fountains throughout the complex. Beach was well maintained and plenty of places to soak in the sun. If you're wondering about the "towel game" you do need to claim your place early around 7am (for the prime areas). One common courtesy request if you're going early to claim please don't take 4 hours to come back to your spot as someone else could be enjoying it (hotel policy is that they will move your stuff if you try and claim before 8 and are not there). We went every morning early and read in the early sun, only leaving for a maximum of 20 min here or there to swim, eat, etc. It's just respectful to others.
We took a walk up the beach one day and realized how well maintained the Gran Bahia keeps their portion of the beach relative to the nearby resorts (seaweed, etc piling up).
The rooms were very spacious and was thoroughly enjoyed. Sleep was excellent as the king size poster bed was just right! They have a pillow service that we unfortunately did not take advantage of, but was a nice touch. Room service was excellent and fast, which came in handy at different times through the week. Our only little negative point was that the room had a faint musty smell and felt damp. We believe that this has to do with the humidity of the DR and not to do with any inadequacy of the cleaning.
Service- We were blown away at how nice everyone on the resort was right down to the maintenance staff. Everyone was ready to help and ensure our experience was a positive one. We're both easy going and I find that positive people get positive experiences. Freddy at the lobby bar is stellar and will make you awesome drinks...everytime. My boyfriend favoured his Tom Collins above all other bartenders on the resort.
Food-First the buffet was phenomenal. There was always approx 100 items to pick from hot&cold...breakfast, lunch and dinner. They had theme nights every day of the week and lots of variety. The staff in the buffet was always quick and courteous. Aside from the Don Pablo we favoured the buffet most of all.
A la Cartes, we went to the Bella Italia, Steakhouse and the Don Pablo. Our favourite was the Don Pablo as it was the fanciest and highest caliber. The staff were very well organized and very welcoming. The Bella Italia was a beautiful atmosphere and the food was very delicious. The steakhouse was good but found our only complaint was that the staff here seemed really bitter, we didn't feel very welcomed and it wasn't for lack of politeness on our part. Ah well you can't have it all. But the filet mignon was just the way we had asked for it and was delectable.
Entertainment-The Michael Jackson show was amazing!!! We saw 3 shows during our stay and they were all wonderful. The circus show was phenomenal, was like a mini cirque du soleil. The group providing entertainment pulled out all the stops and you really saw how hard they worked to provide only the best for all the gran bahia guests.
Excursions- we booked through our Air Transat rep at the resort and we had two wonderful trips. We booked the reef explorer on the floating platform where you got to snorkel, swim with sharks/ stingrays and then get pampered with a massage while the sound of waves is all around you. The second excursion was the zip line adventure which was an amazing and physical excursion. The people there spoke english, french exceptionally well and being terrified of heights I felt safe through the whole course (the highest point platform #11 is 1500 meters high and 900 meters long). If you like adventure then we highly recommend this one.
All in all great trip and will definitely return. Enthusiastically recommended!
- 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