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... the beach and Stacey filled her bottles with sand and we took photos. Saw a Dominican family playing in the surf - We both went topless sunbathing and a man walking with his wife tried not to look. I think we might have even been buzzed by a helicopter! - Took pictures in the surf - Tonight was a meal at the Seaside grill. Best steak I have ever had in a restaurant and the chocolate brownie was a towering monster ...
Late rise. Breakfast at the world cafe Floated around and read in the pool before enjoying an hour at the gym. Grabbed a quick snack at the Coco Cafe Read on the balcony before heading to the beach to be thoroughly baked. Enjoyed a 1/2 hour of yoga with instructor Lisa. Returned to the room to wash sand from unnamed places. Tried to get a table at the Sea ...
... day left Tried Dominican coffee and I found it did not have a bitter aftertaste Watched the guys do the meringue and I failed miserably in following along - saw the "topless" bit of the beach and saw a guy wearing a grass skirt dancing on the beach......that seems like a nice way to spend your time. I kinda envy him especially when it's winter at home. - this afternoon it was the pool again and we were entertained by the ...
... was in Mexico he had a very scary and bad encounter with the police. The police told me to watch my purse and be careful because it was so late and very dangerous on the road we were walking on. They decided to drive slowly along the road with us and finally Steven could tell the cops were just trying to make sure we were safe.
Stephanie, Tarvo and I jumped into the back seat of the truck, and Steven got to sit in the truck bed with one of the police.
... and got what she wanted. I must say it seems prices for ALL things have gone way up since I was here with Kristin in 2009. After lunch and some beach time we headed back to the Villa for her to pack. Yves picked us up and off to the airport we went. Luckily we didnt fool around because we were the last one checked in for her flight and only had 10 minutes to spare lol! Off she fly and Yves brought me back for my final two weeks alone....;)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riu Taino Punta Cana
Loved it and going back!!
Our family went last Christmas and we are going back again this year for 2 weeks. When people talk about the food, I can only imagine they are Americans and don't know what good food is.
They tell you right away not to drink the tap water. A guy we met did drink the water and he was sick the whole trip. DON'T DRINK THE TAP WATER!!!
The resort was wonderful. The staff was amazing, and the Europeans we met were delightful.
There was enough of everything. When we had any questions or concerns, the head manager and staff were right there to make us happy.
They must have the best volleyball on the beach.
For a family or just a couple this is the resort to be
at. Can't wait to return.
My wife and I just got back from Punta Cana (last week of October). Riu Taino was fantastic. The place if incredibly clean. The white sandy beach was gorgeous, the water was crystal clear. Our room was very clean, the food was good, and the all-inclusive drinks made it even better!
We even went over to the Palace Casino a couple times for Roulette and slots.
Had a great time. I highly recommend it.
We came back from our honeymoonon October 28'02
Riu Taino was excellant! Real friendly staff!
The Animatione (Entertainment Staff are really outgoing and friendly!) We had a really great time there! The rooms were nice and clean. The pool was really nice. It was hard to find chairs near the pool, but there were alot on the beach. The weather was really good. It rained at night for about 5 minutes and then stopped. We had a problem with the room they gave us, so we complained and they were kind enough to exchange our rooms for us! The checkout time is 12:00 pm and if your flight is late at night you would still have to check out at 12pm. They keep your luggage inside the reception area. Which sucked. If you want to take a shower before leaving they will give you a courtesy room.
The food was OK! Nothing to brag about. The best was the breakfast. Fresh bread and croissants were always served. Lunch was ok! Dinner at the Mediteraneo restaurant was better than the Steakhouse. the service was better. At the Steakhouse they were slow serving the food and also they do not speak english there!
I would recomment the Mediteraneo.
We also had lunch at the Rio Bambu and their food was better there. The food at the hotels are somewhat all the same but after 2 weeks we got bored of the food.
We went on the Outback Safari Tour and that was great!! Rigo our guide was great!! We had alot of fun.
We aslo did the Marinium tour, we snorkled with the Sharks!! I am not a great swimmer but I did it!
It was fabulous!!
For shopping we went to Plaza Bavaro by Taxi, it was a 10 min. drive. They had great stuff! But boy do you have to bargain. We got amazing stuff for more than half the price they were asking for. The souvenirs at the resort are outrageous. Plaza Bavaro is a great shopping place and it gives you a chance to see outside of the resort.
Riu Taino was great! I would go to other Riu Hotels!
All in all Riu Taino was great, I found it had more entertainment than the other hotels. Punta Cana is a place for relaxing and we got that in the 2 weeks that we were there.
Yep the food or drink
We were there for our honeymoon on july 27th.
The resort is beautiful , the beach is excellent.
staff is friendly enough.
I've considered myself as having a gut of steel.
but the food or drink there must've had kryptonite
I was sick after 3 days of being there and another week after i got back. It's hard to enjoy yourself
when you're ill..
I've been to cancun and never had stomach problem.
Beautiful resort...but the FOOD!
My Boyfriend and I went to the Riu Taino for 1 week (Sept 23-30) through Sunquest Tours. The Resort is absolutely beautiful! The rooms are clean and the many gardens are maintained daily, and the in suite mini bar was always well stocked. The staff is friendly, although sometimes difficult to communicate in English. This being said I would not go back and would not recommend it to others. Primarily because we and many others in our flight became sick from the food. When talking to others we averaged about one third got sick in one degree or another due to something they ate or drank, unfortunately we were not able to pin point which foods made us sick. As Ive mentioned the Resort is absolutely beautiful. It is unfortunate that Riu Taino has still not been able to fix their food problem. From reading past commentaries, this has been going on for over a year.
Great Resort To See Good and Ok !!
Was at the Rui Taino last week we had a great time !
ROOM: Was very clean very cold at night but it was very good, they do a great job everyday keeping your room looking good. The mini bar is always full and there is plentu to drink but no ice at all. There is also bottled water to brush your teeth. But all around room is great !
Staff: Very nice the take the time to help you everyday, the do not speak english to well but the undertand you. The bartenders seem to take forever to make you a drink somedays but they are ok.
Food: Well it was good some days and nights it was so so but all in all the foos was good. We both got a bit sick but we were ok. You might want to stay away from the clams and hotdogs they get you sick. The steak house was good but I think the main dinning room was just as good they had a few theme nights which was good. They also have great breakfast which was the best and lunch is ok. But other people here on this site said the food was no good it was fine you will like it. If your the type who like high end food our ok if you like fish you ok, or even hotdogs and fries your ok.
Bar: Very good great mixed drinks.
The nightlife is very good there is a show everynight and the disco goes until 5 AM in the morning....You can shop as well there is alot to do on the resort for sure....
Things you should bring......Bottle for water if you drink a lot of water bring a bottle you can refill on your own....Bug spray the flies will each you alive....Sun screen for sure we paid $ 15.00 US for some sun screen.....It may be best to bring little munchines like chips but keep them in your room a big bag cost about $8.00 there....Tipping is ok if you want to the want money more than extra shirts or what ever you may bring.....Bring pesos not USA dollars easy to work with down there.....Also bring medication all sorts what ever might help you from going to the bathroom.......and get medical insurance for sure !!
It was also a great resort for KIDS and it fun to see them having fun all day.......The beach well what can you say white sand blue water VERY NICE.....Women are all topless.......
We would go back for sure it was a great week....If you want to party you can if you want to relax you can do that as well.........
I came here and read all the reviews about this resort there were some bad ones but don't woory you will have a great time !!!!!
My Boyfriend and I just returned home from a week of paradise in Riu Taino. Despite reviews of bad food - I think I gained a good 10 pounds from the endless supply of delicious food. The breakfast was to die for from the fresh croissants to the fresh tropical jams and mouthwatering coffee. Luch was not so spectacular - but after a big breakfast and free pina coloda's/daquaria who needs a big lunch. And dinner was a seafood lovers dream. But if you didn't like seafood there was always a roast beef, potatoes, french fries, pizza and pasta to fill your plate - and a full salad bar. The food was so good that when we decided to venture out and go to the Riu Naibu Steakhouse - it was soo awful in comparison. It is a crappy buffet half the size - and there was no steak.
The beaches are without a doubt spectacular, long white fine sandy beach with only a tiny little bit of seaweed from the coral reefs floating in the water.
The rooms were clean with fresh flowers everyday and a full bar loaded with pop and water - as well as 4 full liquor bottles.
The trips are fun - the dolphin swim not worth the money - but Manatai park is beautiful and worth the visit.
This trip was so incredible. I'm worried that I spoiled from other places as this was such a wonderful place. I highly recommend it to anyone.
RIU TAINO - WOULDN'T GO AGAIN!!!
Just got back from Riu Taino and couldn't wait to get back. Punta Cana is a beautiful island and the beach is nice with the exception of the seaweed. However, the food at this resort was awful. Despite not drinking the water you still manage to get the runs. One night we made reservations at the Steak House which ended up being the buffet area for the next resort. Night club was always empty. Walk from rooms to beach is quite lengthy. You can walk throughout the other Riu properties. Resorts are very nice, rooms kept clean. It is a waste of money to go to this all-inclusive resort when you can't get a good meal. The only caribbean food you'll get is the fruit and it's probably the only thing safe to eat. Most employees are nice and courteous.
Enjoyed it - but woulden't go again
My boyfriend and I went for 1 week (Mar19-26) to RIU Taino
through Sunquest Tours. The rooms are clean and very well maintained. A lush and tropical setting makes up for the lack of ocean view rooms. Resort staff are friendly and very accomodating. The beaches are beautiful and the weather amazing! With all that said we woulden't go back. Primarily because we got sick despite all our precautions. From talking to others everyone seemed to have had some form of tummy trouble or another. Activities outside the resort tend to be expensive as well. I would suggest to take a few staple food items with you when you go - just incase. We lived on Power Bars for 2 days!
We just arrived home from Punta Cana on January 19, 2002. We had an Apple vacation to Rio Taino-all inclusive: 3 nights. The room was very clean though none have a waterfront view. The food was average and very repetitive as our arrival was Wednedsay. Breakfast was the best meal with many choices. Lunch was the same basic food in all 3 resorts(Palace and Bambu). Dinner was okay...very repetitive foods all nights. We were supposed to leave early Sat night but flight was delayed and the dinner was different..Mexican night and very good. Even though I didn't drink tap water, I was having stomach problems the last day there so didn't eat at all. The alcohol was a brand named Normandy and everyone I spoke to could not find a good drink. We all referred to it as rot gut rum and rot gut beer. The true highlights of our visit were weather and beaches which I would rate excellent. Apple needed someone at the airport for departures as nobody seemed to know if our plane was there or when it would leave. There are lots of resorts on the island so I would try a different one next time.