We came back on February 7th from 9 nights at the Riu Palace Peninsula.
The hotel is impressive, ultra modern (you have to like the color purple). The landscaping is beautiful.
Reception: Was quick, however, the clerk automatically coded our room keys for 7 nights and we were locked out on the 7th day after 12:00 noon.
Room: Spacious, modern with bathtub & sinks in the room proper. This would not be suitable for families with kids. The furniture is square, the sofa somewhat uncomfortable to sit on. We were on the 9th floor (facing the ocean), the balcony was large and the view was magnificent. The room was clean and fresh towels were always available.
Food: Breakfast & lunch were very good, lots of variety. Dinner buffet was average and after a few days we got tired of the same choices. The fish & seafood were good, the beef dishes were below average. The service at all meals was excellent.
Pools: Beautiful, however, the lap pool is not heated and the water is very cold. The heated pool was mostly used for games and water aerobics. The villas have a heated lap pool reserved for them. We did not see swimmers at the villas' pool, so we used it a couple of times - it was great.
Beach: Small white-sand beach where you can enter the ocean (barefoot) and swim short distances. The ocean was calm most of the time. The longest stretch of the hotel's beach is rocky and accessible by going down some rocks. We missed long walks on a sandy beach. However, you can cross on the rocky trail to the next neighboring hotels and walk on the sand for about 5 minutes in each direction. Beach chairs & umbrellas are available. Most people seat by the pools and there was no problem finding chairs.
Entertainment: The shows start at 9:30 (usually not on time). Some of the shows were very good and others somewhat mediocre. However, comparing to other hotels the shows here were better. The music is very loud!!! This is true in all the all-inclusive hotels.
Gym & Spa: We used the gym twice when the weather was bad. The gym is small but was fairly empty. The spa has 2 jacuzzis - water was not hot enough to our taste.
All in all we enjoyed our stay and will probably go back.
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