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Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
Ranked #48 of 110 Hotels in Punta Cana
Certificate of Excellence
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Riu Palace Bavaro - Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

We were a little worried after reading some reviews. We had stayed at the Riu Bambu 3 years previously and had a fabulous time which influenced our decision to return for our daughters birthday.
I can honestly say that we had an amazing holiday here. Everything was absolutely perfect, we couldn't find anything bad to say even if we tried. Food, rooms & staff were fantastic. In fact I've enjoyed it so much that we have booked for next year and we have never booked the same holiday for the following year. We were totally spoilt

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Florence, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

We stayed at the Riu Palace Bavaro for our babymoon in June! We had a wonderful time! The beach is absolutely gorgeous which is the #1 reason we travel to the Caribbean.

The only thing I didn't like was where our room was located. We were in the very, very last room in the corner by Caribbean street. I had asked for a room close to everything considering I was 8 months pregnant but that is what they gave us. That being said, we always make the best of vacation and I just stayed positive and told myself I was getting my exercise for the week. And the rooms were amazing! Gorgeous and the tub was my favorite place all week! I brought bubble bath and enjoyed it every night! It was very relaxing! I could lay in the tub and watch tv! Perfect!

The food was good. I am a very picky eater and hardly ever had trouble finding something, the buffet is great because if you go to one of the specialty restaurants and don't like anything, you can hit up the buffet after you're done there.

We had Miguel take some maternity pictures of us on the beach and he did an amazing job!!

We sat in the same area by the pool every day and Angel and Starlight took AMAZING care of us! He would bring my husband, mom, and dad whatever they were drinking before they were done with the one before that! And he brought me waters each time too! And any non-alcoholic drinks I wanted! We loved the pool and pool bar!

I bought my parents a massage and they said it was the very best thing they have ever done on any vacation!

My favorite thing of the whole trip was the vanilla milkshakes from the cappuccino bar in the lobby! Unbelievable! Had one at least three times a day, every day!

We had an amazing time! I would definitely recommend this place and hope to go back in the future!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

This was our first time at the Riu Palace Bavaro and we enjoyed every minute. Check in was a joy as the staff on reception were wonderful, making you feel very welcome. Everything about the whole complex was lovely and so peaceful. There were always plenty of sunbeds available, both around the pool and on the beach and the pool waiters were forever asking if you wanted drinks. The main restaurant was extremely good with plenty of choices. We did eat at the Steak House one night but actually preferred the main restaurant instead, so we didn't bother with any of the others. There were always plenty of tables available no matter what time you decided to eat, and the staff were so attentive and very, very friendly. It was also nice to be able to walk to the other Riu hotels, either by road or beach, but it was a little cooler taking the pathway along the beach in the evening. The beach is beautiful with plenty of palm trees to shelter from the hot sun. We did read quite a few of the reviews before we travelled but we needn't have worried.This was our 4th Riu hotel and again we haven't been disappointed. Looking forward to booking another Riu holiday but the hardest part is deciding which one to choose.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Having read quite a few reviews before leaving on this holiday we compared the whole lot with our previous experiences of the Dom. Rep.
As we commented on the Cayo Levantado, we can only assume that some travellers think that a 4 or 5 star rating is comparable to top City Hotels.
Please listen folks , this is a third world country. Since our first visit to the Dominican Republic 12 years ago the infrastructure of the country has vastly improved but there is nothing that can compare ( to our present knowledge ) to top London / Paris / New York establishments.
OK so what do we think of the Riu Palace Bavaro !!
This is a quite new hotel, first impressions were very good. The check in was very quick . The staff were really helpful and smiles were abundant. The welcome cocktail was a cooling refreshing touch.
The whole place was very clean , we noticed staff wiping and cleaning everything from our first day.
We were celebrating our anniversary/ my 60 th. birthday so I had emailed the hotel to confirm our request for a sea view upper floor.
On our arrival we were given room 3123. Highly recommended. This gave a great view down to the vip pool and the sea.
The room is in the open plan style with the bath "in" the room , my wife was a little perturbed about this initially but I wasn't bothered at all. You are on holiday "CHILL" !!!
Optics in room with rum, whiskey, vodka and gin plus beer/lager and soft drinks in fridge. Also water, plus coffee making kit. I much preferred the optics, ahem !!
Rooms were cleaned each day with an evening turndown service. We left a couple of dollars each day as a tip. The "Towel Art " was always great fun and puts a smile on your face.
As "standard " guests. Not VIP we could only use the main pool. There were always lots of loungers , the hotel was initially quite quiet. Into our second week there were more guests but always seemed to be plenty of space.
The beach and sea were very good , plenty of loungers , although not much in the way of protection from the noonday sun as there are none of the beach parasols. I love swimming and snorkelling and had a great time.
The buffet and restaurants were of a good calibre and there is always something for every one.
The bar in the lobby can offer just about any drink, Yippee!!
The service from all the staff was very good and they will always try to please, I learned a few phrases which I think always helps and my accent was the source of much amusement and we had some good laughs.
If any thing the service has probably been the best from all of our stays in the Dom. Rep.
Around the pool I would initially give the waiter who wanders around the pool (sometimes 2 or 3 of them) a dollar or 2 when I received the first drink. This service starts with pool bar open ing of 10 am. I would find I had just finished this when another drink would appear, followed by another ! . Since we are early birds, I found I had drank 3 rum and cokes plus a beer by half past ten !!
So basically whats the nitty gritty !!!
Just GO !! you will enjoy it , Nice place- lovely people- clean hotel.
A good holiday over all.

Room Tip: If you want a quieter pool upgrade to vip as this pool seemed deserted at times.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

It is our first time to go for a Carribean vacation. Gladly, we have decided to book our stay at Riu Palace Bavaro to celebrate my husband's 50th Birthday and our 11th Wedding Anniversary. The check-in was very quick and very smooth -- the Front Desk staff and bell boys are very accommodating. The room is very impressive -- very clean and you have more than everything you needed (unlimited drinks, a good-sized safety box which is very important to keep your valuable stuffs while enjoying your stay with peace of mind). Having chosen the room with an Ocean View made our stay very refreshing and relaxing and gave us opportunity to have great photos just at the balcony of our room. The food and drinks are extravagantly available at breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet and their sports bar is 24 hours open. The food served at Ala Carte dinner are also excellent. Unlimited drinks at the pool bar with amazing service crews, serving you. Most importantly, WI-FI is free to keep you connected with your family while being away from home. We highly recommend RIU PALACE BAVARO to experience what we have experienced.

Just one suggestion: please have an ATM machine inside the hotel compound, preferably at the lobby of the hotel.

Room Tip: If possible at all, choose an Ocean View Room with Jacuzzi (VIP Area).
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Middle Village, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We stayed at the Riu Palace Bavaro in July. Upon arrival we were given a partial ocean view room in the adult section of the hotel which had its own pool. We really enjoyed the pool here for relaxing but could go to the more lively pool if we wanted more excitement (which we tried once then immediately went back to the quiet pool). We just wished this pool had a swim up bar. The room was very nice, clean, and spacious. Only problem we came across were the bugs. I guess this was because we were on the bottom floor but there were aunts all over the room, even saw one in the bed. The staff tried to accommodate us but there were no other rooms available in the hotel so they sent someone to spray the room with bug spray. Not the greatest first night of vacation but after that there were no more aunts the rest of the time. As for the food, we really enjoyed the buffet and thought that was the best out of all the restaurants. Even picky eaters can find something they like there. Our waitress at the buffet was so friendly and went above and beyond to provide excellent service. We deliberately sat in her section every night. All of the employees at this hotel were very nice and provided excellent service. This hotel has nightly entertainment outside followed by a DJ and dancing outside with drink service. We really enjoyed it. Went to the club one night and had a great time. Drinks are not included in the club. Overall we really enjoyed this hotel and would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We spent 7 days at Riu Palace Bavaro from Oct 5th thru Oct 12th. From the first day to the last was VIP treatment and we did not reserved at the VIP section. We stayed in the Junior suite which it has a king size bed, sofa, balcony overlooking the pool, we were able to see a small part of the ocean (which we didn't mind since there was no time to seat in the balcony) jacuzzi, double bathroom sink, huge shower, separate toilet room, mini bar with a small cabinet above fill with Vodka, Domonican Rum, J@B Whisky, Gin. The minibar had Presidente beer (the best), sodas & water bottle.
The food in the Buffett was great food variety, tasty, lots of fruits, seafood, duck, chicken, beef, sushi, everything you can think off and it was very well seasoned (which we liked). The servers very attentive, taking your empty plate as soon as you finish, asking each time is there anything they could get for you. They have a Steak House restaurant, Gheisa, French, Italian which you need to reserve from 8:00 to 10 AM or so, no problems making reservations. From all the restaurants we liked the Buffett best, a lot more variety to choose from. The shows at night around 9:30 PM or so they were great, specially one call Vegas night, a Michael Jackson show, and all the others we really enjoyed each one of them. The entertainment group they keep you entertain all day and night long, with dancing, yoga, aerobics, games, they are fantastic. All I can say is Dominican people are very friendly, funny, kind, caring and this is why we keep coming back for vacation every year, so far 9 years in a row to a different resort to try as many as we can and each time is fantastic. The beach is beautiful, except that it would be perfect if the beach had umbrellas to cover yourself better from the very hot sun. It has a lot of palm trees, but they are not too full to give you good coverage, still we found some place that it was good for us. Bring plenty of sunblock (travel size). The pool is huge with a bar, whirlpool, quite a few stools to seat around inside the pool, lots of chairs with umbrellas, but we didn't go there since it was always a lot of people, very noisy, and for us we like the beach better. For those people that like the pool, they will have a lot of fun there. Also, make sure you bring quite of few $1 bills for tips, it goes a long way and they will remember what you like to drink each time. We left a couple of dollars for the maid everyday and the room was spotless, ask for extra pillow and extra blanket, got it. The air conditioning was stupendous, we like the room very cold and slept like a baby. The bed is very firm, pillows very soft, so if you have a problem with that then this resort is not for you, it didn't bother us at all.
Can't wait until next year for another paradise vacation. Hope

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
Address: Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 74100, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #48 of 110 Hotels in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro 4*
Number of rooms: 610
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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