Just finished our vacation from April 28 to May 3rd at the Riu Bambu. I would like to share with you a few things about the resort. We traveled with Apple Vacations on the 5 Apple Square Deal. If you are not familiar with the 5 Apple Square Deal is just search the internet to find out.
This resort is advertised as a 5 Star, but it is only a 4 Star. The resort is one of 5 Riu resorts located together. Each being a separate resort. I would say the Riu Bambu is the least expensive of the resorts, but still a great resort.
Our party had 4 people staying at the resort. We stayed in the new rooms, which have been renovated. The room was bright and had a good shower and bathroom. I can't comment much about the other rooms, but some people said they needed an upgrade and they had a tub/shower combination and the rooms were dark.
The beach is beautiful with lots of palm trees for shade. Take a walk on the beach and you will see that the Riu has one of the best beaches, although all the beaches in Punta Cana are real nice. At times the natives will come walking through the beach area trying to sell you items. Just say, "No Gracias" and they keep on walking.
There were quite a few children at the resort and occasionally they love to run around the pool and make a lot of noise. They jump in and sometimes you might get splashed.
The food is good, but could be better. There are 4 restaurants on the resort and you need to make reservations. Reservations can be made at the Mexican restaurant for all restaurants from 7:30-10:00am. We had no problem getting reservations and ate at all 4. They have 2 seatings at 6:30 and 8:30pm. There are some children at the 8:30 seating and depending on the parents, determines their behavior. We had one child playing a hand held game 2 tables away and the volume was not on mute. It became annoying. The Mexican, buffet style, the Japanese Hibachi, we thought we were going to have someone cook at a grill in front of you, but that is not what they do. It is another buffet style. The Steak House was great and the food is excellent. We ate twice here. No buffet style at the Steak House. The Italian, this was a restaurant which was half buffet style were you get Italian food and the other half they take an order for your main meal of beef, salmon, or chicken. I was a little disappointed that there were no stuffed shells or pasta dishes. Food was good though.
Eating at breakfast and lunch in the main dining area becomes a very busy area. This is an all buffet style and be prepared to be bumped and sometimes someone will grab something while you are waiting in line. Some people are so rude and just can't seem to wait if there is a line. Nobody greets you at the door so you just find a table. The food was good, but is mostly the same everyday. It would have been nice if they had a theme style each evening to change things. Plenty to choose from and you won't go hungry.
The main pool with a pool bar gets quite noisy in the afternoon. A few spring break type individuals doing shots and yelling and these are not just 21 year olds. Many are older adults trying to act much younger. If this type of excitement is not you style, then there are 2 other pools you can go to. Although the main pool area is quite large, you can always get away from the pool bar area. The other 2 pools are much quieter and do not have a pool bar. You just might have a noisy child or two to deal with.
We did two excursions off site. We signed up through our travel representative, Apple Vacations. An Apple Vacations representative is at the resort daily and we signed up through him. We went on an ATV adventure $150 for two people and a snorkling, swim with nurse sharks and stingray, and then onto a shallow beach area for beer and rum drinks. We had lots of fun. This was $99 each. I thought it was about $25 overpriced. I would encourage you to get off the resort and see some of the other parts of the Domincan. There are many trips to choose from.
In the evening they have a band and show. It is centrally located around the main bar area. It is a great place in the evening to visit. Lots of people smoke in that area so you might find yourself moving once or twice if you are not a smoker. The shows were good and drinks were good.
Overall we had a great time at the Riu Bambu. We met plenty of friendly people. The Riu employees were great. They are very helpful, they work hard, the rooms were clean, the grounds are clean and they took care of all our needs. Most of them know a fair amount of Engish. We took the time to find out a little about their life and they were very easy to talk with. We tipped for good service and it goes a long way. They really appreciate the tips. We have been to Punta Cana 5 times and each time we have stayed at a different resort. I would probably not come back to the Riu Bambu, but would not be disappointed if I ended up here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Punta Cana * Situated on Arena Gorda Beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Within the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino and Riu Naiboa hotels * Main building and 1-story bungalow complex * Surrounded by 46,000 m2 / 50,300 sq. Yards of palm groves, adjacent to the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higley * 600 m / 1,980 ft. From Caribbean Street * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int€™l. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Bambu Punta Cana
- Riu Bambu Dominican Republic