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Riu Palace Bavaro

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This is a great place to stay in Punta Cana. The Riu Palace Bavaro is a luxurious and elegant hotel that boasts the same type of service. Open and clean rooms that are stocked regularly. Beautiful beach and pools. The restaurants are a bit better in quality than other resorts found on this strip. The buffet restaurants in particular, serve some of the freshest dishes. OK amenities. The tennis courts could use a little upgrading. However, it does have a great family golf course. Make sure to take advantage of the spa services while you're here. Overall, a pleasant stay in Punta Cana.


Overview
Located on Bavaro beach, this brand new hotel goes all out to impress. The sparkling pools of Riu Palace Bavaro are the ideal spots to kick back. For beach lovers, you have direct access to the best beach on the island.

Location: Directly on the beach at Arena Gorda. 30 km from Punta Cana airport.

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  • Alex B : Canton, Michigan, United States
Excellent Time at the RIU Palace Bavaro!

We had a very nice vacation at the RIU Palace Bavaro! Stayed here with my wife and son for the week of March 8-15. In summary, this is not a ultra all-inclusive resort, but a nice newer upper-mid level all-inclusive with a nice layout and one of the beast beaches in Punta Cana. The food and drinks are all good or better, and service and entertainment/animation were great. I have been to quite a few other all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana and Mexico with this being my 4th trip to a RIU property, so I have a decent vantage point for comparison.Hotel and Check-in: Arrived at 3PM, we were given a welcome drink, check-in took 5 minutes and was completely trouble-free. Probably the quickest check-in I ever had at a resort. The room was ready to go right away and we were given a unprompted complimentary upgrade to a Junior Suite Superior which meant that the room faces the quiet cabana garden/beach instead of the back of the property. All rooms that allow children are in the main building. The smaller buildings are for the adult-only "VIP" section, however the rooms are the same as the main buidling. The hotel itself is medium sized, four stories high, and is situated right along the beach with it taking just a couple of minutes to walk to the beach from any room. The grounds were immaculate with many palm trees, flowers, etc. Contrary to older reviews, we had great WiFi throughout the resort, including our room. The only spot with weak signal was right on the beach. Room: Our room was on the 3rd floor. Nice modern decor with purple accents throughout. The bathroom is open - no wall/door between the bathroom area and the rest of the room which is a consideration if you have a problem with this kind of setup. There is non-locking door for the shower and the toilet. Every room has a jacuzzi tub, a liquor bottle dispenser with 4 bottles of liquor, a fairly large LCD TV, a fridge stocked with beer and soft drinks (refilled every 2 days), and a safe. Housekeeping did their job every day as expected and left nice towel art, etc. Room service is available, but we didn't use it. There were a couple of minor maintenance issues: one of sinks did not drain which was fixed within 20 minutes, and a broken handle on the toilet door which was fixed within a day.Beach and Pool: The beach is excellent. The best in the Playa Arena Gorda area (we checked out surrounding resorts to compare). Wide, picturesque with plenty of palm trees, and long. Never a problem getting loungers at any location on the beach and no towel games being played at this resort. Water was very clear and turquoise in color. The pool is nice, but there is only one swimmable pool, unless you staying at the adult only VIP section which as two exclusive small pools. The main pool as well as the VIP pools have swim-up bars. Plenty of loungers, but the main pool did get busy at afternoon activities time around 3:30. What I didn't like is that the pools close at 6PM.Dining: The main buffet is very good for an all-inclusive. I liked that they had smoked salmon and omelette station for breakfast, a good cheese selection for all meals, and select nights for dinner they had Caribbean lobster, crab claws. etc, although preparation of some of those items could have been better. Plenty of seafood and fresh fruit was available. The dinner theme changes every night, but they always had a pasta station running. Avoid Sushi night like the plague, Dominican sushi is terrible at each resort I've been to. Service was usually spot on with drinks brought quickly, and the waiters did not have a problem getting items from the lobby bar for us that were not available at the buffet. There also a smaller buffet by the pool with a limited selection that is open for lunch. The a-la-cartes did not require reservations but were hit or miss on quality. Krystal/Kulinarium (same menu) were very good. We tried the duck, beef filet, and sea bass, all good. The steakhouse however mediocre at best. The NY strp was super thin and overcooked and the lobster was no different than what they had at the buffet. We did not try the Italian or the Japanese.Bars: The best liquor and drink preparation can be found at the lobby bar and the bar by the theater. They have mid-grade imported spirits here, and very good Dominican rum - Brugal Extra Viejo and Barcelo Imperial. Mojitos and Caipirinhas at these bars are great. See picture for some of what they have available. The pool bar and sports bar have significantly lower quality alcohol. Service at all bars was great and the waiter/bartenders were doing an excellent job. As is usually the case in such establishments, unless you ask for a specific liquor, they will use the cheapest domestic well liquor. There is also a coffee bar in the lobby that had delicious espresso/cappuccino and deserts. All normal bars close at midnight and the only bar that remains open during the night is the sports bar.Entertainment: The RIU Palace is not really a party resort so they don't do much drinking games or crazy pool parties. That being said, they have a fun and energetic animation team that does their best keep all willing guest entertained. They run various activities such as dancing lessons, yoga, darts, and volleyball at the beach from about 10:30 to 12:30. They then move the fun over to the pool at about 3:30 PM where they will do pool games of various kinds until about 5:00 PM. In the evening, they have live music/dancing at the stage starting a little before 9 PM, followed by typical resort shows of varying quality at the theater starting at 9:45 PM, followed by more music/dancing that goes to about 11:30 PM. If one wishes to continue the party after that time, there is a resort disco - Pacha. The Pacha starts picking up shortly after midnight, is usually at capacity by 1:00 AM and stays open until 4:00 AM. We went a few times and had lots of fun, although drinks are an extra charge. There is also a cover charge Wednesdays when they have a strip show.Kids Club: The kids club at RIU Palace Bavaro is small and limited in scope. The animation team doubles up as kids club workers and will only supervise kids between the times of 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. There is also a mini-disco for kids at the theater at 8:00 PM.Water Park: There is a new water park that opened this past winter, located behind the adjoining RIU Naiboa property. Fun for about 1-2 hours for both adults and kids. They have an adult slide section with about 6 big slides including a toboggan slide and a slide with a centrifuge at the bottom. Height/age requirements for this section are 1m 20cm in height or 12 years in age. They also have a children's section with children's slides and a row of water sprayers. There are also complimentary bar and loungers at the water park.Resort Exchange and Casino: RIU Palace Bavaro guests have exchange privileges (restaurants, bars, pools) with the following RIU resorts: RIU Palace Punta Cana, RIU Bambu, RIU Naiboa. RIU Palace Bavaro guests cannot use the facilities at the adults only RIU Palace Macao other than the casino. The casino is tiny and drinks are an extra charge.

  • Todd W :
Ignore the complaints

A great spot for a family vacation. Every resort has its quirks but the minor ones at this resort are not a reason to not go. The staff is great, the grounds and rooms are very well kept, service was excellent from everyone.The water park is an awesome place for kids, they are strict on the 4' rule. My daughter is 4'1 and 6 years old and they let her on but not without me saying "but you let her on yesterday." Our kids loved it though. Beach is the best I have ever seen. Very busy but a great spot to people watch.A big thanks to Alexandra who did a great job keeping the kids happy in the kids club and Hidolin who made every breakfast a moment to look forward to for our kids.Walked through the iberostar and Bahia principe on either side and the Bavaro is the most visually appealing on the outside. Pool has a distinct party vibe from 4-6 pm, fun to watch but otherwise head to the north end of the pool for quiet time.Best red wine is called "la hit E ma". Spelled legitimate. Ask for it by name. We asked for a king bed and a roll a way bed. That combined with the pull out couch made every one sleep well on their own beds. Ask for a third floor room and you will see the ocean no matter where you are.

  • aripov : Toronto, Canada
Loved it. Never been in Dominican but definitely one of the best vacations

Food 5/5Service 5/5Beach 5/5VIP 18+ is definitely the way to go. First time in Punta Cana. April 2014. The trip was amazing, literally nothing to complain about. Restaurant staff was very nice and accommodating.

  • wendyohio1 : Youngstown, Ohio
Great resort

This hotel is very nice! The rooms were clean and we thought very nice. We did not have a great view, but we booked the cheapest room so we didn't expect a great view. The food was fabulous and every person we came into contact with was top notch and friendly. The entertainment staff were unbelievable. They were there from morning to night - as well as the serving staff and they never let on that they were tired (which they had to be). The only negative that I can say is that there isn't service on the beach here. The other Riu's that we have been to do have drink service on the beach. So we really missed that. Also bring an extra store card (like a Giant Eagle card) to put in the slot for the lights in your room. All--on-all it was a great vacation!

  • daisydog313 : Illinois
Fabulous Vacation

We spent a week at the hotel for the Chicago Bears trip. The hotel was fantastic. Friendly staff all over the property. Bar staff were outstanding. Steakhouse and buffet restaurants were excellent. This is by far one of the best all inclusive buffets. The rooms are very spacious and clean. Beds a little hard but still comfortable. We had animals made from our towels in the room every day. The mini bar was always full. Don't drink the water at the bar.. stick with the bottles in your room to avoid tummy issues. We would go back anytime.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • All meals daily and 24-hours snacks
  • All drinks 24-hours (selection of Domestic beer and Premium brand liquors, house wine with meals)
  • 24-hour room service
  • Tennis
  • Scuba lesson in pool
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Free access to Splash Water World in the Riu complex
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • Entrance to disco and Casino (drinks not included)
  • 610 Rooms
  • 1 Buffet and 4 a la Carte restaurants (Italian, Japanese, Grill, Fusion)
  • 6 Bars
  • Casino (at Riu Palace Macao)
  • 4 Pools
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Table Tennis
  • Billiards (Pool Table) (fee)
  • Gym
  • Spa (fee)
  • Beauty Salon (fee)
  • Shopping Plaza
  • Conference Rooms (fee)
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Golf nearby (fee)
Junior Suite Garden View includes:
  • Air Conditioned
  • Ceiling Fan
  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Living Room with Sofa
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Mini Bar
  • Liquor Dispenser
  • Coffee/ Tea Maker
  • Flat Screen Satellite TV 
  • Wireless internet
  • Radio alarm clock
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Bathroom with hydro-massage tub
  • Extra shower cabin
  • By door separate toilet
  • Double Sinks
  • Vanity Mirror
  • Hair Dryer
  • Amenity Kit
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Garden View
  • Maximum Occupancy 4, up to 3 adults
Kids Deal - Children under 2 years stay and eat free. Children sleep in existing bedding and must share the room with two full paying adults in order to receive the discount. If one adult is traveling with one child, the child will be considered an adult. If an adult is traveling with 2 children, the 1st child will be invoiced as an adult and the 2nd pays child rates.

For the Kids - Children's pool. Daytime entertainment program for children Ages 4-12.
Stay at 1, play at 5 - Guests of Riu Palace Bavaro can use the facilities of the other four RIU hotels in the area (dinner reservations & transportation excluded).

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Palace Bavaro
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 74100 Dominican Republic

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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