Situated on the beautiful azure waters of Playa Bavaro in Punta Cana, an entirely refurbished 528-suite property featuring a sophisticated and sleek design. Live a luxury holiday or getaway in this incredible, completely refurbished beachfront hotel; its exclusive and new themed restaurants, coffee shop with spacious and modern accommodations, featuring swim-out rooms, are some of the novelties that we have prepared to make sure you can relax and get away from it all.
BRAND NEW! Las Olas Beach House is a newly built oceanfront restaurant area featuring new culinary specialties, available to guests of all hotels at Bahia Principe Bavaro complex*. This modern, contemporary two-story space has a surface area of 79.000 square feet. The ground floor features two beach restaurants, which respectively become a Rodizio and Mexican specialty restaurants at night, and a bar. There are three additional specialty restaurants for a la carte dinner on the top floor: Indian, Mediterranean and Fish Market (the latter only for adults, 18+).
Staying at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar, you can enjoy the facilities at Bahia Principe Grand Bavaro, Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana, Bahia Principe Grand Aquamarine and Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda. For a total of: 22 restaurants, 23 bars and 8 swimming pools and 24-hour all-inclusive, Unlimited à la carte dining at specialty restaurants of the complex, Wide selection of international and premium liquors, Exclusive beach and pool bar service, Unlimited drinks at all hotel bars with a large selection of domestic liquor and beer and Free 24-hour WiFi throughout the hotel.
LocationPunta Cana - Beach
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating13040 reviews
The resort was beautiful but way too big. We booked thru RCI - don't use a timeshare to stay here the all inclusive price is more than the airfare and stay. The all inclusive food tastes the same everywhere and we didn't drink so big waste of money for us.
Great value for your money
Decided on a Bahia Principe Ambar for a friends trip based on its reviews, the price point and we wanted an adult resort without a strictly couples vibe. Bahia Principe Ambar checked all the boxes. Below is a detailed review of our experience. The main reason for 4 vs 5 stars, if you don't want to read the lengthy details, was our experience with the a la carte dining (one bad one in particular...and were heard similar commentary from other guests), and the lack of snacks and meager minibar in the room. The resort in general: It is huge. I'm not sure if you can consider it 7 separate resorts, or 3 resorts (Grand, Luxury, and Fantasia), with sub-sections. Under the "Luxury", you have the AquaMarine and Ambar. Both are adult-only. We stayed at Ambar, which meant we had access to any of the properties except Fantasia, which looked like the high-end option for families. From the beach to the complex entrance, taking the most direct route, it was a mile. They have trams (or some referred to the extended golf-carts as "trolleys") going up and down the main drag picking up and dropping off guests along the way. You can also get a cart to take you directly from your lobby to your destination. So if you want a more "intimate", small property, BP may not be for you. Also, if you have FOMO, it may be a challenge, as there are always activities/entertainment on the local lobbies, as well as the main "Grand" lobby (where the main theatre is), and the "Pueblito", where you have the disco, casino and outdoor entertainment venue (usually kicks off at 10:30pm). So plenty to do. Each section has its own pool area but only 3 sections line the beach. Ambar was close to the beach, which was our preference. You can probably find a map of the complex online to help you decide which area to stay in. Ambar: Of the 2 luxury, adult-only properties, Ambar was closest to the beach, and its lobby had a lot going on in the evening so I would recommend it over Aquamarine. I think you have better liquor options at the Ambar. I was drinking some really good Dominican rum, and when I spotted the bottle at the Sports Karaoke bar in the "Pueblo", I was not able to get a drink with it (so why have it on display???). And unless you stick with Presidente from the tap, other beers are not included. A Corona was $5. Your band has a chip, which serves as your room key. A neat feature, except to align it to the sensor on the door can be a challenge if you have big hands/wrists. I don't think the other properties have that since I tried to get a towel from another resort on my way to the tennis courts, and I was asked for a key to swap for a towel (or perhaps it's a separate towel card that you don't need at Ambar, but one person asked for my key). Food: Here is where any rave review tapers off, and the main reason for 4 instead of 5 star rating. The main buffet at the lobby was very good. And for breakfast, it was as good as any from more higher-end all-inclusives. The other buffet was convenient from the beach and pool area, but less options. The a la carte dining was hit or miss. We did 4 restaurants: Portofino, Rodizio, MEAT and Maiko, where we did the "show". The carpaccio at Portofino was really good. My friend did not like the squid ink pasta dish he ordered. I went with a safe "make your own" pasta dish. I'd recommend Rodizio if you like the Brazilian "all you can eat" rotisserie meat dining. MEAT was probably our favorite, though the chicken and pork on the mixed grill were a bit on the dry side. Maiko was a disaster. My friend walked out after seeing how the food was being handled. The "show" was terrible. Of the starter options (assorted sushi or assorted tempura) I'd recommend neither. Other guests also had not so good reviews on the Japanese place. Also, in general, we found the upcharge on the wine list to be way above the 3x we are accustomed to. The house options varied depending on where you ate. At MEAT and Portofino, they weren't bad, so maybe they vary by where you stay (?). Finally, I don like having to make reservations. For the Japanese we could only get a 9:15 seating but probably been seated earlier had we simply showed up since we were only a party of 2. I prefer 1st come, 1st serve, like in some other all-inclusives. Perhaps that may not be logistically good in such a large resort. Room: We were in building 62 in Ambar (60 would be closest to the beach, and 63 closest to the lobby). Room was clean and nice. One thing to note (and we knew this from reading other reviews) is that the shower is not "private". It's pretty much open if you are in the bathroom area. Not an issue if you're a couple. But if friends, and you want some privacy, you have to not use the bathroom while someone is in the shower. The toilet, thank goodness, was private. My main complaint, however, was the minibar. It was a small fridge with a few soft drinks, 2 beers, and 3 airplane size liquor bottles. And no snacks (though at some point we did get some small bags of peanuts). I guess here is where "you get what you pay for" comes into play. Pool and beach: Pool was very nice. Not very relaxing as they have music, activities and events to get the guests to engage. Its more of a party atmosphere (but not "spring break" crazy). The beach was more relaxed. And loungers are more spread out on the beach. On the loungers...for the beach it wasn't an issue to get seating in the morning. I was able to find some under a palapa at 10am. After 11 it may be a challenge if you want to sit under a shaded area. I imagine to get front row on the beach you may need to get there first thing in the morning. The pool, however, was a different story. Someone was complaining about it and I heard the staff member say the folks come down as early as 5am to "reserve" loungers. On another occasion, I guess the staff did take some towels away, and then those folks came back and complained. We spent the mornings on the beach, and meandered to the pool party mid-afternoon. Pool bar was fairly large, but to me nothing beats the beach bar (Arecife, I believe). William the bartender and Gloria who worked the beach (among others) were great. IMO, you can find a nice pool vibe at most places, but that beach bar, with that view, was awesome. We spent our last 2 hours there before schlepping to the airport. Entertainment: Not much to say here, except there are a lot of options. There is some entertainment every night on the main lobbies, as well as a nightly show in the Teatro Tropicana. The Casino was small, as expected, but it had some charm and the dealers and pit bosses were not as ¨rigid¨ as in larger casinos (I was not gambling but watching my friend playing blackjack, and the pit boss offered me a seat at the table even though I was not playing). We did check out the Disco, and that was pretty happening. I don´t do karaoke but watching others at the Sports Karaoke Bar in the Pueblo, turned out to be entertaining in and of its own. There was also more of a Sports Bar outside the Ambar (for all guests, but no kids allowed) where we saw the NFL playoffs. Overall, for the money, I'd recommend BP. You can get a very good all-inclusive experience at a very reasonable price point. My friend had never been to DR, nor an all-inclusive, and he can't wait to go back (just not to Maiko...lol). Myself, having been to other chains in DR and Mexico (particularly adult-only), that are more on the higher end of the cost range, I could see why those are priced accordingly. That said it was great value for the money. And, regardless of price, the staff was great. Besides William, Gloria, and the beach service staff, there were countless others that made our stay memorable. Unfortunately, after all those rum drinks the only other name I can recall for a shout out was Noño, the "coffee coffee" person at the main breakfast buffet.
Traveled as a couple on October 27th to November 3rd (2022). A bit late on this review, but thought I would throw it in there anyways. We have been to the Luxury Ambar a few times and yet again this resort did not disappoint. We read reviews and always travel with an open mind ... your trip is all in how you make it out to be. We have never had any bad experiences with this resort. Travel from the airport was quick, as well as check-in. The staff are always so friendly and do anything to make your stay enjoyable. We decided to upgrade to a swim out (as we have had this before) and everything was taken care for us to move the following day. Some of the reviews we had read prior to going this trip were about loud groups of people. A couple days in we were enjoying our swim out and in another building across from us a large group from Ontario rolled in that were very intoxicated and very loud. We know everyone likes to have a good time and we are all for it, but this was over loaded with screaming, yelling and swearing that everyone could hear throughout the resort for hours. They seemed to have gotten it out of their system that first day as it was pretty quiet after that. Other then this, our trip was fantastic! As always, the grounds are kept clean and well manicured. The pool area is always clean and you are never without a drink and we never had a bad meal. We noticed lots of hornets around the swim up bar this trip, so if you are allergic, like I am, better keep your epi-pen handy. We tried to get reservations at The Grill for the past couple of trips here but we were always told it was closed. So we actually went there one day and asked if we could get a reservation. When they asked for our room number things got quiet and the 2 employees just looked at each other. I always read that any guest from the Ambar section can enjoy all of the A La Cartes, just not the other resorts buffets. We did get a dinner reservation for the following night and there was not a single person in the entire restaurant while we were there, other then the staff (we counted 19 staff standing around). Thought it was a bit odd. Staff ... can't say enough good things about them. They are awesome! Our room was cleaned every day, with extra beer when we asked (room 62111). We were here during Halloween ... WELL it was amazing! The truly went above and beyond to make it spectacular! The staff all dressed up and the lobby was fully decorated. The buffet was what really impressed us. The creativity and thought that was put into it was unreal! Not a single detail left out. What a fantastic job they did to make our Halloween so much fun. When it was time to go we decided to actually take a taxi from the resort to the airport. Honestly, we highly recommend it. The cost was $40 ((US) and by doing this we did not have to stop at other resorts for pickups and we were able to get checked in at the airport earlier then we would have if we took the bus. All in all ... another great trip to the Luxury Ambar and will always come back. Thanks to everyone there for making this trip another great one!
We Just returned from the Bahia Ambar. We had a very fun time and would recommend this resort. We arrived by way of a private transfer and it was pretty confusing since there were several big busses there. You are dropped off at the Aquamarine property (behind the Ambar) and then are transferred to the Ambar lobby. When you leave you need to go back to the same lobby to be picked up. There is not a bar,(we like to enjoy 1 last drink before we leave) only a waiting area. Our room was big and beautiful. Nicely renovated. It was nicely cleaned daily and 2 times we had a turn down service. The restaurants we ate at are: Portofino: the atmosphere was very nice, service great and the food delicious. I had the pasta with lobster and it came with a lobster tail in it. So good. Limbo: probably our favorite! The food was excellent the atmosphere great, service was not fast, just right. The main dishes, tenderloin, lamb and sea bream were all excellent. They have a bar inside that serves very fun specialty drinks MEAT: all the food was delicious! loved the atmosphere. We ordered the Rib Eye, it was very good, but the portion size was enough for 2! Rodizio Arrecife: The salad is at the buffet first, they walk around with different meats and will serve you some if you want. The meat was all good. You need to ask for rice or potato. I needed better instructions. The atmosphere was lacking for us, too bright. Children are also allowed at this restaurant. Hindu Thali Indian Cuisine: we tried something different than we are used to. The food was not our favorite, but the restaurant and service were very good. El Olivia: We enjoyed our dinner. We had the Chateaubriand. It had good flavor but a bit tough. Loved the banana flan (bananas Foster). The atmosphere was good, but too bright. Men make sure you bring long pants, because they will not allow you in without them. Las Brisas: We enjoyed being down at the beach early and then going to Las Brisas for breakfast, they have an omelet station for custom eggs. It is very near the water with a good variety of food. We loved it so much we also had lunch there. They have different grill options each day…steak, seafood, pork. They will grill your food fresh for you or you can choose from the buffet. The service is also very good. The beach was well taken care of! The staff work hard to control the seaweed and do the best job on the beach. There are not enough shade huts on the beach and they are the first to be reserved early each morning. The beach also has palm trees, but for someone who loves the beach but not being in the sun, I need more shade. Beach bar service after 10:00am. The beach bar is so nice. William made the best bloody Caesar. If you need a small snack the Coffee Shop was very nice. They served great coffee, made to order, wonderful bakery and small sandwiches. The pool was also very busy. They had good entertainment and bar service. We enjoyed the foam party and the circus show in the pool. The lobby was pretty boring unless you like to people watch. They had some entertainment later at night. We loved our week here and would recommend it to you!
Almost everything was perfect, but...
Fantastic hotel. Food is grate and the staff are epic. Almost everything was perfect. Almost... because the outdoor sports courts, tennis and ping-pong are unqualified and not worthy of the hotel. NO booking system for the tennis courts, you can't book at the reception, you have to go out to the tennis courts which is quite far away. They don't clean the tennis courts, after rain you can't play for days. The court is not suitable for playing as there are many potholes on the surface.The ping pong table where the players are standing has about 30 cm of potholed ground, a short person or a child cannot play properly. The facilities provided for outdoor sports are disastrous. To repair all this would be no cost to the hotel.