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Riu Republica

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Set on a pristine stretch of white sand in Punta Cana and boasting two large infinity pools, Jacuzzi and wellness centre, the adults only Riu Republica is the perfect place for couples and friends to unwind. Those looking for activity as well as relaxation will appreciate the generous 24-hour all inclusive program that includes a host of non-motorized water sports, plus daily fitness classes. Dining options are varied and include both buffet and a la carte options; the resort also offers a night program of entertainment. Accommodation options range from spacious guest rooms to lavish Jacuzzi suites, all with regularly replenished mini bar, in-room liquor dispenser and satellite TV.
Location: Beachfront on Playa Arena Gorda; Approx. 30 minutes from the airport

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  • AMC-SC : Stafford, United Kingdom
Good Times

Best thing is, its adults only. Not really luxurious rooms, but everything you need. Great pool area, and amazing beach.Went when it was Sensimar, and that pool was nice and quiet, main pool great fun when you wanted to join in.Food as expected for an AI resort, cocktails were disappointing when compared with other Caribbean holidays we've had.We had two garden view rooms, and was not pleased at first as looking over scrub land, but we had a sea view and it was really peaceful day and night.Would recommend for a decent priced holiday to the Dominican Republic, but note that it is very very hot.

  • Jennifer G : New York City, New York
Not organized

This hotel could be a five-star hotel if they improved a bit and actually do or have what they advertise. As a seasoned traveler, I was disappointed because I didn't play as many sports as I usually do with my family.Upon arrival, before noon on Saturday, we were pleasantly greeted by staff and given our room and told we had to wait till 3 PM. That was OK because we changed in the guest quarters and went to eat and swim. That's when we saw the Activity schedule and excitedly looked forward to playing volleyball at 3:30. At 3 o'clock, when we were shown our room, I sort of freaked out, jumping on the bed, saying "this ain't no queen-size bed!" First advertising error! There was no way my husband and I would fit in this bed! We then hurried to dress for volleyball because it was scheduled to take place at 3:30. Second advertising mistake. We waited but no staff member took out of the volley ball. . The next morning at 10:30 when volleyball was supposed to take place the same thing occurred. The sports schedule was ran on a whim and NEEDS TO BE REORGANIZED AND FOLLOWED! My family loves to play volleyball and bocci and etc. etc. and the schedule they had was horrible if it actually took place. Everything happened a half hour apart. Anyway, after complaining to the staff about no volleyball games they responded, "no one wanted to play." I responded my family was never asked to play and we have been waiting at the court. At one point, I took the volleyball from the annoying female staff member and said, "if we play, they will come, and come they did! The next day, I met Mr. Wilson who said he was the new manager in charge and he assured me the activity schedule would be followed. However, when the following Saturday morning arrived and we were excitedly awaiting our last game with some really nice people we met from Kansas, Canada, and Great Britain, and the volley ball court was being used for something else. This absolutely sucked because there was no announcement of cancellation and we couldn't play our championship game or say good bye to our VB friends. Anyhow, we did have some awesome volleyball games during the week. However, I did walk away from the court one day because that same annoying female staff memberwas telling people to come on the court instead of rotating in. Having more than six people on the court is a dangerous experience. Therefore, a staff member should not encourage that.The restaurants were advertised as not needing a reservations which was not entirely true. One needed reservations for the steakhouse. I did not mind that because the buffet was amazing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast set up was the most efficient one I ever experienced. I take my hat off to the chefs of the buffet and the waitstaff. The other restaurants were just ok.Nighttime entertainment was so so. However we love the sports bar and they should expand it, even though we lost tokens every time we try to play the air hockey game.On our last day we asked for a room extension and we would have gladly paid for a few extra hours but was turned down and said we had to leave the room at 1 o'clock. So, at exactly 1 o'clock, we went to get our stuff out of the room and found ourselves locked out. I was lucky enough to find a maintenance man to let us in. Once inside, we found we were locked out of our safe. We called maintenance and the first guy couldn't open it, so we had to waste precious time waiting for another maintenance man who was successful.One of the reasons, my family goes on vacation together is to play sports. If you just want to eat and drink and take in the sun this resort is great. However if you're like my family and like to play sports, the sports schedule was so lacking that I must subtract one full star for this disappointing scenario. The other star I subtracted was for the false advertising, grounds are bare, beach water rough, pools need to be revamped so there's more room near the bar area, and entertainment needs to be improved. I hope this review helps dear reader. Ciao until next time.

  • Mare D : Ontario, Canada
Fun and sun in the D.R.!

My husband and I stayed at the Riu Republica from June 10th to the 17th and we had a great experience! I read the reviews before venturing to Punta Cana and although the majority of reviews were good, I honestly can't understand how anyone could have a negative experience at this resort! Although it was our first time in the Dominican Republic, we travel frequently and I would say that the major attraction at this fairly new resort is the animation team. Out of all the island resorts we've been to thus far, the animation team at the Riu Republica is by far the best we have experienced! They are all so friendly and do their best to ensure that you have a great vacation. The daily games at the pool and the various other activities were alot of fun and we would look forward to either participating or watching them. They're all fantastic dancers too and the nightly shows were very entertaining as well. Our favourites were the beach party, the Michael Jackson show and the magic show...muy fantastico! For the price you pay to stay at this hotel compared to other hotels in Punta Cana, it really is a good value overall. I wouldn't say it is quite a 5 star hotel as they promote it to be, it opened a year ago and they still need to improve on some things but I would definitely say that it is a 4 or 4.5 star resort. It is modern and lovely and the staff work hard to keep it clean and well scented. The grounds are beautiful as well, lovely trees, plants and flowers everywhere, again everything well maintained. We were on the 4th floor and we had an oceanview room that was well cleaned on a daily basis. Two things I would suggest: don't bother paying for an oceanview room as it's not really a full ocean view. I guess I was expecting what we had in the Bahamas but here I would say that it is a partial ocean view, mostly due to the way the hotel is designed and the fact that there are alot of palm trees obstructing a full fledged ocean view. We didn't spend alot of time on our balcony and had I known I would have just paid for a regular room. Also, our room had a minor ant issue so I would suggest that the cleaning staff use a more effective method to control them. All in all the room was very nice and we loved the huge shower and the number of TV channels available. With respect to food, we ate at 2 of the 4 specialty restaurants, Tarantella (the Italian restaurant) and Quisqueya (the steakhouse). Although you don't require reservations, it's best to go before 8pm otherwise you could be waiting up to 40 minutes for a table. Nonetheless, the food in both was delicious! We didn't try the Asian restaurant or the Kulinarium restaurant as the menus did not appeal to us. The main buffet has a large selection of food, something for every pallet and it was also delicious! I really don't know how some reviews complain about the food! If you complain you must be a very, very picky eater! We were never sick and we always found a large selection. Yes, by the end of a 1 week stay you kind of get tired of eating the same old, same old, but we have no complaints about the quality or quantity of the food at this resort. The only negative thing I would mention is that sometimes there are lineups for food, mostly in the grilled meat areas but at the end of the day it is a popular resort and there are always lots of guests coming and going. There is also a 24 hour sports bar in the resort that serves snacks (nachos, hot dogs, burgers) in case you get hungry in between meals. We ate so much at breakfast, lunch and dinner that we never tried any of the snacks at the sports bar. With respect to the beach, it is beautiful! White sand and blue/turquoise water. We walked the shoreline everyday and it appears that the Riu Republica has the best stretch of beach compared to other hotels in the area. We walked both ways, towards the Hard Rock hotel and the other way, towards the Bahia Principe/Majestic/Royalton hotels and the stretches of beach both ways are not as clean as the stretch at Riu Republica. Unfortunately we didn't spend alot of time in the ocean because the water was always rough but I guess it's to be expected as it's the Atlantic. The only reason I would not return is due to the rough ocean water (we prefer the calmer waters of the Caribbean Sea) but this minor detail did not ruin our vacation whatsoever. There are alot of sun loungers and shade huts available but if you want one in the front row (best ocean view) you have to go early in the morning to get a spot. We were fortunate to get the front row twice in 1 week, otherwise you have to content yourself with the loungers and huts in the second and third rows which are situated amongst alot of palm trees and plants that are buried in the sand. We actually saw 2 men fighting over the front row loungers one day and security ended up being called, it was ridiculous. Grown men (and their wives) fighting over "who was here first." Anyhoo....one thing I would recommend is to be careful when walking towards the Royalton/Memories hotels as there are men in blue shorts and white shirts who try to persuade you to go in and look at their hotels so that they can sell you a vacation package. Although the men are friendly, they are persistent and then use the old "please, do it for me and for my 6 kids" tactic. Just something to be mindful of when you are just wanting to relax and enjoy a nice, long walk along the gorgeous shore! The free t-shirt and hotel package aren't worth it!! There are 2 sand dunes between the resort and the beach but there is a walkway between the 2 dunes to get to the beach. The dunes are very large and they obstruct the ocean view from the pool (so when you're in the any of the pools you won't see the ocean at all). It would be better for the hotel to get rid of the dunes but I don't even know if that's possible. It's unfortunate for such a nice resort. The pools are all very clean and our favourite was the main pool where the music was always playing and where the animation team held all the daily dancing and games. The daily dance lesson at 4pm was always fun to watch, salsa, merengue, bachata...Alex and Speedy (I think that's his name...lol) from the animation team are the best dance instructors! The foam pool party was fun and the kama sutra game was hilarious! It is definitely the rowdier pool so if you prefer peace and quiet you are better off going to one of the other 3 quieter pools. It is an adults only hotel so you tend to see quite a few guests that can't hold their liquor but I guess it's to be expected at an all-inclusive resort. The cocktails were delicious and the bartenders are all very friendly and overall quick to serve. We didn't do any of the excursions because we didn't want to miss any beach time but there are alot of interesting excursion choices (Santo Domingo, Saona Island, etc.). One night we ventured over to the casino that is located inside another Riu hotel but it's a total joke so don't waste your time. The hotel provides a free shuttle that takes you there and back but the casino is so small and when you walk in you feel like you have all eyes on you...very weird. As soon as you get there they start approaching you to suck you into playing stuff and enticing you with "coupons" to play at the game tables but they were a rip off apparently. We didn't use them but we spoke to someone who did and apparently the coupon was misleading...surprise, surprise...lol. We played a slot machine and won $20 so we quickly called it quits, cashed it in and hopped back onto the shuttle to go back to the Riu Republica. One morning we also went to do a bit of shopping at a nearby boutique (Nicole Boutique) but that wasn't worth it either. Again, there is a free shuttle that brings you back and forth but we spent more time waiting for the shuttle than we did shopping. We bought a few souvenirs, etc. but the store in the hotel has nicer items (although a bit more expensive). We thought that when the Nexus Rep. told us about this shopping trip that we'd be going to a market or even a small mall type of place but instead they bring you to a 3 floor boutique. In any case, that also was a waste of time. Lastly, many reviews have commented on the tipping practice. I must admit that it is annoying that everyone in the Dominican expects tips but I don't think it's limited to the people that work at this resort. From the airport to the hotel and anywhere else and then back to the airport again, every Dominican ensures that you know that "tips are appreciated". We did notice that if you tipped, especially at the main buffet, you do receive a little better service. The majority of employees at this resort do not speak English (which I find quite odd, especially at reception) so that would be something they could improve upon given that the majority of their guests are Canadian, American and British! Overall this is a fun and beautiful resort and I would recommend it to anyone. There is really nothing in walking distance outside of this resort for sightseeing or entertainment (I wouldn't venture outside of the resort anyway, especially at night, the streets around the resort look very shady and very poor) so a good animation team is key to ensuring a great vacation and this resort has it! I don't know if we will ever return to Punta Cana simply because we like to explore different countries but we did have a great time and we have no regrets about picking this resort for our Dominican vacation! Satisfaction guaranteed!!

  • Shaana M :
WILL NEVER RETURN AGAIN

I made the mistake of visiting this resort without reading the negative reviews.Tip to travellers: always read the Negative reviews first before making your decision to book a trip. Positive reviews tend to not tell the truth unlike the negative reviews. As I'm trying my review up, I'm on the toilet as we speak ๐Ÿ˜‘. Let's just say, I CAME BACK HOME WITH DIARRHEA THANKS TO THIS DREADFUL RESORT. Travelled June 11th to 18thNegatives:Food - is repetitive, bland and not cooked well. Hand sanitizer is at the entrance when you come into the main restaurant. I should've knew something was wrong when I saw that there the 3rd day of my trip. It was there before. Looks like people were experiencing Illiness with the food beforehand. Repetitive and under cooked for all the restaurants. Steakhouse, we literally waited almost an almost to get in and get our food. Some people around us left their tables due to the food taking so long. Ceasar salad was salty as hell. Chicken was under cooked. The only thing was the red wine I drank for the whole trip. I experienced diarrhea and stomachs pains near the ending of my trip and untill today! I definitely have severe food poisoning as it's been more than 3 days!!! Thanks a lot you guys!! ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ This resort is STRICTLY FOR COUPLES. Maybe 4 families I saw there but it's mostly for couples (young adults and sugar daddy/babe relationships)Live entertainment was good. Loved the Michael Jackson and magician shows. If you get a room close to the pools and ocean view, make sure you pack some ear plugs in your suitcase...you will need it. The music is loud and goes sometimes untill 2am. Young adults are wild, loud and roudy. Paacha nightclub is dead and empty as ever. Guests are pretentious, rude and some are low key racist. My excursion to Parasailing was an epic fail. I was told I would get 15 minutes in the air. I paid $65 USD for ONLY 2 MINS. The Saonoa Island trip was amazing. You should definitely try that! Adam was our tour guide for the day. He was fun at the beginning but to the ending of the trip, his mood changed. I guess he felt like his job was done. Kind of regret my mother giving him that tip at the end. Some staff are nice like Deirei (she works in the main restaurant during breakfast) and this tall lightskin guy that works alongside side her. You two were amazing! Thank you so much for your service. Catalina, thank you for making up our room though it needed some throughly cleaning but you did your best. Waves are rough at the sea so be careful! My mother and a few folks almost drowned! 1) Would I come back here? A: Hell to the no No no2) Would I recommend anyone to this place? A: God no! What kind of person would I be?? Please, the other reviews have warned you and so have I. Don't waste your time or money here. You will definitely regret it. I know I am. Shoot, I'm still on the toilet as we speak. ๐Ÿ˜ฉThis is more like a 3 star resort.

  • bsnell0327 : New York City, New York
Simply Amazing

The beach was AMAZING! The pools were just as amazing. Food was great and able to find something to eat at any time and a huge variety. Drinks continuously flowed and the bartenders remembered your drink orders. Drinks were good, sports bar open 24/7. Swim up bar was awesome. Sand volleyball right by the bar. There was a show every night and they were alright, nothing spectacular. Service was great, everyone was smiling and friendly. I was worried after reading bad reviews, but they exceeded my expectations! I would also like to give a special thanks to Edwin at the front desk who went over and beyond in helping my husband find his missing luggage and upgrading our room! Everyone works extremely hard maintaining the cleanliness of the resort. I'd also like to give a shout-out to the pool entertainment guys (especially Speedy).

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  • 3 meals daily plus snacks
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  • 2 Pools
  • 5 Restaurants, including Steakhouse, Italian, Asian
  • 4 Bars, including swim-up bar
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
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  • 18-Hole Golf Course (nearby)
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Riu Republica
Carretera El Macao - Arena Gorda Seccion Baigua, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic

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