The RIU Palace Macao was very nice and the abundant palm trees made the beach wonderful when 1 person wants shade while the other wants sun. The food was delicious (especially the grilled grouper) although the steakhouse was our least favorite restaurant - they overcooked the lobster and my medium rare steak was definitely more medium. The cappuccino bar had delicious drinks; the pre-packaged sandwiches were not good but the pre-packaged fruit was great! The beach and water were beautiful everyday; the abundance of lounge chairs meant we never worried about getting to the beach early enough to get a couple of chairs - we spent VERY little time at the pool, except during some dance lessons, and the pools were fairly warm and often had many loud people in them. The beach was much more quiet and relaxing and even the peddlers who came by on the public part of the beach were polite and quickly moved on when told "no, thank you." The evening shows were varied and entertaining. The games available were fun (bingo, volleyball, archery, ping pong, horseshoes, bocci, etc.). Our room and 2 balconies were spacious and the bed was firm and very comfortable. The availability and variety of drinks were great, although the beer was just okay. The staff was fantastic - very accommodating, service-oriented, engaging if you wanted to participate, pleasant, polite, and energetic! The "all-inclusive" really did include it all - no need to carry money around the resort with us everywhere (although tipping occasionally was nice) and always plenty to do. Shopping was easy to do - shops at the resort, a strip of shops on a tiny street between resorts on the RIU property, and a flea-market-type strip of shops within walking distance on the beach (do remember to offer the amount you really want to spend, NOT their asking price!). Water sports were fun - several things were free such as using the catamaran, snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing. Scuba diving was available at what seemed to be a reasonable rate and our 1st-time scuba experience there with Rafael was FANTASTIC! Parasailing and other water sports were available for purchase as well. One of the things that kept me from rating this place as excellent was the pitiful work-out gym options available on the property - there was not a gym at all at the Macao and the 1 next door that we did use had very little equipment, especially free weights that were only available in 2 weight amounts, the heaviest being about 11 pounds. However, we had a fabulous time since we are not very picky and have not been to an all-inclusive place in 20 years - if you are particular, there might be better places for you to stay..
- 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