We started out with over 2 dozen resorts and narrowed it down to this one because of their friendly & timely customer service and TripAdvisor feedback. Contrary to destination wedding advice, we felt there was no need to visit the resort as the reviews and photos spoke for themselves. Because of a family emergency a mere month before the big day, we had to reschedule our nuptials. The wedding department (Rossely, Lady Mar, Ligia) was outstanding, caring and supportive. Without question or penalty, they were able to accommodate our wedding in mid-July! When it came to choosing details for the wedding, everything was so easy and efficient. We were blessed with a beautiful ceremony and a crowd of new guests/friends we met at the pool. We had our wedding on the beach and the reception was in a separate room at El Pescador. The DJ and service was fabulous. We met our wedding photographer that day and the photos look like they belong in a magazine.
Ambar is the most amazing resort we've ever seen. The grounds are immaculate, the rooms are gorgeous - I have nothing negative to say about the place. We never got tired of the buffet - the freshly prepared food is delicious and there is lots of variety and vegetarian choices. Don Pablo and the Italian restaurant at the newly opened "Esmeralda" section were our favorite (you must make reservations for non-buffet locals ahead of time). We also used the spa services at Ambar - loving, fun ladies there.
The entire resort is GINORMOUS. It took us 2 days to learn the tram system. It was frustrating at first, then funny as we just hopped on any tram headed the direction we thought we were supposed to go.
We stayed for a total of nine days and got to know quite a few staff. They work so hard - double shifts, 10 days in a row. Service is always warm and with a smile. If you speak Spanish or make an effort to speak Spanish, it is well appreciated (if you don't know the language, never fear - staff we've met know 2-4 languages). We brought many $1 bills and were not stingy with tips. We tipped the maids daily and they always left us extra water, beer and alcohol.
Try to venture out to Saona Island - the day trip is well worth ~$85. You travel with a very knowledgeable guide, take a catamaran to the island, which is all inclusive food/drink, dancing, etc. A speed boat brings you back to the landing and you also stop to check out giant starfish. We also went on the snorkeling/shark/ray excursion.
We're definitely headed back to Ambar and want to explore more of Dominican Republic!
- 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