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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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board. Snacks.
Unlimited locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Double room sleeps up to 4, 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years-old with 2 double beds, ceiling fan, minibar - optics refilled regularly, iron and ironing board. Safety deposit boxes are available free of charge and are large enough to house a laptop.
Double room sleeps up to 4, 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years-old - can be sold as a single. With 2 double beds, ceiling fan, minibar - optics refilled regularly, iron and ironing board. Safety deposit boxes are available free of charge and are large enough to house a laptop.
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Really nice hotel, rooms were clean and modern. We stayed in the deluxe room as we thought the other rooms looked quite dated! Some of these complaints are really out there and I have no idea where they have got them from we saw no dirt or anything to give me a reason to not to go back. Beaches are beautiful and the pool is lovely although it does sometimes have the party pool feel if that's not your scene there's a quiet pool on the other side and a separate kids pool. Food was nice it wasn't Michelin star food but it was good for all inclusive! Overall the holiday was lovely and I would definitely go back weather was amazing! Thanks riu bambu!More
holly w, Slough, United Kingdom
Forum only let me go back as far as Oct, but stayed here June 18th - 25th 2013 I came here with my boyfriend and a large group of friends back in 2013. It was my first all inclusive. The hotel lobby was decent and the staff was always pleasant. Lobby bathrooms could of been cleaner, but I find that to be the case with a lot of all inclusive resorts. Our rooms were beautiful! Make sure to request a renovated room when booking, or slip the front desk a few dollars and they will make it happen. The older rooms looked a little scary in my opinion and I would have been very unhappy staying in one. I loved that the property was small enough for me to navigate easily, and was easy to find friends when you got separated. No elevators though, so if you don't like climbing stairs, request a ground floor room. If you want to leave tips for your maid, leave items not money. They seem to appreciate it way more. My boyfriend and I raided the dollar store and gave our maid a few items everyday. She seems to put even more effort into our room than some of our friends' rooms who did not do this. The main pool is beautiful and has a swim up bar. There was always some sort of activity going on. It was a little too crowded though, so majority of the time we went to one of the other pools. The beach was breathtaking! Always clean, and the water is a beautiful turquoise colour, with no sea weed. We were always able to find beach chairs to lay on, and there are a lot of trees if you wish to lay in the shade. The food was decent tasting, but repetitive in the buffet. Never got sick from it though, so that's a bonus. Be sure to make reservations to the a la cartes the day you get there. Overall it was a wonderful first experience, and I would definitely go back! Great price for what you get.More
Vanessa S, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Keep Your Expectations In Check
September 15th - 20th 2014. We are a couple in our Late 20's and Late 30's. No Kids. The biggest thing with this Riu, is to keep your expectations in check. The hotel here is very cheaply priced, and you totally get what you paid for when it comes to Rius. We have stayed at Riu Palace in Mexico, so decided to try something cheaper, and we still had a great time! Service: Fantastic. Every staff member we encountered were very polite and giving. I am a young, white female who does not speak spanish, but I managed to get around and never once felt threatened or uncomfortable when I was alone. My boyfriend is a Spanish speaking Latin Male, who was able to talk to the locals with more ease, and made fast friends with many of them. The Basic Rooms: Yep, outdated. But who cares? Our room was Clean, Organized, Smelled Fine and was cleaned and stocked daily. We slept in the room, we took naps in the room, but that was about it. Due to my ankle injury I suffered before our trip we had to request a bottom level, no bug issues...! Our A/C and ceiling fan worked GREAT, and we had them on full blast almost the entire time. I ran out of water and called the Front Desk to replace, no issue, we were brought 4 giant bottles within maybe 3 hours of the request. TIP: If you have trouble getting around, e-mail in advance for a bottom level room close to the lobby! Food: Eh.. do me a favor, if you want to use this vacation to try new foods, don't do it at this resort! I am spoiled food wise, and while we had no trouble finding SOMETHING to eat, the food in general was pretty bleh. It IS after all a cheap massive buffet and they are catering to the masses, bland, simple food was everywhere. We ate at the on-site sushi spot, the sushi wasn't that great, I am not even sure it had sea food in it, BUT the other items they had were really yummy! We didn't have any stomach issues. Drinks: Totally fine. If you wanted it stronger, just ask! Every bar tender was polite and most knew what I wanted when I walked up to the bar. Do try the local drink Mamajuana. Pool: We only went to the Pool Bar, and had a nice time. A few drinks, some music, we danced a little. Didn't find anyone to be overly drunk and loud. I was personally bothered with the kids in the pool bar area, primarily because they were in the way and being annoying. The Patrons: Their are a lot of kids here. If you want a Kid-Free trip, do NOT stay here. We were fine with it over all, but again the Pool Bar is not a place for kids in my opinion. Lots of Latin Americans and Europeans. As an American who doesn't speak Spanish I was really in the minority but was able to get by with what little Spanish I do know. Shows: A little cheesy but very entertaining. A nice start to the evening. They work really hard and truly give it their all for each show. It was worth it to sit, have a drink and relax. Beach: BEAUTIFUL. WARM. Not overly crowded. Didn't have an issue with sea weed. Very little sea shells around, but we did find a couple little tiny ones. The sand is SO soft. Mosquito: Killed two in our room. Got maybe 3 bites each on site. Bring Bug Spray. NOTE: On our excursions (Dune Buggy Adventure and Catalina Island Tour) we got eaten a live. If going off property, HIGHLY recommend 100% deet and After Bite! Tipping: We hardly saw anyone tipping the staff, but we made sure not to follow that trend. Over All, the biggest thing to do is to live in reality. You paid a cheap price for this resort, you aren't going to get ClubMed quality. If you want something fancy, pay for it.More
Megs415, San Francisco, California
loved every minute
Returned home a week ago what can we say we really enjoyed this hotel.Clean,good choice of food didn't want for nothing,The staff work very hard we was worried too after reading bad reviews but glad we went You can relax or join in the fun with the entertainment swim up bar great.Room was lovely never slept in a bed so big.We tried all the restaurants which were all good ,this was a very lively hotel day and night .First time we have been in a riu hotel and wont be the last, and from now on we wont worry about bad reviews because if we had we would never had such a good holiday so thanks to clubhotel riu bambu.More
Absolutely Fantastic Holiday
Just returned home from an absolutely brilliant week,after reading some of the reviews I was quite worried about whether I had done right in booking this holiday,I shouldn't of worried at all.Where to start...flights great,transfers great,the hotel was amazing,we preferred the main restaurant to the al a cartes though,food wise there was plenty of choice and it was all delicious whether it was breakfast,lunch or tea,staff always round filling your water glasses up in the restaurant ,which was a godsend due to the heat,the entertainment team were fab during the day plenty to do,also entertainment on a night was good,mini bar in the room was always filled up on time,the cleaners cleaned the room every day.We didn't have any problems getting sunbeds on a morning whether it was round the pool or on the beach.We did one trip and that was definatly worth the money and that was the swimming with the sharks,snorkelling,stingrays and then going to the natural pool,this was booked with the scuba company on the beach,one word..AMAZING, all in all I cannot say one bad word about the holiday,hotel,staff or food.My only regret is that I didn't book for 2 weeks.More
brooksy19, Goole, United Kingdom
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