Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green
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- 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 Green was the latest addition to the complex in 2015 with spacious and elegantly appointed junior suites, surrounded by lush vegetation. 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.
I stayed at the Ambar Green section of this resort for 10 nights (2nd – 12th November 2017) with my partner. We are both in our thirties and well-travelled although I am a seasoned visitor of all-inclusive resorts, whilst this was his first experience.Booking: We found the holiday via LoveHolidays.com which I regularly use for high calibre trips on a budget and this holiday did not disappoint. The site aggregates the cheapest dates for both accommodation and flights; we paid circa £1,200pp which included 10 nights at the resort (all inclusive), BA return flights from Gatwick and airport transfers (which we added on at an additional cost).Arrival/check in: Our flight landed at Punta Cana airport around 19:30 – remember to have $10 US handy as you need this to get into the country. For some reason, this was not mentioned on the flight (which is odd considering they give you VISA entry cards to complete). The transfer to the airport was only 30 mins by mini bus and we dropped off a couple of others at nearby resorts en route.First impression of the Bahia Principe resort is that it is absolutely huge – a plus for us as we are active and enjoy waking and exploring, but some may prefer a smaller resort with less walking. Check in was smooth and we were given a cocktail which was a nice touch in the heat after a long flight. We were escorted to our room and I was initially quite nervous as they are building an extension to the hotel next door to the Ambar Green section and I did not want our stay spoiled by building work. We were in building 85 and although some of it overlooked the building work, we were pleased with our room which overlooked reception. The rooms in this section are modern and very large with a huge (king size+) bed, double sink, Jacuzzi bath, separate shower, lounge area and stocked mini bar. Pool/beach: We spent the vast majority of our holiday by the Ambar Green pool and I have to say (without sounding like a horrific snob), really is worth every single penny if you can afford to stay in this section and upgrade. Not only do you have premium brand drinks (which I’ll come to later), the reception area (and bar), entertainment, surroundings, atmosphere, décor – everything – really is a tier above that of the other sections such as Ambar Blue, Bavaro etc. The pool is divided by 2 bridges into 3 sections; the main one has the pool bar which is open from 10 – 17:30 daily and the best entertainment in the resort (which I’ll come to later). It is by no means a complete relaxation zone as music is played throughout the day and participation in activities is encouraged, but you can sit by the Jacuzzi area or away from the pool bar if you want a quieter day. The beach is beautiful and spacious but quite busy. The strip of hotels that occupy the beach are very main stream including the Hard Rock and Riu and there are lots of people walking up and down (as we did) or setting up for the day. We preferred to spend our time by the pool.Food: The food at this resort is amazing, we were super impressed and particularly my partner who I was worried wouldn’t be used to ‘mass catering’ which is typical of all-inclusive holidays, really enjoyed the food. We had our favourites but there was not one bad meal.We typically spent breakfast at the Ambar green buffet which is smaller than others but offers a calmer atmosphere. Typical options were available but plentiful and tasty such as eggs (cooked fresh if you ask), bacon, sausage, continental, fruit or more unhealthy options if you’re that way inclined such as a full English and donut buffet ;) the downside of this buffet is that it currently overlooks some of the construction work which is a shame as it did disturb our peace some mornings, but we preferred it over the Ambar Blue buffet. The latter is all in-door (no outside seating option) and has more options; it was nice for a change some days. At lunch time we had more of a ‘snack’ and used the buffet restaurant on the Esmerelda side of the resort which is on the beach and more exclusive than Las Olas (in the middle… which is a little bit manic) and has good choices. We ate a lot of chicken, fish and salad here. Again, there are more generic options available such as chips, pizza, burgers, vegetables, pasta etc. No one will go hungry!For dinner, we aimed to book one of the al a cartes for every night of our stay that we possibly could as we really enjoyed a change of scenery in the evenings and waiter service. We were pretty successful and ate al carte 6 of the 10 nights – we missed one because I wasn’t feeling well so it would have been 7 which isn’t bad. We ate at the Ambar Green buffet on the other nights and it was what you would expect – meat, vegetables, salads, desserts etc. After trying the al a cartes, we felt slightly underwhelmed but the food was always good. You do need a reservation in advance for all al a cartes (which involves booking and receiving a ticket) and they do fill up, so recommend you do this early in the holiday. We visited the Brazilian, French, Japanese tapenyaki (sp!), Asian, Dominican, and Mexican. Our favourite was the tapenyaki (called Mikado) as the chef cooked the food in front of us which was entertaining and it was delicious. We were impressed with all of the restaurants where the general theme was a buffet starter and dessert with mains and drinks by waiter service. The exceptions to this were the French and Asian which definitely had a more formal feel and we loved these. The meat in the Brazilian was delicious and followed the green card (for more), red card (I’m done) mantra – you could have eaten for 10 and all the meats were delicious.Drinks: As I mentioned previously, one of the many benefits of the Ambar Green is premium alcohol which includes Absolut vodka. This was included in our mini bar and replaced daily as well as being served at the bars. Sounds minor, but I believe that it’s the little touches that go a long way to making a difference. The whole resort shares a large menu of cocktails, mostly created from a base of pre-mixed ice-based slushes. The drinks are good but generally taste pretty similar because of the slush mixtures of which there are about 4-5 varieties. Different spirits or liquors are then added to these depending on the type of cocktails. We drank lots of margaritas from the pool bar during the day and this consisted of a lemon based slush and tequila. In the evening, they served the same but in a proper glass and with salt around the edge which was nice. I tried a few daiquiris and one ‘cocktail of the day’ which was Sambuca based and I now wonder why I tried it haha. We got engaged during our holiday and wanted to celebrate so we ended up buying a couple of bottles of Freixenet as the all-inclusive ‘champagne’ was ok but not something you could drink too much of. Overall the drinks were very good, considering what you’ve paid and when you think of the numbers of people being catered for.Try local spirit Mumajuana for a fun night ;)Entertainment: If you’re reading this, hello Jhonny B … as every other review mentions, Jhonny is Ambar Green’s local celebrity, leading the entertainment team and activity program on a daily basis (and on some evenings too!) If I could bottle and sell Jhonny’s energy and enthusiasm, I would be a very rich woman! He is very talented at adapting his style to individuals depending on what he senses they want from their holiday and there are always those who participate in all activities and are very lively and chatty and others who prefer to ‘people watch’ and keep more to themselves. I felt that Jhonny was very respectful, funny, polite and read people very well. He was kind, approachable and offered to help us if we needed anything during our stay. He is an asset to the resort as others have said and I recommend anyone who enjoys activities to get involved as you will have plenty of fun and laughs with Jhonny.Weather: Not something that can be controlled but for interest, we had a bit of bad luck with at least 4 out of the 9 days cloudy and with some rain. We were lucky enough to have 3 solid days of very hot sun and at least came home with a tan. If you want guaranteed sunshine in the Caribbean, avoid rainy season (May – Nov). Personally I believe that if you’re with the right person, in such great surroundings, it shouldn’t impact the holiday and we still had a wonderful time.Overall, we had an amazing holiday at the Ambar Green and felt it was worth every penny. We wouldn’t hesitate to return if we visited Punta Cana in future and we highly recommend the resort.
We stayed in Ambar Green for a week with my boyfriend. The hotel is okay for 5 star, the area is huge, lots of restaurants. Staff at the bar and in our hotel were very nice and friendly. The service in the restaurant was disappointing, not in every restaurant, but in most of them. The servers are not attentive and they forget about you. We had a table full of dirty plates and empty glasses and they were never refilled with wine or water. We also had a problem with the towels, we had an access to all the pools and we did not know that we can only get the towel in our pool, once we asked if we can get the towel and the said you have to go all the way back to you hotel pool and get the towel there and sometimes they did not have fresh towels at all, this is not what you expect in 5 star hotel. The hotel area is nice, very green and it seems like you re in the beautiful garden. The rooms are nice, but they have to be renovated, kind of old. Also, we asked our front desk agent when what time is our departure to the airport and she said 9am without a doubt. And then in the morning they called us and asked where we are, because it actually was 8:30am , the bus left and we had to pay for the taxi.Overall, the stay was okay, but there is better hotels for the same price and better service, for example, Riu Palace.
We stayed Nov 6 through the 15. We had a room on the 2nd floor in building 81 and absolutely loved the location. The room was spacious and clean. The mini bar was stocked daily with everything that we used. This trip was for relaxing and that's what we did. We spent every day at the green pool because it was a good vibe for us. Arisleidy was our server at the pool and we loved her, she is such a sweet lady. The animation team was a good time as well. My wife and I absolutely loved jhonny bravo. We have been to many all inclusive places and he is right up at the top for pool entertainment.The food was pretty good. We liked don Pablo, santa Fe, the Brazilian place, and we went to one of the Japanese hibachi places and enjoyed them all. We went to the gala night and also loved that as well. Our only sub par place was portofino, and I would try it again because everyone else that I talked to loved it. Maybe we just had a fluke bad meal. The lunch and breakfast buffet we're pretty standard, I didn't go hungry.The beach was nice, but like I said, we hung out at the pool because there were no kids there. We have never been to the same resort twice, and I think I could see myself going back to the ambar green. I do want to single out Arisleidy from the pool service, jhonny bravo from the animation team, Juan from the bellman desk, Maria from the ambar green buffet, Victor from Don Pablo, and whoever the housekeeper was in room 81201 during our stay, I never did get her name, but she was great! All of those employees were awesome and if we do decide to return, they would be a big reason why!
I will start with the flaw, the one flaw. The bed was too hard. The 3 other ladies I travelled with felt the same but were not affected in the same manner as myself because I have existing lower back issues. However, all things considered, it did not ruin my trip and I will tell you why.The grounds were immaculate, staff was very friendly (contrary to several reviews I read stating otherwise). The room was spotless and lovely and the maid staff made sure we were fully stocked each day with all coffees, teas, water, etc... the shower is to die for (rainfall shower head), and the hallways/ common areas were also very well kept. We had no issues with either of our rooms. The entertainment staff (pool area) were fabulous... a special mention to them for making our trip exceptional... Juan Carlos, Jhonny Bravo, and Luis! They had great senses of humor and were not pushy but got you up out of your seat to participate in dancing, water activities, Zumba, and even a spin class in the pool. The pool and surrounding area were the cleanest I have ever experienced and everywhere you look is beautiful. Lots of covered areas (umbrellas, canopied lounge chairs) and an ample amount of chairs so there was no worry that you wouldn’t find one. They hosted a beach party and a champagne jacuzzi party on 2 of the evenings so there’s a nice mixture of events as well as nightly shows. The disco is in the village area of the resort so you can choose to participate or not but are not affected by it if you choose not to. It was by far the best resort disco I have ever experienced and I highly recommend it even if you’re not a big “party goer”. It was a great experience. The food was good and the selection varied each evening as the theme changes daily but they did have some constant offerings so if you find something you really like, chances are you will get it again.I enjoyed this resort and all that it has to offer so much that I have decided to have my wedding here next year. I don’t know of anything better than that to express how amazing of a time we had and we can’t wait to return.
My wife and I have been coming to the Ambar Blue every year now for 4 years as privilege club members and we will continue to do so. The pool bar staff( Bianca and Marlene especially) are amazing AND THE REASON WE RETURN YEARLY! Also santa, Juan , Ambar, kelvin and the rest of the crew at the buffet who have always made us feel like part of there family! Because of all the staff I would give it 10 stars if I could! Keep up the good work guys!
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- Free Wi-Fi (2 devices)
- Hair dryer
- Clock radio
- Coffee maker (coffee included)
- In-room safe
- Max occupancy 3
Resort Location Map
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar GreenPunta 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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