You’ll spend your days sipping cocktails at swim-up bars and sunbathing on the beach when you stay at the ClubHotel Riu Bambu.
Although the ClubHotel Riu Bambu is in a popular part of Punta Cana’s coast, it’s shrouded in 46,000 square metres of tropical gardens, so it feels pretty private.
There’s a beach right on the doorstep of this hotel. And not just any beach. The name of Arena Gorda translates as ‘fat sand’ and it’s a kilometre long.
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Full Board. Snacks.
Unlimited locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
All are included except where indicated.
The outdoor pool comes complete with swim-up bar and in-pool loungers.
The entertainment programme plays host to live music and shows every evening.
The Casino is at the nearby adults-only Riu Palace Macao.
Traditionally furnished with a modern twist, these double rooms come with either a balcony or terrace, offering that extra space outside. You'll also get a queen-size bed, and air-conditioning.
These suites come with either a balcony or terrace, offering that extra space outside. You'll also get a double bedroom, an extra bed, and air-conditioning.
Just spent the last 5 days lounging on the beautiful beach with a drink in my hand with my 3 best friends. What more could I ask for? There are definitely pros and cons about the resort but when your on the gorgeous island of Punta Cana, what could seriously be so bad to complain about?! The food was mediocre, wasn't the best I've ever had but definitely wasn't the worst. I loved the variety of choices for breakfast and lunch at the buffets. The coffee machine was great with a variety of flavors! Some mornings they were out of certain kinds which was a bummer but that can happen anywhere when there's a large amount of people. Dinner was okay at the buffet..same thing every night but it wasn't terrible. We tried the Asian and restaurant as well as the Mexican and which I found extremely odd was that it was still buffet style and you had to serve yourself??? The Mexican was eh and the Asian was delicious but most of my group wasn't feeling too hot afterwards. The best food on the resort is the meats and rice which is understandable because they are 2 Spanish staples. All of the drinks were delicious!!!! My favorite was the mariachi and will definitely have to order it at home! You can ask for more alcohol too so you don't have to worry about it being "watered down." The employees work soooo hard and are there for hours and hours on end still with a smile on there face. They were extremely kind and helped my group with any questions we had. I definitely give the service a 5! The entertainment team also works so hard to keep the party going. The pool is a blast when they have different activities going on. Definitely great for a group of friends to let loose in the afternoon!! We took a walk down the beach past the other resorts in the area and ours was definitely the most fun! Not much going on in the night time and the club isn't even on site. It's in the next RIU over and you have to pay out of pocket for drinks. That kind of sucked and my friends and I really wished there was one on site and more bars at night to keep the party going. The sports bar is the only bar open late and it's very similar to a bar we would have at home. The beach was absolutely stunning. There were so many chairs to lay on and we got a perfect spot each day on the beach without rushing. Pool chairs are very hard to find. It seems like most people rather lay by the pool than the beach. The rooms were nice. They pushed both of the double bets together which was strange but my girlfriends and I didn't mind. It looks like the shower was recently renovated but the door didn't fully shut so when you got of the shower there was a ginormous puddle from opening the door. Our room had a fully stocked bar which was a nice touch but unfortunately it wasn't restocked during our stay. We definitely had a great time and enjoyed our stay! Would we stay again? Probably not but hey it's all about trying and seeing for yourself. I would definitely recommend this resort to others if your looking to relax but also party the day away. I will for sure miss this vacation and can't wait to go back to Punta Cana!More
Riu- my favorite chain, not the palace but if on a budget good choice. Food at buffet normal & ok. Beach is ok not as wide as internet pix make it look. Local peddlers alittle annoying but usually a firm NO & they will leave you alone. Ride from airport around an hour an a half using shuttle from Apple vacations. More
We had a great vacation a couple of years ago in Riu Cancun, so without doing much research, we booked a Riu Hotel that was family friendly in Punta Cana. We were so excited and looking forward to a similar experience as we had in Cancun. Well, it wasn't so ;-(! The service was terrible, terrible, terrible. Get ready to see solemn, serious, upset faces all around. I understand that this people have a hard life, get paid very little and live in a country that doesn't allow them the opportunity to grow- but they are working in a hotel and therefore, this a sign that there is poor management all around. To give an example, I was sitting next to the Kids pool one morning and wanted to use a table but it had dirty plates and napkins on it, two young workers passed by and I asked nicely if someone could come out and clean it, they gave me dirty looks, picked up the plates and cleaned the table with the dirty napkins and told me not to worry that the rain was coming soon and it would clean it up. I was so upset but then decided that it wasn't worth the effort to say anything back. I could write a book with other similar experiences we had during our stay. In the end, we would just laugh because there was nothing else to do! We went with our three children 13, 10 and 8. When we first checked in to the hotel, the room was a total disappointment. The room wasn't thoroughly cleaned and the toiled had old urine on the bottom ring. I complained about two times but had to wait until the next morning to have the normal cleaning. So be sure to bring clorox wipes, just in case. The food was so NOT good. We became vegetarians during our stay there because we were worried where the meat and fish were coming from. This was fine with us. Don't come here because of the food, though. Also, be ready to find your tables and don't expect good service here. On the contrary, get ready to hear the loud throwing and clicking of plates and silverware. I almost felt like they were making the loud throwing noises on purpose. Also, be sure to be on the lookout because they pick up your plates left and right without asking if you've finished. We stayed on the children's water park side, which offers a small soccer field, ping pong tables, volleyball and this was a lot of fun for the kids. Once we found our place and ignored the staff and the rudeness all around, we enjoyed our time here. The beach is amazing. I actually didn't mind that they didn't have umbrellas and let you move your chairs freely around because there is nothing like getting shade form a palm tree. The ocean was a little rough but amazing. We didn't find out until almost the last days that Riu provides FREE kayaks and sailing boats. Of course, there are only 4 of each for about 1000 guests, so make sure to book them as soon as you check in. They don't freely give you this information. Overall it was a good vacation once we got over the little mishaps. The alcohol is TERRIBLE. The cheapest possible quality available. So be careful when you drink because it won't end up well. We saw it all around us. If you don't tip the bartenders, they look like they could care less about serving you a drink, but the moment they see cash, they smile. Won't be going back to a RIU anytime soon.More
We've just returned from 10 days family holiday staying at the Riu Bambu, Punta Cana. Listed as a 5 star, but more of a 3-4 star. In Summary we had a really nice holiday, although we did have a couple of issues. We had a family room booked and were lucky enough to be given one very near the reception/pool area. Accommodation was OK, previous accounts talked about below par towels, linen etc. We didn't experience any of this and found the accommodation clean. One day into our holiday, we discovered a leak in our bathroom ceiling above the sink, which gradually got worse over the next day or so to a point that you couldn't use the sink without constantly getting dripped on. There was a grill above the sink and the drips were coming in all around the grill. We thought the ceiling might come in. We went to reception and asked them to look at the leak, when we went back tot he room, nothing had been done. This went on over the next day or so, eventually after the 5th visit to reception they got an engineer to look at the room. He immediately said that we needed a replacement room. Ana in reception very kindly upgraded us to the deluxe rooms. Although they were further away, they were quite modern and clean. Two days later we came into our new 'deluxe room' to find the toilet in the new room had also experienced a leak and there was dirt from the vent it had come through all over the floor. We contacted reception and they immediately sent someone down to clean it. We had no further problems after this with the rooms. Breakfast and lunch buffet menu's were fairly standard what you would usually find in a hotel like this. We always found something to suit everyone. The Food in the evening buffet restaurants was of very good quality and there was enough of a variety even for a family with a vegetarian. We also booked 3 of the A La Carte restaurants. The Mexican, the Italian and the Asian. In order of quality we thought the Italian was the best, followed by the Asian and the Mexican. The Italian and Asian were excellent and a great selection. We enjoyed the food in the Mexican and had the meat/chicken Fajitas which tasted delicious, however my son and me didn't feel great afterwards. We assumed this was down to the Fajitas as we believe they cook the meat beforehand and possibly re-heat the Fajita meat in the evening (We've seen chefs preparing meat earlier, however, we could be wrong) We enjoyed being around the pool bar listening the music and getting involved in the sports i.e. water polo, water volleyball etc. The bar people are generally OK all around the resort, and you never had to wait too long for a drink and you were usually served straight away. There were plenty of sunbeds around the pool/beach area and there always seemed to be spare beds for people coming down late to the pool. However if you wanted shade from one of their palm parasols, the sunbeds under these do usually get reserved/taken early, sometimes even before the towel hut opens at 8am. The only real disaster happened to us as we were leaving. Due to reading previous statements on trip advisor we were very careful to look after our valuables and locked everything in the safe everytime we left the room. The day we were leaving my wife took her Kindle out of her bag in our room and left it on the bed as we left. Only when we got to the airport did we realise our mistake that it hadnt been picked up from the bed. We emailed the hotel straight away and received an immediate response from reception asking for us to email tomorrow after they contacted housekeeping. We've since emailed them every day without any response needless to say we can only assume 'housekeeping' pocketed our Kindle. This put a dampener on an otherwise really enjoyable holiday.More
This resort is like Lord of the Flies. Children running wild everywhere, with no parental supervision in sight EVER. If you want to drink at the pool bar, swim, or tan, expect to be splashed by children constantly. Children are allowed to sit at the bars (?) and teens are blacking out, puking in bushes and spilling drinks all over themselves. You can only eat dinner at one of their restaurants if you wake up at the crack of dawn and walk to the "reservations" area, and even then, it's not a guarantee you'll get one. We stayed for 6 nights and never got a reservation.The buffet food is just OK, and if you're hungry after the buffet closes, your only food options are cold hamburgers and hot dogs in the sports bar. I ate Monday night and didn't eat again until Thursday afternoon because the meal times are so stringent. Every time I would walk over to the buffet it would be closed. Not really my idea of "all-inclusive" We enjoyed the service we did receive, the bartenders were all very nice. The recreation staff definitely try to keep you entertained throughout the day with a myriad of activities (again, great for kids) and competitions by the pool. We wanted a more adult vacation experience. Being constantly surrounded by screaming kids was not our idea of a romantic getaway.More
Megan O, 60827
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