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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.

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
  • Holly B :
Holiday in paradise - minus hurricane

Myself and my family recently spent 10 days here. Unfortunately it was the same time as hurricane Matthew decided to grace us with his presence. For 5 of the days we were quite limited to the hotel due to the weather but that can't be helped. The animation team were incredible, always working and putting on different shows and activities throughout the days. The evening shows were great, different theme every night with talented dances. There was a selection of pools, the main pool had a swim up to bar which I normally like but slowly noticed people were drinking a lot and not leaving to go to the bathroom... It is about 100m from the beach which is absolutely stunning. Due to the layout of the complex there is not much around apart from a few shops and other hotels. I walked about 50mins each way down the beach from the hotel and they was just more lovely beach. The rooms were nice and standard, nil complaints with that, however if walking is difficult make sure to have a room near the reception as the complex is quite large. Its great for kids and adults although does have a fair amount of day time drinking. Regarding food there were many buffets but also three restaurants; steak house, Italian and Chinese. Overall a great holiday and lovely staff.

  • BristolL : Briston, United Kingdom
Excellent Holiday!!

Just returned from a lovely 2 week holiday at the Riu Bambu. From start to finish we couldn't have asked for anything else, check in was quick and the staff were friendly and always said hello and smiled.There was a wide variety of food and the Asian was especially exceptional! Drinks were plentyful and tasty and service was quick.Rooms were nice and big and clean. Beds comfy.The animation team worked very hard and there was always something going on, the pool bar was busy due to the atmosphere (which was amazing) but if you wanted a quieter time there were quite pools also.The beach was amazing and we would recommend doing the excursions - saona trip was fabulous! (Although don't pay for the Thompson exclusive as our friends did that for double the price of ours and ours was better, this was through the tour operator and not the fault of the hotel).The hotel is secluded so there is nothing in walking distance except for a nightclub, this honestly was not a problem to us as we were more than happy with the hotel and entertainment. But with this is mind there is a free bus from the hotel to downtown Punta Cana and back daily.The only thing that we would recommend is to make sure that you take plenty of lotions and potions (including a hat) it's so hot that you need plenty of sun cream. (We ran out and had to pay 25 dollars for cream that we could get back home for a couple of quid)We made some great friends on this holiday and had a great time, we would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel what so ever. (We didn't want to leave).All in all a perfect holiday, great hotel and extremely friendly hardworking staff - we will return without doubt and have had problems reading the negative comments on here as we don't have any! Hats off and Salut and Gracias to all the staff at the Riu Bambu! X

  • Dottie N : Niagara Falls, Canada
Fantastic Anniversary Vacation

Don't believe any negative feedback re: this resort. Just got back yesterday from a 7 day stay. The resort had our room all decorated with balloons, a special gift and sentiment card, to celebrate our anniversary. The food would put a Michelin restaurant to shame, with both variety and taste and the "animacion" team, were the busiest and nicest people on the planet. The drinks were great and the weather was warm and sunny most days. Yes we saw cats around, but I'd rather see them than mice or rats. Our sunwing rep. was very obliging and knowledgeable, re: trips and any questions we needed help with. We had a really great time and will be back.

  • Bethanyc96 : Poole, United Kingdom
Would not rate 5*

Me and my partner went for 2 weeks at the beginning of October and I was so disappointed with the hotel, not only are the staff rude, they never smile unless your Spanish or have a large tip waiting for them.. if not then they don't want to know! The pools are disgusting dead bugs floating in all of the pools and the bar pool smells of Urine from where people stay in it all day everyday, I did not see it being cleaned once in the 2 weeks we were there! My partner got an ear infection from the dirty pools and we both suffered from upset tummys for the whole of our holiday!The hotel itself and room was spotless could not fault it, the maids work very hard and do a great job! If your looking for a relaxing holiday, look again!!

  • louchie82 : Essex, United Kingdom
Great resort

We stayed in the Riu Bambu last August (2015). Resort is quite big. Main pool gets very busy and quite hectic but people are on holiday so are only having fun. Food at the buffet wasn't the best-very repetitive. Restaurants nice-steak house our favorite. Room was spotlessly clean and minibar was restocked daily. The beach is absolutely beautiful-plenty of sun loungers for everyone. Entertainment could have been better. Staff are great-they work tirelessly for upto 216 hours per day yet are always polite and smiling and cant help you enough. Caribean street is great for gifts-warning though, don't use the cash machine there as my card was cloned after using it.All in all a fab holiday.

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
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  • 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
  • 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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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