PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic - As part of a press trip to the new RIU Palace Bavaro, Travel Agent took a tour Wednesday of the newly renovated RIU Palace Macao. Both properties are located in the RIU Punta Cana Complex.
After an investment of $14 million, the hotel reopened on August 4 with a new decorative style along with new restaurants and services. As of the beginning of the coming winter season, the Riu Palace Macao will be RIU’s first adults-only hotel in the Americas.
This represents a totally new concept for RIU in its Punta Cana complex, where they now have five hotels: the recently opened Riu Palace Bavaro, the elegant Riu Palace Punta Cana, and the redesigned Riu Bambu and Riu Naiboa family hotels.
The Riu Palace Macao maintains its colonial style facade, but its interior design has been modernized in line with the new style that is being implemented by RIU throughout its hotels.
The 364 rooms have been completely renovated, with new furniture, décor, linen and drapes, flat screen televisions, showers instead of baths, and hydromassage baths available in the suites. The rooms are bright and spacious, with predominantly white décor, and featuring daring touches of colours such as fuchsia.
The lobby offers a cafe called Capuchino, a new Italian restaurant, Volare, and the steak house, Pancho. There is also El Patio buffet, the Japanese restaurant, Kabuki and the Krystal fusion restaurant.
The pool and garden areas have been totally remodeled. As the hotel is designed to appeal to a mature age group, the former, "Kids Zone," has been removed to make way for a new pool and swim-up bar, adjacent to the re-designed central swimming pool.
The La Boheme lounge bar has been renovated, as well as the hotel’s indoor theatre situated next to the lobby. Clients can also enjoy the newly added Dreams Casino.