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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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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As with most Riu hotels, they work hard to make sure it is clean and well maintained. The staff aren't as friendly as I have found in some others and they don't speak much English but overall a good stay. No complaints. I am a picky eater and I always found something to eat and we always found chairs at the pool and the beach. The little store they have onsite is really expensive and the at least one of the girls that works there is very rude. You can buy things a bit cheaper at the store elsewhere.More
Pread, Sudbury, Canada
Average at best
Stayed between 23rd April and 7th May. This hotel is at best average, we had dissapointments on most days. This hotel has had some additional blocks of rooms added, and the facilities struggle to cope when the place is full. Restaurants. The food is not the best, we have stayed at the Riu Playacar in Mexico for a comparitive price, and hotels in Egypt and Cuba, and this is by far the lowest standard of food we have had in five all inclusive holidays. The cuts of meat are poor, lots of bone and gristle, and the food preparation is inconsistant. The hotel was full when we were there, and we occassionally saw people waiting for plates and looking for tables. I had some fried chicken which was mostly coated rib cage or wings, no meat under the coating, breakfasts were the best, but there was no bacon some days, just cubed SPAM fried. Pools, beach. Packed pools, forget the swim up bar, unless you like being crammed in with lots of people swilling beer and loud entertainment.. There are three pools, and they all get very full when the hotel is at capacity.The beach is wonderful, the sea great, and much more space. No umberellas, but lots of pine trees which offer shade if you want it, plenty of loungers on the beach. Room. We had a newer room, and it was very nice, aircon and a ceiling fan. Clean, plenty of hot water, good shower, seperate WC. I found the bed comfortable, but it is firm.However the corridors echo everysound, we had kids playing in the corridor, doors slamming at all hours, and some very loud people who did not seem to have any consideration for others. As mentioned before, this hotel holds a lot of people, and gets very busy. Staff. This is perhaps my biggest concern. We experienced some excellent and genuinly lovely people on occassion, Ismael and Etherington in the restaurant are a credit to the hotel,and mostly the barstaff were lovely and good at their jobs,however there are staff who have serious attitude and standard of behaviour issues. On the first night the maids supervisor actually knocked on the door and said "I cleaned your room" We do tip a little every day, but I think she was asking for a tip. The maids start servicing the rooms just before 8.00 am, and make a lot of noise, shouting up stairs and across the fromblock to block, and westruggled to get a Hola out of any of them, however they did a very good job on our room, just too noisy. The guys in the towel hut are just rude. They shut the towel hut at 6.00 pm, and we were still on the beach, but when we returned them for a change of towels in the morning, the guy was very unpleasant, would not change them untill I read his sign, embarrased me. The guys on the beach were just terrible, one morning 3 of them set up a lounger repair area right in front of us, another time 5 of them were hosing off loungers, moving peoples stuff and caused an incident when another couple sat on the beds because they did not put the stuff back, the shouting and noise these guys made while scrubbing a few loungers was unacceptable. On another occassion a guy walked up and down the path with a leaf blower for over an hour. They just don't seem to have an idea of how to behave around the guests. I ran out of white rum in the minibar, and despite requests it was not refreshed throughout the holiday, we did not receive water for the last 3 days, and despite phoning reception, who said they would get some sent up none arrived. I know this is not a Riu Palace hotel, but services they say they provide should be provided, and standards of behaviour around guests should be of a good standard at any hotel. We went on one Thomson Excursion,the Carribbean Cruise to Saona Island, promised a beutiful beach, unlimited drink, two snorkel stops, a stop where we would see starfish and a lobster lunch, with a catermaran back to port. The snorkel stops were where there was nothin to see, and the water very cloudy, no starfish at the national marine park, and the beach was full of broken coral on the shoreline, very sharp. So it was a bus ride, boat trip and lunch with rum and beer. Not worth it and really over hyped by the Thomson reps. Watch the shops and the vendors on the beach and in the hotel, decide what you want to pay. If you ask how much it will be exhorbitant prices, and will still be way over the top whan the half it. Take care they get really pushy if you show an interest. Overall an average holiday, with below standard food. Some really nice staff, and some with problems with how to behave around guests. Inconsistant in every department. Wife was ill and I have returned ill. I would not return.More
mirky1, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Definitely not 5 star
Check in did not happen at 3 pm as we got there later then that and our room was not ready. Once we got to our room it was clean, ground floor closer to back was nice and quiet and private for sitting out during the day and in the evening. Main complaint if the room two double beds pushed together to make one big king bed the beds were so hard u would wake up with your whole sure numb and gave to switch sleeping sides. As was there with my bf u less you wanted to sleep in the crack we ended up sharing a double bed. The towels in the room had an awful smell I dreaded drying off with them. Resort was nice main complaint no gym on this property you gave to go two properties over and the gym on Caribbean streetis more like a danger hazard stay away. The disco club was ok I loved that it was locals and tourists but I be,I'd've its ridiculous that people staying on the resort have to pay for drinks. Other resorts near by gave discos outside the property for locals and tourists and people staying on the resort drink free from 11pm to 2 am that is fair. The steak at the aka carte was very good as well as the Mexican one. A few are buffet aka carte which I likec you coould be quick or stay long don't gave to wait forever for dessert like we did at the steak ala carte. The beach was beautiful although there wS seWeed here And there but the last few days there was so much seaweed it was so gross I could not even go in the water. The garden workers were amazing and friendly. The micheal Jackson show is a must see. Entertainment staff great and they never stopped you would even see them at the club til the wee hours of the am. Would I return to this resort unless they get new beds no......More
TFitzy82, Hamilton, Canada
Nice beach location but would not return
The main issue we found in this hotel is the awful customer services from the front desk to almost the entire staff . The fact that we were here seemed to be a inconvince to them, which made the atmosphere bleak. On a positive note the beach is beautiful, sea warm where we spent most of our time relaxing. Food ok but glad we were here for 7 nights as we was bored of the same menu on the Buffett . We tried the Mexican and Asian restaurant which also was ok. i would recommend trying somewhere else to enjoy you holidayMore
Fantastic two weeks in the sun.
My wife Lynda, friends Carol and Steve arrived here on April 16 2015. We left on 30th April and have never laughed so much in our lives. What a fantastic holiday. Thomson reps. Sharron and Judy were five star plus. Best welcome meeting we have had. So much useful information delivered in a fun way. Make sure you leave lots of stuff for their 'swap box' which goes to local school. They are in the hotel 9-12.30 and 2-4 every day. Any problems at all and they will sort them. Grub -Huge choice in Colonial buffet and good quality Find Esteban, he will look after you . Asian,Mexican restaurants OK Italian great-Steakhouse was bad.. Bedroom-We had 0210 Quiet yet close to beach, reception and restaurants.Ideal. safe deposit included.4 bottles on optic and mini bar replenished every two days all included. Take a kettle. Huge beds and kept very clean. Water always hot . Need more sockets for re-charging stuff. Reception- Ivan Bonnet 5* It was Steves birthday on day 2 and Ivan arranged for their bedroom to be decorated and pressies on the bed. Open 24/7 and night staff are brill too. Gregory and Milo. Sports Bar open 24/7 and air conditioned. Licarina runs it 7 a .m -11pm and Augustin from 11-7a.m Thanks to both of them for great conversations at silly times of the night and early morning. Great coffee but all day snacks could be better. Pools-Need to get sunbeds early especially if you want shade but there were always some available. Francis has a great smile and always busy. There is a quiet pool too but no waiter service so take water bottles with booze down with you. Lots of fun at pool bar every day with animation team Beach. Miles of white sand Lots of sunbeds.A beach bar shack appeared on day 5 manned by Martinez Cuevos and Juan Pichard ( Martini and Bianco) which was great but it was taken down??? Shopping- Very expensive on the resort. Walk along to the shacks on the beach for bargains. Riu class card- make sure you get a leaflet from reception so you can get one of these to get offers and discounts in the future. Outback Safari-book it with Thomson- our guide Ruddy had us laughing all day. Loads of rum. Huge lunch. Santa Libre-rum and seven up. Big men were crying when we visited the school. Please please take pens and books from home. They are very very poor but always smiling. Animation team were brilliant especially Carolina and Picasso. Always something to do. Write down the timetable so you can see what is on and when as you sit by the pool. Evening entertainment -Some shows were good and lots of audience participation nights. You need to eat early if you want a good seat. Waiter service is good. Defo go to the carnival night on Thursday. Great music. I danced with Kenia Lamama from Riu Naiboa and she was lovely lady. Coco Bongo nightclub trip is a must for all adults . We are in our 60's and loved it. non stop show from 11pm -3.30am. Go VIP or you will stand up all night. VIP get seats on balcony with great view, waiter service and all drinks included ( as many as you can get down) Don't join big q on arrival, go to VIP queue. Only about 10-15mins away so no long coach journey home. Saona island trip-Thomson expensive. Speak to reps. Our guide was Nilo and he knew his stuff. Great English and stayed with us all the time to help with shopping, lunch and general info about the island. recommended. Long day but well worth it. We have had several carribean holidays and cruises and at Â£80 per person per day it was excellent value and made so good by the people who work at the Bambu. The weather was great too. The hotel is advertised at 5*. Its nearer 4* and could be perfect with a bit of attention to the little things that make all the difference. My wife and I would thoroughly recommend this Thomson holiday. Thanks everyone for some wonderful memories.More
John H, Blackpool, United Kingdom
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