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Be Live Grand Ambar (formerly Oasis)  

Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata

Beautiful Resort - not quite a 4 1/2 star though
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User Rating:  Be Live Grand Ambar (formerly Oasis) Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Katrhyn  on Sep 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Sep, 2009
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Rooms:
The rooms were very simple. The mini bar did not include any beer, we got 1 coke and 3 waters per day

Restaurants and Bars:
The main buffet was open for Breakfast and dinner only. The beach grill was open for lunch.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
beautiful. The chairs were showing much wear and tear.v
Other Comments:
You could see by looking around, that the resort needed an overhaul. This is not our first trip to the D.R. so we know what to expect, however, there were many indicators that this resort was not doing so well.

Since we were looking at the vacation club membership, while there we google it, and found that there was a big lawsuit going on, after arriving home on Friday 18th, we found out on Saturday the 19th, that the resort was closed.
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This resort is one of the best we have been to in POP
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User Rating:  Be Live Grand Ambar (formerly Oasis) Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  M & S  on Apr 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2009
772 people found this review helpful

Arrival
This was our fourth year in a row in POP, first at the Sun Village. Check in was easy enough, though the majority of the front desk staff spoke very little english and were less than helpful. We arrived shortly after 1:00 pm and had to wait until 3:30 pm for our room to be ready, despite the fact that half the resort seemed to be empty. We had emailed twice, ahead of time, as we had family arriving a day after us and wanted rooms near one another. When we arrived, we made mention of this again and they said they didn't have anything near us. Again, half of our building was empty. Once they realized we weren't going to take no for an answer, they seemed to find a room in the same building as us for our family members. This took three or four separate conversations with different people on different occasions to get straightened out, since no one seemed to want to help.

Rooms
The "superior" rooms are nice, but very basic. The major benefit of it over the standard is a much larger balcony -- I think it was about 12x12. The "superior rooms" on their website with the plasma tv's and such are not what you'll find, though they are very clean and comfortable. AC always worked just fine. Rooms could be cleaned any time between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, but were always done very well. Hot water was plentiful, but took some time to get there. Turn the shower on and let it run for a good 3 minutes and you won't have a problem. We stayed for two weeks and never once did we not have hot water (we were in bldg 308).

Restaurants and Bars
Malibu Buffet - Excellent! We were two adults, two small kids and two seniors and none of us had any trouble locating food that we liked. We often found TOO much! Don't miss the Dominican Buffet night. So tasty!

Sonora Beach Restaurant (daytime) - Basic beach food, like hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. It was close to the beach and the food was decent. If you don't feel like wandering up to the main restaurant and aren't looking for anything fancy, give it a shot.

Sonora (evening) Mexican a la carte - SLOW service, but the food was good. Try the Sangria -- yum!!

Lemongrass Asian a la carte - Food was very good, ambiance was excellent. We celebrated my husband's birthday here. When they came to sing Happy Birthday to him, he'd just gone to take our son to the washroom. Once we told them this, two of the staff took off into the bathroom, banging pots and pans, to find him. It was priceless! Excellent service, very good food.

Citrus Italian a la carte - Food was ok. We saw a rat running across the rafters, which made us not return, nor did we much enjoy our meal after that. I am sure it is hard to keep those critters out, but it really turned us off. When the people at the table next to us brought the rat to the waiter's attention, he didn't seem the least bit phased. Ew.

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We had a good holiday
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User Rating:  Be Live Grand Ambar (formerly Oasis) Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Linda & Rick  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Arrival and Flight
Fights were with Air Canada - overnight in Montreal. Flight out of Winnipeg was delayed and we were rerouted via Toronto and then Montreal. The arrival was quite late so we had to cancel our hotel room and make do at the airport. Flight to Puerto Plate was okay – lots of expansion and construction at the Puerto Plata airport since last time there in 2005, but did not cause any disruption with our baggage or getting the tourist card. Note - Air Canada does not provide any free food at all on their flights.

Rooms
Stayed in block 201 right by the Dolphin pool, Juice bar and the SPA, approximately a 5 minute walk from beach. The room was spotless and our maid Isabel was just great. The block was very quiet. Any problems we had with the room like burnt light bulb and the TV remote not working were looked after right away. The only problem with the room is that there was seldom any hot or for that matter warm water. (Made for very quick showers.)

Restaurants
Some of the previous reviews indicate that the food was not very good but we found the food was excellent. The main buffet restaurant (Malibu) always had a good selection of dishes to choose from, all presented quite beautifully. The waiting staff were on the most part attentive and appeared to enjoy the opportunity to serve you. The three à-la-carte restaurants were also very good- our favourite being the Lemon Grass (Asian). The Sonora was by the beach and serve Mexican food - a little bland for our taste - and the Italian restaurant was the most elaborate and the only a-la-carte needing a reservation.

Bars
Waiters were always cheerful and ensured your glass was never empty. No Presidente on tap!!

Beach and Pools
The pools were always clean and you could always find a lounger to sit on and a parasol or tree to lie under. Finding a lounger or getting a towel at the beach was sometime difficult but for the days it rained, we had not problem finding one. (go figure!) The waiters from the Love Wrecked bar on the beach did not served you at your lounger as some of the previous reviews indicated but it was not a far walk to find a drink. Some days the weather cooperated with a mixture of short rains and longer periods of sun making you get off the loungers and go for the cover of the beach lounge and get a drink of course. The beach was raked at least once a day but there was a lot of seaweed and keeping the beach clean was quite a chore. If you are one that likes to walk for miles along the beach, this is not the resort for you as the length of the beach is very short. One could walk to Ocean World on one side and the proposed golf course of the Lifestyle resort next door but that was it.

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I expect better quality when paying a fare share for my stay.
Be Live Grand Ambar (formerly Oasis)

User Rating:  Be Live Grand Ambar (formerly Oasis) Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  John  on Mar 1, 2009  >  20 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
805 people found this review helpful

Arrival
We were picked up and delivered to teh resort without any problems. Checked in and all ok till now.

Rooms
Was given room 30623 which had 2 double beds.... Not for me as we were told we get a King bed so on to 30913 and it was fine except for the fly's and bugs in the bathroom all week.

Restaurants and Bars
Mexican, good food.......slow service give it a 5 out of 10.
Itilian, good food, good service....give it a 9 out of 10 self serve.....bad food, bad service, 2 out of 10 We agreed that a total score of 4 is good for the food at this resort.

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Beach.... not big, not white sand, lots of waves... just like New Jersey IMO.
Pools.... nice, clean, just what I expected.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
Horseback riding with Joyce the horse lady........ excellent and Alex is a great guide.

Other Comments
I enjoyed the time there, the guys were relentless about seeing the timeshares they had to sell. I did not go. People were frendly and did anything they could for you. Our maid took care of us all week and did a good job. We decided on the flight home that we would not go back there again. Food just did not float our boat. I expect better quality when paying a fare share for my stay. JJ

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