My husband and I got back in Dec 3rd after a week vacation at the Riu Palace Bavaro. We had the best time ever and will be going back to this resort next year for our next vacation to Dominican Republic. We are not the most experienced travellers, and we are also not the pickiest people either. We were just looking for some time away from work, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and all those other day to day things you need to get away from one in a while, and thats exactly what we got!! This hotel is amazing! Its beautiful, the rooms and the rest of the hotel for that matter are extremely clean, and the people are literally some of the most friendly and outgoing people ive ever met!! Special thanks to Scooby and Bonbon for keeping us well entertained and involved in all the activities!!! The entertainment crew rocks! And thanks to the server Elis I think her name was, for being so nice and keeping our drinks coming :) Hope to see you all there next year!!
We had absolutely no problem with any language barrier and we only speak English. YOU ARE NOT IN AN ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY!!! Just remember that while you are there :) These people try their absolute best and you should not ask for anything more! I seriously cant believe their are people on here that write the service is slow or they are not accommodating or food is bad.... im at a loss for words hearing this.... We loved the food!! We loved the service and the people were more than accommodating. We actually said to each other at one point wow they ask if we want another drink before our last sip is taken from the previous. And at breakfast lunch or dinner anything extra that we needed it was there in a snap! The buffet was sooooo good, even if you are a picky eater you wont have any issues, and if your not, then you will be in shock the amount of food there is to choose from. As for the A La Carte restaurants, Krystels was the best, it was delish! But we mostly stuck to the buffet. As you could eat when you wanted. If you eat at the sushi restaurant stick to the beef or chicken, dont get the fish or deep fried meal, eew.
The rooms were very well maintained but because of the humidity nothing dried properly, so hang your bathing suits outside to dry. And you get new towels everyday. I would bring indoor and outdoor flipflops and shower in your outdoor ones and wear indoor ones inside. I just dont like waking on the floor in my bare feet... Also leave one of your room keys in the slot when you leave to keep the fridge and AC running and the AC switch is not only adjusted with the numbers, if you find it too cold then use the fan level so it doesnt blow out so hard :) The blow dryer sucks like every hotel. Oh and bring pillow cases!! Im so glad o brought my own, the pillows smelt weird....
When you go shopping there are little huts on the beach and beside the hotel where you can buy souvenirs, whatever price they first offer you, pay them one half of that price or less. Also your rep will tell you to go to this really small "mall" to shop, its not a mall at all, and it sucks and they make commission sending you there, research a little more and find a bigger better one...
I think that about all.... HAVE FUN!!!!!
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