I was at the Bambu Sept 15th to the 22nd 2012 and I must say I had a great time. I read all the reviews before going and even though I did not put much veracity in them....all the review that are negative about this resort.....as I said in my review of the Grand Palladium thzat I visited this may.....these people should not be travelling if they thought this resort was so bad.
My room was big.....nice and cold....fridge filled every day to every other day. The resort's main great point is that it was built the perfect size..in the that I mean its not too big and not too small and the resort is kept immaculate...from the groundsmen working the gardens and grass area's to the man that was painting the railing around the main bar that is above the pool.
I must say that the place I spent most of my evening's and when It got too hot which is between 11 to 2 was the main bar..located adjacent to the Buffet restaurant (Colonial) and next to the Lobby. Tha bar staff both day but especially at night were excellent..both in their work ethic and fun attitude considering the hours they work and as a guy who likes to have fun..this was a great place...which was probably why allot of the Palace patrons were at our bar and resort....the Bambu is allot of fun...both day and night.
The food was great....I can't comment on the Al La Cartes..as I travel solo...so I always tend to stick to the Buffet restaurants..I did try the Mama Juana....which is beach front and next to the beach front Quiet Pool.....and turns into the steak house at night. The colonial Buffet Restaurant was excellent in their choice of food..the food was seasoned well..the deserts were great and I am not a desert person...but the Flams were great. The white wine was very good and again I not a big whine drinker and more so white wine...I but I found the white wine to have a slightly sweet taste and as for the staff...again excellent....and I tipped to appreciate this...as I did at the main bar and my maid...I appreciate hard work...and there people work hard.
The sports bar is directly to your right from the reception and it also does get some people in there late at night when waiting for the evening shows which happen in the adjacent Amphitheathre...and its also nice and cold and also should you wish as I did before I hit the sack to have a bite..as stated in past reviews they do have a selection of cold sandwiches..which were fine by me..I always believe if you look for problems you will always find them...your on vacation..go with the flow.
The animacion staff..both day and night were excellent..getting people involved in the morning on the beach with aerobics and also teaching them merengue and at night up to dance before they main show would start around 9 to 9.45 and I applaud their great attitude and hard work.
In the end the only thing I would say I do not like is the fact that Pacha disco which can be reached by followed the pathway at the beach to the right all the way to the end of the property and then at the end of the carribean street...you have to pay $3 cover...which is ok...but charging $5 us inside for a Cuba Libre or a beer that you can get in town for 80 peso doesn't make sense. In the end this resort will be my main resort...any time and everytime I visit Punta Cana..it have the best stretch of beach and a TON of palm tree's to lay under...not like the Iberostar to the right, at the end of the Riu Complex or the left (Bahia Principe) both did not have adequate cover if you just wanted to chill from the sun but stil get enough.
Just remember your in Paradise....if you want a LAID BACK....open air restaurants with great breeze..meet allot of great people from around the world...excellent staff..big comfy rooms (beds a little hard) and a great location..then this is the reosrt for you...if you want 6 star..Jacuzzi tubs (tubs here are very small...but I dont think I am the only one in the world that prefers to shower so I dont need a big tub or one at all) then go to the Palace resorts. Enjoy the Bambu and for all of you that have been there and when you go there you will here this.....volley ball..NO NO NO NO NO...lolllll
The aforementioned Bar near colonial closes at 12am...so you can get drinks...at the 24 hour sports bar..with food...coffee ect or at Disco...or in your room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All Inclusive ClubHotel Riu Bambu is open all year round, is located in holiday area Punta Cana on the Dominican Republic's eastern coast (on the Playa Arena Gorda beach) and it is part of RIU Resort with 4 sister hotels. The Caribbean Street is 600 m away, next village Cortecito (10km) and Punta Cana International (PUJ) is 25 km away. The hotel has 1000 comfortably furnished rooms and offers modern amenities. Relax with a massage at our Beauty Salon or get in shape at our gym. 5 outdoor pools, 2 children’s pool as well as Water park "Splash Water World" at Riu Punta Cana. For the youngest guests, there is the RiuLand Kids Club(for children from 4 to 7 years & 8 to 12 years old), Riu4U (for teenagers ages 13 to 17) and for adults, day and evening entertainment as well as Riu Pacha discotheque, many water sports activities. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main buffet as well as Mexican, Italian, Asian, Steakhouse, Gourmet and Spanish cuisine, 6 bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Bambu Punta Cana
- Riu Bambu Dominican Republic