Punta Cana , 12 September 2023

Riu Palace Macao reopens after full renovation

  • In addition to renovating its common spaces, restaurants and rooms for the second time in 11 years, this is the first RIU hotel in the Dominican Republic to offer the new Elite Club service
  • Built during the renovation and coinciding with the hotel’s reopening, the hotel chain is also inaugurating its largest wellness centre open to all guests of RIU Complex hotels in Punta Cana

RIU Hotels reopens Riu Palace Macao. After several months of work, the hotel chain is unveiling this elegant 24-hour All-Inclusive Adults-Only hotel after a full renovation. The hotel, which became the first RIU Palace line hotel in the Americas in 1994, had been remodelled once before in 2012. Guests can now enjoy beautiful decor, new menus and new ideas, notably including Elite Club by RIU, an exclusive service with perks and spaces designed for guests looking to take their experience at RIU Hotels to the next level.

Riu Palace Macao hotel inauguration

The common areas are now decorated with the sophistication of the RIU Palace line, with the new style the chain is launching in its renovations and new hotels: brighter, more open spaces, soft, natural colours, high-end materials and prominence given to tropical vegetation both in decor and in interior gardens. Two great examples include the lobby and reception desk, the first spaces welcoming RIU guests with the new and elegant style. New items include the expansion of the bar and lounge, to which a second outdoor stage has been added for smaller performances and a DJ booth, as well as a new RIU Fit area.

In terms of cuisine, the hotel continues to offer a wide variety of restaurants and options for guests. In addition to the international buffet, there is an Italian restaurant, ‘Volare’; a steakhouse; one serving up Asian small plates, ‘Kabuki’; and a fusion restaurant called ‘Krystal’. All of these restaurants have been renovated with a unique style rounding out the culinary experience. With this renovation, Riu Palace Macao has added a new Sports Bar that will serve food and drinks 24 hours a day and a grill area called ‘Pepe’s Food’ with a Burger Bar with top-quality ingredients in the pool area, which continues to have three different swimming spaces, including one with a swim-up bar.

All 476 rooms have also been fully renovated. The new furniture has simple straight lines while the colour palette is in natural wood tones, beige and green. The style is inviting and elegant and the decor features plant patterns both on the main wall and on the glass separating the bathroom from the bedroom. One of the biggest changes is the implementation of swim-up rooms with a private pool. These rooms are exclusively for Elite Club by RIU service guests.

The Elite Club service allows Riu Palace Macao guests to enjoy perks never before seen at this destination. In addition to the 34 rooms with a private pool, there are another 22 rooms for customers using this service. The Elite Club offers its guests a lounge area with a bar reserved just for them, an exclusive restaurant offering an à la carte dinner, an à la carte breakfast at the Italian restaurant, which is adapted to this service every morning, and an exclusive beach with its own bar service serving premium drinks for Elite guests.

Riu Palace Macao is within the RIU Complex in Punta Cano and shares the Splash Water Park, RIU Parties, Casino, which has also been renovated, Caribbean Street with its picturesque shops and Pachá nightclub with the four hotels in the complex. All guests of RIU hotels in Punta Cana will also now be able to use the hotel chain’s largest wellness centre to date. Taking advantage of the renovation of Riu Palace Macao, RIU has built a new space dedicated to its guests’ wellness, beauty and fitness. The new centre has a large gym with all the equipment necessary for guests to have a complete training session, beauty salon and hairdresser, and a spa with two water areas, steam baths and up to nine massage booths. RIU entrusted management of this new space to Renova Spa, its trusted partner specialising in wellness and beauty services.

The Riu Palace Macao renovation is in line with the renovations RIU is carrying out at its destinations around the world, with this one particularly reinforcing the company’s commitment to Punta Cana, RIU’s first international destination, established in 1991. The renovation of Riu Palace Macao is in addition to the renovation of Riu Bambu in 2017, Riu Palace Punta Cana, renovated in 2018 and the upcoming renovation of Riu Palace Bavaro, which will be completed in 2024 and includes an expansion of what up until now was Hotel Naiboa.

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About RIU Hotels & Resorts

The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation. The company specialises in holiday resorts and over 78% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 97 hotels in 21 countries. In 2023, the chain welcomed 6,4 million guests and provided jobs for a total of 35,808  employees. RIU is currently the world's 36thranked chain, one of the Caribbean's most popular, and the fourth largest in Spain in number of rooms.