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Riu Palace Bavaro

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Our Opinion

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
  • Elizabeth B : Racine, Wisconsin
Great vacation at Riu Bavaro

This is a great resort for the price. Great value. Overall pleased with accommodations, food, service and staff. Was there May 20- May 25, 2017. Was there for a wedding and had15 total guests in our party. We enjoyed our stay and the staff was amazing and treated us so well. The beach and pool area were great. The restaurants were good. Anytime we went to non buffet restaurant our dinner was 2 hours mainly due to size of our group. We had a great trip, with family and friends. The only drawback was 13 of the 15 of us got sick. We do not believe we got sick from food or anything at all due t resort, but more from water. I would suggest even brushing teeth with bottled water to be safe. Overall the resort was great - the staff amazing - tipping a small amount at bar, restaurant and room staff goes a long way. And greatly appreciated- they take care of you.

  • emazie_100 : Manchester, United Kingdom
Great Holiday Looking To Book Again Now!!

The hotel was brilliant! It is clean and the staff are so friendly! The entertainment team are fab just few to name are Alexander, Gorilla, Flow, Carolina and Black Pearl! Who really took out all the stops and well never let us stop dancing haha! Bar staff Hector and waiter Cristian at the show bar never left you without a drink!As for food this is best Riu hotel I have stayed in for food in the buffet it was never the same and the al le carte restaurant's were lovely especially the Italian! If there is more than 4 people make sure you book or get there early as it gets busy.The pool area is clean and if you want quiet go to far end of the main pool as it is noisy near the pool bar after 12 which I love that atmosphere!!! My whole family went from mum & dad to my brother and sister and little girl and we all enjoyed the trip and would return! (Me & my sister are going to book asap)If you like a Riu hotel and atmosphere but want good food and a laugh this is hotel for you! I am a travel agent and would recommend this hotel to customers 100%.Rooms are clean and spacious and the maids do a fantastic job always leave towl art! fridges restocked daily also a Jacuzzi bath and massive shower! I will be seeing the Riu Bavaro in Sept/Oct again can not wait!!!

  • fijinflipflopsx : Manchester, United Kingdom
Excellent holiday!

Great hotel, rooms are good, perhaps they will need some TLC in a year or so.. If your air con is no good on arrival, don't unpack, just ask to move. Buffet restaurant was very good, I'm fussy and get bored with food easily, however other than eating too much...the food was great and we found nothing at all to complain about ☺ waiters/waitresses very attentive, never left wanting for anything. We tried 3 of the a la carte restaurants, good food but not a lot of choice and very quiet, so we reverted to the buffet.Evening entertainment was lacking, we only saw it a few times as it really wasn't watchable. It did get busy but think people used it to sit and chat rather than watch the show. Used the bar area in reception at night.Main pool very noisy, over loud music, over loud guests 😮 but if you don't mind its OK. Beach areas a little crowded at times but still no problem getting a lounger. Bars round pools OK. Beach is not as pretty as a few miles further south but its OK.Public areas and grounds lovely and clean, nothing out of place. Staff friendly and did NOT expect to be tipped, but we left one every day for the housekeeping and drink/fridge refill guy.Weather seems to be rubbish every Monday/tuesday?! Same last year too, 2.5 days of cloud out of 2 weeks ☺🌴☀Would we go again to this hotel?...yes if the beach want as important, we like beach walks and this beach wasn't as scenic or quiet as last year. The photos are from way down the coast, less crowded so for that reason we would choose somewhere else probably.Go..have a great time and relax! 🌴☀⛅☺

  • gheorghe_costel : Galati, Romania

Beautiful resort, very friendly staff. Our room was lovely, centrally located, fridge refill every day.The beach is perfect, turquoise water and white sands, always sun beds free at any time of the day.We would definitely recommend this resort.

  • Shropshi :
unexpected fabulous break

Was currently booked to stay at the macao next door but due to the noise coming from the building work at the bambu we were moved to this hotel. I can honestly say this hotel was loads better that the macao , cleaner, brighter, bigger just beautiful. Our room was lovely with nice touches every day from the maids with there flowers and towel art, fridge restcoked every day, hot tub bath in the room only complaint about the room would be the beds and pillows are hard but each to there own. The al a carts were okay krystal and the steak house being the best - at the steak restaurant as for steak and lobster. The main buffet was great plenty of food and always something different to try also do themed night's which mixes things up a bit. The beach is so beautiful, white sands and turquoise water, you can walk for miles both ways which is lovely and to the right thre are shacks where you can buy soveners of the locals.Always so many Sun beds free at any time of the day, evening entertainment is great with something different every night. Staff arm friendly and work so hard to make your staff the best, maid do like to come to your room 3 times plus a day evan just to check everything's okay, they are very noisy with there trolleys early and late at night which can become annoying. The entertainment staff in the day area brilliant especially panda and FLO, we also enjoyed the entertainment round the pool around 4pm, foam party's, coco bongo party, games and compitions. We and a lot of other people did suffer from a bad belly but we put this down to the ice and water from the bar.The shop's on carabean street can be very pricey especially for suncream and other essentials.water park was also good fun.Would defiantly return great hotel with great staff

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.