Riu Bambu

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Our Opinion

Closer to a 4 star rating, Riu Bambu is an older hotel with recent renovations. Located on a great palm tree lined beach with a nice pool area. The water play area with slides, waterfalls, splash pads and a wading pool is great for kids, plus access to Splash Water World is included. 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.

  • Beachfront in multi-resort RIU complex
  • 2 kids' pools plus access to Splash Water World
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lots of dining options

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Emma B : Ottawa, Canada
Great first time in DR

It's been over a year since I visited, so I'll be brief. My friend and I (two females in our mid-twenties) visited this resort in May of 2016 for a week and we had a great time. This was my first time in the DR as I've mostly been to AI's in Cuba and Mexico and I would definitely return to the Riu Bambu and Punta Cana. The food was great - always fresh and lots of varieties to choose from. The beach was beautiful - soft white sand and not rocky or seaweed-covered. We never struggled to find chairs at the beach nor the pool. The main pool was usually pretty lively, especially around the bar. The entertainment team was great and there always seemed to be something going on throughout the day and into the evening/night. No complaints about our room - the beds were comfortable and there was a mini fridge as well as alcohol dispensers. The club on the grounds (shared with other Rius) was always busy and we had a great time when we went. All in all, I would definitely return and would recommend this resort to my friends and family.

  • Glen A : Welland, Ontario, Canada
Great solid hotel with pretty grounds and beach, good food, and great service!

This is a grand, modern property with nice amenities, several gigantic pools, a zillion bars, lots going on, really clean updated rooms, lots of greenspace and a warmhearted, dedicated staff that seem to be willing to do just about anything for you! The beach was clean and well maintained, and they had surprisingly good nightly entertainment. Sure every place has its screw-ups, but this place had very few of them and they were minor in nature (my room had a broken safe, and a toilet that required 2 or 3 flushes to do the job. I didn't even complain about either.) The a-la-carte restaurants were all very good. All this and the price was right.

  • joannesmith3 : Cheshire, United Kingdom
stay away from this hotel

2 week of hell staying at this hotel, We wasted the first three days of our holiday, Day 1 having to move rooms as 3 people - all adults were expected to sleep in 2 single beds pushed together, 2 days waiting for maintenance to attend to the issue of an electrically live air condition controller that electrocuted myself and the maintenance person, Food, awful cold and repetitive, local guests who where welcomed into the evening dining room still in swim wear and soaking wet. restaurants dont want to get you drinks whilst you eat as the bar is in the main buffet restaurant just up the road.Customer service - Awful-non existing and gets worse Fri-Mon when the locals arrive to stay at the hotel.Entertainment - AwfulBe aware the photographs that are published in the brochures are not the pictures of the Riu Bambu-there are other Riu hotels a few minutes away from the Bambu.

  • Alan O :
Exchange rate rip off

Do not exchange currency at this hotel the bank rate is 64,95 pesos against the pound but at this hotel it is only 54.40 is this the way to treat your guests Otherwise a wonderful stay in pleasant surroundings

  • BlockheadDunstable : dunstable
RIU Bambu Dom Rep

Just returned from a 2 week stay. Having stayed at tis resort many times in the past over the years, it was nice again to go back and see all the refurbishments. The odd occasional face from older staff still there but not many. They have done well with the revamped look, bigger pools, refururbished rooms, more places to eat.Plenty of sunbeds everywhere, no problem at all at this resort.Very clean and tidy, friendly staff as always.Not a 5 star, but never was in my opinion.My only criticisms were the food-being an ex Chef i am a little particular, plenty of choice, plenty of variety, like most large hotels -very difficult transferring hot plate food to the plate and keeping it hot-the Riu would benefit from investing in better hot and cold plate displays as fly's landing on food to me was a bit of a problem, some insecticutors in restaurants would be an investment, But overall, a very enjoyable-relaxing 2 week stay, The Riu here has kept its charm, it's atmosphere and it's reliability to offer a good choice holiday. Thank you all again. Next stop The RIU palace-Negril- jamaica next april-if it is as good as the Bnabu i know i will have a great 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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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. 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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