Punta Cana

Riu Bambu


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Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of rum, king bed (subject to availablity at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availablity and upon request), $35 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min.), once per stay. This discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts.
Family: Two kids 12 & under Stay Free when sharing room with two paying adults (valid 5/1-12/23/17).

Renovations completed July 2017!

This beachfront resort was newly refurbished in 2010 and lies on a seemingly endless white beach next to Riu Palace Macao and the Caribbean Sea. The Moroccan-style architecture, with mosaic domes, archways, and white columns with fanned palm trees, adds glamour and distinction. A magnificent pool with a swim-up bar shaded by another dome faces the turquoise sea.

Riu Bambu is the perfect place for families; the kids' pool features a special water play area! RiuLand Mini-Club provides activities for kids ages 4-12. Adults will enjoy the casino and free entrance to the disco. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

Adults also have their own entertainment activities throughout the day. Water sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, and body boarding are included! One introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool is also included. Every evening, enjoy live music and shows.

Your palate will be delighted with the many dining options available. Guests can partake in Asian, Italian, International buffet, and Grill Steakhouse cuisine. Delicious snacks are available 24-hours a day as well as unlimited drinks. Each room comes equipped with a fully stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser!

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HOTEL LOCATION
The Riu Bambu is surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and is located directly on 26 km of white sandbeach. This five star bungalow complex is located next to the Riu Palace Macao, 23 km away from the airport and 50 km away from the city of Higuey.
Address: PLAYA DE ARENA GORDA
PUNTA CANA HIGUEY


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Local Phone: 809-221-7575
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-666-8816
Fax: 809-221-7373
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Disco / Nightclub
Physician on Call
Casino Onsite (Riu Palace Macao)
Pools
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Guests will find a magnificent freshwater swimming pool, complete with a swim-up bar,jacuzzi, scuba diving lessons and separate children's pool.
Golf: NEARBY
Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course - 12 km away.
The Barcelo Course is an 18-hole, Par 72 course designed by Juan Manuel Gordillo. It is flat and very playable, with narrow fairways, palm trees, lakes, and dense vegetation. It was built with the enjoyment of the resort tourist in mind.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $$
Cart Fee: $$
Club Rental Fees: $$
Lessons Available
Tennis
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Court Fee: No charge
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Sauna: Complimentary
HOTEL DETAILS
Set amidst shady palm trees and crystalline waters strewn with coral, Riu Bambu is the ideal escape for enjoying the best of the Caribbean. Large, air-conditioned rooms are contained in two-story buildings surrounded by tropical landscaping. Food and beverages are available until 2:00 am, guests have exchange privileges with Riu Naiboa (excludes dinner). Free, 24-hour wireless internet access in all common areas. In-room wireless internet available for an additional charge. Beach: The Riu Bambu is situated on a beautiful 26 km-stretch of prime Arena Gorda white sand beachfront, dotted with palms and bordering pristine Caribbean waters. Guests have access to an array of water sports, including windsurfing, sailing, canoes and more Check-in: 12:00 noon
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 560
Year Opened: 1999 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
Drinks at the Pacha Discothèque are not included. No spring breakers allowed.
ROOM TYPES
DELUXE ROOM CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the Deluxe Room description.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
FAMILY ROOM AI
Spacious family guestroom incudes two double beds, as well as a sofa bed. Room also features an elegant bathroom with a bathtub, a private balcony or terrace, and more space than a double room. This room is ideal for families.
2 Queen Beds or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE
Junior suite includes one king bed, a private balcony or terrace, and a comfortable living room area. Room also features a spacious bathroom with a bathtub, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD GARDEN VIEW ROOM
Guestroom includes two double beds and a private balcony or terrace with beautiful garden views. Room also features an elegant bathroom with a bathtub, a minibar, and much more.
2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE
Adults only junior suite includes one king bed and a spacious living room area. Room also features a private balcony or terrace, an elegant bathroom with a tub, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Kitchen
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE ROOM
Deluxe double room includes one king bed, a sitting area with a sofa bed (in select rooms), and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features modern and new decoration, a spacious bathroom with a shower and two sinks, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DINING
Riu Bambu features 1 meal plan options:
All Inclusive-Guests staying at Riu Bambu enjoy exchange privileges at Riu Naiboa (dinner and Palace resorts not included)
There are 6 Restaurants at Riu Bambu:
Steakhouse - A-la-carte restaurant/steakhouse.
Spanish Restaurant - Restaurant serves Spanish cuisine.
Kulinarium - Restaurant serves a-la-carte meals.
San Angelo - Italian restaurant (a-la-carte; buffet starters and dessert).
Hibachi - Asian buffet restaurant.
Mexican Restaurant - Buffet restaurant serves Mexican cuisine.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Watersports, tennis, shopping on the Caribbean street, table tennis, aerobics, water polo, volleyball & organized activities. Free admission to Splash Water World where you'll find water attractions and a snack bar with drinks and snacks.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly shows, live music several times a week, the Pacha discotheque (drinks not included) and casino at Riu Palace Macao.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
RiuLand Kid's Club, children can enjoy numerous activities and have fun in the pools. RIU4YOU Teens Clb, for teenagers 13-17 yrs old, provides great activities for teens.
Applicable Ages: 4-12, 13-17 yrs old.

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: Fee varies.
Advance Notice for Babysitting: On request.

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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4039 Recommend
4039 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Bambu to their friends and family



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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Celebrated our 25th anniversary here and they did not disappoint
annde13, Brampton, Canada
Tue Sep 12 14:01:51 EDT 2017
We arrived on Sunday morning 11 hours late because our flight was delayed the young man named Oliver that checked us in was quick and efficient and very friendly he sent us to breakfast so that he could send someone to check the room and make sure it had everything we needed when we finished breakfast he had the key waiting for us and asked the bellman to take us to our room he was so sweet our room was spotlessly clean and i loved the set up (we had a deluxe well worth the extra money) it is very spacious and everything was in good working order! The buffet restaurant so far has been great the food is good and it is clean and the staff are friendly ( there is a language barrier but they try very hard to speak English to you) they have shops on Caribbean street which is just a short walk along the beach and the prices are not bad we got 5 tshirts a baseball cap,fridge magnet and shot glass for 80 usd they also have people selling on the beach but they are not pushy if you say no they move on! This resort has three pools and a kiddie pool the one by our room was really quiet durning the day and the two over by the front desk they have stuff going on in the afternoon so you can decide between any of them. The shows are good at night very entertaining. And the beach is lovely a little rough later in the day We celebrated our 25 anniversary here and they decorated our room and sent us a gift with a note from management. I would definitely return to this resort and would love to bring my kids here because I know they would love it too!

Excellent hotel
Jessicabarbos, Epsom, United Kingdom
Tue Sep 12 06:47:05 EDT 2017
My boyfriend and I stayed here for the past 2 weeks and it was amazing, the hotel is nice and modern, the staff are really nice and go out their way to make your stay pleasant at all times, Really recommend this hotel. Also if you don't know what money to take with you, I recommend taking just dollars, we took half Dominican Pesos and half Dollars and regretted taking pesos. Everything is priced in dollars even the Casino is in dollars, so would definitely recommend just taking dollars.

Fab
Kelly D,
Wed Sep 06 06:57:32 EDT 2017
We had read loads of reviews all mixed, we have been pleasantly surprised the hotel is beautiful , the beach is like a paradise and the staff can't do enough for you. The food can be a bit hit and miss but that's the same everywhere. Highly recommend coming here we were certainly be returning. Our holiday is amazing

Holiday in the sun
sunshinegirl58, Chatham, United Kingdom
Wed Sep 06 05:04:24 EDT 2017
Brand new hotel - 4 pools, rooms excellent. Free water park which was excellent. Food ok in the main dining room Al L cart dining - steak house - fish restaurant - Indian didn't try as the way to book a table is you have to queue to make a booking at 6 o'clock then they will let you know. Funny way of doing things, no stomach trouble - spotlessly clean. Plenty of sun loungers around the pools - loud music in the main pool with the "club" team and games. Children's pool - Plenty of outlets for food drinks and snacks. We are in our 60's would say if you want a quite holiday don't go here - bars pumping out loud music. Beach is ok seaweed on beach but not a problems - its cleared every day. Plenty of loungers on the beach - Small parade of gift shops - really expensive ie small tennis size ball 20 dollars. Inflatable ring for a child 20dollars.Pack of cards 6 dollars went to the mini market got the same cards for 2 dollars. Didn't go on any trips as we have done them all before. All in all a ok holiday.

Nice all around resort
ctwindber, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Tue Sep 05 17:07:56 EDT 2017
We just returned Sunday (9/3/17) from a 7 night stay at Riu Bambu. Our experience was good and except for a few things I would have given it a 5. Pros: The staff was AMAZING, extremely friendly and we could not believe how many employees are present at any given time. In particular I would like to recognize employee Breily Diaz who worked at the Colonial Buffet. He was amazing and took a liking to my 83 year old Mother In Law. He even set special tables just for our family on several occasions. Hopefully Riu will look to make sure Breily is able to become a part of the management staff at Riu. He really understands customer service and he is an all around good guy. Riu take a look at this guy because he will make you proud. The food was better than expected at the buffet (Colonial Buffet). Some folks have commented about the food being a disappointment but I can assure you that for the most part it was great (see the cons for less than expected food experiences). At every meal there was something for everyone. The steak at the Steak House was very good as was the salmon. The service was just okay but the bar had been set high for us by Breily in the Colonial. The beer (Presidente) was to my taste extremely good (I am even going to see if I can get here in the US). The cocktails at each bar were great. The pools were extremely clean and pleasant. The rooms were clean and very updated. The maids did a great job each day. We booked the trip through Apple Vacations and they appear to have a good working relationship with Riu. I strongly recommend using Apple for your vacation at Riu. Apple did it right on every possible point. Cons: Our first rooms had horrible a/c. Be warned that the thermostats are governed to not allow guests to set them to lower than 21 degrees C. which is about 70 degrees F. Our room for the first two days never went below 26.5 C. which is almost 80 degrees F. The fan barely pushed air out of the vent. This made sleeping impossible. I have MS and heat is problematic. After two days of having the maintenance staff repeatedly check the unit and saying it was working fine we went to the front desk and requested new rooms. We were given two upgraded rooms which had stronger a/c units with bigger fans. Still they were governed to not be set lower than 21 degrees C but with more air movement we were able to get the room to 22 degrees C (about 72 F) at night which was tolerable. The Italian restaurant was horrible. Limited food choice. The restaurant was extremely hot and uncomfortable. The 24 hour food at the Sports Bar was a joke. Microwave sandwiches, nachos and cheese and fruit. Very disappointing. ALL of the beaches at Punta Cana have a major seaweed issue. Tons of seaweed floating in the water and on the beach. Although the hotel has no control over this I feel compelled to warn you that the hotel only made minimal effort to clean this from the beach each day. Trust me this is a huge problem. I summary had the a/c been not governed at 21C. and pushed more air and the food at the Italian Restaurant and Sports Bar been better I would have rated our experience at a 5. So my rating is a solid 4. PLEASE Riu do something about the a/c! If we do not go back to Riu Bambu it will be because of the a/c. Sincerely, Thomas "Family" (as you would say...Lol) ctwindber@yahoo.com



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