Punta Cana Hotels

Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana


  • Gilded, grand hotel elements in lobby
  • Nightly music entertainment in the Spanish-style gazebo/plaza
  • Moderately priced


  • Food is middle-of-the-road
  • Initial glance is far better than actuality
  • Some maintenance issues, particularly with A/C units

Published 08/18/2016

Fodor's Review

By night this mega-resort decorated with Arabian-style domes looks like a fairy-tale palace, and its generally older clientele is a departure from the other Riu resorts. It is favored by German, English, and Canadians. In need of updating, particularly the bedding, the long-and-wide junior suites are simple but attractive; with dark wood against sunny yellow walls, it's shades of Old Havana. Each has a jetted bath and a terrace (but not necessarily a sea view), flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and full liquor bottles in dispensers. The buffet options are wide-ranging but still best when you arrive early. There are several à la carte restaurants but no real standout, and food in general is not a high point. In the pool, a lively swim-up bar, four Jacuzzis, and semi-submerged lounge chairs add panache. The long stretch of beach and the pool complex are breathtaking, but by day's end the pool is often too dirty.

Hotel Information


Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic



Website: www.riu.com

Hotel Details:

  • 612 rooms
  • Rate includes: All-inclusive

Published 08/18/2016

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