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.


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.

Highlights
  • Great beach
  • Good restaurants
  • Exchange privileges with other Riu hotels
  • Access to Splash Water World (Nov 2017)
  • Free Wi-Fi

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • CincyDavid : Cincinnati, Ohio
Lovely facility, language barrier is an issue

The facility is lovely, the restaurants are terrific. Couple of issues: 1. the bottled Enriquillo brand tonic water is way too sweet, and doesn't taste like what I would consider "normal" tonic. 2. they use bottled tonic and sometimes the bottle is left open so the tonic is flat. The CO2 tank for the club soda wasn't much better at the pool bar...flat half the time. The largest issue was the language barrier with the staff...very little English language comprehension. The clientele was largely S. American and UK/Europe, with a small smattering of US and Canadian families. The staff was also VERY familiar with us, calling me Amigo, shaking my hand, etc. I'm used to more reserved/deferential treatment and I found it a little offputting. On the plus side, I didn't see as much tipping expected as I have in Cancun, so that's a good thing. $15 for a bottle of pedialite in the gift shop to address GI issues is highway robbery. Stunning Cuban acrobatic troupe one evening, Circo de RIU was cool too.They could do a better job clearing seaweed off the beach...the diesel tractor pulling a trailer with guys tossing pitchforks full of seaweed in the trailer was not a very elegant solution to a daily problem."Gorilla", Flow and the other daytime entertainers/activity staff were a hoot.The whole place is NOT geared toward US travelers, which could make it a bit of an adventure, or could be a pain in the neck, it just depends on what you're looking for.

  • Jasmine D : Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Unwanted Guest

Currently still at the resort after speaking with the front desk twice we still have a ROACH in the shower. I can't believe with all the money we paid we can't sleep through the night without this in our room. I don't have roaches at home and don't expect them on vacation. To top it off the shower stopped working when the roach crawled out the drain so we weren't even able to flush/drown it. It's currently on hour 6 under a glass. #SOS #unwantedguest #talkaboutnastyThe broken tub and cracked wall are just some additional photos to add so you can see the full ambiance.

  • Jose P :
Great Summer Vac with the Family

Excellent place for your family's vacations I came back after two years and the level of service exceeded my expectations again. The hotel is great, the attractions, the water park is great for kids of any age.The service is SPECTACULAR in every restaurants including the international Buffet. Francisca and her team will make you feel special,they all go above and beyond to make your vacation pleasant.The quality and the diversity of foods are superior. The pool and the animation is great, Sexy Coco and his team are spectacular. The shows and entertaining was wonderful.

  • Koreen B :
Beautiful Resort

We usually stay at the Riu Palace in Jamaica and they set the bar pretty high. I came here open minded and really was empressed with all the staff. Even the ones who do not speak english. Read a lot of reviews saying how bad the front desk staff was. They were amazing, we were upgraded to ocean front!! No extra charge. Whenever we called for water or soda it was delivered within 30 minutes. Room was cleaned everyday. We even had extra towels. No problems with the safe. Food was excellent! No complaints. Entertainment staff were a lot of fun I looked forward to the 3pm games/pool activities. Property is just beautiful!!Would I return? No. Reasons: all entertainment was in Spanish. And when they would translate it was so fast you could not hear them or understand them. yes I understand that this is their country. All the music was in Spanish as well. Drinks were horrible. The juice for the drinks were more like a suger syrup. I actually bought liquor to have. Very poor selection of liquor. Its bad when you show up at dinner and entertainment with your own bottle.Beach chairs need to be replaced. They need to start the adult nightly entertainment a little earlier. We woyld eat dinner arpund 7ish. By the time we were done the live band would start at 9pm and main entertainment at 10pm. And the band could put you to sleep every night. Wish they had live music in the lobby bar like Jamaica Yes you can visit the other Riu properties but it would've been very helpful if each resort has a schedule of events/activities of the other resorts. No to the worst part: the excursion reps in the lobby. They lie and tell you anything to get your money. You can book the same excursions from the people walking tbe beach. Yes you can trust them. We paid 5.00 for good faith (on his part) and sure enough he showed up!! We actually went back looking for him 3 days later after we had the most horrible experience with the delta rep. Stay away. They will tell you whatever you want to hear. Booked the adventure park and everything she promised was a lie. You can see my review with them. Should you stay here avoid the lobby excursion reps. Learn Spanish and you'll love the property.

  • JustANameHere : Los Angeles, California
Amazing family vacation.

We had family vacation at the beginning of june at Rio Palace Bavaro.This is our six time visiting DR.So far it was the best place to spend our family vacation.This modern luxury hotel is very impressing.Lobby has an air condition,which is very important,if you feel too hot in the evening,you can always go there for drinks and coffee and feel great.We also liked,that our room had a modern,bright look and a flat screen TV.The wi-fi also was great.Food was delushious and a lot of choices.Many seafood dishes every day.The beach is gorgeous.Nice pool size and lots of daily activities.We also had great time in the evening,shows were awesome.Live music after shows.Drinks were not watering down.Over all I will recommend this place to all my friends and family.

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
  • Wi-Fi thoughout hotel
  • 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 4 - Guests of Riu Palace Bavaro can use the facilities of the other 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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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