We just received an email from our local Apple Vacations’ rep who experienced the new Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana. It’s a great review of the new property from someone who has seen just about every all-inclusive there is in the Caribbean and Mexico. We thought it would be nice to share here and have been given the a-ok to do a bit of c&p.
And on to the review:
Just returned from the Grand Opening of the NewRiu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana and WOW !!! This is like no other Riu property to date it’s modern, chic and very fun.
The property opened on December 2 and it opened completed. There is still some planting and some other landscaping being completed, not all of the equipment is installed in the gym, but all minor. Riu removed most of the palm trees replanted them somewhere else and moved them back, so you have a lot of mature landscaping done though out the property and on the beach.
As soon as you enter the lobby (complimentary wi-fi in the lobby) you see the difference in this hotel, the lobby is done in gold, yellow’s and a raspberry color that you see though out the property. Off the lobby you have your conference rooms, lobby bar and Capuchino (with the best ice cream ever). Just outside of the lobby area is the 24 hour sports bar with internet service. Within the U you also have 4 restaurants and the main buffet, reservations still need to be made for the a la carte restaurants, but I have to say the food was wonderful and probably the best buffet with lots of different variety, something for everyone’s taste. Across from the buffet is there outdoor bar and entertainment area, which is beautiful again done in the dark raspberry, purple and black granite. Entertainment was excellent with music before and after the shows.
Main pool, the property was full, but never had to fight or get up at 7:00 AM is reserve space at the pool, lots of shaded areas, zero degree entry at one end, swim up pool bar and wait service. Beach restaurant (becomes Steak House in the evening) conveniently located next to the main pool, lots of variety for lunch.
The rooms are where Riu also went modern, beautiful black granite in the bathroom with raspberry color glass block, mirrors framed in light raspberry color and purple accents in the room. Open room concept with hydromassage tub in room (standard Jr suite), there is a curtain that can be pulled for privacy, sitting area, mini bar, plasma screen TV’s etc.
VIP villa area is also new on this property, the buildings in the VIP area are closest to the beach and are bungalow style surrounding a private pool area. The back buildings are 3 story and going to 2 stories beachfront, something to note there are no elevators in these buildings and they are the furthest from the restaurants and lobby area, but closets to the beach. The private pool area has there own bar with pool service and no towel cards needed, has complimentary wi-fi service in the rooms and around the pool area and jacuzzi on the balcony or terrace. I thought the one thing missing from this area was some type of food service during the day. As we all know there are very few hotels in Punta Cana that has beach front rooms and this is one of them. There are only 16 beach front rooms and so very limited, but you truly have nothing but the beach and the ocean as your view.
Overall, Loved the property, but most of all the staff was outstanding. We all know that staff is going through a training period, but everyone was wonderful and went above and beyond. Also this property is selling like crazy, so if you have clients that are looking to book it, BOOK it now.
Looks like Riu has created another winner.