We got married on the 12th May 2012 and booked this 13th May 2012 and flew on 14th May 2012. Which was amazing !!! When we arrived at hotel was beautiful the entrance to the hotel is superb. I found the First Choice/Thomson reps some what helpful not all the time but they were friendly. The room they put us on was the ground floor and not to far from the hotel which was good but I would of preferred the next level up. Also even though we had said we were on Honeymoon and I emailed the hotel all we received was a bottle of Brugal !! I spoke to a couple who got married over there and they didn't even get an upgrade which was a bit crappy !! The first 2 days rained but was still hot so we sat under a umbrella by the pool and read a book which was funny as it was heavy rain. The restaurants were lovely we had steak house, Italian and Chinese, the Chinese was literally like a British Chinese buffet was superb !!! With the drinks at the hotel the staff weren't the pleasantest and one night didn't serve me totally ignored me which i though we would give then benefit of the doubt but no they also did it to other guest when they couldn't be bovered to make drinks which many people complained to the management they are very much based on tips and sometime would say no to the drinks ordered and make you others which is really BAD !! We joined in one or two activities but not many as we didn't find the Riu entertainment staff that good neither the evening shows were poor and we only watched one because of it. Also I booked us into the Italian for a romantic meal as It was special to us we had been married a week to the date I spoke to the Rep who said they would do something special for us ... well the table was decorated with flowers which was nice then they sat us down showed us the menu we choose our food and then never seen them for over half an hour by then they were serving everyone else's desserts . My Husband went up to say we were leaving and going to see management and they had totally forgotten us !!! . The beach was out of this world!! Most spectacular beach and we walked the one length of the beach to the other. Thomson and First choice advertise Caribbean street, Its not much of a street at all it connected to the hotel and it literally is shops all the same. the casino has one slot machine and a table and the night club no-one goes to!. I sound as though I'am putting it off I defiantly aren't but we would go back to the Dominican but stay at the palace next time or the north side of the Dominican .
- 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