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Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue

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Overview

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.


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  • mickholliday : Wakefield, United Kingdom
Better than i expected

We booked 10 nights here pretty much last minute i read the reviews before booking and as always take many of them with a pinch of salt i have only rated it as average as the next choice is very good and it was not quite that but was good.I wont go on and on as most things have been said in other reviews so i will just highlight our experiance.The rooms were not as good as we have experianced previously in a Bahia a bit tired and could do with a makeover but as you only sleep bath shower and change there it was adequate with the exeption of the tv which did not work all of the time and when it did the picture was so bad you could not watch it and the electronic room keys kept failing we had to get them re programmed most days and one day 3 times.ResortYes the resort is massive but the shuttle system is regular every few mins so this didnt pose a problem the resort is spotless with some of the best well kept areas i have seen at any resort we struggled finding a bed on the beach you have to be up at the crack of dawn to have a chance of getting one.Pool areas at Amber Blue and Amber Green are very similar both have a swim up bar area the biggest problem is noise as adult entertainment and music is on all day long so if its peace and quite you want you are better going to the Fantasia pool which is not adults only but is more peacefull.FoodI have read mixed reviews about the food and agree the ala carte restaurants are not what you would expect of a 5 star 4 star at best but the main buffet was very good we did find if you dine near closing time the food might not be as hot as liked and some of the popular choices may have gone for example fresh lobster or carved roast joint.We did have some issues getting drinks and often had to stand up waving our arms to get attention but then again the place is hugh and i didnt see any aliens that had eyes in the back of their heads.DrinksThe main bars and pool bars serve a great selection of drinks beer coctails and spirits they do offer premium spirits chargable to your room but to be honest its not worth it as the all inclusive ones are all well known brands.BugsFortunatly i only suffered a couple of minor bites and that was on an evening i failed to use any repelant and my wife didnt suffer one bite during the whole holiday but we did meet people covered in them always use repellant during and after a rain storm as that is the time the nasties come out.Overall a good Holiday but as many have said not 5 star but that will not stop us returning again.

  • Lovecaraibes : Sherbrooke
Could have been 5 stars, but...

We stayed at Ambar Blue from Feb.10-21. We had initially booked a Ambar Green. At our arrival at 3 pm, we were ushered into a small building, asked to fill papers, then were told our room wasn't ready yet. About 15 other guests were there also and were already waiting for their rooms. The lady left with our papers to go check if the rooms were ready. Then proceeded to ignore us. No refreshments, no welcome cocktail, no water, no cool towels. Nothing... we'd expected a nicer welcome from a resort claiming to be "Luxury". This was not a good first impression. I was dehydrated, hungry, starting to get a headache so my husband went in search of some water at a bar. After about an hour, so around 4 PM (note that check-in time is posted at 3 PM), I was getting mad and impatient. The lady told us the rooms weren't ready because they were not expecting us before 7 PM. Duh... chartered planes coming at the same time each week? By that time I was getting mad. She finally referred me to a manager who offered us a room in the Ambar Blue section. It's older than the Green but nearer the beach and usually more expensive. We were ok with that, glad to be near the beach. By that time, we had wasted a couple of hours that we had expected to spend near the pool or beach, and still hadn't eaten. Not a good start. Our room, in building 66 (ok but try to get 65 or 64), was nice but: one burnt lightbulb over the sink (lighting is already weak so we needed it!), tv remote not working, phone not working (exposed wires...!). Tried to get all that fixed by going to the reception the next morning (no phone, no choice but to go there). All but the phone ended up fixed. We spent 10 days without a phone...I got tired of complaining. The room is starting to show its age (the reason we had booked at the Green was because it was more recent), but kept very clean with all amenities, beds comfortable, restocked daily. Turndown service in the evening, a white rose on Valentine's Day, chocolates on pillows. Soundproofing is so-so, you hear neighbours and noise in the halls. But being steps from the beach made up for it. À la carte reservations were made early (8 am) on the first morning and I got the ones I wanted. Unlimited, so you can avoid the buffet every evening if you wish. On Tuesday though, there's a special seafood buffet so keep that evening free. There's lots of seafood, and lots of human seagulls pouncing on it! We enjoyed Don Pablo, El Olivo, Portifino, Rodizio,Takara. The buffets were ok, nothing extraordinary. Hot food could have been hotter, and cold food cooler. Service usually efficient, staff friendly. This part of the resort is for adults only, so the restaurants in Ambar Blue, Green and Esmeralda are too, so it's nice and quiet. I don't mind kids, but let's be honest, they are not happy in these restaurants and neither are their parents, so the experience isn't always great for anyone when small children are tired and grumpy. The same goes for the pool and beach. I appreciated the quietness of not having undisciplined children running and splashing around while the parents do nothing. I've been on holiday with my children and always tried to respect my fellow vacationers. This was our first adult-only resort and we enjoyed it a lot. Ambar guests have a private section on the beach too. Lots of loungers with the usual towel games... it was difficult to find a nice shaded spot if you were late. It's also the high season and the place was quite full. The sea is beautiful, sandy beach with lots of palm trees, gorgeous. There are vendors on the beach (it's property of the government, not the hotel): ignore them, don't engage in conversation, and just say "no, gracias" if they offer you their merchandise. I've seen worse in Jamaica. Ambar guests have access to unlimited wi-fi everywhere (even the beach), and it worked very well. We were pleasantly surprised. We were not accosted by any Privilege Club vendors, knew about them from other reviews. The Grand Bahia Principe complex is huge, really too big now (I've stayed there 3 times a few years ago when it was still reasonably sized). But when you stay in the Ambar Blue or Green, it's like you're in a small resort within the massive one. Everything you need is close by: restaurants, pools, buffets, private section at the beach (it's very crowded at the rest of the resort!) Do note that while we were there, digging and construction work started on the vacant lot next to the resort. Lots of heavy machinery, noise, truck horns.... in the rooms overlooking that spot it must have been a nightmare! It was annoying for us on the beach and in the restaurants, but very entertaining for the guys on vacation! Men like watching big trucks, loaders ans cranes! We will certainly return to an adult-only resort, maybe this one if they can promise a smooth check-in, and they renovate the rooms that are starting to show their age. Overall a good experience there, nice hardworking staff, pleasant stay when the snafu of the check-in was dealt with.

  • Ian B : Swindon, United Kingdom
Holiday

Just returned from 2 weeks at this lovely resort.Although a large complex with 5 hotels on, it never feels like it, well spaced out with very well kept gardens and grounds and all walkways and roads kept clean and rubbish free.We stayed in the Ambar Blue, which overall was well maintained, there were a few issues in the room, the odd light bulb had gone but mostly all fine.Rooms were clean and comfortable as the rest of the hotel.Food !!There was the main buffet restaurant in the hotel plus approximately 7-8 themed restaurants spread around the complex.Could not fault the food in the buffet restaurant, always plenty of it and a vast selection of different foods always good quality.We ate in 3 of the themed restaurants and again the food was absolutely fine with good service.Entertainment was ok either in hotel or at various places on the complex. it ranged from singers, karaoke, trapeze and circus type act and dancing in hotel. There was also a theater where they had shows for kids in early evening and then shows for adults later in the evening. There was also an open air one, offering various entertainment bands, singers, musicians etc. Obviously you can go to any of the other hotels on the complex and find something you might like instead of staying in your own one. There were various activities in the daytime, did not really look into those so can`t comment to much about them apart from my wife doing the aerobics by the pool a few times, which was fine apart from when they changed the time !!Pool and beach were busy, but we always managed to find a sun bed on the beach. There was also a beach bar with waiter service, plus buffet restaurants by the beach open for lunch. Can`t say to much about the pool, did swim in it a few times and it was fine, i think you would probably struggle to get a bed there though unless you were up at the crack of dawn to claim one like a lot seemed to do !!! Overall a lovely time was had here; staff were lovely and friendly and i would come back again.Recommended.

  • Jamie M :
Horrible hotel

This review is based on the expectation of going to a 5* luxury adult only £4000 holiday.I will start off by saying DO NOT go on the "you have won a prize, come on a 1 hour tour of the hotel" it's a scam. You go on a 5 minute caddy trip and waste 2-3 hours sitting in a room having time shares rammed down your throat, and when they finally get that you are not interested and decline to sign up and pay 10-35% of £21k, £10k or £6k worth they get moody and let you leave. The resort is huge so if it was a cart tour of the resort as told it would have been good.....This hotel merely represents a 3 star. We stayed in ambar blue. The rooms are vile we moved rooms after 5 days of nagging them and they finally moved us. Our first rooms bath was broken, 3 nights 4 days of phone calls and people actually coming in to our room but not fixing it they did come and fix it. The shower was hanging off the wall, blood on the shower door, there was mould and damp throughout. The move wasn't to a better standard of room, dark, dingy and damp all over. The shower head was just as rusty and loose as the one we came from. The water didn't go down in the sink and the next morning the sink had lots of black mouldy stuff floating in it, it honestly might have been sewage it absolutely stunk and this stayed like this until 2 days before we left, a lot of the staff on the phone put it down if you speak English so you have to go to reception to speak to someone.On the beach if you can find a bed you are harassed to buy things (normal and half expected), and around the pool within the resort you are constantly harassed to buy excursions. At one point one of the bar staff come up to me and said he had a really good deal on special excursions would I go and have a look, "it take few minutes and I can say no" I thought what he hell I will only be harassed later so get it over with, he took me behind the towel hut and some guy (not from the hotel and in normal clothes) asked me if I wanted to go to what looked like a bird zoo. Haha, this place is a joke. They must also get commission from coco bongo ticket sales as these guys pester and pester everyday all day around the whole resort. I expect to be harassed on the beach, wouldn't be holiday if you didn't have it. but to be harassed around the pool in a "luxury 5 star" resort is appalling. Every day 100% of every sun bed was taken with towels and only a maximum (generous) of 40% where actually being used. One day the two beds next to us where occupied by towels ALL day and at 16:00 the people turned up picked them up and left. This is rife here and the staff do nothing about it. We found that ambar green pool was a lot quieter and less in your face but you still get hassled to do "water aerobics, darts" because there are less people there and they want more numbers doing activities. The food in the Buffet was mediocre and always cold, the a la carte restaurants where ok not 5 star but refreshing after buffet food again could maybe have made the food to be hot though. the Brazilian rodizio restaurant was great, great experience and great food and it was hot meat (heaven).The place we stayed was Adults only, I saw children, kids, teenagers every single day around the adults areas there really is no rules at this place. If you want a relaxing, luxury, adults only holiday swerve this place like the plague.There are some good bits, The staff (apart from reception) where so helpful, maids where lovely, the guys and gals around the ground where brilliant. Dr Watson (works on the ambar blue pool) was great everyday come and sat with us to have a chat even when we was at ambar green he suddenly appeared, really nice guy

  • morsby : Innisfil, Canada
Not a 5 star

Hotel was very nice,but service at in the buffet area was lacking.Resort was huge and buildings were hard to find especially alacarte restaurants.The night entertainment was not the best.The employees were lacking English language,so it was very frustrating to communicate.There are 5 types of feasting bugs on this property,our friend got mutilated her first night just sitting in the hotel lobby area playing cards after a rain storm.Make sure you bring bug spray,a must.You can't feel the bites.End result was a 1000.00 doctors bill.Overall resort is nice but much too big and the beach area was very small.I will give the resort a 4 star.I will not be going back to this resort due to the fact the resort was too big,weather not a guaranteed and spent a lot of time on the shuttle.

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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)
  • 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.

Junior Suite

  • 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
  • Hair dryer
  • Clock radio
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee maker (coffee included)
  • In-room safe
  • Max occupancy 3

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  • Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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