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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Ya man - Bamboo beach
Me and my family had a lot of fun at the Bamboo beach club in Jamaica. It is a relaxing beach offer a good music, good food and drinks, and had a grate massage with fair pricing. The service is kind and the kids enjoyed the sea and were really happy. OrtalMore
Stayed here for our silver anniversary in april. The hotel made it special by secretly decorating our room with balloons and flowers.The food was very good with lots of choice however my wife did suffer with an upset stomach for a few days but not sure why. The beach was amazing and I would recommend the outback safari trip as lot's of rum and sprite and you get to see the real dominican.More
Noisy helicopters but great location.
Stayed here last year for one week with my partner as a last min getaway. The hotel is lovely and the beach is amazing. The food was nice and the staff ok. The room was lovely, huge bed and we were right next to the beach. The only major issue is the constant (every 30 mins throughout the day) helicopter rides. It was hard to fully relax when a loud engine is flying over numerous times. Other than that is was a lovely holiday and we enjoyed ourselves. Thanks BAMBU âºï¸ Hint - ask for the rooms that are in the early 100s (close to the beach)More
Not up to the "Riu" standards
We have been at this hotel for nearly a week and cannot wait to leave. We have stayed at many Riu's and this is the worse place and does not meet their normal standards. To be considered a 5 star is a laugh as at best they are a 3 star. Better learn Spanish or any other language then English prior to coming as most staff do not understand English here and quite frankly we found some of them downright rude to deal with. The food is the same thing each meal in the Buffett and during the day you have your choice of Buffett or Buffett. Nothing changes in either from day to day so after 6 days of eating the same thing I look forward to eating something else. Another issue I saw at the Buffett is no one really is watching the lines here and people are touching food and putting it back. Not the hotels fault but it would help if someone was there to take that food out of the Buffett. Pretty grossed out at people tasting things or touching things and putting it back. The reserved restaurants are sub par as most are just another Buffett, the steakhouse is not good at all. The best is the Asian and Italian restaurant as they have new food to try. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and have a some hard working groundskeepers working all day. The pool area is really loud so don't expect to nap and relax as the entertainment staff are in my opinion very irritating, they constantly are yelling into their microphone, their music is full blast and then there is one of them who has a damn whistle which he feels he can constantly blow all day long. Head to the beach if you want to relax. The room is nice as long as you upgrade as the basic room is just that. No ice bucket, no coffee pots, no facecloth , hard as rock bed. We upgraded for a tip and the room was much better. They are kept very clean daily and the staff in these areas work darn hard all day long. Tip them. Bring water bottles as all you will get is bottles in your room which are 1.5 litres. No small bottles to be found anywhere. There is a little shopping available at the hotel and the prices are cheaper then the shopping area which connect other Riu's together. However $7 for a bag of chips is a little steep. Just don't expect the normal Riu standards when you come here. More
Worked For Me
If you like all-inclusive resorts this place would perfectly suit your needs and at a very affordable price. It has all the typical offerings, activities, and amenities. It's located on a very nice stretch of sandy beach (all sand - no rocks, shells, debris, etc.) and there are plenty of lounge chairs throughout the beach area - both in the sun and shady spots available. There are like 5 restaurants (main buffet, Mexican, Italian, Asian, and a "steak" place) but the steak place (Mamajuana) is also a buffet restaurant during the day so basically 6 places to eat. Besides the buffet places, you need a reservation for the others. If you like Mexican food, don't even bother making a res at the Mexican restaurant - it was buffet style as well and therefore nothing was really fresh and it lacked inspiration. The wife and I love Mexican cuisine and we were pretty disappointed. The rest of the restaurants were fine and even the main buffet place changed it up slightly from day to day. There are a few bars, maybe 4 but we mainly stuck to the one just off the pool. There is a swim-up bar located in the main pool. Bartenders didn't hold back and poured good drinks! There are 3 pools and we were there in Mid-March and none of the pools were ever crowded. There is nightly entertainment which was pretty good but mostly consisted of dance acts with very poor lip-syncing. We had a very nice experience overall BUT one weird thing did happen which was a bit unnerving. One night after a long day, the wife and I came back to the room early, about 8:45pm or so. (Usually we were out until much later, watching the show and/or strolling the beach, etc.) So on this one particular night we were just chilling out reading/watching some TV when we received a knock on the door at approximately 9:20pm. We looked at each other like that's odd but thought maybe someone was just knocking on the wrong door (since there were a number of inebriated college spring breakers around) but before I could even get to the door, it opened and a maid started to walk in. She looked a bit startled to see us and I quickly asked her "what's-up" and she said, "oh just wondering if you needed any new towels...". I said no and she quickly left. It was a very odd time to deliver towels for sure! We felt lucky that we were in the room because who knows what might have happened or, more realistically, which of our belongings may have disappeared from our room...! After a brief conversation with the wife (like 15 seconds or less!) about how odd that was for an employee to come so late, unsolicited, I went out to the hallway to confront this maid to try to determine the legitimacy of her intentions but low-and-behold she was no where in-sight. Hummm?! Didn't like that experience at all! Be sure to lock your stuff up in the safe and/or try to hide anything of value/importance as best you can. Like I said, overall we had a good time but since the all-inclusive scene isn't really our style, I think we will stick to the smaller boutique places we typically stay at. CONS: - Mostly friendly staff but they did not seems genuine (not like the treatment one would receive in say Mexico or other Caribbean places we've been to). - Nice beach but usually windy (could be due to the time of year) and no decent snorkeling areas. - Taxi's to leave the resort for any reason seemed fairly pricey. - Free WiFi only by the front desk/pool area - not in the room.More
Jon B, 60097
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