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 4231 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    I’m going to start this review with the pros of this trip rather than the cons because they heavily out way each other! The pros of the RIU Palace Bavaro are basic! The entrance hall to the hotel is beautiful and modern and the style of the resort is also very elegant and promising. My girlfriend and I stayed in the Jr Villa Suite which I highly do not recommend simply because it’s the basic room style with the addition of a decent sized jacuzzi on the balcony. The room was nice and a really good size, but other than that my problem was the fact that 1000 ants were running along our walls on the second night! As a couple that is a total turn off! Especially because once we complained they did nothing to help the cause other than put a bottle of RAID in the room to exterminate them! By the way I was the one who had to spray the raid and also attempt to clean up as many ants as possible before they made there way towards the bedding area! In addition, another con to this trip was the fact that the pool area closes at 6pm (STILL SUNNY) and then the resort is pretty much boring from then on out! Yea you have dinner to go to and a decent entertainment show that’s begins at 9:30pm, but those are not that special. The (SMALL) Casino opens at 7 while the (BORING) nightclub is open from 11-3! Another con is the fact that the people are cool (because they wants tips) but the locals are HOUNDS! If you go on the beach or excursions the locals legit force you to spend money on them and push things upon you, such as throwing a monkey on your head and make you pay 40$ for a picture or put lotion on your back without asking and drag you to the massage table for 10 minute massage costing 50$ each (TRASH)! Furthermore, the cons continue to add up because walking along this resort is impossible without watching your step every second while attempting to keep your balance from slipping on the wet tile floors that are EVERYWHERE! (GREY TILE IS THE WORST)! My girlfriend actually fell so hard while walking that she could barely move her leg the last couple days of the trip! (PICTURES BELOW) Still not done! If you’re from out of the country and a country where there is no bacteria in the water then you will have stomach problems and regret even wanting to drink every day no matter what you do or take! It doesn’t matter what you try to do to prevent it because even if you don’t drink the tap water and stay away from ice somehow you still tend to feel like your stomach is turning! Lastly, I just want to say I made this post for the sole purpose of warning other couples and families who attempt to stay at RIU Palace Bavaro that in my opinion this is not the place for you! This is my first vacation with my girlfriend of almost 4 years so I made this review to help others and I really hope it helps in your decision making! Thank you for spending time reading this post and wish you luck in your vacation planning!

    May 31, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Rui Palace Bavaro Not a 5 star hotel !

    Rui palace Bavaro hotel not a 5 * We had leaking ceiling which developed reacuring mould maid wiped away Somtimes balcony door latch rusted up would not fully always warm not hot. won't go there again.stayed at Rui Bambu 3 times much better hotel even though only 4+ Much friendlier staff and atmosphere. We overlooked the outdoor stage which was very noisy and somtimes (especially weekends) guests would sit in this area playing music and being very noisy till 2/3 am. We stayed here this time as it was our 50th wedding anniversary and thought , being a 5* we would have a lovely special holiday wrong!!!! 😩

    May 30, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great place to stay with a GORGEOUS beach!!

    This was our 5th Riu Palace stay and 1st at DR. Food was better here than any of the previous properties. Great buffet!! Property was very clean and the pool bartenders were outstanding. Would definitely come back here!!

    May 30, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Would not recommend this resort to my friends.

    I love staying at all inclusive resorts, but I honestly cannot recommend Riu Palace Bavaro. I was staying in the VIP section, booked a garden view room, but was not given one. When I checked in the person at the front desk was not friendly or accommodating at all. When he gave me my room assignment I asked him where it was located. He proceeded to show me on a map where the building was located, but did not offer to have anyone assist me with my bags. I had to take my bags by myself to my room. The food was average - meat and fish were over cooked everywhere we went and the food is very salty. The entertainment was just okay. Housekeeping did a good job. The floors in the room and shower were very slippery, but my room was clean, bed was turned down and cute touches with towels and sheer curtain. Pools and pool area were kept clean. Overall, the resort could use an update, especially the gym. My recommendation would be to look into staying elsewhere:

    May 29, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Entertainment Changes 😟

    Stayed for 2 wks at the beginning of May. We have stayed here before and always had a great time previously to which I would score 5 on here. Reason for a score of 4 this visit is down to the changes in the day and evening entertainment. They have now introduced numerous pool parties throughout the wk at 3pm and 7pm. These are held at other Riu hotels nearby. The knock on effect to this hotel is that the afternoon entertainment dies a death to how it used to operate and the one evening there was nothing to watch after dinner. Pool parties can be great fun, however having to go to another hotel isn't unless you're in your 20's like most of those that went to them. Overall our stay was great from our requested room in the VIP area, my birthday celebrations from the hotel, the staff and the service we received from everyone.👍

    May 29, 2019
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