Article repost from Toronto Sun
Having a personal butler and a swim-up pool attached to your guestroom isn’t a bad way to vacation.
When it comes to R&R, Punta Cana delivers.
The newly renovated, all-inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar – for adults only – offers endless activities: Golf, tennis, gym, spa, yoga classes on the beach, fishing, Spanish classes, rum tasting, country safaris, a catamaran trip to the open sea for snorkelling, and parasailing.
Plus, of course, just soaking up the sun at the beach and poolside.
These choices mean a vacationer has only one problem: What fun activity shall I do next?
To first get acquainted with the resort, I left my room with a swipe of my wristband – a simple step that gave me a sense of freedom as I didn’t need to carry anything. Then hunger pangs struck after my four-hour flight. I checked out one of the buffets and enjoyed a large glass of sangria with some ceviche.
Is this how the rich and famous live?
Have I arrived?
Do I finally have ‘my people’?
After all, I have my own butler.
My room was steps from the beach, sprawling pools, a fantastic coffee shop, and a la carte restaurants. I even took advantage of the no-charge room service after an impressive late-night party with hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the beach.
For a day trip I took the Country Safari tour, which is about a half-hour drive to the small village of El Cano, home of the Chocafe Plantation. For the avid photographer, there are plenty of rural landscapes to focus your lens on.
Cocoa pods hang from trees along a winding trail leading to other numerous indigenous plants such as the coffee plant, pineapples and sugarcane. The smell of coffee infuses the air from a cast iron pan roasting beans.
If you are looking for something slightly opposite to the coffee and chocolate tours and really cannot leave the sea behind, a catamaran tour is another option. A half-day of partying on deck and swimming with tropical fish can be both relaxing and an adventure.
As you drift through the water, different species and sizes of fish surround your body. There are schools of fish in vivid shades of deep purple, orange and blue. The colours are bright and enhanced because of the crystal clear waters. Snorkelling equipment is supplied, so again your needs are taken care of. Once back on board, drinks and dancing continue on these boat cruises, so I am not sure what more anyone needs.
After a full slate of activities, my choice to complete the day is a massage. Home and the responsibilities of adult life are really left behind. Everyone’s day should end this way.
Sometimes quiet time was pleasant too. One morning I watched the sun rise along the beach as I went for a jog. A few couples were holding hands, small boats rocked gently a few metres from shore, and some visitors were already in the water.
Life is good.
IF YOU GO
Find more information on the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar at bahia-principe.com.
Tours can be purchased at bahia-principe.com/en/tours-excursions.
Punta Cana is a year-round destination, so there are numerous options for flight and hotel combinations.
Don’t forget the sunscreen!