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Upgrade to use Amber if staying at Bahia Principe

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Upgrade to use Amber if staying at Bahia Principe

My father has asked about joining me and my partner and his folks on our trip in November to the the Ambar. Thomson who appear to be the only UK company going to Punta Cana now over winter do not appear to have any availability for this hotel but do have some for the Bahia Principe Hotel through First Choice. Does anyone know if they would allow us to pay an upgrade so he could use the restaurants and facilities of the Ambar with all of us while staying on one of the other hotels? I know I may need to email the hotel to ask this but wondered if any of the regulars had ever heard of this being done before?

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1. Re: Upgrade to use Amber if staying at Bahia Principe


Your father can upgrade to the Ambar, but it is based on the availablity at the time of his arrival.

The resort itself advises guests who wish to upgrade to do so prior to departure with their Travel Agent or Tour Operator to guarantee them the upgrade they desire and of course it would less costly to do so then.

However, the time of year in which you are planning your trip is when the occupancy levels are lower and there is a good opportunity that rooms would be avaiable. If it were high seasons (after December 15), it would be very unlikely that rooms would be available at the Ambar. But that is a decision he would have to make.

The cost to upgrade to the Ambar upon arrival is $30US per person per night. If he wanted to upgade to the Luxury Bahia Esmeralda, the cost is $35US per person per night. Guests of the Esmeralda have full use of the Ambar with the exception of their main buffet - might be worthwhile checking as to whether or not upgrading or booking the Esmeralda is an option for him.

Of course you could visit with him and use the snack bars (not the buffets), pools, a la cartes (all except the LeGourmet a la carte) , main lobby that he has access to to, but otherwise he cannot gain access to any of the facilities at the Ambar resort.

Hope this does assist you.


Brooklin (Bubba King)

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2. Re: Upgrade to use Amber if staying at Bahia Principe

Thanks John, as always a gent and very helpful.

Thomson have already sold their allocation of rooms for the Ambar, so are trying to push the normal bahia principe as an alternative, the 4 of us who have booked dont really wanna change our booking as we picked the ambar for a reason (Adult only!)

Ill pass this onto him though.

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3. Re: Upgrade to use Amber if staying at Bahia Principe


Have you considered booking flight and hotel separately? Of course the price might come out to be a bit higher but at least this way your father would have a guaranteed room in the Ambar rather then hoping for something available upon arrival.

However it might also come to near the same price as paying 30$ per person, per day.

This way you can use any travel site (UK, USA, Canada) to book the Ambar rooms or even try directly on the Bahia website. Since it would only be the hotel to book you can take some time to search multiple travel sites to see what one has the best deal, etc.

Or like John said if your travel agent still has rooms in the Emseralda he can book that. Can be with you in the Ambar every day, do everything day and night together. The only thing is he would sleep in the Esmeralda section.

Edited: 21 August 2013, 20:44
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