All-inclusive island resorts don’t help satisfy your wanderlust, but they definitely have their place – especially when you want to get away from your 9-5 life and not worry about making dinner, cleaning the house, or any of the other chores that intrude on your daily life.
This spring we spent 5 days at the Bahia Principe Ambar in Punta Cana. The Ambar section is the adults only portion of the massive Bahia Principe resort. After staying at the Hard Rock Punta Cana we weren’t sure what to expect, but we had a fantastic time at the Ambar.
Our first impression of the resort wasn’t very good, the main entrance off the road is fairly run down, but by the time we approached the lobby for the Ambar portion of the resort we were pleasantly surprised by lovely architecture and beautifully maintained grounds. Check-in went smoothly and we were quickly escorted to our rooms. The buildings here are and have a modern islandy feel that I really enjoyed. The only disappointment was the view from our room. We looked out over an empty field with warehouses in the distance. I wasn’t expecting a beachfront view, but this was definitely a let-down. That aside, the room was large, bright and very clean.
The grounds of the Ambar adults-only section are done really well and have a nice tropical feel. Spread out throughout the section you’ll find three lobbies where you can grab a drink and listen to live music or just sit and talk.
The pools of the Ambar are situated between both wings of the Ambar section of the resort – I guess to keep out children and such. They were generally busy, but we never had trouble finding a spot and claiming an umbrella. It was pretty even on overcast days like you can see in the photos below, and at night they’re closed for maintenance, but beautifully lit.
The beaches of Punta Cana are really beautiful, but the actual sandy part is quite narrow at the Bahia. We found it so crowded that we spend most of our time by the pool. One thing I did enjoy was the beachfront covered snack bar that let you grab something to eat (and drink) and relax by the water.