We have been traveling yearly to the DR since 2000 and have always stayed at the Riu Palace Macao this year we deceided to stay at the new (opened Dec 2011) Riu Palace Bavaro. The lobby explodes with color and once we quit comparing the Palace Bavaro to the Macao we had a fanastic trip. The lobby bar and ice cream shop were perfect and a fun place to stop. The out side bar for nightly entertainment was fun. We did not visit the 24 hour sports bar but it was usually busy. A new equipped indoor gym and spa were also available. Besides the buffet resturant you had a choice of an Ala Carte, Fusion,Italian, Steak house and Japanese. We stayed with the main buffet and the food was amazing.
Arrival: We were greeted with the same warmth that we have come to love from the Riu hotels. Our room was waiting and we were made to feel welcome and at home.
The rooms (we had 2) we upgraded using Riu points to a Villa Suite with a terrace and an out door jacuzzi were open and modern very colorful and beautiful.
Restaurants and Bars:
Besides the buffet resturant you had a choice of an Ala Carte, Fusion,Italian, Steak house and Japanese. We stayed with the main buffet and the food was amazing.
Pools were beautiful with built in lounges, swim up bars and jacuzzi’s. The grounds are sparse as it is a very new hotel but the staff was working daily to make them into the lush grounds I am sure they will be when we visit next year!
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The hotel staff at the Riu is hands down the best anywhere. Pleasant and helpful. We have staff that remembers us from previous visits and treats us like royalty. The activites were fun my husband and I enjoyed Yoga/stretching each morning on the beach.
I would highly recommed the Riu Hotels and this new one certainly lives up the the Palace name!!
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