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Playa De Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#86 of 162 hotels in Punta Cana
The All Inclusive 24h Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro opens all year round and is located on the beautiful Playa Arena Gorda beach, in the holiday area of Punta Cana, on the Dominican Republic's eastern coast. Riu Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain, with hotels that meet the highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication, creating a unique experience. The location is ideal due to its proximity to El Cortecito (10 km), Higüey (40 km) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) (25 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 610 comfortably furnished rooms with free WiFi and offers many amenities. Relax in the spa or get in shape at the gym. 4 outdoor pools, 2 of them with swim up bar and integrated whirlpool bath, 1 children’s pool and the ‘Splash Water World’ water park. For the youngest guests, children’s entertainment (4-12 years old). For adults, daytime and evening entertainment, discotheque and Riu Pool Parties. For lovers of gastronomy, live cooking stations and themed buffets at our main restaurant, as well as Japanese, Italian, Fusion, Steakhouse and Gourmet specialty restaurants; 8 bars located in different areas of the hotel.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Game room
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Room service
VIP room facilities
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Ocean View
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Inspire509311 wrote a review Yesterday
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The resort is very nice and enjoyed everything while visiting. Food was good and had a wide variety to choose from. Room was very nice and great air conditioning. Everyone was friendly and very helpful.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Lobo wrote a review 12 Oct
45 contributions3 helpful votes
BEEN AT RIU HOTELS MANY TIMES. Stayed at this location when it was the Riu Taino. The Bavaro has great services across the board. Staff is competent and hard working. I just eat at the buffet restaurant Monte Christo. Food, variety and service is great. Bars also very nice with some premium liquors and Dominican Añejo Rums. Staying at he Palace hotels one can visit all others eat and drink there. There is a nice paved beach walk connecting all, terminating at the Palace Punta Cana. Zero complaints a very pleasant time. Algae, sargassum is part of nature, not too much now. I read a few whiners supposed "high rollers" on here. I can not substantiate any of the negative claims. Of course learning some Spanish would be helpful. Most of the service people have humble beginnings in the DR and because of tourist visa restrictions have never had the chance to be off island. The management is well educated some from the EU as it is a Spanish group. The ocean front climate, 31-24 C, high humidity, hard water, necessitate more maintenance than other climates. You want to be a high roller don't book an AI package at very reasonable cost. Spend $1000- 10,000 a night to get your desired level of service.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Quiet, just a few morons who like to hear they own voice echo in the hallways. Can request quiet...
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Leslie509 wrote a review 12 Oct
Suffolk, Virginia13 contributions9 helpful votes
The Hotel Staff and restaurant staff were all courteous . Everything was kept cleaned and wiped down. The Buffett restaurant enforced the masks and temp checks, which I witnessed on several different occasions. Room service did not have much to offer at all, maybe it was due to COVID, however two of the main restaurants, along with the standard buffet food was delicious in addition to the presentation. I think a little more thought should be put into an outside "disco", such as a beach party at the actual resort itself and not having to walk to another resort, other than the live band which focused only one type of music.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Sleep Quality
Tami M wrote a review 9 Oct
Fort Myers, Florida1 contribution
 This was the worst Apple Vacation experience we have ever had.  This is the first time that I have ever written a negative review. Our hotel, the Riu of Bavaro, was very outdated.  We checked into the hotel and went to our room.  When we opened the door the entire hotel room smelled like mildew (extremely strong) . We complained and the hotel stated that they would have someone take care of it.  It was so bad that I could not stand to be in the room.  They cleaned it but the smell remained.  The mattress was terribly hard and the pillows actually had lumps in them.  The food was so disgusting that I tried to eat just a hotdog.  They did not taste like any hot dog that I have ever had and ended up feeding it to a cat.  We basically lived on $7 bags of cheese puffs and doritos.  We thought that we had booked an adult hotel.  The pool had signs on it that stated that there were no children allowed, however, there were always children in the pool and the resort did nothing about it.  The alcoholic drinks were so strong that it burned all the way down to your chest.  You would ask for light alcohol but they had no clue how to make a drink that was not pure alcohol.    This hotel allowed smoking everywhere on property including in the restaurants.  This is extremely sad.  
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from RIU Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
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Dear 22tamim, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! As we are committed to provide excellent services to our guests, we are sorry to hear about your disappointment during your visit and that we did not manage to live up to your expectations this time. We will of course share your impressions with corresponding team for an adequate follow up as we are looking forward to having the opportunity to welcome you back in the future, so that we can provide a better experience. We remain with warm regards, Hotel Riu Palace Bávaro Online Reputation Manager
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Ashlee S wrote a review 9 Oct
3 contributions
This property is amazing, beautiful location so many friendly people very clean and nightime entertainment was awesome! Joahn at the front desk is awesome very caring and helpful puts a smile on your face when your leaving or coming. Francisco at the VIP pool makes your trip he's the best bartender around... soo funny too. Manuel at the Monte Cristo restaurant always had our table set up for us even putting flowers and decorating it one night. Also thr mais there are very attentive to your room they clean restock fridge and even made our room romantic a few times. So beautiful.i wish I could remember more names... they also took time to teach you how to say things in Spanish and got a kick out of us it was a real treat. The ocean is beautiful there is seaweed but what ocran doesn't have it. The food was great so many different choices... before leaving for our trip and deciding where to stay we had read reviews about this place people said it was horrible and food was bad and I don't even remember what else. They totally are trying to pick or just wasn't happy on their vaca. This place is super clean there's food for everyone and the relaxation of this place is over the charts. We really enjoyed our stay and already booking to come back next year. Thank you all for making our first getaway a dream!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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US$171 - US$373 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
CaribbeanDominican RepublicLa Altagracia ProvincePunta Cana
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro?
Nearby attractions include Bavaro Beach (2.8 km), Escapology (6.8 km), and Vivaldi Cigars (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro?
Conveniently located restaurants include Montserrat Manor Restaurant, Chic Cabaret & Restaurant Punta Cana, and Herman 311 Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.