By night this megaresort decorated with Arabian-style domes looks like a fairy-tale palace and its generally older clientele are a departure from the other Riu resorts. The long-and-wide junior suites are simple but attractive; with dark wood against sunny yellow walls, its 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 a la carte restaurants but no real standout. In the pool, a lively swim-up bar, four Jacuzzis, and semi-submerged lounge chairs add panache.
Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Dominican Republic