I stayed at the riu bambu for two weeks (25th March - 8th April) for my mum's wedding, and I have to say that it was absolutely fantastic. For such a large resort, there was a great level of service from the staff there, all keen to help, and couldn't do enough for you. You would even get friendly 'hola's' from every person working there, including the groundsmen at 7am. They really are a very friendly people.
The food is different. It's cooked in different oils, so of course it tastes different to what we normally have. But the choice is excellent, with such a huge range to choose from, nobody should complain. The team working in the restaurant are always attentive, and cleaning to ensure everybody is comfortable, without standing on top of you. Be warned though....you get to dinner in the first half hour, you get a round of applause from the team as you walk in!
The general cleanliness and maintenance of the resort was brilliant (a couple of small teething problems) but all rectified quickly and without fuss. The beach is also incredibly clean, and part of the hotel, so you can have the pool and beach within 20 yards of each other. Although we didn't bother, you can always go to the other riu hotels in the resort in case you get bored. There are a few shops around, mainly on Caribbean street, but you'll get better prices (particularly on cigarettes) at the supermarket at palmareal or Punta cana airport on the way home. Don't buy in the resorts!
There's always something going on in the days and evenings, but if you prefer to chill out, the sports bar is beautifully air conditioned, and will show premiership football! In all honestly, there really is something for everyone. If you get the chance, do the outback safari excursion, and take in a round of golf on the resort. Absolutely brilliant, and real eye openers. The safari in particular makes you realise how lucky we are.
Now, the only slight negative. Americans and Canadians dominate here (probably because it was spring break), and the majority are some of the rudest people I have ever seen. No please or thank you's were present to the poor guys who work so tirelessly to ensure you have a great stay, and they don't bother queueing for anything. I know that this is a very English thing to do, but common courtesy and manners are free. I was actually offended by the way some of the staff were spoken to. And don't get me started on those thermos flasks they all carry around...
To summarise, there were more than 20 of us in our party, ranging from 2 years old, to 60's and 70's. There was so much to do for everyone, and we all had a brilliant time, and the wedding on the beach was fantastically organised.
Don't listen to the majority of reviews by Americans who accept first class service whilst showing zero class manners. You will have a great stay!
- 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 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Bambu Punta Cana
- Riu Bambu Dominican Republic