Not only does this place – voted one of TripAdvisor's top All Inclusive resorts – line up luxury suites, gourmet restaurants and a gigantic pool, it’s got a sandy beach as its front garden.
If there’s one word that fits this adults-only hotel, it’s luxury. It’s surrounded by lush gardens and is right on a white-sand beach, plus the bedrooms are all suites, with canopy beds and hydro-massage tubs.
There’s a huge pool, loads of sports and four à la carte restaurants here. To top it all off, it’s a 3-for-1 deal – you get full run of the facilities at the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro and the Punta Cana, next door.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Ultra All Inclusive. Buffet meals. Unlimited à la carte dining for dinner - reservations required. Snacks. Room service. Butler service on request.
Ultra All Inclusive. Unlimited national and selected international brand alcoholic beverages until 02.00 and soft drinks - 24 hours.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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With pool towels, sunbeds and beach towel service.
Portofino Italian à la carte restaurant
An à la carte restaurant with Italian avant-garde cuisine offering pasta, pizza and delicious meats. You'll need to book a table to eat here.
Offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
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Great Vacation and Resort
It was our first time that specific resort. We loved it, met great people and had great times together. The staff was nice, the food was good. We recommend this resort. There are about 5 hotels on the resort something for everyone to enjoy. From couples to families with children. We love Punta Cana this was our third time going there.ð More
Marianna M, Montreal, Canada
Take me back now!
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a fantastic two-week break via Thomson (stayed 16th to 30th September). Having picked up plenty of helpful pre-stay tips from Trip Advisor, we emailed the hotel ahead of our holiday to request our preferred room location and a la carte restaurant bookings. While our preference for a pool-view room in the newer Ambar 2 building was honoured, our room was on the first rather than second floor. However, this still had a great view over the pool and I think that the room numbering means that the first floor is considered to be the second floor, so you might want to request the âtop floorâ if youâd like to be higher up. The other problem was my own fault as I requested a double bed (meaning one bed for two people), and ended up with two four-foot beds; so, make sure you ask for a king-size bed if you want to sleep together lol. Our room was so lovely, we decided to keep it (81212 if youâre interested in a twin-bed room). It was within a three minute walk of the Ambar 2 lobby and buffet, and right next to the beautiful pool, with fully-functioning air conditioning that still worked with the balcony door wide open. As other people have mentioned, the mini-bar doesnât always get topped up, but a quick call to the concierge for water bottles was always dealt with efficiently. For everything else, we highly recommend downloading the free Bahia Principe smart-phone application (works with iPhone and Android devices, and possibly others). Using it, you can view/cancel/make restaurant bookings, order special pillows, and log all manner of requests and report problems for everything from missing loo paper and broken toilet handles to extra towels and laundry services. It saves a walk to reception and is particularly handy if youâre not a confident Spanish speaker. Almost every member of staff was extremely polite, friendly and helpful, and they all work very long hours, yet not a yawn in sight! Guest services are great for making last-minute restaurant bookings. Weâd particularly recommend El Olivo (same menu as Don Pablo, so donât fret if you canât get into both), the Rodizio Brazilian, and the Maiko Tepanyaki Japanese experience, where the chef cooks at a communal table in front of you. The buffet restaurant caters for all tastes, so youâll be hard pushed to not find something you fancy. To err on the side of caution, I avoided any non-peeled fruit and veg during our stay. While all the waiters, waitresses, and bartenders we met were amazing, a special acknowledgement has to be given to Julio and Pedro at the Ambar 2 swim-up bar. Their friendly smiles and funky dance moves are sorely missed now weâre home, not to mention the great cocktails! A couple of tips for future visitors â you can buy thermos cups from the Ambar 2 shop (the one next to the buffet restaurant), which will help keep your drinks cold and get you larger servings; US dollars donât fall apart underwater, so if you want to tip, just stick a few in your bikini top or shorts before you dive in the pool. We only used US money during our stay, and you can change in larger notes for one and five-dollar bills at the Cashier section of the reception desk in both Ambar lobbies. If you donât want to book excursions through your own holiday rep, youâll find a Bahia Principle tour guide manning a stall at the Ambar 2 pool most afternoons. While youâll usually save significant amounts by booking your tours with Bahia reps, you might want to check your travel insurance covers your trips just to be on the safe side. We highly recommend the Saona Island tour and Adventure Boogies (buggies). The only suggestions Iâd pass onto hotel management would be that a request to restock the mini-bar is added to the mobile app, and that more parasols are made available at the pool. There were always plenty of sun beds available (which makes a great change from many hotels) but due to the heat, a parasol is sometimes required. More tips for travellers: 1) download the free DuoLingo Spanish app for your mobile device before you go if youâd like to master some basic lingo before you go; 2) report any issues/problems (nicely) to reception or the concierge promptly if they canât be logged via the Bahia Principe app â after all, they canât fix issues they donât know about; 3) youâre not obliged to tip, but $1 or $2 bills are hugely appreciated by all staff, from the golf cart/shuttle drivers and maids to the gardeners and bartenders; 4) items on the room service menu are part of the all-inclusive package, so if you miss lunch or fancy a continental breakfast in your room, just order it via the mobile app or concierge; 5) while Ambar is adults-only, the other hotels on the complex are not. So, donât be shocked to find kids on your travels, especially if youâre planning on using the a la cartes at the other hotels; 6) always take your site map (provided on check-in) with you as itâs easy to get lost; 7) try the local drink â Mama Juana â we loved it! It tastes like a cross between port and mulled wine; however, too much Mama Juana can leave you pretty drunk (just ask my boyfriend lol); 8) nice hotels attract nice guests â we made lots of friends with people while chatting in the pool, mainly from the UK, Canada and US. So, donât be afraid to strike up a conversation with your fellow holidaymakers. Conclusion: A beautifully-maintained hotel with hardworking, happy staff who will do everything in their power to make your stay an enjoyable one. Muchas gracias! More
We stayed at the Ambar 10 to 21 September, we had a great time, the hotel is spotless, rooms very good, cleaned two or three times a day, mini fridge was replenished every day, clean towels sometimes twice a day, the main restaurant and al a carted were great, never struggled to eat, the restaurant by Ambar 1 pool is brill for lunchtimes, the variety of food and drink was very good, every member of staff were always polite and smiling, they can not do enough for you, we are even looking to go back next year, would highly recommend this hotel.More
Ambar was Amazing!
This was my 2nd trip to the Grand Bahia Principe complex (of which Ambar is 1 of the 5 hotels). Last year I stayed in the Punta Cana section (which I thoroughly enjoyed as well). However, this time we decided to upgrade to the "adults only" Luxury Ambar. I can tell you, I did not regret it at all! Some of the differences I noticed from the Punta Cana side to the Ambar side included: no children, better premium alcohol choices, better restaurants/food, and more a la carte dinners in the package. My favourite restaurants were Don Pablo, Rodizio, and Takahara (in the Esmerelda section). And yes, you have full access to the entire complex and can dine in any of the a la carte restaurants throughout the resort. The BEST tip I can offer is to make SURE you email the resort no sooner than 7-10 days before you arrive to request your restaurants in advance (or you may not get what you want). Both trips I had my dinner tickets with my reservation at check-in. We stayed in the Ambar 1 section in villa 63 (close to the beach - Ambar 2 is the newer section more towards the middle). I very happy to stay in Ambar 1 as it was closer to the Ambar 1 pool that has more activity during the day and also closer to the restaurants. Ambar 2 has entertainment in the lobby and around the pool at night. For people who complain about the size of the resort - it truly is a non-issue. The trolley comes about every 5 minutes and takes you to the other sections you wish to go to. Being at Ambar, we also were offered individual rides by bellhops in golfcarts or luggage trolleys on several occasions which was great and much appreciated (especially the couple of times it rained!). The people at the resort are truly the kindest and friendliest people you will ever meet! They are always smiling and greet you with an "hola" all day long and are always willing to help you with whatever you may need. I want to give a big thank you and 'hola' to our wonderful bartenders at our swimup bar at Ambar 1 pool: Lino, Omar, Ignacio, Carlos, Maximo - always made us laugh and served us well. Also adored our entertainment team around our pool: Feliz, Luis, and Jose. They made our days around the pool even more fun (water aerobics everyday at noon were a lot of fun.) The Ambar beach party on the Saturday night was also great fun and definitely worth going to. With access to the full resort - it is fun to trek over to other pools, etc. and up to the front of the resort to the Pueblo Principe. There are vendors and shops and nightly entertainment in the centre square. There is also a small karaoke bar and small casino there and the disco that runs from 11pm to 2am. The disco is always warm so wear as little as possible if you plan on dancing coz it gets really hot in there! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Ambar Principe and look forward to my return in the not so distant future :)More
Ariel745, Toronto, Canada
We stayed in Ambar 1. Ambar 1 is amazing and close to the beach and lobby. I looked at a room at Ambar 2, and although the rooms were newer, it wasn't too much of an improvement (so I enjoyed staying at Ambar 1). This was my 7th visit to this resort. Food is great! Lots of variety at the Ambar buffet. Some things to clear-up!!! --The Ice is FINE! You can chew the ice, swallow the ice, and do whatever you want with it. All ice is FILTERED and the same company as the bottled water (Alaska Bottled Water company, I believe). Don't let people scare you out of enjoying your time. --The food is not rinsed with dirty water. It is all filtered water. --You do not need to brush your teeth with bottled water. The water that comes out of the faucet isn't dirty--but they recommend not drinking it as any water you aren't used to can make you sick if you drink a lot of it. STILL, you can brush your teeth with bottled water if you would like, for your own state of mind. --Travelers diarrhea often kicks in because of: incredibly hot temperatures; a lot of sun; swallowing sea water; coconuts (natural laxative); change in temperature (in between hot weather & indoor air conditioner); as well as a change of food (if you're eating a buffet every day, no matter where you go, you will often have loose poops). The food is incredibly clean and has no bacteria (the kitchen is as clean as a pharmaceutical company). --There is sea weed, but the resort does a good job of cleaning it. It is the time of year when sea weed is at its peak. Just know that sea weed means the ocean is healthy. As well, I am sure many people buy lotions and go to spa treatments that feature "rejuvenating sea weed treatment"...We had a few days with no sea weed, and a few with sea weed. It all depends. The resort is massive, so get to know it. I usually stuck to the Ambar section throughout the day, then went to the main Bavaro section at night. The drink selection is better at Ambar and Esmeralda, but the crowd is bigger at the Bavaro. The only thing this resort needs to improve on is the Wifi. I believe Wifi should be free all over the resort for all guests. Internet shouldn't just be a luxury anymore, but a requirement. Thanks for a great time! Excited to visit again!More
Sako K, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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