Fodor's Expert Review Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino

Playa Arena Gorda, Carretera Macao, Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Although there are adults-only sections at this resort, including the upper-strata Blue Diamond Club, couples and adults without kids are better served elsewhere; the right demographic for this stunning hotel is young families and groups. Most rooms are lovely, with luxe bedding and contemporary furnishings, but not spacious, particularly given that most will hold two adults and kids. To truly enjoy your family time, splurge for a one-bedroom Presidential Suite with two bathrooms. Although the handsome, well-designed resort may appear new, it's a major renovation of a preexisting property, but everything has been done right. In the plaza, where a lot of the recreational activities are staged, there are more kids than in a school yard; even the nightlife is geared to children, like the circus performances. Splash, a splendid if not gigantic water park, is a short shuttle ride away. Overall, food is good, with Opa, the Mediterranean restaurant, and the signature steak house the best choices. The buffets are fine, too, but early time slots are swarming with little kids. Parents may want to repair to the Martini Bar, where good drinks and entertainment prevail.

PROS

  • the level of service is quite high, friendly, fun and helpful
  • free Wi-Fi throughout
  • just 30 minutes from the airport—important for traveling families

CONS

  • no elevators
  • overbooking during high season is a problem
  • guests have been shunted to less luxurious sister properties
  • butlers at the Blue Diamond Club do not always get high marks

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Green, Trendy, Family
Lively
On the beach
Casual Chic
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 809-468–0404

HOTEL DETAILS

475 rooms, 10 suites
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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