Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

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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
  • Nicosia L : Montreal, Canada
Nice but not 5 star!!

Food is good,buffet lots of variety .The restaurant a la carte are ok ... The air conditioned in my room not the coolest ... Drinks in the lobby are good but i had an issue asked for baileys and they ran out suggested me another drink and still didnt have it ... All inclusive yes but they dont try to get for you ... The shows are boring ... Most guest suggest going to ambar green ,the rooms are upgraded ...over all good vacation for the price I paid ... This is not a five star ...The staff works really hard and they very disorganized ... At the beach you might wait awhile for drinks... The waiters have to go by the pool and get them No bar by the beach!!! Not very practical ...

  • tosh5502 : New Brunswick
Awesome adult only resort

The ambar blue is an amazing resort. It is a bit older than ambar green which is brand new. The ambar blue is closest to the ocean. The grounds and rooms are excellent. The cleaning staff are excellent as well but know very little English but a translator app on your phone solves that problem. The staff during check in were great as well. We had one issue of being out in ambar green next to the construction. I specifically asked if we were away from the construction that is going on presently and she said yes. So after arriving at our room we then realized we were at ambar green which would've been fine but we paid 400 more to stay at blue. We went back to the desk and they fixed it and the rest of the week was amazing. We went on one excursion (dune buggy) and that was a blast. I would go back to this resort. The construction of the new building shouldn't take too much longer. Food was excellent. Just book early for the A la cart restaurants as they fill up fast.

  • christakisdianne : Doncaster, United Kingdom
Lovely hotel

Stayed in the Ambar blue for two weeks from 29/7/17 to 12/8/17 we stayed in room 63204 which is close to the reception area, First impressions on arrivals were very good, lovely clean lobby area and we were greeted by a friendly staff member who took our cases then advised us to go to the main desk where a nice friendly man came and took us to another area and gave us a lovely cocktail and then explained about the hotel and gave us our cards for the room, our case were taken up to the room immediately so didn't have to wait long before we could have a freshen up after our long flight.The room... The air on was in ready for us when we got in the room which was relief as it was very hot and humid, the room had a huge lovely four poster bed a jacuzzi bath and walk in shower and was very clean., every night the bed was turned down ready for us to get into with a chocolate on the pillow which is a very nice touch, mini bar was also in the room and was stocked daily however on one occasion we had to ask them to stock it as it hadn't been done, it was done as soon as we asked so this wasn't a problem.During our stay we ordered room service three times however on one occasion it didn't arrive, the other two occasions we ordered via the app and it arrived very quickly, the time it didn't arrive we had used the telephone to order it so not sure if it was the language barrier why we didn't get it. We did mention it to the staff and they said they would look into it.The food in all the restaurants was very good and a wide variety of choice, the service was nearly always quick sometimes we were waiting a awhile for drinks or plates to be cleared but the staff were really busy so we let it go.The pool bar was really good, pedro at the Ambar blue was really friendly and always happy in his work, we also visited the Ambar green pool bar and Wilson and Carlos were excellent and very funny nothing was too much trouble.Entertainment team never pressured ou join in if you said no they left you to it and the pool parties and beach parties were fab we really enjoyed them.Lobby shops were stocked with lots of gifts and jewellery however the staff were quite ignorant when you went in, we would say hello to them and they did not lift there head up from what they were doing and when you asked for what you wanted they never spoke and just put the amount to pay in the calculator and showed it you, they never spoke at all during the transaction, this made you feel like your custom wasn't important to them.Overall we had a fantastic holiday and even with the odd little issues it never spoiled it, the staff work very hard and the facilities and hotel are fabulous and we would definitely return again,, the hotel made us feel really pampered and relaxed and we most certainly will recommend it to our family and friends.Thank you for a lovely holiday

  • madaboutthemaldives : Birmingham,
Lovely holiday

We have just returned from a two week stay and had a lovely holiday. The rooms were a good size and were kept spotlessly clean (as was the the rest of the hotel). We were in villa 63 and Julio our butler was friendly and helpful. The mini bar was well stocked on arrival but not fully restocked daily. The food in the buffet was very good, yes, a little bit repetitive but that happens. We booked into the specialist restaurants and had no problems getting reservations apart from one we would have returned to was closed for a couple of days. A big thanks to Danny on Guest Services for his help. The staff were all very friendly and helpful - a special mention to Desiree and Arrianny from the lobby bar and Juan in the restaurant. We used the Green pool more than our own because it is a little bit quieter but don't expect to be snoozing around either of the pools during the afternoon because its Party time and the music at both pools is loud and booming. Waiter service around both pools was excellent. The beach is much quieter but the seaweed is a big problem. However, what we had been really worried about, the building work wasn't a problem and we only heard it on a couple of occasions.We had a great time but it's not quite 5* for us. Waiter service at the lobby bar at night is a bit hit and miss and we had a real issue with being served drinks during the evening in the bar in plastic cups. However, after a conversation with the bar manager this was resolved - for us anyway. The other thing that let it down was not having a quiet pool. Both pools are big enough the one could be the quiet pool and the other the party pool.Overall a really lovely holiday but I'm not sure we would go back.

  • Melissa B :
Surprisingly fun, clean and a good time!

Review of the Bahia PrincipeTransfer from the Punta Cana airport and the resort: make sure it is included with your vacation package. We booked our hotel and airfare separately and forgot to include the transfer. It is usually $40US by taxi, if it is not included in your package, but it may be negotiable as we were able to get a ride for $30US.Grounds: The Bahia Principe grounds are huge, luckily, they provide a golf cart train to transport north south down three lengths of the resort, left, right and middle. Plus small shuttle routes at the top of the resort. There are several stops along the way with enclosed bus stop benches to wait at. The grounds themselves are very well maintained however late at night we did discovered the odd area where there was broken glass so don’t recommend going barefoot at night. There are several areas where smoking is allowed, including areas just outside the main lobby and the pool. All interior areas are non smoking.Room: We stayed at the Bahia Principe Ambar Blue (adult only by the beach) and they only have junior suites which include either 2 queen or 1 king bed along with a sitting area and balcony. If you get the two queens you can ask to change to a king and if it's available they will make the switch. The bathroom was very big with a jet up and stand up shower. For the air-conditioning and lights to work you must plug a key card in the slot as you first walk into the room. Ensure the balcony door is shut tight or the air won't come on. The bar fridge is stocked daily with booze, beer, soft drinks and water. If you want a little extra, write a note and leave a tip, we were given many bottles of water each day and a couple extra beers for doing that.Pool: The pool is pretty big and usually quite busy however there are enough lounge chairs to accommodate everyone. There wasn’t really a time we would go out and not find a chair. The pool bar is convenient and usually staffed with 2 up top and two down below. I did not find tipping necessary to get service but again, $1US does go a long way to get recognized by the staff. The drinks are typical, icy pina colada and daiquiri drinks plus Presidente on tap and rail drinks. What we found useful was bringing a Bubba (insulated drink container) to have them fill as it then requires less trips to the bar. They serve typical drinks in little plastic cups. DO NOT buy them on the resort, prices range from $25-$35US per, unless you are looking to have yourself a souvenir. We got ours at Walmart for $5 before leaving. Handles are handy too. Busiest time at the pool is after about 3pm, the pool activities start around 11am and end around 4pm. They can be entertaining depending on how much booze you have drank. Beware though, as the day goes on, you see less and less people getting out of the pool to use the facilities! The pool bar closes at 6pm and the pool itself around 7:15pm (summer months).Food: There are many options to eat on the resort, if you are part of the adult only, there are a few extra a la carte restaurants to choose from. We ate at the Brazilian (Rodizio - lots of meat), Italian (Portofino - great antipasto bar) and Garden Grill (Steak). All were good, not great. The buffet at the Ambar Bue was sufficient for all our needs as the food options were extensive. Better than the Ambar Green in that respect. You can eat at some of the main buffets also but with the great food options at the Ambar Blue, we did not see a need. They also have a couple poolside buffets. The one at the left of the pool is open until 4pm and has a BBQ at lunch where the chicken and shrimp is excellent. Staff are also very friendly there. You must wear a shirt and shoes. The buffet at the right of the pool we went to eat breakfast and it was typical and not very extensive. It is also open for snacks during the day. They have a snack buffet (hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, salad) open from 11pm until 5am down past the pool towards the middle of the resort. It has wine and beer only. At the a la carte restaurants we tended to tip a bit because of the great service. Night-life: The Ambar Blue has nightly entertainment but it was just okay, we stayed to watch most nights just to have drinks, however, once the entertainment stops around 10:30pm, pretty much the place becomes quiet. Also I would recommend ordering two drinks at a time during this period as the service is slow, they are serving many table with few staff. A little quicker if you go directly to the bar. They stop serving around 10:30pm as well so options are taking a shuttle to the disco (did not go - apparently very young) or to the main stage at the front of the resort (again, never made it there). There is a small casino also in that area. So if you want to drink and eat more, suggestion is to go to the pool bar area that is open until 5am. Sometimes they play music and there are always people there. Activities: You have to pay for most of the activities, like if you want to kayak. I wouldn’t recommend kayaking on most days as the yellow caution flag is often up at the beach which indicates strong waves. When it is a bit calmer, there is a shipwreck out from the beach you can see clearly and can be kayaked to. Other activities include what they have for adults at the pool for entertainment as well as daily things like Bingo, yoga, dance lessons etc. We did not participate in any so we cannot comment.Shops: We bought t-shirts at one for the shops and they were $10US for a typical Presidente shirt. Other items were more or less expensive in comparison depending on the item. Sunscreen for example was over prices whereas rum (as a take home bottle) was not.

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.

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