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  • On a large, white-sand beach with clear blue water and water sports
  • Sleek rooms feature flat-screen TVs, liquor dispensers, and open bathrooms with double vanities
  • Outdoor theater features nightly entertainment
  • Three gorgeous pools, including a pool for VIP guests and a children's pool
  • Five restaurants include an extensive (and tasty) buffet restaurant and a sushi joint
  • Free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service included for all guests


  • Open bathrooms aren't particularly family-friendly
  • Drinks at the night club require an additional fee

Bottom Line

The all-inclusive Riu Palace is a luxe option in Punta Cana. It's part of the massive complex of Riu resorts, which are all located on a beautiful, white-sand beach. Rooms are some of the best in the area, with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and liquor dispensers. Their sexy look (picture sleek lines, a pink, purple, and black color scheme, and spacious open bathrooms) seems designed with couples in mind, but the hotel does provide a kids' club as well as numerous on-site activities. With 610 rooms, its a mid-size resort for the area: Getting around the property does not require a shuttle but some amenities (such as the casino) are located farther away at sister properties in the Riu complex.

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On a pretty, white-sand beach

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The Riu Palace is part of a huge complex of Riu resorts located on a pretty, white-sand beach in Punta Cana. It is about a 30-minute drive from the Punta Cana airport but once arrived, guests mostly stay on the property: There's not much outside of the resort complex's gates.

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Kids Allowed
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Gameroom / Arcade
Golf Course
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 74100, Caribbean
Phone 001 (809) 221-2290
Room Types
  • Jacuzzi Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Junior Suite Superior
  • Ocean View VIP Superior Suite
  • VIP Superior Suite