Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional 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 4205 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Time

    Booked a room at the Riu Palace Bavaro and got everything and more. Rooms were clean, staff was friendly (a few even remembered my name which is always a huge thing for me) and since this was my first all inclusive resort I had no complaints. They had a lot of on resort activities that were great and entertaining and the Riu pool party one of the best I’ve been to! My cup was never empty! But very nice place to go with the either family or a group of friends.

    May 21, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Just arrived back after a 2 week stay. Weather fantastic, staff friendly and hard working and room spacious, clean and contemporary. Food mediocre at best in restaurants but main buffet was good with plenty of choice and quality. disappoint with pumping loud music all day at main pool bar, and we sat on the beach and could still hear it, which catered for about 20% of holiday makers and no shade on the beach other than palm trees. Did have wifi on the beach. We think holiday makers should be made aware not to interact with the men who walk up and down the beach with monkeys, who are on leads, birds and lizards. This should made illegal. We won't stay here again.

    May 20, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing Vacation

    Riu Palace Bavaro was a wonderful place to stay to celebrate Mother's Day with my mother and celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. The rooms are spacious and clean. We were able to book adjoining rooms, which was a plus. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. I must say I felt like we were VIP. The room my daughter stayed in was decorated with balloons, a personalized birthday letter with figurines and the number "21" was made out of towels and flowers was left on her bed for her birthday when we came in from a day at the beach. We had her birthday dinner at one of the restaurants "Krystal", at the resort, where the staff went above and beyond. There were decorations, red velvet cake, Happy Birthday was sung in Spanish and English with a staff member hitting a drum and others using other things to make musical sounds. It was spectacular! There is always something to do at this resort.There are excursions offered on the resort and shows and entertainment available on the resort. The beach area is breath taking. There are some vendors that approach you but it is not overwhelming. Plenty of seating and shaded area to sit and relax by the beach. The food selection is very plentiful and delicious. The drinks alcoholic and nonalcoholic are also plentiful and delicious. This has been an amazing experience and I would love to thank everyone at Riu Palace Bavaro for making this trip and birthday for my daughter an unforgettable experience. We will definitely be back!

    May 19, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    This hotel shouldn’t be 5 star

    Unfortunately our original hotel for our holiday to Punta Cana was cancelled and we got transferred to this hotel.. luckily we got transferred (to Riu Palace Punta Cana, which is so much better) after having stayed for 1 night in a terrible room. Staff are friendly however, as soon as we arrived, the lobby looked tired and needed to be renovated. We got to our “junior suite” room (friendly staff helped us and he was lovely) and noticed there was a huge wet puddle on the floor. There was water leaking from a loose light fixture on the ceiling, we called reception multiple times and someone came, shoved tissue on the light stopping the leaking (3 hours after our first initial call) The room smelt damp, the covers had a black dirt mark on them, mirror fixtures were rusty, wall light switches were falling off - not expected of a “5 star” hotel. The only saving grace to this hotel was its nice swimming pool and that its near the beach. This hotel really needs to be renovated like the Riu palace Punta Cana to make this worth the star rating it has.

    May 19, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Still terrific

    My wife and I were there 5 yrs ago and loved the resort. It's still great, just lagging, no updates. The service throughout the resort is unparalleled. WOW!!! Food is well above average. Beer/booze choices need updating. Room was nice but shower was broken. TV was a flat screen, but low,.low, def. Maid service was great. Wifi also great. Strongly recommend at a good price.

    May 18, 2019
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-177 seats or A320-186 seats/PC 18-234, A319-156 seats/PC 18-227, A320-186 seats; Icelandair: PC 18-232, B757-200-183 seats; Miami Air: PC 18-230, B737-800-183 seats/Miami Air operated by TUI Air Belgium N.V.: PC 18-250, B737-800-180 seats; Swift Air: PC 18-229, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/PC 18-254, A320-180 seats; Volaris: PC 18-233, A320-180 seats. CST2139014-20 D22819