We stayed at the Riu Bavaro for 6 days/ 5 nights, July12-18. This is a spectacular resort, truly a Five Star Resort. Ignore all of the poor reviews. The staff works really hard to keep the hotel clean (we wondered if the staff sleeps). We only ate at the buffet, Monte Cristo. The food was mediocre the first two days but then got better (fresh lobster and succulent steak) towards the end of our stay. Also, be sure to try the barbecue and paella served on the beach at lunch time. Beware, the drive to the hotel is rough (the locals seem to ignore traffic rules) wear your seat belt. The night time entertainment shows are corny but the staff works so hard to make guests have a good time. The rooms are clean, hotel staff cleans rooms twice a day. The staff are friendly (some speak very little to no English) but they're really polite and eager to please. Best part of the trip, the beach. Very gorgeous water views and smooth sand you can actually walk on barefoot. This is the second time we have stayed at a Riu Resort and we plan to stay with them again.
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