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We stayed for two wonderful weeks (Jan. 20 – Feb. 3) and it WAS our best holiday ever! Although we said that last year about the Majestic Elegance Club (also adult resort), they equal in almost every way and are next to each other.
We have been to Cuba, Mexico but always come back to Punta Cana as we love the soft white sandy beach that just goes for miles and miles.....ah so nice! We also find the food has more flavor and variety.
Bahia Principe itself is a huge resort but they have trolly type vehicles to take you to the other lobbies, the theatre or beach, casino, etc. about every 5 minutes, sometimes less. They run all day and evening but are sometimes full, just be a little patient, you ARE on holiday after all. It’s only a 7or so minutes walk.
The Ambar is the adult section, is right by the beach and has it’s own lovely quiet pool area and beach area, perfect for relaxing and reading. The hotel is spotless, the grounds were immaculate, the pools were super clean and used by many including us. You don’t have to get up at 06:00 to put your towel down to reserve a spot usually shortly after 8am!
The beach area was spotless and you are not far from the cove where the waves are high and fun to play in, water temperature was lovely too. There are shops to the right if you follow along the beach for about
30mins walk. Have your bargaining head on though!
The hotel staff is very friendly and pleasant, you only need to say Hola and they smile and respond to
you. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. Most spoke English and/or French. Our maid did a fantastic job of keeping our room clean, decorated with flowers, and we had no problems with our towels, beverages, snacks (Lays potato chips, and small chocolates in the evening) being replenished daily.
There were fun exercise and dance sessions at the pool which we enjoyed (Bingo too for those that enjoy that). The night time entertainment was excellent, particularly the Circus show (unbelievable talent) and the Michael Jackson show was also good. Boogie Nights was a lovely trip down memory lane and the very funny Grammy Awards show was a hoot! They are a talented group of performers and it’s all well choreographed to be sure! Never made it to the disco, as we walked the lovely beach so much we were pooped.
As an Ambar guest you can go to any of the many restaurants on the large resort even those at the new
portion called Esmerelda. We quite enjoyed the à la carte restaurants, the Bella (Italian) twice and it’s gorgeous. The Mako (Japanese) was delicious, although we felt they were rushing us out to get more people in and we mentioned that to the management, and they don’t put on a show or interact as much as other resorts do. The Seafood Restaurant and Gourmet were also quite nice. The Palmera buffet has wide variety and something for everyone, there is always a manager on to answer questions if you should have any or an issue. We are somewhat fussy eaters, but I enjoyed every meal we had for the whole 14 days, that says a lot....the buffet has theme nights with flavors from different countries and changes nightly. Thursday is Gala night, where you can eat as much delicious Lobster as you like! Don’t miss that.
If you like to eat early, make your reservations at the lobby as soon as you get there for the week, they are two desks and someone there all day and evening, we did not have to wait long at all to make them.
The Ambar lobby is not huge, but cozy and has a lovely European flair. They had something fun on to entertain you every night of the week. There is free WIFI in the lobby area for your convenience and three computers for your use. For party animals the main lobby (Bavaro where you arrive) has something going
on every evening too.
There was a gym but we did not use it and there is also a lovely spa for your pleasure as well as massages by the beach. The shops at the Ambar are reasonably priced as well as those at the Bavaro
Quare. Every Friday night vendors come near the Theatre and you can bargain with them quite a lot.
So, hope you enjoyed our review feel free to contact us if you have questions. Have a great holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 pool Sun terrace with sun umbrellas and loungers Relaxation zone with Bali beds Outdoor Jacuzzi BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additionalcharge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffetrestaurant 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars 1 snack- bar Gazebo de bodas Smokers' lounge with bar service (cigar menu with additional charge) Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms 528 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Ceiling fan Air conditioning Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer Bathrobe and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen TV Coffee-making machine Minibar Safe Butler service 24 hour room service Evening turndown service Pillow menu 2 disabled rooms for a maximum of 3 adults Prime location right on the sea front Exclusive lake-style pool Aroma menu WiFi (additional charge) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel Punta Cana