One of the two upper-mid-range sections of the massive Riu resort complex in Punta Cana that welcome guests under 18 (the other is the Riu Palace Bavaro, which also has a Baa1 Overall Beach Resort Rating), the Riu Palace Punta Cana was refurbished in 2018 and caters to a mix of couples and families; the often-lively atmosphere makes it a good choice for singles, too. The other sections of the complex include the more economical Riu Bambu (Ba1) and Riu Naiboa (B2) sections and the adults-only Riu Palace Macao (A2). The adults-only Riu Republica (Baa2) is about ten resorts down the beach. The food is less than stellar, even by all-inclusive standards, the fitness center is below average with limited equipment, and many amenities of the greater complex are a bit of a walk (this section is relatively far from the complex center); but the property offers a very nice, wide beach with plenty of lounge chairs and palm trees for shade, an immense swimming pool with a lively swim-up bar, name-brand liquor, a kids club, a fun entertainment team, access to a water park with large slides, friendly overall service, beautifully manicured grounds, and discounted greens fees at Punta Blanca Golf Club next door. Other activities include scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, dance classes, beach volleyball, deep sea fishing, and excursions to Catalina Island via Scuba Caribe.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension of up to 10 days at no cost.