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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Average place in a nice beach
Rooms were not that big, toilet was not working and it was a really long walk between the room and the lobby or pool areas (Room 1405). Beach was really nice. Shows at the hotel and the pool were good and entertaining. 24 hrs food is not a 100% true, after midnight you'll be lucky to get an awful sandwich at the sports bar.More
Carlo S, 309293
Great resort... A lot of kids
I'm 41, male, wife and I have been traveling south since our late 20's. We usually go to the Bahia's, this was our first time to a Riu and my first time to Punta Cana. Overall, a beautiful resort. Like most reviews, amazing beach. The resort is part of a group of resorts on the beach. Very busy during the day. Literally thousands of people down a two or three mile stretch of coastline. Pretty cool to see everyone out enjoying the sun. Pools are small considering the number of people at the resort. Always a crowd at the swim up bar. We had a lot of fun, "go with the flow" in the afternoons. The entertainment guys do a great job and the music depends on who is at the bar. There is a second pool, we never went to it as it doesn't have a bar. It does have some nice seating area but we stuck to the main pool. Both were clean, really nice. Swim up bar was a lot of fun. Easy to get into trouble... Food was good. Like most reviews not amazing but I felt worthy of a four star. We tried all the restaurants. Steaks were good, salmon was really good. The Asian was buffet style with sushi bar. I think it was our favorite, we like sushi and it was decent. My biggest issue with the resort were the children. There were ALOT of kids. We have three of our own and left them behind. It's not that the kids were bad or anything, it just seemed to be a lot of families, strollers, water wings... I wish we had of known prior to booking. They have a really nice kids pool and I can see why families go here, it really is ideal for kids. It is this reason only that will keep me from returning. Again, just our personal preference. Everyone has the same opportunity to go, I just find it distracting with kids crying as you are having supper with that special someone. Grounds are well kept, our room was clean and wifi is good. We upgraded our room and had wifi in our room. No problems at all. Overall we had a good week. The resort is beautiful and well priced. Make sure to tour the other Riu's next door. The Riu palace is amazing, but significantly more money. My only suggestion is make the main pool adults only. More
Let me start by saying i love the Riu resorts.Bambu i was very disappointed with.Smokers everywhere,when are these resorts going to give us nonsmokers are own areas,half the pools or a whole pool if more than 1,how about half the patios.we also like to eat outside. The other problem we found was the food was very cold at the Mamajuana restraunt[the pool restaurant].We also found the sevice subpar here at lunch time,you never did get asked if you would like a drink.We also never did get served drinks around the pool. After saying this i will still go to Riu's just not this one.More
Paul G, 499278
Nothing exceptional but good value for money
Due to the many negative critics we were rather worried about the hotel. But we had mostly good experiences only. At arrival the check in was quick, and well-organised. We got a spacious room for three of us with king-size beds and nice bathroom, we also had a lovely balcony. The furniture is not really new, but everything was clean and functional. The pool side looks beautiful, crowded but it was okay. The beach is wonderful, we always found free sun beds. You can walk miles along on the beach. It's rather windy all the time so you dont feel hot. There are huge waves, you can ride on them. The buffet restaurant provides wide variety of dishes for each time, it's not really varied but you can find anything you wish, there are fresh cooked pasta, meat and fresh fruits all the time. The service is friendly and polite. We tried the Mexican, Italian and Asian restaurants, all were really good! Pool bar is great, they offer you drinks all day long, Sport bar is open 0/24. The entertainment stuff are really funny an we give them 10 points ð special greets to Mr. Wooow. They make you smile any time! Two points i have negative critics about: 1. The gym... We are all fitness-fans and planned to train during our holiday also. Looking at the site map of all Riu properties we found the gym so we walked there. Well... It's maximum 25 qms, no aircondition, and the equipments were produced before Schwarzenegger was born. Nothing functioned, all were so old we better didnt touch. Maybe there is another fitness centre we havent found, but it would definately need renovation and new equipments! 2. Please ask the gardener guys not to water our towels and stuff on the balcony! Our room was on the ground floor and each morning all our clothes in the balcony were vet. We thought its raining each early morning, but once we found the gardener guy watering the grass there together with our balcony. Overall we had a good experience about RiuBambu, we would stay there again! One more thing! There is a very cute dog in the beach staying at the Riu beach. Please guys keep on feeding her! More
Visited this resort in January with 36 other people, including 8 kids. The resort is beautiful and the grounds are very well maintained. If there is garbage lying around, we only have ourselves to blame. Pools are amazing and are constantly being cleaned. I couldn't get over people complaining about the "film" in the pools. When you have thousands of people with tons of sunblock on, what the heck do you expect?! Just 1 thing about the children's pool. It was too deep for kids in my opinion. But hey, our kids seemed to like it anyway! The rooms seemed to be the "older unrenovated" ones. They were still nice and very very well cleaned! We always has great water pressure and hot water. Few concerns with some of the rooms were that the AC did not work. There were several calls made and several people trying to fix them but they were never fixed. Food was not not the best at the buffet. Very very repetitive. What they served was delicious however I wish there was more variety! The restaurants were amazing though! The Mexican and steak house being my favourite. The entertainment staff was great, when they were actually doing activities. They were constantly doing stuff with the guests the first few days but then almost nothing afterwards. The beach was ok. Hotel Staff did an awesome job of cleaning up the seaweed. Overall, I would return to this resort but management should really reconsider there buffet menu. For that, I rate them average! More
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