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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deluxe junior suite with balcony or terrace and whirlpool bath
Light, spacious tones with bold, dark furnishings, these deluxe junior suites come with either a balcony or terrace, offering that extra space outside, plus, you'll have a whirlpool bath. These suites also include, a king-size bed, air-conditioning, bathrobes and slippers, and a minibar*.
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Worst experience of our lives! Shame we booked for our Honeymoon
We booked to stay at luxury Ambar for our honeymoon for a week at the beginning of October. We stayed in Ambar 1, the room was large, nice and clean and close to amenities. The beach was lovely, the yoga, beach games and Pilates were really good. We stayed Monday to Monday, on the Thursday we are at the snack bar between the pool and beach (not for the first time). After eating here I gradually became more and more unwell, which led to a 3 night stay in the local hospital with gastroenteritis and severe dehydration, it was horrendous to say the least. I may have been unlucky, but of all the people we spoke to at the airport not one had been well throughout the trip, and quite a few stayed at the same hotel. We didn't get to return to our hotel, our bags were packed for us, thanks to the help of the Thompson Rep and many calls to the hotel from the hospital (along with plenty of stress!) This holiday left us both traumatised, thank goodness for travel insurance! I am unable to recommend this place. I wish I could score it lower. Tip: If you go make sure you have travel insurance. More
Return Trip to D.R
This hotel has a lot to offer even within the Ambar hotel itself. In general, the Ambar II is quieter around the hotel, pool and buffet than the Ambar I. Both are fantastic options, it simply comes down to preference. We were able to book our dinner reservations in advance which was a huge time saver. Thank you Felipe! There are a few recommendations I would make to any one traveling there. I would bring a good pair of walking shoes- the golf cart transports are very reliable however the property is beautiful especially for an evening stroll. Also, I would bring bug spray and an anti itch cream. Usually, we dint know we had gotten bit until it was too late. Everyone was really friendly except for one bartender who would look at you and say Hello then turn around to talk to his colleagues. If you had cash out- then you were served immediately. Unfortunately, we saw this happen with several people. A tip should be to reward great service, it should not be required to get any service at all. The buffets were very good with foods ranging from traditional (chicken) to the non traditional (squid, red or black caviar etc). The pool bar was definitely our favorite place to eat. I would highly recommend the Jacuzzi tub at the Ambar II hotel. It was very quiet and relaxing with a wonderful pool staff. We never had any issues with finding a beach chair and the staff would often offer to help us find the 'perfect' spot. The sea weed was kept well under control. They do have several stores where you can barter. The gift shop outside the Ambar II lobby was very reasonable for T Shirts. The only thing I regret and would recommend for anyone is to avoid the vacation presentation!!! It is not worth the '1 hour' (aka 2.5 hours) of your time. Most of the things they offer- you can already get just by staying at the Ambar. It it not worth the time for a free beach towel or 10 minute helicopter ride. If you get a chance, check out the magic show (great for families) or the Michael Jackson tribute show. Both were very good.More
Bestadidas_Traveller, Omaha, Nebraska
Beautiful resort, but too big for my taste
My husband and I stayed at the adult only area Nov 9-14. The resort is beautiful and well maintained. It would have been nice if we were greeted when we arrived. Check in was slow since the room wasn't ready so we waited in the beautiful, hot lobby for 20 minutes where they didn't have snacks, but they did serve drinks.The room was spacious and clean, but there was no bottle opener for the beer, no sugar for coffee, no beach towels, the soda in frig was open, and there was no washcloths. There was also a musty smell in the room so I ordered the scent service, but no one ever came to light candles or spray or whatever this service involved. We had to call the concierge several times because the line was either busy, no one came, or the staff would come with only one of the things we asked for. After waiting for 45 minutes, the maid came with the bottle opener and told me I would have to wait until tomorrow for wash clothes. The room needs more outlets. We found out the fridge wouldn't stay cold because the electric was controlled by inserting the room key in a card reader, so the fridge would turn off when we left. Mini Bar was very mini. 16 oz sodas, large bottle of water airplane bottles of Scotch, rum and vodka. The room was generally quiet but the staff was pretty noisy in the hallways. The air conditioning would cut off, so you have to open and close the balcony door to get it to come back on. I liked that the resort supported outside vendors by allowing them to sell their items there, but the should do a better job of vetting them. They hassled the guests, tried to pass off fake jewelry, and price gouged. My husband was also propositioned by two prostitutes when he was at the sports bar. The privilege club reps hassled us so much to sit through a presentation that we tried to find alternate ways to get around just to avoid them. We had trouble navigating, but the staff wasn't very helpful even when I referred to a location by name. We went to several restaurants and was pleased with the food, but I wish there were more places open between meal times. We were always told to go to the beach buffet restaurant which meant a shuttle ride or long walk. The beach buffet (Olas) had a nice selection, a nice beach breeze, and great views of the beach. All the buffets had a great selection, but the some of the food was cold. They did provide microwaves. The lunch buffet didn't open until 12:30. No one took drink orders on the beach and the waitress at the pool ignored a good portion of the guests. The shuttles drove along same path as pedestrians so we found ourselves dodging buses. There is marble and glazed tiles though out the resort, so when it rains or when the mop (very often) you could slip. The gyms were small with only one treadmill each and some older equipment, but it good enough for us. I wish the gym opened before 8. Toward the end of the week the resort began to get crowded and we had to search for beach chairs and they kept running out of beach towels. We didn't book excursions through the resort, but booked a tour of Don Lucas factory cigar on our own and dune buggies though Expedia. Both were great. The dune buggy to the beach and cave was our favorite part of our vacation. My husband and I both got sick on different days. I think I had too many drinks with coconut. Entertainment was ok, the night acrobatics/ dance show at the Ambar pool was nice. I wish the adult only pool, bar and jacuzzi stayed open during the night and played music during the day. Guests brought their own music, so it became noisy. There's a nice plaza with vendors, a casino, a sports club and a night club, but on Friday, there was a show in the plaza, so you had to pay $15 dollars to get in the plaza, even if you weren't interested in the show and wanted to shop or go to the casino. Overall, the resort is beautiful, most of the staff is friendly, but I would suggest paying extra and staying at a true adult only resort where you don't have to take a shuttle to the beach. Because the resort is so big, I think the staff is just is just overwhelmed, despite how hard they work. More
Momondago, New Jersey
November get away with the girls
This was the fourth time I had been to this resort, although stayed in different hotels, this was the first time staying at Ambar. Let me clarify that I am a Privilege Club member and this was my first really bad experience at this hotel. I will not go into the issue with Privilege Club, but rather the experience at the hotel and resort itself. The resort has changed quite a bit since two years ago. Additional resort Ambar 2 have been built. I believe they are up to 3000 rooms now. Room was good (after being changed three times). Food not so great, my roommate and I got really sick from eating (we think) the salads and it took a good week before things got back to normal. Great way to end a vacation. Also, we are now suppose to throw our toilet paper in the waste basket and not down the toilet. This was an inconvenience and not what you would expect from a Don Pablo Collection hotel. The wine in the a la carte restaurants appears to be very watered down and not sure whether or not there was even any alcohol in it. We thought it better to order a bottle at the table. The a la carte restaurants are mediocre at best. You use to be able to order a fancy dessert. Now you get to go to the buffet to pick up some stale desserts, basically the same desserts in the buffets. I can't say for sure, but felt that the drinks definitely did not have the same kick you would find in Canada.More
cindyz9999999, Ottawa, Canada
Awesome week !!
Just got back from 7 day vacation and we enjoyed every minute . Everyday was so relaxing - start out sleeping in till 9 up for breakfast - head to pool to cool off - then to beach read a book relax have a drink take a dip in ocean nice breezes Overcast first day or 2 then just beautiful rest of week little rain lasted less the 10 minutes if that (sprinkles) Amber 2 bar in evenings for entertainment and also great service from Carlos and Reborto lot of laughs met many guest that also were enjoying their vacations. One thing for sure as soon as you check in head over to make dinner reservations as you do not want to have to do banquet dinners all week Had great time and will returnMore
Michael M, Newfane, New York
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