I went with a group (me and 3 couples), The resort was amazing. The staff was the hardest working group of people I may have ever seen. The guests were all very friendly and I believe everyone also had an amazing time.
The rooms were made up perfectly by the housekeeping staff each day. My bed was turned down each night. My in room bar was stocked each day and if I requested something different in my bar, it was changed almost immediatly. I had a garden suite which overlooked the market street. It was quited and fun to see people shopping.
There was a regular pool that was very large and accomodated everyone that wanted seats. There was a swim up bar and a walk up bar that were joined. The entertainment group worked very hard to get as many willing people to participate in different games and activities. There is a kiddy pool that is secluded that you only really see if you are looking for it (Which I wasn't but happened to stumble on to it). There is another pool for the VIP people (which I wasn't). The VIP pool didn't seem to have many people at it. Several people I met that had VIP credentials were all in the main swim up bar pool because it was fun. There was also another pool for those who were staying in the villas (also looked empty).
The entertainment staff was amazing. They worked very hard and long hours. i must mention some of them by name because they made my stay very enjoyable. I don't know what thier real names were but I know what they went by. "Monkey" was a young man learning his way up the ladder. He spoke several languages and took his time to explain himself to you. "Spagetti" was very energetic and a fantastic dancer. "Veronica" was one of the main people who did announcements and could speak fluent in several languages as well. "Wilson" was the boss and you could tell why. He was very well spoken in all languages and had a very good stage presence. They did an outstanding job of getting people involved both day and night.
While I didn't try them all, I did do the Steakhouse. The Steakhouse was only good not great. The selection was very good and my steak was good, however, my lobster was overcooked.
I ate at the buffet each day with a good variety. My only complaint about any of the food was I couldn't make it spicy. One thing I thought they lacked was mexican food. They did have tortilla chips to make nachos but the cheese was all bland and never heated.
The pool bar was fantastic. The staff was creative with the drinks they would make up for you and they were very quick to serve you. Nobody was "tip hungry" howver they really showed appreciation for a tip.
The lobby bar was a very nice set up in the evening as people were waiting to eat dinner. It was nice to see everyone cleaned up after being at the pool or beach all day. The atmosphere was that of a martini bar in an upscale setting.
The plaza bar was where all the entertainement happened at night. They had 2 stages so people would have to keep turning chairs around between live music and a live show.
I hope this helps everyone and I can't wait to plan my next trip to Riu Palace Bavaro!
Grand Ledge, MI
- 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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