My girlfriend and I traveled here and January and had an amazing trip. It exceeded our expectations and I highly recommend this hotel for those who want to consume great food and drinks and have a relaxing vacation.
Our room was great. We stayed in a basic room ( I forget what they called it) but it came with everything we needed. It has a flat screen TV, nice bed, awesome lighting, and probably the nicest bathroom I have ever been in. The room is very modern and has a nice clean and new feeling. The best part was having four different bottles of alcohol in a dispenser and a mini fridge stocked with a variety of soda and beer.
As you may have heard, you have to go to the Italian restaurant early in the morning to reserve a seat at any restaurants. On your first morning at the resort, go down no later than 8 am to book all of your reservations for you time there. Every restaurant has two servings I think at 6 and 9. I was only able to book the steakhouse (Taino) and Krystal. They were both good but I highly recommend the buffet. The staff caters to you and the food is great. Don't listen to any negativity about the food. Yes, some things aren't great but overall you have a great selection to be picky about.
The drinks were amazing and there are plenty of bars to go and get drinks. The pool bar was my favorite and I recommend either a Sammy Sosa or tequila sunrise. I am a major beer drinker and enjoy beer that was not available at the resort. If you like beer, drink Presidente. Other than that, they have plenty of good drinks to choose from. Also, be prepared to drink red wine. I am not a huge wine drinker but the red wine was amazing at the buffet.
The beach had nice white sand and beautiful water. The pool was huge but the water is a little cold so not many people were in it which was fine with me because I think cold water is refreshing. Getting chairs on the beach or pool was easy and we never had a problem. Every morning before breakfast I would go get our two towels from the pool (very great system) and then put our towels on two chairs either at the pool or beach. I highly suggest that you decide whether you want to stay at the pool or beach for the day. It might be difficult getting a chair at the pool at noon if you get sick of being on the beach.
Overall this was my best vacation ever. Just make sure you tip occasionally and treat the staff with respect. They are hard workers and cater to you more if you are nice and if you tip. I am jealous of anyone going there in the near future because I didn't want to leave! Don't listen to the negative reviews. Those people think they paid for a ritz hotel with their own private cooks and staff to cater to their individual needs. It is a major resort and they accomodate EVERYONE really well compared to the price. Overall it is a great value and I would've paid even more to stay there if I had to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * 4-story building * Surrounded by 63,000 m2 / 75,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higuey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport ... more less
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