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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The outdoor pool comes complete with swim-up bar and in-pool loungers.
Riu evening entertainment programme
The entertainment programme plays host to live music and shows every evening.
The Casino is at the nearby adults-only Riu Palace Macao.
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The resort itself was wonderful. Great beach, staff was wonderful. Great evening entertainment as it was hired in and not using the staff like a lot of other all inclusives. my reason for an average rating is lot of room problems. tv didn't work, safe didn't work, had to have them there 3 times. no coffee maker in room, toilet constantly running even though they came to "fix" it. other thing I didn't like was the buffet was same food every day. Restaurants there that you could make reservations for were great. All in all it was a nice place. LOTS of outside activities.More
Amazing Beach, Average Resort
We find there are always pros and cons to every resort and a lot depends on your expectations. This is not a 5 star resort but our week was good, the weather and beach and ocean were perfect and the rest was fine! Rooms: We booked a deluxe room. Unfortunately we did not get a ground floor unit as requested and had to walk up 3 double flights of stairs. We are seniors and it proved to be a real challenge. Oliver at the front desk managed to get us us a ground floor after 2 days. But I don't believe the deluxe room is any better than any other room. The layout, with its "open concept" bedroom was a little strange. There was NO privacy whatsoever! and yes the towels do smell once they are wet. I read about this problem and really couldn't believe people would talk about such a small thing but it is true. We simply showered and threw the wet towels out on the porch. Our housekeeper cleaned everyday and provided fresh towels. The staff works hard and they certainly deserved and appreciated a tip.The fridge was restocked every 2 days with water, beer and soft drinks. The Bambu is a large resort so if you have any problems walking, you should request a room close to the reception. Food: nicely presented but always repetitive. The buffet food was the same for the whole week! Chicken, beef, pork was overcooked and tough. We had fish most nights. the fruit was good. There was live music on some evenings which was nice. We went to the Japanese and the Italian restaurant. It was nothing special. Service there was just ok. Beach: Punta Cana beach is the best!! you can walk for miles on lovely hard sand and the water is crystal clear. We never had any problems finding loungers on the beach. There is plenty of sunny and shady places. There are vendors who wish to sell you hats, watches, cigars and jewellery but a firm "no thanks" will make them move on. If you follow the wooden walkway either to your left or right and you will find shops, services, and other the other Rius. The small Market Shop at the resort offers the same prices on their Brugal rum as did the Duty Free. Here we could use our VISA but at the other small shops they added $2 to the price for using Visa. Pools: We did not use the main pool which had the swim up bar. it was very busy and very noisy and super crowded. But if that's your thing, this is the place for you! there was another smaller but really nice pool which was never crowded and you could always find chairs. They also have a cute kiddies pool area. Entertainment: The Staff works really hard to get the vacations to participate in daily activities. The are helpful and energetic all the time. The evening shows were fine BUT super loud!!! Actually most of the resorts we go to, this is our biggest complaint. You can not understand the MC because of the distortion of the microphone!! loudness is not necessary better. We enjoyed the Circus and the Magic shows and the Dance Show. The resort as an abundance of cats, big, little, beautifully colored ones. One is cuter than the next. We are cat people so of course we added to the problem by feeding the cats. So if you go to the Bambu, feed the cats!. We had a relaxing time at the Bambu. We can't give it a 5 star but you get what you pay for and if you want a 5 Star resort then you must go next door to the Palace. But the beach, the pool and the amazing weather was worth it.More
Fantastic place to stay in. Everything was just greatï¼everybody was smilingï¼the food and drinks were amazing thumbs up all the way. We went on an all inclusive basis which actually means food and drinks available 24 hours. You have the main restaurant for breakfast lunch and dinnerï¼then there is a snack restaurant open all day plus the snack bar open all night. You have a private beach with complimentary sunbeds and towels. How some people have the cheek to complain for not being served on the beach is just beyond my understanding when you only have to walk 3 minutes to the pool bar and get whatever drinks you likeï¼no restrictions. The food is fresh and delicious with an immense choice but the best asset however is the staff. Even though they don't speak much english they would smile or even sing to you while serving. Very relaxed atmosphere! Don't forget to tip! They only get paid 10 dolars a day and you will see them working hard every day from morning till late so they rely on your tips to get by. The rooms are okï¼ we stayed in a standard double so nothing out of the ordinary however the cleaning ladies do an amazing job. The rooms are spotless. We had an amazing holiday and will definitely be back! We also had a nosy around the other hotels and there isn't a very big difference even if they are classed as âpalaceâ therefore more expensive. I definitely recommend this place and will be back for sure! ðMore
Bring Nose Plugs and a Winter Jacket
Upon arrival at the resort, I was taken to my "deluxe" room. This consisted of a 3 - 5 minute walk through a maze of white concrete buildings that were described to our group as "bungalows". My room was in a larger concrete building. The woodwork was beat up and dirty. The "liquor dispenser" in my room was nothing more than a poorly built wooden box with glass over it and generic booze. The towels were disgusting....smelled of wet dog mixed with cat urine. If you didn't leave your air conditioner set on the lowest (64 degrees) everything in your room became damp, including passports locked in the safe. Bring warm clothes for your room just in case. The room itself was a decent size. To sit out on your balcony, your view was nothing more than the concrete building facing you. You could hear people talking at night, running up and down the corridors, etc. There were no flowers on the property, just green everywhere (along with the feral cats that were so emaciated and hungry). The restaurants were less than average. Every day, the buffet was the same with the exception of a few additions. The ala carte restaurants are also buffets. There is no pampering here at all. Our 2nd day, all of the bars ran out of mojitos. The bar staff were extremely R.U.D.E! with the exception of the sports bar staff. They were actually nice and engaging. The front desk people were nice and helpful. A few of the waiters and waitresses in the Colonial buffet were sweet and helpful.More
Terrie C, 51184
Girl's trip in paradise
Great trip at the Riu Bambu, Our reservation was made on Riu website, great rate no issues. Got to Riu Naiboa our hotel that was reserved. They were overbooked. Sent via taxi to Riu Bambu at no cost to us. Had a great room, Food was excellent. Mostly buffets but great food. If you couldn't find anything that you liked, then you should stay home.. pools were plentiful. Chairs available at the pools unless you first came out after 11am. Hotel workers were very pleasant. Not everyone spoke English but were able to communicate. Hotel room was clean. Only complaint too soft of pillows but did not ruin vacation adapted. Drinks plentiful. Bring your own insulated cup for less trips to the bar. Tip. A dollar or 2 goes a long way. Large complex, 2 areas of shopping on premesis. Beautiful beach. Bring lots of suntan lotion. The sun is very hot. I brought 3 bottles for 10 days and used it all. You need to reapply it often. Start with 30 then work your way down. Don't be stupid. There was a safe in the room. It's free use it. Felt very safe in the resort. Yes buffets but there is a large variety to eat. Never felt limited to food items. Nightly show was ok. They work and try hard to entertain. Enjoy the food, drinks, and sun. Leave your worries behind. Beds were great. Like I said just the pillows were a minor issue. Dive shop on premesis. Would definitely go back.More
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