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 (the gym and spa for your use are actually at the neighboring Riu Palace Bavaro family resort, which is newer but rather pricier). Its modern rooms done in white with black and magenta accents—ageing a bit, but still in good shape—with water, soda, and Presidente beer in the minifridge, and a tiny wet bar set in the wall dispensing gin, rum, vodka, and brandy. The food is fine, though not spectacular.
Punta Cana› Hotel
Hotel Riu Palace Macao
Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana
Our Rating Neighborhood Bávaro/Cortecito Phone 809/221-7171 Prices Summer: $193–$290 double, $212–$316 superior double, from $287 suite. Winter: $356–$448 double, $374–$474 superior double, from $450 suite. Rates are all-inclusive. Units 364 rooms & suites Amenities Wi-Fi (free), 5 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 outdoor pools, gym, spa, tennis courts Web site Hotel Riu Palace Macao