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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.

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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • StacyH1023 :

I am currently at this resort, arrived Saturday February 18. My husband already got his wedding ring stolen. We had a "Do not disturb" sign on our room door and someone came in anyway while we stepped out for a short bit. My husband mistakenly left his wedding ring on a table and it is GONE. It has no monetary value, only sentimental. I am disgusted. NO ONE should have come in with the Do Not Disturb sign in the door! Apparently these workers can't be trusted in any capacity. Infuriating and sad.

  • voicestarr : Montreal, Canada
Winter Getaway Goodness

My wife, and 4 year old daughter truly enjoyed our trip to Punta Cana. The reviews from friends and family told of better food and service than in Puerto Plata and we were not disappointed. The beaches were pristine- fine white sand and turquoise blue water; the pools were not over crowded and someone was always ready to take an order for drinks. Note that if it rains. They will run out of towels. The buffet at the MonteCristo was excellent! There was a good variety, including local fare like plantains and rice and beans (doesn't sound exotic, but fantastic flavours). Breakfast covered a lot of ground, including fresh fruit and smoothies. The deserts were varied and there were special efforts made; for example, Valentine's Day they had a chocolate fountain and thematic deserts. One night they had a cotton candy machine, which kids love!What is an all inclusive without booze, you ask? The drinks flow! There are bottle of liquor set up with joggers and a full assortment of soft drinks to go with. maids were good at keep beers stocked in the fridge (especially when you tip). The buffet at the beach- the Tiano- has 2 beers tap which are always available too!The other 4 restaurants were just okay for me- set menu and service was just so so. They seem to love air conditioning and the room was chilly! My family preferred to go to the buffet.I will say that the Miami Vice colours of the lobby threw me for a curve. Pinks and purples and a lot of grandiose space... It is supposed to be one of the two higher end examples of the adjoining RIU resorts. So we walked along the beach to see the other properties and the Palace Punta Cana was much nicer in my opinion- colonial style with ceiling fans and long fountains all the way to the beach! Gorgeous! Meanwhile, we spoke to guest there who were disappointed with the night time entertainment. They saw live bands one night, but not much else. The Bavaro entertainment was excellent!!An important mention must be made about the Animation Team- they legitimately made our trip BETTER! The night time shows were spectacular- I am not a show lover per se!! They had a Michael Jackson cover artist, acrobats with incredible stints, and surprisingly good magician, a burlesque night. WILSON is the MC most nights and he really gets the crowd involved! He can cater to his public in 4 languages and let me say he delivers! The rest of the team- BEATA & MORENA, FLO & HENRY (aka Gorilla) engaged the crowd; they would invite people at random to be a part of the act or dance. It was tremendous to watch, let alone participate in the one night! My daughter insisted on going back every night! Amazingly, the crew would be poolside or at the beach the following morning to run activities (ie. Bingo, darts, volleyball, pool aerobics, etc.) Their energy really brought a fun feel to our week in the sun.. Even on the two days it rained.One amazing thing is that Punta Cana is on the Atlantic. Rain on the Northeast does NOT mean rain on the south side. We accidentally booked an excursion on the second day of rain- a catamaran trip to Saona Island, which was very sunny and perfect in every way. It was worth the money and cheaper to book on the plane (Sunwing), as you save on the currency exchange (important for Canadians) and it is also at a discounted price! A final couple points: the crowd is not young families (like the Macao?). Mind you, we did have access to waterslides on the compound. The Bavaro caters to an older crowd; there is a policy to discourage spring breakers from staying. In fact, there is also a great babysitting service, ie. Miniclub, so it doesn't exclude families either. The other point is that tipping is highly encouraged and you need US$- change is available at the bars or the front lobby. Just keep enough cash to pay for the airport exit tax of $20/ person on your way home (you'll need $10 entry tax in cash as well). All in all a good trip! We even asked to stay longer- but the snow ticket for 3 plus two extra room nights was $2000!

  • Debra T : United States
"Mediocre at best"

This is not a 5 star hotel. Day 1, I called the front desk to let them know the refrigerator is not working. Day 2, I called again, got back from beach and everything was still warm. I went outside of the room and told one of the housekeeper's, she found a manager immediately and they switched it out. Day 4, my husband accidentally locked the safe with the wrong combination. He went to the lobby at 3:30 and they told him to call the desk at 5:30 and they would send someone over. He calls at 5:30 and they told him to call at 6:00, he calls at 6:00 and was told they would send someone right over. At 7:00, I called upset, asking why they were not there yet. They sent someone right over, it took all of 1 minute to open it. Day 6, went to the beach all day and went back to the room and we couldn't get in with either key. We went to the lobby and asked why we were locked out of our room and we're told the keys sometimes don't work if they are wet or are near a phone. Well we didn't have our phones and they were not wet. The buffet restaurants are good, but a lot of the entrees are not labeled, I like to know what I am eating. They do not serve drinks on the beach and when I asked about it I was told we would have to go to the Riu Macao for that. There are beautiful fountains throughout the property and they are barely trickling. We have traveled throughout the Caribbean for over 25 years staying at an array of 3,4 and mostly 5 star hotels. This hotel is beautiful, clean, but should be managed better. The service staff are very nice, do a great job, but don't have the enthusiasm as other hotels we have stayed. The foundation of a 5 star but managed like a 3. To my fellow Americans, bring a wad of 50 dollar bills and tip your housekeepers, servers and bartenders, they work so hard and appreciate an extra couple of dollars.

  • MLLthetraveler : Minnesota
A BEAUTIFUL RESORT IN PARADISE!!! Highly recommend staying here if you can!

My husband and I recently returned from a 7 night vacation to this beautiful property! We had a wonderful time and would love to return to visit someday:) I'm a very tough grader, so couldn't give it all 5 stars since there were a couple things that were not perfect, but most everything was impeccable and we'd both highly recommend this all-inclusive resort on a gorgeous stretch of beach!We stayed in the main hotel, but we did go look at rooms in the VIP section. They were $90 additional per night, but the same type of room and just a little closer to the pools and beach. I'm a walker and did not feel that it would be worth that much to walk a little less.? The VIP has their own pool that is probably quieter, but the main pool is huge and fun to be around. If you like it quieter, you can sit away from the bar or at the beach. We've traveled and cruised to many places, and love the beaches in Punta Cana! You can walk forever and it's just gorgeous. The people watching is awesome too:) We stayed on the 3rd floor with a view of the ocean and all of their rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. I RARELY say that too! The beds and bedding are wonderful! They have a stocked fridge and liquor in every room. We didn't even use ours, except for the water as we could get plenty of drinks at the bars, all the restaurants and of course the pool bar! If money isn't an issue, than I guess book the VIP. The biggest negative of the main hotel section was the music at night. You can hear the "music" or entertainment every night until late. Some eves we were exhausted from all our walking and the sun and drinks...didn't necessarily want to hear loud music until 1am:( I bring earplugs, so it wasn't too bad. The maids do a superb job, but no they don't not speak "our" language. Bring a translation book or learn their language. Please don't forget to tip them generously as they work very hard and we all have more than they do or we wouldn't be able to go visit!:) We leave money and gifts/treats everyday for them, I'm sure they appreciate the thought. We also were very generous tipping all the waiters and bartenders. They really appreciate and deserve it. If I could just ask everyone that is reading this to always remember to ALSO tip the restroom gals that have to clean up restrooms all day. I'm sure everyone knows they're not at the top of the list. When I tip them, they are BY FAR the most appreciative and it just melts my heart to tell them how much I appreciate all their hard work! thx. The buffet is the best we've ever had and we thought that cruises had good food! The choices are endless. Remember there are different foods there as they have to try to accommodate people from all over world and they do a damn good job! We also enjoyed the restaurants and their choices. The waiters are so kind and all do a great job. We tried all the restaurants and the buffet, but did not ever eat at the other Riu Hotels. The liquor choices are somewhat limited. They do not have any flavored rum, mostly just their Dominican rum. It was good, just not enough choices in my opinion. They have Johnny Walker, Jose cuervo and Beefeater gin. We're not big drinkers, but we DO NOT drink rail liquor and did not have any problems getting the calls. The negative in the room was no Coca Cola products. We do not drink Pepsi products, so that was a bummer for mixing/drinking. I'm hoping to talk/write to get in some Coke products too!! (or better yet instead!!) :) Bring a couple swimsuits as you'll be spending the majority of the day in your swimsuits! For the women....bring your bikinis as most of the women wear bikinis no MATTER their age!:) The beach is simply GORGEOUS!! Fun to walk and you can go forever. I went into the water, but the waves are big and a little scary. They sell tours and souvenirs on the beach. They didn't bother us, and we all need to remember that they're trying to make a living too! If you tell them you're not interested, they leave you alone. They have parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, banana boat rides, catamaran and much more to do! AND BRING LOTS OF SUNSCREEN (30+) AS WE RAN OUT AND IT COSTS $25 A BOTTLE!!? yikes :(We met some very nice people from all over! Unfortunately, we only speak English and a little Espanol :( It would be very helpful to learn some before you go if possible. I am for next time. Their are people from all over the world, but many speak Spanish. If you choose this hotel, you won't be disappointed! Enjoy!

  • deer649 : Brandon, Florida
Just as advertised!

Returned home two days ago from our stay at the Palace Bavaro and there is not one thing I can fault with any aspect of our visit. Reception, room, food & drinks -- all were outstanding! The staff there could not be more anxious to please and they are so very quick to smile! The 5 stars are well earned.

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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.