Hotel Riu Palace Macao

Playa Arena Gorda Punta Cana | Punta Cana 23000  [SEE MAP]Punta Cana  [SEE ADDRESS]

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All-inclusive resort with five traveler-approved restaurants
Suite decor is outdated
Flanking Arena Gorda Beach along Punta Cana's Bávaro resort strip, the Hotel Riu Palace Macao offers guests prime access to the area's white sands. Even if you aren't a beach bum, this all-inclusive, adults-only resort will impress, with a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar, a spa and a variety of activities, such as tennis, windsurfing and snorkeling. Previous guests praised this RIU outpost's five restaurants, which offer international cuisine buffet-style, Japanese-inspired fare, steakhouse classics and more. Others raved about the beautiful grounds, friendly staff and clean (albeit dated) accommodations. Each suite features a white color palette with black or pink and red accents, plus amenities like free Wi-Fi access, a minibar and beverage dispenser, a satellite TV and a balcony or terrace.
Punta Cana
Hotel Class
Property Type
All-inclusive resort, 364 rooms
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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews



After a major, much-needed renovation, this adults-only resort has gone from dowdy to stellar, and it's now the star of the five Riu resorts in Macao. Rooms range from junior suites to full one-bedroom suites, and all have double sinks, flat-screen TVs, the signature Riu liquor dispenser, and extras you don't often find at AIs, including turn-down service.

Fodor's Choice



The adults-only Riu on Arena Gorda beach at the north end of the Bávaro coastline is the best value all-inclusive in Punta Cana, a solid four-star resort at an all-in price barely above that charged by the budget entries (and considerably cheaper than much of the competition). It is actually one of five Riu resorts in this vast, interconnected complex.

Frommer's Very Highly Recommended


The sole adults-only hotel on the five-resort Riu complex, the Macao has a generally upscale vibe that's significantly more tranquil than its sister properties. There's still the requisite poolside entertainment and loud music by the gorgeous, white-sand beach, but couple-friendly amenities (which the other properties lack) include name-brand liquor and a designated VIP section on the beach.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 5341 have reviewed the Hotel Riu Palace Macao, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5341 reviews 4.0 (based on 5341 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Hotel Riu Palace Macao's suites feature white decor, colorful accents, tile floors and balconies or terraces. All accommodations come with flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, liquor dispensers, coffee makers and king-sized or double beds. Select suites also come equipped with Jacuzzi tubs.
  • All-inclusive room rates cover in-suite Wi-Fi access and minibar items
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Situated on the north end of the Bávaro resort strip, the Hotel Riu Palace Macao is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort. Part of a five-resort complex that includes the Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro, the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana and the Hotel Riu Republica, guests can access facilities at the neighboring properties. Two casinos, multiple restaurants and a grocery store also sit within walking distance.
  • Located approximately 15 miles northwest of Punta Cana International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Hotel Riu Palace Macao's all-inclusive package covers all meals, snacks and beverages at five restaurants. The main restaurant serves international dishes buffet-style. There are also four a la carte restaurants: Krystal (which specializes in Asian fusion fare), Kabuki (a Japanese eatery), a steakhouse and Volare (where Italian dishes are on the menu). Poolside food and beverage service is also available, and suites are stocked with minibars and liquor dispensers.
  • Room service available 24 hours a day
  • Guests have access to additional bars and restaurants at neighboring RIU resorts
  • Private beach dinners can be arranged for a fee

Number of restaurants5

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Asian, Italian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


This RIU outpost offers a freshwater pool with built-in loungers, a swim-up bar and a sun deck with lounge chairs and umbrellas. The resort also features a private beach area where guests can borrow complimentary nonmotorized water sports equipment, such as snorkel gear, kayaks and windsurfing boards.
  • Guests have access to additional pools at sister properties
  • Free introduction to scuba diving courses in pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Hotel Riu Palace Macao is an adults-only resort.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    The Hotel Riu Palace Macao is equipped to host business meetings and events. There are four venues that can be customized, as well as beachfront and tropical outdoor settings.
    • La Boheme can host cocktail receptions with up to 150 guests

    Number of meeting rooms4

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    The resort offers venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose from three locations: the beach, a garden gazebo or a beach gazebo. The largest space can host weddings with up to 80 guests.
    • Wedding packages

    Maximum wedding guest capacity80

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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