ClubHotel Riu Bambu
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My journey to the Dominican Republic were longer than I expected. BecUse I had to first get to the airport from where I was and that took around 6 hours with ferry, 2 buses and taxi. Luckily, nick came with me so I had company almost the whole way. However, I arrived really late at night and didn't arrive at the hotel before 4 am! I was sooo tired and hungry because I didn't eat at all at the plane. So I came there and the people in the reception ...
... got off the bus and stopped at a food cart we found and the people who ran it were SO AWESOME. It was a woman from Austria and her husband from Dominican Republic. The woman spoke English and they sat with us while we ate and talked for a while. They were so nice! We found out they were Merengue dancers and she told us how they met. OH MY GOSH WHAT A LOVE STORY! I will retell the best that I can;
Today is actually our last day of our trip.
We didn't do anything interesting today, however, we did have an amazing dinner at the end of the day. We went to the spa, and we to the sauna.
Shopping is really important, the guide and the man from the airport told us not to go the Haitian's stalls at the end of the beach because ...
... still forced to take the 8 PM bus to the airport. So we spend almost all night at the airport. We slept on benches that were there. Of course Punta Cana was not expecting to have this many people to be at the airport at once. There were people lying on the floor and sprawled out everywhere. The amount of walking space was limited. Causing walking hazards and such. Eventually our plane has arrived after a another set back. There were no planes in Toronto that ...
Fourth day here in Punta Cana. Enjoying the sun.
Today, my boyfriend and I went to the Dolphin Explorer adventure. It is amazing, I got to swim with the dolphins, it was only 4 hours. I wished we got to spend more time with the dolphins. But it was really short. Included in the Dolphin Explorer was the bird show, and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsClubHotel Riu Bambu Punta Cana
Parfait pour une journée.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Check out my video review of this resort and the Grand Palladium Resort on You Tube and my written reviews on Trip Advisor. I just got my IPad 3 and this program ..so will do a live blog next year.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews ClubHotel Riu Bambu Punta Cana
I Loved It!
Five of us went to the Rui Bambu, in Punta Cana. The food, service and hospitality was excellent! During the two weeks we were there. I had a body massage for twelve of the 14 days, five facials and three body wraps. Six of the massages were at the beach and the other six at the spa. It was a great two weeks of relaxation and laying in the sun.
Since my occupation is haridresser/esthetician/heath practitioner/reiki therapist, it was so nice just to be pampered and rejuvenated, myself.
I had two gallons of water delivered to my room every two days and with plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, I was totally renewed when I came home.
I am definitely going to do that again for sure.
one word: 'amazing'
we just returned from the riu bambu last night and had a wonderful six-night stay there.
the facilities were fantastic and the beach was beautiful...white sand and clear blue water.
the flight and shuttle from the airport were hassle free and we were given an orientation by the sunquest rep cindy...definitely try to go to the orientation because the resort is huge and it helps to familiarize you with all of the stuff you can use like restaurants, pools, shopping etc. she also told us about several excursions offered through sunquest all of which were quite pricey and none of which sounded too interesting, but we would recommend doing the snorkeling either on the kintiki boat for $55 per person or through the hotel for $20 per person. we also bought a package at the spa on Caribbean street ($40 per person) which was wonderful and included massages and all the works...definitely worth it.
as for the food, it wasn't terrible, but wasn't very good either. while breakfast was fantastic and juice and fruit were great too, both dinner and lunch left much to be desired. we packed along a few munchies from toronto which came in handy.
the staff are very pleasant and although we did tip occasionally, we never felt as though we were obligated to do so. they only make about $50 per month so anything you give them is very much appreciated.
all in all, it was a great trip and I would definitely recommend the riu bambu or any of the other riu's on the property (i.e. palace macao, tainu, naiboa...)
Best vacation ever.
Best holiday ever!!!!!
We spent a perfect week in hotel RIU BAMBU and can't wait to return! Everything, from food to the appartements, was excellent and animation couldn't be better! The large buffet was more than we ever expected. Reception staff was always very helpful. The beach is clean even tough the hotel guests always leave their plates and empty glasses down there (something we can not understand!!!!) The pool with lots of palm trees is wonderful....and bar men are not just cute, they are also very attentive and smile all the time!
In reference to all these points we are already planning our next vacation at Riu Bambu....and we promise we will stay longer than just one week!!!!!!
Nicole K. and Monika L.
Riu Bambu - Awsome
June 15th - June 22nd
Just returned from Riu Bambu and had a blast. I will rate topics from 1-10 (1 being poor and 10 being great)
Clean Ocean: 10
Bar Service: 10
Night Life: 5
Single (?): 1
Couple/Family (?): 10
I strongly suggest this resort, you will have a great time.
Staying at Riu Bambu
Having read a couple of negative reviews of Riu Bambu, I was apprehensive about my visit. The resort was very well kept and clean. Linens and towels were of good quality and condition and quite clean. The food buffets were clean and beautiful and changed for fresh every 1.5 or 2 hours. It is possible to eat oneself into oblivion here. THe buffet does not change much from day to day, but the selection is adaquate, and the presentation attractive. While the tap water is not potable, ample bottled water was available everywhere at no cost. If you are a heavy drinker, you will be in alcoholic heaven during your stay. Non-alcoholic fruit drinks are also always available. None of my group got sick, which is contrary to the experieices of those staying at other resorts. The rooms were large enough, and offerred private balconies. The grounds, overall, were beautiful and immaculate. The pool areas were clean and lovely. The staff was quite nice and accomodating. While safes are provided ensuite, I never used mine, and found the staff to be honest and professional. The beach was clean and large, and offerred many palm trees for shade. The SCUBA staff was nice, but the boats were too small/primitive, and the reefs are dead, with few fish. Turbidity was high. Rides to dive sites were more like 25mins than the 5 mins promised. They should not allow heavy fishing in SCUBA areas, as there is just nothing left to watch. The rental equipment was SCUBAPRO, and in great condition. No night diving (it's their law!!!). I would certainly return, but not for the diving. Nightly entertainment was available, but weak. Immigration, both coming and going, was pleasant at the airport there. We did not leave the resort, as to me, poverty looks the same everywhere. The guests seemed a fairly even mix of Germans and Americans.
RIU Bambu Slipping on Food Quality
Six of us have just returned from a one week all inclusive vacation to Riu Bambu in Punta Cana. All of us have been to Riu Hotels several times in the past and are therefore very familiar with the standard and expectations.
We must admit this most recent vacation w/o April 29th was fantastic except for the food quality.
The service and staff are extrodinarily efficient and friendly. However the food left alot to be desired especially in the so called a la carte restaurant.
Of the three nights we attempted to eat dinner a la carte, we sent all of our food back as it was extremley overcooked and obvious the chef had no training whatsoever on cooking technique or use of flavouring.
The buffet was not much better. Salads and desserts we found we made to look pretty but had no taste or variety of flavours and it was the same boring thing day and night.
It was also extremely disappointing that the outside terrace in the main dining room was never open for dinner which I cannot imagine why in such a beautiful environment.
Being forced to sit in a overly bright,noisy, crowded cafeteria environment for dinner is not my idea of fun especially when the outdoor dining terrace is out of bounds.
This is illogical in a tropical environment.
Lastly I must question why of the 6 travellers three of us had severe diarrhea all week including upon our return. This by the way is not due to overeating or drinking alcohol as several of us don't drink at all. We must question the water sanitization quality control in the ice and foods washed as we all know that you never drink tap water anywhere in the world.
As beautiful as Riu Bambu was, I would dread spening another week as I couldn't stomach the food any longer and unfortunately we all feel we must consider other alternatives in future.
We hope that the success of Riu Hotels is not taken for granted and continues to provide their customers with the quality they have come to enjoy and expect from the superior reputation of the Riu name.
RIU Not Up To Speed
My husband and I just returned from a 4 night stay at RIU Bambu in the Dominican Republic. We booked an all-inclusive vacation through Vacations Express. I have booked two previous Mexico trips through this company, and found them to be excellent. This trip was much less organized. Every leg of our flight was delayed, and our seating assignments were meaningless--the flight attendants told everyone to take the first seat they could find. We were first in line, so it wasn't a problem for us--but other families couldn't sit together despite their seat assignments to do so.
Traveling during Spring Break (March) is always hazardous, and our flight was from Kentucky to Florida and then on to the DR. It was full of very loud college students, but I guess this is expected.
The positive aspect of going to the DR is beautiful beaches with magnificent palm trees, white sand, and aqua water. The negative aspect is that it is quite a bit further than Mexico if you live in the Midwest, and there is much less to do. Mexico has an interesting cultural history, at least--but outside of the RIU resort (which is kind of like Disney land without the rides) there is absolutely nothing--no jungle, no rainforest, no animals, no hiking, and really not even indigenous people. I guess since this place has been colonized for five centuries there isn't much distinctiveness left among the indigenous populations.
I've stayed at RIU Playacar in Mexico (also five-star), and RIU Bambu doesn't compare. The towels in our room didn't smell fresh and had yellow stains all over them. The next batch (after we complained) were clean, but still had "questionable stains". The pool was beautiful and well-maintained, but all the chairs in the shade were taken and it was hard to find a spot where you weren't really close to other people.
The swim-up bar looked beautiful in the brochures, but you need to envision it with around 30 children (and I am not exaggerating) screaming and splashing around it. It was often hard to find a seat there, and it seemed to be the focal point for all the kids and their floats.
The beach was stunning, but if you don't get there in the morning you will be hard-pressed to find a lounge chair. Also, quite a few sections of the sea are cordoned off for watersports, so you can't swim just anywhere. Like most beaches with predominantly European populations, lots of toplessness and men with speedo-thongs (yikes!)
The food was far, far worse than RIU Playacar. In addition to repeated menus every single night in the non-reservation restaurant (called The Colonial, I think), it was definitely catered to the German taste. Lots of meats and heavy dishes, for instance.
Worst of all, we were told that the restaurant requiring reservations (Mamajuana)was part of the all-inclusive package, but three of the four nights we were there we were told it was full. They tell you to stand in line beginning at 10, and you can make reservations until 12. The truth of the matter is that at 10 there is already a long line, and the restaurant is "full" by 12. We finally met with the manager in his office and forced him to let us have a table. We were shocked that night when we ate there and found it was only 1/3 full . . . and the food wasn't much better than the other restaurant.
The bottom line: RIU can do better than this resort, especially in terms of the food and the service. If you want a beautiful beach for about the same price, go to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. They speak more English there and I've had very positive experiences. I won't return to the DR again, and I don't know if I'll stay at a RIU after this experience.
Hope this is helpful.
We return from our second year of a family vacation at the RIU Bambu, Punta Cana Dominican Republic. Everything was very much five star. The rooms were kept spotless, the food was a wide selection and plentiful. The resort facilities were tremendous and the beach was one of the most wonderful we have experienced.
A few tidbits:
> staff do not speak good English...take along a spanishi translation guide
> several RIU resorts adjacent - makes for good touring opportunities if you are bored
> tremendous swim up pool bar - no bar service on the beach
> activities but the staff are not "pushy"
> horseback riding at sunset available down the beach - neat !
> kids program friendly but not totally drop and run - facilities for the kids but you need to be supervising - not great hours for drop off
> entertainment at night is amateur but enjoyable
> dining - good variety
> two pools - one large and one smaller where scuba lessons take place
> plenty of tours available if desired
> shopping available near by on RIU managed street - quite expensive
> rate it as five star - been there twice and
would return again
Riu Bambu- The best vacation ever
I just arrived home January 19, 2001 from the Riu Bambu. I had the best time of my life. The staff at the hotel would give you their cloths if you asked for them. This was by far my best vacation. As soon as I returned home I booked another trip in June to the same resort. The food was excellant. I found the food not at all repetitive, there was no possible way you could eat everything so I found no repitition. All you can eat lobster, shrimp, dessert. It was great. I never once saw a piece of garbage float around the resort. The staff tried there very hardest to understand you and help you. The prices were very affordable. I did a different activity everyday, horseback riding, snorkelling, parasailing, diving, merengue lessons. The best vacation I have ever had , highly recommended.