Overall, the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar was just "OK" to me. Let me begin with what I enjoyed most about my stay here and then I will move forward to explain what I felt simply fell short of the name "Luxury".
The Animation Team of Juckson and Alexis was incredible. They were interactive, caring, energetic, and simply fun to be around. My entire party enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them throughout the week. What I found to be most impressive was when these 2 gentlemen would go out of their way, day or night, to find you and say hello by name! It I always nice to be known by name when traveling and spending a week at a resort.
Next, the pool bartender, Carlos, was fantastic! He, too, knew us by name and could almost pick out drink before we said anything! He was also kind and fun! The energy really helped with the stay.
The beach staff was also very good. They were constantly going around cleaning sand off chairs and simply interacting with the guests. Excellent!
Now to the portions of the trip that simply were not as expected:
First, the food. The food, in my opinion, did not meet the expectations of the word "Luxury". Most of my party found themselves becoming sick from the foods offered at restaurants and buffets. The overall variety was simply not what was expected. If you are looking for a place to stay with excellent food and a wide variety buffet the Ambar is not for you.
Next, the mini bar for us at the start of vacation was never restocked. It took us calling the front desk NUMEROUS times before the mini bar was finally restocked on our third day of stay. Disappointed...
There were not many "activities" or events taking place during the night hours at Ambar. I didn't find the Theater to be fun, considering it was so unbearably hot within the theater that you are not able to enjoy show. Leaving was really the only option to cool off.
The shops located in the Ambar were "OK". They offered many of the same things, but that is common and expected. No real comments here.
Finally, the feeling of luxury simply did not exist. Everything was very limited for an "all inclusive" trip. Internet was only offered for 1 hour in the lobby, mini bar was limited, air conditioning the room was rarely working properly, and staff didn't "go out of their way" to assist you.
Overall rating is just "OK".
- 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