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Riu Palace Bavaro
(Punta Cana)
 
Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Web Site: http://riu.com
Rooms: Year Built: 2011
Floors: Last Renovated:
Pools: Restaurants:
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If you were to look around at my pics of all the other Riu Palace resorts you would see that are all very similar. They all have a 15th century European castle look to the décor. This is not your momma’s Riu Palace my friends. I walked in there to check in and almost turned right around thinking I was in the wrong place. I had to ask the front desk if I was in the right place. The décor is totally different. I was not prepared for it. This resort looks very modern and uses a lot of colored lights and stained glass. It took me a couple of days to figure out if I like it better or not. The final answer is yes I do.

The rooms are nicer than your average Riu Palace. They are a bit bigger and the general theme of the resort is continued with the modern décor. I think if you have stayed at a Riu before and liked it most will like this and welcome the change. Service wise, food quality, liquor quality and inclusions are all on par with other Riu Palace Resorts. Another big difference with this resort is they have villas. The main part of the resort with the junior suite and superior junior suites is not the U shape that Riu uses almost everywhere. It is a block shaped W. In one of the open aireas is the normal courtyeard. In the other is a beach bed/hammock relaxing area. After that are the villas to the far left. Guests staying in the villas are closer to the beach and the pools. The villa guests have their own private pool that had a Jacuzzi as well. All ground floor rooms have a huge Jacuzzi on the balcony. Some rooms have an ocean view and some are even ocean front. This is very new for a Riu Palace.

The restaurants at this resort follow the theme of modern décor. Check out my pics and you will see what I am saying. One new addition is a coffee shop that is opposite the lobby bar. They have different types of coffee and sweets. Guests staying here have use of all the facilities at the other Riu resorts with in the complex except for the Palace Mecao which during my stay was going through a renovation.

I am not sure how the exchange privileges are going to work with that because it is going to be adults only when it reopens and will have a modern décor like the Bavaro.

In between the Mecao and the Palace Bavaro there is a street of shops. Do not expect any deals here just as you wouldn’t expect a deal in a hotels gift shop which is basically what these are. On that same street is a night club which is a cash bar. I do not like this policy but it is very common in the Dominican Republic to charge for drinks in the night club. Prices of some things are bit high but beer is pretty cheap. For $5 you can get a 650 ml Presidente which is the preferred local beer. They also have a casino which is in the Mecao. They have 3 black jack tables, a roulette table, a couple of poker tables (Caribbean), a Texas hold’em table, a tournament table and some slot machines ranging from 5 cents to $1. Every night except Sunday at 10:30 they have either as black jack tournament or a texas hold,em tournament. The way it works is they will have 7 people play at a time and they will play 7 hands. At the end of those hands either 2 or 3 people will move on to the final round depending on how many people they have playing. Then the finalist will play 7 hands and then the top three win. First place gets $100, second place gets $50 and then third place gets $25. This is not real money. This is house money. Lets say you win and then you go play a game. If you were to bet all of it on one hand and win you get that vale in real money and the house money is taken by the house. If you lose well the house got their money back so either way they get their money but you do have the opportunity to win real money. I highly suggest going and playing in the tournament because even if you lose you just had fun for 30 to 45 minutes and met some new people. Best of all you haven’t spent a dime. Just take a drink with you because the free booze is just for people betting real money.

Reasons to book this resort: You are looking for a laid back resort that is pretty classy. You are looking for a resort that has quite a bit of rooms but is still pretty compact. You are looking for a resort that has exchange privileges with many other resorts.

Reasons not to book this resort: You are looking for an adults only resort.

 
 
     

 
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