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The Gran Bahia Principe Ambar is the top-class part of the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro, a vast resort offering all types of facilities and services for you to have a pleasant stay on the paradisiacal coast of Punta Cana. Quieter and less family-orientated than its two neighbours, it has colonial architecture and a magnificent beach, with a 24h/24 all-inclusive package. This is an ideal hotel for couples.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is located directly on the beach of Arena Gorda to the north of the tourist area of Punta Cana, the tourist epicentre of the Dominican Republic on the south-eastern coast, with its 25 mi of fine sandy beach. Allow for 45 minutes by car from the international airport of Punta Cana (22 mi), and three and a half hours to reach the capital. The town of Higüey and its famous historical basilica is 31 mi away (one hour by road), and the El Cortecito fishing village is 6 mi away.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The bedrooms of the Gran Bahia Principe Ambar are very spacious (603 sq ft), and prettily arranged, with their pastel coloured walls decorated with two naif art paintings, a large green plant, and a column. With tiled flooring, they have flat-screen satellite television (83 channels, but only 25 channels you can capture well), a fridge mini-bar that is re-filled every day (water, fizzy drinks, beer), facilities for tea and coffee-making, a safe (£2.60 per day), individual air conditioning with a roof fan, telephone, and a large fitted balcony (two armchairs and a round plastic table). The furnishing includes a king size four-poster bed surrounded by curtains (combined with opaque curtains at the window, guaranteeing that you sleep like a log!), a wooden desk with flowers, a large sofa, a round wooden table, and two armchairs, of which one has a footrest. The large marble bathroom holds a large whirlpool bath with a handle and flexible shower, a large separate tropical shower, toilet, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, bathrobes, slippers, welcome products, tissues, a shaving kit, cotton buds and scales, which you may well avoid, as the gargantuan buffets in the resort can play havoc with your figure!

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Inaugurated in November 2007, the Gran Bahia Principe Ambar is the top-class part of a huge complex with 11 buildings in sun yellow pastel colours, with two floors accommodating no less than 2,064 bedrooms in the three hotels! The Gran Bahia Principe Ambar accommodates 528 of them. Every five minutes, a small train takes you across this large domain nestling in the heart of a vast tropical garden with a mangrove swamp for free. Open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm and 4.40 ft deep, the swimming-pool has a large sun deck area with parasols of palm tree leaves, deck chairs, and showers. Beach towels are supplied in situ for free. The swimming-pool has two whirlpool baths in it, as well as a waterside bar in the middle. It has been prettily arranged with two small islands and their coconut trees. Various snacks can be had in the snack bar, such as delicious chocolate bananas. Everything is quiet, without entertainment, which occurs around the swimming-pools of the other two hotels. A large theatre with capacity for 600 people provides spectacles in the evening for the whole of the resort.
    The Bahia Spa has a relaxation area, five huts for treatments and massages, a swimming-pool with a circuit, a cold water pool, power showers, a sauna and a Turkish bath.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    Under a large palapas roof of palm leaves, the Palmyra buffet with show cooking can accommodate 600 guests. It offers varied and delicious cuisine that varies the themes depending on the day: Spanish, Caribbean, Asian, Dominican, Mexican, American, or Gala. Breakfast is served from 7.00 am to 10.30 am, lunch from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm, and dinner from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. To vary your pleasure, there are various restaurants on themes available: Italian, Mediterranean, and French. These are a la carte restaurants on reservation that open in the evening only, from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm. You will also find a snack-bar at the swimming-pool, another on the beach, and a third on the Pueblo, open 24h/24. Finally, you can quench your thirst at one of the complex's 8 bars.

    Spa

    The Bahia Spa consists of a relaxation zone, 20 treatment and massage cabins including two for couples, two heated swimming pools with an aquatic circuit, cascades and hyromassage jets, a cold water basin, sensation showers, a sauna and a steam bath, not to mention the fruit juice bar, the hairdressers' and the beauty salon.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    Arena Gorda beach is a wide strip of fine sand that is soft and white and bordered by coconut trees surrounded by blocks of stone. Transparent turquoise blue water at 28 C°, coconut trees acting as natural parasols; it is difficult not to be seduced by all this! Further away from the shore, you can see a rusted wreck on the coral reef, following the passage of a cyclone. It is said to be a pirate boat! You can play beach soccer and beach volley in the shade of the coconut trees. Music broadcast through loud speakers ensures quite loud entertainment. There are massage huts with palm leaf roofs on the beach, which also has deck chairs and showers. On the far left of the beach, the water sports club offers a considerable number of activities from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. An area has been marked out for bathers to avoid them getting mixed up in the water sports activities. The beach is supervised, and there is a flag. It is very clean, however, as soon as you go to the left and leave the hotel area, there is rather a dirty no man's land with waste connecting you to the beach of the neighbouring Majestic Colonial Hotel. The beach bar offers snacks in the day-time with service in situ.

    To know

    The Gran Bahia Principe Ambar is one of the three hotels of a huge resort on the very beautiful beach of Arena Gorda, which also includes the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana and Ambar Hotels. This resort, a member of the Spanish Gran Bahia Principe hotel chain, is in the "Don Pablo Collection", the prestigious selection from the Spanish hotel group. The Gran Bahia Principe Ambar is reserved for adults, as opposed to the other two family-orientated hotels. The resort is a real village in itself, and has a main street called El Pueblo. This vast area offers its own collection of souvenirs and services: billiards, discothèque, casino, medical centre, shops, karaoke bar, cash point machine, Internet café and snack bar open 24h/24. Guests of the Gran Bahia Principe Ambar have 15 minutes of free Internet access. Every five minutes, a small train serves the different points of the resort from 6.00 am to 3.00 am.
    Guests of the Gran Bahia Principe Ambar have access to the facilities of the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana and the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro, however, the opposite is not true.
    The Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro is the only resort in the Dominican Republic that is specially equipped to deal with the hurricanes with, for example, adapted shutters on the windows of each room.

    Accommodation Advice

    There are connecting rooms for families.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, spa, hammam, massage, keep fit, beauty salon, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      basketball, beach volley, horse riding, football, golf, tennis, mountain bike, kayak, sailing, water-polo, gym

    • Whirlpool bath

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