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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With Thomson Airways
- Direct flights from 7 UK airports
- Fly on the spacious new Dreamliner
- Experience quieter, jetlag-busting flights
- Enjoy complimentary drinks
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- UK airport lounge access for Premium Club guests from 1st May
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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Riu evening entertainment programme
The entertainment programme plays host to live music and shows every evening.
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Double room sleeps up to four, two adults and two children up to 12 years-old with two 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 four, two adults and two children up to 12 years-old with two 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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1st Dominican Holiday
This was our 1st trip to the Dominican, The hotel was lovely and clean and the maids were always walking around day & late at night before they finished their shifts. Mini Bar was stocked every 2 days, we always had clean towels in the room Downsides The Pool/beach towels were cleaned every night but are full of stains (dread to think of what) Food, the buffet was good but gets repetitive. We ate out at the Mexican, Italian and the steak house a few times. Mexican was not great though, was pretty much the same dish throughout, nowhere near the hotel to go out to to enjoy a British pub night out or late night shopping trip, hotel is very secluded from main attractions or restaurants. be prepared to stay around the hotel chain at night Wifi - you only get 90 minutes a day and you need to use it in one stint as you can not go back to it later in the day, plus only 1 person can be logged in at a time, unless you you are willing to pay extra for Wifi - this kinda sucked Beach was very clean around this hotel, although was very busy pools are lovely but VERY difficult to get a sun bed if you wake up late considering people already have their towels down before anyone else is awakeMore
Fiona M, Forfar, Scotland, United Kingdom
Lovely holiday - don't listen to reviews
I have never written a review before, but felt i had to after returning from a week at this hotel., after reading some if the reviews. Idon't know what people expact especially at the prices they pay! It was was excellent. The location is fab (next to beach), the food is fine and a great choice, the all inclusive drinks (optics in the room and cocktails included!!!) are amazing and there is plenty to do. If you want a week of doing nothing -THEN GO!!!! Lots of excusions and things to do in the local area if you fancy getting out - just don't forget the sun tan lotion!More
A Couple's Vacation
I have been to quite a few all-inclusive resorts and was pleased with this one. Our room was cleaned daily and drinks refilled every other day. Although, when we arrived, there was no bottled water and the bus driver had just told us we couldn't even brush our teeth with the tap water, so that was an issue. After orientation, we learned that yes, you can brush your teeth with it. We used the safe in our room just to be cautious, but had no issues with any of our belongings in the room. We traveled with another couple and both had deluxe rooms. If you're not traveling with your partner, keep in mind that the shower is in the room, not in a separate bathroom, so privacy is limited. For us, it was perfect. You couldn't just go get ready in the bathroom is all. The beachfront is absolutely beautiful and the water is just as nice. It was a bit windy and we preferred the pool area, so spent the majority of our time there instead. We arrived during spring break, so didn't spend as much time in the swim-up bar area because of the amount of college students taking over. Like many of the other reviews, they were there to party, but it wasn't anything out of control. We arrived in the early hours of a Monday morning. Orientation took place that morning. We were told we should only book our excursions directly through Sunwing in case someone tried to rip us off. We didn't book any because it seemed expensive that all of them were at least $100 USD or more per person. There were others that were cheaper and shorter time periods being sold around the resort that would have been good, but we chose to relax on the resort instead. There is a hut over the beach where massages are given. My friend and I each had an hour long full-body massage for $60 USD. It was well worth it! I would highly recommend to anyone. Drinks were different at every bar. There were a couple bartenders by the theater area and another older gentlemen at the bar above the swim-up that could mix delicious drinks. However, 90% of the time, we had drinks that were way too strong for our liking. Because of how busy it was, it was hard to have a nice slushy drink because it seemed it never had enough time to freeze in between. You can never go wrong with the Presidente though :) We did enjoy the Banana Mamas & Strawberry/Mango Daiquiris when mixed well. Food was a disappointment. I've been to Cuba and had a terrible food experience there. It wasn't as bad, but was probably my least favorite for food out of all other destinations I've been to (including other resorts in the Dominican). Usually with a buffet, you can't go wrong, but we had a difficult time finding enough food that we could eat to keep us full for the week. I ended up playing it safe with the cheese nachos, while the others stuck with pizza most of the time. Even the desserts were disappointing. We went on Tuesday morning to book for dinner at the restaurants for Tues/Wed evening. We couldn't get in. The only options were for Thurs/Friday & very limited. I was horribly disappointed when we went to our first restaurant - the Mexican one. Usually the restaurants are something to look forward to. It was still buffet style so we had to serve ourselves, with very limited options, and between the 4 of us, we really didn't eat anything that we even liked. I'm not sure we even stayed 10 minutes, it was so terrible. We were hesitant to even attend dinner the second evening, but 2 of us went to the Steakhouse where we were pleasantly surprised. The food was the best of our trip and we had actual dinner service. Both of us had the steak. The wine was a little too strong... reminded me of homemade. I've had better luck with restaurants at other resorts. The worst part of the trip was probably the timing - spring break. There were hundreds of college students that were annoying at times. I believe the first few groups were from Notre Dame, UPENN, and Georgia (which some earlier reviews had mentioned). These groups were not the problem. The problem arrived the day we were leaving - the group from Kentucky. We had never seen so many disrespectful girls in our entire lives. They were treating the staff horribly... screaming at them, threatening to sue them because after dark when the pool was closed, one girl's bag wasn't on the pool chair where she apparently left it (you're responsible for your own belongings when you leave them out around)... making inappropriate scenes in the buffet restaurant all because they were asked to adhere to the dress code (for the review that said dress code isn't enforced, in this restaurant, it is - maybe not the pool one)... and even as bad as tearing handfuls of spaghetti off a plate in a staff member's hand, throwing it to the floor. These girls were an embarrassment & I feel bad thinking about what everyone had to put up with that week. There was entertainment every evening, but we felt it started pretty late and would usually be so drained from the sun that we didn't stay up for it. If the food was better, I could see myself going back to this resort, as it was really enjoyable. I just wouldn't recommend spring break timing. Overall, it was nice and the service from the staff was great.More
Enjoyed our visit.
My husband and I recently spent a week at Riu Bambu (late February).We were with a group of friends and we were always able to find a table at the buffet or room on the beach to sit together if we wanted to. The first couple of days, there was seaweed on the beach and in the water, but it was very windy as well. Once the wind improved, the water and beach both cleared up; the water was crystal clear blue and beautiful. We did not spend much tme at the pool; we are beach people and this beach is great. We ate mostly at the buffet but did try the steakhouse which was very good.Everyone in our group enjoyed it. We stayed in a deluxe room in the 5000 block 3rd floor. Rooms were bright and clean. I would like to have coffee in my room for the mornings, but otherwise, no issues. Lots of bottled water provided. Ocean view isn't available, but the grounds are very nice to look at. If you are a beach person, you will enjoy this resort. There is shopping close by and a few vendors on the beach too. Overall, a nice vacation.More
HockeyMom204, Chipman, New Brunswick
My boyfriend and I stayed for four nights in Feb/March 2015. After reading all the negative reviews, I was definitely nervous. For the most part-don't trust them! No, this is not the nicest place you'll ever stay at, but it easily met my expectations for the price we paid! First, a disclaimer, this was my first all-inclusive resort and first time to the Dominican. Overall, the food was decent. At the buffet we always found something we enjoyed (the soup on the 2 days I had it was really quite good). We also dined at the Steakhouse, the Asian restaurant, and the Italian restaurant. Again, nothing spectacular, but all fairly good. I preferred the a la cartes, but it was also nice to have a change of pace buffet-wise. On our first full day I went to make dinner reservations around 8:15-we only had one choice for that night, but the other nights we had at least two. The wine (we only had the red) was truly awful... and I'm not a wine snob. I found it undrinkable. The beers they give you are pretty small, so we finally got wise and started ordering two at the beginning of our meals. As far as service goes, we found it pretty good for the most part. The restaurants were a little hit or miss (and by miss, I just mean it took us a little while to get our drinks sometimes), the bar service was pretty good (we normally tipped, though I really don't think that made a difference), we always got served quickly, and the front desk was OK. I had called to get a blanket once and water once, neither of which were delivered (I ended up going to the front desk to get more water myself), and when we got there the safe wasn't working, they managed to get that fixed relatively quickly. We brought our own thermos for our drinks and I highly recommend it. It is just easier than going back for refills regularly, especially when you are out on the beach. (The one weekend day we spend on the beach there was someone walking around with drinks/water). The room was always clean... nothing immaculate, but it was comfortable. The sheets/blanket were not great, but nothing that was going to keep me from being able to sleep. Yes it had a tube tv... but that didn't bother me since we only used the tv while we were getting ready. I read a lot of bad things about the towels... the room towels didn't smell amazing, by any means, but unless you are deeply inhaling with the towel over your nose, I really don't think there is much of a scent at all. I do wish they had better 24-hr options. The sports bar is very smoky and had limited food choices (we never did have the food there). When we wanted a drink after the bar closed, we'd just sit out by the stage and run in and out for our drinks. There are also pockets of time between meals when the sports bar is the only option (unfortunately, this was the case when we arrived... that was unfortunate as my bf was very hungry after our long plan ride). We spent most of our time at the beach... the beach was great and I thought the staff did a good job keeping it clear of seaweed. One day we got there pretty late and it took us a while to find chairs, but the other two days, we had no problems. We only went in the pool in the evening... close to when it closes, so I can't speak well about chairs there during the day (I felt like I always saw a few available... farther away from the pools themselves). Overall, the crowd was mostly older and families (we are late 20s/early 30s). A group of college spring breakers arrived Saturday of our trip, before that we were definitely some of the youngest adults, if not the youngest. I think the spring breakers felt very out of place. Overall, we enjoyed our time here and I think if you have reasonable expectations, you will too!More
cutigger27, Washington, DC
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