Dominican Republic | A look inside the RIU Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana

RIU Palace Punta Cana by TUI
RIU Palace Punta Cana | photo by TUI

When I worked as a travel agent, one of the awesome things about the job where the highly discounted private travel and free work trips. A.k.a study trips to check out a new destination. It was work, yes, but come on, If you do what you love, and love what you do, you can’t really call it work right 😉

Most of the time, those trips where fully scheduled with checking out the best resorts, hotels, apartments, restaurants, things to do, airlines and basically everything that has to do with Tourism in that certain destination.

Lucky as I was, my first study trip went to the Dominican Republic! Yeah, baby. Only 4 days of decadence staying in the prestigious RIU Palace in Punta Cana and checking out all the other RIU Resorts in Punta Cana, in collaboration with the Dutch tour operator TUI.

Riu Resorts Punta Cana Refurbishment

Because it is quite a while ago I visited the Dominican Republic for work, I had to do my research. Turns out, all the Riu Hotels had a massive refurbishment, and one of the hotels I visited ( Riu Taino ) doesn’t even exist anymore.

So, I thought it might be funny to show you not only what the RIU resorts in Punta Cana offer these days, but also show you the difference of how the Riu Resorts looked like before the refurbishment and after, to see the difference 🙂 And I must confess: The RIU Resorts in Punta Cana look so much better and even more luxurious after the refurbishment!

RIU Hotels in Punta Cana

RIU Hotels & Resorts has six hotels in Punta Cana which are all located inside the same complex: the ClubHotel Riu Bambu, Hotel Riu NaiboaHotel Riu Palace MacaoHotel Riu Palace Punta CanaHotel Riu Palace Bavaro and the Hotel Riu Republica.

They all have a 24 hour all Inclusive concept and offer many activities, entertainment, and free WI-FI.

Here are the Riu Hotels that I visited.

RIU Palace Punta Cana

Like the name already spills, this Riu resort is realy like a Palace, inclusive the long driveway. This is the hotel we stayed in during our work trip, and it looked amazing. Not a bad location to stay on your first ever work trip.

I was thinking ” And they call this work?! I have the best job in the world ” And I really had, and still have 😉

As soon as we walked in, we noticed that the place was massive! The hall was huge, as well was the chandelier.

When we were all checked in and sipped our welcome drink, we checked out our rooms ( which also didn’t disappoint ) and the rest of the Resort. Colonial, classic and massive were my first impressions.

The pool was huge too, and so was the fountain, the garden, and basically everything you looked at. This wouldn’t be my personal choice of staying for my own holiday, as it is just too massive, but I can imagine if you want to go to a great Luxury all-inclusive resort, straight on the Arena Gorda beach in Punta Cana ( and believe me, that beach was snow white and very tropical with all the palm trees ) then the RIU Palace Punta Cana, definitely is a great place to stay.

What I really liked was the fact that the Riu Palace Punta Cana has several restaurants where you can have an authentic gastronomical experience. American buffets, an Italian restaurant, a Steakhouse and even a Japanese with great sushi!

RIU Naiboa

This is the smallest of the Riu resorts in Punta Cana. With its art deco style and cozy feeling, this is the best Riu hotel if you like a somewhat smaller resort.

They have a great pool and via ‘Carribean Street’ you are only a few steps away from the pearly white beach.

Club Hotel RIU Bambu

This is definitely the best Riu Resort for families with kids. There are five swimming pools and two kids swimming pools to relax in. Club Hotel Riu Bambu offers an extensive entertainment programme with many activities for every age and there are many water activities and sports.

The little ones can go to Riu Land kids club and teenagers between 13 and 17 can join the Riu4U programme which offers many great activities.

Riu Macau

Like its neighbours, Riu Macau is also a large 24-hour all-inclusive resort, straight on the beach and offers many facilities and activities for everyone. Funny to see is that the furniture didn’t move an inch compared with years ago, but a fresh paint works a treat 🙂

Riu Hotels & Resorts Splash Water World

RIU Hotels & Resorts offers you great facilities with numerous aquatic attractions to experience new thrills during your RIU holiday. If you stay at one of the Riu Hotels in Punta Cana,  you’ll have free admission to Splash Water World, where you’ll find many water attractions.

Water Splash World is located just walking distance away from the Riu Resorts, and you ve got unlimited admission to the park.

For more info about Riu Hotels and Resorts in Punta Cana click here


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