Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive

Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar
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Facilities and services 2 pool Sun terrace with sun umbrellas and loungers Relaxation zone with Bali beds Outdoor Jacuzzi BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additionalcharge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (free) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffetrestaurant 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars 1 snack- bar Gazebo de bodas Smokers' lounge with bar service (cigar menu with additional charge) Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms 528 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Ceiling fan Air conditioning Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer Bathrobe and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen TV Coffee-making machine Minibar Safe Butler service 24 hour room service Evening turndown service Pillow menu 2 disabled rooms for a maximum of 3 adults Prime location right on the sea front Exclusive lake-style pool Aroma menu WiFi (free) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Casino and Gambling
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Diving
Tennis court
Aerobics
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Karaoke
Kids club
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
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Non-smoking rooms
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Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Carr Higüey - El Macao, Punta Cana 32000 Dominican Republic
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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The Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar, an adults-only retreat, is hailed for its stunning beachfront location and the cleanliness that permeates through the spacious rooms and well-kept grounds. While the atmosphere buzzes with vibrant entertainment, some guests feel it borders on overwhelming. The amenities, though generally clean and well-maintained, sometimes struggle with crowds. Service is highlighted as friendly and diligent, though swifter and more attentive service may be linked with tipping. Opinions on value diverge, as some guests question the luxury aspect relative to the cost.
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mcwhammer wrote a review Jul 2022
Toronto56 contributions266 helpful votes
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We recently stayed at the Luxury Ambar, Bahia Principe, Punta Cana in mid-July 2022.

This was our second stay in the Dominican Republic and fifth time at a Bahia Principe resort.

We usually vacation for a week, but due to COVID impeding our travel over the past two years, we stretched it to nine days this time around.

We travelled with a couple of good friends, and it was their first all-inclusive vacation. They had an absolutely wonderful time, but here are my impressions.

The Resort and Rooms:

Luxury Ambar is the premier resort @ Bahia Principe, Punta Cana. All of the other Grand and Luxury resorts at the complex pale in comparison.

For comparison sake, Luxury Akumal and Sian Ka’an at BP Mayan Riviera do have a more modern and upscale feel. However, Ambar in Punta Cana is more compact and less sprawling than its Mexican counterparts. In fact, you can walk from the main pool to the lobby and main building in three minutes.

Essentially, any Villa block at Ambar is well situated for quick and easy access to the lobby and/or pool and beach areas.

Ambar is the only resort in the complex that offers swim up pool rooms, which give the Ambar’s villas a more upscale and luxurious feel. We didn’t opt for a swim up room, because we were literally a minute walk to the main pool.

Our suite was modern, well appointed, and thoughtfully designed. The king-sized bed was massive and provided ample room to stretch out. We had absolutely no issues with the air conditioning. It blew strong and cold. The ceiling fan also helped to cool down the room as well.

Food and Restaurants:

As most all-inclusive veterans know, the caliber and quality of the food are not on par with US and Canada standards. That said, the food was good overall. Yes, there are some hits and misses, but everyone should be going home a few pounds heavier.

The Palmyra is the main buffet where we had breakfast and lunch everyday. It’s got a broad and diverse array of offerings. While not everything wows, there definitely is something for everyone.

I personally don’t like food that’s been sitting around too long, so fortunately it has three live cooking stations at lunch where I could always get something freshly made, hot, and tasty.

There’s a pasta station where you can choose your own pasta, sauce and ingredients.

There’s a grill where they can prepare your choice of steak, chicken, pork, fish, and hamburgers.

And there’s a fry station, where they can fry you up beef, chicken, fish, plantain, and calamari either naked or dredged in flour. There were a couple of lunches where I ate primarily hot and fresh chicken wings with a couple of cold beers. Nothing wrong with that!

By mixing and matching and alternating the live cooking stations, I had something new and different every day and it never really felt like I was settling for average buffet fare.

Here are the a la carte restaurants that we tried during our stay: MEAT, El Olivo, Portofino, Limbo, Garden Grill Cafe, Mashua Nikkei, and both Rodizio style restaurants at Ambar and Esmeralda.

Most a la cartes offer three courses: appetizers, mains, and desserts. While good overall, there was not one restaurant where all three courses amazed us.

I’m not going to write a review on every restaurant, but will just share a couple of thoughts:

- most of the main courses were good to very good
- the Ribeye steak at MEAT is tasty, but they don’t trim the fat which some people might not like. Also, it’s Grade A to AA
- the chateaubriand at El Olivo is tasty but often overcooked. Also the portion size is small
- the filet mignon at Garden Grill Cafe is so tender and delicious
- while the dishes are creative, the portion sizes at Limbo are small
- Portofino was the most consistently good meal for all four of us diners
- Mashua Nikkei is Peruvian-Asian. While not wholly authentic, it was a nice break to enjoy some Asian flavours and cuisine
- We were very frustrated with both Rodizio restaurants. The chicken and pork were tasty, but most of the beef offerings were well done, which made them tough and dry. They do offer some skewers where the beef is cooked to medium, but honestly, it seemed like they were intentionally avoiding us. At our last dinner, I had to wait over half an hour for a server to offer me beef cooked to medium. It was slow, frustrating, and disappointing.

I should note that there is a sports bar that is exclusive to Ambar and Aquamarine guests. It’s open from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am with the kitchen closing at 11:00 pm. There you can get chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, fries, chips, etc. We stopped by one night and listened to some live music. It was a lot of fun!

Alcohol and Beverages:

One of the amenities that I really loved was the coffee shop. There you can get expresso type beverages We travelled with a couple of good friends, and it was their first all-inclusive vacation.

The Resort and Rooms:

Luxury Ambar is the premier resort @ Bahia Principe, Punta Cana. All of the other Grand and Luxury resorts at the complex pale in comparison.

For comparison sake, Luxury Akumal and Sian Ka’an at BP Mayan Riviera do have a more modern and upscale feel. However, Ambar in Punta Cana is more compact and less sprawling than its Mexican counterparts. In fact, you can walk from the main pool to the lobby and main building in three minutes.

Essentially, any Villa block at Ambar is well situated for quick and easy access to the lobby and/or pool and beach areas.

Ambar is the only resort in the complex that offers swim up pool rooms, which give the Ambar’s villas a more upscale and luxurious feel. We didn’t opt for a swim up room, because we were literally a minute walk to the main pool.

Our suite was modern, well appointed, and thoughtfully designed. The king-sized bed was massive and provided ample room to stretch out.

Food and Restaurants:

As most all-inclusive veterans know, the caliber and quality of the food are not on par with US and Canada standards. That said, the food was good overall. Yes, there are some hits and misses, but everyone should be going home a few pounds heavier.

The Palmyra is the main buffet where we had breakfast and lunch everyday. It’s got a broad and diverse array of offerings. While not everything wows, there definitely is something for everyone.

I personally don’t like food that’s been sitting around too long, so fortunately it has three live cooking stations at lunch where I could always get something freshly made, hot, and tasty.

There’s a pasta station where you can choose your own pasta, sauce and ingredients.

There’s a grill where they can prepare your choice of steak, chicken, pork, fish, and hamburgers.

And there’s a fry station, where they can fry you up beef, chicken, fish, plantain, and calamari either naked or dredged in flour. There were a couple of lunches where I ate primarily hot and fresh chicken wings with a couple of cold beers. Nothing wrong with that!

By mixing and matching and alternating the live cooking stations, I had something new and different every day and it never really felt like I was settling for average buffet fare.

Here are the a la carte restaurants that we tried during our stay: MEAT, El Olivo, Portofino, Limbo, Garden Grill Cafe, Mashua Nikkei, and both Rodizio style restaurants at Ambar and Esmeralda.

Most a la cartes offer three courses: appetizers, mains, and desserts. While good overall, there was not one restaurant where all three courses amazed us.

I’m not going to write a review on every restaurant, but will just share a couple of thoughts:

- most of the main courses were good to very good
- the Ribeye steak at MEAT is tasty, but they don’t trim the fat which some people might not like. Also, it’s Grade A to AA
- the chateaubriand at El Olivo is tasty but often overcooked. Also the portion size is small
- the filet mignon at Garden Grill Cafe is so tender and delicious
- portion sizes at Limbo are small
- Portofino was the most consistently good meal for all four of us diners
- Mashua Nikkei is Peruvian-Asian. While not wholly authentic, it was a nice break to enjoy some Asian flavours and cuisine
- We were very frustrated with both Rodizio restaurants. The chicken and pork were tasty, but most of the beef offerings were well done, which made them tough and dry. They do offer some skewers where the beef is cooked to medium, but honestly, it seemed like they were intentionally avoiding us. At our last dinner, I had to wait over half an hour for a server to offer me beef cooked to medium. It was slow, frustrating, and disappointing.

I should note that there is a sports bar that is exclusive to Ambar and Aquamarine guests. It’s open from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am with the kitchen closing at 11:00 pm. There you can get chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, fries, chips, etc. We stopped by one night and listened to some live music. It was a lot of fun!

Alcohol and Beverages:

One of the amenities that I really loved was the coffee shop. There you can get expresso type beverages such as lattes, cappuccinos, americanos, frappes, and of course expressos. While the brewed coffee at the buffet and restaurants are pretty decent, I would make it a point to grab a cappuccino before I headed into the Palmyra buffet. I think the coffee shop was the only one of its kind at the complex, which just elevates the Ambar experience even more.

The main lobby bar is stocked with pretty decent brands of alcohol. However, they will use the cheaper brands of alcohol for most drinks unless otherwise specified. I liked to grab my drink at the coffee shop and add a shot of Baileys or Kahlua from the main lobby bar to give it an extra nice kick.

The bars at the beach and pool have a more limited selection. In terms of the frozen drinks they have the slushie machines going with Pina Coladas and red, fruity slush for margaritas. It’s pretty standard stuff.

They use small plastic glasses at the pool and beach. I don’t personally like them that much, because they don’t hold a lot of drink, plus they get warm fast. As such, we brought Bubba Mugs to hold more drinks and keep them colder longer.

The national beer of DR is Presidente, which is what they stock at the resort. Yes, you can get some international beers at the main lobby bar, but there’s a surcharge of $5 USD for a Bud, Corona, or Heineken. Why bother, when Presidente is cold, it is perfectly fine.

Now, while most of the drinks are pretty standard, the exception is the bar at Limbo restaurant. In fact, the bar is the centrepiece of the restaurant. That’s where they craft fun, innovative, and modern style cocktails. We ended many an evening at the Limbo bar. Even though we dined at a different restaurant, the Limbo bar was our go to for our night cap. Many other guests did the same. Many people drop in at around 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm to have one of their wonderful cocktails or just have fun with their awesome bartenders (more on them later).

Beach and Pool:

The main pool is kind of loud and for many guests, the place to have fun. I went there occasionally, but only after 5:30 pm when it was less crowded and less hot.

Even at 5:30 pm, when you first take a dip in the pool, the shallow water feels hot. The deeper you go, it’s still bath water warm. After a while, your body acclimates to the temperature, but it never really feels refreshing. I don’t blame the pool for this, but it’s the mid-July heat and humidity of the Dominican Republic.

As such, we made it a point to spend most of our time at the Beach. No matter how hot it was, the ocean breeze was always soothing and inviting. It provided a much needed respite from the heat and humidity.

With respect to the beach, the sand is soft and powdery. There is little to no rocks or shells at the shore which negates the need for water shoes.

However, seaweed seems to be a big problem all over the Caribbean and Punta Cana is no exception. The resort had a tractor constantly removing the sea weed. I appreciated the effort, but you have to put up with the noise of the tractor going back and forth. Fortunately, the sounds of the wind and water mute out the noise.

My only other issue at the beach are the licensed vendors who are walking around hawking their merchandise or services. I don’t have an issue with them per se, but there are some who call out to you even when you’re taking a nap. Management licences them, so they should advise them not to disturb the guests who are sleeping.

Service:

While I liked the food better in BP Mayan Riviera, and I felt that Luxury Akumal had more of the ‘wow factor’, I still give Ambar a 5-star review, because of the staff.

The majority of them are so genuinely warm and friendly. Even though it’s such a huge resort with hundreds of staff, there are a few who really made a strong connection with us.

I feel compelled to mention them by name, because they really made us feel at home and our stay exceptional. They always went above and beyond what was expected and are truly great ambassadors for both Bahia Principe and the Dominican Republic.

SuperStars:
Wandy - Palmyra and MEAT
Enny - Main Lobby Bar
Kedwin - Limbo
Emmanuel - Limbo
Ignacia - Housekeeping

AllStars:
Jose - Palmyra
Emelin - Palmyra
Keppler Philippe - Club Privilege Ambar Beach
James - Club Privilege Ambar
Aquilino - Limbo
Jesus - Club Privilege Las Olas - 2nd floor

Closing Comments:

Luxury Ambar is a beautiful resort defined by its lush surroundings and natural landscapes.

The grounds are meticulously kept and you feel that you are truly in paradise.

However, what truly sets it apart from other resorts and destinations is its exceptional staff. They make you feel at home in their beautiful country.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded Jul 19, 2022
Dear Client, All of us at our hotel are passionate about serving and exceeding our guests' expectations. We greatly appreciate your positive comments. Please let us know of your next visit to Punta Cana at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, your best hotel in the Dominican Republic. Best regards, Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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25nn111 wrote a review Sep 2020
Toronto, Canada42 contributions13 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited in early September 2020 for 1 week.
The new "normality" looks like this.

Masks are a must in restaurants and lobby. Every time you enter the buffet/restaurant, your temperature is measured. The food in the buffet is behind glass about a meter away from the visitors. The names of the dishes are written in Spanish (large print) and English (small print). If your vision is not 100%, it is not always possible to see which is which. You need to point your finger or tell the waiters every time what you want them to put to your plate.

You are expected to reserve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the buffet every day using their website. In practice, we constantly forgot to do this, but we were allowed into the buffet without a reservation.

On the day of arrival we tried to book an Italian restaurant and a Steakhouse, but the only available date was on the last day before our departure.

The room door is opened using a chip embedded in the bracelet.

All staff are wearing masks, even the workers cleaning the seaweed on the beach.
The sunbeds on the beach are washed with some kind of liquid. In fact, anythign that gets cleaned gets marked with a small blue sign saying it was disinfected.

The hotel is about 20% full on weekdays, and closer to 30% on weekends. On weekends, locals come to the beach and love to blast music from speakers. Despite the fact that in the adult part of the beach there are close to 30 people, it was difficult to find a quiet place on weekends (visitors with their own music plus music coming from the bars).

We got sunbeds on the first line without any problems at about 9.30 am. There were always seats on the second line.

The ocean is clean with practically no seaweeds. Waves are pretty constant, 2 days out of 7 waves were quite strong, but we swam every day. Buoys are relatively far, so there is enough space for swimming. The wind is also strong, therefore after 5 pm it becomes cool on the shore, and you don't really want to get into the water anymore.

Food can be ordered to the room with a delicious but limited menu (nachos as starters, then pasta, burgers, fries, pita)

There is a souvenir shop in the lobby, the prices are 20% lower than at the Punta Cana airport.

I am grateful to the staff for their hospitality and high level of service, and to the hotel management that they continue to receive guests despite this covid situation. I believe that the probability of getting sick with coronavirus (flu, tuberculosis, mumps, insert the right one) in all-inclusive is basically zero. I do not regret for a second that I went on vacation, despite the constant intimidation and recommendations to stay at home.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Online Reputation Coordinator Bav, Otro at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive
Responded Sep 12, 2020
Dear guest, It is an honor to read that you had another great holiday on our premises and you were not disappointed with your decision to come to our Hotel. Feedback such as yours motivates us to continue striving towards excellence despite the tough times. Looking forward to welcoming you once again! Best regards, Adriana Peguero Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Paul L wrote a review Jan 2020
Southport, United Kingdom22 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Ambar from Jan 2nd for two weeks with my wife and 21year old daughter. The hotel had enjoyed a revamp within the past 12 months and the rooms were large and faultless even with three of us in the same room. The lack of a separate bathroom was rather novel, a simple sliding door would suffice and give a little privacy when using the very large shower.

A L'Carte restaurants each night and would rate them out of 10 as follows:-
MEAT 10/10 great Rib Eye
Potofino 7/10
Limbo 9/10
El Olivo 3/10 (so called Gourmet Restaurant but by far the most disappointing meal and service)
Maiko 10/10 (superb food and great service from both waiter and 'Chop Chop' chef)
Thali 10/10 (Tasting platter is fantastic!!!!)
Rodizio 9/10
Asian Takara 5/10

Pool and beach were great.

Sports Bar was very disappointing as it only opens at 4pm.

Besides GM Pablo, 4 other staff that excelled were Santiago at M.E.A.T, Graydin our amazing butler that simply made things happen and the two girls who treated us like royalty at lunchtime were Denni and Erica. At the end of any holiday the three of us always compare what we liked best about the holiday and all three of us were unanimous that our 2 hour lunch overlooking the beach outside M.E.A.T was our stand out part of a totally relaxing holiday. The two girls went a long way to making that our decision.

There can be improvements made but pound for pound and value for money I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel, it offers great value for money.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded Jan 22, 2020
Dear Guest, We thank you for taking the time of sharing your opinion with us which we will take in the highest consideration.It’s our sincere hope to have the opportunity to welcome you in the near future in any of our Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts to show you our commitment to excellence. Regards from the Dominican Republic, Yubi Sandoval Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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tracy a wrote a review Oct 2020
Toronto, Canada8 contributions15 helpful votes
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Just spent a very nice October week in Punta Cana and more notably at the Bahia Principe Ambar resort.
In our experience traveling to many destinations, we where impressed with the hospitality, cleanliness and attention that only a higher end resort can achieve.
In this era of Covid precautions, we found the staff taking every effort to insure our safety and to be preventive in insuring no undo transmissions.
Food! You wanna talk food! Aces across the board. Cooked by pro chefs and served by a very friendly staff will leave you not wanting.
So, everything sounds good so far eh?
In the Dominican Republic there is a government mandated curfew for everyone living outside the resort that means no party's or groups getting together or you face a large fine or worse. How would you get around this you ask? Why you and your many friends would get together and rent a room or six scattered throughout the hotel allowing you and your hoard of twenty somethingsto get drunk, play loud music and talk at a level that you could be heard at, at a Metalica concert til 4am.
There is zero insulation between floors and walls so if you're like us and in your later years tough luck!
Most hotel's these day's are at 50% capacity and work with minimal staff so they're happy to have anyone stay there. On an island with an economy in tatters the mighty buck dictates standards.
Otherwise, we met some great people and enjoyed watching the sun rise and long walks on the beach.
Would we go back? Maybe when things improve with the virus situation cause it is a very nice resort.
Oh, one more point.
They will try very hard to get you to buy into thier Privilege club. It's not cheap and the presentation is slick.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded Oct 21, 2020
Dear Tracy, We are very pleased to read that we were able to exceed your expectations with this trip and it is a great touch to know you were satisfied with the service and treatment you received here. Thank you for your comments and looking forward to welcoming all of you once again!!!! Kind regards, Adriana Peguero Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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joanne s wrote a review Jan 2020
Barnsley, United Kingdom243 contributions178 helpful votes
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We have just returned from beautiful Punta Cana on New Years Eve after spending 14 days there over Xmas. The first thing I can say is the beach is pure paradise it's amazing but it can get very busy especially with people walking.

Now for the hotel, the rooms are great all refurbished with good facilities and also ours was very clean,but we had 2 rooms one for our daughter and hers smelt so bad and damp even with the oil burner on and was not as clean as ours. I suppose we should have had her moved but I wanted her nextdoor with been a young woman on her own and also I didn't want them coming and treating her room with any chemicles after hearing stories of late. Now we did e mail before asking for a room with a bath and it was our anniversary,but when we arrived we were given a room with no bath and not even nextdoor to our daughter so we asked to see if there was a room with a bath and guess what? the nextdoor room to my daughter was empty and had a bath funny how they didn't give us it for free as I have heard of lots of people getting free upgrades but we ended up paying another $280 dollars for the bath which I do think they could have given us really seen as we had paid for 2 rooms and over Xmas it was very expensive! The butler was Greydin and he was good they are only like guest relation there to help with anything you might need,also the mini bar does not get replenished good as we only had 1 bottle of vodka while there and never got anymore.
The staff are on a whole great and very friendly always smile and chatty but you do see a difference how they work they can be quite lazy we could never get a drink in the lobby bar even when was empty they stand round chatting,looking at their phone etc my husband always ended up going to the bar and it was the same in the buffet waiting for coffee and juice it's really not 5* service.

Now the food, we are real foodies and go to a lot of expensive restaurants having said that you will always find something to eat there is so much choice and my daughter and I did enjoy most of it but my husband thought the food was poor. The buffet was probably better than the restaurants,for us Limbo was supposed to be the posh one and we were really looking forward to it,only to be very dissapointed it was awful! uncooked lamb and very tough we didn't even stay for dessert and didn't end up going back. Meat and Portafino are much better we enjoyed these and I wouldn't even visit the others in the other hotels as they were disgusting.I did find though that they booked me in all the same restaurants there were a lot we didn't manage to try maybe these could have been better but they just booked me in the same ones all the time after emailing before and asking for a different one each night. I have to say after a little moaning that we did have a good holiday and really enjoyed it just lower your expectations a little after all it's not 5* in England and you are definitely staying in the best with Ambar,we will be going back but will try another hotel as life is too short to go to the same all the time.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Corner rooms are best
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Response from BPCompBav, Online Reputation at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive
Responded Jan 12, 2020
Dear Joannes, We really appreciate this detailed feedback which helps us identify and address areas for improvement. It is a pleasure for all of us to hear that we could meet your expectations during your visit to our Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar. We hope you will be willing to give us the opportunity to welcome you once again to experience the hospitality of our people, the quality of our services and facilities. Warmest regards from the Dominican Republic! Adriana Peguero Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Maria F wrote a review Jan 2020
7 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a late review. My family visited this resort in December of 2017. Prior to our visit we had made a few requests for the location of the room. The hotel staff replied to us immediately and the upon our arrival the request had been taken care of.

The staff at the lobby bar are wonderful. The ladies doing their rounds will often ask if you require any drinks long before you even make the request at the bar. The tea and coffee station is always full with little snacks.

The food quality and quantity at the buffet is very good. However, the variety didn't change too much from day to day. This is understandable for breakfast but it would have been nice to see a little bit of a change for lunch.
The a la carte restaurants are fab. The Brazilian Steakhouse was a standout in terms of service, food and drink.

Beaches are pristine with staff cleaning the shores of debris throughout the day. The pools are lovely as well.
We had a bit of an issue with housekeeping not cleaning the room well past 4pm which impacted our ability to get ready for dinner reservations. We made about two requests to the front desk to have the room cleaned prior to 3pm. After the third day we had no issues and the room was cleaned really well before too late in the evening.

The night-time entertainment at this hotel was wonderful. There was something new to look forward to each night whether it was a live band or dancers who usually performed at the Bahia village. Trolleys run frequently across the multiple properties on this resort so you can catch entertainment elsewhere as well. For someone who likes and doesn't have mobility issues, the walk from property to property is quite pleasant.

We attended the Christmas Gala Dinner here and it was very well organized. The event was organized in the main buffet and it was beautifully decorated with ice sculptures, carvings and the works.

Since our visit to Ambar, we have been to two other Bahia Luxury properties in Jamaica and Mexico. So far, Ambar tops the list.
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Date of stay: February 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Responded Jan 6, 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay at our hotel.It is through communications of this nature that our customers give us an opportunity to assess and evaluate our performance, as well as to ensure that we maintain and deliver the level of service expected from us. We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you once again at our luxury Bahia Principe Ambar and continue providing the nicest relaxing vacation. Regards from Punta Cana! Yubi Sandoval Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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pearlypaula wrote a review Jan 2020
Aveley, United Kingdom167 contributions43 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived on Christmas day not overly impressed with the check-in as they tried to put us all in a room. I along with some others did go straight to reception and checked in there. We were told we had a room with single beds not ideal but after a long day travelling, we said that it would be fine and it was a good result, we were in room 62316 which was in the perfect location.

We could not fault the service in general however some of the speciality restaurants could do with some monitoring as we found some offered bad service and some offered cold food.

Our favourite was Portofino we ate there three times, the Thali was one we were looking forward to but the food looked lovely but it was stone cold we sent it back and it just come back in a warm dish. We walked of Rodizio as the service as so poor they were trying to give us meat before we had even seen a menu which we had to ask for we also had to ask for drinks when we tried to speak to someone (not just in this restaurant) there seemed to be quite a language barrier.

We were surprised that you could not get water in a bottle around the pool or any of the other bars which is what we drink mainly during the day. Also take your own straws they don’t even have paper ones. However, if you by a Pina Colada for $5 on the beach you get a plastic straw!

The entertainment was pretty good but it would be nice to alternate it so you see a different show on your second week but with so many different bars and venues as such it was not a problem.

Loved the fact it was adults only but the pool area was really cramped and was full of umbrellas so you were chasing the sun. We spent most of our time in the pool in the next hotel along which was really nice.

We think they should spray the grounds as there were an awful lot of Mosquitos and we both got bitten day and night even though we were using our Jungle Juice.

All in all we had a brilliant holiday very relaxing and enjoyable. We would go again and certainly would recommend it.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Responded Jan 21, 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor and for highlighting our great staff, plenty food, great a la carte, clean pools, nice beaches, and good entertainment. We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you once again at our Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar and continue providing the most memorable experiences. Best regards, Yubi Sandoval Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Andy P wrote a review Jan 2020
Greater London, United Kingdom45 contributions12 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived at Ambar hotel, to be told by reception that our room was a twin although we had booked a Double, they then offered us a double room with a swim up pool, for an extra 50 dollars a night and we were there 14 nights!! We politely declined and asked for the room that we had paid for and booked, and then they did have one but at 19;00 is was not ready, when we challenged this, then suddenly had one available,,,beware of the up selling!
Once in the room, it was fantastic, huge bed, great air con, mini bar, clean, perfect room.
The food was fantastic,good selection, but if you want to go to the restaurants you really need to be ahead of the game as they are all booked out, although when you actually get there they are not full? I m not sure why you can book before you go there must be a fairer way of making sure people get to the restaurants and to the main buffet. Although the restaurants are good,and well worth the visit.
A disappointing thing is there are no bars open on the beach after 18;00, it would be lovely to be able to sit on the beach in the evenings,in casual wear.
The beach bar staff were fantastic, fun, professional, and thanks Wendy ( yes that is his name), and Confesa, and the twins, made our holiday, maybe promote them to reception as they had lots more personality.
The main bar is in the hotel foyer, which is very odd and lacks personality, there is a sports bar with a converted van selling, yes selling gins? No one ever bought one!
They are really missing a trick by not using their biggest asset the beautiful beach!

BEWARE, dont book a excursion with Coming 2, they sold us a diving trip that did not exist and a luxury trip for up to 14 people that turned out to be a party boat for 100 people, sadly the hotel management who recommended in the arrival chat that we use them , wanted nothing to do with them when we complained, we are still attempting to get our money back.
Top tips... bring everything you may need medications, 10 headache tablets 31 dollars, body wash etc very expensive.
Money.. bring dollars, the exchange rate in reception if they have any is ridiculous. you need small notes, it seems sad but by tipping when you order means you get better service.
We found it disappointing that you really cant leave the resort other than for a planned excursion.

Having said that we did have a great holiday, the place is spotless and the attention to detail is good, the cleaners came twice a day to your room, the grounds were very well kept, coffee shop staff were friendly and this is a good to be able to get tea and coffee all day long.spirits were good, wine was average.

The beach is beautiful and clean, enjoyed the free wind sports, the pools are great nice swim up bars, did enjoy the trip but would not book it again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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briang5444 wrote a review Jan 2020
Baildon, United Kingdom15 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is obviously aimed at the North American market with large bedrooms, open plan bathrooms, private balcony and ground floor rooms with swim up facilities All the hotel facilities are in good condition and well maintained and the bedroom look like they have had a recent refurbishment with attractive modern decor.
There is a good choice of dishes for all meals and the Las Brisas beach restaurant has a more relaxed atmosphere for lunch with simpler dishes.The buffet restaurant had a special fish night, with plenty of lobsters and large shrimps together with their usual cooking of a large grouper or red snapper, which was very popular
In all restaurants all drinks are subject to waiter service which means at quieter times it is often difficult to get a refill.
There is a large free-form swimming pool and a large area on the beach for relaxing under the palms. Waiter service for all kinds of drinks is available and the waiters are friendly and attentive although you can get your own drinks if you prefer. There are only just enough loungers in these areas and it would assist if there were more so as to reduce the hunt for the free ones. The music played round the pool is far too loud in the afternoon spoiling the atmosphere but is not a problem on the beach
The hotel is surrounded by 6 other group hotels enabling you to use some of their facilities especially the pre-bookable a la carte restaurants. The whole site is large and there are golf buggy transfers between them and common areas
The beach has soft white sand,which does not get hot, and which stretches for a long distance in either direction making it a nice place for a long walk
The grounds are large and attractive and very well maintained and being level makes it easy to walk around.
The Ambar lobby is large and attractive with good quality evening entertainment especially the 2 dance shows we watched
Despite the negative points we had a very relaxing week in this quality hotel. There are lots of staff who are happy to assist and are very friendly. I
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for a sunny balcony or terrace
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Responded Feb 1, 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay at our hotel. It is through communications of this nature that our customers give us an opportunity to assess and evaluate our performance, as well as to ensure that we maintain and deliver the level of service expected from us. We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you once again at our luxury Bahia Principe Ambar and continue providing the nicest relaxing vacation. Regards from Punta Cana! Yubi Sandoval Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Arlene Adames wrote a review Jul 2020
5 contributions3 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
First, I have to say that me and my husband went and we are part of the BP Priviledge Club, so it might be different for most of the guests. However, as a member of the priviledge club, we are entitled to premium drinks, and discounts throughout the BP hotels. Because of Covid, I understand that things are pretty limited considering that probably half or less people are staying on the premises. However, we were not able to enjoy much of those privileges. It was very hard to use to enjoy a nice Martini unless it was a the priviledge club lounge. They also did not have or did not know how to make all the drinks we asked for.

Second, I have to congratulate Bahia Principe Hotels for all the precautions they are taking due to Covid. It is wonderful, truly. They require masks on public areas, they clean/ disinfect all the seats and tables before use and have labels to let the guests know when the areas are clean. They also have hand sanitizer all over the place for anyone to use. They would not let you in restaurants unless you wear a mask and have disinfected your hands.

Third, everyone is super friendly; always willing to help, smiling and in a great mood. Hard working employees all over.

Fourth, during our stay, not all the restaurants were open. We were only able to reserve at the Greek, Indian Restaurant, The Palmyra buffet and on our fourth night were able to enjoy the M.E.A.T restaurant that to my opinion was the best one of all. The greek was also very good but the meat was better. Again, I will give them the benefit of the doubt for being limited due to covid, but they have more potential when it comes to the food & restaurants. I was hoping there was more variety and freshness in the buffet. More original dishes from the DR itself. I never saw any characteristic dishes from the DR such as mofongo, mangu, sancocho or asopao for instance. I think that their foods are more focused to Americans, not even Europeans. Although, I do not consider that a bad thing, I believe that when you visit a country you want to get to know their food and such.

Fifth, their shows at night are spectacular ! They are incredible. You can see they put a lot of work on their performances and I really applaude when employees enjoy what they do and put effort in things.

I dont want to write a thousand words,
So after all, I would say that our stay was very good. We had a Swim-up room and were extremely pleased. However I was expecting more from their foods & drinks.

We would give it another try though. !
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Online Reputation Coordinator Bav, Otro at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive
Responded Jul 27, 2020
Dear Lena, First all, thank you for recognizing the safety and hygiene measures that we are taken to ensure the health and safety of our customers and as well as employees. We are happy to know that you had a nice vacation staying at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar and we appreciate that you recognize our hardworking staff. The people of the Dominican Republic are looking forward to your return! Kind regards, Adriana Peguero Online Reputation Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Mobile226117 asked a question Yesterday
Montreal, Canada1 contribution12 helpful votes
Is this a very big resort or is it walkable?
Answer from CaptPicard-Janeway
United Kingdom311 contributions20 helpful votes
The Ambar section definitely has named brands included, if you just ask for a gin & tonic you'll get the local brand, so my husband asks for Bombay Sapphire gin & tonic, the staff aren't at all fazed by it & that's exactly what they bring. They also have even more 'posh' brands, sold separately (not at the bar, there's a sort of trolley with those on). You pay extra for them, but you won't accidentally order, they'd ask your room number to charge it! I think Esmeralda also has named brands included as they & Ambar are the 'luxury' parts of the huge resorts.
Glen Holmes asked a question Apr 2024
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom47 contributions59 helpful votes
Hi, could anyone please advise me the cost of upgrading to a swim up room?
Melanie1173 wrote a tip May 12
Columbus, Ohio132 contributions65 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay away from this resort at all costs. Your life may depend on it!"
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lovesagoodgetaway wrote a tip May 7
Hamilton, Canada44 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Building 67 is a great location but some will not like the noise from the nearby pool. Limbo bar is top notch."
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Luisa H wrote a tip May 6
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Villa 63 is right across to lobby/bar and buffet restaurant."
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Karolin A wrote a tip May 6
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"First day of arrival make all your reservations for the other restaurant! Buffet doesn’t have variety of food "
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Rachel B wrote a tip May 6
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"People place towels on chairs to reserve them at ridiculous hours in the morning so be prepared to wake up early. "
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PRICE RANGE
C$339 - C$499 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
CaribbeanDominican RepublicLa Altagracia ProvincePunta Cana
NUMBER OF ROOMS
528
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive
Which popular attractions are close to Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
Nearby attractions include Arena Gorda Beach (0.2 km), Spa Redeemer & Masajes (1.0 km), and Pacha Discotheque (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant, Restaurant Maiko, and Hideaway Beach Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and fitness classes during their stay.
Does Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive have airport transportation?
Yes, Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Is Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only All Inclusive accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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