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Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

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Our Opinion

Great luxury resort. This resort is suited for couples who are wanting a relaxing and quiet getaway in Punta Cana. It should be advised that this resort is quieter than other resorts in Punta Cana. There aren't as many activities or entertainment held here. The beach area is very big, so there is plenty of places to lounge. Amazing and luxurious rooms. There are great buffet items available. The a la cartes are also top-notch. Make sure to check out the French Gourmet Restaurant. Very friendly staff.


Overview
Step into a world of beauty and privilege at this elegant adults-only, upscale resort with unlimited à la carte dining. Enjoy the luxury and attentive service that reflects the essence of the Don Pablo Collection, Bahia Principe's high end brand of hotels!

Location: Directly on a beautiful white-sand beach in Playa Bavaro. Approximately 40 minutes from Punta Cana airport and 50 minutes from Higuey.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • sandylaura : edinburgh
disapponted to say the least

Don't really know where to start but here goes. We are lucky enough, or thought we were before this experience, to be part of the Bahia Privilege Club but I can assure you there were no privileges for anyone at this hotel. Firstly check in was a nightmare, our taxi dropped us of at Amber Blue which was where we were staying. No other guests were waiting to check in but the receptionist would not check us in because we were privilege guests. We had to wait for a trolley to take us over the to other hotel where the privilege lounge was. We were given a seat but no one came near us for 20 minutes. Eventually got seen to and had to wait for another trolley to take us back to Amber Blue to get luggage. All in total took one hour to check in when it would have taken 5 minutes if we had been regular guests. We then looked at our a la carte vouchers, I had booked them all before arriving as part of the privilege scheme, but were disappointed to note that they were all for 7pm when I had asked for 8. Phoned to sort this out and were told to go back to the lounge, told them I had better things to do on holiday than run around sorting out their mistakes. Eventually told they would sort it tomorrow and leave vouchers in room. This of our course never happened, more phone calls and time wasting. Eventually got 3 nights back for 8pm and the rest had been cancelled as no availability. I could go on and on but so sick of this hotel and their shoddy service. To the extent we were told by one member of staff when we said we have never been treated like this in Mexico- go back to Mexico if you don't like it. Charming.The staff were all either rude or looked like they hated every minute of their job,not what you want to see when you've looked forward to a holiday all year. The plus sides to this hotel are the food was very good and always hot. Very few members of staff deserve a special thank you so I will definitely thank the ones who did. We had an amazing night at the Homero Brazilian, our waiters Jose and Miguel were fantastic and made our night, to the extent of when we asked if they had any salmon they spoke to the chefs and they sent out for some and made it fantastically well, special thanks to the chefs Julio and Elvin. Amazing guys.The weather was fantastic and the beach beautiful and kept really clean even when the seaweed insisted on creeping up the beach they were there to clean it all away,Always had a great experience with privilege club before but this was a disaster and will definitely not be returning because of this. The final nail in the coffin was when we repeatedly asked for a customer experience form to fill in we were refused but since coming home have discovered that one was filled in fraudulently and gave everything 100 per cent. Think that says it all.

  • :
What a joke! And, not in a funny way.

Have you ever wondered what the heck is going on when you've gotten to a certain place, i.e. a fake five-star resort? That was how I and my friends felt. I don't know where to begin. Maybe, I'll start with the "disgusting breakfast choices that rats wouldn't even eat" breakfast! Scrambled eggs aren't hard to cook. Seriously, they're not. Well, the cooks aka faux chefs really thought that most people in the world have never seen scrambled eggs, poached eggs, huevos rancheros, and egg whites ever in their life, cause that's what they served us--stuff you've never seen before in your whole entire life. I'm not gonna go into the egg thing too much; just, take a look at the picture of the sloppy egg dujour below. Yuck! Pancakes. What are they? They're brown fluffy goodness served with syrup and butter. What did the Ambar Blue serve? "DVD" thin monstrosities that could have passed for crepes, but I don't want to tarnish the name "crepe," so I'll stick with the DVD comparison. Hell, I bet you DVDs probably taste better than those horrific pancakes. Aye!! The recipe for mimosas is orange juice and champagne; however, what was made by the divine cooks, I use that term loosely, was...I don't know what the hell it was. All I know is that we needed the whole damn bottle of champagne (also known as cham-pag-nee to the uncivilized)to make the drink taste somewhat like its namesake--mimosa.Listen, you know that a place is awful if I just spent a good portion of my review on the food. Therefore, I'm just gonna abbreviate the rest of this review. Here it is: -Pool at the Adults-Only resort closes at 7pm. No, I'm not joking. Either you'll have to swim in the ocean or your bathtub.-Replacement towels. You won't see them until day 3, and that's if you asked for them. If not, good luck!-Alcoholic beverages = watered down teases. I'm telling you in advance, BYOB.-The room does not smell like champagne wishes and caviar dreams. More like damp towels and insecticide.-The service I'll sum up in a few words: rude, slow, non-existent, argumentative, and...just throw in your own adjectives. -Entertainment? A cross between retiree and "they're boring as watching paint dry" is the vibe that Ambar Blue gives you. Now, I can tell you who had it going on, the Hard Rock Hotel. Anyway, take my review for what it's worth. But if you crave upper class vacationing, don't count this place as such!

  • davisdane :
Excursion Reservations

Make sure you confirm (reconfirm , double confirm) your excursion reservations or they will cancel it on you and require $60 to reschedule. We found this out the hard way - very disappointing even though they send you an "email" confirmation.

  • Pinktigger38 :
Brilliant holiday

Just returned last week from a fantastic 2 week stay at the Don Pablo Blue. Although this hotel is a little dated in decor it makes up for it with its first class service. The Buffet had great variety and cakes and pudding were amazing. Great staff and very quick to clean plates away from tables. Tried a few of the speciality restaurants and I highly recommend the Garden Grill where the steaks were amazing. One bit of advise would be to email requests for restaurants about a week to ten days before arriving. They book up extremely fast due to the fact they are spread around a very large Resort. The grounds and gardens are spotless and the beach is hand raked from dawn till almost dusk. It really shows how hard these people work.I have stayed at several Bahia resorts and this one has certainly not let me down.In all honesty half the complaints I have read about this hotel should be taken with a pinch of salt....... you can't please all the people all the time. The staff at this hotel work day and night and extremely hard to try and make sure your stay is as welcoming and most of all enjoyable. If you see a sad faced member of staff or think they are a bit slow or a little grumpy..... think for a moment and put yourself in their shoes...... They are running around after you and a few hundred other guests in 30 degree heat, humidity possibly not far off that as Well. Stop and think about it. That person may be on there 6th day of possibly a twelve hr shift and are just feeling Probably exhausted.............Great hotel great location great hard working staff. Would definitely Return.

  • BoBeena3 : Pennsauken, New Jersey
This resort is ahh-mazing!

I am shocked to read any bad review of this hotel, specifically Ambar Blue. I have been to several all inclusives, including the 5-star Sandals in Jamaica, and this blew all of those out of the water. First of all, there is only a $10 tax to visit the country, not $30. When we arrived at the airport our Amstar rep was waiting for us and took us straight to an air conditioned bus ready to whisk us away to paradise. The trip to the hotel was less than 30 minutes, and immediately upon arrival we were in awe of the beauty of this resort. We arrived before the 3:00 check in, and were given a bracelet to immediately begin indulging in food and drinks. We came back within an hour and the room was ready for us (still before 3:00). There are no elevators, this is true, but it is no secret and if this is an issue for you, request a first floor. Your loss on the view. Our room was on the third floor, and it was amazing. HUGE! The bathroom had a separate toilet area, shower with double heads (one handheld), and also a separate Jacuzzi tub! It was very clean, and the maid service was impeccable. Our room was restocked and straightened up every day to my liking, and I am OCD so that deserves credit. I would say the mini fridge could have been colder, but that is literally my only (kinda) complaint. The grounds themselves were immaculate, and the staff's attention to detail superb. We saw them cleaning with a small brush even the wrought iron trellis' in the lobby. There are constantly people cleaning, working, and always someone available and willing to help. This resort is the closest to the pool / beach so distance was not an issue for us. This is the biggest pool I have ever seen and so fun! Dancing, drinking, sunning, there is a warm entrée served at the pool for lunch if you don't want to leave for food. At the beach there is plenty of shade. My boyfriend has stage 4 melanoma, so coverage is important to us, we always were able to find chairs under the tiki umbrellas, it was never overcrowded. Dining - the food is good. Often at these resorts it is terrible, but there are so many options here you can not go wrong. Restaurant reservations are imperative, and know that Don Pablo has a strict dress code for men. We did not know this in advance and so we had to forgo our reservations because of this. You can email the resort in advance to book dining and I would suggest making them for 7 or 8; the pool and beach (bars) are open until 5:30 and you WILL want to stay until close each day! Excursions - Saona was beautiful. We did the catamaran out speed boat in full day. This was fantastic but it is a LONG DAY! 12 hours from start to finish. A half day booze cruise would have sufficed, although swimming with the starfish in the natural pool was the best experience.Overall I would stay at this hotel again and again, or any Bahia for that matter if this is their typical standards. There is construction, but even when we were lounging right next to it, (on the beach) we could not hear a thing, this is not a distraction at all! Other people we had come in contact with felt the same, most were there on a repeat trip, because they also loved it so much! Even the depart ran like a well oiled machine, if you have issues with the transport companies then you should book through Amstar, they were the best!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Daily
  • A la carte dinner with reservations
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited domestic and international beverages
  • 1 hour per day Non-motorized water sports:
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Boogie Boards
  • Scuba lesson in pool
  • Tennis Day and night (1 hour limit)
  • Aerobics
  • Mountain bikes (1 hour free)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • Daily activities
  • Dance lessons
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 528 rooms
  • 1 Buffet restaurant (International)
  • 3 a la carte restaurants (Gourmet, Italian)
  • Snack bar
  • 3 bars
  • 1 pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Room service
  • "Pueblo Principe"-located at the entrance of the complex offering the following facilities: Disco, Piano Bar, Karaoke Bar, Sport & Snack bar, Photo shops, Internet services, medical services, Casino, and Gift shops.

Junior Suite with balcony or terrace:

  • 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed and 1 double sofabed
  • 1 full bathroom with hydromassage tub and separated jet shower with hydromassage
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Plasma television with satellite
  • Free Wi-Fi (2 devices)
  • Hair dryer
  • Clock radio
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee maker (coffee included)
  • In-room safe
  • Max occupancy 3

Stay at 1, Play at 4! - Guests have access to the facilities of the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana, and Bavaro including: Amphitheatre, Tennis Courts, Mini-golf, water sports and diving centre, Spa, Gym, Meeting rooms, and gazebo for weddings. (Does not include buffet restaurants.)

Honeymoon Bonus - Bottle of rum and fruit basket in room. Marriage certificate dated within the last 3 months is required upon check-in.

Weddings - Special package available. Please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection
Crta. Arena Gorda - Macao, Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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