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


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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 4413 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    The food and service was great at the buffet, our favorite server was Sandy. The pools are clean and nice, plus the beach was nice. I really liked the welcome drink they brought us when we checked in.

    Dec 10, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Dont Be Fooled By Bad Reviews

    Will make this short and sweet. I have run a group trip for over 15 years. This year I had 40 adults between the ages of 40 and 65. This is only the second resort we have been to where EVERYONE loved the whole resort. Rooms, Pool, Beach, Food etc. was all up to par for the price you pay. Resort grounds were exceptionally clean and Staff was amazing. Big shout out to the Animation Team and Bartenders at the Swim up pool who took care of my group all week. 40 people all cant be wrong. Just go and enjoy the Resort.

    Dec 09, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good but I would look for others !!!!!

    This is my 4th visit to a Riu Palace category, I have been to 3 Riu Palace in Mexico, and this is my 1st time in DR. So my review is comparing this Riu to others. We were a family of 5, 2 adults and 3 children with a stroller. Check in/Check out: The check in was very disappointing, no cold towels, no welcome drinks, nothing to the standard of the Palace. The reception guy was not welcoming too and the feeling was like you are checking in to a Motel and not Riu Palace. The receptionist was very distracted and was not giving us a full attention. The checkout was ok, we called the bellboy. He came quickly to pick the luggage, and it was very smooth at the reception area. Room: The room was ok, nothing wawoo. We got the 1st room which was far from the lobby area, so we complained and asked for a different one, they agreed to change it. We ended up on the 2nd floor and close to the elevator and lobby area. The room was little outdated, the children bed-cover was ripped, they never changed it. One of the alcohol dispenser was broken and leaking all the time. The housekeeping service was great, they used to make up the room 2-3 times a day, which was a good thing. Pool & Beach: The beach was soo clean, lots of chairs, no seaweed at all. And the pool area was good. No complain for both. Restaurants, Food & Drinks: The food in general was ok. Other Riu palace food was more luxurious and much much more variety and quantity. I didn’t like the A la cart restaurant, nothing attractive in their menu. No Teppanyaki restaurant. We just tried the steakhouse restaurant, one time the food was great, the 2nd time was bad. The drinks in general are ok. Service: The service was excellent, the waiters are so friendly and every few min you will find a waiter walking around the pool area and ask you if you want to drink something and similar to the beach area. Tipping is a big factor in a good service for sure. Internet & WIFI: The WIFI was free and in good reception in most of the resort. No Wi-Fi at the beach area. Shows & Entertainment: The entertainment team did a great job. Riu resorts are very famous with their entertainment programs. The night shows was not the best, but was great. If you get a good deal $$ so good to try this hotel, but I will not visit this hotel at the regular/full rate, since if I am planning to pay the regular/full rate, I would definitely go to other resorts in DR that are a real 5* and more luxurious.

    Dec 05, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Everything was great,The Grounds,the beach,the rooms,the workers,especially Anthony at the desk,Wellington and Francisco at breakfast.The bartender at the theater I think his name was Rameriz.The entertainment was not very good. Food at the buffets same all the time often cold. ALL and ALL will go back.

    Dec 01, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Would N O T return

    My 4 y.o. is battling severe. fo od poi son ing after 6 days spent in RIU. We landed at O'Hare and went straight to the Immediate Care. My child became really sick the night before our flight back home. We came across mol dy food TWICE!! Yes mol dy FOOD!! food at the resort was horrific and some times in edible! Clogged bathroom, smelly rooms.. spoiled milk offered with the coffee.. and list of com plaints goes on and on. I've been to RIU Guanacaste which was great and I would return to that one ... RIU Palace Bavaro is a complete she to RIU hotels. Beautiful beach and water park were the only positives of the resort. Maintenance service was super fast (I bet they are used to complaints) and staff was friendly. Due to the hor rible food and my child suffering for past 4 days - I'm leaving 1 star. Hope no one else gets sick like him at that place.

    Nov 26, 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 Frequently Asked Questions), 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 A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air operated by TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. : PC 19-085 & PC 19-117, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 120319