Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

4 stars
Arena Gorda-Macao, Seccion Baigua-Higuey, Provincia La Altagracia, Punta Cana,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
400 reviews
Best Vacation EVER (Engagement Vacation)

We came at the right time. The hotel is magnificent, clean, employees are very nice and... See full review

  • Cornel
  • Jun 11, 2014
Pleasant experience

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  • Chandler and Family
  • Jun 8, 2014
A private adult paradise on Dominican Republic beachfront
Unwind at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world in a tranquil setting at Gran Bahia Principe Ambar Adults Only – All Inclusive. On the stunning eastern Dominican Republic shore, this hotel is a romantic couples retreat with prime oceanfront exposure. Punta Blanca Golf Club is landscaped around a protected mangrove ecosystem. The sand comes up to the pool where a swim-up bar and palm tree islands pop from clear fresh water. Enjoy the ease of all-inclusive meals and drinks.
Highlights
  • Exclusive adult-only heated lagoon pool with luxury wooden sun beds and complimentary towel service
  • Meals and drinks from 8 restaurants, 10 bars, a nightclub and 24/7 room service included in room rate
  • Snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, beach yoga, tennis and Merengue lessons included
  • On-site scuba dive center and day spa
Rooms
20 colonial style buildings house 528 rooms at Gran Bahia Principe Ambar Adults Only – All Inclusive. Romantic beach accommodations have four post canopy beds, flat-screen TVs, robes, sofa sleepers, furnished outdoor terraces, jet tubs and massaging showers. Pillow menus, butler service, in-room safes and high-speed Internet access (fees apply) can be requested. Mini-bars have daily supply of chilled water, adult beverages and coffee.
Features
Gran Bahia Principe Ambar guests enjoy complimentary access to 6 restaurants, 10 bars, 4 pools and nighttime entertainment at two adjacent Gran Bahia hotels.
Dining
Four all-inclusive bars and four all-inclusive restaurants at Gran Bahia Principe Ambar offer an all-day buffet and gourmet Italian fare. Access to a karaoke piano bar, nightclub and live music theater are included. Cigar menu available (fees apply). Premium top shelf drinks available at all bars (fees apply). Guests at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive will enjoy unlimited number of dinners on specialty restaurants.
Recreation
A large section of beachfront with bar service is exclusive to guests. Room rates include 1 hour of windsurfing, kayaking, catamaran sailing and bike rentals. Scuba pool lessons, volleyball, miniature golf, Pilates and fitness center access are also included. Activities like beachfront massages, an 18-hole golf course, speedboats trips and deep sea fishing tours are available (fees apply).
Transportation
  • Punta Cana Airport (16.5 mi/26.6 km)
  • La Romana Airport (49.7 mi/80.1 km)
  • Santo Domingo Las Americas Airport (113 mi/182 km)
  • Free resort shuttle
Attractions
  • Punta Blanca Golf Club (Adjacent)
  • Bavaro Beach (Adjacent)
  • Macao Beach (10.3 mi/16.5 km)
  • Cap Cana Marina (19.4 mi/31.2 km)
  • Higuey (24.1 mi/38.7 km)
Business
  • Meeting rooms
  • Business center with laptop rentals, mailing and faxing (fees apply)
  • High-speed Internet access (fees apply)
  • Medical services available (fees apply)

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive Rooms

Junior Suite
Canopy beds can be either two full-size or one king-size.The bathroom is fully-equipped with hydromassage tub and separate shower, bathrobe, slippers, VIP. amenities, magnifying mirror and hair dryer. Guests will also find towels for the pool and beach, direct-dial telephone (outgoing calls with charge), satellite plasma TV, air conditioning and ceiling fan, coffee maker, mini-bar with mini bottles that are replenished daily, alarm clock, iron and ironing board and safe. Enjoy Unlimited number of dinners on specialty restaurants.

Amenities

  • All inclusive
  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Night club
Tennis
Dining
All inclusive
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Barber/Beauty shop
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

18.7283 -68.4631
Area served
Provincia La Altagracia.
Nearby airports
Punta Cana International Airport.
Area description
The hotel is located right on a white sand beach of 700m front. A Caribbean style hotel with touches of colonial decoration surrounded by tropical vegetation and is right next to the new golf club Punta Blanca and near Palma Real-Cocotal Golf Club, Punta Cana Golf Club and 90 minutes drive to Casa de Campo Golf Club.

Dining

El Olivo
Mediterranean Restaurant,
Night Snack
After hours snack bar open: 23:00 to 07:00
Las Brisas
Beach buffet restaurant.
Don Pablo
Gourmet a la carte Restaurant.
Portofino
Italian Specialty Restaurant.
Palmira
Buffet Restaurant.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (400)

Ratings and reviews for Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Overall score

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
400 out of 400
Amenities:
4.2
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.2

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
ACDN
Baton Rouge, LA
May 9, 2011

Great honeymoon!!

This hotel was great! It was a bit crowded when we were there but we had such a good time! Our a/c was a little troublesome but wasn't unbearable. The employees are all SO nice and helpful, the food was awesome, and the beach was gorgeous! This part of the resort was adults only so it was nice to be able to relax and not hear lots of children around. The shops all pretty much have the same thing and you can sometimes get better prices by bartering with the vendors. Just a few tips: Make restaurant reservations ahead of time or as soon as you get there. Also, bring a watch because we never knew what time it was. Tipping is included but if you want to give a little more, bring lots of $1's for tipping. There's no need to exchange US dollars for RD dollars at the airport....everywhere accepts US dollars. Last, bring an insulated cup for drinks so your drinks do not get hot fast when sitting outside by the pool/beach!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
ACDN
Baton Rouge, LA
May 9, 2011

Great honeymoon!!

This hotel was great! It was a bit crowded when we were there but we had such a good time! Our a/c was a little troublesome but wasn't unbearable. The employees are all SO nice and helpful, the food was awesome, and the beach was gorgeous! This part of the resort was adults only so it was nice to be able to relax and not hear lots of children around. The shops all pretty much have the same thing and you can sometimes get better prices by bartering with the vendors. Just a few tips: Make restaurant reservations ahead of time or as soon as you get there. Also, bring a watch because we never knew what time it was. Tipping is included but if you want to give a little more, bring lots of $1's for tipping. There's no need to exchange US dollars for RD dollars at the airport....everywhere accepts US dollars. Last, bring an insulated cup for drinks so your drinks do not get hot fast when sitting outside by the pool/beach!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Best de-stress vaca from world traveler
New Jersey
Apr 20, 2011

Read before u go!

Last minute couples vacation to de-stress! So got our own taxi from airport to hotel for $38- standard rate. Check in quick painless stayed in bldg 68 pefect distance from beach/pool and restaurants. Rooms are all delux very neat and clean bed firm we happend to like it -listen when you drink and eat and take sun u are going to pass out like a baby any way. There were a couple of mosquitos in the room so bring repelant. Food in buffet was great a little something for everyone. If u have been to Spain and like the food u will also like the buffet, had pizza and pasta, salad dominican dishes, sweets and in AM a omlette station. Don Pablo restauant sucked-for us ... food was like foie gras not my fave I'm more of a fish and veggie girl my fish was under cooked. Beach was amazing electric blue. To get an umbrella needed to put towel down by 8am. Pool nice! If kids got any where near pool they were kick out immediatly. Best part didn't hear kids crying and screaming unless u went to the family part of the hotel. You can tip if u feel the urge, but not necsesary. if u going to play tennis it is a little hike to the courts. No mini golf under construction. People were nice. Dont think twice just go - and if u decide not to go to this hotel find one in Punta Cana Playa Bavaro it was breath takeing- truely caribbean. You deserve a vacation just do it!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: In Hotel

They automatically give u a reservation to Don Pablo restaurant- change it say your vegitarian or something-- first check the complete menu to see if you are going to like it most probably u wont so change the reservation as soon as u check in!

Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Best de-stress vaca from world traveler
New Jersey
Apr 20, 2011

Read before u go!

Last minute couples vacation to de-stress! So got our own taxi from airport to hotel for $38- standard rate. Check in quick painless stayed in bldg 68 pefect distance from beach/pool and restaurants. Rooms are all delux very neat and clean bed firm we happend to like it -listen when you drink and eat and take sun u are going to pass out like a baby any way. There were a couple of mosquitos in the room so bring repelant. Food in buffet was great a little something for everyone. If u have been to Spain and like the food u will also like the buffet, had pizza and pasta, salad dominican dishes, sweets and in AM a omlette station. Don Pablo restauant sucked-for us ... food was like foie gras not my fave I'm more of a fish and veggie girl my fish was under cooked. Beach was amazing electric blue. To get an umbrella needed to put towel down by 8am. Pool nice! If kids got any where near pool they were kick out immediatly. Best part didn't hear kids crying and screaming unless u went to the family part of the hotel. You can tip if u feel the urge, but not necsesary. if u going to play tennis it is a little hike to the courts. No mini golf under construction. People were nice. Dont think twice just go - and if u decide not to go to this hotel find one in Punta Cana Playa Bavaro it was breath takeing- truely caribbean. You deserve a vacation just do it!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: In Hotel

They automatically give u a reservation to Don Pablo restaurant- change it say your vegitarian or something-- first check the complete menu to see if you are going to like it most probably u wont so change the reservation as soon as u check in!

Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Chicago, IL
Apr 6, 2011

Wonderful time, wonderful hotel.

We visited the Ambar with another couple from March 20 -30th and had a wonderful 10 days. We had little or no trouble getting beach or pool chairs, though shade was at a premium around the pool. We did hold a chair according to hotel protocol by staking out a shaded space around 7:30am or so, and waiting until just after 8am when a sweep of held but unoccupied chairs was done. After 8am towels are enough to hold your place. We pooled in the morning and beached it in the afternoon. The pool entertainment seemed to be guided more by the mood of the most aggressive pool guests rather than by careful staff planning. There were a few days when we wondered if we had been transported to a Cancun Spring Break event. A group of guests took over with loud country music and behaviour that resembled a train wreck. Before 3:30 pm pool was quiet, with lively activity around the pool bar and groups having fun in and out of the water.... The Beach was perfect, easy to get a chair and find shade or filtered sun. The water was a perfect temp for swimming and very clear. We enjoyed the beach and activity there which is one of the pluses of the Bavaro area of Punta Cana. Our room at the Ambar was a corner 3rd floor room which we had to request through our butler. We were assigned another room on arrival (they didn't seem prepared for us and had to scramble to find us a 1st floor room). We moved the next day and had a very pleasant experience. We didn't have any power problems, and had air conditioning all night long. We did not need to use a room card to keep power on when we were out of the room, however, the couple we traveled with did have a different power box in their room and had to have a key in it in order to maintain power to the room. The housekeeping staff was great, the room was always cleaned and towels replaced in a timely fashion. The counter space is more than ample and we did not feel cramped at all. The food at the buffet was fresh, replenished frequently and of a wonderful variety. We only ate at the dinner buffet on "Gala" Night, we prefer the ala carte restaurants. We found the food at the ala cartes to be very good in general, however the service was often extremely slow. We waited 30 min. between courses (plates removed ready for next course) our first night at Don Pablo. The food and presentation were wonderful but the lag time was unacceptable. We started requesting our menus upon being seated and requesting a quickly paced dinner, this seemed to help immensely. We had dinner at 'Don Pablo', 'El Olivo','Steakhouse', 'Maikaido', 'Meson' and 'Bella Italia'. We would not recommend 'Bella Italia', food was average and again poorly paced service. There are several servers, each with their own special task (handing you the menu, pouring water, serving dinner rolls, all of these in addition to a waiter...yikes! too many people to keep straight).The 'Meson' Spanish restaurant was a delightful surprise, the food was flavorful, a good variety and beautifully presented. Overall, the food is good to great and over the 11 or so years we have been going to all inclusives, we find our attitude greatly influences the overall experience beyond the food itself. The bradfast buffets are varied and well done. Lunch in the main buffet is also good with a nice variety. We liked the food at the beach buffet even though the space demands a smaller variety. The grilled chicken was perfect every day. The drawback at the beach buffet is a space shortage, the resort was fully occupied while we were there and there was not enough seating. We walked to the main buffet so it was not a big deal to us, but to some they may just love lunch 'al fresco' and this is something to consider. We were able to get premium liquor with no upcharge and the guys were able to communicate how we liked our martinis and they were perfect every time. We love to play tennis and found the courts here to be unsafe and didn't play after the first d...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Chicago, IL
Apr 6, 2011

Wonderful time, wonderful hotel.

We visited the Ambar with another couple from March 20 -30th and had a wonderful 10 days. We had little or no trouble getting beach or pool chairs, though shade was at a premium around the pool. We did hold a chair according to hotel protocol by staking out a shaded space around 7:30am or so, and waiting until just after 8am when a sweep of held but unoccupied chairs was done. After 8am towels are enough to hold your place. We pooled in the morning and beached it in the afternoon. The pool entertainment seemed to be guided more by the mood of the most aggressive pool guests rather than by careful staff planning. There were a few days when we wondered if we had been transported to a Cancun Spring Break event. A group of guests took over with loud country music and behaviour that resembled a train wreck. Before 3:30 pm pool was quiet, with lively activity around the pool bar and groups having fun in and out of the water.... The Beach was perfect, easy to get a chair and find shade or filtered sun. The water was a perfect temp for swimming and very clear. We enjoyed the beach and activity there which is one of the pluses of the Bavaro area of Punta Cana. Our room at the Ambar was a corner 3rd floor room which we had to request through our butler. We were assigned another room on arrival (they didn't seem prepared for us and had to scramble to find us a 1st floor room). We moved the next day and had a very pleasant experience. We didn't have any power problems, and had air conditioning all night long. We did not need to use a room card to keep power on when we were out of the room, however, the couple we traveled with did have a different power box in their room and had to have a key in it in order to maintain power to the room. The housekeeping staff was great, the room was always cleaned and towels replaced in a timely fashion. The counter space is more than ample and we did not feel cramped at all. The food at the buffet was fresh, replenished frequently and of a wonderful variety. We only ate at the dinner buffet on "Gala" Night, we prefer the ala carte restaurants. We found the food at the ala cartes to be very good in general, however the service was often extremely slow. We waited 30 min. between courses (plates removed ready for next course) our first night at Don Pablo. The food and presentation were wonderful but the lag time was unacceptable. We started requesting our menus upon being seated and requesting a quickly paced dinner, this seemed to help immensely. We had dinner at 'Don Pablo', 'El Olivo','Steakhouse', 'Maikaido', 'Meson' and 'Bella Italia'. We would not recommend 'Bella Italia', food was average and again poorly paced service. There are several servers, each with their own special task (handing you the menu, pouring water, serving dinner rolls, all of these in addition to a waiter...yikes! too many people to keep straight).The 'Meson' Spanish restaurant was a delightful surprise, the food was flavorful, a good variety and beautifully presented. Overall, the food is good to great and over the 11 or so years we have been going to all inclusives, we find our attitude greatly influences the overall experience beyond the food itself. The bradfast buffets are varied and well done. Lunch in the main buffet is also good with a nice variety. We liked the food at the beach buffet even though the space demands a smaller variety. The grilled chicken was perfect every day. The drawback at the beach buffet is a space shortage, the resort was fully occupied while we were there and there was not enough seating. We walked to the main buffet so it was not a big deal to us, but to some they may just love lunch 'al fresco' and this is something to consider. We were able to get premium liquor with no upcharge and the guys were able to communicate how we liked our martinis and they were perfect every time. We love to play tennis and found the courts here to be unsafe and didn't play after the first d...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Pennsylvania
Apr 1, 2011

Great Time and even Better Timing

Had a great time in the DR only issues we had were the food. Left a little something to be desired. They did have a good BBQ joint available but too bad we didn't find out till second to the last day.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Not Applicable

Use the super friendly water taxi's to head right up the beach to outgoing shopping.

Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Pennsylvania
Apr 1, 2011

Great Time and even Better Timing

Had a great time in the DR only issues we had were the food. Left a little something to be desired. They did have a good BBQ joint available but too bad we didn't find out till second to the last day.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Not Applicable

Use the super friendly water taxi's to head right up the beach to outgoing shopping.

Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Wishing to be at the beach!
Spencer, IA
Mar 25, 2011

Gran Bahia Principe Ambar March 2011

The staff was awesome. They treated us as first class from the time we checked in until the day we left. Great hotel and I would highly recommend to anyone considering. One suggestion, get to the beach early for a shaded lounge chair! Before 8 am. The food was to die for! We have traveled a number of times to islands in the carribean and I would say this was in the top for service and quality.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection -Adults Only - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Wishing to be at the beach!
Spencer, IA
Mar 25, 2011

Gran Bahia Principe Ambar March 2011

The staff was awesome. They treated us as first class from the time we checked in until the day we left. Great hotel and I would highly recommend to anyone considering. One suggestion, get to the beach early for a shaded lounge chair! Before 8 am. The food was to die for! We have traveled a number of times to islands in the carribean and I would say this was in the top for service and quality.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
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