Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
Step into a world of beauty and privilege at this elegant adults-only, upscale resort with unlimited a la carte dining. The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue section is located closest to the beach with spacious and elegantly appointed junior suites. 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.
This trip we booked through Apple Vacation was an all-inclusive adult only resort. The beach was clean and accessible. The room came with two double beds and sitting area. They were kept very clean by the housekeeping staff. The resort also assigned us a butler, to book reservations in the various restaurants as well as any excursions we wanted to do. I can't say enough about the staff they were both courteous and accommodating making sure we enjoyed our stay.
Just returned today and like many other reviewers I was slightly apprehensive after reading some of the more recent reviews. Here's my honest review, hope it's helpful:Check in: Wasn't super quick but was organised. We'd requested twin beds but was offered a king size bed - I was travelling with a friend so we asked to swap - within 15 minutes and a couple of cocktails we were in our twin bedded room! Room: Was lovely, a little dated and maybe in need of a lick of paint but it was clean, fresh and spacious. We tipped on our first day which meant that each day we came back to a new towel design, an exceptionally clean and tidy room and most evenings the beds had been turned down with pillow chocolates left for us. Minibar re-stocked daily with fresh towels each morning and sometimes in the evening!Service: At the bars we were served really quickly, the beach bar service to the sunbeds was a little slower but no wonder - the area of the beach they have to cover is huge - so I was more than happy to take a short walk to fetch my own drinks if a member of staff wasn't in sight.Complex: Huge, didn't see much of it, spent most of the time on the beach or at the bar! Was clean and beautiful so if you can cope with the heat do take a wander, it's worth it. wifi available just about everywhere.Construction: TUI reps weren't offering rooms opposite the construction site when we checked it, in the week we were there we couldn't hear any noise, notice any works from the beach or felt as if it impacted on our stay at all. The "Looky Looky" men were around all day but once you said no they just moved on, no hassle from them at all.Food: I used the App to book the restaurants, dead easy, reservation slots not always available for the very popular choices but once made I just showed my booking confirmation on arrival. The map is not quite right for some of the restaurants so we spent a bit of time hunting down where we needed to go - just jump on one of the carts if you're not sure, you soon get your bearings! Quality of food was great and whilst now hugely extensive there's enough choice to suit everyone.I loved this holiday, my first time in Punta Cana and was surprised at the size of the resort, the number of people on the beach but loved the scenery, the atmosphere and the people. Go, don't let negatives put you off, it's not perfect but it won't stop you from having a wonderful holiday.
We stayed in 65308 and everything was perfect. We loved the location because it was a 1-minute walk to the beach, buffet, pool, and gym. The food was typical of all-inclusives, but it was hot, fresh, and the theme varied each night. We didn't go to any speciality restaurants because we didn't want to have any sort of schedule. Everyone was friendly and the staff were diligent workers. The only issue we had was getting enough bottled water each day. Housekeeping always had plenty of soda but not enough water. We would return and stay in the same villa and do it all the same way. We never heard the construction, and only saw it when we went on a run along the paths on the outskirts of the resort.
On this, our third trip to Ambar Blue (April 30 to May 7/ 2017) since 2012, we stumbled across something that made our trip less than glorious.Construction, next door, from 7 a.m. to midnight. But hold on, I’ll tell you about that in a paragraph or two.We flew with Air Transat and arrived in Punta Cana by noon. Flight was on time. Airplane seats are comfortable leather. I’m 5 foot 10 and had lots of leg room. Great selection of movies to watch on your own individual screen. Took sandwich and snack food from home, rather than buy from in-flight Transat bistro. Attendants very pleasant. I recommend online check-in the night before, which means all you have to do is check baggage, which is a fast lane. I also purchased seats in advance.At Punta Cana airport we caught private transport (that I had prearranged by email/credit card) to the resort. Used Gobecon, which sub-contracts to Eline taxi. 25 minute ride on good roads. Cost is about $60 U.S. round trip. Taxi dropped us at Ambar Green lobby and we immediately caught a resort cart for 3 minute ride to Ambar Blue lobby. Before I get to my experience with reception desk, I will say that Amber was very relaxing. Better than good food. Great beach. Mostly great weather (after first day).Reception, as written by other TA reviewers, did not seem trained in how to warmly receive. Not surprising, under the circumstances, I guess, because construction of a new resort at the west side of the resort is making some guests want to switch rooms - and reception desk seems ill-equipped to handle those complaining. On my arrival, I saw about 15 people around the desk waiting in line and 2 or 3 staff dealing with getting them checked in, or dealing with guests who had returned to say they wanted to switch rooms, and that included some guests who had booked to be in Blue, but got placed in the newer Ambar Green (but further from the beach).Yes, after many years of there being an empty lot adjacent to the west side of the resort, a developer is building - from 7 a.m. to midnight every day, unless it rains.The Ambar has 528 suites across 11 3-storey villas. Villas 67-70 are along the west side of the resort. If you face east, you will not hear construction noises - some trucks, banging, workmen shouting to each other - but if you face the west in one of the 96 west-facing suites, you might not want to spend much time on your balcony. My wife likes to read, and every day, from about 5 (after the day at the beach) until about 7, when we went out for dinner, and then, from about 10 til midnight, she’d read on the balcony. But noise was distracting, she said. I didn't want to spend as much time on the balcony as in past visits.I had written 2 weeks in advance to request a villa not facing the construction (which apparently began in early 2017) and for a la carte reservations. I wrote that it was my third visit, which used to mean something. Maybe it did - we did receive a nice corner suite, which is bigger than regular suite. Anyway, when I saw where we had been located, I returned to the reception desk and ask to be switched. They told me to return the next day at 3 - I did not go back next day because from looking at other guests milling around reception when I arrived, it did feel like it was going to be a stressed experience - and well, I was on vacation. Inside the suite - bed is firm, but we like that. Lots of pillows to choose from depending on personal taste. Mini fridge wasn’t working, but replaced within 2 hours. And one day, toilet wasn’t flushing well, and it, too, was fixed within two hours. Leave the maid a note (my wife write it in Spanish) asking for whatever you want - more water, coke, towels, liquor, etc. - or maid might not think to leave any.But, otherwise, there was nothing else disappointing about our holiday at the Ambar.On to the better part of the vacation. Rain, and lots of it, flooding out walkways and garden in front of balcony, for first day or so, and then sun (with intermittent clouds) the rest of the way. Near 30 degree (celsius) every day, feeling warmer taking humidity into account. Beach for Ambar (both Blue and Green) guests had more palapas than three years ago (when we were last at Ambar). But still, if you want a lounger no more than 5 rows back from the beachfront - you need to be laying your towels down on them before 6:45 a.m. Otherwise, though, there was no shortage of loungers all the way back to the north end of the beach, closest to the pool. The further back you sit, the less ocean breeze you get.Sand is gorgeous and you can walk a very long way in either direction. There was seaweed blown up every day but staff were up early raking and it was never a problem. Noticed quite a few younger people in early 20s, but my wife and I (60 and 65, respectively) did not feel out of place. Lots in 30-50 age range as well, along with others who were our age. Saw only a handful of older folks.The lobby area outside buffet restaurant was hopping with entertainment every night - karaoke (with lots of participation) or live guitar, and even a Michael Jackson show - all those attending were seen to have a good time. Stuff stopped at 10 - but that’s ok for us. After all, we had early mornings getting to the beach!Food - I did receive the a la carte restaurants that I had requested in an email I sent the resort 2 weeks in advance of arriving. For breakfast, we ate at beachfront restaurant - the Sausalito. It had an egg station with cook making any kind of eggs you wanted, and much to choose from in buffet - cold cuts, smoked salmon, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, etc. Not many people ate there. Seemed to be a secret that it was serving breakfast, starting at 7:30. Liked it better there than main lobby which was noisier, and had lines for egg stations. Sausalito had nice outside terrace open for breakfast. And it was also open for lunch, along with other beachfront buffet next door. But Sausalito had outdoor barbecue with burgers, chicken, sausages. Buffet - lots of variety - salads, fish, chicken. Nice little desserts. Didn’t need to wear short sleeved shirt - tank top seemed ok.Dinner - (long pants and collared short sleeve shirt - except at Buffet) Sausalito is Brazilian steakhouse. Waiters walk around with skewers of grilled red meat, pork, chicken, sausages and give you what you want. Ask for fish - and you get a special serving of salmon. Ate there twice. Very tasty and service excellent. Didn’t like Dob Pablo (which we have eaten at in past visits) - food too salty. Had also expected lobster from previous visits, but GBP was honouring some kind of ban on serving lobster. I didn’t pay attention to the note explaining what that was about. Also ate at Nikkei - a Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant in Ambar Green. Quite nice flavours and variety, and excellent service. Appreciated that the waiting person told my wife that the noodle dish she was requesting was spicy - but she likes spicy! Liked it a lot and would have eaten there twice if there had been availability (I had snapper there). Otherwise, had dinner at Buffet in Ambar Blue 3 times - Seafood Gala night on Tuesday was pretty good, even tho no lobster, and Mexican theme night was good (on Saturday). On the whole - food is very good, tasty, lots of variety, not boring. Of a quality around a $20-$25 entree in a good Toronto restaurant. Fitness club is so old and worn, equipment lousy and not much of it. But found brand new fitness club in Fantasia section - a 10 minute walk east from Ambar, by winding walkways through the other sections of the larger GBP. Ask for a map of the resort from reception - not hard to find. The club had new treadmills, elliptical, bikes and a smattering of weights (leg press and extension, and cables, etc.). And a room for stretching, yoga etc. All hard wood floors. Nice. Not like home but good enough for the road.Ocean wasn’t too rough - most days were yellow flag. I’m a weak swimmer, so only bobbed around and treaded water. Most people do that. Only a few like my wife swim out to the ropes, which aren’t that far out. Beach activities (music/aerobics) for the handful who like that. Beach volleyball was at the family part of resort. GBP guests seem to really be beach-lovers compared to the numbers I saw on the beach at Riu (to the east) and Majestic (to the west).Take a USB hub for charging mobile gizmos. Free wifi throughout resort (and on beach) was ok - but not great for downloading my digital Globe and Mail - it took a couple of minutes to download what takes seconds with high speed in Toronto. Hi speed at resort was available for a price but free is good enough for emailing and sending pics/videos to kids back home.Was it relaxing? Yes, very much so. As usual, we wished we could have stayed longer. Would we go back? Not so sure. Three times might be it. And like I said, reception left a sour taste.
We are currently here on holiday and to be fair this place could rate on a bad day 2 star on a good day pushing a 4. Our Arrival was a disaster, wrong rooms smelly rooms two hours to sort out! Pain in the bottom!The rooms are clean and when replenished as they should be, are a 4 star rated room.The food in the main dining area is more than acceptable for 4 star there's a verity of meats, fish dishes, pasta salads etc you'll not go hungry In there. The service so far has been the biggest disappointment. It's varied and frustrating. One night you'll feel like a king the next like a massive inconvenience piece of dirt on their shoe! You'll read reviews that go either way and to be fair this is one of them sorts of places. If you look for faults you'll not have to go far to find them. Some will be glaringly obvious like an un stocked mini bar or a lack of towels. Bad service here and their but you'll get that anywhere.Here's a quick round upRooms fine 4 star clean and spaciousService varied between rude 2 star to 5 star fantastic (Gregorio 10star) Response to complaints slow 3 star Main food area 4 starRestaurants hitty missy 3-5starFacilities 4 starWifi 4 star holds its own all over the complexBeach 3 star way way way overcrowded Weather 5 star 🌞You will get the odd problem and if you speak up they will listen! If you get a grumpy service kill em with kindness! 8 out of 10 will go out of their way for you. Don't be shy to shout up for service as this seems to be the American way and it's working for them.It's a bit of a calamity and frustrating at times but overall for the money you can't go wrong. (Stay away from the building site side of the hotel) you can't here it at the pool nor can you here it on the beach! It's just not nice for those blocks to look at ad here. Blocks 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 are all fine! If you like it to be quiet with crisp white finish with staff with more time on their hands, go to Amber Green use Blue but stay their, it's in my view a much tidier gentle place unlike the hustle and bustle of big Blue.
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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
- Unlimited domestic and international beverages
- 1 hour per day Non-motorized water sports:
- Boogie Boards
- Scuba lesson in pool
- Tennis Day and night (1 hour limit)
- Mountain bikes (1 hour free)
- 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 internet
- 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.
- 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
- Air conditioning and ceiling fan
- Plasma television with satellite
- Hair dryer
- Clock radio
- Coffee maker (coffee included)
- In-room safe
- Max occupancy 3
Resort Location Map
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar BluePunta Cana,Dominican Republic
- Extra Info
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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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.
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