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 4449 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Hotel and excursion

    Far overated hotel. Barely 2 Star hotel and certainly not as advertised by tui. Broken beds replaced with broken beds. Then replaced with camp beds. If I had wanted camping I would have booked a tent. Whale watching trip expensive and definitely not as advertised. Do take extra change of clothes in waterproof bag. You WILL need them. Tour guide on this trip completely inept. Lack of seating to accommodate. Lack of life jackets for number of passengers. Complete farce start to finish. Bus late. Too many stops to change passengers from bus to bus. Like riding on a shopper hopper. Definitely one trip to avoid. Categorically one hotel to avoid Management rude and discourteous hotel tui rep a complete waste of space and doesn't work weekends. Full focus on you paying for trips rather than solving issues. On the up side. The regular staff cleaners and gardeners work long arduous hours and do their utmost to please where possible. Would I ever book here again? NEVER. NOT EVEN IF THE HOLIDAY WAS FREE.

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Winter break

    Hotel over all very good food very good themed restaurant very good shows when on in the evening but been to quite a few places and a lot of riu hotels and this is by far the worst for the entertainment team I've ever seen they all need replacing and get new people in and at least put there own show on and not chat up customers and do the things they want instead of entertaining the people that pay them this needs to be addressed or people will not come back my opinion.PS bar staff restaurant staff cleaners receptionist and all other staff brilliant.

    Jan 13, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful beach

    Stayed here for 5 days. We weren’t impressed with the staff in the restaurants, staff wasn’t very attentive or nice and the food was mediocre. Room was outdated but clean. The best part of our stay there was the beach, long stretch, almost no seaweed (very little), clean sand and beautiful turquoise ocean! That’s what we came there for and it was definitely not a disappointment! If I decide to go back to Punta Cana I would choose a different resort, this one is pretty outdated.

    Jan 13, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Some critical disorganization

    This is a beautiful resort but has some serious problems. At our 9:30 p.m. check in, one employee, was trying to check a group of eight and we were after them in line,while two other dress shirt staff stood around and talked. Then the first one tried unsuccessfully to multitask is all. I finally got another guy to help. We asked if this was an ocean view room as booked and were told that it was. When we got up to it, it it faced buildings and a pool. This room was unacceptable so we moved to another that is partial ocean view. Be aware your view will likely be obstructed by the many gorgeous palm trees. Two restaurants were closed on Sunday night at dinner. When we went into the Italian one they said that it was all reserved. This is supposed to be a "no reservations needed " hotel. I pointed to an empty set table for two at the back and was again told reserved. So we went to the Japanese restaurant and were told that 39 people had reserved those empty seats. Others were in front of us and were told the same thing so we were upset and went to the buffet. This is not the staff's fault but they have to deal with it. After dinner, I discussed these two restaurant problems with a very compassionate desk staff named Ferdinand who said that he would take it to meetings with the restaurant manager. The food is delicious with many choices. I also mentioned how dissatisfied we were with the poor check in staff and that I hoped that I'd have better experiences for the rest of our two weeks.

    Jan 13, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice Beach

    We took our kids on a surprise vacation for Christmas. We’ve been to Mexico a couple of times and were looking for a nicer beach/ocean. Ocean and beaches are BEAUTIFUL!! Hotel leaving a lot to be desired. Overall, didn’t feel like the food was as good as we have had in the past and the service wasn’t near as good. I’m also writing this after 5 nights of tossing and turning in this rock hard bed and spent the last 24 hours with gi issues. Don’t think we would recommend or come back.

    Jan 08, 2020

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