Imagine waking up in a chic, modern suite and opening up your curtains to find your very own semi-private pool. After a relaxing morning dip, you walk hand in hand with your beloved to the cafe to grab a cafe con leche, made with freshly ground Dominican coffee. Enjoy breakfast or follow the winding path lined with lush tropical foliage down to the beach where white sand and perfectly turquoise water awaits. Spend the day relaxing under the sun in a cabana on the beach or at the pool, where a cocktail is never far out of reach.
This is a typical day at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, the all-inclusive beachfront hotel situated along a sandy stretch of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Located within a seven hotel complex, the 528 room adults-only Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar recently underwent a massive $30 million dollar renovation and re-branding. The result is a tropical haven that feels more like a sophisticated boutique hotel experience than a large hotel chain — a stylish resort within a resort if you will.
Everywhere you look, you’ll find elements of traditional colonial architecture paired with stylish mid-century modern furniture and natural, boho-chic elements (think: luxe rattan lounging pods by the pool and bright pops of turquoise).
The luxurious guest rooms take a similar approach with an overall look that can be best described as “tropical minimalism.” Modern neutral colored furniture and mid-century furnishings are paired with large scale black and white photo prints of palm trees, giving the rooms a clean, sophisticated feel that pays homage to the beauty of the Dominican Republic without overpowering the senses.
However, the crown jewel of the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar are it’s 144 newly minted swim-up suites that offer guests access to their very own semi-private pool just steps from their bed. Even if you enjoy the energy of a large pool and beach, there’s something incredibly special and romantic about being able to come back to your room to lounge and swim just the two of you — especially when you’re on your honeymoon.
As day fades into night, wind down with a drink and gourmet meal at Limbo restaurant, where you’ll find innovative cuisine and world class mixology in a sleek, elegant setting.
Start by having the mixologist make you one of his signature creations. We recommend the “Cardenal” — a refreshing combination of Peruvian Pisco, Hibiscus and edible flower petals with a touch of citrus — or the “Nitro” — a true molecular cocktail of red fruit caviar, Lima molecular air and infused vodka. Next up, sample inventive dishes inspired by local ingredients, like Scallop with Squid Ink Air on Garlic Muslin and Lamb Fillet Stuffed with Mushrooms and Dates.
If you’re in the mood to hit the dance floor (or maybe just enjoy some more delicious cocktails), Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar has recently launched a series of imaginative adults-only theme nights. We attended “Pink Champagne” — a glam evening of innovative gastronomy and cocktails that evokes The Rat Pack and Old Hollywood. Think: rose colored lighting, flowing champagne, artfully mixed cocktails and a soundtrack that alternated between Frank Sinatra, Sade and classic soul hits.
Along with providing an urbane escape in the tropics, Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar also offers comprehensive wedding packages and themes. We’re particularly fond of the resort’s top of the line Emerald Package, paired with the styling of the Vintage theme.
Classic luxury (a gorgeous setting paired with plenty of pampering for the couple) are paired with unique rustic accents and complimentary Moet and Chandon champagne.
With six other resorts on-property all within steps from Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar– including a handful that are family friendly, couples can easily accommodate guests while hosting the wedding of their dreams. Say “I do” in tropical paradise and stay for the luxe swim up suites and “pink champagne” fueled nights.
Simone Paget is a food, travel and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast of Canada. She’s a nationally syndicated sex and relationship columnist for the Toronto Sun and the author of the blog SkinnyDip.ca. Her work has appeared in/on publications such as the Washington Post, Elle Canada, and The Toronto Star.