Punta Cana

Riu Bambu


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Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of rum, king bed (subject to availablity at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availablity and upon request), $35 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min.), once per stay. This discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts.
Family: Two kids 12 & under Stay Free when sharing room with two paying adults (valid 5/1-12/23/17).

Renovations completed July 2017!

This beachfront resort was newly refurbished in 2010 and lies on a seemingly endless white beach next to Riu Palace Macao and the Caribbean Sea. The Moroccan-style architecture, with mosaic domes, archways, and white columns with fanned palm trees, adds glamour and distinction. A magnificent pool with a swim-up bar shaded by another dome faces the turquoise sea.

Riu Bambu is the perfect place for families; the kids' pool features a special water play area! RiuLand Mini-Club provides activities for kids ages 4-12. Adults will enjoy the casino and free entrance to the disco. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

Adults also have their own entertainment activities throughout the day. Water sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, and body boarding are included! One introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool is also included. Every evening, enjoy live music and shows.

Your palate will be delighted with the many dining options available. Guests can partake in Asian, Italian, International buffet, and Grill Steakhouse cuisine. Delicious snacks are available 24-hours a day as well as unlimited drinks. Each room comes equipped with a fully stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser!

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HOTEL LOCATION
The Riu Bambu is surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and is located directly on 26 km of white sandbeach. This five star bungalow complex is located next to the Riu Palace Macao, 23 km away from the airport and 50 km away from the city of Higuey.
Address: PLAYA DE ARENA GORDA
PUNTA CANA HIGUEY


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Local Phone: 809-221-7575
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-666-8816
Fax: 809-221-7373
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Disco / Nightclub
Physician on Call
Casino Onsite (Riu Palace Macao)
Pools
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Guests will find a magnificent freshwater swimming pool, complete with a swim-up bar,jacuzzi, scuba diving lessons and separate children's pool.
Golf: NEARBY
Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course - 12 km away.
The Barcelo Course is an 18-hole, Par 72 course designed by Juan Manuel Gordillo. It is flat and very playable, with narrow fairways, palm trees, lakes, and dense vegetation. It was built with the enjoyment of the resort tourist in mind.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $$
Cart Fee: $$
Club Rental Fees: $$
Lessons Available
Tennis
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Court Fee: No charge
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Sauna: Complimentary
HOTEL DETAILS
Set amidst shady palm trees and crystalline waters strewn with coral, Riu Bambu is the ideal escape for enjoying the best of the Caribbean. Large, air-conditioned rooms are contained in two-story buildings surrounded by tropical landscaping. Food and beverages are available until 2:00 am, guests have exchange privileges with Riu Naiboa (excludes dinner). Free, 24-hour wireless internet access in all common areas. In-room wireless internet available for an additional charge. Beach: The Riu Bambu is situated on a beautiful 26 km-stretch of prime Arena Gorda white sand beachfront, dotted with palms and bordering pristine Caribbean waters. Guests have access to an array of water sports, including windsurfing, sailing, canoes and more Check-in: 12:00 noon
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 560
Year Opened: 1999 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
Drinks at the Pacha Discothque are not included. No spring breakers allowed.
ROOM TYPES
DELUXE ROOM CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the Deluxe Room description.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
FAMILY ROOM AI
Spacious family guestroom incudes two double beds, as well as a sofa bed. Room also features an elegant bathroom with a bathtub, a private balcony or terrace, and more space than a double room. This room is ideal for families.
2 Queen Beds or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE
Junior suite includes one king bed, a private balcony or terrace, and a comfortable living room area. Room also features a spacious bathroom with a bathtub, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD GARDEN VIEW ROOM
Guestroom includes two double beds and a private balcony or terrace with beautiful garden views. Room also features an elegant bathroom with a bathtub, a minibar, and much more.
2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE
Adults only junior suite includes one king bed and a spacious living room area. Room also features a private balcony or terrace, an elegant bathroom with a tub, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Kitchen
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE ROOM
Deluxe double room includes one king bed, a sitting area with a sofa bed (in select rooms), and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features modern and new decoration, a spacious bathroom with a shower and two sinks, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DINING
Riu Bambu features 1 meal plan options:
All Inclusive-Guests staying at Riu Bambu enjoy exchange privileges at Riu Naiboa (dinner and Palace resorts not included)
There are 6 Restaurants at Riu Bambu:
Steakhouse - A-la-carte restaurant/steakhouse.
Spanish Restaurant - Restaurant serves Spanish cuisine.
Kulinarium - Restaurant serves a-la-carte meals.
San Angelo - Italian restaurant (a-la-carte; buffet starters and dessert).
Hibachi - Asian buffet restaurant.
Mexican Restaurant - Buffet restaurant serves Mexican cuisine.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Watersports, tennis, shopping on the Caribbean street, table tennis, aerobics, water polo, volleyball & organized activities. Free admission to Splash Water World where you'll find water attractions and a snack bar with drinks and snacks.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly shows, live music several times a week, the Pacha discotheque (drinks not included) and casino at Riu Palace Macao.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
RiuLand Kid's Club, children can enjoy numerous activities and have fun in the pools. RIU4YOU Teens Clb, for teenagers 13-17 yrs old, provides great activities for teens.
Applicable Ages: 4-12, 13-17 yrs old.

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: Fee varies.
Advance Notice for Babysitting: On request.

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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4039 Recommend
4039 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Bambu to their friends and family



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Family Vacation
MICHELLE P.
Aug 20 2017
Our family vacation to Punta Cana and specifically RIU Bambu was tainted by the fact that our entire family got sick after eating at one of the restaurants in the property. However the food in general was fair at best. I left my vacation sick and disappointed in the quality of the food offered and served.
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DANIEL B.
Apr 03 2017
We recently stayed at the RIU Bambu for 7 nights. There were 4 different occasions we went to shower and there was no hot water. Supposedly it was fixed our last night around 7PM so we were unable to shower after our beach day before dinner. The next morning before check out when we showered; the water was barely warm. Having no hot water 4 days out of 7 when we wanted to shower was not appreciated. We complained at the desk with no adjustment to our bill etc. We talked to our Apple rep. and he didn't really seem to want to pursue anything on it for us either. There was construction going on and they said this was the reason for the hot water issue but guests should have been compensated for the inconvenience.
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JEFFREY P.
Mar 19 2017
The stay at the Riu Bamboo was comfortable/safe and a lot of fun. We booked this resort specifically for it`s No SpringBreakers policy----Several days after our arrival around 300 plus Springbreakers showed up and the peaceful beach/pool was a thing of the past. Riu Bamboo does not enforce this Rule. Also--long pants a dinner --not enforced. Dinner Reservations--won`t take them We booked a Deluxe room---which was a mistake---the standard rooms are updated and have a nicer layout--we ended up moving to a standard room even though we paid for "Deluxe" Over all had a great time--
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Riu Bambu and an excellent bargain for your money
LISA B.
Mar 16 2017
This was our 6th stay at Riu Bambu and we keep going back because of the beaches and the staff. The resort is very nice and they are making wonderful upgrades to the resort. The people are absolutely the best.
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Winter Holiday!
ALEX B.
Feb 13 2017
The hotel is very clean, staff very friendly people. The pool amazing, clean beaches with the ability to walk over to other hotels. Food was good, plenty of choice, I can't see that anyone would be stuck finding something they liked.
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FRANCES R.
Jan 15 2017
This hotel needs a major overhaul. the rooms smelled moldy. my clothes smelled.the food not good. the bed was comfortable though. found out more information from other guests than from hotel desk. amstar agent was helpful. excursions are a must. spoke with other guests from other RIU hotels, who had better things to say about their hotel. a lesson learned.
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Location perfection!
MEGAN D.
Jan 09 2017
Location is perfect! Beach is outstanding! Staff is so kind and friendly! Omelette maker in the main dining area is great! My family loves him! Also our house keeper was so sweet! Fransico and Pablo at the beach kept us happy! They are great! Only negatives are the beds (too hard) and the food isn't the greatest. But, we've been here 3 times and we will go back!
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MAUREEN D.
Jan 05 2017
It is a massive Hotel, the food quality was poor, Breakfast was O.K. lunched were terrible, hard to find anything good, much less warm. The dinners were hit & miss, the best restaurant was the Mexican. An exception was the spread they put out for New Years Eve, that was good. Our rooms were O.K. , nothing special, but at least 2 blocks from the Beach. Great Beach! Pleanty of Palm Trees & shade, lots of chase lounges. Very Good weather
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HORRIBLE FOOD
ANN E.
Jan 05 2017
Food was horrible and repetative in lack of quality and taste. By third day, I was ready to leave hotel since food appeared to be prepared to ease kitchen's preparation rather than to please guests. The specialty restaurants were no better: similar food in quality. Front desk and maintenance were lackadaisical; noone came to repair room phones which were not functionable during entire vacations even after several requests to front desk; same for leak in the ceiling on last night of stay. Hotel advertised as free Wi-Fi in lobby area. Found out that only two can log on per room even though we paid for 4 people in room. Beach was the best part of the hotel. Nevertheless, I will NOT ReTURN due to the poor quality of the food and lack to respond to issues raised by guests. Lastly, the waiters were less than responseive;they almost appeared as if they did not want to serve you. For instance, they clean the dinning table for you and leave without placing silverware, plates or drinks. On a few ocassions I had to get up and chase a waiter to provide me with a glass of wine, asking him whether wine was served with the meals(japanese restaurant). Overall experience was less than memorable which leads me to conclude that an all inclusive package is not the way to go. Food and service throughout your vacation makes or breaks your enjoyment. I must say this vacation was A BAD ONE WHICH I WILL NOT REPEAT!
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NICOLE G.
Jan 03 2017
I was told by an apple representative that the small size luggage could be carried on and was free. I was charged $90 down and another $90 back. We didn't want to check baggage and have to wait for our luggage so we used the small free size and were still charged. I have those receipts and would like to be reimbursed. The hotel was ok clean wise. The rooms smelled very moldy. Our fan fell while spinning. You can tell they recaulk over gross caulk and repaint over mold. I understand that this is probable part of the climate and likely hard to avoid. I believe about half the stall liked vacationers and half did not. They seemed annoyed with us and we're pretty easy. Our maid was awesome. Front desk was very helpful. The onsite Apple guy Reggie was very helpful. Our excursion was amazing. The Riu Bambu charged $32 US dollars for a $8 bottle of suncreen and their gift shop items were all way way over priced. I had a massage and it was same price as the US and it was awesome. Riu bambu had wifi and that was nice. Frontier flight was a direct flight so that was awesome.
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Overrated - very disappointed.
DIANE I.
Dec 15 2016
This hotel was disappointing and rated higher than it should be by Apple. I had an issue at check-in regarding the internet. The staff was not helpful at all, and actually avoided me. The apple rep was already gone, and when I tried to call, I was hung up on. The apple rep was there only limited hours, disappointed that he was not there when I needed him. I ended up paying for internet even though I was told it was included. I was unable to get my work PC to connect on multiple days. the first day, they told me they would call their IT and to try again in 20 minutes. I did and was connected. Next day, same problem. When I called this time they never corrected it and I was stranded without internet that I paid for. Infuriating. Then, the maid service was good when they actually came. Some days they came as late as 5 pm...we were already coming back from the beach. Another day we requested service 3 times, and they didn't come until my husband asked an actual housekeeper. Service in the restaurants was not good. I had one situation where a waitr ran into me after I just filled up a mug with hot water from the coffee machine. It spilled on me and him...my hand and leg were burned. Instead of even asking me anything, he threw down the silverware he was holding and yelled, like it was my fault. It was TERRIBLE. this was in the Mamajuana restaurant at about 3pm. The beach was not cleaned at all, there were cigarette butts everywhere. We have small kids who like to play in the sand, and they were finding this these every day! I am extremely disappointed and will be seeking some portion of a refund. Definitely not worth the money spent here. I was counting down the days to come home. How sad is that?
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Riu Bambu 6th til 14th October
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Wed Oct 18 11:49:25 EDT 2017
This was our first visit to a Riu resort and to Dominican Republic, the hotel was set around a beautiful beach and lovely garden which couldn’t be faulted considering the recent damage from the hurricane which had passed through two weeks before arriving. Upon arrival we were given our keys and pointed in the direction of our room, which was fine, we had paid a upgrade fee which meant our block was as far away from the main resort as it could possibly be ( again thou wasn’t a problem as were only in our 20s). However we had a issue with the upgrade as the only reason we booked a upgraded room was because when I booked it didn’t state that all the rooms had been upgraded so therefore they pictures a old fashioned run down room which I didn’t want to stay in. This was a fault with Thomson and first choices website as they failed to up date the pictures even though the hotel had been renevated back in June ready for the summer. Wouldn’t have been a issue if I had booked the hotel months in advance but I only booked 3 weeks prior to our visit so website should have been updated! I would suggest not bothering with the upgrade as all you get is a larger bed and a shower and sink area in the bedroom rather than separate. The worst of it was that our ‘upgraded room’ had broken air con and a broken safe (however the staff were great and did fix this with a few hours of us informing them) On a positive though the rooms were lovely, excellent space, safe, air-con, hair Dryer, iron and ironing board provided in rooms. Excellent views from the balcony we had and rooms were cleaned every day without fail. The staff at Riu we’re all pleasant and everyone was happy to help! The all inclusive side of the Riu was fab with optics in the rooms to drink from and a mini bar refilled every other day included within the price! Big variety on the All inclusive drinks with choices of cocktails, wines, procesco, beers and spirts to chose from as well as hot drinks and soft drinks! Excellent variety of places to eat: Steak house Mexican Italian Spanish Chinese Buffet And a couple of others which we didn’t get around to trying on our visit! But wished we had! The food was great! There are several swimming pools to sit around we always visited the pool at the back of the resort and it was less full on but had a pool bar which was perfect! Maria and pascal who work at the pool bar offered a great service we’re always singing, smiling and happy to be of assistance! Only issue was the the local children seemed to come into the resort of a weekend meaning that they would take over the pool. (The picture on Thomson and first choices websites for the pools isn’t the correct ones your best to look on TripAdvisor) The entertainment wasn’t anything to write home about however the staff work very hard though the day trying to keep everyone happy so you’ve got to give it to them for try! The beach party they put on once a week was very good though. I would suggest not bothering with the shops on site in Caribbean street as they charge 30 dollars for suncream and 1 dollar for a single plaster not worth the money! AVOID scuba carbi (the beach hub for trips) as they tend to cancel everything you book with them! Seems to be a waste of time when your on holiday especially if your only there for a week! Over all lovely resort, beautiful beach, friendly helpful staff and great food/Drink :) Only a few teething problems but they wouldn’t stop us from returning in the future!

Perfect holiday!
livyoung1302, Cleckheaton, United Kingdom
Wed Oct 18 02:34:16 EDT 2017
Absolutely perfect holiday! Every single member of staff worked so hard to provide an excellent customer service! Food was gorgeous, clean room cleaned every day! Only downside was our room was on lower floor no view from balcony. Beach was gorgeous. So many restraunts bars all lovely, pool area fab and always got a sunbed no problem!

Beautiful Beach but be aware of items in you're room
Mrs S, Burlington, Canada
Mon Oct 16 11:55:59 EDT 2017
This was our first time in DR and our second Riu (First was in Mexico). I think it would be a miss to compare the two because we only paid $1015/each direct flight from Toronto, so it was not overly expensive. We did choose it because we loved the Riu in Mexico. It was hurricane season so one would expect a discount. First off this hotel has been totally renovated as of Summer 2017. So if you are watching you tube video's etc I would stick to recent video's within the last 6 weeks or so. Grounds: this is a very large resort with 20+ multiunit villas. Walking paths are very good and well lit and if you want quiet opt for the back in the center of the resort. Grounds and pools are pretty clean. They are doing construction of a building close to the beach. Before you book ask you're travel agent about this. It may be something to consider because beside this construction is (in my opinion) the best bar and view of the sea at the resort. But having the noise of cranes etc really does spoil the mood slightly. There are two large pools near the sea, one with the swim up bar and one without and there is also a smaller pool near the sea beside the kiddie area. This was a lovely spot with very nice shade all around. The newest pool is at the back of the resort also with a swim up bar and loungers. Plenty of spots to sit and shade as required. The pools are very well thought out for those that want sun or shade. The beach is stunning and you can walk for miles either side. Rooms: rooms are spacious and renovated. We did email in advance asking for a quiet room instead we were beside the parking lot in block 33. I would not recommend being near the roads. Our room's air con never did get lower than 26c which was fine for us but seniors and those traveling with infants may find this too warm. Perhaps the first floor rooms have better air con. There was a fridge and mini bar in our room but we didn't make much use of it (staff did though - more to come on that). There is annoying flashing light from the smoke alarm, but we put two bandaids over the lights and that worked great! Beds were hard and pillows mushy with clean white linen, perfect for us! We would have liked a king bed. Food: The food was fantastic in our opinion. A million times better than any Cuban resort we had been to, maybe not as 5* as Mexico but we enjoyed almost every meal. There are a lot of places to eat at night but check the schedules. Some places are not open on some days. The Italian was our favorite evening meal. At breakfast there is a chocolate cinnamon drink in the soup area that is to die for! Gym and Spa: the gym in this resort is excellent, good air con and equipment to get a serious work out in. The spa at the palace had steam room, dry sauna and cold plunge pools. I had a massage here that was nice. At the rui bavaro they have the warm baths and steam room and another excellent gym and massage areas. Staff: staff were fine but not overly friendly and I think that's because it seemed the guests were very demanding and there were not a lot of smiles all around. I can't really put my finger on the vibe but it was in the patrons as well. There was a lack of pleasantry that one would expect in a vacation area. Rosa made our room up very nicely everyday. Final note: The day after we arrived we took the $6 bus into "town" (town was a very western mall). The only thing it had going for it was a grocery store and a decent Italian place that made a mean pesto pasta. We bought decent wine from Australia, Champagne and Whiskey and Spanish Sangria to enjoy throughout the week in our room (yes it is all inclusive but we have a picky pallet when it comes to wine and the local variety was not the greatest). The day before we were leaving we came back to our room in the evening to have a Sangria before dinner and the bottle was gone. This is not a money issue, the Sangria was under $10, it was the principle of it. We suspect the people who refill the mini bar took our one bottle of Sangria thinking we would not notice (our mini bar was also tapped into every day and we didn't drink any of the voldka, gin, rum or whiskey that was in our room.) We wrote a note in Spanish and brought it to the front desk (again, nothing to do with the actual cost of the product just as a point of principle and the management of a Riu should be aware of this) and my husband delivered it to the front desk and they offered to replace the bottle but didn't have any Sangria. Which was fine, again it was the principle of the matter. We go on vacation to enjoy ourselves and just relax for a week a year - and yes, we lock up our passports and extra money etc. But if we go to a resort and have to lock up everything in our room for fear of being robbed, then this is not a resort we would ever go back to.

Wonderful place
Hannah M,
Sun Oct 15 15:57:10 EDT 2017
Just got back from a weeks holiday. It was a last minute holiday due to a cancellation. I am so glad my original holiday was cancelled because this holiday was fabulous. We stayed in room 5025 was right next to one of the quieter pools but got busy some days it had a lovely swim up bar with lovely bar staff. The food wasn't spectacular but we didn't go hungry. The Mexican restaurant was a favourite of ours. A question that will be asked would I go to the same hotel most definitely. Rooms were always kept clean and clean bedding and towels daily. Coco bongo is worth a visit. But try and book with some one outsode the hotel they $20 cheaper then the reps..

bad desk sevices
mieczyslaw2017, Mississauga, Canada
Sat Oct 14 13:12:42 EDT 2017
my vacation with my grandson/2years old/ starting Saturday 3 day before I call to Bambu to put crib bed to room for 2 years old boy after 6 call/I was cut of line during switching line /take 1 1/2 hours somebody promises me bed in room . in Saturday evening after check in we find in room bed for 2 people only /room was booking for 3 person/ no crib. we back to desk to do something after 45 minut /is 12 midnight/ crib was in room. my wife have birthday 04 oct so hotel send gift to room /nice / but in letter was my name so she was upset . few times I tray get some info from desk but over was noting. day before go back I tray as about my riu card but nobody can give me answer send my to supervisor when hi came /name Oliver/after few nice word from my side hi say hi don't have took with my /ignoring / and walk a way very rude and not polite . good news if you going to SAND BAR tip men name VICTOR . yours drink will be fast and good .hi is worth yours tip be very happy



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