My husband and I spent a week (June 23rd to June 29th) at Riu Bambu and had an excellent time - that is until our third night and we ventured into the casino at one of the other Riu properties. The hostesses usher you in with a free token to play Caribbean Keno with no obligation to continue playing. The problem is that the rules are not all explained at the beginning. YOu will get hooked and it is almost impossible to win unless you have several thousand dollars to gamble. I felt very misled. At any rate, don't let the dealer make you think you have a chance in hell to win that game because you don't.
Besides this, we enjoyed the beach and the bars. Make sure you ask for Wellington (one of the on site managers) and have Luis Manuel make ALL of your drinks. The banana daiquiri was the best but you have to make sure the bartenders put rum in the drink and not vodka.
All in all, it was fun, but I imagined an all inclusive resort to be a little more special or pampering. I would have liked to have drink service on the beach as it was a pain to keep getting up to go get drinks.
THe fruits and juices were exquisite and the Mediterranean and Steakhouse served delicious food and the service was impeccable. THe Colonial restaurant was good for breakfast, but for you fellow Americans, the lunch and dinner food at the Colonial was a little weird.
I don't care what you Europeans say about us prudish Americans. The fact is, seeing naked people on the beach is very weird to us. Sorry.
Be prepared for the topless women and speedo wearing men. Oh yeah! And what about the men wearing capri pants!? Haha. That was hilarious.
- 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