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
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
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
Riu Palace Punta Cana features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 6 Restaurants at Riu Palace Punta Cana:
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.
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.
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
We stayed for 1 week at the Riu Palace. We have no complaints. The best part of the hotel was the service. Especially from Wilson, Jean, Rubiella and Sandy. These people that work at Riu Palace were...
We stayed for 1 week at the Riu Palace. We have no complaints. The best part of the hotel was the service. Especially from Wilson, Jean, Rubiella and Sandy. These people that work at Riu Palace were excellent. They made sure you were having a good time. The rooms, pool, lobby etc are not in excellent condition but for what we paid to go to this beautiful island it was great.
Great resort for a couples trip.
Effbrown, Hampton, New Hampshire
Mon Jan 26 21:24:21 EST 2015
We reserved one of the eight rooms with a private jacuzzi tubs. I would recommend it. The rooms were spacious and clean. We travelled with two other couples and really enjoyed ourselves. There were...
We reserved one of the eight rooms with a private jacuzzi tubs. I would recommend it. The rooms were spacious and clean. We travelled with two other couples and really enjoyed ourselves. There were four different restaurants and a casino at the Riu next door. We also ventured to the dance club at the Riu two doors down.
The Perfect Place to Escape the British Winter
Mon Jan 26 06:24:04 EST 2015
We have just returned from this hotel and are stunned at some of the previous reviews posted. If you are about to travel here don't take any notice of the really negative comments because they are...
We have just returned from this hotel and are stunned at some of the previous reviews posted. If you are about to travel here don't take any notice of the really negative comments because they are simply not true.
Firstly the water. We were told during our transfer from the airport not to drink the water, not to even clean our teeth with it because we would get ill. The hotel provide you with a large bottle of mineral water each day - we left ours in the bathroom and used this. We were also told that it was fine to eat the salads and have ice in our drinks as this is prepared with filtered water.
Musty and smoky bedrooms were mentioned by some - our room 3009 did occasionally have a faint musty smell, but I'd read about this previously so took a couple of scented candles which after only a few minutes masked any smell. And our room was certainly not smoky, we are both non-smokers so would have been very sensitive to this.
Now to the food - described in a recent review as being worse than school dinners! Not sure where this person went to school as we ate lobster, caviar, beautifully roasted meats, the freshest tropical fruits and the variety each day was incredible. We loved the smoothies each morning at breakfast. I would suggest that if you put beef stew and pizza on your plate together that perhaps there would be no variety after a few days, so many people pile their plates high with various cuisines which they would surely not do at home.
The on-site restaurants - we ate at them 8 of the nights we were there. Never had a problem booking a table. We enjoyed Krystal the most, but the Japanese was fine too. We had a good meal and a bad one at the Steak House and the Brazilian was a different dining experience which made a change from the buffet. We didn't try the Italian.
The staff - as with our previous Riu experiences, are an asset to this hotel. We would give special mention to Sandy and Joel our waiters in the buffet restaurant. Each day our table was decorated with flowers from the hotel gardens and a table ready for us whatever time we arrived to breakfast or dinner. We didn't tip daily, just a couple of dollars here and there throughout our stay. Our room maid Nancy entertained us daily with her amazing towel statues. Again she would adorn our room with freshly picked flowers and our bed was turned down most nights. We would get an extra towel delivered around 8pm each evening and the nights we were in the room our bed was not done. Our fridge was kept well stocked during our stay and the optics regularly refilled. The room was very clean. We left tips every few days.
At the pool other guests introduced us to Raphael on the first morning who then with a few dollars tip every few days ensured that we had great beds close to the pool. The towel card system works well.
Room/Safe keys - who would leave the safe key in their room????? We took the room key off the large fob and took both keys with us wherever we went. My husband wore them tied onto his trunks when we went into the sea. Using a key was not an issue at any time.
The amazing grounds - the whole resort is kept immaculate at all times. This means that the gardeners have to mow the lawn at 10am - surely other guests can appreciate that to do this later in the day with the heat and humidity would be horrendously hard work. Lawns don't mow themselves and this cannot be done silently!
The animation team work incredibly hard each day - we joined in water aerobics most days and the afternoon activities around the pool were good fun. They will come around and invite you to join in volley ball, darts and beach games which we did a few times. They don't push you, if you want to join in then great, if you don't they are fine too. We interacted most with Gasolina and Coco Loco, both really fun guys.
The weather in January - apart from a few downpours we had amazing weather - hence the perfect place to escape the british winter!!!!
The seaweed - while we were there some days it was quite bad but the hardworking hotel staff rake it up as best they can. There were other days when there was none. The sea is quite rough along Punta Cana beach which we really enjoyed but perhaps if you had smaller children you would be safer at the pool.
So to summarise our holiday - we had a fantastic couple of weeks in a lovely hotel with a colonial feel. We would agree that the hotel is showing signs of needing a refit which it is due to receive within the next year, hence only 4 stars. And we would return.
First time to the DR....
Sun Jan 25 15:03:44 EST 2015
This was our first time to the DR. Usually we take a girlfriend trip to Mexico this time of year. I am pleased to say we will be returning to the DR from now on. Our stay at the Riu Palace Macao was...
This was our first time to the DR. Usually we take a girlfriend trip to Mexico this time of year. I am pleased to say we will be returning to the DR from now on. Our stay at the Riu Palace Macao was outstanding! We wanted for nothing, it was beautiful, and our stay was perfect. We appreciated the adults only atmosphere of this resort. The food was impressive. We decided there was definitely something for everyone.....and I'm a picky eater and found plenty of things I liked. Krystal the Fusion restaurant was our favorite. The beach was gorgeous and the grounds were immaculate. Everyone we came into contact with that worked at this resort was so happy and friendly. We had no complaints and I will be back to stay. Thank you Riu Macao for making such a great impression on us! We WILL be back!
Wouldn't go back!
jt222015, Larimore, North Dakota
Sun Jan 25 13:35:33 EST 2015
Just got back and to say the least, wouldn't go back! First and foremost...watch out for staff that have keys to your room (apparently many!!), They come in your room at any time, knock then open...
Just got back and to say the least, wouldn't go back! First and foremost...watch out for staff that have keys to your room (apparently many!!), They come in your room at any time, knock then open the door without waiting for an answer!! Our friends got to the Riu two days before us and phoned to tell us within 18 hours, their room was "robbed", meaning a staff member entered their room (while they were out), found the safe key (searched through their belongings to find it) and helped himself to $1800 in cash!!! They reported it to the manager and he had no response. They wanted to call the police but the manager said "Police don't come here, we have our own security." There was no "investigation" and the staff went on as nothing happened. No one cared!! Had it not been for us, our friends would not have had any cash...who wanted to tip anyone after that??? The room that was robbed was #2053 on or about January 14-15. Because of this, we carried all our money and keys with us at all times. Manager said staff was hard working, well, he has one or two that are hard working criminals...it made the entire hotel stay uncomfortable. Also, while there 1/2 our party was sick with "environmental bacteria" which sent several of us to the hospital...DO NOT DRINK THE WATER!!! We had severe stomach cramps and days of uncontrollable diarrhea. Finally ended up going to hospital getting iv and 5 days worth of medicine (3 kinds). Food is the same day after day at the buffets. Tipping seems to be expected as they treat you much better if you tip (seriously, we're in an all inclusive, can't they pay their staff better???). One staff member stood out among all...Wilson is his name. He speaks English well and treated us with respect and made us feel welcomed. The lobby staff who work at the front desk are hit and miss...most attempt speaking English but they don't understand English so it was a great barrier for us. The language barrier is understandable as we Americans were in their country and should have known more of the Spanish dialect...that is our fault and I can't fault them. However, stealing from a tourist in their own hotel is not acceptable. The rooms do not have modern amenities such as computer room keys and safe locks, you have to carry two KEYS at all times, no chain locks to secure yourself in your room (to keep staff from barging in), no clocks in the rooms, the telephone does not have identifiable numbers if you need to call out, pepsi products only, stained couch, no bedspread until day 3 of our stay; only a worn blue blanket over a sheet...yuck!! Would never stay at the Riu in Dominican Republic again...Hard Rock cleaned it's clock (we stayed there 5 days before venturing to Riu...bad mistake!!!). One major note...many tourists get sick in this country, please advise your doctor before traveling, he may have antibiotics to prevent you from having to visit their hospital. Will never go back!!!
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