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 metres of tropical gardens, so it feels pretty private. The hotel has had a make over ready for Summer 2017.
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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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and access to the bar at Riu Naiboa and Pacha nightclub. Snacks at set times.
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The outdoor pools come complete with swim-up bar and in-pool loungers.
Riu evening entertainment programme
The entertainment programme plays host to live music and shows every evening.
Mexican Buffet Restaurant
Come the evenings, the poolside restaurant turns into a Mexican themed affair. You'll need to book to eat here and kids' dining is also available.
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Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
Traditionally furnished with a modern twist, these double rooms come with either a balcony or terrace, offering that extra space outside. You'll also get a queen-size bed, air-conditioning and optics.
Family Room with Balcony or Terrace
Family rooms can sleep up to four people, with a double bed and a double sofa-bed in the bedroom. You'll also have optics and a minibar which is replenished every two days.
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Beautiful Beach but be aware of items in you're room
This was our first time in DR and our second Riu (First was in Mexico). I think it would be a miss to compare the two because we only paid $1015/each direct flight from Toronto, so it was not overly expensive. We did choose it because we loved the Riu in Mexico. It was hurricane season so one would expect a discount. First off this hotel has been totally renovated as of Summer 2017. So if you are watching you tube video's etc I would stick to recent video's within the last 6 weeks or so. Grounds: this is a very large resort with 20+ multiunit villas. Walking paths are very good and well lit and if you want quiet opt for the back in the center of the resort. Grounds and pools are pretty clean. They are doing construction of a building close to the beach. Before you book ask you're travel agent about this. It may be something to consider because beside this construction is (in my opinion) the best bar and view of the sea at the resort. But having the noise of cranes etc really does spoil the mood slightly. There are two large pools near the sea, one with the swim up bar and one without and there is also a smaller pool near the sea beside the kiddie area. This was a lovely spot with very nice shade all around. The newest pool is at the back of the resort also with a swim up bar and loungers. Plenty of spots to sit and shade as required. The pools are very well thought out for those that want sun or shade. The beach is stunning and you can walk for miles either side. Rooms: rooms are spacious and renovated. We did email in advance asking for a quiet room instead we were beside the parking lot in block 33. I would not recommend being near the roads. Our room's air con never did get lower than 26c which was fine for us but seniors and those traveling with infants may find this too warm. Perhaps the first floor rooms have better air con. There was a fridge and mini bar in our room but we didn't make much use of it (staff did though - more to come on that). There is annoying flashing light from the smoke alarm, but we put two bandaids over the lights and that worked great! Beds were hard and pillows mushy with clean white linen, perfect for us! We would have liked a king bed. Food: The food was fantastic in our opinion. A million times better than any Cuban resort we had been to, maybe not as 5* as Mexico but we enjoyed almost every meal. There are a lot of places to eat at night but check the schedules. Some places are not open on some days. The Italian was our favorite evening meal. At breakfast there is a chocolate cinnamon drink in the soup area that is to die for! Gym and Spa: the gym in this resort is excellent, good air con and equipment to get a serious work out in. The spa at the palace had steam room, dry sauna and cold plunge pools. I had a massage here that was nice. At the rui bavaro they have the warm baths and steam room and another excellent gym and massage areas. Staff: staff were fine but not overly friendly and I think that's because it seemed the guests were very demanding and there were not a lot of smiles all around. I can't really put my finger on the vibe but it was in the patrons as well. There was a lack of pleasantry that one would expect in a vacation area. Rosa made our room up very nicely everyday. Final note: The day after we arrived we took the $6 bus into "town" (town was a very western mall). The only thing it had going for it was a grocery store and a decent Italian place that made a mean pesto pasta. We bought decent wine from Australia, Champagne and Whiskey and Spanish Sangria to enjoy throughout the week in our room (yes it is all inclusive but we have a picky pallet when it comes to wine and the local variety was not the greatest). The day before we were leaving we came back to our room in the evening to have a Sangria before dinner and the bottle was gone. This is not a money issue, the Sangria was under $10, it was the principle of it. We suspect the people who refill the mini bar took our one bottle of Sangria thinking we would not notice (our mini bar was also tapped into every day and we didn't drink any of the voldka, gin, rum or whiskey that was in our room.) We wrote a note in Spanish and brought it to the front desk (again, nothing to do with the actual cost of the product just as a point of principle and the management of a Riu should be aware of this) and my husband delivered it to the front desk and they offered to replace the bottle but didn't have any Sangria. Which was fine, again it was the principle of the matter. We go on vacation to enjoy ourselves and just relax for a week a year - and yes, we lock up our passports and extra money etc. But if we go to a resort and have to lock up everything in our room for fear of being robbed, then this is not a resort we would ever go back to.More
Mrs S, 154984
Expected more from a RIU hotel
My wife and I stayed at the RIU Bamboo from Oct 3-10. Upon checkin the lady at the counter tried to convince us that our room was among the farthest from the beach and lobby and tried to sell us on an upgrade for an additional fee. We spent an hour looking at upgraded rooms only to find that the room she was showing us was already occupied. We ended up keeping our initial room and it was perfect. It was in a secluded part of the resort with its own pool and next to the Spanish a la carte restaurant. Not sure if the try to sell upgrades to many visitors but I suggest looking at your room first. They are recently renovated and very spacious with all the amenities that you need. The rooms are extremely clean however I think the cleaning ladies throw all the debris in the hallway and stairs. They were really dirty and not cleaned all week. The buffet restaurant Colonial offered a good variety of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The a la carte restaurants however were a huge disappointment. They advise that these restaurants are unlimited however if you want to eat there you must line up between 6:00 and 6:15 otherwise the restaurant is full for the evening. The Spanish was ok, the Italian and Steakhouse were good but wine drinkers beware. It is the same wine all over the resort and it is really bad (red, white and rose) and they do not offer a wine list to buy some. So it is their crummy wine or nothing. There are several pools with lots of shade and chairs. Same for the beach. No need to get up at the crack of dawn to get a chair. The beach is beautiful and you can walk for miles in either direction. The drinks at the bars were pretty bad as well. There are liquor dispensers in the room with soft drinks in the fridge so I ended up making my own drinks before going to the beach. If you are a beer drinker you'll be happy, it is really good. All in all it is a nice resort with a few minor things that I think they can improve on but still a good choice to spend a week in the sun. Personally I will probably choose one of the RIU Palaces, it is worth the additional cost.More
Not typical of a Riu?
Ok my review will be lengthy but quite accurate to our experience since we came back today so all is fresh on my mind. Check in: confusing to say the least. It's as if the resort staff got caught by surprise with the arrival of a bus with over 50 travellers. We were given an envelope with our room number, room key cards, towel cards and a slew of coupons for scuba Caribe and the spa. No bracelet?.... We asked again and he then said oh yeah come here. Once again just seemed confused. Not common from a Riu. This is our 3rd time at a Riu having stayed at the Bachata in Puerto Plata and the club hotel Ocho Rios in Jamaica. Room: don't be fooled by the main picture on TripAdvisor. Even though a refurb was done to this property our room in block 27 basically received a new coat of paint and updated decor. The beds are rock hard, my suspicion is that the mattress is older and springs are tired so hope you like sleeping on a hard surface. The pillows are paper thin so ask for extras. Our AC worked so so... Room was always around 24 degrees Celsius even though I selected 21 from day 1...room never got cool as desired. Yes I did go to the front desk and yes they told me someone would come in 20 mins... But I know better. Shower was clogged so water was accumulating at our feet... Once again went to the front desk and that got fixed. Satelite tv service is quite poor. Alot of distortion on the screen and quite a bit of channels not working while we were there. Not that it's super important but some nights it would be fun to be able to watch tv. Last comment about our room, when we first got it the fridge had 3 bottles that were previously opened and not by us and not removed. And the room was warm (27) and smelled musty. When you know you have people checking in have their rooms prepped and cool for their arrival. You only get 1 chance to make a great impression. And the room is the first place customers are taken too... So enough said about that. Resort: advertised as a 5 star, more of a 3.5.... Beach is great. Not private though so tons of vendors asking if you want cigars, paintings, bathing suits, pictures, sunglasses, sun hats, mugs... You get the picture. But if you spend 3 or 4 hours on the beach you will be asked a dozen times or so if you want to buy. Say no thank you and they keep walking. Same activities as other resorts like volleyball, exercise and soccer etc.... Restaurants: Riu should do a better job to properly identify the food. I won't try if I don't know because I don't want to waste. But that goes for every restaurant on this resort.... Please identify what the food is. The a la carte restaurant system needs to be tuned. There is no sign that tells you which one is open on which night. I'm not going to elaborate too much on that but please put the proper open and close days on the big menu at the restaurant entrance. We went to the steakhouse at 615...it was already full. So they gave us a puck that would blink once a table was ready. At 745 our puck flashed... So after waiting 1.5 hours we were seated and given a salad. We ate that in about 5 minutes s because we were hungry. Followed by a half hour of nothing..... Then we got cheese sticks. Then our steak came. 2 hours plus after our puck flashed supper was done... Way too long a process. We ate at the colonial (main buffet) on most days and for most meals just to save us time and frustration. Btw... Reserving a la cartes is a way better system and they do it at other riu properties. No reservation equals delays... Long lines and long waits. The other thing this property needs is fly traps. Theyre are flies everywhere in the buffet. The installation of fly traps (blue light) would be greatly appreciated. So riu please look into traps so that you can equip all areas were people eat with these and improve the hygiene. This is one the reason why people may get sick. The doors to the colonial should not be open all the time but open and close like at mama Juana were there were no flies. This is a good resort to go to if the price is right, not sure we will be returning but still a good trip. I know it seems like I'm bashing but little details like this could make this place better. And it's with comments and suggestions from people that progress is made.More
I stayed at the riu bambu for my 2 week holiday. Had a lovely time. The staff are so friendly and really goes out of their way to make your stay pleasant. The buffet has a large variety of food and they got many diffrent kinds of juice, fizzy and alcoholic bevereges. The only thing that drags down is alot of the meat, specially the beef was always dry. But the chicken was always perfect. And with so many coconut trees around, i missed having coconut on the fruit table at the buffet. The cleaningstaff made sure the room was spotless everyday and i loved the pool area and the beach. And having caribbean street with all the little shops for suvenirs was great ☺️ all in all i had a really plesent stay 👍🏻More
Not the hotel I would stay at again First room we had was damp and really could smell it very small twin room, we asked for an upgrade which we got it was much better and glad to say they didn’t charge us the extra £100. My sister and I thought the food was mostly very good and lots of English food for children which is great for families. The staff are very friendly and hard working . The area was beautiful and we loved the beach and the trips which were arranged by the hotel. I would say it would be ideal for families with young children as they is lots of things happening for them.More
Jan W, 503998
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