Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana

The Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana is indeed a remarkable resort for many reasons. This 5 star adults only all inclusive resort is part of the Riu complex along Riu Naiboa, Riu Bambu and Riu Palace Punta Cana; for that reason guests staying at the Macao resort can enjoy the facilities and activities located at the other Riu hotels located nearby.

The resort is not a big one, only 356 rooms, which makes it one of the smallest comparing it to the majority of them. 

Beautifully distributed white sand beach combined with stunning and abundant vegetation surrounds this magnificent piece of art. Among the Riu hotels this one is said to be one of the top ones.

Star ranking of hotel      Couples oriented?
Overall service      Family oriented?  
Room quality      All inclusive?
Overall entertainment      Facilities quality

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The Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana is more oriented toward couples than to any other audience. The truth is the atmosphere is more romantic than adventurous.

The excellent service with fantastic entertainment and activities helps a lot to make this place something worth remembering. This resort consist of 3 story building, its style of architecture is colonial and is located at 19 miles from the Punta Cana international airport.


There is a total of 364 rooms at the Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana. The rooms at the resort have a very nice laid out, they are very clean and organized, and they are not small nor very big. The accommodations can be classified into 3 main types: Double rooms, Suites and whirlpool bath suites. All rooms enjoy the following amenities: they have a king size bed or double beds, a couple of beautifully well made wooden chairs, bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, coffee maker, liquor dispenser, fan, satellite TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and balcony or terrace. The Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana has an extra feature that other resorts do not have and that is the turndown service. 

The suites will have some extra features like a living room area with an extra TV. The jacuzzi suites will have obviously a jacuzzi plus all the previous features for the other room types. Overall the rooms are very well maintained, beds are a bit stiff but not really big deal and the maids are always making sure your bed sheets and towels are fresh every day. The staff at this resort really takes good care of the guests. 

Pool and Beach

There is a fairly big pool at the Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana. Its design is pretty impressive; once you get in you will not want to get out. The four fountains give a quite unique and refreshing appearance to the pool. The fact that it has many palms surrounding it gives also a nice tropical touch. No need to worry about the chairs, there is more than enough surrounding the pool so you won’t have to get up at sunrise just to get a spot. The waiters at the pool are very attentive and if you need a drink it will be delivered faster than you can blink. The pool in this resort can be a bit deeper than usual almost getting to 5 feet in some spots so keep that in mind. There's a swim up bar at the Riu Palace Macao.

You will find the beach in front of the resort very appealing. The beach here is Arena Gorda, one of the most renowned beaches in the Caribbean. The crystal clear water with the snowy white sands is the ideal combination for an unforgettable vacation. There are many chairs and palapas in this beach which give you a good chance of getting one of them even late in the morning. If you want to take a break from the sun no worries there are many palm trees to provide all the necessary shade.


Food is not a problem at the Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana. This resort features 5 delicious restaurants where you can pick all kinds of appetizing dishes.

The main one is El Patio which is the buffet restaurant; it offers a wide variety of food and I’m sure you will find something you love. This is the place where you are likely to eat most of your meals as they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in a convenient setting. As you wake up you can enjoy a tasty continental or American breakfast depending on your preferences. In your lunch you can choose between: fruits, salads, varied fish varieties, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and more. The dinner is a bit different; 3 times a week you will enjoy theme buffets to spice your nights.

For the dinner they decided to make 2 turns to reduce the traffic of people. One turn at 6:30 and the other at 8:30, this way you can get your meals faster and be on your way to enjoy the rest of the night. Try to be early at your dinner seating that way you can get the fresher dishes.Fish, potatoes and carrots

You will also enjoy a couple of a la carte restaurants in the Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana, such as: The Grill and steakhouse which offer a very tasty array of well cooked meat, the Krystal Fusion restaurant offering nice variety of dishes and if you love fine and exquisite Asian cuisine the kabuki Japanese restaurant is for you. There is also Volare with delicious Italian plates, among other places to eat.

The a la carte restaurants are usually open for dinner only and require reservation as well formal dress clothing (long trousers for men).


There is a lot of fun to have at the Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana. Drinks are plenty and you can get them at the “Cubano” bar or “La Boheme” bar. The selection is quite big so you can go for the popular local beer “el presidente” or if you prefer go for the more exotic drinks such as a “mojito” or a “cuba libre”. There are also plenty of sports here like golf, tennis, polo, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, sailing, windsurfing, body boarding, kayaking, etc.

The Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana provides a free introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool for all those that are interested in taking their first steps into this exciting activity. The reef nearby and the shallow waters offer the perfect environment for snorkeling fans of all levels. Fishing here is very popular; getting fishes like blue marlin, barracuda and dorado is a very interesting activity. The best time for fishing here is the summer.

If you are more inclined toward relaxation you can go for the sauna, the jacuzzi or the “Renova Spa” to experience massages out of this world.

The night entertainment at the Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana includes the lobby bar which tends to get packed during the evenings so be early to get your spot and relax while you drink. Live shows at the Copacabana amphitheater are pretty amusing; the casino is always a good choice to spend the night with the chance of getting some money.

Contact Information

Telephone Number: +1 809-221-7171                           

Fax: +1 809-468-4645

Email: palace.macao@riu.com

Address: Playa Arena Gorda

             Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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