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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.


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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Julie S :
Family Friendly resort, not the best for nightlife

It was my first time in the Caribbean and at an all-inclusive resort. The staff were friendly (maybe even a little too friendly).. Food: MonteCristo is the buffet open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lots of choices and great service! There is another restaurant Taino near the pool also open for lunch (you can go in your bathing suit). At night Taino becomes a steakhouse (not the best service/food). There is also an Italian restaurant, Asian fusion, and other fusion restaurants. Krystal was my favorite (get the beef cannelloni!!). There are set menus and you select each course. I went in January and we did not have to make reservations for the restaurants.Room service had about 7 items and was 24 hr. There was another place to eat on Caribbean street that I did not see on the map, next to the water sports building.Drinks: There is a lobby bar, sports bar (24 hr), pool bar, bar at the stages, coffee shop. The sports bar is the only bar open late- others close earlier (11 or 12?). It is air-conditioned (needed a sweater), the snacks are terrible, and you have to pay to play pool or arcade games- bring $USD. Entertainment: There are daily activities you can participate in which are fun. Every night they have different bands for live music starting at 8:30PM (after a kids show). Then there is a show from 9:45-10:30. The circus was amazing!! Other shows are good too. There is more music after the show. When this is over and the bar closes there is not much to do other than go to the disco which is outside of the resort. Entry is free most nights (except one night there was a cover for a strip show). Drinks are NOT INCLUDED. There are excursion stands in the lobby if you want to do any additional activities. There is also a casino at the resort next door (I did not go so I cannot comment). I think there is a water park too but it was cold and rainy so I did not go. Caribbean street has shopping but make sure you have cash or you can get pesos at the ATM on the street.Room: Nice enough. Beds are not very comfortable. Sheets and towels not always the cleanest, but they mop the floors daily which is good. We had some ants but no big bugs. There is a jacuzzi tub in the open. There is a minifridge with beer and soft drinks, also alcohol on tap. Remember do not drink the tap water, use bottled. Beach/Pool- awesome. I loved the pool bar, and there were chairs on the beach and at the pool to go and relax. There was music at the pool but not really at the beach. There are some games/activities at the beach and water aerobics, ping pong, vball at the pool but you can play volleyball or mini soccer at the beach. Drink service also. Unfortunately it was rainy and windy the week I was there so all water sports were cancelled but they offer 5 for free included with the all-inclusive package. Would have been even better if the weather were nice but overall a trip is what you make of it. Made a lot of international friends at the bars, mostly families on vacation.

  • troyboy : secaucus
Excellent Stay

Went with a party of 18 to celebrate my 50th birthday. Resort is Excellent, staff very friendly and outgoing. My wife planned a surprise birthday celebration while we were down there. It was awesome! Also, the nightly shows put on by the staff are outstanding. the grounds are extremely clean and excellently maintained, the pool and the beach areas are all very close within walking distance to the hotel. Would definitely go back!

  • Meghan M : Chicago
Seriously...bad

This was my first trip to the DR. I've traveled to all inclusive resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya prior to this, and I figured this trip would be somewhat similar- however it wasn't. I will say that the DR has some of the most beautiful beaches and water I have ever seen! But beyond that, this country's tourism industry needs some major work- tips are exepected for everything- and everything is extra. And don't even get me started on the starfish ploy used on one of the day excursions. Bring 200$ in singles at least if you would like your room cleaned and to be served properly! As I mentioned, I've been to Mexico where tips are appreciated; in the DR if you don't tip you are treated just plain bad. After all the nickel and diming all week during our stay, we were upset to hear our return flight was delayed and we wouldn't be picked up from the hotel until 3:00 instead of the 11:30 time we originally had set. We stayed in our room until housekeeping came as at 1:00 and left to wait in the lobby. While walking through the lobby, a woman at the front desk screamed at us from about 30 feet away, "Checkout?- come." We walked over and before I even arrived at the desk she informed me I was late and needed to pay $30. I was incensed that they were still trying to get more money from me at this place!! I told her no, so she countered with, "OK, 15 dollars." I was shocked! I once again said no and told her to take it up with my travel agent. I started walking away and she aggressively told me I couldn't leave the hotel without giving her money. I sat down and actually had to access the American embassy to see what my rights were. I actually felt threatened there- a truly unbelievable end to a vacation!Once again- beautiful beaches and water!!! But that was my first and last DR trip.

  • InfininitusEquitas :
Great Facility, Bleh Food

This hotel is part of a series of four that RIU's that run along the beach, and is arguably the nicest of the four. The grounds are immaculate, the staff are nice, the pools are nice. It is definitely worth springing for the VIP option, if you can. The food is kind of a letdown though. Compared to RIU's at other destinations, it was rather bland, and while there seemed to be a lot of it, lacked variety. The alcohol selection is also not the greatest. Getting an ocean front, first floor suite is nice, but unfortunately you can't open the ocean front door from the outside, which is a let down. The hotel visitors are almost all either families, or honeymooners. If you're single, staying there will be somewhat awkward. Will return to RIU properties in the future, just probably not this one.

  • fvika : New York City, New York
Poor service

It was a family vacation with two kids ages 19 and 10. We have been to Iberostar and Dreams several times before, but never to Riu...and I have to say we will not come back. The main reason is the service and small things that cloud the whole vacation. We booked one room expecting to have a pull out sofa or roller bed (had no problems in other resorts). We got our keys and started to look for our room. On our way we passed by elevator and heard someone knocking. It was apparent that someone was stuck in it. One of the cleaning ladies was walking by and we told her about it, but she just knocked on elevator door, shook her head and left. Then we saw another worker. He also didn't want to pay attention to us, but luckily the person who was in elevator started knocking on the door again. After that my 10 yrs old said that she is not going to use elevator here.When we got to our room, we saw a king bed and a pull out sofa. To our surprise, sofa was very small. It would be fine with two small kids ages 10 and below. I called the front desk and was told that all their rooms are like that. After 10 minutes arguing with him, he agreed to show me another room with two full beds. That room had more space due to different furniture placement. I asked if they have roller bed. They said yes. So I agreed to stay in that room and went to the front desk to change the keys. I asked again about roller bed and they told me that it is coming. It was around 3pm. After we came back in 2 hours, no roller bed was to be seen. We went to front desk again and reminded about it. I was told again that it will be right there. The same ha-penned one more time. When we arrived at our room at 9 pm with very tired kids, I was not surprised-NO roller bed. At the same time I noticed that there was no blankets. I went to the front desk again forth time and the same person told me the story about roller bed shortage and that their manager is looking for it in another hotel. WOW! That was a surprise for me. When I asked for the blankets, his face looked surprised. Once again I was told they will TRY to find blankets just for me. After paying so much money for 5 star resort I have to beg for basic things! I started to get a feeling that they want to get a tip first, but I used to tip after a service is provided. At 10 pm cleaning lady brought a roller bed and...no blankets. She was very surprised to hear that I need blankets. So to make sure that my children have blankets I gave her tip upfront. In about 15 min she brought 2 of them and later another one. So it was a good start to my vacation. Next day after we came back to our room at around 5 pm, I saw only 3 towels in the shower for 4 people (and 3 women with long hear) and mini fridge wasn't replenished. I called the front desk and...nothing. The only way to get your towels is to look for the cleaning lady on the floor and get your towels yourself.. But there is a small problem-no cleaning ladies at 5 pm. So I had to go back to my room during the day to get the towels from the cart. My10 yr old drinks only 7up, but it was never in our fridge-only Pepsi and water in big bottles. My husband asked for Presidente beer, but they had only Coors light.To mention in the room there was black mold on the ceiling and I had to chase mosquitos the first day. Floor tiles in the rooms and outside are very slippery. It was very dangerous to walk when they were wet.Pool - it was open from 8 to 6 according to the sign. In reality the guy was still cleaning it at 10 am with the chemicals. But I have to say they were very punctual at the closing. At 6pm when people were still there, they guy was throwing water on our feet to clean the tiles around the pool. Also for this size resort the pool seemed small.Beach - there was very strong wind on the beach, around 20 miles per hour every day. It has nothing to do with the hotel, but very important to know. Otherwise, it was good, if you like waves.Wi-Fi - it exists only in the lobby near the front desk.Bar at the pool - I witnessed a situation when a barman shook a tip jar in front of a guy's face-not acceptable.Food- was excellent. Large variety great for kids.Kids mini club and entertainment during the day- close to none. Yoga, aerobics, darts according to the schedule and nothing in between. Nothing is done in this resort to make you feel on vacation. There was occasional music near the pool, otherwise no entertainment like it was in other resorts I have been to. Ladies in the kids club did not look interested and didn't try to make it fun for the kids. My advise go somewhere else if above things would bother you.

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.

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