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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All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

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

Drink

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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Great hotel

We stayed at this resort in September 2014 for a week and were very happy with our choice. We travelled to Cuba and DR many times and stayed next door at Riu last time in Punta Cana. Ambar was the best hotel we have stayed at so far! The service is great - the staff works hard to make you feel special and welcome, very polite and warm. The hotel is spotless, the grounds are beautiful - there is always someone cleaning something at all hours of the day. THE ROOM It was our wedding anniversary so our room was decorated with flowers and balloons, we received a bottle of rum and t-shirts as gifts. It was a very nice touch. The room was comfortable, good size, had a comfy king bed, robes, plenty of towels and even decent complimentary shampoo etc. Everything was in the working order. One minor point to improve is that the mini bar only has a few tiny alcohol bottles whereas other resorts usually have normal size bottles with dispensers. Not a big deal for us as not big drinkers. The most important point was plenty of water bottles brought daily or even more often. We stayed at villa 60 on the 2nd floor - this villa is the closest to the beach/pool and farhest from the lobby, but still a quick walk anywhere in Ambar, as it's not a huge hotel. Even though it is part of the huge hotel complex, we never got out of the Ambar section and only the shuttles reminded us of the other sections. THE FOOD the buffet was decent with lots of choices and always something great to taste. Very tasty smoked salmon served for always every meal. Slightly disappointed that there wasn't much seafood available but that might be due to the low season. As for the restaurants, we tried only Don Pablo - it was OK, not blown away by the food, but rather decent fir an all inclusive. THE BEACH The beach is absolutely amazing! It is wide and has lots of shade available. The Ambar has its own part of the beach (which is the nicest and no kids allowed!) and there is lots of space, it never felt crowded! There was a lot if seaweed during our stay but the hotel did a great job cleaning it. The beach is very clean - there are cleaners working all the time and even cleaning sand from your loungers for you! The drink service is nice and the vendors are not pushy. OTHER No idea about the pool as we have never been, but passed it many times a day and but looked clean and nice. There were singers at night in the Ambar lobby which was nice, as the lobby bar is great (very good choice of drinks, including brand liquor like black label for example. However, as many reviews have mentioned, it does get hot due to lack of ventilation. Shopping: surprisingly, the little shops by the lobby have reasonable prices which are quite lower than at the airport; for example, extra old rum $14 at the hotel, same bottle $30 in duty free shops. Coffee $8 versus $12. Overall, we had a great time, it is a fantastic quality for the price, we felt welcome and special and would go back in a heartbeat!More

Nadinka_12_12, Montreal, Canada

Ambar luxury, dining, service.

My girlfriend and I are 40-somethings. Our trip to Punta Cana was Sept 2 thru 10, 2014, and we stayed at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar. This is the adults only "Luxury" section. The word "Luxury" is relative, and I'd say in some cases Ambar really is, and in other ways it's no more luxurious than other places. We ate most of our meals in the Amar section, followed by some dining in Esmeralda, which is also Luxury, but with children. The dinners in these sections were truly excellent. Servers Felix, Fernando, and some others were excellent in the French/Gourmet restaurant in Ambar, and also at the Ambar breakfast. We went to one restaurant in the Grand section, and the food and the service there was bad - not sure if it was because it wasn't in the Luxury section, or possibly because it was a 9:30 seating and nobody cared anymore by 10pm. The beach layout is nice, plenty of chairs and shade if you wanted, but there was a LOT of seaweed in the ocean and on the beach. We took a catamaran (included) out for an hour or so, which was very nice. Our room was first floor in building 65, no beach or pool view, but it was a pleasant view nonetheless, and a good central location to pool, beach, lobby, and restaurants/bars. The size is spacious, and the bed was a comfortable king. We asked for two extra pillows, which came quickly. In the rooms only two cans of Presidente beers, replenished once daily, plus a few airplane bottles of liquor and soda. The fridge was never cold, just cooler than room temperature. For ice you have to go to the lobby bar yourself, or call and request it be delivered to your room. The Ambar pool was excellent – beautiful, clean and comfortable. The drinks at the bars/restaurants, as usual at many all-inclusives, were watered down in the bottles. We saw two casinos on site, a small one in the main Grand section, and a very tiny one in Ambar section. Nothing special, but the main one was fun. We took a trip to Hard Rock Casino which was ten minute taxi, and had a good time in a large/real casino. Other than the one weak dinner experience, the staff was VERY nice, and friendly, and helpful. Once again, we never repeat a resort (new one every time), but we definitely do recommend Ambar. Cheers!More

VinnieBoomer, NJ

1st Trip to Punta Cana

My husband and I were there Aug 15-22 .This was our 1st trip to the Dominican Republic . The grounds and rooms are just beautiful. The only negative is that the air conditioning isn't strong enough. Our room was so big and the a/c so weak it never cooled down the room ( especially over the bed) so it was hard to sleep at night. The staff were so nice they came up 3 times to see if they could do anything about the a/c .. Carolyn was especially helpful. She even offered to change our room . Since we had never traveled south in the summer before I do want to warn you that it is really HOT !!!! too hot !!! The pool water was warm so no cooling down there but at the ocean there was a nice breeze. Unfortunately for us there had been a big storm a few days before we arrived so the beach was full of seaweed for the entire week. The food was fantastic !!! The one thing that is missing is nightly entertainment. Everything closes down by 11pm , you can always take the tram to the sister resorts until 2 am. This hotel is a very quiet perfect if you just want to relax by the ocean and beach . I can't stress this enough, bring insect repellant!!!! On our 3rd day there and had a few bites on my feet but the end of the next day I was covered in big red itchy bumps filled with puss. I went to see the dr. . I had to have an IV and was put on antibiotics ( please don't travel without medical insurance) the doctor Dr. Rosario, was very nice and helpful. He said that I had gotten an infection from a bite and it had traveled into my blood. so needless to say this put a damper on the rest of our vacation. Once I got back home and after visiting 3 different doctors , I was finally diagnosed by a dermatologist that is was sand fleas and that I had a reaction t the bites. I was on antibiotics for 15 days and I will have scares on my legs and feet. Overall it is a very nice resort and would recommend it to anyone that wants a nice QUIET vacation.More

Tracey S, Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada

Affordable Luxury

The Bahia Principe name never disappoints. We chose the Luxury Ambar because it offered the amenities of a larger resort, but also the relaxing and quiet atmosphere of an adults-only resort. Short version: you can't go wrong with this resort. Long version: read on... Pros: Lovely rooms, well-appointed, offering a turn-down service and a pillow menu. Very comfortable beds. Minibar was restocked daily - you can usually get the housekeeping staff to swap bottles for whatever alcohol you prefer. We had some difficulty with the air-conditioning on the first day, and it was promptly addressed. The beach has soft white sand and goes on for miles. You can spend the day walking along the shore, but be careful of the sun! We saw several "lobsters"... wear sunscreen. The Ambar had a dedicated part of the beach which was generally quiet and peaceful. Waiters would come by and ask if you would like any drinks. There are some activities during the day on the beach or by the pool, but you never feel hassled to join in and can be as lazy or active as you like. The food was good in the Ambar section - amazing. You could go to the Gourmet Restaurant every day because it was so delicious! The banana flambé was so much fun, they make it right at your table. Foodies will not be disappointed. They even had caviar at the buffet! The entertainment in the Ambar lobby was okay, but we preferred to take a shuttle to the main theatre for the nightly shows. You should be aware that on most nights, the show is on TWICE! So if you arrive at 9 and think you've just missed the show, grab a drink and wait 15-20 minutes for the second performance. No worries. Not to be missed: Michael Jackson show (it is as good as everyone says!). And the circus night! I didn't hear about it in previous reviews, but we decided to check it out anyway and it was phenomenal! Cons: Everyone we talked to came down with a stomach bug at one point or another. Use bottled water to brush your teeth, and pack some Imodium or Pepto Bismol. In the late afternoon (5-7 pm), the grounds are sprayed with some sort of insect repellant. It's not very pleasant so try to avoid being outside at that time (but it seems to work). The beach was great but the entry into the water was not the best. The area right in front of the Ambar beach is full of seaweed. Go either left or right, and you'll have much cleaner water. Hopefully the hotel will address this in the future. The water sports centre is between the Ambar beach and the beach bar. It has a lot of options, however a good portion of the activities depend on which guys are working there (since they need to go with you), and it seemed like every single day there was some sort of problem with arranging for a catamaran, wind-surfing, diving, etc. If you can't offer the services, it would be great if you could just inform us at the beginning of the trip! Instead, we were told repeatedly to come back later, check back in the afternoon, come back tomorrow, etc. Waste of time. It's a huge resort and you have to take the shuttles everywhere. That's a bit annoying, but they run frequently. They have "rush hour" just like everywhere else, and you may have difficulty finding a seat. The food in other areas of the resort was not that great. We tried the Mexican restaurant and we didn't even manage to get halfway through our meal. We returned to the Ambar buffet and were much happier! After that, we switched all our reservations to the Gourmet restaurant. Verdict: Luxury rooms, stunning beach, fantastic food (in the Ambar's restaurants), friendly and attentive service. Highly recommended!More

snazzyapple, Toronto, Canada

Mucho Contento

Me and my wife stayed here for two weeks. Everything about the place - location, beach, grounds, food and service was excellent. All of the staff from beach cleaners to management were always very helpful and seemed very happy. I would definitely recommend this hotel to couples holidaying without children. More

Jspksy, Chorley, United Kingdom

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