Riu Palace Macao

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean

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Very Good

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Good For Couples
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  • Solo78
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    A real treet


    Just a week away for some R&R. Picked this hotel because it sounded quite luxurious and the pictures looked nice and indeed, this is a fine hotel.

    Unique Quality: The food is excellent but stick to the perfect buffet restaurant because the a la carte restaurant restaurant near the beach wasn't very good.

    +The rooms were perfect, spacious and clean and come with your own private all inclusive minibar
    +The private beach is clean and there are enough towels and chairs and there is enough to do on and around the beach
    +Nice Pool and we liked the all inclusive feature here because the quality of food and drinks is perfect.

    minus: If you do not like kids playing around, loud British or American tourists or animation programs, avoid the pool area and find a nice and quiet spot on the beach or under the palm trees.

    minus: Next to the gated hotel area there are not many things to do but this destination is the perfect spot to just relax and read books on the stunning beach for a short break. This is a typical all inclusive resort on a very poor island so be prepared to limit yourself to staying on the (fairly large) property.

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by dstahl about The Riu Palace Macao

The Rui Palace is a very nice hotel. It has all the ammenities..nice rooms, pool, etc. The beach is wonderful. You can either place your lounge chair right on the beach, or scattered throughout the coconut trees.

The resort did not supply washclothes, so bring your own ladies. Also, there wasn't an alarm clock.

The most outstanding feature of this hotel for us, was the staff. Very helpful and friendly. Remember, not all of them speak English, so at times it can be difficult to comunicate. You need to be patient.

Gorgeous, Fabulous - Paradise

by A TripAdvisor Member

What a trip! We just got back from spending our honeymoon at the Riu Palace Macao - and it was more beautiful than we could have imagined. The hotel was gorgeous, the people were so friendly, the food was first rate and the service was top notch.The beaches were immaculate with the white sands and blue water. We had little fishes swimming right up to us! The rooms were fabulous with a beautiful view. We are definitely going to revisit this paradise resort.


by A TripAdvisor Member

We just came back from our trip at the palace macao. it was a really great trip for our first time. we have two younger kids and even they found things to do. it was extremely clean at all times of the day, and our rooms were amazing, felt just at home. there was always things to go on the resort, and especially because we could go to the other rios it helped. this resort on one hand is more of an adult paradise rather than teens. my kids said htey had lots of fun just wish that there was more things to keep them busy. there was many day trips was were avaible and weenjoyed like swimming with sharks, snorkling, scuba diving and horseriding on the beaches. id highly suggest this hotel if your planning on just getting away and not looking for a "night life".


by A TripAdvisor Member

This place was heaven. Paradise. No words to describe it. I cried because I was leaving. Book it for more than 7 days, or you will feel like you didn't spend enough time there. Beach is clean and gorgeous, the staff is gorgeous (especially Juan S :P), the pool is sparkeling, the jacuzzi is lovely, the rooms are clean and rich, and be prepared to leave with a heavy heart. Go on the snorkeling tour ($25 p/p), take a trip on the glass bottom boat ($20 p/p), go kayaking (free), go snorkeling for 1 hr (free), go on a paddle boat, windsurfing, sailboating (all non motorized activities are free). Don't be embaressed, go out and perform the aerobics, learn the dancing lessons by the pool, go to the bingo game at 8pm, watch the shows at 10pm, and dance at the disco at 11pm and up. Just one thing, hands off Juan S(La Sirena poolside bar), ladies, he is so mine :)


by A TripAdvisor Member

Words cannot describe what a place this is. I took my niece and we had the time of our lives. The place is absolutely beautiful, the staff was so nice, the room was wonderful - I cannot say one bad word about this place. I didn't want to leave. I'm sitting back at work and I still can't believe I went there. We are talking about going back next year.

Pretty lame

by A TripAdvisor Member

Very sparse accomodations. Locals not very friendly from arrival at the airport to the resort. This is not just a language barrier - they seem to favor European guests. The actual facility (rooms, pool, beach) is fairly nice and well maintained. The food was, at best, mediocre .
Mostly leftovers from the previous days and concocted into some new dish. If you have small children don't even bother. Resort is mostly for adults, couples, etc. Their kids club, as they call it, consists of a fenced in area that has a dirty wading pool and some junky plastic toys. It is also unsupervised. Even without children I would not return to this resort or the D.R. for that matter. Much, much nicer islands and accomodations throughout the Carribean. Nothing much to do except lay out all day and drink at night. There were problems with some guests in casino/bar during our stay. Mostly troublemakers that the resort didn't even bother dealing with on a nightly basis. Overall: Don't waste your time.

Beautiful resort

by A TripAdvisor Member

We just spent our honeymoon there. The resort was beautiful. We found our room was in excellent condition. We paid extra to have a sea side room. It was huge, but I know it was larger then the regualr rooms (we were on a corner witha wrap around balcony- not sure if this was because they knew we were honeymooners or if this was because of the seaside deal). All of the power worked. Air conditionning was cold! And it stays on even when they turn off the master switch in the room (only controls the lights and TV). Mini bar was fully stocked everyday. We did get sick while we were there even though we didn't drink the water.
Unfortunately we were sick for several days. But only one day were we unable to do anything. Be sure to bring immodium or pepto- it is expensive there. We did the Santo Domingo tour- kind of boring-not worth the money. Did the Manitarium tour-that was fun. The Bavaro runners was by far the best- but the tour guide really made the trip- ask for Jackie Chan if you can!! (his real name is Alejandro). There isn't a ton to do at the hotel (which we didn't mind) but you have access to the other hotels which are more activity based ( I think they even say that themselves). Staff were super nice. All and all-a good time. A great honeymoon for sure!

Punta Cana -Riu resort

by amimegusta

"Playa Arena Gorda"

OHH..I want to go baackkkkk!!!

"Mr. Chocolate"

Honestly he is like chocolate!

"Merengue on the beach"

Cuba has Salsa dance, Jamaica has reggae and Dominicana has Merengue...I love them all , but merengue is a my favorite...

Punta Cana

by adejansen

"Make believe luxery."

Punta Cana is a very nice spot to go sunebathing. The hotels are beautiful and very luxerieus. We stayed in the Palace Macao RIU (*****)(?). The name is very chique but thats it! It feels like a Disney atraction/factory, the managment has no "intrest" ore "feeling" whit their guest. The food tasted like al the other RIU´s.

"Pool side horror."

Before 2004 there were only adult-guest. In june 2004 there were so many smal children swimming and playing in a pool that wasn´t build for little children. So you can imagin the dayley horror of screaming, yelling and fithing kids. Also after a day of "fun" the poolside looked like a junkjard.

"Hotel Chef/Cook."

Grilled pig/babi panggang.

Forum Posts

25th anniversary in Punta Cana

by ciayde

We are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary 12-13-08 to 12/20 staying at the Riu Palace Punta Cana. It appears that you have had many different experiences while visiting Punta Cana. I would like to make our time together as special as possible to help ensure we come home with the intention of contiuing on to our 26th anniversary. : ) Any advice you could provide on dining, what to do, what to avoid, and some romantic outings would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your input. CIndy and Corey


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Address: Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean