Hotel Overview

2020 Resort Added Value

Honeymoon: Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 spa credit per couple (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


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Hotel Advisories

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
Advisory Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. 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.

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 4487 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing getaway

    From the moment we step on the resort lobby were greeted by the front desk with a cold drink. Check in was quick and our luggage was send to our rooms. Chilled champagne and flowers were waiting for us. By the way was my wife birthday. Mr. Roberto Miller the Director of the hotel together with Pascual the Maitre D and Martinez at Restaurant Taino (the steak house) made our vacation memorable! There are no words for the level of service we received. Starting with a decorated table, special dinner and a cake for my wife. We stayed at Villas Ocean view and it was gorgeous, VIP pool was great the guys there were great always anticipating our needs. Beach also was great surround it with coconut trees and a lot of shades, is a lit rough, but the Atlantic ocean. They have an area in the resort complex for pool parties ohh my god it was great! Drinks are pretty decent for you pay so please be realistic, been a Florida resident and Naples this is a great! The Best part was the food, very tasty a lot of options to choose from, we visit the buffet which was pretty good and something for everyone, the steak house was pretty good too with lobster and prime cuts and the other restaurant we went was the Kulinarium a fusion food with great variety. The show was pretty good with something different every night. Thank you for everyone at Riu Bavaro for such an amazing experience.

    Feb 21, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Girls Week in Paradise

    From the moment we arrived at the resort our every need was met. Anthony and Gabriel got us checked in and to our room quickly. Chilled Champagne and souvenirs were waiting in the room for us. THE VIEW... There are no words. We then met Hector at the VIP bar by the adult-only pool and he made our arrival amazing, each day we went to the pool Hector made us laugh, made amazing drinks and made sure we were enjoying our stay. The resort was all about fun, yet it was amazingly quiet and you could relax. Shopping right off the resort for souvenirs was convenient and affordable (try the chocolate shop). Eddy at the Buffett had our table ready as soon as he saw us coming, with fresh coffee on the table every morning and water each evening when we went for dinner. The buffet rotates so many types of food and desserts and drinks we could have had every meal there and note sampled everything there was offered. We also enjoyed the steak house for dinner a couple of times, the menu is limited, especially for someone with a shellfish allergy, but the food and service were still good. The beach was amazing, beautiful and clean. We spent time playing in the waves and going for walks. Even at night after dinner, we walked along the beach in the surf and never felt unsafe. Francis from Funjet set us up with amazing excursions and we had so much fun going ziplining, feeding monkeys, and spending the day on an Ocean spa. This Hotel is amazing... the service is top-notch, there was no need not met. The grounds were immaculate all the staff was friendly and helpful. We will be back.

    Feb 13, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Relaxing Vacation!

    We’ve been to The Dominican Republic several and this beach is our favorite! This hotel had some mixed reviews around the holidays. This was not our experience. We spent 11 days here and everything was perfect! The rooms have an open layout. The shower opens to the main room as well as jetted tub next to the bed. Everything was very clean. Everyone here works very hard. The food was excellent! We went to all the specialty restaurants (the steakhouse 3 times!) The buffet was great too. We love walking this beach. We went on 2 excursions-Saona Island and Outback Adventures. Both were very nice. In 11 days we got to visit with a lot of the hardworking staff. Edwin and Yokasty always took good care of us at the lobby lounge 😉 We would highly recommend Riu Palace Bavaro!

    Feb 12, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Family Vacation 2020

    Like others have said some good things and some bad, but I think the good outweighs the bad! Upon entering the lobby we got checked in right away and went to our room. There was a beverage offered upon arrival but we did not partake. The room had the typical tropical smell to it that if you’re not used to can be a shocker. The room was very clean and overall good condition. Our refrigerator and telephone weren’t working in our room. We told the front desk and they were fixed instantly. There were a few cosmetic spots were paint was peeling but nothing that took away from our time in the room. We stayed in the villas and they are in the perfect location to everything. They are adult only though. Also if you are traveling with kids or other adults the bathrooms are very open concept. I could see where this could be an issue but for my wife and I it wasn’t one. The food was just ok to be honest nothing to write home about. They are feeding masses of people buffet style and breakfast was by far my favorite meal. I can’t knock the food for what it was. The service was by far the best it always is when we stay at the RIU’s. Stefany from the main buffet took care of us almost every meal and did an amazing job. The bars and people to get you drinks were plentiful. The service there was also great! 4 years ago we had service on the beach and this time it was only around the pool areas that would be my only complaint. If you ask for alcohol by type you get the well but if you ask for it by brand then you get the better quality stuff. Just a heads up it took me until day 6 to realize this! Entertainment staff were always around and involved everywhere. You can always do as much or as little as you want to do. Went to two of their shows at the hotel and one of the RIU pool parties. Overall a great time was had by all. Overall a great experience again in Punta Cana and at a RIU. We will most definitely be back!

    Feb 10, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing Vacation

    From the room to the grounds to the staff I would highly recommend this resort. Our room was always well stocked and very clean, grounds are immaculate and staff are nothing but exceptional. Beach is steps from the resort and hardest decision of the day was what to drink and where to swim. Only negative was the amount of solicitors on the beach. We will definitely be back to this resort with the many new friends we met during this vacation.

    Feb 09, 2020

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