Wow, what a holiday. Of course after reading some of the reviews, I was a bit worried but I shouldn't have been. This resort was excellent, I can't say enough good things about it.
The holiday didn't start off with a bang as I was moved to the Taino for one night. It was kind of a pain but it also allowed me to check out another resort, even if just for 24 hours. The room I stayed in here was nicer than the Naiboa though I don't like the bungalow idea, the rooms were too spread out and hard to find in the dark after a drink or too. The pool was okay, nothing compared to the Naiboa pool for shade, size or activities. I should know, I tried every pool in the complex.
The next day I was driven by cab back to the Naiboa where I found out my room wasn't ready and wouldn't be ready for an hour or two. No problem, I had my bathing suit on and I swam and ate until it was.
The room was fine, on the ground floor. It was clean and the maid always made sure my fridge was stocked and I had plenty of towels.
I can't say enough about the food at this resort. There was a lot of it and I found plenty to eat each and every night. Chicken, beef, pork, seafood, soups, pasta it was perfect. The service couldn't have been better.
I liked the idea of being able to go to any resort but the Palace for food, drinks or entertainment. After dinner, I would enjoy bingo at the Naiboa, head down to the Taino beach restaurant for coffee, check out the show on the outdoor stage at the Bambu or do a little shopping on Carribean Street. The choices were endless and fun.
I also took a trip down to both flea markets on the beach. Bartering is actually quite fun, though it takes a while to actually buy anything.
Definitely don't be intimidated, they aren't really all that aggressive and you can get some really good deals on just about anything.
During the day, I generally used the Naiboa pool as home base. The ocean was quite rough during my stay and there isn't a lot of shade on the beach. The Naiboa pool is shady, has a fun group of animation staff and the restaurant was first rate. The Dominican Feista one day at lunch was great, lots of dancing, drinking and eating. A note about the drinks, try the lumumba (chocolate shake and brandy), a cuba libre or the mango daquiri. Delicious!
Also prepare yourself for the party on Carribean Street Thursday night.
Dancing, shopping, drinking, just a huge party which is lots of fun.
All the staff from each hotel gather and put on their own shows.
All and all, this was a great resort and I can't wait to go back.
Anyone with questions can feel free to email me. I'm definitely heading back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * Separated from the beach by just the Riu Taino hotel * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 4-story building * Surrounded by 20,000 m2 / 24,000 sq. yards of tropical gardens * 50 km / 31 miles from Hig'ey * 150 m / 495 ft. from Caribbean Street * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int'l. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Naiboa Punta Cana