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Which Riu is best Riu to stay

Chatham, Canada
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Which Riu is best Riu to stay

Within the riu complex which riu is the top one... which riu if any has been renovated and if so can you still use all 5 riu...... can you use all 5 no matter what one you stay at?.. which one should we stay?? Want the most for my buck... can you use disco? Which resort is it located?? And any other info you might think i would want or need thank you!!

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Washington DC
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1. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

cindynmike,

It depends on what you are looking for in a vacation. A few more specifics in what you're looking for in a vacation would help folks answer your questions.

We've only stayed at the Riu Palace Macao (adult only), but it meets our needs. We've stayed there 10 times.

We really think it's a great bang for the buck, but the clientele runs a little older, so it might not be what you're looking for.

The Macao was renovated Sep - Nov 2916, but we haven't seen their recent renovations, so we don't know what's new. The Riu complex has recently added the Splash Water World, to which you'll have free admission.

If you stay at the Macao, you can use the facilities at the Riu Bambu and the Riu Naiboa (non-palace resorts).

You get free entry to the "Pacha" discotheque (excluding special evenings), but the drinks are not included.

If you can be more specific with what you want from your vacation, I'm sure many others will be able to provide more information.

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Chatham, Canada
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2. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

We will be 2 ladies in our young 40s..... food... great food a must lots of variety.. lobster!! Im use to 5 star... stayed at palace in cabos... loved it... stayed at royalton punta cana.. loved it... stayed at a club riu the batchata.... not like a palace.. no the difference now!! Want use of a disco and as many resorts as possible... want room service and clean room booking for week of may 6th

Chatham, Canada
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3. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

Want to know which out of 5 in complex is best to stay... do they all let you have access to the other ones.... picking out of the palaces.. which one??

Jackson,NJ
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4. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

I would recommend the all adult Riu Palace Macao. Good for your age group, no reservations for dinner and lobster every day at the steakhouse.

Edited: 03 April 2017, 14:28
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5. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

Your top options would be Palace Bavaro (which does have a VIP AO section) or the Palace Macao which is all AO However...only Bavaro guests have access to the Bavaro and only Macao guests have access to the Macao. You can use the spa at the Bavaro if staying at the Macao and the casino at the Macao if using the Bavaro. You would not have drink/dine exchanges though. Both the Macao and Bavaro would have access to the other club properties (Bambu and Niaboa) for pools, drinks and lunch (you must have dinner at your home resort).

In terms of food, all of the palaces have the same restaurants. I do not remember seeing lobster there but it may be at the steak or fusion restaurant. It was not on the buffets when I was there. Room service is available at the Palaces. I do not remember it being an extensive menu and I do not know if it is 24 hours.

All the Rius share the same disco. It is not a great disco and drinks are not included.

All that being said, I very much enjoyed the Macao.

Arnprior, Canada
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6. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

Perhaps you should use the "Search Engine". There is a lot of info up there. OR you could go to the RIU site for more information.

Canton, Michigan...
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7. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

I would recommend RIU Palace Bavaro. It's the newest resort on the property, opened in 2012. Also offers use of the most other resorts - can use RIU Palace Punta Cana and RIU Palace Macao as well as the two non-palace properties, RIU Naiboa and RIU Bamboo. No other RIU can use the Palace Bavaro. There is an adults only section there if you want to go that route and it's got a livelier atmosphere than RIU Palace Macao - most guests in their 30s and 40s when I was there. Lobster was available during dinner buffet every other day, and every day at the steak restaurant, however I did not like the preparation very much.

RIU Palace Bavaro - newest, can use RIU Palace Punta Cana, RIU Bamboo, RIU Naiboa

RIU Palace Macao - some recent updates, can use RIU Bamboo, RIU Naiboa

RIU Palace Punta Cana - oldest, can use, can use RIU Bamboo, RIU Naiboa

Any RIU guest can use the the Pacha Disco on Caribbean Street. Entrance is free other than the day they have the strip show, however drinks are not free - $5-$10. It was usually full of people by 1AM and we thought was pretty decent for a resort disco.

Chatham, Canada
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8. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

Thank you all especially Alex B.... very informative

Canton, Ohio
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9. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

Yes, thanks Alex B once again. We will be there in a week and a half and the fact that lobster will be on the menu at least once is an added bonus. I cannot wait for the different fish dishes that are served. Add to that the sun/weather and atmosphere, we will be in heaven.

Canton, Michigan...
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10. Re: Which Riu is best Riu to stay

No problem. I just re-read my post above and it's too late to edit it now, but it had an error in the top part. When staying at the Palace Bavaro, you actually can't use the facilities at the Adult Only Palace Macao, you can only go to the casino there.

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