Spent 2 weeks here in Feb 2012. This is a very nice hotel. One of 3 Riu's on this private stretch of beach. Which have probably have read you can use all three except for your evening meal. The feel of this hotel is lovely. Small peaceful, green ,lush gardens, lots of trees. The other 2 have a different feel. The merengue in the middle is nice with a more tasteful reception area but the pool is square and no trees so not as cosy . The bachata is posher , alot larger and alot louder with its swim up bar and lots of Canadians at the bar all day!
I would choose the mambo again having spent time at all three even though it does not feel as grand. Although the reception area is quite small and dark compared to the other 2 don't let this put you off when you first arrive.
The rooms are all in block's of 8 spaced around . I did email ahead and ask for sea view rooms close to the pool which we did get. All the blocks are nice pastel colours and not too far away from anything. the rooms are dated which is normal for dom rep. most hotels have dark wood and load coloured bed throws so can look old fashioned. they were clean and a nice size not overly large. you do get a free safe and a fridge with beer and caned drinks also 3 optics that are refilled all included. These are local spirits and all tasted very similar but are included so a nice touch.
is nice although not white powder and turquoise sea like Punta Cana it's a nice beach but the sea can be rough so not good for snorkelling. Plenty of beds a small ,beach bar in front of the mambo although only serving just beer and soft drinks ! No spirits or cocktails which is a shame, but the pool bar is not far to walk. To the right of the beach there are a few local traders we and many others booked our trips with these guys in the first hut . Dune buggys through the mangroves was fab, Far cheaper than the hotel and usually tern out to be the same bus!
You can eat in the buffet for all 3 meals or the pool bar for lunch and booked dining in the evening, you can also take breakfast and lunch in the other hotels. I think the pool restaurant in the buchetta a was best for lunch a a nice 8-10 min walk along the beach of the beach lined path takes you there. We ate at all the restaurants the pool side in the mambo had the least choice. The lunch restaurant in the merengue was pretty much the same as the mambo. The buchetta was my favourite we had breakfast and lunch there enjoying the walk back to the mambo for a quieter afternoon.
I would give the hotel buffet food in the mambo a 3 star to 3star plus. Same for the pool bar which turns into the al a carte restaurants in the evening I have had a lot better in 4star Dom rep hotels over the years. The buchetta is more of a 4 star for food. I still would not class it as 5 having stayed at a number of 5 star hotel in the Dominican.
Mambo's team were ok , some were annoying like the rasta haired older guy that mooed like a cow or baa ed like a sheep as he walked past your lounger when you were sleeping not many found him funny! My daughter tried the kids club and I observed from a distance whilst she was given a piece of paper and crayons why the girl in charge sat texting on her phone. My daughter is 10 so she didn't last long there. I did see the girl making more effort on other days with younger children.
Evening shows were average for Dom rep I have seen far better and far worse. They do work hard and its just down to if its your thing or not. They do have live music some nights on the terrace before and after the show which is lovely.
Between the middle and end hotel merrangue and buchetta. A nice place to walk to at night along the beach front path which is lit up with lamps and you can visit the other hotels bars on the way. This is a really nice touch to these hotels as its not the kind of country that you walk out of your hotels to shops. These feel safe and are all within the hotel boundary.
A really nice walk past the buchetta up the hill to a white stone pagodaover looking the sea and looking back to all three hotels. You can also walk down to a private beach on the other side if you want total quite.
Disabled and pushchairs
This is a flat resort with a great concrete path all along the front of all three hotels we saw many with push chairs and wheel chairs ,the mambo's pool has a sloped ramped access ideal for wheel chair users to get in and out of the pool.
A lovely set of hotel's I would recommend especially if it is your first visit to Dom rep. It's large enough to not feel locked away in your hotel but cosey if you want it to be.and a nice choice of bars shows pools and beach spots.
If your are looking for the all singing all dancing 5 star champagne and caviar breakfast then maybe keep looking or book the ocean blue and sand Punta Cana with 16 plus restaurants vast pools ,white sand ,huge entertainment program inc bowling ally and teenage bar . Complete with train to take you around. Very nice but very big not as personal. So all depends what you are looking for.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on the beach in Maimon Bay * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Located in the Riu Resort, near ClubHotels Riu Bachata and Riu Mambo * Main building and 1-story bungalow complex * Surrounded by 15,000 m2 / 18,000 sq. yards of tropical gardens * 9 km / 5.5 miles from Puerto Plata * 150 m / 495 ft. from Caribbean Street * 25 km / 15.5 miles from Puerto Plata Intl. Airport * 300 m / 990 ft. from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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