room (decor): the room was great, the AC worked perfectly. The decor was very modern which i didnt mind in our rooms but i think in the lobby it was much. Not that it matters too much, we never spent time in the lobby! We left $5 for our maid everymorning, i asked if it would be the same one every day and they said yes, but i prefered leavint it daily. They are extremely thourough and usually get it cleaned by the time you are back abck your afternoon beach session. Bathtub is in the middle of the room, well it isnt in a seperate room, but it was good because i could sit and watch tv while my husband was laying in bed.
food: I work in the restaurant industry and i know that for me to be impressed with food, i need to spend quite a lot more. This is a 5* resort by Dominican standards in the end. Trust me on this, stick to the buffet. The A la carte restaurants are not worth it. If you do want to try some so that you can enjoy a more romantic night, do the Italian and Japanese. Dont bother with the other two. We went to all four, first we would do buffet dinnet at 6:30 and then dinner at 9...what can i say, we love food :) and after doing the 4 a la carte, we just stuck to buffet. There i a lot of variety and it might not be elevated cuisine, they really do try and youll always find soemthing to your likking. My recommendation, go at 6:30 when it opens, everything is fresh, the meat will be cooked med rare and it makes a WORLDS difference.
Coffee Bar: amazing! We had duoble espressos with whiskey cream and it was amazing. They had high end espresso machines and thats where you got good coffee!
Bar: bad drinks, hate to say it. Terrible drinks.
Pool: you only had access to one pool, the other is for sensimar guests and then VIP. Upgrade to VIP there, its cheaper than through travel agent. We arent pool people so it didnt bother us. its big enough anyway, so its fine, i just hate being told i cant haev access to something :) Never problems with chairs at the beach, though people go and clearly reserve at the crack of dawn. We would go to the left side of our hotel where it was less densely populated.
Beach: a bit of seaweed, but due to waves. If you walk down to the left a bit, you get AMAZING water, so if you are THAT bothered, there is crystal clear water a short distance away.
Weather: we had a bit of cloudy weather the first 2 days and then beautiful weather. When it rained, it was only at night.
Overall we came back relaxed and happy. We were there for 8 days and that was ideal. I wouldnt go back just because while i enjoyed my vaction i didnt love it SO much to go back. Id rather try and experience something new. The only time i went back to a hotel was Dreams Tulum in mexico, and i think frmo now on i might stick to the Dreams hotels rather than Riu. Nothing against Riu, but it just is soooo similar from place to place, you almost forget where you are. If you have already booked, dont panic! You will have a great stay.
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