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.
deluxe double room
Deluxe double room sleeps up to 4, 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years-old with 2 double beds. They offer free Wi-Fi, a flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, minibar - optics refilled regularly, iron and ironing board, plus a double sink in the bathroom.
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very nice place
December vacation very nice place. stayed 2 weeks property very well maintained rooms very nice clean.buffet was very good food very well presented lots of beauty set up so nice. a lotta variety everyday different food never the same. never got boring!!! alacartes Italian very good Mexican was buffet style but so varied and good steakhouse either ribeye very good ribs good chicken or salmon,asian buffet but very good too no complaints about food.only complaint was no chairs around pools if you weren't up by 8am forget it none no way!! beach whats left of it not much seaweed galore never cleaned water rough never went in but all the way down other resorts the same they say storms left it that way all over there so pools quite full.no chairs left there either.. weekends packed there because locals or just weekenders come in found shortage of food in buffets chairs gone pools full!seona island excursion the best for the money an island!!!!in carribbean sea so beautiful blue what beauty a catamaran to there speedboat back swim barbeque highly recommend it the best! santa domingo day trip long day lotta walking hard on the elerly so remember its cobblestone roads uphill downhill almost 3 hours there and back they feed you nicel lunch beautiful old sites churches Christopher Columbus museums house. staff very helpful courteous. very nice trip!More
Debra V, essex ont.
This is a no frills hotel, nothing special here, just basic. However I still had a great time, the staff was friendly and entertaining. Beds were not comfortable, actually worse than the mattress I have at home. Food was just okay, nothing special. Pool was nice. This is not the Carrabin side of the ocean, itâs the Atlantic Ocean side, therefore the sea is a bit rough and you should be a strong swimmer if headed in to deep waters. I highly enjoyed the ocean. Drinks were good, but has a lot of sugar in them. Our agent had a great tip, instead of getting the slushy drinks (even the pina colada which if you have too many it acts as a laxative) try to stick to the basics like Rum and coke (Cuba libre) or Rum and tonic. It is self-service at the pool, so donât expect anyone to bring you drinks all day long. There are 3 bars near the pool area and one near the beach. The all have different hours. I was surprised to see the main bar closing at mid-night when many of us were still dancing and enjoying ourselves. The snack bar does serve alcohol 24-hours. However the snacks were pretty basic (cheese sandwich, hot dogs, condiments and a microwave), Iâd pass on it unless you canât wait till the dining hall opens. This hotel only has Wi-Fi in the lobby. The standard room comes with a code for 90 minutes a day for free. But the catch is you have to use up the 90 minutes in one time. However we were offered 3 days in room Wi-Fi for $20. We didnât end up using much of the internet as this hotel had a lot of activities 10am-5pm non-stop. (Darts, bocce ball, archery, yoga, dance lessons, pool games, horse shoes, etc). I found the entertainment crew that runs all these activities to be upbeat, happy and enjoying themselves while working at the resort. They really knew how to get everyone involved and make sure everyone had a great time. Gym is located in the next hotel, very small, old equipment and basic ones. However I got my workouts done just fine. It closes at 7pm. The spa is in the same building as the gym, I found the prices to be more expensive than the US. My $40 25 min massage was not really that effective to begin with. But the experience of getting a massage in the hut next to the beach while listening to the ocean was a nice experience. So my recommendation is, unless you really feel like you need a massage, Iâd skip it. Restaurants: the main dining room (The Colonial), which is buffet style and has specific hours you can eat there. However, there are additional 4 restaurants, which are by reservations only. The reservations are only taken in person at the Mexican restaurant (between 7am-10am) and there is no way to call them and make the reservation, which I found very inconvenient. As an example, if you took a day trip or excursion, most of them leave before 7am. So we had to tip a staff member to make our reservation for us. Hibachi restaurant and Mexican restaurant was just okay and self-service. The steak house was the only place that had a sit down dinner with service. The food was pretty good there. Tips: tipping when you get there first is the best idea. Take a bunch of $1 bills. Then you get the grand treatment for the rest of your stay. Itâs always the same people who work the same shifts. Towels: this hotel has a towel shortage. Itâs a bit insane. They give you a card that you have to use to obtain a towel at the pool. You can only get one towel at a time. They seem to run out of towels around 10am. In the room thereâs 1 bath towel and 1 hand towel per person. My recommendation is take a beach towel from home if you have the space in your luggage. Also they do not have face towels or wash cloths. Just basic bar of soap. So take all the toiletries you need, as they are really expensive there. Overall, this hotel met my needs, I had a great relaxing time, but I would not go back there as there are better hotels in the area for a bit more money. If you have pretty low expectations, you will have a great time!More
SND007, Washington, DC
Service was great
I was at Riu Bambu last year, and loved it, everything was superb. Star was very accommodating, anything you needed, they went out of their way to make it happen. I definitely recommend it. The beaches were clean, but the water had a lot of tree leaves. Entertainment was great, always had things to do. I was with family there, but there was a mixture of couples and singles and families. DaniMore
2 stars all inclusive RIU & Thomson holidays
We booked our holidays through Thomson in Manchester and we have decide the cheap week (date/ time) in a FIVE star hotel with all inclusive with our agent advisor. That was 13 to 21 of November 2014. The weather was great - just a couple of hours with rain and an average of 30 degrees of temperature. The overall opinion is less then 3* and I'll never recommend this hotel/holidays to a friend or family. Positive . The room was large , with a nice balcony and the air conditioner worked well. . We booked excursions to Saona Island and to Community Safari (through Thomson as well) and that two experiences were great. Really worth it the money. Recommended ! . The room is literally 2min away from the sea. The pathway is ok. . The beach is good - the palms trees and the clear water can make you imagine you're in a paradise. The country is really beautiful. Negative . The room is with the expected decoration (tripadvisor photos) but the dust behind the bed or bedsides that is not expected in a five star hotel. Even the mold found in the toilet. . The quality of food or drinks is around 1 or 2*. The same ham is in the breakfast you can found it in the lunch time salads (imagine with hot temperatures the health and safety of that...). The drinks are white white brand. The wine is "red" or "white"... The best is a bottle of water or draft beer! And no option to buy anything better. . The Mexican or Asian restaurant is fantasy. No extra quality or better service. . The staff begs for tips all the time - the guy that took us at the airport and traveled with us during 25min, the bartender that served mojitos with black mint leafs, or the animation staff that try to sold a 15Â£ fake CD. Wow... Sorry but my culture is tipping when I am happy with the service. And that doesn't happen. . No safeguard anywhere ... Swimming pool or beach. You're by yourself. . The beach is not really clean. The staff is there to collect glasses or to try sell something. Is lots of ashes from cigarettes in the sand. . We've got towel included as well. But I doubt they are clean every night. They smell really bad and they have stains of something. Do you thing this "little thing" is normal for a 5*? I don't! I've tried enjoyed the best of Dominican Republic, but couldn't bring just positive opinions, so I've shared both with the travelers. I'll recommend all to read carefully a few hotels and reviews in trip advisor before book holidays...that was my mistake. I've learn and I'll do it next time.More
Andreia D, Manchester, United Kingdom
Stayed here last year with my fiancÃ© for 10 days and it was amazing. Was a bit worried at first after booking as there was a few bad reviews about but i honestly couldn't fault it. The rooms do the job and the pools and bars kept us entertained. The beach was at the bottom of the resort and it was absolutely breathtaking. White sand and clear water! Really enjoyed the food there, was again quite worried as i am a fussy eater but always found plenty! didn't think much to the separate restaurants which are available if you book in advance, but was okay for a change from the main buffet. Rooms were cleaned regularly with fresh towels which were made into animals and other forms of towl art. Could have just done with having the fridge restocked a bit more regularly!More
BabyHercules, Coventry, United Kingdom
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