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Riu Palace Bavaro

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana

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4 Nights with Air from $809 All-Inclusive
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4.2
Service
 
4.2
Beaches & Pools
 
4.5
Dining Options
 
3.9
Room Comfort
 
4.1
4.2 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
252 out of 312 (81%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
VIP area pool View from our room Love this place!!! Punta Cana VIP Pool Area Riu Palce Bavaro 2013 Beach Sunrise room with a view Amazing room Best birthday ever!!!! The cave (AWESOME) random shot beautiful pool View from my VIP suite View from jr suit pool view. Room 4312 Our room Beautiful Beach lobby Hotel beach area Food is incredible!!!!!
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October 29, 2019
Beautiful Beach, Great Service, Bad Food

The Riu was overall a really good experience. There was good service, a nice beautiful beach, a large room, and a fun little water park. I feel like this experience however is more suited for people that are more into partying and getting drunk. My wife and I don't drink and the severs seemed almost offended by that fact. We also aren't big partiers. We just wanted a nice beautiful place to relax and enjoy our time. This place can provide that for you, but there are some of things to be aware of that were either not good or just not my favorite aspects of the trip: * There is constant loud music playing at the pool. * At the beach be prepared to get bombarded by sales people trying to sell sunglasses, hats, pictures with a monkey or parrot, and especially excursions. My wife and I had to purposefully avoid a guy that was trying to sell us excursions at the beach when all we wanted to do was go relax and not be bothered. We already got told about excursions twice before meeting the guy at the beach so I was a little fed up with it. If we wanted an excursion, we knew where to go to find out about them and purchase them. We didn't need to be hounded at the beach. * The food was terrible. Especially the lunch food. It seemed like no matter what I put on my plate, it tasted horrible. I had to try and go with options I knew they couldn't ruin like fruit. The food at breakfast and dinner was better, but there were still several things that were awful. * They will provide alcohol sometimes when you don't even ask for it. This seemed like a waste since we don't drink. Would have been nice if they asked beforehand. * Several of the dining options weren't as advertised. Either they never opened a specific restaurant or there were some that just weren't open on some nights. It wasn't very clear what options were available and when. So overall my wife and I had a good time, but don't expect amazing food or quiet relaxing time at the pool or beach. There will always be music at the pool and salesmen at the beach.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
4.0
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From: Salt Lake City, UT
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

October 13, 2019
5 star at riu palace babaro

Exelents everything in the hotel food is very good


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
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5.0
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From: Miami
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

August 7, 2019

My husband and I are very happy. But you need to know when the seaweeds on the ocean)))


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Overall Rating: 5
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
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5.0
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From: New York
Age: 55-64

August 6, 2019
My trip to Riu Palace Bavaro

We had 3 families traveled to Riu Palace Bavaro. All rooms smelled like mold. Even though I requested rooms not to smell when I was booking the trip, nobody paid attention to that request. My husband is allergic to mold. We had to switch several rooms and all of them were stinky. Finally they placed us into VIP area. That was a real joke. Still smelled like mold, maybe slightly less. But overall, the shape of the room was terrible and outdated. Rusty lamps, broken thermostat. We could not regulate the temperature in the room. Out of the 8 nights, fridge refills (we only used bottled water) was done one time. We had to go to the front desk to ask for water. No VIP service whatsoever! The TV remote was not in the room. We had to call the front desk 3 times to ask them to bring a TV remote. VIP service included only a separate pool, no additional services or buffet. Nothing! One time we tried to get coffee at the VIP bar, the machine was broken. Noone offered us to get coffee from somewhere else. They didn't even apologize. Some of the front desk clerks were arrogant and not very helpful. When we tried to schedule the transportation at the Amtrack desk, we had to wait for 20 minutes to do that. The gentleman who was sitting there was not very friendly and imperative. He had no name tag on him, so we don't even know his name. The good thing about it was buffet food. Big variety of different meals! Waiters and waitresses were very friendly and nice. Restaurant food was not that great though. 2 different restaurants had the same menu. The beach was dirty, full of seagrass. Nobody even attempted to clean it.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
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4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
2.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
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From: OH
Age: 55-64
Travel: 3-6 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)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

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.

Sister Property Exchange Privileges
Guests staying at the Riu Palace Bavaro enjoy exchange privileges at Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Bambú and Riu Naiboa! Privileges include access to all of the sister resort's facilities, dining and bars/lounges.



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, toboggans, kids pool, sun terrace with sun loungers and a snack bar. The water park is included with your stay.

RIU Pool Party!
As of November 1, guests can enjoy a unique area of low-depth pools, perfect for weekly theme parties at Riu Palace Punta Cana! This adults-only pool area hosts top DJs and theme parties like the White Pool Party, Jungle Pool Party, Pink Pool Party and Neon Night Party. Best part? Access is totally free! Must be over 18.



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.

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.

MIN CHECK-IN AGE/SPRING BREAK POLICY: Student/Spring Break groups or individuals, regardless of age are not allowed at this hotel at any time. The hotel reserves the right to use reasonable means to identify suspected student/spring break groups. At least one person of 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel may request guests to show passport or official ID to proof 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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