Punta Cana

Riu Bambu


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2018 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 and under Stay Free when sharing room with two paying adults (valid 5/1-12/23/18).

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. Free, 24-hour wireless internet access in all common areas. In-room wireless internet available for an additional charge. Exchange privileges with Riu Naiboa. 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 Discothčque are not included. No spring breakers allowed.
ROOM TYPES
JUNIOR SUITE
Room includes two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, direct dial phone, andbalcony or terrace. Bathroom with walk in shower, a liquor dispenser, bidet and more.
2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
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.
2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Kitchen
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE ROOM
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, sofa or sofa bed, direct dial phone and balcony or terrace. Bathroom equipped with shower, by door separate toilet, a liquor dispenser, by door separate toilet, double sink and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
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
Room includes two double beds, a living room area with a sofa-bed, direct dial phone and terrace. Bathroom with walk in shower, double sink, a liquor dispenser, bidet andmore.
2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Minibar
Sofa
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:
Kulinarium - best drinks and snacks
Italian Restaurant - Italian restaurant (a-la-carte; buffet starters and dessert).
Asian Restaurant - Asian buffet restaurant.
Mexican Restaurant - Buffet restaurant serves Mexican cuisine.
Steakhouse - A-la-carte restaurant/steakhouse.
Spanish Restaurant - Restaurant serves Spanish cuisine.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Volleyball court, Gym, 1 tennis court, 4 tennis courts, Windsurfing, kayaking, pedaloes, snorkelling equipment, scuba diving lesson in pool. Free admission to Splash Water World where you'll find water attractions and a snack bar with drinks & 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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Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Review June 2018
AMANDA H.
Jul 09 2018
I wouldn't recommend this hotel/resort. The service and food was terrible. The hotel was dirty.
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ERIN P.
Jul 05 2018
I would never come back to stay at Riu Bambu. The staff weren’t friendly and service was poor.
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Review
MAY M.
Jul 03 2018
While the resort was advertised as being recently updated, not all the rooms were completed. There was a lot of trash and waste around he resort and there didn’t seem to be enough staff to address the issue. The beach was disappointing in that it was covered in seaweed and there didn’t seem to be any efforts to address the seaweed issue either. The majority of restaurants were buffet style, and not sit down. The food was very average overall. While I was not expecting a five star resort experience, I recently went on an 8-night Celebrity cruise to the Caribbean that was the same price as this trip and there really is no comparison. I would definitely recommend a cruise to my friends and family over this resort for the price.
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MONICA P.
Jul 03 2018
Very poor communication concerning transportation to airport after check out. Flight was delayed and Apple Rep. (Angelo) left to go to another resort and told us another rep. would come to update us. We did not see another Apple Rep. for 4 1/2 hours. Food was average and long wait times in restaurants.
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Hotel issues
MEGAN M.
Jul 03 2018
I requested that our air conditioner be fixed since it never got cold. The guy came in and looked around and said “Ok, bye”. There were ants in the bathroom and I asked several times to have that taken care of and I still saw some ants but no one ever told me if they came to fix the problem. I had to ask 3x for the shower drain to be fixed. The water was not draining.
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SEVAK A.
Jul 01 2018
Great hotel and great staff but way too much seaweed on the beach and in the water.
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Family Vacation
ANGELA O.
Jun 30 2018
The hotel staff were amazing and the entertainment team were friendly and made our stay fun
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Over 13 yrs of All-inclusive traveling first bad review.
Paul B.
May 14 2018
All 7 guests had daily diarrhea from the food options, 1 guest had severe food poisoning, 2 children contracted Hand Food Mouth and swimmers itch from inadequate chemicals in the pools, staff were less than eager to serve even though though they were being generously tipped (and BELIEVE ME, they EXPECTED it - more like demanded it). When checking in, they told us to "help them out if they helped them out". Riu states no Springbreakers, yet they open the resort to VERY rowdy locals that were fighting in the swimming up the bar. The worst experience, service and waste of money ever!
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Great experience
BRIAN R.
May 13 2018
We had a great experience with Apple. So hassle free.
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Updated Rooms Not So Updated
Thomas L.
May 02 2018
After months of anticipated travel, we were somewhat disappointed in the upgraded family room. It was identical to the standard room but with an additional 8' of room length. For what we paid additionally for this room that we heard was supposed to be updated, the decor was tired and so was the pullout bed that made this a family room. There were ants in our room and the slider was broken where it took all my might to slide open and closed. Other than the disappointment od f the tired room, the rest of the resort was nice. The beach was what you would expect and the staff were absolutely wonderful. All in all, we enjoyed our time there and looked forward to a home cooked meal when we got home.
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Lack of entertainment
CHRISTIAN P.
Apr 20 2018
2 kinds of entertainment: kids & adult. Kid show was the same EVERY night. The adult entertainment was ok. Supposed to have karaoke...never happened. The entertainers work hard, but the nighttime entertainment was lacking and a little hard to understand. Most everyone was friendly.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
July 18 2016 Riu Bambu seaweed problem
Milacondila, Bolton, Canada
Wed Jul 18 17:26:31 EDT 2018
Arrived today July 18 2018 hotel overbooked restaurants are ok but beach is terrible due to the seaweed problem it’s just gross and stinks if you are thinking of coming for the beach don’t bother it sucks right now weed is 2 feet high and 15 feet wide and the water is full of it

Still here and hoping things will improve...
Ania G,
Wed Jul 18 06:39:23 EDT 2018
We arrived at Riu Bambu yesterday with our daughter, who is 7. We heard mixed reviews prior to arriving and were little apprehensive. I have to say that airport a d hotel transfer went very smoothly. It helps to tip a "guide" at the airport a little to bypass customs. Once at the hotel we found the staff very friendly. Unfortunately the resort is overbooked, and our room request, which we play ed upon booking g a d reiterated numerous times via email, was not honoured. We are here with two other families, all with small children, and we were not accommodated in one villa as we had asked. This will make child minding g very difficult for us. Secondly, we were booked in a room right by the lobby and stage - worst possible location for a family with kids! It is very noisy and we did not sleep much last night which means our daughter is pretty cranky today. I have asked to have our room changed/upgraded but was told to wait until tomorrow as they are overbooked today still. I am trying to keep my spirits up that the management will accommodate us because we're here for two weeks to celebrate my birthday and I don't think I will be able to enjoy my stay for two weeks in our current accommodations. I will post updates re room change and other hotel tips as things develop. Cheers, Anna

Worst Vacation Ever
Curlycurls430, Glendora
Tue Jul 17 06:53:56 EDT 2018
We just got back from our week stay in Riu Bambu Punta Cana and we had a terrible experience. I'm not sure where to start, service was atrocious. We asked for clean bathroom towels from the first night and never received them. We went to the front desk many times and got nowhere. We asked for extra blankets and never got them.They allow smoking throughout the entire resort (pools, restaurants, lobby) it was disgusting. I may have second hand smoke cancer now.The alcohol variety or lack there of was terrible. The staff barely spoke a word of English and were rude. Our room was only cleaned once in 8 days, we had to reuse our existing bathroom towels. The outlets in the room didn't work, the safe in our room was held together with tape. We were told they had free wifi at the resort but when we checked in, we were only allowed to connect 2 of our 5 phones to wifi. To connect the other 3 family members would be an extra cost. There were constant outside solicitors allowed to roam around the resort constantly asking to do expensive excursions. All of the restaurants were buffet style except the Palm Beach Steak Restaurant. The Family room we got (for 5) was very small. 2 double beds pushed together and a pull out sofa bed. The bathroom shower was very small. We would not recommend this hotel to anyone. We are trying to find a corporate email for Riu so we can tell them as well.

Fun, fun, fun!!!!!
beachlovercuba1983, Cape Coral, Florida
Mon Jul 16 17:47:49 EDT 2018
If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive vacation Riu Bambú is definitely the place to go . Don’t expect luxury but go open minded and enjoy! We just came back from a family vacation and we all had a great time. The only inconvenience I had was during checking, we had 3 rooms total and they had us pre assigned in 3 different buildings, probably my fault for not requesting to be as close as possible ahead of time, but they should understand the purpose of a family trip and should try to accommodate you in any way possible without giving you a hard time first. This is the only negative comment that I had during my entire vacation, everything else was great . I really don’t understand the negative reviews, don’t understand what what people expect! The staff is super friendly, they always have a smile on their faces, rooms are clean and comfortable, housekeeping does a great job. They have a nice selection of food at the Colonial buffet, we always found something we liked. Our favorite restaurant was the Spanish one (Ole), don’t miss it , they have the best paella I’ve ever tried. The foam party at the main pool is super fun, for those looking for a quieter place there are other pools around the resort. We enjoyed very much the nightly shows, the dancers do a fantastic job, they also have live music every night and the entertainment team OMG the best of the best, they seem to enjoy what they do, always happy, joking around, dancing with the guests, great job guys, keep it up!!!!

Lovely hotel... lots of fun
Basart74, Miami, Florida
Mon Jul 16 16:21:02 EDT 2018
What a lovely hotel. Nice rooms, pools, bars, restaurants , shows and activities. It is a happy hotel , many activities during the day and night each day of the week. Children camp vary nice and a few pools all over the hotel. Food is very good but my only criticism is that the specialty restaurants are complicated to visit. They are walk in and only a limited group of people go in each night. In general is a very good hotel with a water park and a night club. Service is excellent as their employees strive to provide a good service. There is a lot of dance and fun every night.



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