Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue

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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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  • 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.

  • scruffyjack : swansea
Quantity not quality.........Punta Cana airport luggage scam.

Stayed here two years ago and had a lovely time, but things have taken a turn for the worse. One of the features we enjoyed the most was the beach, but since our last visit another adults only block has been built. To try and cope with the extra demand the hotel has filled the gaps in between the shades with more shades.As a result there is literally no space between you and the neighbouring beds and you are all on top of each other. We ended up moving in with the screaming kids to the right to get a bit of room. The beach service on either side was non existent.Tried a few days by the pool at the new Don Pablo green area which was fine until the Spanish drum & bass/gangster rap kicked off from lunch time til late afternoon. It was exactly the same at the other adult pool and I mean banging. No problem with people having a party, but could one pool area be a bit quieter, perhaps it's me getting old.Staff are pretty good on the whole but we had a bit of a problem with maintenance, three light bulbs out for four days, had to draw a sketch of the room to show which bulbs needed changing!Food and room were good as were the bar areas in the lobbies, but we think overcrowding is an issue, and there is a lot of construction going on which is going to make things worse.Final point which is not the hotels fault, is the farce at check in at the airport. At the hotel lobby is a scale which weighs your bags for a dollar a time, and we were fully six kilos under. By the time we checked in our bags had gained three kilos! Amazing! They then weighed our hand luggage and said that we were three kilos over and we had to pay them $90 dollars. After a quick course in basic arithmetic they begrudgingly handed over our boarding passes.In the queue at immigration another British couple were caught for four kilos, and there's no doubt hundreds if not thousands more have been scammed. This happened to us two years ago and the guy at check in put the money in his pocket. Rant over.

  • Jadeyjane70 : Monmouth, United Kingdom
Amazing stay

We had an amazing time at Ambar blue. We went with Thomson and paid just under £3,900 for two of us. The hotel was great value for money and we had a great 2 weeks of relaxation and being spoiltRoom: Emailed the hotel before our holiday to request a room, we did not get this room but the room we did have was just as good, (block 64) away from the construction and close to the pool. Our room was cleaned daily and our mini fridge was filled most of the time. We loved the big bed and amazing bathroom! Beach:The beach was not as good as previous places we have visited as there was lots of seaweed in the water. Some days during our stay it was not as bad and gorgeous so it's worth going for a swim then. The guys work so hard all day clearing it up doing the best they can. They all done such a great job in that heat. Pool: The Ambar blue pool is great, really big with a swim up bar. Getting a drink at the pool bar is awful unless your a loud drunk who will shout across the bar, it's pretty busy from the moment it opens, don't try and be a decent human being and que, look after number one, everyone else does. We had no trouble finding good loungers during our stay it's as it is wherever you go in the world, if you want a good spot get up early! We had amazing service from the two ladies serving drinks, you didn't feel like you had to tip or they was doing it for the tip. Either way they would come back and take your order. This was by far the best pool service compared to anywhere else we have stayed. We took our own large cups as the plastic ones they provide are small and to help with the amount of plastic cup wastage. Food: The buffet it is amazing food and so much choice. They have different themed nights which were great you will never get hungry. A big thank you to Pedro he looked after us during our stay and his service was great! We pre booked reservations by emailing the hotel 2 weeks before we got there and got everyone we wanted (thank you). The food here was amazing value. We ate at the two gourmet's which are amazing! We found service to be a lot better in the El Olivo than the Don pablo, the service was really slow and nothing compared to our first meal at El Olivo. Everything here was perfect from start to finish. ( The menus are the same at both)Italian was my favourite, great food and amazing service.Rodizio was amazing but sit inside, when we sat outside the first time we were forgotten about. We gave it a second chance sitting inside and glad we did we had a gorgeous meal and amazing service. Mexican 'Santa Fe' was so good and our waiter made it even better Ramon was the best waiter out of all of the la carte he went above and beyond to look after us as well as so many other tables. He really did stand out to us and I hope he gets the recognition he deserves for being so great. Japanese was amazing with perfect service. Really sad we didn't get chance to try the garden grill as we heard so many good things about it but unfortunately we could get in during our stay. Lobby bar: The cocktails here were great and so were all the staff! Albert stood out for us he is lovely and works very hard. Entertainment:The entertainment team in Amber blue from the 22nd July - 5th August were shocking, I assume they swap round as on our last day a new entertainment crew came round and introduced themselves to everyone and they were lovely. The ones during our stay only bothered with girls who they could grind on. ( This gets boring to watch after the first 2 days). These were by far the worst entertainment team we have seen, they don't really bother with you unless your loud and in there faces. We did not feel comfortable joining in activities like we usually do on our holiday. Not that there was much to do anyway. We weren't the only ones saying this as other guests we spoke to thought the same. For an adults only hotel this was extremely poor entertainment. This was the only thing about the hotel that let it down. On the other hand the circus show was great!General:As everyone says there aren't always towels available but this didn't bother us. The towel guy was so friendly and happy, loved him.The village is a great place in the evening, You have a sports bar and club which are all inclusive and the club is open till 4am which is great if you want a dance. There is also a casino and shops. The trams are a great way to get round and the drivers are lovely and helped us a lot. Jump on when you can, the amount of times we would be waiting for ages and people would just jump on after only just getting there was so annoying. Like I said ' look after number one'! There are lots of cats around the resort, they are so lovely and tame. I would get them food and water like other people did. I hope someone looks after them it's sad to see them so skinny but they don't always eat the food so there not hungry. The hotel is very well kept and all the maintenance do a great job of keeping everything clean and tidy. This place is amazing if you are going , enjoy it! The staff work so hard to make your stay perfect and I think they all do a fabulous job. I will 100% be back in the future. Thank you to everyone here for a great 2 week stay. Keep up the amazing work.

  • golfersteve66 :
Enjoyable stay

We stayed for 2 weeks at Ambar Blue in early July and overall it was an enjoyable stay. Some indifferent reviews made us a bit wary but we can say that we had no major issues at all . We spent most days at the pool in ambar green as it was quieter than the Ambar blue pool which got a bit busy and loud . You will have no problem getting a Sun bed there but get there early if you want a parasol. We used the gazebos at the Jacuzzi pool which were surprisingly under used . The mini bar in the room was not always stocked despite leaving tips but not a major thing. Food wise the ambar blue buffet was hit and miss and the air conditioning in there was a welcome relief from the heat and humidity. For breakfast try the rodizio. It is the same food but virtually deserted when we visited. We tried a few gourmet restaurants and liked the Don Pablo and rodizio as well as the Asian restaurant in the Esmeralda. The entertainment was not all that great though . Michael Jackson was good but our main gripe was that you never knew what was on where. We liked to wander on the trains to other hotels and it would have been nice to know what was on elsewhere . The grounds are beautiful and well maintained and the staff were all very friendly even if most had little English . You can get by easily and we always tipped the staff as we realised how hard they were working . Service by the pool was good and you were never without a drink if you wanted one . All in all it was a chilled relaxing holiday which is exactly what we were looking for. It's not 5 star luxury but it was good value for money and the rooms were clean and comfortable. We had a huge bed and great air conditioning which thankfully worked perfectly for the whole 2 weeks. We even ordered aromatherapy oils to give the room a nice fragrance . We didn't use the butler much but he did phone to introduce himself and he did deliver the aromatherapy promptly. We even recommended the hotel to my fiancee' s son and girlfriend who are now going later on in the year .

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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)
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  • 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.

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  • 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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    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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