Punta Cana

Riu Bambu


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All Inclusive    

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 Discothque 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
Hotel Average
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4039 Recommend
4039 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Bambu to their friends and family



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Family Vacation
MICHELLE P.
Aug 20 2017
Our family vacation to Punta Cana and specifically RIU Bambu was tainted by the fact that our entire family got sick after eating at one of the restaurants in the property. However the food in general was fair at best. I left my vacation sick and disappointed in the quality of the food offered and served.
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DANIEL B.
Apr 03 2017
We recently stayed at the RIU Bambu for 7 nights. There were 4 different occasions we went to shower and there was no hot water. Supposedly it was fixed our last night around 7PM so we were unable to shower after our beach day before dinner. The next morning before check out when we showered; the water was barely warm. Having no hot water 4 days out of 7 when we wanted to shower was not appreciated. We complained at the desk with no adjustment to our bill etc. We talked to our Apple rep. and he didn't really seem to want to pursue anything on it for us either. There was construction going on and they said this was the reason for the hot water issue but guests should have been compensated for the inconvenience.
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JEFFREY P.
Mar 19 2017
The stay at the Riu Bamboo was comfortable/safe and a lot of fun. We booked this resort specifically for it`s No SpringBreakers policy----Several days after our arrival around 300 plus Springbreakers showed up and the peaceful beach/pool was a thing of the past. Riu Bamboo does not enforce this Rule. Also--long pants a dinner --not enforced. Dinner Reservations--won`t take them We booked a Deluxe room---which was a mistake---the standard rooms are updated and have a nicer layout--we ended up moving to a standard room even though we paid for "Deluxe" Over all had a great time--
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Riu Bambu and an excellent bargain for your money
LISA B.
Mar 16 2017
This was our 6th stay at Riu Bambu and we keep going back because of the beaches and the staff. The resort is very nice and they are making wonderful upgrades to the resort. The people are absolutely the best.
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Winter Holiday!
ALEX B.
Feb 13 2017
The hotel is very clean, staff very friendly people. The pool amazing, clean beaches with the ability to walk over to other hotels. Food was good, plenty of choice, I can't see that anyone would be stuck finding something they liked.
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FRANCES R.
Jan 15 2017
This hotel needs a major overhaul. the rooms smelled moldy. my clothes smelled.the food not good. the bed was comfortable though. found out more information from other guests than from hotel desk. amstar agent was helpful. excursions are a must. spoke with other guests from other RIU hotels, who had better things to say about their hotel. a lesson learned.
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Location perfection!
MEGAN D.
Jan 09 2017
Location is perfect! Beach is outstanding! Staff is so kind and friendly! Omelette maker in the main dining area is great! My family loves him! Also our house keeper was so sweet! Fransico and Pablo at the beach kept us happy! They are great! Only negatives are the beds (too hard) and the food isn't the greatest. But, we've been here 3 times and we will go back!
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MAUREEN D.
Jan 05 2017
It is a massive Hotel, the food quality was poor, Breakfast was O.K. lunched were terrible, hard to find anything good, much less warm. The dinners were hit & miss, the best restaurant was the Mexican. An exception was the spread they put out for New Years Eve, that was good. Our rooms were O.K. , nothing special, but at least 2 blocks from the Beach. Great Beach! Pleanty of Palm Trees & shade, lots of chase lounges. Very Good weather
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HORRIBLE FOOD
ANN E.
Jan 05 2017
Food was horrible and repetative in lack of quality and taste. By third day, I was ready to leave hotel since food appeared to be prepared to ease kitchen's preparation rather than to please guests. The specialty restaurants were no better: similar food in quality. Front desk and maintenance were lackadaisical; noone came to repair room phones which were not functionable during entire vacations even after several requests to front desk; same for leak in the ceiling on last night of stay. Hotel advertised as free Wi-Fi in lobby area. Found out that only two can log on per room even though we paid for 4 people in room. Beach was the best part of the hotel. Nevertheless, I will NOT ReTURN due to the poor quality of the food and lack to respond to issues raised by guests. Lastly, the waiters were less than responseive;they almost appeared as if they did not want to serve you. For instance, they clean the dinning table for you and leave without placing silverware, plates or drinks. On a few ocassions I had to get up and chase a waiter to provide me with a glass of wine, asking him whether wine was served with the meals(japanese restaurant). Overall experience was less than memorable which leads me to conclude that an all inclusive package is not the way to go. Food and service throughout your vacation makes or breaks your enjoyment. I must say this vacation was A BAD ONE WHICH I WILL NOT REPEAT!
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NICOLE G.
Jan 03 2017
I was told by an apple representative that the small size luggage could be carried on and was free. I was charged $90 down and another $90 back. We didn't want to check baggage and have to wait for our luggage so we used the small free size and were still charged. I have those receipts and would like to be reimbursed. The hotel was ok clean wise. The rooms smelled very moldy. Our fan fell while spinning. You can tell they recaulk over gross caulk and repaint over mold. I understand that this is probable part of the climate and likely hard to avoid. I believe about half the stall liked vacationers and half did not. They seemed annoyed with us and we're pretty easy. Our maid was awesome. Front desk was very helpful. The onsite Apple guy Reggie was very helpful. Our excursion was amazing. The Riu Bambu charged $32 US dollars for a $8 bottle of suncreen and their gift shop items were all way way over priced. I had a massage and it was same price as the US and it was awesome. Riu bambu had wifi and that was nice. Frontier flight was a direct flight so that was awesome.
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Overrated - very disappointed.
DIANE I.
Dec 15 2016
This hotel was disappointing and rated higher than it should be by Apple. I had an issue at check-in regarding the internet. The staff was not helpful at all, and actually avoided me. The apple rep was already gone, and when I tried to call, I was hung up on. The apple rep was there only limited hours, disappointed that he was not there when I needed him. I ended up paying for internet even though I was told it was included. I was unable to get my work PC to connect on multiple days. the first day, they told me they would call their IT and to try again in 20 minutes. I did and was connected. Next day, same problem. When I called this time they never corrected it and I was stranded without internet that I paid for. Infuriating. Then, the maid service was good when they actually came. Some days they came as late as 5 pm...we were already coming back from the beach. Another day we requested service 3 times, and they didn't come until my husband asked an actual housekeeper. Service in the restaurants was not good. I had one situation where a waitr ran into me after I just filled up a mug with hot water from the coffee machine. It spilled on me and him...my hand and leg were burned. Instead of even asking me anything, he threw down the silverware he was holding and yelled, like it was my fault. It was TERRIBLE. this was in the Mamajuana restaurant at about 3pm. The beach was not cleaned at all, there were cigarette butts everywhere. We have small kids who like to play in the sand, and they were finding this these every day! I am extremely disappointed and will be seeking some portion of a refund. Definitely not worth the money spent here. I was counting down the days to come home. How sad is that?
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Two week break in the Dominican Republic
Colin K, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
Fri Nov 10 08:02:31 EST 2017
Firstly, please note this is a Clubhotel so don’t expect 5 star treatment as you will not be receiving it. On arrival we were herded into a check-in line, this process was very chaotic and to be honest a bit of a shambles - we were given our Riu forms to complete and then we had to return to the line to receive our room inform, including our room keys (back and fore, back and fore - ridiculous) - this process was not explained, hence the chaos. Please note that we have travelled to many Riu hotels across the world and have never ever been treated in this fashion before, normally you are handed these forms on the bus whilst on-route to the hotel from the airport for completion and the check-in process is normally slick and seamless (why is this hotel any different?). Other issues with arrival: 1. No cold welcome drinks offered on arrival which is the norm with Riu hotels, when questioned about this the reply from the staff was there was a bar around the corner so we could get our own drinks - not the best of starts, how were we to know this information as no one was telling us anything about the hotel (very poor service and not what you expect from Riu Hotel). 2. We are GOLD RIU CARD holders and one of the privileges for being a card holder is a free room upgrade on arrival if available - when our upgrade was requested it took an eternity to sort out only to find that the deluxe room given to us was no better than our original standard room and was not the deluxe room advertised on the Riu website for this hotel, when we returned to enquire about this issue the reception staff (Ariel) was extremely rude and of no help at all. We eventually asked to speak to the hotel director who sorted the problem out immediately and apologised for the rudeness of the reception staff. 3. We had no bellboy assistance and none was offered because of the check-in and room upgrade chaos so we ended up trapsing a long distance to our hotel room with all our cases (not what you wanted after a long journey) - we know there are limited bellboys on site but our cases could have been sent to our room later in the afternoon when a bellboy was available. CONS for this hotel: 1. Food was of a good quality (no stomach issues encountered by my wife or I during our two week holiday). 2. There are 5 pools and at least two of them were very quiet and the rest were more lively so suited most visitors - something for everyone. 3. Cleanliness of the rooms were very good and the staff worked very hard to keep these rooms in good shape. 4. Service in the buffet restaurant was very good, except for one issue explained in the PROS section of this review below. 5. Ate at the steakhouse and the meal was excellent - massive portions!!! PROS 1. Locals visit this hotel during the weekends and take over the whole visinity, very loud and very rude (no care for anyone else and no one sets them straight) - Riu really need to look into this issue as other holiday makers are totally put-out for two or three days during this period. 2. Service from the reception staff is very chaotic as they tend to service two or three people at the same time instead of concentrating on one person and dealing with their problems totally before moving onto the next issue (they could be more efficient and provide far better customer service). 3. Very little to do outside the hotel grounds if you are not interested in physical activities /excursions - TUI really need to look into this as we had two days of bad weather and nothing to do but get stuck in our rooms / sit around the bars and eating areas. 4. Not all staff understand that they are there to facilitate a good experience for the holiday makers I.e. said good morning to many staff with no reply (manners cost nothing), staff at some of the pool areas were too busy on their phones or talking to the locals to service drinks (stood around on many occasions for these conversation to end before getting serviced - no acceptable), very much a drinking culture advertised at this hotel so if you don’t over indulge then you are left on the side lines. 5. Saw staff at the pool bars servicing / plying holiday makers with drinks who had clearly had enough to drink (on one occasions a group of American holiday makers were serviced drinks until one collapsed and could not stand, another laid comatosed in the ladies toilets vomiting all over the floor - common sense must surely prevail before someone gets seriously hurt, I enjoy having a drink and having fun but this was one step too far as the staff were laughing at these holiday makers so they clearly knew exactly what they were doing). 6. Saw one of the waitresses in the buffet restaurant at lunchtime collecting unfinished drinks from some of the tables and drinking the wine through a straw at her workstation when she thought no one was looking. Please note that this was a good budget Caribbean holiday and for the price I paid, it was well worth the money but there are many issues for Riu to address before they can claim their 5 star rating.

If weekends didn't exist, would have been 5/5
David W,
Thu Nov 09 11:54:59 EST 2017
As for the title, I'll come to that later. But first, I'll start at the front door; walking into reception from the coach the area looked spotless. A large open space, not too busy, and the checking in process took 10 minutes at the most. Really efficient. Got 5 towel cards that you exchange for pool towels, (try not to lose them or the towels or you are meant to be charged 20 USD for each towel/card lost. But saying this, we had a towel drapped over the balcony, which after 1 windy evening ended up on the floor belows balcony. Told the guy on reception and he helpfully gave us another card and radioed housekeeping to collect the lost one. Reception staff are really helpfully and speak good English. We have 2 kids (4&8) who went to the kids club and really enjoyed that (I think it runs for 2 hours 3 times a day) they also looked forward to the dancing on an evening before the entertainment, which was decent considering how many nationalities they had to cater for. The animation team were incredibly energetic for how warm it was, even late into the night it was never really that much cooler than the day. The rooms were decent, recently refurbished with a well stocked mini fridge and optics with gin, whisky, vodka and rum. (All free of charge 😀) Our room was in block 50, about a 3 minute walk away from Reception, around a pool with a swim up bar. This was the quieter of the 3 bigger pools, and perfect for our 4 year old as it is only 3.5 feet deep and she enjoyed it so much she went from being terrified of the water to swimming unaided in 3 days! Saying it's quiet, they do still have music on through the bar speakers. But if you don't like what the Dominicans like, take your own and headphones. It drove me a bit crazy towards the end of 2 weeks! The other 2 big pools are next to reception, and are a lot busier and noisier, with a few groups of drunk party goers having it large till night fell.. they never seemed to cause a problem though, just enjoyed themselves. The pools back straight onto the beach which is cleaned regularly of seaweed and kept looking gorgeous. If you can get up early enough, go for a walk on the beach and catch the sunrise. There are plenty of sunbeds there, as around the pools, and the plentiful palm trees provide the shade. I have read previous reviews before staying here about the food being boring, bland, undercooked and even dangerous, but all I can say is these people must only have eaten in the Colonial buffet restaurant, or be used to the best fine dining and cuisine elsewhere! The Colonial restaurant is where breakfast and dinner is served, and while this can be a tad repetitive it is still adequate to get you through the day. Though who thinks that cooked breakfast, cereals, toast, pancakes, waffles, fruit and fruit juice is not enough choice is beyond me! There was an Italian, Asian, steakhouse, Mexican and Spanish tapas restaurant and also a 'posh' restaurant, as the kids called it, called Kulinarium. I ate a lot of steak, but this place had the best. I've also noted on other reviews that guests claim that not a lot of English is spoken, or that Spanish speaking guests are favoured over English speakers, but we didn't really find this. Most, if not all who greeted us and took our orders spoke very good English. The grounds in which the Bambu is set are well maintained and look great. Onto the title of this review..... on a weekend the locals seem to invade the place. Our quiet pool went from being a nice place to relax to a mass of bodies, each shouting louder than the person next to them. They seem to have no respect for others around them, some walking around at 7 o'clock in the morning with that terrible music blasting out of their speakers. A few of them stayed in the pool outside our room till 3 am making a racket and there is no security to stop any of this. A little tip for anyone thinking of going here DO NOT GO ON A DOMINICAN BANK HOLIDAY. it was 5 times worse than the weekend. And for an extra day! The pool was virtually inaccessible, and come 5 pm, can only be described as an alcoholic, spit, bits of lime and God knows what else filled soup. Really didn't want to think about going in it the day after, but credit to the pool boys, they did an incredible job of tidying it up. So to sum this place up; if the weekends could be bypassed I would come here again. And even if they can't, I probably would anyway!

Not 5 star
tina b, Essex, United Kingdom
Tue Nov 07 04:54:31 EST 2017
The hotel entrance is quite impressive, with several places to eat. The buffet restaurant is what it is, breakfast and lunch is generally the same things to choose from each day, but there’s plenty of choice. Although it’s not always that hot. Dinner changes with different carvery meats, and other hot choices. The themed restaurants are first come first served and get busy, so either go early or you will eat late. On to the rooms, they are definitely not 5 star, beds are comfy and there’s a balcony, but other than that it’s not plush in any way. Fridge gets refills every two days, if you like Pepsi then great you get plenty if you like sprite just one small bottle each time. The spirits in the optics are free and full size bottles. If like us you like a cuppa in your room there is NO kettle, we knew this so brought our own and got milk and sugar from restaurants. There are plenty of sun loungers on the beach and round the pool. The entertainment, well what can I say it’s rubbish, the entertainment team are not very good, very repetitive, and when they do vary it it’s still rubbish, guest acts are just as bad, all I can say is bring a pack of cards. Will we stay here again? No is the answer, it should be a 3 star in my opinion.

Visited 15 Oct - 29 Oct 2017
VickiAppo87,
Sun Nov 05 01:43:57 EST 2017
First of all let me say this is a Riu Clubhotel... people who go here expecting 5 star luxury and then complain about not receiving it, makes me laugh. If you want luxury don't go to a clubhotel. Yes it is rated a "5 star" but that's because of the facilities available. But if you do your research before booking you will know that a clubhotel is going to be large and lively, and that's exactly what this hotel is.... Check in: upon arrival the check in was so quick, don't think I've been anywhere as quick. Wrist bands on, a few signatures and off you pop. It was abit of a let down we didn't receive a welcome drink, we dropped other guests off at their hotels before getting to the Bambu and they all had welcome drinks waiting for them... but saying that check in was so fast, you wouldn't of had chance to drink it. Rooms: we had a deluxe room. It was hardly "deluxe" but had everything we needed and was kept nice and clean during our stay. So no complaints there. Pools: this place is massive and there is about 5 pools, 2 of which had swim up bars. The main pool is very lively and does get wild as the day goes on, they have foam parties etc... but if that isn't your thing there is plenty of other quieter places you can go. Beach: this was the biggest disappointment for us. We have been all over the Caribbean and this was the worst beach we have seen. Not just because of the seaweed as that was to be expected with the time of the year we visited, just seemed very claustrophobic. If your looking for a beach holiday and are going to spend your days on the beach, I wouldn't advise this resort, but luckily we only used the beach for volleyball and a dip in the sea, so didn't bother us at all. Sea: the sea is nice and warm but it isn't clear blue turquoise waters, as it is the Atlantic Ocean so it is choppy. Again, this didn't bother us, but if your planning on taking some snorkels in hope of having tropical fish swimming around your ankles, your going to be disappointed. Restaurants: there are loads of restaurants and we ate in them all apart from the Italian. The buffet we would use for breakfast and lunch, and then we would try the speciality ones on an evening. The buffet has plenty of choice, we had no issues with any of the hot food and found it to always be fresh and warm. We kept away from the cold selection (including the deserts) as they are uncovered and have flys all over them. Not entirely the hotels fault, but maybe they could put in glass cabinets? We enjoyed all the speciality restaurants, and had no issues getting into any of them. They work on a first come first serve. We would aim to get there around 1930hrs, and would usually be given a beeper. Not a big deal, we would just go sit at a bar and have a drink. We never had to wait longer then 40 mins. You do hear people complaining about it.... but you would also get people complaining if you had to pre-book them on a morning too. Entertainment: the entertainment is typical Riu. Lots to do during the day. The staff do work hard and are very fun. The evening entertainment again is what you would expect... it's not a broadway show, but it's good enough to sit and watch while having a drink. Drinks: they have a set drinks menu, but you can order off menu. There is absaloutly anything you want. The drinks can be very strong though... but better then being watered down. Mosquitos: nor me or my partner got bit the whole holiday. We took anti-repellent roll ons with us, that we would use every night from head to toe. We also had a plug in for the room and would spray the room with anti-repellent spray before leaving on an evening and kept the room nice and cool at all times. They do try and flog you bands on the coach from the airport for 10 dollars... but we seen people wearing them and looking they had been eaten alive. Why travel somewhere like this without bringing anti-repellent with you... and then complain about being bit? Cons: Dress code: the restaurants do have a "dress code" but people ignore them and get away with it. You would have people walking around the buffets during the day in just their swimsuits and bare feet. Also in the a la cartes men would be wearing vest tops, and flip flops. I'm not expecting tuxedos, but your on holiday, smarten up... and the hotel should be enforcing this, if it wants to call itself a 5 star. Food: although no complaints with the food being served... there was just no Caribbean food at all. I know they need to cater for their guests, but we have come to the Caribbean and want to have their cuisine. The food being served was nice, but was stuff you would eat at home. Overall, me and my partner had a good holiday. We wanted a fun 2 weeks away and that's what we got. Would we go here for a romantic break, honeymoon or to get married... no. But like I said at the start it is a Riu Clubhotel... so people expecting anything more then what you get are foolish.

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krider1994, Goshen, Indiana
Sat Nov 04 16:32:28 EDT 2017
Riu Bambu has a lovely lobby with modern features. Their evening shows are very energetic and fun to watch. I appreciated the 24/7 sports bar with food and drink. The rooms were small but nice. However not as clean as i would have liked. Our air worked wonderfully however our group had 7 rooms and about half did not have working air. The staff (Minus a hand full) were some of the most unfriendly people I have met and that was a disappointment. Food choices were limited but what was served was decent. Alcohol choices were good and served with good quality liquor. The pool bar was only open 2 out of our 6 day stay because they were “short staffed”. I don’t believe we will be returning to this resort as the negatives outweigh the positive.



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