This was our 8th trip to Punta Cana. We have stayed in the past at the Riu Taino (which was torn down and replaced by the Palace Bavaro), Riu Macao, Bavaro Princess All Suites (3x) and other hotels.
We stayed at the new Riu Palace Bavaro Punta Cana March 17 - 24th. I will keep this brief.
Hotel: Brand new, just opened in December 2006. Lobby is very funky and huge. Loved the theme of the resort with the purple colors. Check in was fine. They offer FREE wi-fi in the lobby which was a nice touch.
Restaurants: We ended up eating at the buffet all the time. I am a picky eater so some of the speciality restaurants were off limits for me. We did try to reserve for the Steakhouse but couldn't get in. They acutally close for two nights in a row. Buffet always had a large selection, variety of food.
Rooms: We had a garden view room. Very large, loved the layout of the separate bathroom, separate shower, bath. The one drawback was the bed. We had 2 beds pushed together to make a king size. Problem we encountered was the beds would move and there would become a large crack. We ended up stacking pillows in between. As well, the beds were very hard. I like a hard bed but even my back was stiff in the mornings. Rooms were kept clean.
Pools: Very large pools but we aren't pool people so just noticed them on the way to the beach.
Bars: numerous bars in the area. Unfortunately I didn't find the drinks were very good. How hard is it to make a Miami Vice (Pina colada and daiquiri together). We aren't big drinkers so no biggie.
Beach: Beach was wonderful, very wide and never any problem getting sun chairs. Most of the beach loungers were new. They didn't have the papayas for shade. Water as usual was great. Just watch out for the large rocks in the water closer to the right side of the property. If you stay closer to the left side - closer to the shipwreck water is great. Nice waves. We are BEACH people so we spent all our time on the beach.
All in all this was a wonderful resort and the RIU chain is great, staff members are very attentive and friendly. Would we go back? No, only because we like to try different resorts. W
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * 4-story building * Surrounded by 63,000 m2 / 75,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higuey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport ... more less
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