My eldest daughter, then 22 years old, took me here for my 50th birthday. I paid for my son and youngest daughter, then 17 and 15, to join us. The All Inclusive here was overall good value as there was even a bar in the room, which i've not found in any other all inclusive hotel. We stayed in the hotel part at the top, as there are a range of areas in this complex...with the bungalows, the palace part to the right when facing the sea and then the top hotel bit. It was a very large complex and there was a street with local shops selling tourist wares and paintings and arts and crafts down to the bottom pool area, with a casino off to the left. There was no variety on restaurants, although it said there was and so only food options were the buffet and snack bars, which for a veggi was rather repetative, as choices weren't great. However, the hotel itself was great and the staff worked very hard to ensure guests had a good stay. The pool staff ran lots of games and aqua areobics classes and the maid service was exemplory. My only problem with the hotel was that it is very antiquated in its colonial attitudes and indeed I was saddened by the Dominican, which is owned by American and Oriental big businesses and the little to nothing seems to be fed back into the country by these conglomorates, as the people are very poor and work long long hours for very little pay. In fact it seemed that the staff at the hotel were grateful to have a job there as at least it meant they got to eat and drink, even if it did mean a 5 mile walk home along unlit country roads at night...it was tragic to watch. All hotels are on enclosed campuses and it is unsafe to go outside unless in a cab or hotel tour bus - perhaps the hotels should treat the locals better and then there might not be such resentment and desire to rob?? Anyway, that having been said, the staff at the hotel were outstanding and made for a great visit. There were a good range of free watersports to do and we did a great air gliding trip too. Snorkeling in the Caribbean is well worth it and the Ron (rum) is in endless supply everywhere...which suits me down to the ground!!!
- 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 Palace Bavaro and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * Separated from the beach by just the Riu Palace Bavaro * 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 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Naiboa Punta Cana