"2nd time there, I must say I am disappointed. Fresh prepared food, however very poorly made meals. Every day for 8 days exactly same food, they jus ... " More

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Hotel Description

An all-inclusive stay in Punta Cana awaits you at Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive. You'll be steps from Arena Gorda Beach and 2.6 km (1.6 mi) from Iberostar Golf Course. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 5 restaurants, 2 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and all 518 rooms feature free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and free bottled water. Minibars provide refreshments, and 24-hour room service is also available. Nice touches include bathrobes and free toiletries. Ceiling fans, safes, and hair dryers are also available.

A day of pampering at Eternal Spa can include deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy, and reflexology along with access to the sauna and spa tub. The steakhouse, Grill Steakhouse, is open for dinner. With 4 bars/lounges and a poolside bar to choose from, you can enjoy a drink at the resort. Spend the day at the beach where you'll find sun loungers, and enjoy the onsite free water park and nightclub. Business travelers can take advantage of conference space, meeting rooms, and a business center. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a sauna. Free buffet breakfast is available. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Places within a 15-minute drive of this 4-star Punta Cana resort include Punta Blanca Golf Course and Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay.

Junior Suite Garden View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Junior Suite Superior

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Villa Jr Suite Pool View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Villa Jr Suite Jacuzzi Superior

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Villa Suite Jacuzzi Ocean Front

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Junior Suite Garden View Latam

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
3 out of 5
2nd time there, I must say I am disappointed. Fresh prepared food, however very poorly made meals. Every day for 8 days exactly same food, they just rotate stations. Nothing local to represent Dominican food or Caribian. Menu for on site restaurants has as poor choices as their main restaurant. Entertainment was more than poor, it only last for 1 hour and it end at 10:30 pm on most nights. Great people and service, but resort need a lot of work if they are to get repeat customers.

Posted by , from Boston on May 8, 2018

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2 out of 5
Will not return. Average food at all restaurants and less than average food if you wanted room service or to eat when restaurants were not open. We were there with a group and out of about 20 people at least half had stomach problems during the trip from the food/water even though we were all careful not to drink or brush our teeth with tap water. Could be due to the pool bars rinsing plastic cups in the sink an re-using them. In addition, the front desk staff works everyone over for tips. Christian at the front desk is a con artist and even after putting us in a inferior room (we paid for Villa Jr. Suite Sea view and could not see anything but trees from our room) yet he handed us an unmarked envelope secretly and said we could give it to him latter with a tip. I found out that this happened to most of our group and the only ones with nice rooms had to go back and forth at check in. Don't like not getting what I pay for and being hustled/coned by staff.

Posted by on May 7, 2018

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3 out of 5
Food is average at best. Cleanliness a bit of issue

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018

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5 out of 5

Awesome view

It was a great experience . Great food, nice staff. Bar and view of the beach

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018

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5 out of 5

RIU Bavaro

Pros: I like the all-inclusive resorts because you completely relax. No schedules. Meals only take 30 minutes to a hour and your back to the pool or beach
Cons: Music at the pool was 90 percent local music. Not my kind of music and it was in Spanish. I would like more American music like most guests.
Location: The resort is only 20 miles from the airport. No need to go anywhere. There are options but we just stayed at the resort.
This was our third RIU resort and the best. Stayed in the VIP section. Rooms in the VIP section are the same as in the hotel part but you are closer to the pool and beach. The VIP section also has its own pool. However we found the regular pool was more active and fun than the VIP pool. Both pool and beach were great. Food was was good at the smorgasbord dining and the specialty restaurants.

Posted by , from Indianapolis on Mar 7, 2018

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4 out of 5

Overall a nice place

Pros: Clean, no bugs, friendly helpful staff
Cons: Bedding
Location: We didn't leave the complex except to golf
Good trip! Hotel complex was a little large for my taste. Hotel staff was wonderful!! Food was average. No comforter on the bed which was a bit of an issue for me. Biggest annoyance was the people selling things on the beach- they were so pushy sometimes we didn't want to even go out there. However, the experience was great overall.

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018

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2 out of 5

Look elsewhere

Spend your money elsewhere. Front desk staff were helpful. Food was no so good. Wait staff was hit or miss. Some where good and other not so. Melisa from blue local excursion was not a nice person. On the other hand there were a couple of waiters and hospitality members that were great.

Posted by , from Dallas on Dec 29, 2017

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2 out of 5

Very high price for this kinda resort. Smelly room

Resort credit is useless. 90% of employees don't speak English. Very hard to communicate your needs. Kids club is no good. Meal timings are very limited. AC not working. Overall it's 2 star resort.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017

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2 out of 5

Beautiful Resort but Roaches in Room

We had roaches (over 10 killed) in our room and moldy toilet tissue stocked. Front desk did not seem to care or apologize for the issue. Great food and entertainment staff. HORRIBLE CLEANING STAFF!!! Did not regularly stock linens.

Posted by , from Virginia Beach, Virginia on Mar 23, 2017

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5 out of 5

Wonderful stay,gorgeous beach

Pros: Everything!
I was worried when I read the numerous negative reviews of this resort. I cannot express how wrong they were ! This resort is beautiful and impeccably maintained. Yes there may be a language barrier some times, but management is all fluent in English and always willing to help. Yes wifi can be sketchy, but that should not be part of a rating. This is paradise, you should be using your phone to capture the beauty of your surroundings, not reading tweets! The food was excellent and plentiful. I am sure negative reviewers are not being fair. Yes some food may be bland , but like a cruise ship, they must cater to all tastes. Go to an ala carte (and extremely expensive) resort if you are a food snob. The sushi was awesome as well as local specialties. Our room was always clean and a pleasant tempreture. The pool and beach never overcrowded and we went during the busiest time! Music and entertainment was great and family friendly. The water park was in a different section so relaxation on the beach was a reality! Wonderful place! We will be back!

Posted by , from Chicago, Il on Dec 30, 2016

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All-inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • 24-hour room service

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old

Property Features

Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive is an all-inclusive resort. Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Other items and amenities, including taxes and gratuities, and access to recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. Enjoy the umbrellas and sun loungers for a relaxing day at the beach. At Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive you can cool off in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools and indulge in a pampering afternoon at the full-service spa. Free breakfast is served. There are 5 restaurants on site, along with a grocery/convenience store. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 4 bars/lounges and a swim-up bar. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. This Art Deco resort also offers a complimentary water park, a complimentary children's club, and a children's pool. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Punta Cana resort.

  • 518 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 4 buildings
  • 5 dining venues
  • 4 bars or lounges
  • 6 conference rooms
  • Built in 2011
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Nightclub
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Supervised kid's activities (free)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Convenience store
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free water park access
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)
  • Children's club (free)
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Playground on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Punta Cana (PUJ-Punta Cana Intl.) (26 km / 16.2 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive offers 518 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Flat-screen televisions come with satellite channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Punta Cana resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free buffet breakfast.

Buffet Restaurant - Onsite restaurant. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Grill Steakhouse - This steakhouse serves dinner only.

Japanese Restaurant - This theme restaurant serves dinner only.

Italian Restaurant - Onsite theme restaurant.

24-hour room service is available.


Riu Palace Bavaro’s entertainment is suitable for couples, families and groups of friends. From relax zones, where noise will not get in the way with your Zen, to sports and RiuLand children program. Celebrate your own Olympiad and have an “all-around” competition including tennis, table tennis, beach and pool volleyball, water-polo, kayaking, windsurfing, body-board, horse riding and many other activities. Golf lovers can swing away in world-renowned courses like Punta Blanca, White Sands and Cocotal, some of them with different routes (green fee applies).
Activities continue later on at night with the night shows and live music. Bring your dance moves to Pacha and enjoy a Caribbean style night club. Give your luck a try and experience El Millón petit tropical Casino.

Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 11 PM

Special check-in instructions:

There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21 years old.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No pets or service animals allowed



The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

Hotel Names

  • All Inclusive Bavaro
  • Bavaro All Inclusive
  • Bavaro Palace
  • Bavaro Palace All Inclusive
  • Palace Bavaro
  • Palace Riu Bavaro
  • Riu Bavaro
  • Riu Bavaro Palace
  • Riu Palace Bavaro
  • Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive
  • Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive Punta Cana
  • Riu Palace Bavaro Punta Cana

You should know

  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.


Splash Water World Access

Book a stay in any room or rate category and receive access to Splash Water World with 4 lane aqua racers and water slides.

Full details at check-in. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

Golf Promotion

Book a stay in any room or rate category for travel now - December 31, 2018, and receive the following inclusions for USD 95 per person: 18 holes of golf; sandwiches; transportation between the hotel and golf course; shared golf cart; water and sodas; practice balls and tees; and fresh towels at the end of the 18 holes.

Full details at check-in. Guests must contact the property at least 24 hours in advance to arrange tee time; contact information is provided on the booking confirmation email. Non-players are charged UDS 25 per person. Club rental is available for a surcharge. Taxes and gratuity may not be included. No refunds for any unused portion of offer. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.