Just returned back from our lovely 2 wk honeymoon at the Riu Palace Macao booked via Thomsons!
Check in very smooth, received a refreshing welcome drink, suitcases brought to our room 5 minutes after we had got into the room which was great after the long flight. (Dreamliner was excellent!) Our room was decorated beautifully with flowers and a card congratulating us on our marriage which was a nice touch. We had room 3234 which had a side view of the pool and beach and a really large balcony. Can not complain about the hotel room, it was clean everything worked and the bed was very comfy! We also had a rain shower and normal shower which was perfect, twice a day we had clean towels provided in the bathroom and a turndown service which was nice too. The maids work very hard and are always around cleaning the outside areas (stairwells etc) We also used the safes in the room never had any issues and we also left laptops, kindles lying around in the room and sometimes under our beach towels by the pool and nothing went missing!
The pool is lovely and cool in the morning but as the temperature rises in the afternoon the pool does become a warm bath, we decided in the afternoons to walk down to the beach and dip in the sea to cool us down as always a nice breeze on the beach. You never had to worry about reserving sun loungers which was a lovely change (Plus with no children running around you never worried about being hit by a ball or splashed!!) Also the towel guys had no issues with changing your pool towels a couple of times in one day which was great after you had been down on the beach! The pool with the swim up pool bar always got a bit rowdy as the afternoon went on but this was mainly from some rather loud Tourists who drank at the swim up bar all afternoon this was not a problem for us as we either went to the beach were it was quiet or just stayed at the other pool and carried on relaxing.
Food Buffet (El Patio)- We found a great variety including all meats (Chicken, Beef, Pork,Duck) usual Chips, Pizza etc for those who like what they like. The salads were lovely and the desserts were amazing! We always found something we liked to eat. We also ate out at the Steak House which was excellent, We both had surf & turf which was a lovely fillet of beef and half a lobster! The Italian was also excellent and we enjoyed both our meals there. No issues when booking in each morning for one of the Al la Carte restaurants we found this easy to do each morning. We also Never had any issues with being ill and was actually really impressed with the cleanness of the restaurants.
Entertainment - Was good the Team all worked very hard each day to encourage people to play volleyball or darts, there was a couple of very funny pool games that took place! The entertainment in the evening was fine, it wasn't lively as in 18 - 30's but it was nice having music played live whilst you drank in the bar watching people dance round in good spirits. Whilst we were there we had a mixture of ages groups also there and I wouldn't say that it was for the older age group (we are both early 30's) But those looking for a Spring Break Cancun style this is not the hotel for you as it is very chilled and calm with a lovely friendly atmosphere.
Overall it was a lovely, relaxing honeymoon, the weather was excellent, the hotel was incredibly clean and beautiful and we couldn't find any faults. I would recommend this hotel to anyone as we had a fantastic time and I think that the majority of people would love this hotel! (Especially those that do not want children running around all day long!)
One piece of advise for English travellers is take US dollars with you, we didn't take them and at the Cash points you can only withdraw in Domincan Pesos which was ok but everything is priced up in US dollars and for us Brits the conversion rate is a lot better! Also if you can buy your Tourist visa before you go via the Embassy in the UK this will save you time (£10 at Embassy each or $10 when you land but be prepared to fill out 2 forms when you land if you haven't already pre-purchased).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. Within the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Taino, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu. 3-storey building. Colonial style architecture. Surrounded by 30,000 m2 / 36,000 sq. yards of palm groves alongside the beach. 50 km / 31 miles from Higey. 200 m / 660 ft. from Caribbean Street. 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int'l. Airport. Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Macao Hotel Punta Cana
- Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana
- Riu Palace Punta Cana
- Rui Palace Punta Cana