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Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro

Playa De Arena Gorda | Punta Cana 23000  [SEE MAP]Punta Cana  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Hospitable staff and abundant on-site amenities
Some say the suites' decor appears worn
Rubbing elbows with a bevy of Bávaro resorts along Arena Gorda Beach's coveted sands, the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro sets itself apart from its Punta Cana competitors with its friendly atmosphere and full range of activities. Recent guests have only positive things to say about the resort's staff, commending them for their kindness and attentiveness. However, past visitors gave mixed feedback about the property's accommodations. While some praised the clean and spacious suites, others said the digs are overdue for a refresh. All of the 610 suites come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, satellite TVs, liquor dispensers and private balconies or terraces. Outside the accommodations, travelers will find two pools (one with a swim-up bar), four tennis courts (which the property shares with four other resorts), a spa and a fitness center. Come nightfall, grab a bite to eat at one of six eateries before enjoying some nighttime entertainment at the Pacha nightclub.
Punta Cana
Hotel Class
Property Type
All-inclusive resort, 610 rooms
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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews


The all-inclusive Riu Palace is a luxe option in Punta Cana. It's part of the massive complex of Riu resorts, which are all located on a beautiful, white-sand beach.



The family-friendly Riu Palace Bávaro is the newest property (opened in 2011) in this five-resort Riu complex on Arena Gorda beach at the north end of the Bávaro coastline. Though the most expensive of these sister resorts, it remains one of the better value all-inclusives in Punta Cana.

Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 4488 have reviewed the Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4488 reviews 4.0 (based on 4488 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro is an all-suite property. Featuring predominantly white decor with purple and pink accents, all accommodations offer lounge areas with sofas, flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, balonies or terraces, bathtubs, minibars and liquor dispensers. Some suites also boast private outdoor Jacuzzis.
  • All-inclusive rates cover in-suite Wi-Fi access
  • Select accommodations only permit adults
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Set along Arena Gorda Beach, the Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro is one of five properties within Punta Cana's RIU resort complex. The all-inclusive property features a large beach area, and guests have access to amenities throughout the resort's sister properties, including a spa and multiple pools.
  • Situated roughly 15 miles northwest of Punta Cana International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


This RIU outpost features six restaurants: a buffet-style eatery with live cooking stations, Krystal (which serves Asian fusion cuisine), Geisha (a Japanese restaurant), La Bambola (where gourmet Italian dishes are on the menu), an international eatery and a steakhouse. All drinks and meals, including snacks and room service, are available 24 hours a day.
  • Room rates cover all meals and drinks
  • Guest rooms have fully stocked minibars and liquor dispensers
  • More dining venues can be found at sister properties

Number of restaurants6

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Asian, Italian, American, French

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The resort offers two outdoor pools. The main pool features a swim-up bar and an adjoining whirlpool, while the second pool is designed for kids. There is also a large white sand beach with free water sports equipment like kayaks and snorkel gear. What's more, guests receive complimentary entrance to the larger complex's water park.
  • Complimentary lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels
  • Poolside food and beverage service
  • Additional pools at sister properties
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The property is home to a Renova Spa, which offers a variety of services, including facials, massages and body treatments. The facility also has a steam room and hair and beauty salons.
  • Spa treatments cost extra

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


This family-friendly, all-inclusive resort offers daytime activities for children ages 4 to 12. There are also a kids pool and a large white sand beach, where teens can take advantage of complimentary nonmotorized water sports equipment. The larger resort complex also features a water park with six waterslides.
  • Room rates cover kids activities
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The resort's Renova Spa houses a fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Additionally, visitors have access to four tennis courts, a beach volleyball court and complimentary water sports equipment, such as windsurfing boards and kayaks.
  • Complimentary group fitness classes in shared RiuFit area
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro can host business meetings and events. There are six venues available with flexible setup options, and the spaces can be combined to accommodate as many as 1,000 attendees.
  • Professional event planners
  • Customizable group activities

Number of meeting rooms6

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro offers venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can choose from a variety of beach and garden locations that can host up to 300 guests. The property can accommodate a variety of ceremonies, including Catholic, symbolic and vow renewals.
  • Wedding packages with floral and catering options
  • Wedding planning services

Maximum wedding guest capacity300

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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