The Riu Palace Punta Cana is a great resort to consider for your vacation in the Dominican Republic as it has all the amenities you could ask for. The resort is about 30 minutes from the airport and is on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You don’t need a palapa when there are natural palm trees for shade and the beach is so wide and long that you will never have a problem finding a chair to lounge on. We were recently there the week after Christmas, which is one of the busiest weeks of the year, and found 6 beach chairs together everyday. That doesn’t happen on many beaches! The pool however is busier and chairs are less available.
The lobby and public areas at the Riu Palace Punta Cana Resort are just as wonderful and fancy. Riu puts lots of money into the lobby and public areas and gives the resort a feeling elegance. The Riu properties recently changed their policy on Wifi, so you are allowed free Wifi in the lobby for 90 minutes per day, per user. This makes connections around 5pm very inconsistent because most vacationers are done with the beach and the pool but are not ready for dinner. With everyone trying to check their email, it can slow down the connection so I would suggest you trying around lunchtime as the connections seem to be much better than.
The food at the Riu Palace Punta Cana is some of the best I’ve ever had! My family especially loved the buffet with there being a lot food options. Seating here was never a problem, we never had to wait.
On New Year’s Eve the resort had a big party in the buffet including festive hats and noisemakers. If you plan at dining at one of the specialty restaurants, you better make your reservations early as they are hard to get just like at most of the other Riu Resorts. When trying to make reservations, just take whatever they can give you for a reservation, then show up at the restaurant when they open and they will usually allow you to eat when you want…a $5 bill can also go along way in getting your reservation changed!
The pool is another great spot to checkout at the Riu Palace Punta Cana Resort. The chairs can be limited during busy season and many people get out early and put their towels down to save the best seats. The pool has loud music and lots of activity, including a swim up bar . Pool volleyball and basketball happen at different times during the day and bingo starts at 3pm. For my family, we prefered the beach volleyball but still had fun shooting hoops as well!
This is a great family resort with lots of activities and an amazing beach to get some sun. If you are thinking about visiting Punta Cana for a vacation, I highly recommend considering the Riu Palace Punta Cana!