6 Reasons To Stay At The Royalton Bavaro In The Dominican Republic

This all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana has already become a popular destination for families, couples and singles. Here are six reasons it’s worthy of your next beach vacation.

The Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa is a tranquil getaway set in the heart of Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic's easternmost point known for its dreamy Atlantic beaches. A 25-minute drive from the airport, the 730-room property opened in December 2017 and has already become a popular destination for families, couples and singles. Here are six reasons we love the new all-inclusive resort.

Royalton Bavaro Suite with double sinks
All rooms feature balconies (most with ocean views), rain showers and flat-screen TVs, while some suites have Jacuzzi soaker tubs and private swim-out pools. Free resort-wide Wi-Fi and phone calls make it easy to share your vacay with family and friends back home. Bonus: You can order 24/7 room service from your suite's TV. | Courtesy Royalton Bavaro
Royalton Bavaro Punta Cana Flow Rider
The property features two swimming pools, a FlowRider surfing simulator, a 1,200-foot lazy river that winds through rock formations, and a slide-filled splash park for kids of all ages. Upgrade to the Diamond Club, which has its own pool and swim-up bar slinging frozen cocktails. Tip: Pack your swimsuit in your carry-on so you can jump right in if you arrive before 3 p.m. check-in. | Courtesy Royalton Bavaro
Restaurant at Royalton Bavaro
Japanese restaurant Zen dishes up teppanyaki-style faves like teriyaki salmon and fried rice, followed by green tea cheesecake. Gourmet Marche is a resort staple, with towers of meats, fish, desserts and pastas along with ample breakfast spreads. And the seared Tuna Wasabi Salad at Oceanside is truly mouthwatering. In addition to the seven sit-downs, stop by the poolside food truck for meatball sandwiches or the onsite cafe when only espresso and vanilla gelato will do. | Courtesy Royalton Bavaro
Royal Spa
No getaway is complete without a massage: the Royal Spa, which offers massages, facials, mani-pedis and body treatments like wraps and scrubs, is serenely tucked away. Try the Thermal Energy Massage, which revitalizes and soothes with warm stones, while the Signature Royal Massage is performed by two therapists using aromatherapy and Shiatsu with hot compresses. Relax in the steam room and sauna afterward. | Courtesy Royalton Bavaro
Saona Island Catamaran Tour
Onsite activities like a 9-hole mini golf course, sunrise yoga, volleyball, aquacize and even towel-animal folding lessons will nicely supplement pool lounging, but if you have the exploration urge, book a day trip with Nexus Tours. Opt for the Saona Island Catamaran Tour, which takes you to the idyllic island (part of a national park), followed by a visit to sandbars with starfish. | Shutterstock
Beachside chairs
The DR is said to have some of the world's most beautiful beaches, and snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and swimming in the ocean are available right on Royalton Bavaro's own gorgeous playa. Upgrade to Scuba diving, a deep-sea fishing trip or a private yacht excursion. Grab a coconut-rum infused Caribbean Sunset from the Sands Beach Bar, stretch out on one of the beachfront beds, and watch the sun set in an explosion of color. | Courtesy Royalton Bavaro