We stayed for a week in March. Overall it was a great resort with excellent service. Yes, it is new and the landscaping hasn't grown in yet, but really? does the landscaping make or break a vacation? I think not! As far as a Semsimar pool or area? Didn't even know it was there until I read about it in a review here on this site. I didn't notice anyone with a pink wrist band. We only ventured over to the VIP pool once and it looked dull and boring.
Check-in was fast and friendly. Front desk staff spoke very good English and explained everything clearly.
We liked the rooms. The decor was different, but that is fine. Why would you want it to be decorated like your home? The beds were very comfortable and the mini bar was stocked every day. They provide you with lots of bottled water. The maid service was GREAT!
The pool area was nice and drinks were plentiful. My only complaint here is about lounge chair saving. Hard to find a pool chair that didn't have a towel on it. And God for bid.... don't try to move the towel and take the chair! I did that and about lost my head to a lady that was sitting in the restaurant having lunch! The pool was never over-crowded and we were there during college spring break.
The food was good for an all inclusive. We only went to a specialty restaurant one night, the steak house. The dinner buffet was great and changed themes nightly, so there was always something new. Lunch was ok. I liked the buffet by the pool. Very convenient for snacks and drinks while you are relaxing. Breakfast was good. There was always food available and that is a good thing with 3 teenagers! Service in all of the eating areas was excellent! They don't speak very good English but the staff is very polite.
We didn't have any stomach issues and I was worried with taking three kids.
Overall we enjoyed our stay.
- 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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