The Riu Palace Bavaro - All Inclusive is located on Arena Gorda beach, one of the most paradisiacal in Punta Cana. This 24-hour all-inclusive hotel,  offers a wide variety of exceptional quality services that make it one of the leading all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana and among the best hotels in the Dominican Republic. It's the perfect hotel for a family holiday, romantic getaway, or trip with friends.


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 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.
Advisory Riu Palace Bavaro closes for renovation on May 01st, 2024, reopening on September 01st 2024.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Deposits or credit/debit card hold authorizations are not requested at check-in. Minimum age of 18 is required for check-in, an ID/Passport will be requested upon arrival.

Convention Policy : Groups traveling together can book this property for their stay taking advantage of group benefits such as 6th or 11th complimentary guest, Group dinner reservation, One complimentary cocktail hour with a selection of appetizers, One complimentary massage for the group leader, Complimentary room upgrades to the next category, Fruit plate and bottle of wine for the VIP, Private check-in when arriving together,  Welcome sign. Applicable with Wedding Collections and Social Packages. Consult terms & conditions.

Hotel Spring Break Policies:  Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any RIU property, at any time during the year. RIU Hotels & Resorts, reserves the right to withhold admission to any Spring Breaker. The hotel reserves the right of admission and may request clients to show passport or official ID to prove full identification. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Parties in rooms are not allowed. Spring break groups or unruly behavior is not allowed all year round at any property.

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 10116 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The Riu Bávaro Food was subpar at best!

    The beach and ocean were fabulous. The food was terrible especially the Italian restaurant which was horrible! If you like tomato soup for sauce and so much salt to help taste this restaurant is for you. Service was inconsistent and stick to the buffet which had salad, fruit, butter pasta and hamburgers. Drinks were okay but no top shelf liquor and only presidente beer. Room was clean but dated.

    Feb 27, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great getaway!!!

    My family had a good time here, my kids was safe enjoyed the pool, staff was very friendly. We enjoyed the entertainment’s lots of laughter and good talent. The food stays coming lots of delicious pastries to have with your coffee and fruits to seafood amazing. Drinks unlimited memories for a lifetime.

    Feb 27, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Upon arriving at the Bavaro the hotel seems lovely. We received an email from TUI 5 days before asking if we would like to ammend the holiday as there are still building works happening but having already re-arranged it once before due to this TUI advised us in store that the building works were hardly noticeable so we decided to proceed with the holiday especially as it had cost us an extra 3k to move from November last year to February this year. The first 2 joining rooms they put us in the construction was going on outside the room and they didn't stop until 11pm, shouting, drilling and whistling. Not what you want when you just arrive. Nothing in the rooms worked, the electrics, the TV, the taps, the coffee machines. Everything's seems run down and is in need of a good clean. We went to reception the morning after and asked to be moved as construction started again at 7am and with things not working in the room we wanted different rooms. They moved us into rokms above the restaurants which were not joining rooms as the only joining rooms they have is where the construction is happening. Again nothing in the rooms worked, run down the same as the other two rooms. TV fuzzy, sink leaking, showers mouldy, no gel dispenser on the wall as it had broke off so they put gel in a glass cup in the shower. Only one blanket at night which was stained. We'd paid 10k for this holiday so it's not what you expect really. Around the pool nearly all the sunbeds are broken with string holding them together, all umbrellas are broken, the pool could do with a good clean as there's loads of things floating around in it. The restaurants are the same and are run down and are due a refurbishment. The service isn't good at all. To say this is a 5 star we were left in a morning with no coffee and there's no refill dispenser machines to get any drinks, the service is very poor and slow. It was also my husbands Birthday which is why we had moved it to this date. I came down to see some reps the day before to arrange to surprise my husband at dinner. Was told to go and sort it at reception. Went to reception, they told me to go to the restaurant and find the manager Pascowl. So went to find the manager after nearly slipping on the very slippy floor as it's slippy throughout all the hotel. Pascowl wrote all details down for the day after for balloons, singing happy birthday and a cake brought out in the Krystal Restaurant at 6:30pm. We turned up the day after at 6:30pm expecting balloons to be set out. Tried telling them on the door as we walked in that I had spoken to Pascowl but they didn't understand English. So we sat down thinking they would remember and they didn't. I was very upset over this and it ruined my surprise that I had for him. The beach on the other hand is amazing, clear sand and sea but again the sunbeds are broken, there's no drinks service on the beach. Beware of the parrots, monkeys and lizards as they come and place them on your shoulders, especially the kids shoulders, say that they are charging per person then charge you way above that. One of the days we ventured to to Riu Punta Cana as you can use that hotel during the day, the difference is amazing, that is more of a 5 star than this is. Really clean, no broken sunbeds, food is cleaner. The pools are cleaner, the whole hotel is a lot lot better. We also did the dolphin trip on the boat by booking down at pool, having done Mexico dolphins there is a massive difference from this one and that one. The boat also left us and a private boat had to take is back out to join the main boat, this was due to them putting different coloured bands on us at dolphin island and putting us in the last group. We kept telling them that we had to be back on the boat for 3pm but no one listened. On the whole it was a lovely holiday as it is what you make it. Would I return? I don't think I would due mainly to the very slow and lack of service.

    Feb 26, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Riu is the best

    Great hotel, great services, great food. Nice place to travel with kids (2 yrs and 4 yrs) Definitely i will be back with my family. Mu kids was so happy swimming in pool and ocean so all was great....

    Feb 25, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A True Gem in Bavaro: Exceptional Service and Memorable Stay

    A True Gem in Bavaro: Exceptional Service and Memorable Stay As avid vacationers at RIU Palace resorts in the Caribbean, my wife and I recently had the pleasure of returning to Riu Palace Bavaro for the third time in February 2024. Our previous stays in 2015 and 2016 had set high expectations, and once again, we were blown away by the excellence that prevails across all RIU Palace properties. Undoubtedly, the heart and soul behind this exceptional experience is Roberto Miller, the Director and General Manager of Riu Palace Bavaro, along with his dedicated team. From the moment we stepped foot on the resort, it was evident that every aspect of our stay was meticulously curated for maximum enjoyment. The management team, led by Roberto Miller, along with Miguel Peguero, Fernandez Perez, Juan Polanco, and others, ensures the seamless functioning of the resort, making it a truly all-inclusive paradise. Special mention must be made of Rascual Jimenez, Juan Cristobal, Johan Ylisa, Yuverca Guerrero, Cesarin Nieves, Eusebio Brown, and Nicolas Castillo, whose efforts contribute significantly to the resort's success. The reception and front desk staff, including Richard Gonzales, Ramon Cedeno, Enrique Rosario, Jose Luis Morales, and their team, greeted us warmly upon arrival, setting the tone for our stay. Their efficiency and professionalism were exemplary, ensuring a smooth check-in process. Throughout our 12-night stay, we were treated to impeccable service and hospitality at every turn. The resort boasts six restaurants offering a diverse range of cuisines, expertly curated by Head Chef Juan Cristobal. Whether indulging in a gourmet meal or sipping on refreshing beverages by the pool, every culinary experience was a delight. The resort's extensive list of activities, from yoga and Zumba to volleyball and ping pong, ensured there was never a dull moment. Evenings were filled with enchanting music and captivating performances, providing the perfect end to each day. One notable feature we appreciated was the sliding screen doors in all balcony rooms, allowing for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. This attention to detail truly enhanced our stay and set Riu Palace Bavaro apart from the rest. What is also remarkable about Riu resorts including this one, is that on the beach they don't have mildew and mold infested palapas for shade, instead they have a "forest" of palm trees that provide shade. One never feels claustrophobic under the shade of the palm trees -- it's a beach that breaths. The endless sandy beach was perfect. There was no trace of Sargasum.sea weed. Only 4 out of 12 days the Atlantic was calm enough to swim. The other days we went into the water to cool off which was still fun. We aren't pool vacationers but I can reassure those who prefer pools there always seemed to be vacant sun loungers. The beach towels were clean and plentiful but many of them showed signs of wear and tear. The four Riu resorts that are adjacent to each other share tennis courts, Splash water park, disco and a night club where they have the fun and extravagant White, Neo and Pink theme weekly parties. There's a shuttle that takes guests to and from the different Riu resorts. Riu Palace Macao also has a casino which is open to all guests over 18. We would give 5 starts to all categories and aspects of Riu Palace Bavaro. The one exception are the nightly shows. In conclusion, if you're seeking a resort where exceptional service and hospitality reign supreme, look no further than Riu Palace Bavaro. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Roberto Miller, his dedicated staff, and everyone who contributed to making our stay truly unforgettable.

    Feb 24, 2024
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