Travel Blogs from Punta Cana
Today is actually our last day of our trip.
We didn't do anything interesting today, however, we did have an amazing dinner at the end of the day. We went to the spa, and we to the sauna.
Shopping is really important, the guide and the man from the airport told us not to go the Haitian's stalls at the end of the beach because ...
... Toronto to Punta Cana. So the pilots had to wait for a plane to arrive in Toronto. So they could fly the plane to come pick us up in Punta Cana.
OMG! So much work for one flight. So our flight was actually a whole day, if you calculate all the time that we spent at the airport and waiting for the plane. So it was about 7 AM when we arrived in Toronto on Sunday.
Sigh! The longest ride every. It felt longer than when I flew to Hong Kong. LOL!
... lion show that I keep calling, seals. LOL! oppzz.
But the rest of the day, I was just chilling with my friends by the beach and doing some of the free activities.
By night fall we had another "special dinner," it was the Mediterranean dinner. It was alright. It had seafood and pasta. Nothing really special.
... the end of the day, we got to see how the locals make cigars (rolling tobacco), of course you can buy cigars here at like 1/2 the price. Plus they have all different types of smokes, cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. We were also able to see local wood carving. So beautiful.
That was the end of the day. We had dinner at the Japanese restaurant but if you were spoiled like I was growing up in Toronto. The sushi, maki and sushami isn't to the standard that you might be used ...
... sand was white - couldn't ask for more. We wandered around doing another site inspection (after all these resorts I'm surprised they didn't all look the same). We stopped at the bar a couple times through out, and I wonder - is this why I don't remember the resorts we saw? Bigons!
We have lunch at RIU Palace... and it had such a HUGE dessert buffet. I ate a little of this and that for lunch and then about 3 different plates of desserts. How could ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.
Was at the Rui Taino last week we had 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.
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.