I've been guilty of the 'paralysis of analysis' when it comes to picking the 'perfect' vacation spot... it has to have the perfect pool scene, the swim up bar, the safety issue and nightlife scene, and the location to/from the airport, blah blah blah .. blah blah! Tell you what. I'm gonna keep this real simple and tell you that the hotel will be worth the money you paid for, they cater to your needs (as long as youre a reasonable person), and you're gonna be on vacation in the caribbean so you can't go wrong. The hotel is in a sweet location and the beach is awesome. There isn't a swim up bar here so that wasn't too cool, but you could walk over to the Riu Bambo and use their pool (which does have a swim up bar). To sum up the differences between the two - the Macao was a little more upscale in presentation and the architecture/facilities felt "nicer". But it also had more of a 'family' scene and only 1 pool which had kids, adults, etc. It wasn't a bad thing since I usually have fun drinking anywhere i am regardless. They had activities for the guests and the food was good/great. Don't get picky about the food, it's completely good. I think those that leave really picky reviews here about how the rooms "smell" or the food was "yucky" are just a little too uptight. Or they may have had one bad experience and it may have tainted their entire trip (and their perception of a "good time"). Remember, you're on vacay. Have fun and you'll get a lot more out of it.
I can't really say anything negative about any of the Riu hotels that I saw at Punta Cana. Even at the low end (Bambu), those hotels were nice. The crowd was a little younger but don't get me wrong, you're still gonna run into kids. But it's a little more "lively" at the bambu with music by the poolside cranking a little louder, etc. On the flip side, the Riu Palace was also really nice. It felt more luxurious (but you paid for that, right?), and the resort grounds were really nice. Nice big pools with built in loungers inside the pool so you can lay out inside the pool. They had a swim up bar too, but since we stayed at the Macao, they wouldn't serve us any drinks. Our wristbands were only good at the Bambu or Macao. The crowd at the Palace was even more upscale than the Macao. How would i describe it... The Palace felt like Beverely Hills. The Macao felt more like the middle income suburban family resort. Bambu felt more like young couples and older couples who just wanted to have a good time. You can't go wrong with picking any of the three. They all access the same beaches and you can walk to each of them. Just pick the resort that fits in your budget, but don't try to go over your price just because you think the lower/mid priced resorts won't be "good enough". They are all great. Food at the Bambu was just as good as Macao, for those wondering. Stop thinking and just go!
This was the first leg (3 nights) of our 3 week stay in DR. Next off, Piedra Blanca (relatives/friends homes), then to Santo Domingo (relatives/friends homes), Puerta Plata (all inclusive resort), and then to Juan Dolio (all inclusive resort).
I'll post some pics and try to locate the names of the other resorts we stayed so I can submit a review... This was almost a year ago but thought I should share my feedback.
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- 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
- Rui Palace Punta Cana