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Riu Bambu

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana

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5 Nights with Air from $639 All-Inclusive
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3.7 out of 5
"Oh what fun we had! The Riu Bambu was fantastic. The workers were there for us all along the way. I had a time to remember in all positive ways. Gather your friends or family and get there soon!" – Cressy
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June 16, 2012
Will not recommend it. Not what we expected.

Just got back from Punta Cana yesterday and decided that I needed to write a review right away so maybe I can help someone from not choosing this hotel. My husband and I were supposed to be staying at the Riu Bambu for 7 nights, but a day and a half into our vacation we switched hotels. To throw in a little plug for the website- our cheap caribbean rep Salvador was in the hotel lobby every morning and he helped us switch to the hotel next-door, the Riu Palace Punta Cana. (Which is why I love and will forever book with this website). The Bambu seemed really nice from the pictures, but it was NOT what we expected it to be. We were very disappointed and and heard the SAME THING from other people while we were there. When you are spending so much money on vacation, you want it to be enjoyable and this was not. I liked the villa style layout of the hotel, but many of the rooms can be very far from the main hotel/pools/beach and there are no jitneys or anything to take you around. The rooms were small but clean. The beds were ROCK hard, we couldn't sleep. The pools were nice to look at, but desperately needed some skimming and maybe new water as you can see the layer of tanning lotion coating the top and particles floating around. The smaller pool seemed cleaner. The beach of course is beautiful. Hotel staff were nice. There was no night time entertainment. It got very boring. The food options were very minimal and not great in the buffet. We love trying new types of foods and are not that picky, but nothing looked appetizing. We basically ate rice for the whole time we were there. We never got a chance to try the restaurants. The worst part of the vacation though was the amount of kids! We wanted a nice relaxing vacation, and in no-way-shape-or-form would we have been able to get that there. I know that is not something the hotel can really control, but between everything else I mentioned and then all the kids running around,screaming, throwing volleyballs around (my husband got knocked in the head with one), we HAD to switch hotels. If you go during the school year it will probably be better, but I would not recommend it once school is out. I would HIGHLY recommend spending the extra few hundred dollars and staying at the Riu Palace Punta Cana. It cost us $200 to switch but it was WELL WORTH IT. The food was 100% better and there are more options, there is 24 hour room service, beds were comfy, pool is bigger, there are waiters by the pool to bring you drinks, great entertainment at night. It turned out being the vacation we wanted.


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From: Staten Island, NY
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 4, 2011
A family with three teenagers

Took the family of teens for a holiday over easter. Had been made aware that some motorized activities would be unavailable due to Holy Week but seemed to be limited to off site excursions. Didn't realize the tendency of folks to sunbathe topless and walk the beach that way as well. Otherwise the beach was amazing - great breeze, beautiful sand, pretty clean conditions. Lots of palm trees for shade and very close to the shore (unlike many resorts nearby we noticed) Be warned that although the beach is not too hot, you are getting ALOT of sun - be vigilant with the sunscreen. Very few hawkers - just the odd coconut salesman and extra hotel watersports options being promoted. Hotel Hobie catamarans and kyacks are free for an hour a day but reserve them immediately as they book up quickly. If you know how to sail definitely take them out. Take lots of sunscreen as we went through 5 bottles for a family of 5 for one week and the hotel charges almost $20 a bottle. Also, no hair conditioner provided so if you have a daughter with long thick hair coming along...you are in trouble. Again $20 a bottle on site. Beds are pretty hard. Also, we had a strange set up of two beds pushed together that were not quite 3/4 size but bigger than twin - made to look like a king. Room mini bar is stocked with 4 beer, 2 tonic water, 2 large water bottles, and 4 or 5 pop. Also it had 4 dispensers with vodka, rum, brandy and something else. The teenagers blew through the pop and even though a sign said the bar would be refilled every 2 days, we had to persistently call. Think there should be an option for an alcohol free room. You get one key per room - an actual key - so needless to say, my kids locked themselves out constantly. Staff were very friendly. Be cautious making long distance calls - follow the procedures written by the phone or you will be charged - alot! As this was our first all-inclusive experience, I didn't know what to expect with the food, but it was fine. Breakfasts were the best by far. Had specialty restaurants that required reservations made by 8am the day of at the latest. They were OK. Noticed nothing is broiled or bbqed - always fried on large grills. The pizzas are good. Always a few selections of fish and then chicken, pork and/or beef. Lots of selection of pastas, vegetables etc.. The '24 hour snacks' really was just a fridge in the sports bar with precooked hotdogs, hamburgers and fruit salad. (A bit of a disappointment for the teens). We noticed people brought along a thermal mug to take drinks to the beach and for walks. Probably not really necessary. As we are not really drinkers, perhaps we were paying for what we didn't use, but the kids enjoyed eating whatever, whenever. Lots of activities/competitions that we could have participated in (horse shoes, archery, volleyball, darts, waterpolo, etc., etc.), but you try motivating three teens to step out of their comfort zone! By the end of the week they were more keen, but the holiday was almost over. Most of the shows at night were very good (various musical and dance acts) with the exception of the 'You are the show' night where they involved the audience in completely inappropriate games for anything other than adults - yet audience filled with kids anyways. Simulated stripping, etc. - thank goodness my 16 year old daughter turned down their entreaty to join in before knowing what was involved. Last item - we didn't really realize that we could have used the facilities at the other Riu resorts next door so might have taken advantage if we had known. The gym is actually next door which my son did go to.


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From: Toronto
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 4, 2013
Needs some attention

My wife and I stayed at the Riu Bambu from May 20th-25th 2013 (room 1009). We were originally looking for a place with a nice pool and a nice location to the beach. This hotel had both of those, however there are some things to be aware of before you stay here. With regard to our room, the rooms are set up in little villas across the resort. Our building was the 2nd to the last one away from the beach and was a 10 minute walk to the beach and pool. It wasn’t a big deal, but just something to be aware of. Our room air conditioner struggled to get the room cool. I had it set at the lowest setting with the ceiling fan, and it never really got cool. We had sugar ants in our room and had to call maintenance. For anyone who was traveled in the Caribbean before, you know that they are a common occurrence in hotels. Our room was what I would call, by resort standards, basic. The shower was very small, almost like a European shower. The king size bed amounted to nothing more than 2 beds pushed together. The room was stocked with a minibar and had an ample safe. The rooms are not electronically keyed, and require a metal key on a big plastic tag. It’s reminiscent of borrowing the bathroom key between 2nd and 3rd periods in school. There was ONE electrical outlet in our room...yes...ONE ! Everything else was hard wired so limited chances to charge phones,camera, etc.. This resort is flanked on both sides by sister Riu resorts, which you have some privileges at. Unfortunately, some of the features advertised with this resort are not actually in the resort. They are in the neighboring resorts. This would include the spa, gym, and nightclub. The nightclub was two resorts over and approximately a half a mile walk. Hard to convince a wife in heels that it was worth it. The food was plentiful and the presentation was very good. The specialized restaurants however, were not as they were to be expected. For example the hibachi restaurant consisted of nothing more then another buffet with some Japanese foods. We have been to other resorts where everyone is seated around the chef and the cooking is done right in front of you. It was not the case here. Out of the steakhouse, Mexican, Japanese, and Italian, the Italian was best because at least they allowed you to order an entrée. Every other restaurant was simply a buffet. For those of you that like an atmosphere, there was no music or atmosphere to be had in these specialized restaurants. The evening entertainment was good, but somewhat predictable. As far as the alcohol, the selections were limited. It appears that the alcohol content is reduced even in the sealed bottles shipped to the local resorts. I watched our bartender open the sealed bottle and pour approximately 8 ounces of liquor in our drink. You could hardly taste it. There was not much variety of liquor, no coconut rum anywhere (how do you go to a Caribbean island and they don’t have coconut rum?) And the only whiskey they had was Johnny Walker red. That also doubles to fuel your lawnmower. The resort was very clean and the workers there clearly worked very hard. Everyone was very polite and most spoke better-than-expected English. The pool and beach area are the highlights of this resort. There is plenty of chairs, no matter how crowded the resort got in the pool bar was excellent. Another great feature of the resort was the sports bar. There was always a game on and food for snacks. Overall, the resort was nice, but we have stayed in much nicer ones in Dominican Republic for about the same money. The room amenities were basic.


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From: New Jersey
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

November 16, 2010

Nice place- not too pricey and has all the things you need for a nice vacation


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Age: 55-64
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Room Information

1000 rooms with all of the best amenities!

Room Details

Double Room (DBSB)
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Deluxe (DBEB)
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Family Room (DGSB)
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Junior Suite (Adults-Only) (SUSB)
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What's to Love

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

The spa, your escape-haven, with treatments that chase your worry right out to sea.

The coolio liquor dispensers in your room. You'll never go thirsty.

Their mantra that rings true, "Service with Heart."

RiuLand - the kids' club with a pool and a playground so you can take a much-needed breather.

The way the resort is bungalow-style and oh-so beachy. Big points for exterior style.

The soothing sauna at the gym - perfect for chilling after your very productive workout.

 

What We'd Change

All of the gift shops at the resort are a bit expensive. So pack extra batteries for the camera, sunscreen and other essentials to save your pennies for the spa.

 

Why You Should Go

You can share all the cool stuff with the sister resorts except for the restaurants.

Don't miss boating to Isla Saona Island - the water, the sand, the everything is unforgettable.

There are world-class golf courses you can swing by any time you're craving the green.

Epic excursions aren't too far away - Marinarium Marine Park and Altos de Chavon.

There are two floodlit tennis courts, but if you aren't up for that, then there's table tennis.

Check out Caribbean Street - there's a variety of shops and you can get your dance on at Pacha.

Ride the pedaloes aka paddle boats, or ride a horse at Caribbean Cachondeo. Hop on.

Water park with slides, tobogans, kids pool, sun terrace and snack bar.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Snorkeling
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Sauna
  • Poolside Bar
  • Water Polo
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 4 Bars/Lounges
  • Elevators
  • Beach Towels
  • Spa Services ($)
  • Handicap Room Available
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Pool Towels (complimentary)
  • Free Parking
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Dive Shop ($)
  • Gift Shop ($)
  • Internet Access


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Eco-Adventure Tour(s)
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Nightlife
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

The Dominican Republic continues to grow as a major tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches, rich culture, and abundance of available activities.

Riu Bambu

Playa Arena Gorda

+809 221 7575

Hotel Description

Riu Bambu in Punta Cana: Your All-Inclusive Beach Eden in Punta Cana

Nestled amid palm groves and coconut palms, this everything-you-want Beach Eden does not disappoint. The beach is beyond epic. The cuisine will wow all the gourmands. The pools are sleek and festive with island refreshers waiting to slay you at the swim-up bar - don't miss the Mama Juanas. You want water sports? Got that. Night time revelry? Got that, too. Notice a theme? Yea, the Riu's got it all.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.

Sister Property Exchange Privileges
Guests staying at the Riu Bambu enjoy access to Riu Naiboa (except for dinner restaurants).



DINING

You might want to divide your palates into countries because here, they've got a good global variety: Italian, Mexican, Asian and Japanese. Add to all these a buffet with an American breakfast and a grill/steakhouse that's sizzlin'. A lot of these nosh spots mix in local flavors that are influenced by African and Spanish cooking so you'll be in for a taste-bud slaying extravaganza.

Colonial
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10am; Lunch - daily, 1pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Full American buffet and on-the-spot cooking stations.

Mama Juana
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Lunch - daily, 1pm-5pm; Dinner - daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Poolside a la carte restaurant.
Dress code: Men must wear long pants.

San Angelo
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Italian cuisine with buffet starters and desserts.
Dress code: Men must wear long pants.

Chilli's
Type: Mexican
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Mexican cuisine.

Hibachi
Type: Japanese
Hours: Daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Japanese cuisine.
Dress code: Men must wear long pants.

All restaurant hours subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Drinks, glorious drinks. Yes, you can get your cocktails on all over this fab place, starting with the poolside bar that has a swim-up bar. You can mosey on over to the lounge, then imbibe al fresco on the terrace, and if you can't sleep (or don't want to), the sports bar is open 24 hours. Cheers.

Azucar Bar
Lounge bar. Daily, 10am-11pm.

La Plaza Bar
Bar with terrace. Daily, 10am-6pm.

La Arena Bar
Poolside and swim-up bar. Daily, 10am-5pm.

Sports Bar
Sports bar. Open 24 hr.



BEACHES AND POOLS

The beautiful white sands of the luminous Arena Gordo Beach will be where you'll want to set up camp. When you want to move to the pool, you can dive (or jump) into one of three sparkling pools, one of which has an adjoining whirlpool bath. And lucky for you, the kiddos even have their own pool. The water and beach therapy here are awe-some.

NOW OPEN! Splash Water World Punta Cana
All guests at Riu Naiboa, Riu Bambu, Riu Palace Punta Cana & Riu Palace Bavaro get to splish-splash at the new water park that includes waters slides, toboggans, kids pool, sun terrace with sun loungers and a snack bar. The water park is included with your stay.

RIU Pool Party!
As of November 1, guests can enjoy a unique area of low-depth pools, perfect for weekly theme parties at Riu Palace Punta Cana! This adults-only pool area hosts top DJs and theme parties like the White Pool Party, Jungle Pool Party, Pink Pool Party and Neon Night Party. Best part? Access is totally free! Must be over 18.



SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Water polo
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Pedaloes
  • Body boarding
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • One introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool

Land

  • Table tennis
  • Fitness
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis


INTERNET

Riu Bambu offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi in common areas of the hotel. In-room Wi-Fi and use of computers with Internet access is available for an additional charge.



SPA SERVICES

Eternal Spa, located at the Riu Palace Punta Cana, is a full-service spa offering a variety of treatments and services. Daily, 9am-6pm.

  • Assorted treatments
  • Beauty salon
  • Hairdresser
  • Massages


WEDDING

Riu Bambu offers wedding packages to make your day unforgettable.

Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymooners receive a surprise gift in-room upon arrival. Certificate of marriage is required.



CHILD CARE

Supervised activities take place at the RiuLand Kids' Club for children ages 4-7 and 8-12. Daily, 9am-5pm. Children's playground on the property.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Punta Cana Airport is 19 miles; the town of Higuey is 31 miles.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your resort reservation.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

MIN CHECK-IN AGE/SPRING BREAK POLICY: Student/Spring Break groups or individuals, regardless of age are not allowed at this hotel at any time. The hotel reserves the right to use reasonable means to identify suspected student/spring break groups. At least one person of 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel may request guests to show passport or official ID to proof age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu Resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.




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