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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Double room sleeps up to 4, 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years-old with 2 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.
Double room sleeps up to 4, 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years-old - can be sold as a single. With 2 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.
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Just a Relax time
It is an affortable resort. The staff was very friendly. The location of the resort is by the beach area but any of the rooms have a beach front view. We appreciated that the hotel offer 3 bottles of water per room plus a mini bar every two days. Our room was nice and clean; it was located in the new area in the back (better and brand new beds). The buffets were Ok but the wine was not great. We bought a bottle everyday at the store. If you like to drink wine... Please pack and bring your wine.. :) I also liked they had FIGS and a big table of cheeses.More
joaquin D, Cleveland, Ohio
Plesantly Surprised After Reading Reviews--Met, If Not Exceeded Expectations!
Staff was friendly enough, though I agree, they seem to be driven by tips. With this being said, one must keep in mind that their shifts are long and staff was visibly overworked. We observed many guests be very demanding, yet they did not tip. You probably wouldn't eat at a restaurant or consume at a bar in the States, without tiping and this is no different. If you paid what we paid, the hotel is a bargain, be kind and generous --what goes around comes around. Once engaged, some staff, was consistently and extremely nice. I recommend when dinning at the main dinnning rooms, that you stick to a session, tip, and you will be taken care off --this will enhance your overall experience. Language was a barrier and frustrating for some guests. I assume that the higher end resorts get the employees who are fully bilingual. With this being said, you are in their country, and their official language is not English. No need to be rude, disrespectful, or demeaning! Fo us, though a tad outdated, the room's size was not a problem, it was 4 of us and we found it spacious. Poor shower design, hit myself maneuvering my way around quiet a few times. We were in one of the back buildings, but given how much we were eating, we appreciated the walk, even with two kids on tow. Mini bar got refilled as mentioned by others. Drink the bottled water given to you (vs. the ones at sink or the restaurants). Brush your teeth with it as well. We forgot and two of us got sick and we believe it was from the water. We had no problems with the bed or pillows bring uncomfortable. TV was small and also outdated, but we didn't travel to the DR to watch TV! We didn't book any excursions and noticed that the kids (8 and 10) sarted getting bored with the routine half way though our 7 day stay. The kids club staff was warm and welcoming, and the kids really enjoyed attending a few hours a day. Don't feel bad, they had fun and it's included. It's open 2 hours in the am and another 2 hours in the afternoon. It helped them meet and play with other children which was hard given how large and crowded the resort was. The beach didn't feel crowded to us despite the hotel being pretty full. We had no trouble finding lounge chairs. Towels are provided by the pool in the am and you must return them in the evening in order to get clean ones the next day, which we found ackward, but manegeable. Water was SO warm, lots of waves, the sand was white and soft. Be forewarned, lots of scratchy sea weed--yikes. Unsure if it's more common in August, but we found it a nuissance. The pool we found small for the size of the resort and tigth most of the time. We preferred a la carte dining. Though the food from the buffets wasn't horrible, it was hit or miss. I enjoyed the nightly stations and looked forward to the surprise. Desserts were not great and I am a dessert eater, so I was disappointed. The best meal was possibly breakfast and it's omelette stand, oatmeal, and delicious fruit smoothies--yum! Coffee machines were good, preferred the coffee from the DR, a tad stroger. Agreed don't go near the burger patties or sausage/hotdogs! Tried the mangu, sausages, and any other local dishes, though also hit or miss, they were significantly better than other stuff on the buffet. I would reccomment that you also abstain from salads and veggies, as they are likely washed in the water you shouldn't be drinking. The animation team was so so in my opinion, yet entertaining enough and always had a smile on their faces despite long shifts. The shows were so so--agred. Michael Jackson is a most!!! The shows were at 9:45, which was awfully late with two kids. That was a bummer and the first time the kids didn't get to watch all of the shows at a resort. Watery small drinks (though not the purpose of our visit). You may want to bring your own drinking containers. Wifi in lobby a pain. Only once a day. We are so dependent on our phones nowadays it was hard, but eventually became the norm. Had a bday and anniversary while there and the hotel gave us a little something for each occassion, which was very nice. Stars were taken off because this wasn't a luxury property, truly a 3 star with no whistles or bells! With this being said, can't bit the prize. Hotel provided us with much needed quality time together and some respite for me from cooking, cleaning, etc.More
gsanchez_12, Boston, Massachusetts
Riu Bambu Punta Cana
Awesome deal Awesome hotel Awesome beach Awesome food..... Need I say more? We will be back and I would take the exact same hotel, room, food... We went on an excursion across the island to the Caribbean, took a sail boat to Catalina island, snorkeled, ate lunch and had a blast for a very reasonable price. Just an AWESOME VACATION!More
Kevin K, Rockford, Illinois, United States
Entertainment team was great!
Visited this resort in Novemer 2013. It was the third time I had been to Punta Cana and I would say this resort is #3 on my list. It was nice and clean, but just not quite up to what I had experienced at other resorts in the area. I was in a deluxe room. It was beautiful!!! Unfortunately the deluxe rooms are all the way at the back of the resort, the farthest from the beach and the pool. Food was good, not great, but good. Pool was nice. My only complaint about the pool is because of my personal preference. I noticed that a lot of the beach chairs weren't situated where they were looking at the pool. They are tucked around bushes and trees and pointed in all different directions. I felt this was kind of odd because personally I want to be able to see the pool and watch the activities throughout the day from my chair. The pool itself was a smaller than usual pool but really nice, very clean. Great little booths in the pool. All of the staff was incredible! So nice and very good service. Entertainment team was fantastic! Always upbeat and fun. Overall.... a good resort for the price you pay, but if you spend just a bit more money you can probably get a resort that is nicer.More
AmyS1983, Sarnia, Canada
The staff was wonderful, the location was perfect! It's a nice, small, intimate resort where you get to know the staff. Had a wonderful time and would certainly rebook there again. We couldn't ask for more.More
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