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Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

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Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

So four couples in their 30's...originally I was thinking the Royalton, but it sounds like without Diamond Club or adults only, it's a disaster.

So now we're thinking Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar? What does everyone think of this place? Good food/drinks/rooms/beach/entertainment? We just want to have a good time!

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1. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

The Ambar is the adult-only section within the huge Gran Bahia complex. All guests share the common entertainment facilities found in the Pueblo Principe, about a 10 minutes walk or tram ride from the Ambar section. The Ambar has several on-site a la carte dining venues that can also be used by guests over age 18 who are registered at the Gran Bahia's family-friendly Esmeralda complex. Ambar guests have access to specific dining facilities throughout the resort.

Have you checked-out the new adult-only Breathless resort as an alternative?

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2. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

We're only going for four nights, and Breathless is $225 more a couple. Not worth it in my opinion.

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3. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

Have been twice

The ambar is 1 of 5 sections of this resort.

the restaurants are good (keeping in mind foodis average in the DR)

They do a great job of presentation at all of the ala carts

If you can't find anything to eat at the buffet then you are just to picky of an eater

For sleeping it dosen't get any better. Very quiet at night

For night life you can walk 5 minutes or take the tram to the principe and bavaro section, which runs every 15 minutes or so

the Casino, sport bar,Disco,and shopping plaza are all located in the principe section

The pool is right next to the beach and is well maintained with a swim up bar

The Ambar has an adults only section on the beach if you want to keep away from kids

You have visiting and eating priveledges at all the othe sections with some restrictions

The beach is on what I would call resort row as it is very busy and stretches miles in each directionwith resorts one after another

The only negative is depending on what time of year you go you may have to get up early to reserve loungers or palapas

If you need more info seek out Brooklin as he is a destination expert for this resort and a wealth of information

Hope this helps

PS I have written two reviews feel free to check them out

lth

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4. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

Only my personal opinion but I think the Ambar would be a much better choice for you. As you are only there for 4 days you would have everything you could want within the resort ie your choice of different places to eat each night, shopping area, entertainment area with shows, lobby bars, karaoke bar and sports bar and night club which are all part of the all inclusive package, choice of pools ranging from the adults only section (Ambar) to pools with lots of ongoing entertainment. The beach is beautiful too. 4 days is such a short time that if you are not leaving resort you have such a variety to do through the the whole gbp resort while staying at the ambar section you still get that adults only touch of class. The resort is not that big that you couldn't walk to other parts within a MAX 15 mins but if you don't want to walk there are trams constantly running round the resort for you to hop on and off wherever you want. Hope yous have a fantastic holiday ;)

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4 days only - go with the Ambar - fits what you are looking for: Good food/drinks/rooms/beach/entertainment.

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6. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

Thanks everyone! We usually do 7 nights, but unfortunately - new job/no vacay time yet!

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7. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

Anita_D_81....

I spent a lot of time reading about every resort in Punta Cana and just booked a week at the Ambar for July. I could'nt find any reason not too. 4,376 reviews and 3,788 are either very good or excellent. The other responses above gave some great reason all of which I considered.

I think you will be making a great decision by staying at Ambar......

Have fun!!!

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8. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

Anita_D_81,

Here is a posting I did that may be of benefit to you on the entire Bahia resort complex, including the Luxury Bahia Ambar.

A "good time" is certainly to be had at any of the resorts - with all of the activities and new friends you are likely to meet.

I like to forget about all the reasons why something may not work for you. You only need to find one good reason why it will.

" " Let me firstly provide you a map of the resorts in Punta Cana, so you can see where the Bahia resorts are positioned in relation to the other 100 plus very nice resorts that the area has to offer.

puntacanatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/P…

The different beaches which make up what is referred to as Punta Cana, are all shown here - the Bahia resorts are located in the beach area referred to as Arena Gorda Beach.

Secondly, here is the link to a map of the Bahia resorts in Punta Cana that I will refer to shortly.

resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

There is a legend at the bottom of the map that will also assist you.

The Bahia resort complex in Punta Cana actually consists of 5 different resorts - all of which are 5 star resorts. It is the largest resort complex on one property in Punta Cana with a total combined rooms from the Bahia 5 resorts of 3,174 rooms - all room buildings are in 2 or 3 story high buildings (no elevators) and worthy to note that they all have separate private washrooms, versus the open-concept style commonly found at some other resorts - numerous daily & nightly activities with a large shopping and entertainment area on site, called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14), which is exclusive to Bahia guests only.

Each resort has it's own lobby/check in, lobby bar, gourmet a la carte and main buffet, free wifi in their main lobbies, Water Sports Centre on the beach, where guests may book the non-motorized items such as catamarans (hobbie cats) for sailing as part of the all inclusive. There are a total of 15 a la carte's in the resort complex (reservations are required), 5 snack bars, 7 pools (all of which have swim up bars), & 2 jacuzzi pools - some of which are exclusive to guests of the Luxury Bahia Ambar and the Luxury Bahia Esmeralda.

The resort offers all guests, bicycles for on resort use, mini golf, tennis courts and tennis pro for those so inclined to obtain lessons at a small fee, beach volleyball, archery, soccer field, and a segway guided tour(which is at a small fee), throughout the resort, at the Sports Centre (map blue #11), Presidente beer in the mini fridge and robes & slippers in the rooms along with an iron & ironing board.

Also located at the Sports Centre is a "Fun Maker Park" which has bumper cars, sorb Ball, eco skating, F1 remote control cars race and some arcade games like Basket, air hockey, eco-ice skating surface, kikkers, trampoline apparatus and is open every day from 10am to 10pm and also is at a small fee for both children and adults. Babysitting service is also available 24 hours a day with no age restriction.

Lets start with the Bahia Principe Bavaro resort - 864 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the pink #1 - guest rooms are the white numbers 21-39 and 71-79.

The Bahia Principe Punta Cana resort - 708 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the yellow #1 - guest rooms are building numbers 1-19.

Each of these two resorts have their own upgrades - the Bavaro resort has an upgrade referred to as Club Diamond or as some tour operators will name it, Club Hacienda - these are room numbers 23 & 25-29.

The Punta Cana resort has it's upgrade called Club Golden - these are room numbers 1-10 and 20, 21, 22 & 24 - as you can see, the primary difference is the location to the beach, and there are some other benefits which are for another discussion.

Both of these resorts are basically a mirror image of each other - all guest rooms are identical - the guest room buildings are primarily 3 stories in height with a few next to the beach that are 2 stories in height. They share all amenities including the pools - map blue #4,#18 & to the left of #17. All rooms will shortly have 4 poster canopy style beds, flat screen plasma TV,s, new styled sinks and rain style showerheads, as they are currently being upgraded.

Lets continue with the different Bahia resorts:

The Bahia Principe Bavaro-Premier - 504 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on map as the orange #1- guests rooms are building numbers 40-53. This resort is the furthest from the beach but is like a resort within a resort - very quaint and is available through selected tour operators. The new "Boy Scout" Water Park is near buildings #52 & #53 & is open from 8am to 6pm for children only ages 3-12 years and has the new “Fun Maker Park” located directly opposite it near the tennis courts at the Blue #11 – it is offers excellent value for children.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar resort - 528 rooms - adult only - lobby is shown on the map as a beige #2 – guest rooms are the beige #60 to 70. Offers all top end services the Bahia has to offer, including a larger selection of top shelf liquors, butler service (request when checking in), waiter service at the beach and pool, pillow menu, room safe included in price, robes & slippers in the rooms, beach towels in the rooms (no towel cards) and exchanged in the room with the nightly turn down service, unlimited a la cartes, spa, gym, private beach area directly in front of it's main beach pool, which also has 10 cabanas for shade and privacy, a "White Night" beach party every second Saturday evening, a "Party at the Pool" on alternative Saturday nights, nightly entertainment in the main lobby and room service 24/7. No other guests may use any of the facilities (pool, beach, a la cartes, main lobby, lobby bar, for example) at the Ambar other than guests at the next resort I will mention, which is the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - and they may only do so provided they do not have children under 18 years of age with them when using any of the Ambar resorts facilities.

Guests of the Ambar and the Esmeralda may use all of the facilities at the other resorts with the exception of the other resorts gourmet a la cartes and main lobby buffets - that provides them a total of 8 pools to use including their own, throughout all of the Bahia resorts.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda - 570 rooms – main lobby is shown on the map as the green #1 and guest rooms are #90 to 96 - a family resort with the same Top End Services as I mentioned above for the Ambar resort, including a private beach area directly in front of their beach pool (without the cabanas), nightly entertainment on the pool deck in front of the main lobby, 2 buffets, a spa, 2 pools & an adult only jacuzzi pool, and the hallways of all room buildings are carpeted for further noise reduction.

The rooms at the Ambar and the Esmeralda all have 4 poster canopy beds, with pillow top mattress's and a slightly different large private washroom layout.

Directly in front of both the Ambar and Esmeralda resorts is a small defined private beach area for "Privilege Club" members, which is exclusive to these members.

All resorts share the large shopping and entertainment area called the Pueblo Principe (map blue #14) which contains the Casino (drinks are extra there as it is not owned by the resort), disco, smoke shop, kareoke and sports bar, patio lounge, many clothing, gift and jewellery shops, internet shop, local vendors with their wares, an outdoor stage where a house band and audience participation nights are often held each evening as well as a special event with professional entertainers called "Caribbean Show" on Friday evenings at 8:30pm for a small fee.

There is an “Activity Listing” for day and night acivities for each of the resorts, which is provided to each guest in their “Welcome Package”, which they will receive when they check in, along with their room cards, wrist bands, fold out pocket/purse size version of the same resort map etc., I provided above.

They also all share the large Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) where the big nightly shows are held - two performances nightly - one performance at 8:20pm and the other at 9:25pm. The "Boy Scout Water Park" located near buildings #52 & #53 at the Bavaro-Premier resort, has a themed pool with many different games/slides - strictly for children ages 3-12 years who are guests at any of the Bahia resorts. There is also an overnight snack bar called the "Piscis" (map blue #7) that is open from 11pm to 6am - light snacks (burgers, hotdogs, french fries, salads, veggies, beer and wine) which is available to all guests.

The Bahia resort complex has a very efficient tram system, should guests wish to use it, that operates 21 hours per day(6am - 3am), but I can tell you that one can walk from the Bavaro lobby buffet (map pink #6) to the large beach pool (near blue #17) in less than 10 minutes, from personal experience.

Guests at each of the Bahia resorts listed above may also "request" room locations and a la cartes preferences prior to their arrival - the latter is highly recommended in my opinion in order to provide a greater opportunity of obtaining the a la cartes of your choice, versus trying to do so no later than the first morning after your arrival. “

This link will provide the details for emailing such “requests.

tripadvisor.ca/…56424516

I do hope that this does assist you.

John

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9. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

Hi,

I am booked in to the Golden club Is this near the pool with the swim up bar as we prefer the pool to the beach ? also is there a lot happening around the pool during the day ?

Thanks

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10. Re: Luxury Bahia Ambar for us?

John

If you read the above post #8 - it will nicely answer your questions and with the links provided for the map of the resort, you will see where Club Golden rooms are located.

John

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