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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Full Board. Snacks.
Unlimited locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
All are included except where indicated.
The outdoor pool comes complete with swim-up bar and in-pool loungers.
The entertainment programme plays host to live music and shows every evening.
The Casino is at the nearby adults-only Riu Palace Macao.
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.
These suites come with either a balcony or terrace, offering that extra space outside. You'll also get a double bedroom, an extra bed, and air-conditioning.
I read the reviews here after I'd booked our trip, so I was pretty nervous. The drive to the resort from the airport didn't ease my mind either, so I was pleasantly surprised when our shuttle arrived and we entered into the big open-air lobby. I was struck by the dated decor (made me think of British West Indies or Cuba in the 1950s, not that I've been to either or was even alive then, but it was the vibe). The pictures and information online make it look much nicer than it is. Check in was pretty smooth but one thing bugged me and that was that we were told to go to our room and leave our bags, and they would be brought to us shortly. We did so, but halfway to our room (a very, very long walk to our room at the back of the resort and did I mention it was really, really hot?), we were questioning ourselves about it. It was 4 pm and we really wanted to get changed and visit the pools and the beach before dinner. Our bags were brought to our room about half an hour later, but it would've been nice to have had them with us. And by the time we made it to the pool, they were out of towels... A couple of things we didn't like: 1. The first night, your only option is the continental buffet for dinner. The food was mediocre throughout our stay, but we've been to other resorts that were a good bit nicer than this one, and the food at those isn't much better. My husband ate a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables (and even brushed his teeth with bottled water) and had a vague upset stomach the whole stay. I ate greasy garbage and brushed my teeth with tap water and felt just fine all week. 2. You have to make reservations for dinner for your entire stay your first morning at the resort. They wouldn't let us book the same place twice until we had reservations for everywhere. If you don't do this or don't show up for your scheduled time, you eat at the buffet. And you can't pick the time for your dinner, so ours was at 9 pm each night. This wasn't so bad, really, but it was irksome that we didn't get to pick. The whole idea of a vacation, for us, is that you don't have to be on a schedule. Annoying. 3. The implication in the resort info online is that there is 24-hour availability for food. And there is, if you want a sandwich out of the cooler at the sports bar that's open all night. I felt as though that was misleading. We honestly may have booked our vacation elsewhere had we known there wasn't room service (and a poolside grill). That being said: we had a really nice, relaxing time. The beach was lovely and clean for the most part. We stayed there most days. The pools were fine -- clean -- but there wasn't much of a breeze and it was 98% humidity every day we were there (early June). The facility is old but we found it to be really clean, for the most part. Our room was clean as well, with an air conditioner that functioned beautifully (and it got quite the workout from us -- we kept it frigid as a meat locker in there). We had a king bed and found it very comfy, although the pillows were a little lacking. We used the safe in the room and had no trouble with it. One thing that surprised us is that there didn't seem to be any washcloths! Asking for one resulted in some confused looks, so we used the little face towels. On a recent visit to Europe I noted there aren't washcloths there either, so maybe the DR takes after that. There are liquor dispensers in the room but we didn't use them. A quick shot our first day made turpentine seem more palatable, but the drinks at the bars were nice and well made. There is a set drink menu they mostly stick to but some tipping helped them get more creative. Don't care much for the Dominican liquor but they keep some nice brands out of the public eye that you can ask for. And they're generous with their pours. Additionally, a dollar or two left in the room fridge netted us some extra water, beer and Pepsi. All of the staff (with the exception of a couple of guys handing out towels by the pool) were friendly and helpful. There are some folks strolling the beach trying to sell you things but a "No thank you" sent them on their way, We heard that the "Dominican cigars" one guy was selling were actually dried, rolled banana leaves, so buyer beware. We weren't worried much about the entertainment but the folks who watched the show's looked like they were having fun. Some of the players came into the audience and danced with various people. We were just amazed at their stamina in the heat! The show's did end rather early. Seemed the whole placed buttoned down for the night between 11 and 12. My husband heard some revelry in the wee hours one morning but I didn't. I slept like a rock. All in all, it was a poorly-planned, hastily booked, very cheap vacation. We got more than our money's worth at a clean, safe place and came home tanned and relaxed. If we go back to Punta Cana, I might not stay there again, but I'd recommend it to anyone who just wants to lie on the beach in the sun for a few days without breaking the bank.More
On arrival check in is very chaotic, when we got to our room this was away from the main heart of the complex and very quiet. The room was a good size with a very comfortable bed, clean and shower very good. We did however have our room door left open on three occasions by the maids. The food was excellent - such a huge variety for all meals, we could not fault this. There were times when the waiter service was a little lax but not to the point we would complain. The steak restaurant was also excellent and would definately recommend this. The pool area was beautiful plenty of beds however there were way too many drunken youths around the pool bar, too many South American/spanish who were loud and drunk to the point they were fighting on our landing and we had to call security. I feel this hotel should be advertised for 18-30 age group and not suitable for families and couples wanting a quiet break. Beautiful palm filled beach which did not offer enough shade and did not have a beach bar which is a shame. Evening entertainment is typical hotel however there was a good trapeze act. Unfortunately this hotel did not compare with other Riu Hotels we have stayed in the past. Overall we enjoyed our holiday but will not be returning to the Bambu or Dominican Republic.More
My friend and I stayed at the Riu Palace next door to the Bambu from June 14th-June 21st. However, we spent almost all our time with the exception of eating and sleeping at the Bambu. The atmosphere was very relaxing and there was a great crowd. Awesome entertainment as well. There's always lessons, activities and music taking place. The entertainment crew was super hard working and energetic. Shout-out to 'Sexi Love', 'Whoa' and Ajay! Those guys are awesome! The beach was phenomenal and we never had issues finding chairs. The food at the buffet was tasty, lots of variety and the coffee is to die for! The grounds are clean and well maintained. One downside like I've read in other comments, is people smoking everywhere. It would be nice if there were designated smoking areas, because lots of people like myself can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke. Other than that, it was a great resort! I'm glad my friend and I were able to resort hop to the Bambu!More
Feven G, 155019
This hotel was a nice friendly hotel, and fully deserves it 5 stars. Very relaxing spot and brilliant facilities! The rooms where brilliant and the cleaners put that extra touch in with flowers around the sink and towel swans, and I really appreciated that. Food wise could do with a lot of improvement, at the end of 2 weeks, I began to gag when seeing and smelling the pasta and other foods which were constantly on display. The ala carte where brilliant each one of them with lovely food and service was good. Entertainment was okay, although the live shows where a bit draining and we found ourselves leaving early. Both swimming pools where lovely and we ll kept, could do with a bit more attention during the day. overall the hotel was lovely as was the location, the room was good and a good standard as well. More
First the not so good. Most of the waiting and bar staff are miserable. Or they seem to be, let's say disinterested, maybe it's a culture thing I don't know, but the Cuban equivalents make far more effort to make a holiday in Cuba special. Our room door was repeatedly left open by the maids. A leaky ceiling was hurriedly repaired (badly) after we had a pool of water on the floor, must be from the air conditioning units cos we were on the top floor. The lighting circuits are weird, you can't switch all the lights off from the beds! There's no kettle for a cosy night or morning cups. Entertainment is weak. The music and entertainment by the pool is too loud. It's more 18-30 with oldies.....it can get very rowdy! You can't drink the tap water, but the bar ice is from the tap, dodgy tummy safe VERY common! Diet cola is full sugar cola. Now the good stuff. Food choice and cooking are first class. Cleanliness is amazing but litter does spoil the romantic effect at the beach. Air con is great. Rooms are clean. Fridge has beer and water. There's optics in the room for short drinks. 2 sinks and a decent shower. The loo flushing system is excellent. Oh and take a Segway tour from Kiki down by the beach, it's great value for money. Franzie and the twins at the Segway tour site are just the most helpful! Love the coconut palms around the place.More
Keith P, 187050
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