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.

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  • Nikkiwoody : Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Dated and extremely noisy

Definitely not 5*. The place is a bit run down, but nice enough because we did get a good deal on the holiday. We were advised that the Ambar green pool was the quietest- so spent a few very relaxing days around this pool, until the weekend - when the place turns into an 18-30 holiday resort. When loads of people (from local countries turn up) shouting and screaming at the top of the voices, demanding service at the bar when you've been waiting to be served and getting served (I had a few choice words one with guy and the bartender who served him). Also quite a few of the staff speak very poor English, so quite often they only brought 1 drink for 2 people??? Seriously!! Or just wrong. Many other people I spoke to did complain that the Spanish speaking customers seem to get priority, and nothing to do with tipping, as I was tipping and they didn't!! Everything on the resort was seriously expensive - and unfortunately the locals just seem to want to rip you off, taking advantage of the tourists. This put me off the place completely.Entertainment was seriously poor - and people just seemed to be hanging around the lobby with no atmosphere, the main entertainment area was at the Bavaro - where kids literally ran riot and the disco didn't open until midnight - with nothing to do in between.My advise - go to Mexico

  • Jean-Francois L :
3rd time and not the last!

This was my third time and It wont be the last! Amazing place, food, beach and the best is the staff. Everyone is so welcoming and accomodating. I have to give a shout out to my man Jose at the Ambar Blue pool and Enrique at the Punta Cana main pool! They are very nice and knows how to serve good drinks. The vibe is great and I strongly recommend Ambar. For the price nothing beats it! Also a Big shout out to Wilkins from Don Pablo, very attentionate to making the night the best as possible. Will go again

  • Andy204 : Canada
Reasonable value

My wife and I wanted a one week vacation with no fuss. We had been to all inclusive resorts before but never in Punta Cana. We heard the Bavaro Beach was a great walking beach so wanted a resort there. We also wanted "adults only" and did not mind paying more for a good location with good food. Our travel agent gave us several suggestions including the Bahia Principe. It generally met our expectations and at about $CAD4,300, all in, in was a good vacation.I highly recommend the private VIP transportation service called "transfer.do". They had a couple of cold beers waiting for us and the driver took the luggage from the turnstile to his van quickly and drove directly to the hotel. No dropping off at several hotels along the way. We found out later it was an extra hour if one took the resort bus. It really paid off when leaving as the driver waited for us as we were 10 minutes late (it takes a few minutes to travel by trolley!). All for about $US100 plus tip. A great deal.I always wonder about a place that uses an adjective in its name like "luxury". And a place that has eight words in its name - you gotta wonder? So lets just call it the Bahia Principe. The first thing you learn upon arrival is that this is one really big hotel complex. The Bahia Principe is about 450 rooms but is just one of eight hotels in one complex (2500 rooms plus). You can use the facilities at each one within the compound. There is a great trolley system to take you around. You need it because there are no other vehicles allowed in the compound. The "main gate", where you pick up tours and buses, etc. was about one mile from our actual hotel. The main nightly stage and a large shopping complex were also at the "main gate" area.We had asked for a room on the ground or second floor (there are three floors) of our 48 room section (# 48), near the pool and beach. They scored 100 % on this. We were a 30 second walk from the pool and 3 minutes to the beach!The room was very nice. King bed. A tub and a shower. No view to speak of but we rarely opened the curtains. The room was cleaned daily and we left a small tip. We left a fairly big tip plus a full bag of clothing we had brought with us on the last day. Much appreciated.The pool was big and a good size. My wife is not a great swimmer and the water depth was no more than up to her neck, max. And the temperature was great. It was also a busy pool! There are 8 other large pools on site but ours was the adult pool. Not a lot of loud music (except when there was a show or exercise class). And no kids. We discovered that it was popular for others not necessarily staying at the Bahia Principe. After the second day, it was a contest to see who would "reserve" a couple of loungers with some shade using personal items. We used bright towels we had brought with us in case needed for just that! But doing this at 5:30 am was a bit much but I got some nice sunrise photos!!Another hint. Bring your own insulated "drinking cup/glass". The plastic cups they serve beer and drinks in a very soft (and small). We noticed everyone had there own cup so we spent $40 and bought a couple.Speaking of hints. The wireless internet took some getting used to. The staff tried to help but in the end I realized it only worked with Google Chrome.Food. We had made reservations at some of the a la carte restaurants before we arrived. I would have to say they were "so so". The Don Pablo Gourmet Restaurant was a disappointment. They wanted us to sit a large table for four and we wanted a more intimate table for two. After insisting what we wanted, the waiter was upset the rest of the meal. No bread. I wanted an extra charge bottle of wine. They had none of my three picks (why bother) so he finally brought us "his choice" which we could had had for free. The Nikkel Mashua Japanese Restaurant (located in another of the hotels) was better. They at least had by first choice for wine. If one likes sushi, go there! The Brazilian Restaurant was also disappointing in that they only had two types of meat on the BBQ "swords". No chicken, pork or fish. And the staff seemed to want to go home. The Italian Restaurant was OK.In the end, we cancelled repeat meals at the a la carte and went to the buffet for dinner the rest of the week and had good meals.Breakfast in the buffet was really good. Lots of selection and hot. We ate lunch at various places around the hotel. BBQ. Burgers. Fish. All good. They even served snacks around the pool.I went alone on a half day snorkeling and sailing trip. It was OK but I am glad I did not take the full day. Too long. It also gave me a chance to see how the local people live. Dominican Republic is a very poor country outside the resorts. I would not venture outside the resort compound by yourself.The beach lived up to its reputation. It was about 20 miles long. You could not really walks the length of it. We went an hour and half to the north and encounterd a continuous number of nice resort hotels. And then we had to walk an hour and a half back. But the sand is firm so it was good walking. It can be crowded but everyone watches where they are going and it was great watching the "sights".We never used a beach location for a lounger but they all (several hundred) seemed to be occupied. Remember, there were 2000 plus rooms behind us!There are a few "beach merchants" but they do not bother you and they will dicker. They also had better prices that the official store at the main gate. My wife bought a $20 scarf that was $80 at the official store. I asked a guy with a power boat who was ferrying people to the parasailing to take me on a tour and he did. For $20 plus tip, we were gone a half hour, including out to the reef to see a wreck (see photo). You got a great view of the beach and realized how long it is!They had nightly entertainment at the main gate. We went once and it was OK. They also had shows at our bar/lounge. Some were great. Some karaoke singers knew their stuff. Others did not.We never saw anyone really drunk which was nice. There were very few "younger" people there, which perhaps explains it.We would return to Punta Cana and to the Bahia Principe. Only for a week. We spoke to people who were there for 2 weeks but we would be bored. It offered good value for the money and we were there to just relax - which we did.

  • MandyPat26 : West Midlands, United Kingdom
Amazing Place 👌🌴

We visited Ambar Blue for 2 weeks 20th June with our friends , Wow what a beautiful place . Staff were always helpful, food plentiful and varied , a la carte's were excellent, Takara oriental was our favourite but they were all good. The beach was fantastic, white sand and a beautiful blue sea , seaweed was cleared away all day by the hard working staff. Drinks were on tap from 10am each day at the beach bar, top brands too . There's a guy who empties the smoking pots regularly throughout the day and he also wipes your feet of any sand with a brush , he's great . Entertainment is plentiful , the rock show and Micheal Jackson ones were brilliant , make sure you go to those . The hotel was first class , best hotel I have ever stayed in, clean , well kept, beautiful gardens , staff couldn't do enough for you . I really do not know how anyone can complain about this hotel . We had to visit the doctor while there , he was friendly and efficient , the next day we had a call from the hotel asking how my husband was , lovely touch . Anyone visiting here please make sure you visit the a la carte's you will love them . The buses outside the hotel reception are great, just jump on and off wherever from 6am to 3am lovely friendly staff . The construction is away from the hotel . If you are on blocks 67-70 ask to be facing away from it and you won't even know it's going on . Will definitely return maybe next year 👌

  • chrissyanne50 :
A lovely hotel

We stayed at the Hotel Sept 2016. The hotel is on a large complex with several other sister hotels. There are golf buggy carts that u can pick up from several points in the hotel grounds that will take you around the complex. The room was clean and airy with regular maid service. Food was good and cooked well. There are theme restsurants you can eat at but you need to book. Staff were helpful and welcoming. The pools were good with plenty of sun beds. Beach was clean and nice although the sea can be a little choppy. Sometimes cleaning was done late in the day nearing eve time which is not too surprising when you see the size of the complex. Would I return yes but i would choose a smaller hotel complex as some things can get overlooked and missed but as soon as they are mentioned they are rectified straight away. An enjoyable stay

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  • 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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    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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

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