Resort: Riu Palace Punta Cana
Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
* A huge all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families
* Exchange privileges with all of the Riu resorts in Punta Cana
* 612 standard, junor & jacuzzi suites with balconies
* Children under two stay free
* Children’s swimming pool, play area, kids club
* Water/beach sports, tennis courts, fitness center
Riu Palace Punta Cana Video Tour:
Food & Drink:
All Inclusive 24 hours a day. All meals and snacks:
Full American-style breakfast buffet
Hot and cold buffet with cooking stations
Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
For additional lunch and snacks, guests are able to use the restaurants within the other Riu resorts.
Buffets and dishes prepared on the spot
Special Evenings: Theme buffet three times a week
Optional dining (reservations required in advance):
La Bodega Brazilian restaurant (main course with table service; buffet starters and dessert)
Luigi – Italian restaurant (à la carte; buffet starters)
Yokohama – Japanese restaurant
Grill and steakhouse
Krystal Fusion restaurant
Formal dress is required for dinner (main restaurant: shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen)
Snacks 24 hours a day
Local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day
Drinks service at the pool
Regulary restocked liquor dispenser and mini-bar in rooms
Room service 24 hours a day
Riu Palace Punta Cana Review:
A large all inclusive resort for singles, coules, and families with children. Visitors get exchange privileges with the other Riu resorts in the area. This greatly expands your restaurant, bar, and entertainment options.
As with most Riu resorts, you will be disappointed if you expect a five star resort. Otherwise, most travelers are happy with the service, food, and presentation of the buildings and well manicured grounds. The staff is wonderful, but you will find that they are open to accepting and giving special favors for tips such as saving pool chairs or finding reservations at the specialty restaurants.
The resort is located on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana so there is no need to worry about the quality of the beach. It is fantastic.
As with other Riu resorts, the main downside to the specialty restaurants is that you have to wake up early each morning and wait in line to get a reservation for that evening.
The rooms are known for having poor ventilation. Make sure you keep your ceiling fan on to keep the air moving. Also, take along some candles to defeat any musty smell that may exist and also to add a little romantic lighting.
This is a beach centric area with little nightlife or shopping nearby. There is a casino within the resort, but it isn’t very impressive. Your best bet for evening entertainment is the music and variety shows within the resort.