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Ambar or Esmeralda?

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Ambar or Esmeralda?

Hey guys, so we have a vacation booked for August 9th-16th and I am wondering if we should do the Principe Ambar or Esmeralda? I know one is adult only and one isn't (not a huge deal to us either way) but do you feel one is better than the other? We are a couple in our mid 20's and want a nice beach, nice pool, a few drinks (nothing crazy), and nice meals vacation. I happen to run into someone today that has been to the Ambar and they weren't too impressed as they said it felt like every single employee expected a tip for every little thing and said the Ambar seemed a little 'dead'. I want somewhere where there are people around but not crowded but not 'dead' either. I currently have the Ambar booked but should I switch? I cant decide! Any help? Or any other resorts I should look at that are close to the Ambars price? Thanks everyone!!!

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1. Re: Ambar or Esmeralda?

pmr32,

The entertainment at both resorts is basically the same, with the adult Ambar having somewhat more activity around the pool during the day and at the lobby bar in the evenings - as a guest of the Ambar, you can use all of the facilities at the Esmeralda resort, with the exception of their main buffets - one in the lobby and the other at the far west end of the west pool. The beach snack bar is available to you.

Tipping is entirely up to each guest and the staff level of service will not vary whether you tip or you do not from my experience - if you feel the level of service deserves a tip - that is your decision.

The Bahia resorts are set up in such a manner that the evening activities take place away from where the guest's room are located.

This map link will assist you;

resortsmaps.com/popup.html…

The Ambar resort is located in the top right corner - room buildings 60-70 and the Esmeralda resort is located in the bottom right corner of the map - room buildings 90-96.

The large entertainment area of the resort is at the far west end - called the Pueblo Principe - see map blue #14 - the Tropicana Theatre, where the nightly shows are held is blue #1.

Here is a posting I did that further explains the Bahia resorts that may assist you.

Here is an overview of the Bahia resorts in Punta Cana from a previous posting I did that may assist you;

" 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 Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro resort

- 816 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the pink #1 - guest rooms are the white numbers 23, 25 to 35,37,39 and 71-79.

The Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana resort

- 756 rooms - a family resort - lobby is shown on the map as the yellow #1 - guest rooms are building numbers 1-19, 20 to 22, 24, 36 & 38.

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 to 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.

Lets continue with the different Bahia resorts:

The Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro-Premier (As of Nov 1/14 will be renamed to the Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa)

- 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 Saturday evening at 9pm (weather permitting), 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 resorts may use all of the facilities at the other 3 resorts with the exception of their “gourmet” a la carte 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 self-contained 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 activities 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., which I provided the link to above.

They also all share the large Tropicana Theatre (map blue #1) where the big nightly shows are held - two performances nightly during the high season - one performance at 8:20pm and the other at 9:25pm and one show in the evening during the low season at 9:30pm. 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/ShowTopic-g147293-i28-k751818…

I do hope that this does assist you.

John

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2. Re: Ambar or Esmeralda?

pmr, We just returned from the Ambar, and it is a very Nice resort, 4.5 Star, the beach is meticulously clean, mostly couples, 20's - 60's, the food is good to very good, all of the staff are friendly, and they never had their hand out for a tip, however the Ambar itself does shut down by 11 - 11:30pm, so if you want more fun, you have to take a short "tram" ride to the sister resort, the Bahia Punta Cana, where the nightly shows are, and also where there is a small casino, a sports bar/karaoke, and a good size late night Disco. There is not any entertainment on the beach, it's more laid back, and pretty quiet, but at the pool, there is music, dancing, zoomba, and a swim-up bar, that does get busy in the afternoon. If You are thinking about switching resorts, would suggest you take a look at the Majestic Colonial, or the Majestic Elegance, it's a more compact resort than the Bahia complex, and has all that You are looking for, and it's about in the same price range as the Bahia Ambar, If you don't mind taking the "tram" for more nightly fun, would choose the Ambar, but the Majestic does have more fun, music, and dancing, and an afternoon "Foam Party" at the main pool. The beach is also real Nice at the Majestic, and the water is a little calmer, than at the Ambar. Hope this helps You some. Best Wishes, Leo & Sue

Edited: 27 June 2014, 06:12
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