Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Punta Cana, DR - The Resort - Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

Hubby & I headed out for Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on April 25....leaving our baby girl with my parents for the first half of our trip and then she was transferred to his parents for the last half.  We were away from her for 7 nights, and spent 5 of those in paradise. 
We had discussed several different vacation options, from a cabin in Colorado to a resort in Cabo...and then we realized that we could fly to Punta Cana and stay at an all-inclusive for basically the same amount, or less!  I did tons of research and we finally settled on an adults only resort. 
This was initially a decision to stay away from kids so it would be somewhat quieter and a more romantic trip; however, this ended up  being a good decision for a much bigger reason.  Without kiddos filling our resort and beach, I found myself missing Elyse a WHOLE LOT LESS...than if I had seen little girls and boys running around all day every day! 
We stayed at the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar section of the Gran Bahia resort.  This is a mega-resort with 5 different sections and TONS of restaurants.  I honestly could not have asked for anything more in a resort.  We normally stay at smaller resorts, many times that are not all-inclusive, and we were definitely pleasantly surprised with our experience.  All of the negative issues mentioned were not an issue for us. 
I had requested a king-size bed, corner room, and all mentioned that we were traveling as an early celebration for our anniversary!  And they recognized that by putting a banner on our door, leaving us a nice fruit plate, and also a welcome bag with t-shirts and a bottle of local rum.  A very nice first impression for sure! 
Since we really only had 4 full days & 2 half days at the resort, we had planned all along to keep our schedule fairly free and just relax and enjoy our time together!  This was such a great decision and definitely made our vacation seem to last longer since we weren't running from activity to activity. 
The resort was full of various pathways &walkways that were lined with incredibly maintained foliage, statues, and gorgeous tropical plants.  We definitely felt like we were in paradise! 

We had breakfast most morning at the snack bar by the beach.  We found our relaxing spot for the day, left our towels & books for a few minutes and had a wonderful breakfast with French toast, fresh fruit, and lots of yummy pastries.  It was the perfect start to each day! 

Overall I would definitely recommend our resort to others, and also I would love to go back and visit again in the future!  It was the perfect location for some rest, relaxation, and recharging that Hubby & I so desperately needed!  Next up...the beach! 


Bethany Boaz said...

Ahhhh, Keith and I are so going here.

*~~Nancy~~* said...

I want to go now!! Looks lovely!

Sara said...

Awesome! I've been waiting to hear how the vacation went. So jealous. This place looks like paradise!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

VERY romantic!!! It must have been difficult to be away from Elyse...but it looks like you and your husband had some great alone time!!!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Thanks for the recommendation...the resort looks beautiful and what a way for them to welcome you!

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