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Riu Bambu

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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.

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
  • Gardengnome57 : Ajax, Canada
Sixth visit here, but some disappointments

February 10-17,2017Firstly let me say, hubby and I have spent many vacations on the beaches of Punta Cana-of the 13 times we've been there, we have stayed at the Rui Bambu 5 times. We have been to Mexico and Cuba and still return to the Punta Can beach- it's easy to walk the miles of white sand and very nice to swim in. The coral reef keep the big waves out. There's a lot of activity at the pool and there is also a chill pool for the quiet times.This trip we were with a group of 15 family members, stayed in the deluxe rooms, which were very nice, although farther from the beach. Wifi was very good. It's a small, compact resort, so no big deal walking. The beach area easily accommodates all the guests. The local venders can be bothersome on the ocean side of the brick pathway. If this is an issue just stay across the path nearer to the hotel buildings. They don't seem to cross that path.There are renovations going on in some buildings and we are aware it is going to be renovated in May 2017. Because of this, there was construction going on beside the building which was disturbing to those on that side of the building. This was building 50. Rooms were cleaned nicely although after day 3 we didn't get any any towels other than 2 bath towels and 2 hand towels. It rained for 3 days due to big storm along the eastern seaboard, so we couldn't spend much time on the beach, but there is lots of covered areas in the "plaza" with lots of seating and free-flowing drinks. The animation team does a great job of trying to get the group involved especially with the young single ladies that were with us. We did have an issue with inappropriate comments from one of the team, who also tried to sell us a music CD. We were concerned due to upcoming renovations, that the service would be subpar. The food was good however not great every night. Not consistent each evening in the buffet. We did the steak- house and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and service provided. The advertised 24 hour snacks in the sports bar were really just cold sandwiches and burgers you could microwave. We got in late due to weather and the buffet was closed, so we were tired and hungry and disappointed.Upon arrival, we were given envelopes with keys, towel cards and a map, however the man doing the orientation spoke English poorly. I felt bad for the first-timers to this resort.We went with Sunwing. Our departure home was delayed 9 hours so they transferred us to the Palace Bavaro at 1:30 pm. Better than dumping us in the airport! This resort is nice and newer and more modern decor, larger rooms, food is higher quality. The staff seemed to speak English more clearly there.The bus picked us up at 11:00 pm for a 4:00 am flight. This seemed excessive as we sat around the airport and only a small convenience store as open providing chips, pretzels and drinks.In all, with such a large group we had fun, it seems to be a very safe resort, with the exception of the beach at night. Stay in the well-lighted areas, same as at home.

  • 596rob : Ottawa, Canada
A good spot to come to

outside of the food, this was a good spot to come to. The pool bar is beautiful, the bar and maid service is very good, the beach is awesome, and the nightlife is very good on the resort. The animation staff on this resort was very entertaining and the lounge entertainment at night was very good.

  • KiiKii C :
Good resort

I love everything about this club, I would go again, Didn't have any problems at all with this hotel. friendly staff, great food, the beach was beautiful, The weather was amazing. They have shows every night so you always have something to do. They have a club and a casino they also have an adult area only.

  • maureenlogan : england
Brilliant holiday

Lovely place with fabulous beaches that stretch for miles. Weather very good until last couple of days then rain and cloud but hey ho in the tropics what do you expect. Rooms are all spread out over quite a large area so make sure to ask for one near to reception if you have mobility problems. Our room had supposedly been renovated but was already showing signs of wear, some of the sockets were quite loose, hairdryer kept falling off the wall and the fridge was so noisy we turned it off completely at night! The room did smell musty but given the weather was to be expected, negatives no mosquito repelant plug in, no umbrella [ this is the first Riu we've stayed in with no brolly and give the distance we had to walk to get anywhere would have thought essential - good job I'd brought my own but many people did not!Restaurants were plentiful, a la carte - wouldn't bother none of them very good and food usually cold. Buffet meals on the whole very good, sweets a bit repetitious though, some of the food could have been hotter and why oh why don;t the hot plate warmers get turned on. Bars were OK just a pity no beach bar it was quite a trek from the quiet pool to get a drink unless you went into restaurant in you bathing costume.Communal toilets again in very short supply only 2 blocks and again long distances to walk - this is definately something that needs addressing in the summer when it is due to be renovated.Activities and entertainment crew all worked very hard to make your holiday excellent.Overall the holiday was brilliant and it would not take very much to really uplift this hotel to the status it deserves.

  • Ally T :
Great Location

Rius never disappoint. 25 min bus ride to resort, beautiful beach front property. Entertainment crew was great! AJ was our favourite, very welcoming and fun. We had a deluxe room which was great, just near the construction that is going on. Beach was beautiful and main pool was always a great time. Would definitely go back!

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.