Hotel Overview

2020 Resort Added Value

Honeymoon: Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 spa credit per couple (restrictions apply).

Family: Two kids 12 & under Stay Free when sharing room with two paying adults (valid 5/1-12/23/20).

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.

General Policies & Fine Print

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

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - 
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policies - 
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 2035 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not a bad hotel but not 5 stars!

    English: My wife, daughter(6 years old) and I are from Colombia but we live in the US. We stayed for 1 week at the resort and I want to share my experience with anyone thinking about going to the RIU Bambu. First, the positives: The entertainment for both kids and adults is amazing! There is always something to do. They do a great job of activities for the kids so that the adults can go to the different pool parties that they offer at the RIU Party venue. The beach is absolutely jaw dropping! It’s like a post card. Another thing is Luis at the swim up bar – he is THE best bartender in the resort and is incredibly friendly and kind. The cleaning lady for our room did a superb job! She was amazing. Unfortunately, there was nothing else that we enjoyed. The negative… where to start. The number 1 thing for me was the smoking. Since most of the hotel is open air, they allow smoking everywhere! Most of the guests are European so they don’t really care but it was too much for me. You would be sitting at breakfast and the person sitting next to you would light up and it would blow all in your face. The hotel should do a MUCH better job of advertising that they are VERY smoke friendly. The rooms… the bed was very hard and difficult to sleep on. The refrigerators were poorly stocked (1 water, 1 pepsi, 1 diet pepsi, 1 sparkling water). They had bottom of the barrel brand liquor in the dispensers in the room. The food was not very good at all, it is all buffet style. There no actual sit down and order restaurants(I believe the steakhouse might be but we didn’t make it in time to get a reservation). Our first enjoyable food came the 4th night when we tried the Mexican restaurant. The attention of the staff was less than ideal, my family and I are from Colombia and spoke Spanish to everyone and you could tell the difference in service to the Europeans/Americans. There were too many times to count where I would greet and/or thank the staff and they wouldn’t even bother to respond(The only exception to this is Luis at the swim up bar!). The RIU Parties are pretty much the exact same music but different themes. Don’t expect too much change from one to another, other than the attire. The kids pool party was AWFUL. The show in and of itself was pretty good but there were kids from 3 years old all the way to teenagers! They put water balloons in the pool and the older kids(9-12) would spend the whole party throwing them at each other without a care in the world of who they hit(adults, kids or entertainment staff). It was so that many parents started popping the water balloons to try and keep kids safe. My daughter was hit multiple times in the face by balloons that left marks. All in all, it wasn’t a terrible experience but I would not recommend this hotel unfortunately. I can’t say that I had a terrible time but it certainly left A LOT to be desired. Hope this helps. Español: Mi esposa, mi hija (6 años) y yo somos de Colombia pero vivimos en los Estados Unidos. Nos quedamos 1 semana en el resort y quiero compartir mi experiencia con cualquiera que esté pensando en ir al RIU Bambu. Primero, lo positivo: ¡el entretenimiento para niños y adultos es increíble! Siempre hay algo que hacer. Hacen un gran trabajo de tener actividades para los niños para que los adultos puedan ir a las diferentes fiestas en la piscina que ofrecen en el lugar de la Fiesta RIU. ¡La playa es espectacular! Es como una postal. Otra cosa es Luis en el bar de la piscina: es el mejor barman del complejo y es increíblemente amable y amable. La señora de la limpieza de nuestra habitación hizo un trabajo excelente. Ella fue asombrosa. Lamentablemente, no había nada más que disfrutamos. Lo negativo ... por dónde empezar. Lo primero para mí fue el fumar. Como la mayor parte del hotel es al aire libre, ¡permiten fumar en todas partes! La mayoría de los invitados son europeos, así que realmente no les importa, pero fue demasiado para mí. Estas sentado, desayunando y la persona sentada a tu lado se ponía a fumar y te echaba todo en la cara. El hotel debería hacer un trabajo MUCHO mejor de anunciar que son MUY amigables con el fumar. Las habitaciones ... la cama era muy dura y difícil de dormir. Los refrigeradores estaban mal abastecidos (1 agua, 1 pepsi, 1 pepsi de dieta, 1 agua con gas). Tenían el fondo del licor de la marca barril en los dispensadores de la habitación. La comida no era muy buena, es todo estilo buffet. No hay restaurantes reales para sentarse y ordenar (creo que el asador podría ser, pero no llegamos a tiempo para obtener una reserva). Nuestra primera comida agradable llegó la cuarta noche cuando probamos el restaurante mexicano. La atención del personal fue menos que ideal, mi familia y yo somos de Colombia y hablamos español a todos y se nota la diferencia en el servicio a los europeos / estadounidenses. Hubo demasiadas veces para contar dónde saludaría y / o agradecería al personal y ni siquiera se molestarían en responder (¡La única excepción a esto es Luis en el bar de la piscina!). Las fiestas RIU son más o menos la misma música pero diferentes temas. No esperes demasiado cambio de uno a otro, aparte del atuendo. La fiesta en la piscina para niños era horrible. El espectáculo en sí mismo fue bastante bueno, ¡pero había niños de 3 años hasta adolescentes! Pusieron globos de agua en la piscina y los niños mayores (9-12) pasarían toda la fiesta lanzándose unos a otros sin preocuparse en el mundo de a quién golpean (adultos, niños o personal de entretenimiento). Fue así que muchos padres comenzaron a hacer estallar los globos de agua para tratar de mantener a los niños seguros.

    Jan 20, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Christmas Day to New Years

    I would highly recommend. Good food, perfect walking beach and lots of pools. Great place if you want it hot. Mazatlan and Cuba aren't warm enough in Dec. We travel at this time and Spring Break and its difficult finding an all-inclusive for about $2000 each during these weeks.

    Jan 18, 2020
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Give this hotel a miss

    Having visited this country 3 times this is by far the worst hotel we have stayed in, that bad we complained when we got home and Tui gave us compensation. Tui failed to tell us that Friday through to Sunday citizens of the Dominican are allowed to use the hotel on a lottery type selection. This wouldn’t be a problem but a percentage of these people weren’t very nice , the restaurants were hit really hard even to the scale of taking food home in plastic boxes on the last day of there stay , also walking out of the restaurants with food and dumping it in the bins , unbelievable. On our last Sunday of our 2 week stay one of the adults actually did a number 2 in the chill out pool , which was dealt with them fishing it out and telling people it would be ok in 30 minutes, no chemicals added nothing the barmen at the pool thought it was hilarious,, I didn’t. The Tui rep was offering people £100 from the actual hotel manager. I would never normally do reviews but felt people needed to know about this hotel and how Tui dealt with the situation, poorly on both counts

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not 5 stars

    Me and my husband stayed in Riu Bambu in December just before Christmas. We stayed in block 40 which is far away from the main amenities and beach, but it was ok because it was another pool which wasn't busy just near the building, it also had a bar and a spanish restaurant just near. However, there is a pool party 2 times a week till 11pm, so if you want to go to bed early it will be not possible as the music is very loud! We stayed in deluxe room, it was ok, bed was comfy, it had a safe, conditioning. The food is ok, nothing special. For a la carte restaurants you have to book at 5.30 especially the steak house as otherwise you will have to eat at buffet for dinner too. Steak house and the Kulinarium was nice! However, we both had a food poisoning after eating in spanish restaurant, i am sure it is from there as once I've tried a crab canape I felt it is off and had a bad smell! Also, we had no alcohol so I am sure it is from that particular item. The entertainment is not great, on the days when is pool party there is nothing going on except for kids. The beach at the hotel is very nice! Sand is 'white' ish' and the water is clear blue however it was a bit rough. We have also visited the Carribean side and Punta Cana have definitely better beaches! I do recommend the trip to Saona Island for the relaxed day, and Punta Cana safari tour for the people who would like to know more about the island. However, I do recommend this hotel even after a few issues as it is not the most expensive one anyway!

    Jan 15, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Family break

    We spent Xmas Eve at Riu Bambu with the whole family. I would say it was the best way to relax in the right hotel before the end of 2019. Bambu is really nice. The deluxe rooms were clean and the minibar refilled every day. Also, it has a lot of activities for the day. Food was great and I recommend the Steak House. However, what we liked most was the friendliness of the hotel's staff. I would return if I had the chance.

    Jan 15, 2020

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