Enjoy Punta Cana at its finest! This 24-hour all-inclusive paradise is located on a stunning white sand beach. The pristine Caribbean Sea provides the perfect setting for water activities and a glorious backdrop for sunbathing on the white sand. Nighttime entertainment includes live music and RIU theme shows.
For a taste of tranquility, relax in the sauna and Jacuzzi at the Eternal Spa. Other services include a beauty salon and a complimentary gym.
Dining options are plentiful with six restaurants featuring scrumptious cuisine such as Japanese, International buffet, Italian, Brazilian, Fusion, and a Grill Steakhouse. The sports bar is open 24-hours, and the swim-up bar serves refreshing tropical drinks during the day. Guests also enjoy exchange privileges with Riu Bambu and Riu Naiboa (dinner dining excluded).
Caribbean Street is a marketplace located on the RIU grounds for your convenience. Play a game of pool at the billiards or view pictures at the photo studio and lab. At Riu Palace Punta Cana, everything is at your fingertips.
Guests staying at the Riu Palace Punta Cana have exchange privileges with Riu Bambu and Riu Naiboa (excludes dinner).
Beach: Total Rooms: 612
Year Opened: 2006
Drinks are not included at the Disco. No Spring Breakers
SUPERIOR JUNIOR SUITE
Balcony or terrace, hydromassage bathtub, AC, in room safe, mini bar, liquor dispenser, Satellite TV. All rooms have split-level sitting area and sofa. Courtyard view. One king or 2 double beds.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
STANDARD JUNIOR SUITE
Balcony or terrace, hydromassage bathtub, AC, in room safe, minibar, liquor dispenser, Satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer. All rooms have split-level sitting area and sofa. Garden View. One king or 2 double beds.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Balcony with Jacuzzi, hydromassage bathtub, A/C, in room safe, minibar, liquor dispenser, Satellite TV. All rooms have split-level sitting area and sofa. One king or two double beds.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Large balcony or terrace, hydromassage bathtub, separate shower, A/C, in room safe, minibar, liquor dispenser, Satellite TV, walk in closet. Large split-level sitting area and sofa. Courtyard or Ocean View. One king or 2 double beds.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Riu Palace Punta Cana features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 6 Restaurants at Riu Palace Punta Cana:
A la carte restaurant serving Fusion cuisine. Open for dinner. Dress Code: Men are required to wear long pants for dinner.
La Altagracia -
Serves lunch and snacks during the day, for dinner a Grill Steakhouse. Dress Code: Men are required to wear long pants for dinner.
Don Manual -
Buffet style restaurant with show cooking, serving International and local specialties.
Italian specialty restaurant. Open for dinner. Dress Code: Men are required to wear long pants for dinner.
La Bodega -
Brazilian Rodizio specialty restaurant. Open for dinner. Dress Code: Men are required to wear long pants for dinner.
A la carte restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Open for dinner Dress Code: Men are required to wear long pants for dinner.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly entertainment with live music and variety shows.
Children's Mini Club.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.
Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
4057 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Palace Punta Cana to their friends and family
This property was a great all inclusive right on the beach. There was a casino right at the hotel but no one was ever in it and the dealers who WERE working had 0 personality. However, the rooms were...
This property was a great all inclusive right on the beach. There was a casino right at the hotel but no one was ever in it and the dealers who WERE working had 0 personality. However, the rooms were very nice with a good sized balcony. There were 2 pools- one with a swim up bar that was pretty much a party pool. It had tables in the pool and was fairly crowded as it was rather small. The larger pool was very nice but they would not allow you to sit on the sides or be in the pool with beverages of any sort. The buffet was quite extensive but the food was not up to the standards of other RIU properties where we have stayed. Overall it was a good value but we would not return.
Great Time ....
Tracy L, Winchester, Virginia
Thu Dec 11 13:49:29 EST 2014
Overall a really good experience. Decent food choices but would have preferred more options for lunch. You will have to make reservations for dinner if you want something other than the buffet but...
Overall a really good experience. Decent food choices but would have preferred more options for lunch. You will have to make reservations for dinner if you want something other than the buffet but this was not a problem at all. Rooms were decent but the property layout doesn't leave many options for beach views from the room. This was okay as we were rarely in the room. The nightly shows were entertaining and a great place to meet other travelers. The beach area was great... plenty of shade (if you need it), plenty of loungers and no need to go out early to claim a spot. Really enjoyed the drink service on the beach. Was nice to not have to trek back to bar every time we got thirsty. The reception staff were friendly enough but the restaurant, bar, and social staff were all amazing.... funny, friendly, and very courteous. They all genuinely wanted us to enjoy our stay. Shopping area was a nice - about 15 little souvenir type stores. Definitely recommend !!
Nice Compact Size
Nina0602, Montreal, Canada
Tue Dec 09 14:55:08 EST 2014
We were pleasantly surprised to see the size of the resort. Most resorts we stayed at in the past are really spread out and lots and lots of walking always involved. This resort is shaped like a...
We were pleasantly surprised to see the size of the resort. Most resorts we stayed at in the past are really spread out and lots and lots of walking always involved. This resort is shaped like a "U" with a court yard in the middle. Everything you need is either in the front, i.e. restaurants, entertainment, bars or at the back, pools, beach and another restaurant. The check in was really fast. We asked to change rooms so we could be on the same side as our friends, not a problem. The Riu Palace hotels have 2 style of rooms, either ultra modern or a more colonial style. We choice the Riu Palace Punta Cana for the room style which was the colonial. It is true the curtains and bedspread were a bit outdated but other than that the room was really clean. Our room was facing the courtyard and noise was never an issue. Our maid was there every morning at 9:00. Never had this happen on a vacation before. We left her money every other day and on the days when we did not leave money we left small gifts. The maid actually found us in the hall and thanked us. The room itself has plenty of closet space, hangers and drawers. The bed was firm but comfortable. One of the best parts was the shower. We had hot water no matter what time we took showers. The water one day was so hot, I had to actually turn it down. The shower pressure was great. The rooms do smell musty, but all rooms we have been throughout the Caribbean smell that way. We tried most of the a la carte restaurants and found Krystal and the Japanese to be the best. We were very disappointed with Luigi's and La Altagracia. We had the chance to return to one of them but opted for the buffet instead. The buffet was very good with a large selection offered. Twice during our stay they had turkey, It was for the American Thanksgiving. We never made it to the pool. The chairs were always saved early in the morning, so we do not know if the pool was missing tiles. We spent all our time on the beach. The service on the beach was very good. especially with Carlitos. He saw us and right away he had our drinks coming. At the end of the day about 4:00, the waiter would come along the beach with a tray of fruit. Nice touch. It was a nice stay and would defiantly go back there again. The people at this hotel were always very helpful. This was the second stay at a Riu Palace and we are looking forward to the next one. Just have to figure out where!
RNjen61, Oley, Pennsylvania
Sun Dec 07 21:35:44 EST 2014
We were a little hesitant to book through this resort based on inconsistent TA reviews ? however, the reasonable price and recommendations from acquaintances who have been to this resort swayed us to...
We were a little hesitant to book through this resort based on inconsistent TA reviews ? however, the reasonable price and recommendations from acquaintances who have been to this resort swayed us to take a chance on the Riu Palace Punta Cana. I jotted down some tips throughout our stay which will hopefully help other travelers.
*If you have been to other resorts throughout the Caribbean, you will know that sometimes, no matter how hard they try, the musty odor cannot be completely eliminated. It?s a warm, moist environment. We didn?t find it any more offensive than other places we have visited.
*The staff at this resort goes out of their way to help you and encourage you to have a good time. From Pablo at the front desk, to Louise our Amstar representative, or Garcia at the pool bar, you will find that the staff is warm and welcoming. We weren?t sure if this was genuinely how they felt or if it was a ruse to rustle up tips. However, we soon found out that these people work 14 hour days ? you may have the same staff serve you breakfast, lunch, and dinner ? and don?t make very much. Please bring plenty of small bills ? even a small tip is well appreciated!
*It took us a day or two to figure out the daily routine/schedule of activities. You will receive a paper with information regarding restaurant times, reservations, etc. and a map of the property. We felt a daily schedule of activities would be beneficial ? we had no idea what time yoga started or when poolside bingo began. There is a crew of staff similar to Sandals ?Playmakers? that interacted with the guests and really got them involved.
*The water in the rooms is not potable; the resort provides 2 1½ L bottles of water in your refrigerator daily. They will tell you it is safe to brush your teeth with but we didn?t chance it. In fact, we had no issue with the food/water/ice/drinks ON THE PROPERTY.
*Book your dinner reservations early. We arrived at Luigi?s at 8:00am to book and found out there was more than 1 choice each night and also that we could book up to 3 nights in advance. Do it early and get it done! We ate at Luigi?s (Italian), La Altagracia (Steakhouse) and Krystal (French Fusion). We liked Krystal the best, which surprised both of us. The lobster risotto and filet of beef were excellent. Bear in mind there only 2 seatings each night at the specialty restaurants ? 6:30 and 9:30 pm.
*Be a smart traveler and know your exchange rates. $1 US = 43.5 Dominican Pesos. Some items are not marked or only marked in pesos. Be aware vendors will try to take advantage of traveler ignorance. I had a vendor try to tell me a 345 peso bottle of rum was $13 US. Everyone has a smart phone, use it! The vendors will quickly fall in line ? they don?t want to lose the sale.
*We came loaded for bear with bug spray, OFF! mosquito repellent fans, etc. based on the past reviews. We found the Riu to be one of the most well-controlled insect/mosquito resorts we have ever been to. The groundskeeping crew was spraying the shrubbery nonstop and it showed.
*One regret I have is not learning a few conversational Spanish phrases, words, etc. The staff is good about speaking English, but they also receive a large amount of German travelers too ? you will hear things being repeated in Spanish, English, and German ? so do your part and acknowledge the staff in Spanish if you can. A simple ?hola? ?Buenos dias? or ?Gracias? can go a long way!
We would not hesitate to return to any of the Riu properties in Punta Cana for a carefree week of fun in the sun!
1st trip to Punta Cana
Narkolepc, Baltimore, Maryland
Sun Dec 07 01:15:42 EST 2014
A friend of mine visited here first in May and she had an great time, so I felt comfortable booking my trip for 6 days and 5 nights to the RIU palace Punta Cana. I should say up front, we loved our...
A friend of mine visited here first in May and she had an great time, so I felt comfortable booking my trip for 6 days and 5 nights to the RIU palace Punta Cana. I should say up front, we loved our time here and would love to return.
We booked our vacation via HotelBeds and added a transfer to and from the airport to the hotel. The transporter was a nice van with only a couple other people in the van with us. The driver was nicely dressed and spoke good English. He shuttled us and the other guests to the Punta Cana enclave (Punta Cana and all of the hotels are set back next to the beach away from Bavaro behind a bunch of gates and security towers) and then dropped each couple off at their respective hotels. As we entered the Riu enclave, we first passed rows and rows of motel-like living arrangement with throngs of uniformed maids, cooks and other employees of Riu walking from them towards the different hotel entrances. It sort of reminded me of plantation slave quarters in the US (although these people are being paid obviously). The entrance to the palace was gorgeous with white columns and Taj Mahal-like caps.
We walked into the lobby to find a very grand foyer with amazing ornate ceilings and furnishings. Check-in was swift and someone took our bags to our room while we wandered the grounds. My god was it hot...and humid. There was literally water running of the front of the door leading into our hotel room. The air conditioner worked amazingly well and cut the humidity in half. The bathroom had a jet tub/shower combo, plenty of towels, flower petals were sprinkled all of the countertops. The room also had a small lowered living room area that led to a patio facing some gardens. There were a couple chairs and a table. Overall, the room was very nicely furnished and sufficiently equipped to for a week's stay. Some unusual nice additions were the in-room liquor dispenser (rum, vodka, gin) and a mini fridge filled with club soda, tonic water, bottled water, and other mixers. We used this to make drinks in our room multiple days.
We only briefly stayed in our room because we were eager to eat before all the food options shut down (this happened to us often when were at an all inclusive in Aruba). We ate at La Altagracia which is an outdoor buffet area that was open from 12-5:30pm. It has an assortment of cold salads, and some hot buffet items, fountain juices, fruit. Anytime the main buffet was closed (Don Manuel), La Altagracia is open but we only had to eat there this one time.
We then walked out onto the beach. The sand was beautiful, soft, lined with palm trees. Riu Palace doesn't have cabanas or umbrellas on the beach but the palm trees offer enough shade during the day. There are plenty of lounge chairs so we never had to stake one out or claim one to find one at any time during our trip. Walking the beach allowed us to see the set up of other resorts that seemed equally nice. Scuba Caribe was the company located on Riu property that outfitted the hotel with aquatic activities like windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking all for free. HOWEVER, it is very difficult to actually do any of those things because of the sheer number of people signing up for the activities vs the available amount of equipment. The only thing we successfully got to do was sea kayaking and it was our last morning on the island. The other annoying thing about Scuba Caribe was that unless you were going to BUY one of there "packages" then it was hard to get any of them to pay any attention to us. They would bring out their books filled with pictures of all the scuba diving, catamaran cruises, etc but when you said you weren't interested, the book would close and you could barely get you to talk to you about how to sign up to learn to sail or windsurf etc. VERY ANNOYING!
After roaming the beach, we headed to the pool. The pool is located in the center of a long row of beautiful brick lined with palms and flowering hedges. There are tons of lounge chairs and again we didn't have to wake up super early to get one. At the far end of the pool is the Saona pool bar where you can swim up and sit on submerged benches and drink lovely cold drinks or beers. The pool has all these little cutout alcoves to sit with a group of people. Then there is a separate pool that's deep for just sort of soaking and laying in. For towels you get a card that you turn in for towels so you don't even have to worry about dragging a towel around.
After our lovely pool/pool bar experience, we went back to the room and dressed up (b/c there's a dress code for dinner). We ate at Don Manuel (the main buffet eating place) because you can only sign up for the specialty restaurants in the mornings. Don Manuel has an amazing selection. There is nothing I can use to explain how extensive the food options were. There were at least 20 different appetizer like options, tomatoes caprese style, ceviche, little cups of passion fruit, salad toppings, a bunch of different cheeses. There was fish...a bunch of different ways, fried, seared, rare, sushi on some nights. There was different types of meats cooked a billion different ways- in stews...oh and the desserts. A dessert bar, chocolate syrup fountain with assorted fruit to dip in, mini version pastries of tiramisu, tarts, ganache, meringues, soft serve ice cream with toppings, so much stuff.
After stuffing ourselves, we sat outside and crowded around the Rosario Lounge where night performances occurred. Servers brought us coffee with liqueur and anything else we wanted while we watched the dancers twirl and leap through the air. It was the perfect end to our arrival day.
The next morning, we received a call from the HotelBeds representative to come to the lobby to sign up for any adventure packages they were offering. This was a bit annoying seeing as we went to bed pretty late and would have like to have slept in but it was also nice to have a dedicated person to show take us through lots of different packages without a lot of pushiness and crowding. As noticed that the entire lobby was filled with representatives from a dozen other travel agencies, showing their clients the same colorful books of possible adventures. We chose a number of adventures and then went of to have breakfast at Don Manuel. The other nice part of having a representative in the hotel on a daily basis was that when one of our adventures didn't go as planned, we were able to get it refunded and let the rep know right away. We didn't have to get on the phone or go through any elaborate process, which was very convenient.
Breakfast at Don Manuel's breakfast was no less lavish than dinner...possibly even more extensive. Omelet bar, made-to-order smoothies, bacon, sausage, eggs a bunch of ways, english style breakfast, yogurts, passionfruit, mango and melon fruit, rolls and cheese, coffee, mimosas....wonderful lavishness.
The rest of our visit was spent enjoying the beach, the pool and going on off-property adventures like scuba diving with Happy Harry.
We also ate dinner at Yokohama, the Japanese restaurant, La Bodega, a Brazilian Rodizio-style restaurant and Luigi's, an Italian place. I have almost no memory of eating at any of them b/c they weren't super special. The Japanese place was the least impressive of them all and the La Bodega was soooo much food, they kept bringing out more and more food... We also ate at the sports bar one night after everything had closed. The only thing offered was very old nachos in a container, and some cold hamburgers, chicken sandwiches that could be heated up and some fruit. IT was bette than nothing but FAR from delectable.
There's plenty of stuff we didn't get a chance to do much of b/c we were off the property doing activities but we did see dance lessons going on as well as water aerobics and other fun group activities to bring guests together and keep everyone active. There was also a gym located in the spa (Eternal). There were shops where you buy things, spa services etc. One of the most fun things we did was go over to the club Pacha on Riu Naiboa's. There was a cover and the drinks weren't included in the all inclusive deal but the music was good, it was crowded and people were everywhere having a great time. We left when some strippers were brought in to perform a late night show and started stripping in the middle of the dance floor (little too much for me!).
To get back to the airport, we booked a private vehicle with our vacation package instead of a van because we wanted to make sure we didn't have to do lots of stops to pick up other people to get back to the airport. It was worth it and got us to the airport in good time for our flight.
We would definitely come back to the Riu. What we didn't like was very little:
1) mosquitos. WE had to try and kill the mosquitos that would hang out at our door every night. We spent 20 mins after entering our bedroom daily attempting to kill all of them. We really wished for mosquito netting b/c the night we didn't do it, we woke up covered in bug bites. Sleeping covered in bug spray is far from romantic or sexy. 2) Some of female servers in Don Manuel seemed less than happy to serve us 3) The pool bar would stop serving mixed drinks earlier than closing time and start cleaning up instead. No bueno. 4) the monetary deposit you had to put down to use the snorkels...at a place where you aren't even carrying a wallet, this was very annoying and as such, we never snorkeled off the beach at our hotel. 5) getting in and out of the Punta Cana resort areas is painstaking. Speed humps all the way up and down, security gates...20+ mins of travel to get out to anywhere else. This makes taking trips to Bavaro or anywhere else TIME CONSUMING!
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