My husband and I stayed at Riu Palace Bavarro October 14th to the 18th. Check in was very simple and the staff were very friendly at front desk. The decor is a bit strange, a cross between the Jetsons and Vegas. The resort is VERY clean. There are no cockroaches in the rooms as some people claim. You see an occasional cricket. Other than that no bugs hardly any mosquitos either. The pool and beach area are very nice with lots of loungers available in the sun and shade. Bartenders at the pool bar are very nice. You do have to ask for the better liquor. Only one beer Brahma on tap and cans-not bad like a light beer. The wine is not good at all. Buffets are rather typical. The food was fully cooked not raw like so many people state in their review. We had no problem finding something we liked. We ate at the Steak house and had filet and lobster tail. It was so good we went back a second time. The steak melted in your mouth which is unusual at a resort. Do not go to the Casino. We truly feel that it is "rigged" making is impossible to win anything. We are both sure that the dealer was being quite dishonest. The entertainment staff are not as good as at other resorts we have been to but they try. We found the people in general to be rather unfriendly. We are used to going to Mexico where the people are welcoming, warm and friendly. It is unbelievably HOT and HUMID. You are ok as long as you are in pool or under palms on beach. The ocean there has alot of seaweed but the beach itself is beautiful. This is a large resort so you do alot of walking. Most of the workers at the airport had attitudes and were VERY unfriendly. To sum it up, the resort is beautiful but we did not like the area it was in. We will go to other RIUS but not back to Dominican Republic.
- 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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