Just arrived home from 6 days at this resort. We had no idea what to expect after reading all the reviews, but were impressed with the resort. We had a deluxe room 3700 block, a bit of a walk, but well worth it. Rooms was spotless each & every day, bed was great & lots of closet room. Fresh towels everyday.
The food is all nicely presented & there was always something to eat. It's not as impressive as some places we've been, but certainly nothing to complain about. Staff was always freindly & helpful. Bartenders remembered what we were drinking.
The beach is why we went & it was all worth it. We have never seen such beautiful beaches. The sand is so fine. We spent a lot of time walking the beach & in the water.
The one thing fellow travellers should know is that there is no need to exchange money into DR pesos. Just take US dollars. There is a $10 tax on the way in & $20 on the way out & the only money they would take on the way in was US, good thing we had some $1 along for tipping. We did manage to use up our Peso's but it was a challenge. Even the stores in the hotel wanted US dollars. Good thing our Sun Wing rep helped us out changing some Can. to US so that we had tip money. They never ask or expect a tip, but are most thankful when one is given. The staff all work very hard to make sure everyone is happy.
It is very hard to make a reservation. I got down to the Lobby at 7am one morning & could only get a reservation in the Steak House at 8:30. After that we never bothered. When we are on holidays I don't want to have to get up at the crack of dawn to make a dinner reservation. The buffet was just fine & we went when we wanted.
Overall we were very satisfied with our holiday & would recommend it. Would definately go back. Weather was beautiful & the sand & water exquisite.
- 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