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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.


Overview
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
  • kentucky31 : erlanger
stayed 5/4/2015-5/10/2015

The resort was very nice and we got a free room upgrade just by asking. Buffet was very good. The only nightclub was on another Riu property which was about a 20 min walk down a very dark road. We didn't go because we wouldn't have felt safe.

  • Shona J : London, United Kingdom
Amazing as always with RIU

Been to RIU hotels previously and would always choose to stay in them. You know what you're getting and that is 5 star! The food is incredible with so much choice and a la carte restaurants. The staff are beyond helpful and always want you to just have the best time, so many activities, buy you will not be forced to take part. Beaches are amazing, pools are clean. Rooms are spacious and cleaned daily.

  • Mike G :
Family of 10 Vacation

Our trip consisted of family members ranging in ages from 3 to 75. There was something for everyone. We spent approximately 80% of our time on the beach, which was immaculate. Whether you like sun or shade, there was plenty of room to situate. The food and drinks were excellent. Breakfast had all standard favourites, but also had a cook who made custom omelettes. I had one or 2 every morning. Each night, the buffet had a theme. The restaurants were very good as well. The staff was very friendly. The rooms were kept very well and had no issues. The layout of the property meant we had a little bit of a walk to the beach, but nothing I would complain about. The nightlife was extremely fun. The staff loved to party and the music was great. I will definitely go back.

  • isobelleanna : High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Good value for money but probably wouldn't return

We visited Riu Bambu from 13th-27 Jan 2017. The main highlight for us was the pool and the beach however at times the big pool can get quite loud and rowdy, especially in the afternoon but we expected that with a swim up bar! The smaller pool is a lot quieter with lots of sun loungers available. The beach is beautiful!! You do feel like you are in paradise with palm trees and clear waters. There are locals selling bits from the beach but they were no bother and very friendly. We loved that some water-sports were included in the package. The excursions were fantastic and we really recommend the Outback Safari and Saona Island. The food was OK, nothing special. Both my partner and I had stomach bugs for a couple of days and we found if we didn't eat the salad we felt better. My partner actually found a red elastic band in his food which was slightly off-putting!! We reported this to a manager who didn't really seem interested! At lunch time the tables were always dirty and never any clean cutlery around. The A La Carte restaurants were not great either with luke-warm food that had been out all afternoon (we knew this because we used to see it on our way back to our room at around 5pm already on plates to be served). The room was very average. As soon as we arrived it smelt damp and like chemicals. The bathroom is not a separate room which I don't think helped the damp. However the room was clean and towels changed regularly.You've got to remember that for the price you pay it's not going to be a luxury holiday. You've got white beaches, palm trees and the gorgeous sea and you are in the Caribbean, however the quality just isn't there and it certainly isn't a 5* hotel. We were happy with what we paid however we probably won't go back, there is too many other hotels to stay in!

  • kshopkins96 : Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Okay hotel, wouldn't return

Visited here with my partner at the end of August 2016. Check in was quick and easy. We paid a little extra for the deluxe rooms which were situated towards the back of the resort, a little further to walk but not an issue! We originally had a ground floor room located to the left of the resort, maid visited every day as well as having the mini fridge filled up every day. Unfortunately on the 4th day the hot water broke in our block so we were moved to a room situated towards the very back near the main road into the resort, still a good location and quiet but maid only visited every other 2/3 days and the fridge wasn't filled up as often but could easily pop to reception to get some bottles of water! Both rooms were spacious and clean and had everything you needed! Location of the hotel was great, the beach was beautiful - exactly how I imagined it to be! If we weren't on the beach we would sit around the quieter/ smaller pool as the main pool got a little rowdy! Only thing I would say this hotel needs major improvement with was the food at the buffet. All food in the buffet was tasteless and the same stuff every breakfast and every dinner. We ate toast and doughnuts for breakfast for the whole two weeks! We ate at the steakhouse and Italian pretty much every night after our first few visits to the buffet.. the staff in both these restaurants were superb! We ate at the Mexican once but unfortunately had an upset stomach after eating here. We also ate in the Japanese restaurant once which was okay! On a lighter note the cocktails and beer was nice and the excursions we did were AMAZING. We visited island Saona through the VIP catamaran trip which was by far the BEST beach we've ever walked along. Holding the star fish in the natural swimming pool was something I will never forget. We also did the Coco bongos VIP trip, this was one of the best nights out we have both had. We paid a little over 100 dollars each and had unlimited drinks and waiter service all night, highly recommend! Weren't much to do at night other than watch the entertainment, casino or visit the Caribbean street, would have been better if there was a nice bar area to sit and drink. Holiday itself was fantastic, just a shame about the food! Would go back to Punta Cana just not in the Riu Bambu!

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. 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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