ClubHotel Riu Bambu

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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Based On 3448 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 1Floor
  • 740Rooms

With Thomson Airways

  • Direct flights from 7 UK airports
  • Jetlag-busting flights on the spacious Dreamliner
  • Enjoy complimentary drinks
  • Extras for Premium Club guests including UK airport lounge 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

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 a 5 Apple no way

I'll start by saying that we are pretty easy going couple and will make the most of any situation. That being said, we are enjoying ourselves but still disappointed that we were expecting 5 apples and told that hotel would be comparable toThe Dreams Punta Cana. Highly recommend the Dreams but cannot say same for this resort. The good: the beach is awesome, hotel and rooms are clean, service is pleasant. Improvement areas: rooms are dated, hard beds, funky smelling towels, mediocre food. In the buffet, where is the hand sanitizer? Come on people, I didnt see any at all. Our first room, mold on the walls, we were moved upon request but dang... No ventilation or fan in bathroom, that might be part of the issue. Although I don't plan to be in the room much, I want it to be inviting when I do go there. The al la carte restaurants are just a tad better than the buffet in terms of ambiance but food taste is lacking. I'm ready to go to an outside restaurant as of day 5. Come for the beach but just know this is 3 star facility at best. More

VacationTime32, Chicago, IL

worst riu ever

after booking this holiday with thomson holidays for 4 adults and told by our travel agent that it would be a 2 room apartment, sadly that was the first of many lies to be encountered on this trip as it was just the one room with 2 3/4 beds and a fold out sofa bed. spending over £5000 on this holiday to then be told to guarantee another room would require another £1500 was astounding at best. so we muddled on and after the 1st night of sleepimg on the most uncomfortable sofa bed in history we decided to double up 2 to a 3/4 each and try and make the best of this almighty cock up sadly this was not to be the case. the food as we found out tended to up its game for new arrivals then would plummet drastically after a couple of days once you were there. it was bland and tasteless despite looking presentable,so when new arrivals came it was a bonus for the people who had been there a while as half decent food would be served. the staff..well ive never known a more ignorant manàna attitude in ANY hotel ive ever been to. bar staff standing around talking to each other with no attempt to serve people until they had finished their chat and even then surly and uncomminicative. waiting on staff in the dining room very slow at clearing and resetting tables would rather stand round talking then waiting on. people queued up for ages waiting for example my wife asked for some more crackers for the cheese that was put out as the tray was empty..after asking 3 times and 12 minutes later was told by a manager to calm down lady they finally arrived only for all the cheese to have gone!! the smell enamatimg around the drinks station for the 1st five days could only described as a backed up toilet..which then miraculously disappeared when a big visit by top management arrived..standards improved dramatically for their day stay incidentally. time and time again we were told that the staff were on a basic wage and relied on tips to boost their wage yet everyone of them had a better mobile than myself and were on them at every free second they had and even when they didnt. being english i have always tipped our maids big at the end of our holidays for their sterling work on cleaning the rooms and decorating them with their towel animal sculptures. to have a maid come after 5 days and knock on the door and hold her hand out and demand a tip was a downright cheek. our toilet in our room had a wonderful 42 second symphony of a hi pitch whistle then gained an octave or 2 every 6 seconds or so. this made it unflushable at night or early morning for fear of waking up not only everbody im our room but at least 5 rooms around and above us! our safe in our room developed a fault so was reported to reception,we were told to be in our room at 11am as someome needed to be there when it was fixed. at 12:50pm and 5 phone calls to reception only to be told someone is on there way(5 times) my wife and i went back to reception to be told only a manager could do this and they hadn't even been informed,despite it clearly been written down in their log book. the general cleanliness of the hotel was poor at best walking back from the beach or bars upon closer imspection on the paths were littered with cigarettes making it look shoddy. one incident in the main bar one night when one of the fans(which were on at full speed) lost one of its blades was extremely fortunate no one was seriusly hurt or killed as it traveled across tge bar it an astounding velocity. this hotel in brochures is labelled 5 stars and after consultation with many different nationalities and hearing their complaints as well as ours it would be lucky to achieve 3. seriously..avoid this hotel if you want to enjoy your hard earned money for a holiday. one last gripe $10 to get into the country ok i get it. $20 dollers to get out...a scandal More

Peter F,

Friendly staff

The staff were very friendly from dining room staff to housekeeping staff etc. Rooms very clean. Food was excellent. Beach had plenty of lounge chairs. Overall very happy. Day trips were excellent. Sunwing staff very accommodating.More

Diane N, Owen Sound, Canada

You get what you pay for

The ClubHotel Riu Bambu is one of five Riu hotels on the property, and it's the second from the bottom. We actually got a fairly good rate, but, as they say, you get what you pay for. The rooms are basically motel rooms, but they were clean and had balconies. There are no ocean views and the televisions were fairly old and did not work particularly well at times. Also, the rooms are not connected to the lobby, so we were stuck in the lobby for an hour when it started to rain. The beach is the highlight -- it is right on the property and is spectacular. It's the main reason we stayed here. The pools are not particularly impressive. The food/drink is a highlight as well -- there was a seemingly endless amount to choose from. The dining room staff was also very helpful; the rest of the staff -- not so much. There is no Wi-Fi in the rooms, which is ridiculous. You get 90 minutes a day but only in the lobby. I don't think we would stay at a ClubHotel again -- rather, we would probably move to one of the Palaces, even though it would be considerably more money.More

Steven P, New York City, New York

Not happy

The only reason we had fun is because we were with friends and family. The rooms could use a paint job and updated. The mattress was nice and firm though. But we did have bugs for company. The servers were not very friendly. Hardly a smile or that they enjoy their job. We felt that we were I convincing them, with or without a tip. The people that cleaned the rooms always had a smile and a hello. The kids show was cute but I would have liked to know the songs in English. I realize the language is Spanish in PuntaCana, I just wish more English was spoken. The adult show was later in the evening, and was very nice and colorful. Though we didn't realize the adult show started at 9:45 for a couple of days. Overall I do NOT recommend this resort. Pay a little more for a more upscale resort. Not an Apple 5 Apple reting.More

Sharon B, Belleville, Michigan

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