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“Relaxing week for the two of us” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection

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Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Crta. Arena Gorda - Macao, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #15 of 99 Hotels in Punta Cana
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Bradenton, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Relaxing week for the two of us”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We spent the a very relaxing week here and overall we were quite pleased with the resort. The adults only AMBAR was next to the beach which it shared with 2 other Bahia Principe resorts. The beach was great and the amount of care that they take on keeping it clean and going the extra distance to have someone actual cleaning the sand off the beach chairs was a pleasant surprise. The adults only pool was very relaxing and like the beach, very well kept.
The restaurants here are like the rest of the resort, clean, friendly staff and a wide array of food choices for everyone to pick and choose. The buffet restaurant was our favorite for any meal. Don Pablo restaurant was not as many people said the best of the bunch. When we arrive we were greeted with a grumpy host who seemed to have lost his smile that everyone else had that evening. The food was not impressive and over cooked like our previous evening at the Portofino restaurant. The mean at Portofino was the worst of the week and maybe it was just our luck that they were having a bad night in the kitchen. The rest of the week we had enjoyable meals at the buffet, the Japanese restaurant Maiko and El Olivo. The buffet food was always visually appealing and well seasoned but most of the choices were over cooked and lukewarm to be kind. However, we managed to stay well fed and enjoyed the resort a lot.
We had such a good time and can't say enough about all the employees at the resort who were always smiling and willing to help you with everything and anything you needed them to do. Even though we are not normally All-Inclusive vacationers but we may just return sometime soon to the Ambar for another relaxing week in Punta Cana.

Room Tip: If you get a room close to the lobby you can pick up the free wifi from you balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are pleased to know that you find worth to mention our employees. We would like to thank you for sharing your impressions which are very important for us.

It´s our sincere hope to welcome you back at our Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection and provide you another relaxing week in Punta Cana.

Enjoy an all-inclusive holiday as a couple with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

Best regards,


Karen Mantilla
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This resort is simply amazing, amazing quality, amazing staff, food is excellent, great atmosphere, highly recommend that you go!
We found our 7 day trip to be too short, between the beaches, pools, activities, food, shows, sleep we didn't have enough time to enjoy it all. It was an amazing stay and lots of fun.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Dear Francois,

Thank your for posting a review on TripAdvisor. It is extraordinary to hear that you enjoyed an amazing time and we would like to welcome you in a second visit to our Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection for more than 7 days.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, your best hotel in the Dominican Republic.

Cordial greetings,


Karen Mantilla
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Peoria, Illinois
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We are returning to the Luxury Bahia Ambar in a week and their guest relations has already been very helpful! We were able to request our reservations at the themed a la carte restaurants for our entire stay. The staff are extremely cordial and very helpful! Thank you Ambar and can't wait to see you again!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Beth,

We greatly appreciate that you have chosen once again our Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection as your holiday destination. We are glad that you have received our excellent customer service and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, all-inclusive hotels for your holidays in Punta Cana.

Kind greetings,


Karen Mantilla
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

First off: this hotel is superb: the rooms, the food, the service...the whole package.
ROOMS - are all suites. Our bathroom was large with a spa bath and a good selection of toiletries (including shaving and dental kits) that were replenished regularly. The shower wasn't exactly a power shower but was perfectly acceptable. Robes and slippers provided. Plenty of hanging space with hangers. A coffee machine with fresh coffee pouches; again, replenished daily. Mini bar was hit and miss but you only needed to ask once and it was done. You're given two keys so that the air con can be left on when you're out.
BARS - the lobby bar is lovely with the cocktail of the day served on an elaborate display and always with a smile. Premium spirits are part of the all-inclusive package: Tanqueray & Bombay Sapphire gin etc, which is unusual. Hors D'Oevres are served at mid-afternoon and a very civilised pot of tea can be had. It gets busy in the evening but the service was not affected at all. The waitresses are very attentive so don't expect to sit with an empty glass for long. They appreciate the odd dollar tip.
Beach Bar - this serves most drinks but the cocktails are great - ice cold and served either with or without rum.
RESTAURANTS - We had breakfast each morning in the Palmyra (main) restaurant and went for evening buffet meals on some evenings. The food was excellent: fresh and plentiful. The service was outstanding, which is a feature of this hotel. Tuesday evening - gala dinner is certainly worth going to - lobster and any other seafood you can imagine.
A la carte restaurants can be booked as many times as you wish. We managed to book all the days and times we wanted, with a bit of forward planning. Don't leave it until the day you want to go. You can also book for the Bavaro Hotel restaurants but bear in mind that it is a 4* hotel and not a 5*; also, there will be those small noisy things (children)! Don Pablo (French) is by far, the best Ambar a la carte. We ate there four times and every time was a delight. We had: fois gras, lobster, chateaubriand and their tasting menu one night. Definitely wort a visit.
El Olivo (mediterranean) was very good. We visited twice abd enjoyed both our meals.
Portofino I was a little disappointed with, only because I was looking forward to pizza and it wasn't the best. My husband had ravioli, which he says was tasty. The staff didn't come across as friendly as the other two restaurants.
Lunch was usually taken at the snack bar, which had a great selection. The snack bar isn't air conditioned though, so the food isn't always chilled. Lots of salads, pizza, pasta, chicken, burgers, anti pasti, cheese... you name it! The cocktails on the centre drinks station in here can be potent, especially at lunchtime...beware!
We didn't visit the Spa; it was very expensive, and so cannot comment.
The weather was glorious mostly, with a couple of overcast days. It rains quite often but very quickly clears. The rain is something to behold!
A couple of tips: don't bother to get Dominican Pesos as you won't be able to change them at home anyway. The shops take US dollars and you won't be finding yourself with a bill at the end of your hotel stay anyway!
Order small denomination dollars - singles, before you leave. These are handy for tips, especially when you first arrive and the bell boy takes your cases to your room (this always catches me out!)
The staff appreciate the effort if you try a few Spanish words so it is worth practising a few. They work so hard and nothing is too much trouble.
We travelled with Thomson and booked three excursions with them: Outback Safai (recommended), Reef Explorer (not great value for money) and Caribbean Cruise (recommended).
All in all, this is a little corner of paradise and one that we would willingly visit again...but only if we could stay at the Ambar!

Room Tip: Corner rooms are more spacious, allegedly. Ours wasn't a corner room but was large enough.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting a review of your recent stay in Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection and for highlighting our impeccable service and impressions of our gastronomic offer.

It will be an honor to host you once again in this little corner of paradise.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic.

Sincerely,


Karen Mantilla
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Hamilton, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stayed in in April 2013 to celebrate a birthday and are going back in 2 weeks to celebrate our anniversary. A great resort overall, the only complaint was the service at the pool bar, it took forever to get a drink, there weren't enough bartenders. Also a few of the a la carte restaurants, the service was great when you first got to the table then at some it seems we were forgotten about.
The buffet was good, lots to choose from. Very nice room and staff was helpful. The lobby closes a little too early but I guess there are other places in the resort you can go.
Overall we love the "adults only" although it should almost be 'couples only'. Makes for a nice quiet relaxing vacation.
See you in 2 weeks Ambar

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Client,

We are happy to read that during your last visit to our Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection you had a great vacation and loved our adults’ only all-inclusive program.

Please feel free to contact us directly for whatever questions or help you may need in order to prepare all the details for your anniversary celebration.

Enjoy an all-inclusive holiday as a couple with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

Cordial greetings,


Karen Mantilla
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Rosemere,Quebec
2 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This was our fifth time! Each time it gets better and better! The staff is just amazing. Everyone works so hard. We were very impressed with the gentleman who does the poolside entertainment. Not only is he exercising, joking, laughing, singing and dancing with you by the pool in the afternoon, he's also in the lobby in the evenings encouraging people to participate in various activities. The food and service was great. The a la cart resaurant Don Paublo was amazing. The chateaubriand was mouth watering! The house wine was good too. Many glasses of tinto and rosado were enjoyed. Who could ask for more when all you have to do is eat and drink, enjoy the sun, the beach and pool and relax!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Tony and Lynda,

It is extraordinary to hear from a repeater guest that our Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection it’s getting better and better.

Last but not least, we thank you for your fantastic comments and we look forward to welcome you for the 6th time to Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, your best hotel in Punta Cana!

Warmest regards,


Karen Mantilla
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Hamilton, Canada
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed at the Gran Bahia Ambar in Punta Cana. It was our third trip, and we found the service to be excellent, especially our bartenders at the swim-up bar. If you are there, look for Elvis "the King", Marcos, and Quintino. We made friends with them and they treated us like royalty. We were there from August 22-29th.

Room Tip: For a good pool view, 60305 to 60312 or 60205 to 60212.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Customer Servic... B, Customer Service at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Sarah,

It is great to hear that our service was excellent, especially from our bartenders, who treated you like royalty.

Thank you for your comments and we are looking forward to welcome you once again in Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, a 5 star experience in the Dominican Republic.

Yours sincerely,


Karen Mantilla
Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort
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Address: Crta. Arena Gorda - Macao, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#7 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#8 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#12 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#14 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 964
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 1 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 (1h per day free of charge) 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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