Riu Palace Punta Cana

The Riu Palace Punta Cana is a hotel surrounded by beautiful palms and is located just in front of the breathtaking Arena Gorda beach. The luxurious 5 star all inclusive hotel is located at 30km from the Punta Cana international airport. The hotel is part of the famous Riu complex along with the Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa, Riu Bambu and the Riu Palace Bavaro. The hotel is known to be among the top ones of the Riu; for that very reason the guests can enjoy almost all of the facilities from the other riu’s (the only exception being is the Riu Palace Bavaro).

The Riu Palace Punta Cana has a total of 612 rooms, junior suites and suites combined in buildings of 4 stories. The all inclusive hotel also has a total of 6 restaurants providing a wide variety of the most exquisite international cuisine. Even the pickiest eater will find something they like especially since they can choose between several restaurants and snack bars that are also part of the Riu complex.

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Bars and pool bars are always ready to provide you with the most refreshing drinks you might need. A Pool with jacuzzi, a smaller pool for kids are just some of the features of this hotel. Kids club for the younger members of your family (from 4 to 12 years old) and a 24 hour room service makes this place something to remember. The atmosphere of the hotel is mostly quiet and relaxing making it ideal for a romantic vacation with your significant other; of course if you are traveling with your family there’s plenty of things to do as well.


The Riu Palace Punta Cana has a total of 612 accommodations that can be divided into two main types. The two types of rooms in this hotel are: the junior suites and the suites. Both types of room have a One king size bed or 2 double beds with a nice firm mattress as part of the room with air conditioning, ceiling fan, phone, safety box, hair dryer, iron, minibar with (vodka, gin, and rum), satellite TV, coffee maker, alarm clock, iron with ironing board, balcony, sofa bed and bathroom with hydromassage tub, integrated lounge area with sofa bed and turndown service.

The extra features unique to the suites at the Riu Palace Punta Cana are: dressing room and jacuzzi which are quite amazing. You can have a garden view or a courtyard view if you prefer; of course it will require some extra cash for the courtyard one. The rooms are not too big but are quite comfortable and the granite floors looks very clean. Some humidity in the rooms is possible but this is the tropics after all and is really not a big deal. Keep your valuables at the safe no matter what; that way you can avoid unpleasant incidents.

The maids do a great job keeping the sheets and towels clean plus the occasional towel animal makes you feel very welcomed. Tipping can make them restock your fridge more often so keep that in mind.

Pool and Beach

The pool at the Riu Palace Punta Cana is simply fantastic. As soon as you get close to the hotel you can see it going from the back of the hotel extending all the way to the front almost getting into the beach. The water in the pool is very warm and believe me you can have a great time there. You won’t get bored as you can participate in many pool games and the music will keep you pumped! There are also several jacuzzis near the pool area at the Riu Palace Punta Cana which are perfect for a relaxing getaway. Now, there are more than enough chairs around the pool to suit your needs but still is a good idea to reserve them with the popular towel in the lounge technique. If you don’t desire to get up very early to reserve a chair, you can always ask the staff to do it for you (of course for a well deserved tip). Be considerate with the other guests and only reserve a chair if you are really going to use it.

The beach in front of the Riu Palace Punta Cana is very clean, the sand is amazingly white, not much seaweed as the staff keeps it quite clean, the water is perfectly clear and one of the best things is that people will not wake up extremely early to reserve chairs at the beach. There are plenty of chairs in the beach; you can choose to be in the sun or in a shaded area with palm trees no matter how late you get up. In other words if you wish to stay long hours on the beach everyday without any worries this is the place for you. There is a reef in the beach blocking most waves which makes the place ideal for kids to play. The service at the beach is incredible; the waiters make sure that your drinking needs are always met.


You can find several palate refreshing restaurants at the Riu Palace Punta Cana. First is the buffet “Don Manuel”; this is the main restaurant of the hotel and it offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The buffet is air conditioned which is definiDesserttely a plus, the food in there delicious and the desserts exquisite. 

American and continental breakfasts are always available with all the fruits and salads you can possible desire.

The buffet at the Riu Palace Punta Cana also has a wide selection of natural juices for all those that enjoy these fabulous drinks. Lunch at the buffet is always a good choice as you can find hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, sea food, several kinds of meat cuts and other delicious dishes to satisfy your hunger. Dinners are always special at the buffet; three times a week; you can see unique themed meals to add the element of surprise to your evenings. Delicious lobster, chicken and a scrumptious prime rib are just some of the choices available and do not forget the amazing service provided by the staff at the buffet!

A la carte restaurants at the Riu Palace Punta Cana are always a tempting alternative to the buffet for your dinners. One of them is the Italian restaurant “Luigi” with its yummy antipasto and delicious Italian cuisine. The Brazilian restaurant “La Bodega” offers a great menu with plenty of alternatives for all meat fans. The meat is not the best cut you have ever seen but still will hit the spot. The portions served are way larger than your typical restaurant meal. The Krystal restaurant is another great one. This French restaurant located at the Riu Palace Punta Cana offer classic gourmet dishes for all those that have a refined palate. One thing to remember is that although the food is pretty tasty the servings are not going to be very impressive, so if you get really hungry the buffet is going to be there for you.

Steakhouse is simply yummy; great steaks and lobster. If you are a meat lover you have to try the steakhouse; you won’t regret it. The Japanese restaurant “Yokohama” serves quite a nice sushi that will make you beg for more. Be aware that portions here might be a bit smaller than what you are used to, so heading to the buffet or snack bar later is a good idea if you have a big appetite.

There are a couple of things you must know about the restaurants. You can have breakfast only at the buffet and the lunch can be taken there, at the beach cafe at the Riu Palace Punta Cana or any of the snack bars along the Riu complex.

Dinner time has plenty of more options with the additions of the a la carte restaurants. Remember if you want to eat your dinner in one the a la carte restaurants you will need to get up early in the morning (approximately 8 am) to make a reservation the same day (is preferable to try and make the reservations at the day of arrival just to be on the safe side).

The restaurants at the Riu Palace Punta Cana have 2 seating times one at 6:30 pm and the other at 9:00 pm. Some people do not like any of those times for their dinner so they choose the buffet. Dress code applies during dinner time it goes the same way for the buffet and the a la carte restaurants; shirt with sleeves, long trousers and closed shoes for men. During the day the staff will insist you wear at least a shirt to eat at the buffet.


There are many things you can do at the Riu Palace Punta Cana. The all inclusive package will give you gym, tennis, jacuzzi, windsurfing, kayak, snorkeling and 1 free scuba diving lesson. It also offers a daily entertainment program for kids with playground, mini club and a  children’s pool (7 square meters). There are other water activities such as Jet Ski and banana boats to enjoy for an extra charge. You also get access to the “Eternal Spa” with beauty salon and hairdresser.

You can get your favorite drinks at any of the bars around the hotel; also if you are not very happy with the bars nearby you can get to the other rius (with the exception of Riu Palace Bavaro) and order drinks to your heart’s content. Guests at the Riu Palace Punta Cana have also access to the casino at the Riu Palace Macao, there you can have a lot of excitement playing games and making some nice money while you are at it.

There is a night show every day and live music until 10 pm. The lobby bar stays open until 12 but then after that there is not much right at the hotel. You can always go to the Caribbean street if you like to go out at night as the other Riu hotels have always something going on.

Contact Information

Telephone Number: +1 809-687-4242                          

Fax: +1 809-687-7878

Email: palace.puntacana@riu.com

Website: riu.com/en/home.jsp

Address: Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana

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