We stayed at the Bambu for my daughters 21st birthday and I have to say I loved it!!! The hotel is not too far from the airport and took around 30 minutes by bus check in was very well organised our room was already allocated with the keys, towel tickets and luggage stickers in an envelope waiting for us. We had a Family room for 3 adults and 1 child. The room was very clean and large enough. and the shower was always hot and powerful. The staff were all very helpful for reception to the maids. They can't do enough for you. Amos the Thomson Rep was absolutely amazing he organised a Birthday cake Champagne, Restaurant and to have the room decorated with balloons flower petals and towel arrangements. I broke the safe by filling it too much but the manager was there in no time to fix it. Its digital and you put you own number in so very secure. We had phones, passports, ipads and jewellery in ours. Plenty of room just don't stack it too close to the door. I also blew up the hairdryer.... but with 4 girls in the room!! The hairdryer was replaced quickly by the maintenance guy with a brand new one. The restaurant wasn't the largest although we did always manage to get seated. The food was good a little predictable but if you are going to eat everything in one day then you end up with no choice.... I had something different every meal every day.... I loved the fruit smoothies at breakfast a massive choice of fruits to choose from. The a la carte restaurants were good our favourite was the Italian and the steak house, the main course is served, as it the wine and other drinks. The animation team work really hard to keep everybody entertained and you can join in or not. There is various dancing, exercise and volleyball on the beach. Dancing and games by the pool and Dancing and shows in the evening. My youngest daughter (8) loved the kids pool with the slides and water shoots. She met some Dominican children Who were a lovely family It was good to watch the children trying to communicate in each others language all learning new words. Dominican families can use the hotel at any time they pay like everyone else!!! It is a little busier at the weekend because they work in the week and their children are at school so they generally do weekend trips. I didn't have a problem for me that is what the holiday is about..... meeting interesting people and learning about their culture! I found it far more difficult to accept the behaviour of rude people who can't move their chair in for you to pass in the restaurant regardless of where they were from. All in all this is an amazing Country I found the locals to be charming and friendly as ever and I would definitely go back to this Hotel I saw no evidence of building work although we were told that the front entrance to the Riu Complex 5 Hotels had just been built.
- 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 Intl. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Bambu Punta Cana
- Riu Bambu Dominican Republic