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Riu Palace Punta Cana

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A September 2006 trip to Punta Cana by Cantin2

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Quote: We like Punta Cana for its beautiful beaches. This vacation was spent at the new all-inclusive Riu Palace.

RIU Palace Punta Cana - All Inclusive

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Hotel | "RIU Palace"

RIU Palace Punta Cana - All Inclusive Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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RIU Palace is Punta Cana's newest resort and it is beautiful. The RIU complex consists of 5 hotels of varying ambience appealing to different clientele. The PALACE is at the top of the chain and also the most expensive. Guests at the PALACE have access to all facilities at all of the hotels - but why leave - it has the best of everything. Seven four-story buildings in a horse-shoe shape sit back about 100 yards from a beautiful soft sandy two mile cove of a beach. Most rooms have some oceanview but none are oceanfront since the beach is lined with lots of palm trees and the resort is built perpendicular to it. The main lobby is quite ornate and formal. Check-in for groups (Apple Vacations) takes ...Read More

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RIU Palace Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Playa De Arena Gorda
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
(809) 687-4242

Rooms at RIU Palace Punta Cana

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Room at RIU Palace Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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All rooms at the RIU Palace Punta Cana are junior suites - the resort has 7 four-story buildings in the shape of a horseshoe overlooking pools and fountains. The architecture is "palatial" - All rooms have balconies with padded chairs, a small table and a built-in clothes drying rack. The marble bathrooms have a deep Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, a powerful hair dryer and magnifying make-up mirror. The double closet houses a safe with a heavy old-fashioned lock and the key is on a rope chain. The one and only key to the room is also bulky to carry around. More storage is available in the living room dresser that also doubles as the TV stand. The king size bed is comfortable but not "plush" as has be...Read More
Beach at RIU Palace Punta Cana Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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The beach and pools at RIU Palace are spectacular. As you walk from the main building toward the beach - the tiled walkway lined with tall palms and manicured lawns leads you past five fountain pools - the sound from the splashing water is calming and the occasional mist that falls on you if caught by a breeze is refreshing. The first circular pool is elevated and overlooks the main pool and swim up bar - everyone seems to hang over the infinity edge to watch the action. The pools are 3 feet deep throughout. In addition to the usual bar stools and in-water loungers, there are about 10 semi-circles with seats along the edge of the pool. Some have strong Jacuzzi jets for your back and feet others a...Read More

Dining Options at Riu Palace

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Sports Bar Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Dining at Riu Palace does not fit into the 5* category. The food is not bad or inedible, it's just that the preparation and presentation are not appealing especially to Americans. Food is plentiful but repetitious. Cuts of meat are not as in the US - steaks are thin, chops are fatty, no large shrimp or lobster were served in any restaurant all week. Small shrimp are presented with shells and heads still on - fruit and salads are delicious and so is the soup. Desserts are kept on a refrigerated table - good in the hot temperatures - but they soon appear "sweaty" and buffet food sits on the steam table too long. Hot dogs and hamburgers are all cooked ahead and left to sit although it is a "grill station...Read More
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We love Punta Cana for its beaches and all inclusive is the "way to go" because this area was developed for tourists - there is no quaint colonial town or small fishing village to spend your days shopping or evenings exploring. Arrival in Punta Cana is great... lovely small airport with thatched huts; very Caribbean feeling, music playing, pay your $10 per person for the tourist card, quickly go through customs and immigration and your vacation has begun! Apple Vacations is very efficient both at the airport and at the resort. Representatives speak English and are very friendly, knowledgeable, and also have 7 hours a day of presence in the lobby to help with tours, questions, or problems...Read More