Sunwing and Riu have each announced that following an expansion project, Riu Republica, the popular five-star ‘Adults-Only’ resort on Arena Gorda beach in Punta Cana, has added a number of new enhancements in time for the Winter 2017/2018 season, including an exclusive waterpark, four new restaurants and over 300 rooms.

Offered exclusively through Sunwing’s Signature Vacations Collection, the resort now features its own water park – Splash Water World – reserved for guests of Riu Republica and including four water slides. The resort also now has eight pools to choose from, including three with swim-up bars, and one 900 square metres in size.

The hotel now offers a total of 1,382 rooms, including eight suites, 12 two-bedroom family rooms, and six rooms for those with reduced mobility.

In addition, the property has added four new restaurants, bringing the total number of restaurants to ten; two buffets for breakfast and dinner; the Italian ‘Tarantella’; the Asian ‘Kaori’; the steakhouse ‘Quisqueya’; two ‘Kulinarium’ fusion eateries; the Spanish restaurant ‘Olé’, which serves typical dishes from Spanish culture; a new daily jerk grill open daily in the pool zone; and the ‘Taj Mahal’, where guests can enjoy the exotic aromas and flavours of Indian cuisine. The property also has eight bars (one of them open 24 hours a day), a gym, steam bath and Jacuzzi, along with the Renova Spa wellness centre and beauty salon.

Perennially popular amongst Canadian travellers, RIU Hotels and Resorts are highly-rated by TripAdvisor, and are located in some of the most scenic vacation hotspots across the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.

Customers who book a vacation package at Riu Republica from the Signature Vacations Collection enjoy an array of accommodations and amenities, in addition to a host of RIU®-topia features including: unlimited reservation-free à la carte dining and international drinks, in room liquor dispenser, free Wi-Fi, spa credit and more. Guests at Riu Republica may also take advantage of exclusive perks such as premium spirits throughout the hotel and romantic dinners on the beach.

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PHOTO: Punta Cana’s Riu Republica now has eight pools to choose from, including three with swim-up bars. (Photo courtesy of RIU Hotels & Resorts)

Riu Republica has been open for just over one year, and given its success in that short time, the chain decided to expand its range of amenities.

Canadian travellers can enjoy the convenience of Sunwing’s daily flights throughout the week from Toronto to Punta Cana, as well as regular flights from gateways across Canada such as Deer Lake, Halifax, Mont-Joli, Calgary, Vancouver, and more.

For more details, visit the Riu Republica page on or RIU Hotels and Resorts’ website.

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