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
- Upgrade to Premium Club for additional benefits
- 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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Good entertainment for all the family but very average accomodation
Stayed in Riu Bambu August 2015. As a family of 6 (kids aged 8 - 15) we were initially squeezed into 2 standard rooms which was totally inadequate. Standard rooms are OK for a couple and 1 small child but not suitable for 3 people otherwise - whatever they try to say. 'Family' room was ok for 2 adults and 2 small children. Weather was great, beach was nice. Food was good and plenty of beer and rum to drink. Pool was overcrowded but if you got up early enough you could always get a space. Despite lots of signs up saying that you couldn't reserve the sun beds, the pool attendants saved the best spots for anybody willing to give them a few dollars on the side. It was the same at another Riu hotel I went to last year. Poor show Riu - you need to get control of this. Kids entertainment was good. Adult entertainment was ok, all be it a bit like a 70's carry on film at times.Some great acrobatic acts came in on 2 nights which were excellent. Room was burgled whilst we there. Lost money, a watch and some headphones. Security not great. Each room has a safe and most of our valuables were in there so could have been worse. Couldn't get out of our mind that someone came into our room and stole our stuff. Hotel staff were sympathetic and said they would look into it but basically just said it was out fault for not putting everything into the staff. Hotel branded as a 5*. This must be because of the entertainment which was plentiful. The accommodation was a 3* at best. I wouldn't come back here again and probably wouldn't choose another Riu hotel again. Perhaps just put off by a bad experience.More
TDONHOLIDAYS, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
We just returned to Toronto last night from our 8 night vacation with family. There were 9 of us travelling in total and the resort staff did an amazing job accommodating us at every encounter. Check-in was so fast and easy as everything was prepared for us in advance, our luggage was carried to our rooms right away as well. We were fortunate to be given deluxe rooms which were newly renovated. The rooms were also very clean and well kept. We stayed in room 4005, a three minute walk to the lobby and 2 minute walk from the beach and pool. The resort is an excellent size, the rest of our family arrived the day after and were given rooms close by to ours as requested. The buffet food was good at the colonial and mama Juana restaurant. We recommend to book al la carte restaurants as the buffets for the most part lacked variety. We tried the Japanese and Steakhouse for al la carte restaurants they were very good! We would have liked to try the Italian but they were always fully booked when we went to request. The Riu Fun and Riu Fit staff were amazing and they definitely deserve a shoutout as their hospitality was astounding. There was always something to do during the day: beach/pool Aerobics, yoga, bachata/salsa lessons, volleyball, basketball, water polo, etc The beach was nice at the beginning of the trip, sand beach, no rocks with some seaweed. The last couple days on our trip we experienced the end of hurricane Erica, lots of seaweed came up to the shore! The bar and wait staff were also friendly and helpful! They really do make a point to remember you and where your from! Excellence! If my future trip includes Punta Cana I will stay at Riu Bambu again! More
gioviv, Toronto, Canada
Travelled to Punta Cana in August 2015. After reading some of the reviews I was very nervous about our visit to the Riu Bambu but can honestly say please don't listen to the moaners, its obvious some people wouldn't be satisfied wherever they were staying. . The airport is one of the most organised I have traveled through, by the time we got through customs our cases were waiting for us. On arriving at Riu Bambu, check-in was very quick. We were shown to our rooms where the maid was waiting to ensure everything was as we expected, not long after the phone rang from reception to check everything was ok and we were then visited by a member of the management staff.. Never had that in any hotel we have stayed in before.The bed was huge and extremely comfortable. The room was cleaned thoroughly every day, not always at the same time but always by early afternoon. Sockets will take european adaptors. The fridge/optics are refilled everyother day.The pools are lovely and clean, I even saw someone in the pool one morning with a brush scrubbing the sides clean. Very clean water and yes does get a bit murky by the afternoon but this is only to be expected with the amount of people using the pools. The buffet restaurant was amazing with something to cater for even the fussiest of eaters. We were served by Ismeal who was a really lovely person and he worked extremely hard to ensure we enjoyed our meals and we didn't tip him until the end of our stay!There is also an Asian, Mexican, Italian and Steak house restaurant which can be visited as many times as you want, but they need to be booked. The Italian was our favorite but that is down to personal choice. During the day the steak restaurant serves breakfast and buffet food until 5.00pm. Water, soft drinks, beer and wine is on tap to help yourself. There is also a bar near reception and swim up bar where you can get anything else you might want. One night the TV and some of the sockets stopped working. We reported this to reception on our way for our evening meal and when we returned to the room two workmen were sorting the problem out. Very prompt in my opinion.There are plenty of sunbeds around the pools and on the beech. The sand is so white and soft and the sea lovely and warm. Seaweed is a problem but this is hardly the fault of the hotel, and is cleared away regularly. We went on the Segway tour and would thoroughly recommend it. I would suggest you take an umberella as when it rains it is very heavy. The entgertainment staff work extremely hard. The children love them. I would definitely recommend this hotel.More
MSs403, Newcastle, United Kingdom
We (3 daughters, my wife and my self) were there August 24 to 27, people was really nice, food beautiful, activities great, we have no complains.the only thing I didn't like is we have to go. THANKS RIU BAMBU.we are going to have good memories about you. More
A family resort
Housekeeping did an exceptional job in keeping room spotlessly clean, all servers were pleasant, food was good and restaurant staff were constantly on the go. Reception desk - extremely rude and confrontational....should be retrained in all aspects of customer experience and satisfaction. Sunwing rep - Ricky...did not show up on time and did not relay reliable flight information; we ended up sitting at the airport for 8 hours when we could have enjoyed another day at the resort. People interested in this resort should understand this is a family resort with lots of children. More
Debbie P, Kitchener, Canada
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