Punta Cana

Riu Bambu


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All Inclusive    

2019 Exceptional Value
Honeymoon: Welcome gift, small bottle of rum, king bed (based on availability), late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 spa credit per adult (restrictions apply).
Family: Two kids 12 & under Stay Free when sharing room with two paying adults (valid 5/1-12/23/19).

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
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
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
FAMILY DELUXE ROOM AI
Modern and new decoration style, air conditioning, 1 king size bed and 1 sofa-bed, direct dial phone, regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, satellite flat-screen TV, USB port electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15"), iron and ironing board
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Kitchen
Minibar
Sofa
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
Hotel Average
What to expect
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4039 Recommend
4039 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Bambu to their friends and family



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The good and not so good
JEFFREY T.
Mar 18 2019
My husband and I recently stayed 5 nights at the Riu Bambu. The hotel and grounds are beautiful. The pool and beach area were also beautiful. We had a fun evening at the Riu neon pool party. We enjoyed the water park also, small but a nice change of pace. There was a significant language barrier with the front desk, bartenders, and restaurant wait staff. Being an international destination we were surprised how much of a difficulty this was. I had to call the front desk late one night due to the huge fight occurring in the room next to us, and the person was unable to understand any English. Thank goodness for the Google translator. We were disappointed in the bar selection. They didn’t have much if any drink mix beyond the over sweet slush mix in the Bunn frozen drink machines. The food at the buffets made us uneasy as it was not kept at a proper temperature, most was lukewarm at best.
Customer Rating: 

Wonderful hotel, excellent service
CHELSEA R.
Mar 14 2019
I loved the Riu Bambu! It was beautiful, there was such attention to detail with the decor and the maid service was outstanding. Every day there were fresh flowers and animal sculptures made of sheets and towels to decorate my room--what a lovely touch! The service was outstanding across the board. All of the employees were kind and welcoming and helpful. The food was awesome! Bar service was excellent. I never felt pressured to leave tips but always wanted to because of the amazing service. Pools and beaches were beautiful. There was always something to do with the entertainment options. Overall, I absolutely LOVED my stay here and would recommend to anyone!
Customer Rating: 

RIU Bambu won't disappoint you!
TIMOTHY H.
Mar 11 2019
Everything about the resort was amazing! Everyone was very pleasant and always had a smile on their face. We traveled with my father who is in a wheelchair and the resort was very accessible for him. Food choices were nice and very good! We didn't go away from any of the restaurants hungry, that's for sure. Nightly entertainment was very good! Definitely worth getting there early to get a good seat! There were plenty of beach and pool lounges too which isn't always the case at some resorts. Will definitely recommend to family and friends!
Customer Rating: 

Wonderful Week
BARBARA B.
Feb 23 2019
We spent Feb. 10-17 at Riu Bambu and were delighted with our stay. The resort was beautiful and had many gathering places. Our rooms were clean and the air conditioning worked great. All the buffet meals we had were excellent. Great variety of choices. The fish every day was outstanding. We especially liked that there was a smaller, quieter buffet next to the smaller swimming pool. We never had any issues getting pool chairs. The beach was the most beautiful onje we have had on our 10 all inclusive vacations. The resort was maintained and cleaned consistently. The Asian Buffet was outstanding - had Peking Duck! The other ala carte restaurants we tried were sadly lacking in service and food quality. The steak house used reservations and we had to wait almost an hour for our food after being seated. The steaks were not up to the standard we have had at other resorts. The Kulinarium used a beeper system, and we had to wait over an hour to get a table, and once again, we were disappointed in the food quality/quantity. As stated before, we enjoyed all the buffet meals immensely, and partook of them the rest of the week. We did visit the Asian buffet a second time, as it was so good. I enjoyed the liquor dispenser in our room! Overall, we greatly enjoyed our week at the Riu Bambu, and would not hesitate to return there!
Customer Rating: 

Riu Bambu
JASON D.
Feb 12 2019
The hotel was excellent!! The beds need upgraded, a little hard. Overall the hotel was very clean and nice.
Customer Rating: 

Best Vacation Ever!
Robert H.
Feb 12 2019
My contacts with the representatives from Apple Vacations went above and beyond. They were informed and professional at all times. They were so helpful I can't imagine my next vacation being with any other agency!
Customer Rating: 

Riu. Bambo
SUSAN B.
Feb 10 2019
Was very pleasantly surprised on our hotel. I've stayed at the dreams in Punta Cana on my last visit, and this hotel was hands-down way better. I would suggest it to anybody. I got back and raved about our fabulous vacation
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LEON S.
Feb 01 2019
there is no shades at the beach at all, all hotels around have them!!
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Good not great
SEAN H.
Jan 27 2019
We'd stayed at the RIU Republica two years ago and it was great! This was was good just not great. The food was good and the staff was very nice other than a couple towel guys. Biggest complaint was the BOTTOM shelf liquor they served. I couldn't drink it. Pretty bad when the best you have is Smirnoff vodka.
Customer Rating: 

riu bambu
Lisa P.
Jan 25 2019
we've stayed here numerous times so it feels like home. although it's been cosmetically redone, the basics are lacking. we had a shower drain problem and a toilet overflow problem. as a non smoker i would love to see no smoking areas or specifically designated no smoking areas. i think the riu palace resorts have gotten much more attention than our bambu resort.
Customer Rating: 

Riu Bambu Punta Cana
BOGUSLAW S.
Jan 21 2019
The only reason real complaint is that the rooms smell like mildew. There were several other reviews saying the same, so we weren't surprised. We had two rooms together and didn't want to lose that, otherwise we would changed rooms. The shower and sink wouldn't drain in the other room. The staff is friendly! The resort is huge! Great onsite shopping! Plenty of seating at pools and beaches! Good food. Good stay for the price, but will pay the extra next time. Reccomend Oceans Blue or Sunscape over Riu Bambu.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
it was fun ,,,
bcruz8150, Bellingham, Massachusetts
Thu Mar 21 13:00:46 EDT 2019
the hotel was clean and it was fun,,, I WANT TO POST AND MAKE IT CLEAR, IF YOU are going DOWN TO THIS HOTEL TO RELAX THIS IS NOT THAT TYPE OF HOTEL,, THIS IS PARTY CENTRAL,, CRAZY FUN SPRING BREAK , it went the beginning of march along with the college kids ,, the staff was good , no one was rude but ONE girl at the GIFT SHOP THAT MADE A COMMENT IN SPANISH AND SHE DID NOT KNOW I AM LATIN,,, not Very nice comment about tourist ,, but I replied back to her and told that if she did not like the tourist she should find another job and our go sell GREEN BANANAS AT THE SET OF THE LIGHTS ,, THE COMMENT WAS VERY NASTY TOWARDS THE TOURIST, WE ARE THE ONES THAT provide THEM WITH A JOB, THE REST OF THE STAFF were very friendly ,, I had a great time ,, will I go back no I will try another hotel ,, ohh the beach WAS good too , but the only thing was the waves were bad very rough,, ohh CAN YOU THE HOTEL LET THE WAITERS WERE SHORT PANTS GEEEEZZ ITS HOT ,,

Very disappointing
Debora C,
Thu Mar 21 00:24:39 EDT 2019
What could’ve been a wonderful holiday turned into one I’d rather forget. The place itself is nice and the hotel complex and rooms looked lovely but we got ill a couple of days into the vacation - whilst I totally accept these things happen and was probably our own fault for being too relaxed over the ice in our cocktails after one or two too many but over the next few days noticed many, many things that we wouldn’t have expected from a Rui. Badly stained beach towels Room towel smelled of someone else’s perfume Room not cleaned for 2 days - nothing replenished like toilet rolls/towels etc (which was desparately needed with how ill we were to begin with) Witnessed a Barman juggling with ice and throwing it back into the container to be used in customers drinks later Fridge in room not restocked for 3 days and had to rely on another member of our group to donate their Pepsi as we couldn’t make it out the room that particular day Optics in the room obviously hadn’t been used or cleaned in a long time as they were filthy and gundged up Under cooked chicken in restaurant Chef using same utensils on uncooked food and cooked foods (chicken and steak) Heat lamp over burgers not working so not kept warm Flies in the red wine Ran out of red wine one night Ran out of juices at breakfast Ran out of coke in main restaurant Advertise 6 a la Cart restaurants but never open at the same time and don’t know till the day which is open Woman cut her hand cutting bread, and knife and bread were left out despite me asking waitress to move them On the plus side the majority of staff are friendly It’s worth pointing out to some of you more sceptical folks who may think we saw a lot of stuff to say we were held up in our room the majority of the time but we were travelling with a family member who didn’t get ill so we made a real effort to join him when we could so his holiday wasn’t ruined too.

Last-minute booking
Christine C,
Wed Mar 20 17:12:25 EDT 2019
We decided at the last minute to go on this trip. Had I researched it further, I probably would have chosen a different RIU or hotel chain. It was a cheaper resort than most which was our deciding factor. We still had a fun week with super weather. Pros......Beautiful beach, plenty of lounges, good food selection, friendly staff, comfy king bed, great water pressure, very clean, lots of pool choices, Easy transfers through Sunwing, Vacation Express. Cons......We paid extra for a deluxe room (king bed with couch as pictured on web site) but didn’t get it. Was told it wasn’t available. Was more like a basic hotel room. No face cloths, only shampoo and bar soap provided. Flat pillows. Uncomfortable room chairs. Many of towels were pretty worn. Drinks are made with local liquor, only one kind of beer offered. Average rated resort. They need to have a daily printed newsletter of events....a wipe off board is not sufficient. They advertise no spring break groups allowed......not the case!

Fabulous Family Vacation
Christine H, Parma, Ohio
Wed Mar 20 08:04:34 EDT 2019
This was our first experience traveling to the Dominican Republic and we truly enjoyed it! Punta Cana has the beautiful turquoise waters and white sand. The Riu Bambu staff was wonderful, friendly, and always helpful when we had questions. Betty, our SunWing representative was extraordinary! We utilized the VacationExpress.com site to book our vacation and it was a great experience. Our accomodations for four adults was a little tight, but we made it work. It would be beneficial to have more outlets and one more mirror in the room! Showers were hot and rooms were always clean. While the alcohol is not "brand" as we know it in America, it was sufficient, and not watered down, as I read in other reviews. Everyone in the resort is friendly, fun and made us feel very welcome to be there. The adult Pool parties are not to be missed -- very lively, fun and loud. Lots of dancing, bubbles/foam and the drinks are flowing! We had a blast and attended all of them during our week stay. The Entertainment staff was very talented, and brought something different to the stage every night. The Colonial buffet had everything and anything you can think of for Breakfast and Dinners, and the food was very good!

Couple get away
doshainb06,
Tue Mar 19 15:59:25 EDT 2019
The trip was wonderful we had a blast cant wait to go back hotel was clean well kept everything was excellent and worth it. The beach was wonderful. The food was good and the staff was friendly. This hotel I recommended đź’Ż



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