Hotel Overview

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!


Punta Cana - Beach
Punta Cana Airport : 16 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1999
Floors: 2
Total rooms: 560


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted.
Advisory The Kulinarium restaurant will be closing from 31st October 2023

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Deposits or credit/debit card hold authorizations are not requested at check-in. Minimum age of 18 is required for check-in, an ID/Passport will be requested upon arrival.

Convention Policy : Groups traveling together can book this property for their stay taking advantage of group benefits such as 6th or 11th complimentary guest, Group dinner reservation, One complimentary cocktail hour with a selection of appetizers, One complimentary massage for the group leader, Complimentary room upgrades to the next category, Fruit plate and bottle of wine for the VIP, Private check-in when arriving together,  Welcome sign. Applicable with Wedding Collections and Social Packages. Consult terms & conditions.

Hotel Spring Break Policies - 
Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted.

Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during February thru May. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.

Transfer Policy - 
A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

3.5 3988 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Lovely Hotel and Very Wheelchair Accessible

    My partner and I had a great time at Riu Bambu. My partner is a wheelchair user and the accessibility in the hotel was brilliant. There were ramps everywhere and hand rails into the pool etc. Our room was on the ground floor and we had a lovely terrace, and there were handrails in the walk in shower. The staff were all very friendly and work very hard. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, but the food is average. Our favourite restaurant was the Asian restaurant and our least favourite was the steak restaurant (the meat is very fatty and the service was quite slow because of how busy it gets in there). The Spanish restaurant was also very nice and very quiet - I'm not sure a lot of people realise that it is even there! We used the Tui pool the most, which is exclusive to Tui guests. It has its own bar and is much more chilled than the main pool. The Tui pool is also right on the beach which is lovely. The beach is stunning and you can walk along it and see all of the other Riu resorts and other hotels. I would definitely recommend this hotel to other people, especially wheelchair users, but just advise that the food is average, so don't get too excited about that!

    Apr 18, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Chill-Out Bar for TUI Airline Guests Only

    I have written good reviews about this resort and the majority of it still stands true. Nice beach location, friendly staff, good food, and clean rooms. But there have been some changes to this resort, including the use of the chill-out bar. One of the main reasons why we love returning to the Bambu is the chill-out beach bar. Unfortunately, when my mother returned in April 2024 she discovered that the chill-out beach bar is now only for those guests of TUI airlines. RUI, why are you discriminating against your other international guests? Taking away the beach bar from the majority of your guests makes the stay at your resort much less enjoyable. Now guests who enjoy the quieter side of the beach have to walk over to the beach bar closer to the activity pool, which makes the line-up at the bar by the activity pool even busier! Also, there is hardly anyone from TUI using the chil bar now except for a handful of overly, drunk TUI UK guests. Also with fewer people using the chill-out bar, you are taking away tips from your staff. The chill-out bar was such a great place to sit and relax. Too bad you took it away from the majority of your guests. With hundreds of resorts in Punta Cana, we will be looking for a new resort for our Christmas holiday. Thanks for the memories Bambu but it’s time to move on.

    Apr 16, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Bed was hard as a rock, food is not very good at all, liquor is sub-par but the beach is absolutely gorgeous. Clean hotel but needs electricity updated. Only one of my wall ports worked and I had to rig it to hold the plug in. Rui party is fun and entertainment was ok. Only employees who spoke English were at the front desk so brush up on your Spanish before going. Maids worked extremely hard so leave them some cash if you can. Not sure if it was because I am a female but the female bar tenders are not friendly.

    Apr 13, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Lovely hotel, great location

    Had a great fortnight at this hotel. Room was a little dated but very clean. Our minibar stopped being stocked towards the end of the holiday (do they stop doing this if you don’t leave out a tip every day???), which was frustrating but the maid service was always excellent. Food was always good. Colonial Restaurant was excellent, plenty of choice and good quality food. The steak house (the only restaurant you have to book for and queue for ages) was overrated in our opinion. When we went the food was fine but we felt rushed by the waiting staff. We did only go once so we might have just had a bad night there but I wouldn’t bother to queue again. The best restaurants were the Asian and the Spanish. The latter always being very quiet (perhaps because it is away from all the other restaurants). Evening entertainment was not great. Lots of dance shows (which were lovely) but they seem to rely on the RIU parties if you want to dance, but you can’t take families. Therefore I recommend you take a pack of cards!!! In short, a great place to relax and eat!!

    Apr 13, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Holiday 👍

    I don't usually write reviews, but felt I needed to! We have had the best 2 weeks at RIU Bambu in Punta Cana. We were a family of 8, 2 sets grandparents and my wife and 2 kids, from the moment we arrived we made to feel welcome. Checking was smooth and straight into rooms, and from then on in it was a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Breakfast was spent at the Colonial restaurant where Ariel (one of the waiters) was always attentive, so much so that we had the same table with flowers and with Coffee and Hot water already to go. This is not to say that the other waiters weren't attentive they all work extremely hard. Days were spent at the exclusive TUI pool by the Sands Bar. Though it was only meant for TUI guests others used it, but that was fine, we always had sun loungers. Ramon at the bar, what a guy. Always a smile on his face and served us everyday. La Familia he would say! We ate mainly at the Colonial Restaurant in the evening Tyfel (think that's how you spell it) would always greet us with fist pumps and was always a good variety of food. The Chinese restaurant was brilliant and loved the food, we would turn up and be given a buzzer and usually got a table within 20mins. Mexican was a little hit and miss, but each to there own. We ate several times at Ole restaurant, the food there was brilliant, and it was never too busy so always got a table straight away. Rooms were fine and clean, bar was always topped up, plus all our plugs worked. All in all a great holiday and full credit to all the staff that work here, from front desk, waiters, maids, barmen and groundskeeper. Thank you

    Apr 11, 2024

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