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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double room with balcony or terrace
Traditionally furnished with a modern twist, these double rooms come with either a balcony or terrace, offering that extra space outside. You'll also get a queen-size bed, and air-conditioning.
deluxe double room with balcony or terrace
Light pastels and bold accents furnish this deluxe double room. You'll also get a balcony for some outdoor space, plus, it comes with a king-size bed, an extra bed, and air-conditioning.
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SUN SUN & MORE SUN
For my first time in DR as well as staying at a RUI Resort I was pleasantly pleased, I was disappointed that this hotel did not offer direct beach or pool access but I did get over it.........The one thing I will suggest to travelers do not wait to make a reservation for dinner do it as soon as possible they take reservations from 7am-10am if not you will be stuck eating in the main dining area not bad but after 3days I was over it, the smiles and winks kept me motivated :) The best part about our stay was the friendly staff The least thing I like which was my fault was waiting to late to make dinner reservations The overall property was nice and the layout was okay for areas separated by families and potential partiers, If you are looking for a night life and a party this is not the place for you but great for families. If you book an all inclusive package its states 24hrs food/drinks......FYI Drinks yes but food do they offer 24hrs but after 10pm you can nibble on cold sandwiches and leftover hamburgers, hotdogs, and fruit not what I was looking for but that is there loophole for 24hrs..... Overall our stay was wonderful, the room was adequate nothing special, I did upgrade my room to a suite but that only got me complimentary wifi in my room, other than that it was meh.............More
Roller74, Daegu, South Korea
Amazing stay on the beach
This is a wonderful property with very nice suites and easy access to a private beach. The property is beuatifully landscaped, the staff is freindly and the meals were excellent. The beaches are out of this world with lots of activities. Well worth a visit.More
mallen0072, West Salem, Ohio
Solid 4.5 Star
We vacationed at Riu Bambu from Nov 8-15, traveling with Sunwing travel operator. We were originally booked with Riu Naiboa but after a couple emails to Hiberto at Naiboa requesting an upgrade to Bambu (20th anniversary) we were pleasantly surprised to see that our request was processed. We went back to Naiboa and met with Hiberto to personally thank him---he is a very nice man and Naiboa looks like a great resort as well, but we just wanted to be closer to the beach. Riu Bambu is a solid 4-4.5 star for the Dominican. We were in the deluxe room, 5216, and loved the new modern touches they added during their renovations. The air conditioner worked like a charm, there was always hot water, the housekeeping services were second to none, the sliding door smooth as can be....no complaints about the room at all. The food at the buffet was quite good, and so good, that we decided not to book any a la cartes. Every night it was a different theme but in the event you didn't like the theme foods, there were always the staples to choose from (pasta, pizza, rice, pork, beef). We have zero complaints about the food and anyone that complains is just a complainer. We noticed that most of the guests didn't leave a tip for the wait staff that were busting their butts to serve their tables. My husband and I were really disgusted by this. You would tip your waitress at home, so tip them here! We had the pleasure of having Carmen wait on us for both breakfast and supper---her English is limited but we were able to get along just fine for the week. The beach is beautiful! Unfortunately for us there was a fair bit of seaweed and small waves every day during our vacation, but we could see that on a calm day the ocean would be fantastic. The water was warmer than the pool---simply glorious! The pools were sufficient, not over packed---with the exception of the swim up bar that got pretty busy in the afternoon. Tavaras and George were amazing servers---please tip those boys they work hard and non-stop! We went to the gym located between Riu Bambu and Riu Palace Punta Cana; there were several treadmills, ellipticals, stair climber, and there was also a Universal weight machine and a few low weight (highest was 25lbs) dumbbells. My husband made due with low weights but that is where the gym could use some improvements. We found that late afternoon was the best time to go. The only complaint that I have is that when we arrived at 12:30am, we ventured off to the Sports Bar to get a snack because it was supposed to be 24 hour snacks, only to find that the fridge was completely empty. There should always be something in there when late arrivals are coming in. Thankfully we had brought snacks from home so we didn't go hungry. I would also suggest to the management that they have some words with the vendors that sell their goods on the resort and suggest to them that they not be so pushy. You can't even look at their product without being hounded and pressured. I am sure if they sat back and allowed guests to look with the pressure they would sell more, but the constant pressuring turns away guests. The resort isn't difficult to find your way around. The wifi is free in the lobby and if you sit close to La Plaza around the pool you will be able to pick up wifi pool side as well. There is plenty of shade around the pools and the beach, a little too much for me but I'm a sun worshipper. :) Go ahead and book the Riu Bambu!! It's a solid resort with great staff!!!More
LovetheSun72, Kitchener, ON
Nice clubhotel . Riu is all over the world very good as they use the same concept. Nice new rooms only some problems with wifi connection but it is holiday. Staff overall friendly , animation is spending more time in the dancing then other activite. But who cares ... If you book a excursion do not to check out MamaGina and her Vitaminas . Do greetings of the Belgians and it will be ok ;-)More
Just OK, some good and some bad
My wife and I stayed at the Riu Bambu in Punta Cana from November 10th through the 17th. It was our first trip to Punta Cana, but had previously visited Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Check in went smoothly and the room we were given was evidently in a newer building (4000 building). The building was a good distance from the lobby and bars, but was very clean and had a nice balcony with a garden view. As far as we could tell, no rooms at the Riu Bambu have ocean views. The hotel rooms are set in a âneighborhood settingâ with most have 8 units per building. The 4000 buildings had approximately 60 units per building. If you do not like to walk, this is not the resort for you. The Riu Bambu is part of a larger Riu resort area containing 5 different hotels. Three are the Palace level, then the Riu Bambu and then the Riu Naibo. If you are staying at the Riu Bambu, you cannot use the facilities at the three Riu Palace hotels, although you can walk through them as all five resorts are connected. For my wife and I, this was a plus as we enjoy walking, especially after dinner. If you are staying at the Riu Bambu, you can use the restaurants/pools/bars at the Riu Naibo only. The beach is wide and has many lounge chairs scattered around the palm trees. We never had a problem getting a chair, either at the beach or pool. The fine sand is wonderful to walk on â very soft and does not retain heat from the sun. Water temperature in November was perfect â probably in the upper 70âs. You can walk a long way on the beach â a big plus from our standpoint. If you have read about some of the seaweed issues, it is a problem. It washes up on the beach every morning, some days more than others. It also floats in the water and will brush up against you when swimming. The hotels are making an effort to clean it up on a daily basis with some doing a better job than others. We would rate the Riu effort as average. They use both manual labor and tractors, which can cause some short term noise and exhaust fume disruptions. A few photos are attached. The hotel is fine, but clearly not in the same category as the Riu Palaces. There are two swimming pools, one with a lot of activities and a bar, the other in a more quiet setting. There are two buffet restaurants and four specialty âa la carteâ restaurants. We ate at both the buffet restaurants and three out of the four specialty restaurants. The food was plentiful, but average at best. My wife, who rarely gets sick from food over 40 years of going on vacations, did get sick at the Riu Bambu. We noticed that the servers never wore latex gloves for food handling and often the food was left out in the buffet for long periods, probably at improper temperature. The Riu should make some major improvements in this area, as it is doubtful we would come back to the Riu Bambu because the food was mediocre. The bars were fairly good, with a variety of mixed drinks. Oddly enough, I enjoy amaretto after dinner and two bars said they did not have any even though it was on the bar menu. Also, there is no bar service at the beach or pools, which creates a long walk juggling drinks for the guests. Day time entertainment by the staff was good, with a wide variety of games and lessons available. The hotel routinely ran out of clean, dry beach towels in mid afternoon. Also, the beach towels have seen better days, as many of the towels we had during the week were stained and worn. This should be rectified by Riu. The grounds were well tended and provided nice views when walking around the resort. One thing that should be noted, especially for American tourists who are non-smokers - the hotel caters to a wide variety of international visitors, which provides a nice mix of customs and ambiance. However, many of the visitors tend to smoke a lot, and this does have an effect when dining outside or enjoying the pool as smoking is allowed in bars, anywhere outside and in some of the restaurants that have outside dining. With the changes in American customs regarding the prohibition of smoking in public places, we noticed this a lot. Overall, we enjoyed the Riu Bambu for what it was â nice beach, good location, well kept grounds, clean rooms and lots of food and drink, but of an average quality. We probably would not go back there, but would try one of the more upscale Palace offerings, as the three adjacent to the Riu Bambu looked very nice. Would give the Riu Bambu 3 out of 5 stars.More
TJBC, Chicago, Illinois
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