Our first Caribbean trip to one of the Islands, Dominican Republic, was a success and the Hotel was very good. On arrival we were greeted well from friendly staff and were given a room upgrade to a Superior Junior Suit with full Sea View. Probably the best view available
We had booked a Superior Suit but the only difference appears to be the location of the suit as opposed to any enhancements, however the rooms are very well appointed with water jet bath, good bathroom and Mini Bar and 4 spirit optics. The later being used very infrequently due to the abundance of alcoholic drinks everywhere.
Food options were good with a choice of 4 bookable theme restaurants and a large Buffet style restaurant. The food choice was exceptional with most tastes catered for with as much as you could eat at all meals.
The grounds were extensive with a complex of 5 hotels on the one location 4 of them available for our use during the day, only evening meals were restricted (shame as this would have added to the experience). The beach as all in this area was fantastic.
The local town/village was not worth a visit and appeared very run down. Excursions farther afield were generally good with a reasonable amount of options available.
The main downside for us was the restriction to having to eat in the same complex for the length of our stay as options outside appeared non existent - shame really. For this reason only, I would not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * 4-story building * Surrounded by 63,000 m2 / 75,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higuey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport ... more less
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