We selected this resort on the recommendation of our travel agent, as it met the budget of our diversified group that included couples in their 30’s & 40’s and two couples brought their children ranging from ages 10 – 14. We were originally looking at Punta Cana, but locations there were $300 - $400 more per couple.
We traveled with Signature/Sunwing Vacations who are top notch I my opinion. We were greeted with a personal shuttle to the resort and back to the airport on get away day as well, which was a nice touch. Folks will want to take your luggage for you (at the airport and the resort). You can just tell them no. They are looking for a tip and should be given one if you let them.
Check-in was pretty smooth. No complaints there. We arrived well before any of our rooms were scheduled to be ready, but most were. Our room was not equipped with towels when we arrived but our request was fulfilled quickly. Room was clean but maybe the slight musty smell that seems typical of tropical climes. It’s gotta be tough to keep a 100% handle on that with the humid weather and all of the wet clothes/towels constantly on the floors, beds etc. We were in the 200 building and had the basic room.
A converter was generally not required for the outlets but it is true that some plug sizes may not fit because of the way the receptacles recess.
Grounds are beautiful and well laid out. Surrounding views are spectacular.
As for bugs, some of us got bites on our legs from those “no-see-ums” and one of the fellas got some skeeter bites the day before we left. I personally didn’t notice a mosquito problem, but it was quite breezy most of our stay. Bus spray does not take up much room, so may as well pack it.
Food was good. I found a good number of choices available to me. The only repetition for me was that I found some thing I was more comfortable with and did tend to stick with it. I will concur with most others that the wine was pretty much swill. My wife ended up buying a couple bottles later in the week to have and share at dinner. Maybe bring a couple bottles down if weight allowance permits.
We did the steak a-la-carte. Yes, you need to book it early the day of. We booked the Paradise Island excursion and had to be at the lobby early anyway, so we just booked it then. We had a group of 16 with no problem getting the reservation. I thought the steak was good for what I anticipated. It’s the DR folks not Ruth’s Criss Steak House.
Dinks were fine (our group tends to wind it up one or two days ). Seems some were stronger/weaker than others depending on the time of day & who made them. If you don’t like the drink pour it out and get another one, or even try something different
Pool was a bit tight. They advertise multiple pools but they are all right in the same area. The chairs do get reserved early. We generally were able to find something. There was always something to sit on but maybe not in a “prime” location that some really wanted.
There are a LOT of trees on the beach but there are lots of spots where the sun comes through. Heaven forbid if you need to shift your chair once in awhile. There is more open beach (for sunning) down farther (Rui Meringue). It’s not that far a stroll.
For swimming, yes there is a lot or rock/coral and some weeds beyond that. If you bring a pair of water shoes you will be fine. Weeds give me the willies and I was fine after I donned the shoes. The north coast of the DR generally does not have the white sand beaches and we knew that going in. This is why the water is not crystal clear. Swimming was red flag conditions the whole time we were there. You can still swim but there is a rip tide effect. Just use common sense and don’t stray too far.
I will never complain about the entertainment. These are some of the same folk that serve your drinks and offer games during the day. Take it all in stride people. It is what it is.
People are complaining about “conditions” at the swim up bar. By that I obviously mean people peeing in the pool. Anyone who thinks that this does not happen at EVERY swim up bar is naïve. Not condoning, but offering a reality check. Probably goes on everywhere in the pools at every resort. Put it out of your mind and shower at the end of the day!
We had no problems with sales people on the beach. Most just showed a picture of what they were selling and moved on if you did not acknowledge them.
Yes, many of the vendors in the little strip of stores between the resorts are pushy. It seemed though that the keepers of the shops closer to the beach were much less so.
We saw none of the problems with “locals on the weekends”. Maybe that was because the resort was full otherwise. I didn’t expect to care anyway as a Dominican has as much right to vacation there as I do. Anyone there has the ability to be rude or obnoxious, not just a “local”.
I would definitely go here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on the beach in Maimon Bay * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Inside the Riu Resort, along with ClubHotels Riu Merengue and Riu Mambo * Main building plus 1 and 2-story bungalows * Surrounded by 50,000 m2 of tropical gardens * 9 km / 5.5 miles from Puerto Plata * 25 m / 81 ft. from Caribbean Street * 25 km / 15.5 miles from Puerto Plata Intl. Airport * 500 m / 1650 ft. from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Bachata Puerto Plata
- Clubhotel Riu Bachata Hotel
- Clubhotel Riu Bachata Puerto Plata
- Riu Bachata Dominican Republic
- Riu Puerto Plata
- Bachata Riu
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