I stayed at the Riu Palace Bavaro the second week of September with my boyfriend. We had an incredible time. The hotel was beautiful just like in the photos. Our room was ready and very clean. We were asked about upgrading but it was about 240$ more so we decided to stick with our room which actually had a view of the pool but also the ocean. We were away from the main dining areas which was good because at night the entertainment was quite loud.
The housekeeping did get skimpy with the towels by the end of the week but if you call they will bring you more. The room does get damp due to the heat and humidity mixed with the air conditioning. We brought an extra hotel key card so we could leave our ceiling fan on which did help.
The beach is one of the most beautiful I have been to. I have to say that the hotel had the workers out there cleaning the areas and sand every morning. There is plenty of sun or shade so whatever you prefer and they are plentiful.
The pool is nice and clean. The pool bar is also nice but do not rest your arms on the bar or tables without wetting them they are extremely hot. Service is good at the pool too. If you like shade then I do suggest the beach because most actually almost all of the umbrellas are missing the piece needed to keep them open. We used a stick some of the days. There were also children swimming in the pool bar which I found annoying. They should be at the kids pool that's what it's for. The entertainment staff at the pool became too loud and too pushy within the first few days. Also one tried selling us a crappy CD which I'm sure was not part of his job description. The entertainment on a few nights was ok but most nights disappointing.
The food was okay but very much the same thing everyday. I liked the restaurants but I think it was the same food only it is served like in a restaurant. I was missing regular food by the end of my stay. If you order room service be prepared to not get what you asked for.
If you need sunblock bring a lot it is sold for about 22$ a bottle and females bring your necessities because a box of 10 tampons is about 13$.
We had a few issues with the power going out an the safe not opening but for the most part is is a nice hotel and I would recommend it.
The spa services were wonderful and I would definitely check the spa and gym out.
Hope this helps and if you have a I phone or AT&T do not even turn it on you will connect to the network there and who knows what you will be charged. We got a throw away phone from a local and it worked out well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * 4-story building * Surrounded by 63,000 m2 / 75,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higuey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport ... more less
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