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.

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  • Karina K : Centerville, Ohio, United States
Paradise in the DR

Everything about Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro was amazing. The staff was amazing. Truly treated us like royalty. We were recognized by the pool bar and buffet staff. They were very eager to make our stay outstanding. The resort is beautiful. Many options for dining and entertainment. I recommend this resort to anyone wishing to relax.

  • ljburt5 : Atlanta, Georgia
Beautiful and Relaxing

Room was great, view of the private pool (VIP - pool). Staff was superior. Check in staff were very friendly. But my favorites was the breakfast and dinner crew in the main lobby. They really made the visit fabulous! We were serenaded every morning. We had flowers on our tables when the staff saw us coming. The trip was amazing the hotel was great. I wouldn't shop at the little strip of shops next to the hotel. Prices seem to vary per customer. Now beware of the picture people again prices vary from $300 to $30 is what I ended up getting my photos for on a disk.

  • patsyport61 : essex, england
Second Visit not so good

Visited the hotel in March this year and could not fault it. Returned on 4th November for two weeks with family and noticed deterioration. On arrival we were offered two upgraded rooms. Naturally, we accepted these but the rooms were EXACTLY the same as the rooms we had in March. The only difference was the view from the balcony being that of the big white roof of the rear of the reception!! We could see nothing else. There was a constant smell of the restaurants as well. We were moved the next day (after unnecessary arguments with three different managers) to two rooms just below our rooms we had in March. We had interjoining rooms with my brother and his wife. Their heavy sliding wardrobe door was stuck. After numerous complaints, THREE workmen came to repair. They made it slightly better, so my brother was offered to CHANGE ROOMS!! ...no way. Our room had a fridge that did not work for the whole fortnight. The optics were constantly leaking. The ice making machine on our (second) floor did not work for the fortnight..we had to go to the ground floor. The evening "turn down" service was hit and miss. Sometimes we received clean towels...other times we didn't. Spotted the maid one evening before she passed by our rooms to ask for clean towels...she took three dirty ones but only had ONE clean one to replace.!! We all requested international drinks every evening and every evening the waiters tried to fob us off with the local spirits (they smelt and tasted like medicine). We instantly returned them until we were given what we requested. The evening entertainment was diabolical. One night we had a dance show....very amateurish. The next night we had another dance show - different theme - it was the SAME dancers, just in different outfits. This was the same with every dance show over the fortnight. The only "outside" show that was very good was the gymnastics show. The entertainments team worked very hard day and night. Their shows in the evening were hilarious. The food on the whole was quite good...some days it was quite unappetising. I think too much fussing over the excellent display of desserts and not enough time with the main food dishes. I am sad to say we shall not be returning to this hotel again..as I said deterioration all round. Reminder if you go there, do not accept an upgraded room.

  • Josh M : New York City, New York
Save your money and time

Save your money and time here. Average hotel with high prices. Mouldy, smelly and unclean rooms with hair everywhere. The fridge in the room does not works we changed three rooms and even were upgraded but the same issues everywhere.Wifi does not work most times. Half the restuarants were closed. Average and bland food in the main restaurant. The quality is also way too below. I would rather go to paradisus hotels.

  • Alizeh123B : Toronto, Canada
Didn't meet my expectations

My family and I stayed at this "resort" and we couldn't have been more disappointed. We were in a VIP room, and it was never clean, nor was anything good. We found roaches in our bathroom and the AC wouldn't work so it was very humid and wet. Fungi was in every corner and on the ceiling. Half the restaurants were closed and every day, the food was the same. I definitely would not recommend this resort and my stay there was awful.Poolside was the only saving grace.

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
  • 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.

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