Riu Republica is an all inclusive, adult only hotel located on the beautiful beach Arena Gorda in Punta Cana. We visited the Riu Republica in June 2018 for 2 weeks booking through TUI and we had the most amazing time.

Price- £1000+pp (2 weeks stay)
Food-★★★☆☆
Service- ★★★★☆
Accomodation- ★★★★☆
Entertainment- ★★★★☆
Value for money- ★★★★☆

The Beach

The Riu is located on the beautiful Arena Gorda beach with crystal blue seas and white sand you definitely want to spend a few hours there every day. There are loads of sunbeds on the beach so you can basically find one at any time of the day, which is great. A coconut man also comes round the beach and you can buy a fresh coconut and people carry around parrots and monkeys if you want to hold them and take any pictures. The sea in front of the Riu tends to be pretty rough and has a lot of seaweed so do be careful but, as it is a long stretch of beach you can easily wander up and down and find a part that you prefer.

The room

There are over 1,300 rooms within the Riu Republica (yes, it is a massive resort). Our room was located on the water park side which also happened to be the ‘party side’, luckily we didn’t mind joining in with the parties so it wasn’t an issue for us, but definitely something to consider however, if the door on the balcony was shut we couldn’t hear the music.

We had the standard double room and it was lovely and spacious and had everything that we needed, the bathroom was great with 2 sinks and a massive waterfall shower.

The room was equipped with great air con which is what you need in that hot climate, there is also a mini bar in the room which was always filled up along with the fridge which had different drinks, which was great we haven’t been to any hotel that provides such a vast range of drinks in the room!

The maids came every day to make the beds, but then came every other day to change the sheets and give the room a  thorough clean, the maids were great and always left decorations on the bed which was a lovely touch.

Restaurants

Riu Republic has 9 restaurants and they all offer a different cuisine from Indian, Chinese, Spanish, Italian and a gourmet buffet there sure is something to please everyone’s taste buds! There is no advanced booking service available at the restaurants, so if there is a wait they will give you a buzzer which will buzz when there is a table available for you, we found this a great system to use as we had time to go for cocktails before our meal most evenings! 

At lunch time there is a jerk chicken shack on the beach so you can get some tasty BBQ lunch and enjoy it with views of the sea and if you’re lucky enough to catch the coconut man you can buy a fresh coconut and enjoy it with your food, embracing the Caribbean culture.

If you love your cocktails, then definitely head to the bars, they have such a great mix of different cocktails, the bartender’s are so attentive if they recognise you, sometimes they will make you a ‘special cocktail’, Copocopana with rum was our go to drink! You must try Mamajuana it’s the national Dominican Republic drink and it is just delicious, we ended up buying a few bottles to take home!

Facilities

Our favourite facility has to be the water park that is on site, it’s open from 10am till 6pm and you can spend plenty of time there having fun. Considering the amount of people that stay at the hotel, the water park was never that busy so you could easily get on all the slides without queuing.

There are 8 swimming pools within the hotel there is some located in the party area where there is music playing and pool games going on and there are some in the quieter area where you can relax more. We would start our days off on the ‘quiet’ side in the morning so we can go to the beach and then head down to the party side in the late afternoon, finally a hotel where you can get sunbeds no matter what time of the day!

Within the hotel there was a gym and a spa, we loved the spa a great place to get out of the sun and relax! We did not try any of the treatments as we found the prices to be a little expensive for spa treatments, but nonetheless it was lovely going into the Turkish baths and sauna.  There is also a gym that was surprisingly busy most of the time, there is plenty of great equipment within the gym to get a good workout to burn off all the jerk chicken!

Entertainment

Well, what can we say, the entertainment the hotel provides is amazing there are so many different activities going on all the time! The entertainment staff are amazing so energetic it’s hard not to get involved with them. There is a beach party every Sunday night and foam parties twice during the week, we highly recommend you go as they were so much fun! We found everyone to be so friendly, so it’s great to party and get to meet new people.

Pacha night club, yes there is a night club located within hotel which is great! We only went twice as unfortunately jet lag held us back for the first week, but nonetheless the times we did go it was great fun there is a lot of variation of music.

There is something for everyone to participate in and that’s what we loved the most about the Riu Republica.

Overall

Riu Republica is located on beautiful grounds and on a beautiful beach. We do not have a bad word to say about the hotel as we had the most amazing stay, there is plenty to do within the hotel with such a variety of places to sit, pools to swim in, music to listen to there is never a moment where you are stuck for things to do! There is something for everyone at Riu Republic and we highly recommend staying here if you are visiting Punta Cana.

The only thing we would highlight is that this hotel seems to be for the younger audience with a lot of parties and loud music if this is not what you are looking for then we do not recommend. It is highlighted that the Dominican Republic is the party island of the Caribbean so it does attract a younger audience, which is why there are a lot of Americans that stay on the island especially if you are staying during the spring break period.

We loved the Dominican Republic so much, we truly fell in love with the culture and we can not wait to go back in the future and visit a different part of the island.

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