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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"had a great time"
Just returned from a long w/e. If you read all the negative reviews like I did, you might not give this resort a chance. Go! You will enjoy yourself. Room, staff, food, had no complaints. The only negative is smokers every where! Clean room and common areas, staff always cleaning. Pools were great , beach beautiful. Angel at front desk was very helpful. Israel in Colonial restaurant knew what you wanted before you even sat down. Had all our meals in the Colonial buffet restaurant, every day a different menu. Victor at the swim up bar was the best! Apple vacation made this trip one to rememberMore
Deb M, OC, MD
Slice of Paradise - Manage your expectations! :)
First of all we went to the Dom rep to celebrate my 30th. Without sounding obnoxious, I have stayed in some of the best hotels around the world and some of the comments on this thread, really do make you think whether these people have any knowledge about where they are travelling to or if they have visited a foreign country before, without making allowances for the difference in standards. Manage your expectations! This was a last minute trip and we paid Â£750 for a two week all inclusive stay with all the add on's (transfers) included, not a bad price. While we were there weather was very temperate and there is sufficient sea breeze for those that get stifled. The airport is very cool, ensure you have your $10 entry tax per person otherwise it may delay your entrance, 20$ pp when you leave. They had a live band in the airport in this shack like airport. Transfer from the airport was a mere 35 minutes and check in was dealt with in an orderly and swift fashion. We had been upgraded in the 4th block. Some of the people have moaned at the size of the complex, if you are incapacitated or just generally lazy then this complex isn't tiny nor is it huge. We had one of the rooms at the back end of the complex and it was a brisk 3 minute walk to the room from the reception . Do not believe the nonsense about the rooms being ten minutes away, not a chance! Rooms come with the local liquor and this is refreshed every two days. The mini bar fridge has beer and branded soft drinks and again is refreshed every two days. This is one of 5 hotels in this large resort, all of which belong to the Riu brand. Aside from the aesthetic grandeur of the Riu Palace next door, I would say this hotel is in the top 2 (having visited all the others for lunch or just a cheeky dip ). The Riu Palace, is a five minute walk along the promenade and not many people knew this but you can use their leisure facilities...they have a hot sauna and steam room, as well as a jacuzzi/ warm pool with a hydrotherapy power shower. They also have a cold pool adjacent to this. The gym is not modern by no means but does the trick for a quick work out. In terms of the hotel, it is clean and a good mix of modern and traditional Caribbean. There are four a-la carte restaurant's and everyone has a different preference - Italian, Asian (Chinese), Steakhouse and Mexican. For me Mexican and Italian was probably the best comparable to European standards and for variety of choice. Bookings for this hotel can be made in Chilli's (Mexican rest), which is situated near the towel hut, of which there is only one. You need to do this before 10. This place is all about relaxation and unlike European or even North American cities, there isn't much to see within close proximity to the hotel as this is more resort focussed based. I like to explore but aside from the capital, where the only plausible option is to take a hotel taxi ($265), we decided to just relax. As mentioned before there are other hotels along the strip in front of the hotel, it is very safe with security everywhere and hawkers on the beach are normally authorised by the hotel (very few). At this time of the year no issue with sun beds. There are three main pools, one for the kids and it also has loungers in the pool. The other is more for the sports, drinking and the jacuzzi! There are also masseuse on site but I have been told they are not very good but give it a whirl. What I liked about the hotel is everything is easily accessible and the way the hotel sits right on the beach. Beautiful palm trees and well looked after sand, little things like this make your trip more enjoyable. The sea is rough and if you like waves, like I do, it is alot of fun. Although be warned there is some sea weed, that can be annoying but you get used to it. There are no rocks and the bed is sandy. You can also use the watersports (non-motorised) for free. A word of caution if they ask if you know how to use a kayak, say yes otherwise you will be duped into paying money for a lesson. They have cool activities through the day for all ages and a few interesting entertainment activities around the pool area - one of my favourites was the international twerking contest! Food is varied and of good quality. You are not going to get Four Seasons quality but they made an effort with presentation and there were always options, in case you didn't like some of the food. All the staff are friendly, I always find a dollar tip or so always helps fosters relations and also makes the staff feel appreciated. They remembered my drinks order and treated my parents well, can't really ask for more than that. We didn't tip on a daily basis just in case you were wondering. They have tasty smoothies in the morning and have generally a wide range of meats and desserts in the evening. Lunch admittedly can be a abit repetitive and seemed to be from the dinner we had the day before. They also have a 24 hour drink and cold snack bar to the right of the entertainment stage. management very approachable and made my birthday enjoyable, had about three free cakes! One of my gripes when I was there was with the North American contingent surprisingly. We met some wonderful people from the USA don't get me wrong but we found that they married the service they get back home with the service in the Dom republic. Also they were shocked when the staff didn't understand everything they were saying in the dining room, now come on....would it hurt to learn a few words in Spanish?! Normally I am very non-confrontational but even I had to intervene when one lady screamed at a waitress for bringing her the wrong drink, a little bit of general courtesy does not go amiss. The Thomson reps were informative and were even kind enough to give us any surplus sun cream if needed. On my birthday we did the Saona island excursion - simply it was awesome, bit pricey but that is all of the trips across the board. In summary - Speedboat-Snorkelling- Drinks party in middle of ocean standing - lobster lunch on island - Catamaran party back to land! Well worth the money even if a tad expensive. They have a pacha nightclub which all five hotels converge on in the evening, really good fun. Doesn't get going til 1. Casino is dated and ok for some light roulette and blackjack fun. There is a bus that comes every 20 minutes to take you to the casino and the club, it is a 10 minute walk along the beach otherwise. There is a great cave party at a famous club called Imagine- must see, tickets cost $45, includes tickets two drinks and transport there and back. No trip is perfect, wifi you have a daily allowance of 90 mins after that you have to pay. Be aware once you start using it, use it all otherwise you won't be able to login. At times, people can be annoying with sun beds but we generally got something even if it wasn't prime real estate. Excursions and urban exploring is expensive and if done by yourself can be dangerous. There should be more branded alcohol but you have to ask for it otherwise you just get the local stuff. The cocktails are good but can be a bit hit and miss. Asian restaurant was not very good tbh but everyone is different. In terms of the hotel, it is not a 5 star European hotel but then it is a 5 star Dominican republic standard hotel. They are not missing much here other than slightly varied food, more branded alcohol and better furniture in the rooms but if I had to pay another 700 quid pp at the Palace, I know where I would stay to be honest. I would peg this at an average 4 star European hotel but with all the external factors like the great beach, friendly staff and brilliant location, it is a beautiful place. At the end of the day your holiday is what you make it! Any questions, do not hesitate to ask.More
Alks01, London, United Kingdom
Come back a week ago. It was the best my holiday. The hotel is clean and all staff work hard. The food was very delicious. The hotel have entertaining staff and they have done very good job as we have fun all our holiday. When you ask staff for something their first answer is ' No problem...'. They are all very cheerful and helpful. Definitely I would go back there again and I would choose the same hotel.More
Sylwia D, London, England, United Kingdom
I would return tomorrow
My friends and I visited this resort from October 10th thru 14th it was one of the best times of my life. I will agree that the staff spoke very little English but they were very polite and eager to assist. The food was awesome! The beach was beautiful and I would go back again.More
gmquest, New Orleans, Louisiana
great hotel great staff
great stay at the riu bambu staff worked hard all the time clean tidy great beach jose luis looked after our family at meal time was brilliant food was very good enjoyed going the indian an asian placesMore
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