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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

With a stay at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue – Adults Only All Inclusive in La Altagracia (Bavaro), you’ll be convenient to Punta Blanca Golf Course and Iberostar Golf Course. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and White Sands Golf Course.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 1026 air-conditioned rooms featuring free minibar items and plasma televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature jetted bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Food & Drink

This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 7 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Visit one of the 8 bars/lounges, 3 beach bars, and 2 poolside bars for a refreshing drink.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference space and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue – Adults Only All Inclusive
Carettera Arena Gorda
Punta Cana, 23000 Dominican Republic

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 11297 Reviews
Awesome all inclusive hotel, age +18
Reviewed 24 hours ago

I can only say WOOOOW! We have never been to a luxury place like this before. We had 14 fantastic days here at this awesome hotel. All staff members are kind smiling and helpful all day long. The restaurants serve great food, and if you'r still hungry after visiting an a la carte restaurant, then just swing by one of the buffets and get some more ;D
I must say that we did not get to the point were we felt hungry or thirsty in 14 days, cause you can get everything around the clock. Only minus is aircon at the room, it's on a sensor so at night, it turns off while you sleep and gets pretty hot, hmmm why not turn it off during the day when people leave the room.
But all in all i would rate this hotel 98/100 and can only recommend to go here for your next vacation.

Five star experience from the moment you arrive
Reviewed 24 hours ago

We are sadly returning home today after an amazing 11 nights at the Bahia Principe Ambar.
We had a fantastic time and experience from the moment we arrived and this is one of the best all inclusive hotels we have stayed in. Everything runs like clockwork, the hotel is so clean and beautiful, the staff go out of their way to help you and they genuinely seem happy in their work. Other positives are the beautiful beach, great a la carte restaurants, lovely rooms and a relaxed atmosphere. Special mention to Noe from the buffet restaurant and Francisco our concierge who couldn't have done more for us. What lovely guys who really helped make our holiday special. Thank you. The only thing that the hotel could improve on is the evening drinks lobby entertainment as this could be a bit more upbeat. That said there is lots of entertainment organized throughout this hotel and the sister hotels. Also the daytime entertainment team are great and make a huge effort to make sure people have a good time. There is so much to do and explore at this hotel. We will definitely return one day.

We liked the Bahia Luxury Ambar
Reviewed 1 day ago

During our stay we mostly ate in the main Buffett/restaurant which is very nice and has a good selection of food. The big bloke frying omelettes and fried eggs etc was so very helpful and nothing was to much trouble for him.. Top bloke..

The staff have been beyond good and I have only one or two tiny niggles. The lobby bar staff are sometimes a little patronising and certain bar staff members seemed to spend a little bit more time paying attention to the young females! The Amber never displays what’s on at the main village but maybe there’s reason for that. For us English finding somewhere to watch football was sometimes difficult because the sports bar which is very nice was mainly designed for the Americans which is understandable.

Regards restaurants we enjoyed the meat/steak house the most. The Limbo we liked least because non of of us really liked the type of food. Could be our ignorance!

Rooms were nice and well kept.

The beach is lovely and plenty of sun beds. The pool is nice and warmish and even with six of us in our group we normally found somewhere which suited all of us to park ourselves for the day.. The beach restaurant was very good.

We attended most events over our two weeks with most being very good especially the foam party, the beach party and I liked the silent disco. However one show stood out head and shoulders above the rest... The Michael Jackson show which we saw once at Amber and twice at the village which was extremely good.

The drinks were of a a very good standard and even the wine was palatable. We found when they ask if you wanted Mama Juan it was good if you asked a member of staff to join in because they loved it.

A special mention for Roman the towel man at the pool, always smiling and did the touching fist thing! Always said have a good day etc and just a nice guy.

Being English tipping started a problem but we soon got into the swing of it. It’s a poor country and I personally felt happier tipping a dollar when at the bar and a bit more depending on the service given. The Americans were forever complaining about the smallest things which must be a culture thing but It got tiresome and I felt sorry for members of staff that the Americans picked on who could not possibly reply or they would likely lose there jobs.

All six of us enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Bahia Luxury Amber.. 9/10

Great vacation, you'll love it!
Reviewed 2 days ago

What can I say; absolutely beautiful property, rooms, accommodations, pool, excellent service, beach and great food! This was our third Caribbean beach vacation in the last eight years and our first time in the Dominican Republic. Our first two beach vacations were in Playa Del Carmen, which were uniquely different. The main difference is the wildlife, which was pretty much non-existent in DR. If you love monkeys, peacocks, pelicans, iguanas and coatis, then stick with the Mexican Riviera. We chose Punta Cana this year mainly because of hearing about criminal activity in PDC. People were killed at a nightclub in PDC very close to the property we stayed at. (Iberostar Praiso Del Mar, (IPDM)) which we loved. We awakened each day to see (and hear) Howler monkeys in the trees right from our balcony there. There it is, TREES and Jungle, which you won't find much of either in Punta Cana. I mean the Bahia properties does have palm trees but there is definitely no jungle to speak of if that is something you're going for. But there are positives and negatives to both. I left a previous review of the IPDM after our stay there, so I'll stop with the comparisons.
The weather and the huge pool with swim up bar all were amazing! The bar staff seemed genuinely happy to please no matter what drink was requested. There were more than enough lounge chairs covered by large umbrellas completely around the pool. I would suggest taking your own float or raft with you, rafts sold there were $40.

Great vacation. You'll love it!
Reviewed 2 days ago

What can I say; absolutely beautiful property, rooms, accommodations, pool, excellent service, beach and great food! This was our third Caribbean beach vacation in the last eight years and our first time in the Dominican Republic. Our first two beach vacations were in Playa Del Carmen, which were uniquely different. The main difference is the wildlife, which was pretty much non-existent in DR. If you love monkeys, peacocks, pelicans, iguanas and coatis, then stick with the Mexican Riviera. We chose Punta Cana this year mainly because of hearing about criminal activity in PDC. People were killed at a nightclub in PDC very close to the property we stayed at. (Iberostar Praiso Del Mar, (IPDM)) which we loved. We awakened each day to see (and hear) Howler monkeys in the trees right from our balcony there. There it is, TREES and Jungle, which you won't find much of either in Punta Cana. I mean the Bahia properties does have palm trees but there is definitely no jungle to speak of if that is something you're going for. But there are positives and negatives to both. I left a previous review of the IPDM after our stay there, so I'll stop with the comparisons.
The weather and the huge pool with swim up bar all were amazing! The bar staff seemed genuinely happy to please no matter what drink was requested. There were more than enough lounge chairs covered by large umbrellas completely around the pool. I would suggest taking your own float or raft with you as the floating rafts sold there were way overpriced. ($40 for a small raft). TIP: we purchased large Intex "toat 'n float" rafts online from Walmart for $12 each (which we found in the store for $6 right before we left). They are extremely comfortable and perfect for pool and ocean. The size even though fairly thin had room for your arms to rest on and made you feel like you didn't have to worry about falling off. I highly recommend taking them with you.

TRAVEL: We flew from Denver with one stop in Miami on American Airlines with a total flight time of approx 7 hrs. We booked the vacation directly through the Bahia website which combined hotel and airfare. Just know that when you add airfare from their website you are not actually booking your vacation through Bahia because they in turn book it through Expedia, which means you don't get all the perks like guaranteeing rooms in advance. However I did email Bahia several weeks prior to ask for a 3rd floor room in bldg 64 and they did their best to comply based on occupancy, but would not guarantee the request in advance. I did ask for free airport transfers and they sent emailed vouchers for the transfers in advance. I would say we spent about an hour at the airport in line to get through customs, although the line was much shorter when we finished. Add about 25-30 minute non-stop drive to Bahia and you are dropped off at the Aquamarine lobby. There you take a ride by a golf cart driven caravan to the Ambar lobby where your luggage is taken to your room. You really never have to walk anywhere if you want to explore the properties because the golf carts are constantly coming and going.

ROOMS: we were in room # 64311 (building 64,3rd floor,rm 11) which was a perfect location for pool and beach.
The room was very large and modern with a balcony offering privacy from neighbors. The floor is tile with no carpet anywhere and quiet to walk because I believe there was concrete below the flooring. You could occasionally hear doors closing but other than that pretty quiet. I really like the ceiling fan above the bed as the thermostat was a little difficult operate, but the a/c was plenty efficient. There were only two electrical outlets in the entire room, one by the bathroom sink and one near the coffee pot area. TIP: I always take a couple of multiple outlet taps on these trips including cruises just for that reason. However there were built-in USB charging ports on both sides of the bed, so we really only needed a tap for our electric tooth brushes, curling iron and my shaver. The room had several nice amenities which included a fairly large safe for valuables, a stocked mini fridge with soda, beer and the little free liquor bottles available on a once per day refill basis. There was also an iron, hair dryer, swing out mirror, and a large flat screen TV offering tons of channels in Spanish and English. I loved the large open clear glass walk in shower with the rainfall shower head and spray arm. The toilet was in a separate room with a frosted glass door offering privacy. One of the best room amenities in my opinion, was that the wrist band you're required to wear which indicates the Ambar property, was that it had an embedded chip that could open your door when swiped across the lock. You never had to worry about grabbing a room card/key every time you left the room. Very convenient!

FOOD: Not spectacular, but still pretty good. Lots of choices of meats, vegetables and fresh fruits at every meal. The hamburgers at the Las Brisas restaurant by the pool were great. You could even dip your own ice cream there. We booked five ala carte restaurants at which the food and service were outstanding. Our absolute favorite was the Arrecife Rodizio restaurant on the Esmeralda property. Be sure to book this one. We also had good food at the Maiko Japanese restaurant, hibachi style dinner, although our cook left a lot to be desired regarding his lack of skills. The steakhouse M.E.A.T. restaurant was also excellent.

ENTERTAINMENT: We only went to the nightly shows offered at the Ambar which were also by the pool in the Las Brisas. I'd have to say they went above and beyond my expectations with the performances and costumes. A variety of exercise options around noon were offered at the pool everyday plus music and some dance moves.The poolside hosts were fairly entertaining and friendly. Each Saturday they have the foam party where they shoot gallons and gallons of foam from a large foam canon at willing participants in the pool that was fun and entertaining.
You could also go to shows at the Bavaro village which had a much larger stage and lots of seating. I assume even better shows there although we never checked it out. On Sunday afternoon, a large parade of heavily costumed dancers led by several drummers came marching through Ambar near the pool in carnival style parade. Quite unexpected and impressive!

BEACH AND POOL: A huge number of palapas (thatch covered umbrellas over loungers) were available by the beach. The beach sand was powdery soft and white and pleasant to walk on even under the warm turquoise ocean water. There was also a volley ball court along with sailboats and kayaks available. If you have never sailed before (like me) you will get a mandatory lesson for $35 which after one lesson you can take out the sail boats for free for 1 hour per day therafter. They are catamaran stle with dual pontoons, so you don't have to worry about flipping over in the waves. Of course you wear life jackets for safety and it was easy and fun to do even for a couple in their 60's. A must try!
The pool is at most is maybe 4 1/2 foot deep and surrounded by back to back umbrellas for shade with tons of comfortable loungers. Getting one spot was never a problem unless you wait until after 9:00 am and then good luck. The swim up bar was pretty handy but I suggest taking a mug to avoid multiple trips. The water was Sooo warm and no chills getting out because the sun is Sooo hot! Be extremely careful not to get burnt to a crisp on the first day or you will still be peeling 2 weeks later like we are now. Next time (hopefully soon) we will somehow tan before going. Lesson learned.

Just go, have a great time and enjoy the safe and friendly atmosphere of the guests and staff.