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Riu Palace Bavaro

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana

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Pinch yourself. It's all real and it's all you'd ever want in a beachaliscious escape. Starting with the sun-kissed sand ... More

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"My wife and I just got back from Punta Cana where we stayed at the gorgeous Riu Palace Bavaro Resort. This place is amazing. It was more than we had hope for.The staff is super friendly and helpful. An..." – myfamily
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4.3
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4.3
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4.6
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3.8
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4.3 out of 5
"My wife and I just got back from Punta Cana where we stayed at the gorgeous Riu Palace Bavaro Resort. This place is amazing. It was more than we had hope for.The staff is super friendly and helpful. An..." – myfamily
156 out of 181 (86%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Our room Best birthday ever!!!! Love this place!!! random shot View from our room Hotel beach area beautiful pool VIP Pool Area Food is incredible!!!!! View from my VIP suite room with a view Beautiful Beach The cave (AWESOME) Riu Palce Bavaro 2013 Beach lobby Amazing room
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April 21, 2017
Five star rating for everything

Just came back 4/21/17 from 4 nights at Rui Palace Bavaro, I would highly recommend this resort for everything, they even have a second swimming pool for older adults only, I played volleyball every day and the walk on the beach is a mile long, their main dinning room has an unbelievable selection of food, no need to go to their five other restaurants. No elevators so if you have bad knees be sure to get a first floor room, nice porches, small hot tube in the room. Larry from Atlanta


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Overall Rating: 5
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5.0
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5.0
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From: We live in Atlanta, GA
Age: Over 65
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 19, 2017
Couldn't recommend it

We have stayed in other RIU properties through you company so we're expecting a similar, great, experience in Punta Cana. Our room had the same appointments as the RIU hotel we enjoyed in Playa Mujeres but the maintenance left much to be desired here was a large spot of black mold, in the shower where the ceiling was falling and had not been repaired. We had requested a Junior Suite with two double beds and I was supposed to also have a sofa so that we had a place to relax in the room. We ended up with one bed and a pullout sofa which was not what we had planned on. One of our biggest disappointments was that the free availability of "non-motorized water sports was nonexistent. There was nothing available for our Grandaughter's use. In fact, the beach was roped off and only a. Dry small portion of it was available for swimming. This meant that although there were reefs visible (the hotel advertised some of the best snorkeling in the world) you were not allowed to pass the roped off barrier to get to them. If you wanted to snorkel you had to buy an excursion or find transportation to another beach. One of the first pieces of advice given us by our excursion team was don't go out to the beach after 6 p.m. It's dangerous. We purchased an excursion that was billed as an opportunity to swim with sharks and Mantas but I will tell you that when the guide assured me that swimming with the sharks was perfectly safe as "all of their teeth had been pulled" it completely soured me on the excursion. All in all we found the restaurants at the resort to be good but that was the most positive feature we encountered. This was a birthday trip for my 10 year old granddaughter. Fortunately we had the resources to pay for excursions that made it enjoyable for her.


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Overall Rating: 2
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From: California
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

April 18, 2017
Riu Palace Bavaro Great Beach Food Beware

We had three couples in our group and were very excited to go to such a wonderful environment. We had so much fun the first and second days on the beautiful beach. We also went out on the catamaran and had a wonderful time.Unfortunately, two in our party got sick near the end of the second day, then two more on the third day. We tried to follow all the guidelines and eat only the well-cooked food. By the fourth day there were only two of us left out on the beach since the rest were forced to stay in their rooms. We lost one more in our party due to sickness on the fifth day. We got a prescription from the pharmacy, but it didn't do any good. 5 out of 6 in our party missed having fun due to food illness. None of us can really recommend this place because of the the food Illnesses. Such a beautiful place, but such bad food...


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From: Michigan
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 12, 2017
Bang for your buck

This Riu resort was phenomenal. I have stayed at the Riu in Jamaica as well, but by far this Riu Bacaro blows it out of the water. The service was top of the line on point and professional. The only downfall my girlfriend and I would say is that the dining is average, the buffet was very good but some restaurants were very average. Overall this place was tons of fun, the resort is shared with 4 other Riu properties so it is huge and does not lack things to do...plus the best beach I've ever been on lies there.


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Yonkers, New York
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

Room Information

610 junior suites and suites, all with hydro-massage bathtub and Riu's distinctive amenities, such as a mini-bar and liquor dispenser. 24 hour room service compliments the wide array of gourmet restaurants and bars, so you will be able to grab something to eat, no matter what time it is.

Room Details

Junior Suite Garden View (SJSB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Junior Suite Superior (SJJB)
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Junior Suite Pool View (Adults-Only) (SJPB)
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What's to Love

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

The sandsational Arena Gorda Beach - it's an escape-haven we never want to leave.

The vibrant villas that are surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Swoon.

The spa that wrings out all the real life gunk from your weary bod. It's heaven.

Those handy, dandy liquor dispensers in the room. Cocktails, anyone?

Kids club with a dedicated pool and activities that keep them entertained while you chill.

World-class golf is near - soaking in the sun while you play a round is the best. Ever.

Caribbean street - all the fun shops where you can feed your shopping addiction.

 

What We'd Change

Lounge chairs on Arena Gorda beach are hard to come by, so be sure to show up early to make sure you get a good spot near the water.

 

Why You Should Go

The airport is just 1.7 miles away. Can you hear those ice cubes in your cocktail clinking?

Soana Island excursion is a must - it's a secluded slice of paradise.

At night you can hit the shows and live music, dance at Pacha, or go the casino.

It's part of a bigger Riu complex where the party is always on. Get gussied up and go for it.

There's oceans of water sports - scuba, snorkeling, jet skis, windsurfing, kayaking. And more.

On land, there's tennis, jogging and a fitness center where you can burn off those vacay desserts.

You can ride horses at Caribbean Cachondeo, or hang with the friendly sharks at the Marinarium.

Water park with slides, tobogans, kids pool, sun terrace and snack bar.

Available Amenities

  • Beach
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Ping Pong
  • Billiards
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 4 Bars/Lounges
  • Spa Services ($)
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Beauty Salon ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Dining
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Water-Skiing
  • Watersports Rentals
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

The Dominican Republic continues to grow as a major tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches, rich culture, and abundance of available activities.

Riu Palace Bavaro

Playa Arena Gorda

+809 221 2290

Hotel Description

Riu Palace Bavaro: Your All-Inclusive Dream Come True

Pinch yourself. It's all real and it's all you'd ever want in a beachaliscious escape. Starting with the sun-kissed sand of Arena Gorda Beach. The shimmering teal water. The chic, ultra-modern architecture. The luscious tropical gardens. The kids' club. The swim-up bar. The food. The drinks. The vibe. The everything. It's what your all-inclusive dreams are made of. When might we expect you?

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.



DINING

Take your mouth on a trip around the world: Fusion (this one's very popular), international, Japanese, Italian, and a grill and steakhouse. Casual attire at all of these nosh spots. It's a party in your mouth.

Montecristo
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10am; Lunch - daily, 1pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Main restaurant.
Dress code:
Casual

Krystal
Type: Fusion
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: A la carte Asian cuisine.
Dress code: Casual

Geisha
Type: Japanese
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description:A la carte Asian cuisine.
Dress code:Casual

La Bambola
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: A la carte Italian cuisine.
Dress code: Casual

Taino:
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: A la carte steakhouse.
Dress code:Casual

All restaurant hours subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

This one's a beach reveler's kingdom - it includes everything from a poolside/swim-up bar, to a lobby bar that includes cappuccinos and ice cream, to a sports bar that is open 24 hours. We lift our coconut drink to you.

Poolside/Swim-Up Bar
Pool bar. Daily, 9am-5pm.

Daiquiri
Lobby bar. Daily, 8am-midnight.

La Fiesta
Lounge bar. Daily, 6pm-midnight.

La Plaza
Daily, 6pm-midnight.



BEACHES AND POOLS

The resort sits on a crazy beautiful stretch of white sandy beach on Arena Gorda - it's eye candy from Mother Nature. There are also two glistening pools, one with an adjoining whirlpool bath and swim-up bar. Hang one, there's more: there' s a pool for the kiddos and two Jacuzzis for you. Plus a solarium terrace where you can get your lounge on.

NOW OPEN! Splash Water World Punta Cana
All guests at Riu Naiboa, Riu Bambu, Riu Palace Punta Cana & Riu Palace Bavaro get to splish-splash at the new water park that includes waters slides, tobogans, kids pool, sun terrace with sun loungers and a snackbar. The water park is included with your stay.



SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling

Land

  • Tennis
  • Jogging
  • Fitness center


INTERNET

Riu Palace Bavaro offers a complementary Wi-Fi service throughout the resort including rooms & common areas. Use of lobby computers with Internet access are available for an additional charge.

SPA SERVICES

Guests of Riu Palace Bavaro have access to spa and beauty treatments for an additional charge.

WEDDING SERVICES

Wedding packages are available at the resort. Contact the resort directly for more details.

CHILD CARE

Riu Palace Bavaro offers daily daytime entertainment programs for children 4-12, as well as access to a children's pool and Kid's Club.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
The resort is located in Punta Cana, on Arena Gorda Beach, 31 miles to Higuey, 19 miles to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum night stay is required at this resort.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Spring Break Policy
At least one person 21 years old or older is required in every room at this property during March and April. The hotel may require guests to show proof of age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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