I do believe that the negative reviews that you read about Riu Palace are from people who would never be pleased.
I visited Punta Cana at the very end of January 2004.
The staff were awesome and always had a smile. From the staff at the piano lounge, to the entertainers before dinner, to the wait staff...everything was fantastic. They are people...mistakes may happen, but never are they done in malice or in with any type of frequency. Relax...you are in paradise.
The food was fantastic! Mexican night was my favourite. The key to enjoying a buffet for a week is to not try everything in the first 3 nights. Select a few favourites every night and the problems with repetative food will not happen. Remember, they don't cook food the same way we do in Canada or the United States. If you wanted food that tastes like what you are familiar with, I would suggest a domestic holiday.
The beach was beyond comprehension. It was utterly breath taking. I don't know what else to say. Finding chairs is no problem at any time of the day.
The pools were great. The palace pool was quiet all day as the average age of the guests is a little older. We were the 'young ones' by far (group of about 40 mid-twenties to mid-thirties). The paving stones around the pool were hot in the sun, but much preferable to the -40 weather we left behind that week.
The rooms were spacious. Yes there were two beds pushed up together, but I am not aware that they call this a 'king' sized bed. I believe that's just how they do it. The beds are made separately and then pushed together. We loved the balcony. Bring some candles and sit out there are night talking...its wonderful. The fridge did not get overly cold, but we could have cared less. We spent so little time in the room. We were not there to sit in a hotel room.
I look forward to these warm vacations for a couple of reasons. The first is to escape our crazy winters for just a brief moment. The second is to relax. The Riu Palace is the ultimate in relaxation. You don't have to lift a finger. Enjoy strolling down the beach to the markets, take the long way to the beach to see the trees, flowers, and wild life, and don't forget to forget about home. It is over way too soon, and then all you have are the memories...
- 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 Palace Bavaro, Riu Naiboa and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu. * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * 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 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Macao Hotel Punta Cana
- Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana
- Riu Palace Punta Cana
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