My husband and I vacationed at the Riu Macao this past March with another couple and had an amazing time. We are planning to return this coming March but because we will be bringing my son (18) and daughter (15), we will not be able to stay at an AO. We were very pleased with the food at the Riu and thought the beach was amazing. We were also very happy with the size. We are considering the Riu Palace Bavaro but are open to other resorts as well. Two we are considering are the Bahia Principe Esmeralda and the Iberostar Bavaro Punta Cana since they are on either side of the Riu property. We know what to expect in terms of the beach, but were looking for opinions based on amenities/food/atmosphere. We can’t do an AO obviously but do not need “family friendly” nor do we need a super large resort. We want to be able to walk to the beach easily.
We have also looked at Now Larimar and the Paradisus Palma Real (further south than Riu) as well as Dreams Palm Beach (even further south). I am wondering how the beaches here compare to those closer to near the Riu as well as how the resorts rate in terms of size or atmosphere.
Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.