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Riu Bambu

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Our Opinion

Closer to a 4 star rating, Riu Bambu is an older hotel that has been renovated. Located on a great palm tree lined beach with a nice pool area. The new water play area with slides, waterfalls, splash pads and a wading pool is great for kids. Typically good food with Riu.

Please note: Riu Bambu will be closed for renovations April 19 - July 15, 2017.

The RIU Bambu is a fantastic, all-inclusive beachfront resort with a lively atmosphere. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, it is just a stone's throw away from Playa Arena Gorda beach with its many watersports. It is one of the most popular properties with Canadian vacationers.

Location: Directly on the beach, 30 minutes from the Punta Cana airport and 5 minutes from the Caribbean Street shopping complex.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • flyers4488 : Cobourg, Canada
Was just ok

We visited RIU Bambu from April 7-14 with our teenage kids and two other couples for a total of 12 of us, the check in went really well our keys and bands were waiting for us when we arrived. The room was ok bit of a walk to buffet and pool but that was ok, called for towels said they would send someone right up!! I'm still waiting. The buffet had lots of choices but it seemed like the same things every day that gets old quick. We ate at the steak house and the Italian and they were both really good. The pool was always busy but there were chairs available, the bar service was ok, you had to go get your own though no service around pool or around the entertainment at night. The beach is beautiful as was the ocean but that's not because of the Rui. This resort was closing a few days after we were there for renovations and I'm assuming so they can bring it up to the standards of the other 5 star Rui that are on the same grounds because this resort does not look or get the service of a 5 star resort. I would probably not return to this resort, we as a group made the most of it and had fun but it was not what we were expecting. We went to the Grand Bahia Principe in Nov and that property blew the Rui out of the water for service, rooms food and overall friendliness

  • kittyandbill : Portadown, United Kingdom
we loved it here ... (but ...)

Perhaps there are things about the Riu Bambu that make a rating of 5/5 a little generous, but we had such a wonderful time here that it seems churlish to look for flaws.We like Riu's ClubHotel formula very much. Low-rise properties with some attention to local flavour rather than characterless international luxurious uniformity. Punta Cana is a lovely place. The weather was lovely, most of the people were really lovely, and all this was accessible within our budget. We had been here nine years ago, and were a little nervous about repeating a wonderful experience, and even though there were some small disappointments, we hope very much that we will be able to go back at least once. Staff such as Jose in Technical Services, Celestino on the front desk, Ramon in the bar, Juana who looked after our room, Issa at breakfast time and all the staff in the Mexican restaurant - (they didn't all have name tags) - and "smoothie guy" were people made looking after us seem effortless and we will remember them with affection. It is impossible to name-check or even accurately remember names of everyone who contributed to our happy stay. but we are grateful to all of the cheerful, helpful people we met.I'd be wary of persuading any undecided reader that this is a real 5-star hotel experience, but we enjoyed our stay so very much that I am reluctant to make any criticisms. We enjoyed the charm and excitement of the tropics in spring for a price not much different than we'd pay for destinations close to home. Not opulence, but not to be missed, either.

  • Jennifer Y :
Beautiful beach!

Visited during Easter weekend which was very crowded. Would not go during Easter again. This was also preceding the day the entire resort closed for major renovations. Overall friendly staff, decent food-not great, and gorgeous beach. This resort was a mid range resort so it lacked many amenities but I knew this when I booked. Overall good stay and would return at a quieter time.

  • shintrec : St. Louis, MO
Overall had a great time.

The room was fairly good as expected. The pool, swim up bar, children's pool, and beach were excellent. Close to each other. Plenty of chairs by poolside or at the beach. The entertainment crew was excellent, very energetic and kept us busy and entertained.The quality of food and drinks was a little lower. Most drinks were locally made. Mostly sweet cocktails. Not much choice for someone who did not like sweet drinks. Wine was not good. Good local fresh fruit and the fresh fruit purees served with breakfast. The specialty restaurants were not very good. The general dining restaurant Colonial was better. That is where we ate most of the time. The service was excellent. The staff was very hard working.Overall happy with the vacation.

  • Roisin H :
Not a5*hotel very disappointing for riu

Very disappointing for Riu hotel in punta Cana domenican.hotel advertising as 5* ,it not even 4*.needs baths .bathroom door bangs on toilet when opened .bedside drawers broken .in restaurant plates left on table all the time and very poor service.beach area dirty and needle found on beach where our daughter was playing .reception staff unfriendly and just nodded heads when reporting issues.reported to holiday rep and nothing even the children's entertainer s no enthusiasm or smiles when on stage performing with children .only 2main toilets for a large hotel .a complete letdown from riu hotels.we only booked riu as we always use them and were impressed and we want to cancel our October holiday with them now .a complete let down

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily (buffet & made to order food stations)
  • A la carte dinner at Italian Caribe Grill & Steakhouse (dress code and reservations required)
  • Pizzeria snacks & domestic drinks 24 hours a day (incl. house wine with dinner)
  • Day & night tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Games room
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba lesson in pool
  • Free access to Splash Water World in the Riu complex
  • Gym
  • Entrance to casino at Riu Palace (drinks extra)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to Pacha disco (drinks extra)
  • 560 bungalow-style guestrooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars including Swim-up bar
  • 2 pools, and 1 for kids
  • Tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
  • Water sports centre
  • Boutique and shops
  • Massage services (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical services on call 24 hrs (fee)
  • Golf nearby

Guest Rooms include:

  • 2 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Stocked mini-bar
  • In-room safe
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Full Bathroom
  • Hairdryer

Kids Deal - Kids 12 and under stay and eat free when sharing with 2 adults. Max 2 kids. Limited availability.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy the Kids' Mini-club and supervised programs.

Stay at 1, Play at 3 - Receive full exchange privileges at Riu Taino and Riu Naiboa. Dinner restaurants excluded.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Bambu
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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ClubHotel Riu Bambu
Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.