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
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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NOT 5* SERVICE- NOT FOR THE ENGLISH
The hotel itself is fantastic, the views are gorgeous, the beach/sea is beautiful (there is alot of seaweed). The rooms are nice, fan, AC, Minibar, Bath & Shower. The problem starts when something needs fixing or you need some information. For us we were very unlucky with the room we were in. The Fan didn't work, the AC decided to work at times and not at others. Called reception numerous times nothing was done about this. Went to reception and sat waiting for someone to come out and fix it. (Everytime we called we were fobbed off with the '5 minutes') After many complaints someone came out to fix the fan/AC. The man could not speak or understand a word of english. He stood infront of the AC for around 25 mins with his hand in the air after 30 mins we had to send him away as it was clear he had no idea what he was doing and there was a massive language barrier. (this may not seem like a big issue but when its 35-38degrees outside and its warmer in your room than it is outside, it becomes an issue as you cant sleep and you just end up getting fed up) Mini Bar- This should be filled up every 1-2 days, we went 5 days without anything being filled up (this is not just alcohol, its water, coke, fanta, sprite), contacted reception again about this issue, it still took them 3 more days to do anything about it. This meant even though I had paid to be all inclusive I was spending money at the shop on bottles of water and pop for the room. The next issue is that at night there is literally nothing for the English people to do, this is because all entertainment is in Spanish so unless you speak Spanish you have no idea what is going on. This means that the nights of your holiday can get very boring especially if your only going as a couple- like I did. Bar wise- depending which member of staff depended on what your drink was like- fro example some members of staff would spend the time to actually blend your drink together (for slushes, pinas, daquiries, etc) others would just chuck ice in and leave it like syrup or give you a warm drink. When you book the hotel, you are told there is an 'on site' casino, night club and spa. This is not true if you are staying in Riu Bambu these facilities are around a 10-15 minute walk away from the hotel. If you dont have any issues with your room or the hotel and you dont need to contact reception, your stay at the hotel will be amazing, however if you are unlucky like we were your stay at the hotel will not be worth the money you pay.More
Beckiie D, North West England, United Kingdom
Great for the money - good family hotel
Stayed for a week - 2 adults/1 child (age 9). Never went hungry, went to the buffets for all of our meals, had enough variety each day to keep us satisfied. We never regretted not trying any of the ala carte restaurants. The alcoholic drinks are weak but they have no problem adding more if you wish. We stayed up to watch 2 of the theater shows - both were great! We saw the Circus show and the Magic show. The entertainment team throughout the day seemed to interact only with the younger crowd, which was a contrast to the Riu in Mexico - which they did a great job trying to get all ages involved. They seemed a bit annoyed if tweens wanted to join in some of the fun. Our room was in the older section, the 3100 block - and we had no complaints, ground floor and closer to the part of the resort where all the action is, but far enough away to not hear the late night activities. Beach is wonderful, tons of palm trees and beach chairs. There are 3 large pools and 2 smaller kid pools. The place was packed the whole week. Lots of people trying to sell you stuff on the beach, almost every evening vendors set up tables on the hotel grounds selling things, and always people walking all over the hotel trying to sell you excursions. A short walk on the sidewalk between the beach and pool area leads you past the other Riu properties and ends at Caribbean Street where there are many shops to haggle with. The kids club could be better - they could learn alot from the RIU Playacar kids club which was much better and actually did the advertised activities for the day. Same feeling about the entertainment crew, much better at RIU Playacar as well.More
a good hotel
My family and I have just returned from a two week stay at the Hotel. First impessions upon arrival were good, check in was smooth, done as a group and we were met with a welcome drink. We had two rooms which were kept spotless by our cleaner wendi. We mainly ate breakfast and dinner at the colonial restaurant. Service was always good waited on without having to tip all the time. Manners and a friendly nature go a long way. The selection of food was always good, and the food did change we never had an issue with finding something. We visited the Italian, steakhouse and Chinese, the Italian being the best. On one night we found the steak very fatty and undercooked. The bars are all quite good and the drinks fine, always got served promptly. The only gripe is the sports bar, it is the only air conditioned place in the hotel, it also has pool tables and arcade games which naturally attract the children, so why do they allow people to smoke in there? More and more people don't smoke today so don't allow the minority to spoil it for the others, especially forcing second hand smoke onto children, not good. We did notice towards the end of the holiday no one was smoking in there. Polls are very good but they get crowded and the pool chairs go early. We noticed the pool towel guys will reserve them for you, for a fee though. The beach was amazing, plenty of chairs and palm trees to keep you sheltered. There was seaweed but this is naturally occurring so not the hotels fault and they work hard to clear it up. The animation team work very hard from the morning and until the entertainment starts at 2145 hrs. Big mention to Pepe and Malanoche who got my son into archery whilst we were there. The rooms are a bit dated but we had no issues at all. We will retrun to the Dominican but will probably try another hotel as there is so much choice. Reading some of the reviews makes me wonder there is no pleasing some people.More
andrew d, Birkenhead, United Kingdom
Our concern was unwarranted!
I had read the reviews on here after booking the hotel and was concerned about the food, hotel and resort. These concerns were unfounded as from the moment we stepped into the hotel the staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Th check in was very well organised and the hotel was spotlessly clean. The room was slightly dated but nothing uncommon for the Caribbean. The mini bar was well stocked with refills as often as required but definitely every two days. Don't worry about drinking, the ice is made with bottled water and all rooms have several bottles of water to brush your teeth with. The food was plentiful with a fantastic choice. The themed restaurants have a lovely selection but they can get very humid as some do not have adequate air conditioning. The beach is a 30 second walk from the hotel and the sunbeds are plentiful. There are a few sellers on the beach but soon move on when you show you aren't interested. I would recommend the outback adventure tour. It is pricey but you get to see much more of the Dominican Republic. There is plenty of entertainment both day and night if you want it but if you don't there is a quieter pool on the other side of the complex which has sunbeds with canopies over, this was where we spent a lot of the time. My children are 15, 11 and 8 and we're amused the whole time and even with a very fussy eater had no problems with the food. We would visit again without hesitation if it wasn't quite so humid there. Hope this helps!More
Guggi1975, New Malden, United Kingdom
Nice beach, average rooms, overcrowded, very little entertainment
we visited Punta Cana for 5th time with 3 other couples for the New Year celebration. Weather was great and group of friends made the stay very nice. However the New Years celebration itself was poor comparing to othe celebrations we've had there and other islands. The other nights were even more boring. I must add that we are all into our 40s and 50s and don't demand too much, just something interesting. Little bit more music, dance and better shows would do.More
beabo1, Boston, Massachusetts
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