Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added Value

Honeymoon: Welcome gift, small bottle of rum, king bed (based on availability), late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 spa credit per adult (restrictions apply).

Located on the beach of Arena Gorda, Riu Palace Bavaro is the newest RIU Hotel in Punta Cana! Buildings are surrounded by lush gardens and provide amazing views. Enjoy all of the fine qualities that RIU vacationers love: excellent service, a beautiful beach location, fine dining, and the comfort of a Palace. There is no better way to relax in this beautiful beach location. 

Renova Spa creates a calming atmosphere, providing body and beauty treatments, massages, and a free sauna and Jacuzzi. Looking to get your heart rate up? The gym is complimentary and features state-of-the-art equipment. 

Dining options are plentiful, with buffet, Krystal Fusion, Japanese, Italian, and Grill Steakhouse available. The poolside bar with swim-up bar serves cool, tropical drinks while you mingle with fellow vacationers. 

All guestrooms have free WiFi, a stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser, and a balcony or terrace. Jacuzzi suites are available and feature a Jacuzzi on the balcony. Perfect for a romantic getaway!


Punta Cana - Beach
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) : 30 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2011
Floors: 4
Total rooms: 610


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on Request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
Advisory Minimum Age requirement is 21 years of age or older. The Hotel may request proof of age in the form of passport or official ID Each room must submit a signed liability agreement upon check-in Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted At all other RIU properties Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policies:

At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during the months of February through May. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 years or older is required in every room.
The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request a guest present his/her passport or official ID as proof of age. Guests can and will be removed from the property, at their own expense, if any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff arises. Parties in rooms are not permitted. Unruly behavior by individuals or groups is not allowed at any property at any time during the year.

The connecting Junior Suites has a minimum occupancy of 4 in each room booked.

Transfer Policy:
A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information:
Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating Based on 4297 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Excellent Stay for the family

    We just came back from a seven night stay at the RIU Palace Bavaro. I must say with all the media hype from this spring I thought about cancelling and I'm glad we didn't. From the moment we arrived everything was great. I had initial apprehension as we stay at Dreams/ Secrets and Sandals/Beaches in the past. Our experience at this RIU Palace blew those others away. Our rooms were two Junior suites, kids had there own space and Mom and Dad had ours. Rooms are clean and well decorated if you don't live in an Ivory tower . Our cleaning service was awesome and I loved the little towel caricatures. They even surprise me with Birthday decorations which were not prompted. The Spa service was amazing (Dulce is great!). Other resorts the buffet is something to pass on, but not here. I could not get over the variety of cuisine as well as how orchestrated the staff are to accommodate the number of guests coning through. Specialty restaurants were great as well, with no reservations being needed. Never had an issue getting a chair at the beach or pool when needed, plenty of palms on the beach for a lazy afternoon nap after drinking at the pool bar. I really appreciate the staff if the RIU Palace Bavaro for making our vacation and Birthday week special.

    Jul 19, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Outstanding service especially by sub director Alejandro Moran

    We stayed at this Beautiful property in honor of my son’s graduation from High School We stayed for a week the end of June in a Junior suite and the room was perfect with a balcony overlooking the wading pools .. The people,the services, the food ,the beaches ,the entertainment, were Amazing ! Alejandro the sub director greeted us when we arrived and checked on us periodically throughout the week He even arranged a dinner reservation at a Spanish Restaurant on the property and ordered a graduation cake where the employees came out and sang to my son ! Please don’t believe the media hype about Punta Cana This property was Beautiful and walking distance to the beach and pools I would highly recommend getting in touch with Alejandro during your stay You will not be disappointed ! Andrea W .... Charlotte,NC

    Jul 11, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Hi, we have stayed here for 2 weeks and daily complain about the towels, sheets and pillow smell almost like they don’t use soap My daughter cant sleep on the sheets provided They have brought new replacements and all the same Occasionally we get a fresh clean smelling linen supply We have stayed at many 5 star resorts and this one does not meet the standard We don’t have high standards simple things in life, fresh towels and linens Hotel staff don’t care they say it is how it is Last trip to Riu we travel to Punta Cana twice yearly

    Jul 11, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    40th Birthday Vacation!

    we enjoyed our stay here and only had a few little niggles, we had a ground floor room in the VIP area with pool view, the surrounding gardens are absolutely gorgeous with beautiful fanned palmed trees all immaculately kept, our room was large and clean but being on the ground floor we had a few ants visit and mosquitoes, a pug in repellent is advise, the room is a little ruff around the edges this is the reason i have taken a star off. the staff are friendly and accommodating but do expect tipping, the nightly entertainment was a little boring for us so had early nights which gave us the time in the morning to enjoy the sun rising which in my option is a fair trade off :) The food was plentiful and well cooked loads of variety throughout the week. The beach is large with loads of palms and loungers! being Atlantic facing the breeze can be to high at times but this could be the time of year we visited. we had large amounts of Sargassum seaweed roll in on two occasions in the afternoon but the rest of our time it was largely clear and they clean it away daily, it is a stunning beach, the bar is a little away from you if you like to lay more by the ocean but not to much of a bother to walk to. We would love to visit here again and bring our daughter with us on return as it is overall a genuinely nice hotel with beautiful beach and gardens! id like to add this just to warn other travels of our experience flying with tui, we flow with tui on a dreamliner, we was told we had window seats from a tui agent when booking but when we boarded we learnt that row 37 does not have a window and the space is tight against the wall of the plane terrible place to sit for nearly 9 hours very claustrophobic i would advise to avoid these seats if possible!

    Jul 10, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Animation at the pool

    Great animation at the pool. Congratulations to Frodo, he really does the job with passion and take the animation to the next level. Keep up the good work Frodo, you are an example for your colleagues !!

    Jul 10, 2019
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