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A New Excuse To Escape Riu Republica Opens in Punta Cana | By Ronda M. Parag

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t just might be time to escape for an adult-only, all-inclusive trip to the tropical island of the Dominican Republic. The brand new Classic Hotel Riu Republica opened in June 2016, and offers an impressive array of activities, services, and dining experiences for a romantic couples getaway or a retreat with friends. Upon entering the open-air lobby with its bright and contemporary design, guests are greeted with a welcome Cava cocktail. Adjacent to the lobby is access to the 24hour sports bar with numerous TVs, retail shopping and the Renova Spa and Gym. The resort boasts 1007 contemporary designed guest rooms, each stocked (and re-stocked) with premium branded liquors and a minibar. Designed with three pools and a gorgeous white-sand beach front, the resort is designed with

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relaxation in mind. For those wanting to read and relax in the sun, there is a quiet pool with plenty of chairs and retractable shades. The swim up bar in the pool offers a place to order a delicious frozen drink and be social. A DJ spins the tunes, while the Riu hosts engage guests with scheduled games and water activities at the active pool. For those wanting a view

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of the crystal blue waters, plant yourself in a chair under one of the many palapa’s lining the Arena Gorda Beach. The 24-hour resort has options for eating at all hours of the day and night. While the main dining room, La Altagracia, offers buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner, there are interactive continued on page 86

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