Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection

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 a trio of 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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Food

Ultra All Inclusive. Buffet meals. Unlimited à la carte dining for dinner - reservations required. Snacks. Room service. Butler service on request.

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Ultra All Inclusive. Unlimited national and selected international brand alcoholic beverages and soft drinks - 24 hours.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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Outdoor pool

With pool towels, sunbeds and beach towel service.

Windsurfing

One hour free per day.

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junior suite

Junior suite sleeps up to 2 - can be sold as a single - with a ceiling fan, plasma TV, alarm clock and butler service. Wi-Fi is at a charge.

junior suite

Junior suite sleeps up to 3 with a ceiling fan, plasma TV, alarm clock and butler service. Wi-Fi is at a charge.

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second time in Punta Cana, would surely go back

We went back for our 10 year anniversary after honeymooning there. We stayed the first time at Iberostar Dominicana. This was a much nicer resort. Rooms were spacious, employees spoke better English, food was good. We prefer the restaurants so we hit all of them during the week, hit the buffet once and it was good and had a good selection. The only one that was just ok was the Portofino, I had the lasagna and it was more like deluxe hamburger helper. Also went to the bbq place, Tex/Mex, Mediterranean, and twice to the Don Pablo's. How can you go wrong with Lobster twice. Since it was our anniversary they pampered us and gave us great service. Room temperature was a little warm but not uncomfortable,and we had it as low as it would go. Really nothing bad to say about the place and would definitely consider going back again. Staff was wonderful all the way around. Very friendly and attentive. They also cleaned the beach every morning so it was not full of a bunch of junk. Never once did we see garbage, resort was very clean. We also did the shark stingray excursion and that was fun. Also did the chocolate, cigar, rum and shopping tour provided by the resort and that was good too. Only show we watched was Michael Jackson and that was excellent and I'm really not even a fan but they did have shows every night. Swim up bar was a nice added touch over the first resort we stayed at. We can't wait to go back!!!More

Kevin S,

Nice resort but ive been to better

My stay was from 10/16- 10/19/14 The Resort is beautiful! It has an only Adult Section which was awesome. I came to the resort from Sdq on a Bus which was decent until we actually got to Punta Cana and made like 10 stops. Me and my Boyfriend left on a 4 o'clock bus and didnt check in till about 10 ...smh. The Check in was in the Ambar section not the main Lobby. Just be aware that you will be going back and forth from your entrance to the main lobby n dealing with different staff for certain things which is a time consuming but ill get to that later. The room was gorgeous but smelled like Ammonia and Clorox to my boyfriend, it smelled like mold to me. Some people use Ammonia to remove mold so I'm guessing thats what happened. The next couple of days were great we had semi issues with Wifi there & there $49.00 is soooo ridiculous being that i was recently in Europe and it was way cheaper for wifi ( i did the math) so we just did the free 1 hr a day to help disconnect from the world anyway. We tried getting reservations for dinner and it was always booked the girl at Guest Services helped looking but didn't seem like she was trying as hard. I heard the food in the restaurants weren't that great anyway. Long story story "Don Pablo restaurant " was completely empty that night cause its right next to the buffet and we looked inside, which makes Guest Services Uselessssss. The Dinner Buffet was Good not as big as i thought it would be and food not as seasoned but it was decent. I did the Hard Rock Last year and was Spoiled so i know a Great Buffet. The Breakfast Buffet was my Favorite and the Hamburger & chicken breast n fries in 24 hr Room Service. They gotta have a better Room Service Menu its very limited ESPECIALLY for Breakfast and its not like you can take food to your room from the buffet cause i tried that and i was told no. My Biggest Issues was with my last day at the resort me and my boyfriend bought a speed boat n scuba diving package on the beach the day before from Michelle he was nice & got us a reservation for 11:20am. We got up early n had to go to the main lobby to be picked up. Nobody ever came to get us, my boyfriend went to Ricardo at he Tour Office he said just wait a few mins, after a few mins i went and he found out our appt was set for 8:15am and that they should've called us at our room. Ricardo sent us back to michelle on the otherrrrrr side of the beach to get a refund. I felt bad because my receipt said 11:30am but someone scheduled it for 8:30am which means Michelle wouldnt get his commission. We had to go back to ricardo and to make it short IM STILL WAITING FOR MY REFUND! I have my receipt so i will dispute the $170 charge. After that incident we schedule massages that were okay nothing out of this world. The Worst part was after our massages i ate some good Penne pasta Alfredo that gave me the Worst stomach Ache. We checked out super early the next day so the pharmacy was closed. I spoke to a Doctor over the phone and she said i proabably got a stomach virus. I was so dissapointed that this would happen to me in my own homeland, i come to dr atleast 2 a year and have never gotten sick like this. More

lisaNYC911, New York City, New York

Fabulous holiday

Returned home Wednesday 15th October 2014 We felt relaxed as soon as we arrived in our room, firstly booking into hotel was hassle free reception staff were very professional & efficient. Our room was situated in the middle of beach & hotel so easy to get to & fro the restaurant was fabulous with so many staff very attentive absolutely lovely food everything clean and hygienic. The adult pool/beach were wonderful plenty of sun beds whatever the time of day. We used the beach restaurant for lunch service was second to none the only thing I would criticise would be salads was not covered so you would put a serving spoon in and a fly to pop out! Did put me off a bit so maybe this could be rectified. The cleaner for our room was exceptional always willing to help! We liked this placed so much we have booked to go April next year for 2 weeks again and have requested room 62309More

Mover12, Hertfordshire

It Just Keeps Getting Better

My wife and I have just returned from another amazing two week vacation at the LBP Ambar. This was our third visit in three years and God willing, as long as our health stays the same, we will continue to return to this fabulous resort every year. Before I get into my review, I’d like to make an observation. I can understand and appreciate that everyone has their own opinion and expectation as to what a 5 star service is and how it should be delivered. Without pointing fingers or singling individuals I will only say this: “You get out, what you put in”. Respect goes both ways. Some of you will know exactly what I mean. The Flight: We flew Air Transat out of Montreal. With this being the off-season, Air Transat down-sized their planes to the D.R. from their Airbus (A330) to Boeing 737s. No Club class, but Options Plus is still available, which I selected. I also reserved seats with the extra leg room (which comes at an extra cost). One of the perks with Options Plus is Priority Check-In. I was a little disappointed at the Air Transat check-in at the airport area because there was no representative to direct us to the Options Plus check-in line. My wife and I are seniors and have flown with Air Transat many times (Options Plus as a minimum) and have never experienced a problem. We stood in a long snake line of people continuously moving our luggage, everyone bumping into each other. Not the way I expected to start our vacation as I paid for this extra perk. This was just a minor inconvenience and probably not worth mentioning but ………. The flight itself was smooth and trouble free and the crew was pleasant and ready to assist with any request. The Arrival / Guest Services / Concierge Service: We arrived on time to sunshine and a warm breeze. A new arrival feature is if your plane doesn’t taxi directly in front of the entrance to the arrival area, once you debark the plane, you are directed to a bus and then driven to the arrival area entrance (I’m presuming a new safety feature). Retrieving your luggage at the Punta Cana airport is always fun. The luggage carrousel area is small and gets crowed very quickly. When the luggage starts coming out, it’s every person for themselves. People grab their bags and swing them off the carrousel so watch out. I’ve given up the fight and now use the aid of a porter. I just point to my bags, he pulls them off and places them on a luggage cart. He follows us to our assigned bus and loads the bags on the bus. I give him a few dollars for this assistance (my rule of thumb is $2.00 a bag), shake his hand and give him a gracious “Muchas gracias”. With the new highway completed, the air conditioned bus ride to the resort was very quick and relaxing (under 30 minutes). When you arrive at the Bahia Principe complex, you are dropped off at the Bavaro Resort and shuttled to the LBP Ambar. Don’t panic about your luggage. The porters at the Bavaro will remove all the luggage off the bus. You tell the porter you’re going to the Ambar, identify your luggage and he will place them on the shuttle cart luggage trailer. Off to the AMBAR. Depending who your Tour Operator is, you will be met by your representative or your just go to the main reception counter. The reception staff are very courteous, friendly and contradictory to what you may have heard or read, they speak very good English. There are a few forms you need to fill out but all in all, check in is smooth and quick. If you’re an early arrival, your room may not be ready. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. YOU’RE ON VACATION. Your luggage will be well taken care of. Just keep the important documents with you. Go have lunch at the La Palmyra (buffet) or get yourself a cool refreshing cocktail, sit in the lobby and take in all in. Guest Services is right in the lobby (easy to spot). Remember you will need your room number to reserve your a la carte dinners. The Guest Services staff are some of the best people I have had the pleasure of meeting and dealing with during my three visits to the Ambar. They will do whatever it takes to try and accommodate your requests. They always meet you with a smile, a hand shake and are ready to please. One of the main reasons why my wife and I have returned and will continue to return to the Ambar, is because of the friendly greeting we receive from these young men and women. Thank you Jose, Arabellys and Albania (very special people). We hope to see you all again next year. The Ambar offers Concierge Service. If you want to pamper yourself or even better, your partner, I recommend using their butler service. For the past three years my wife and I have had the pleasure of having Roberto take care of us. This young man is not only efficient, but is also the friendliest person you will ever meet. “Above and beyond the call” seems small to what this gentlemen does to accommodate his guests. All you need to do is ask: ice is brought to our room every day, fruit basket, champaign, pillow menu, he’ll even reserve you’re a la cartes if you ask him. During this trip, my cousin and his wife joined us and during our stay it was his wife’s birthday. He mentioned this to Roberto and when they returned to their room later in the day, there was a “Happy Birthday” banner across the door, balloons all over the room, a bottle of champagne with glasses and a birthday cake. If you don’t call this “pleasing your guest”, I don’t know what is. Muchas gracias Roberto (another very special person). We hope to see you also next year. There are two other young gentlemen that need to be recognized and they are Ruddy and Carlos. Always friendly, always ready to provide whatever service they can do for you. Keep in mind, some of these butlers speak 5,6 and 7 different languages. If you decide to use any of their services, don’t be afraid to show your appreciation. You won’t regret it. The Room: I sent an email to guest services a few weeks before our arrival requesting (if possible) a few wishes. Well, one came true. We stayed in the same room we had last year. It was beautiful. As soon as we walked into the room, my wife said “we’re home”. Gracias Roberto. Spacious corner room, king size poster bed, large balcony, large bathroom with all the amenities. Turn down service, fresh towels everyday (if you want them). The minibar is refreshed everyday (soft drinks, beer, chips, small liquor bottles). Bottled water is a definite necessity. Don’t run short. Every day I would leave Meris (our housekeeper, who we also had last year), a short note (in spanish), asking for a few extras (water, coffee, beer). I really didn’t have to ask, it would have been done anyway, but it shows her we appreciate what she does and it’s being recognized and I get to practice writing in Spanish. I would also leave two dollars with the note (every day). Muchas gracias Meris. BIG REMINDER: DON’T DRINK THE TAP WATER. Use the bottled water for everything (making your coffee, brushing your teeth / rinsing your mouth, cleaning your tooth brush). You’ll be sorry if you don’t. As a Repeat Guest: My wife and I are repeat guests to the Ambar and as such are invited to a cocktail reception to meet and speak with the Ambar Management and some senior staff. This time is quite relaxing as you recognize and speak with other returning guest from past trips. To show the Ambar’s appreciation for returning to spend your vacation again at the resort, they have a raffle for some very nice gifts (they use your room number as your entry to the draw). My wife and I were surprised when our room number called out and was even more surprised that we had won a “couples relaxing massage” at their spa. We just had to set up a date/time with guest services (gracias Albania). I never had a professional massage before so I was a little nervous when we first arrived. It was an experience never felt before. After 45 minutes of total relaxation, my wife and I were in total AHHHHHH. We will definitely be doing this again during our next visit. The Restaurants: Staying at the Ambar offers you so many places to dine. 17 to be exact. Depending on your likes and dis-likes, read the write-ups on the website, visit guest services and try to get the days and times to want to dine. La Palmarya (Buffet): During our two week visit, we had the pleasure of getting re-acquainted with two of the hostesses we meet last year as well as meeting a new one. At breakfast, Maria and Skarly greeted us almost every morning with a welcome smile, a hug, a kiss on both cheeks and a little squirt of hand sanitizer. It was a great way to start our day exchanging a few pleasantries with these two lovely ladies before going in for breakfast. Juan was always ready to pour our Mimosa’s and Yafreisay (one of the new hostesses) would escort us to a table. All three of these ladies would take the time to talk with us which made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. The wait-staff at breakfast are terrific. Once you are seated, coffee is promptly poured (should you want some) and if there is anything missing from your table, it is quickly replaced. Cesar, you are the man. There is a wide variety of foods to please your pallet. Personally, I enjoyed my omelettes. Miguel is the master at this. You select your ingredients and he performs his magic. He sings, he dances and he makes one heck of an omelette. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Dining at La Palmarya for lunch or for dinner, the hostesses and wait-staff may change, but expect the same personal courtesy and great customer service as mentioned above. Muchas gracias Maria, Skarly, Yasfreisy, Juan, Cesar, Angela, Romona, Filix, Hector, etc……. A la Cartes: As I mentioned earlier, there are 17 a la cartes you can dine at should you wish to. My wife and I (with other family and friends), dined at the following. All were great, no complaints, food was delicious, the staff always gave that personal touch: • Don Pablo (twice) • Portofino • El Olivie • Takara • El Pescador Check them out and/or try some of the others. They have restaurants for all your food preferences. The Playa: Words can’t describe this beach. Long, white sand, warm breeze and tiki bars. Plenty of lounger’s, palapa’s, and great sceneries’. The beach waiters are continuously circling the beach area taking your drink orders. Franklin is the young man who goes around picking up empty plastic cups and sweeps the sand off your lounger and your feet. Always smiling, always pleasant and ready to talk. Gracias Franklin. There must have been some activity in the Atlantic during our second week. The seaweed started rolling in and made things a little awkward but it didn’t deter our enjoyment of the ocean. But as expected the beach crew were out there gathering the seaweed, bagging it and hauling it away. Just as they finished cleaning for one day, they start all over again the next. It’s important to remember that the beach front at all the resorts don’t belong to the resort. It belongs to the government. The resorts contract out this service. Resort Management is usually on site ensuring the crews are doing their job. They want to ensure their guests have a clean beach. Keep this in mind if you want to put blame on the resorts for a seaweed filled beach. The beach bar at the Ambar is one of the best. Kelvin runs a great tiki bar. This young man sings, dances, and can he make cocktails. A few headaches were credited to this man. Gracias Kelvin. The Lobby: One of the nicest and cleanest I’ve ever sat in, walked through and enjoyed a cool refreshing cocktail. A great place to unwind and relax after a full day of vacationing. Murphy serving the lobby bar, Hugo serving the patio bar, Desiree, Saury and Massiel always there to take and deliver our drink orders. Entertainment in the lobby was fun. Every night something different. One night solo guitarist, then, vocalists, then Boogie Night (that was enjoyable), then karaoke (that wasn’t as much fun). They extended the patio with a new section. Very nice, very comfortable. Closing Comments: If I had to say one negative thing, it would be this. During our first visit to the Amber three years ago, smoking was limited to the tables on the outside railing of the lobby and the patio. Last year you could only smoke on the patio. This year the new extended patio (which is outside) is non-smoking. I am a non-smoker (the odd cigar on vacation) however my wife is. In the evenings smokers have to sit on the patio. These tables are limited and non-smokers occupy these tables because they want to be closer to the nightly entertainment. I can understand that. So now smokers are forced to sit at tables in the new extended patio which is non-smoking or go have to go somewhere else. So guess what happens. Smokers start lighting up. Non-smokers sitting in this area start to complain, management comes over to politely explain the policy and smokers take yet another hit. This is not right. Simply solution, lobby = non-smokers, patio = smokers. Non-smokers sitting on the patio do so knowing the consequences. All being said, after our 15th visit to the Dominican, 3rd to this resort, the LBP Ambar is by far the best we have stayed at. The Ambar Management should be proud of the young men and women who represent them and who are client facing with their guests every day. From the staff at the reception desk, guest services, concierge services, the hostesses, wait staff and bartenders, beach staff, housekeeping and grounds crew. These people always have a smile, A final comment, don’t be shy to show your appreciation by learning and speaking a few Spanish works and phrases. Also giving them a few dollars every now and then. It means a lot to these people. The return on this investment might very well surprise you. Adios mis amigos. Hasta la vista .More

JandDMac, Brockville, Canada

Great time at the Ambar

We just returned Saturday after a week at the Ambar. It was our first time both in Punta Cana and for the Ambar. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and I have to say the Ambar was one of the best all inclusives we have visited. For background, we are a couple in our 40's that enjoy the beach, good food, and are moderate drinkers. Are hard partying days are long gone, but we still enjoy a good time. Room/Hotel/Accomodations: Our check-in experience went very smooth. We were greeted with a nice cool towel and welcome drink. I had requested a room in villa 67 I believe, but we were actually in 66201. Nice to have the larger corner room and we actually liked being closer to the lobby and Don Pablo. The area was nice and quiet. Thanks to those who reccomended a corner room. I love trip advisor! The room was very nice. It was as big, if not bigger than other all inclusive places we have been to. I did not experience any "musty" smell I have seen others mention. My only issues with the room were these:1) stand-up shower allowed quite a bit of water through the door when showering. We usually had to mop up excess with a towel. 2) the bed was on the firm side. I prefer a slightly softer matress, but that is a personal preference. We did take advantage of the pillow menu. I thought the lavander was great, but my wife thought the scent was too strong. She went with the Emperor goose down the rest of the trip. You have to order that early as they ran out one night. Food: We thought the buffet in the lobby was the best buffet we have been to at an all inclusive. The mango was absolutely outstanding..like candy. The omlete choices were a bit limited, but good. The pasteries were also very good. For dinner, there was always a good selection. We even liked the pizza there, and being from Chicago, we know our pizza :) We ate at the Don Pablo 3 nights and the Garden Grill 1 night. We both really enjoyed the lobster and other fish at the Don Pablo. It's also very nice to be waited on after doing buffets breakfast and lunch. Highly reccomend the Don Pablo. The Garden Grill we thought was just ok. The salad and appetizer portions of the meal were buffet, so that was a bit of a dissapointment. As I said, it's just nice to be waited on at the end of the day. The steak was prepared fine, just a bit thin. Beach/Pool: Seaweed, yes, but not really that much of an issue in my opinion. All you really need to do is walk along the beach and find an area where there isn't as much. We are not really pool people. We dont understand going to a beautiful island with a great beach and sitting by a pool. Different strokes for different folks I guess. We did go down early to get a spot on the front row. If you want front row, you'll have to be down there by 7. Otherwise, it's not a problem to get a palapa. General comments: We found the employees of the resort to be very friendly and hard working. Please don't expect them all to be super fluent in english. I don't know if it was the time of year, or Punta Cana in general, but it seemed like we were with many more Europeans than we usually encounter on trips to the carribean. Not a bad thing, but most Europeans just don't seem as friendly. It could be a language barrier I guess, but just don't seem to get warm smiles or friendly looks as you do from say the Canadians. Everywhere we go in the Carribean we meet friendly Canadian people. Great people. We would definately do the Ambar again, but my wife prefers Aruba over Punta Cana. To me, a real close call.More

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