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Riu Bachata

Dominican Republic - Puerto Plata

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4 Nights with Air from $989 All-Inclusive
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Customer Rating 60 Reviews
Value
 
4.2
Service
 
4.3
Beaches & Pools
 
4.2
Dining Options
 
3.4
Room Comfort
 
3.6
4.1 out of 5
"The entertainment people were great. The food was medicore and over cooked and dry." – Juan
59 out of 72 (82%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Beautiful ocean view across from our room! great times. Wali Riu Bachata beach Christmas Tree Beautiful hotel rooms and the green plush scenery n windy breeze!
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April 9, 2011
Great Value Resort!

This was an amazing vacation! I am an avid traveler and have been to a variety of locations. My boyfriend and I were searching for a fun, relaxing, clean and economical mini vacation to get away from the cold NJ weather. We found exactly that @ Riu Bachata in Puerto Plata, DR. Let's go through each category: Cleanliness The hotel was extremely clean. There were always employees picking up after guests, sweeping, mopping and ensuring that the entire resort was in top condition. My boyfriend and I were both impressed with how on top of things the staff were. Staff Extremely friendly and outgoing. We were looking to relax and enjoy one another's company so we did not engage with the activity staff but they were definitely friendly. The bartenders and waiters were all fabulous and went the extra mile to ensure that we had everything we wanted. Rooms Fantastic! We had a standard room with a king size bed. 2 points of advice: #1 you have to REQUEST a REAL king size bed- if not they will set you up with two pushed together full size beds and call it a "king". Call the resort ahead of time and request a real KING. They will be gracious and comply. #2- We decided to try out the the tipping factor with the housekeepers. We tipped mediocre the 1st night and our room was clean and average. The 2nd night we had no singles so we did not tip and they did not give us towels nor toilet paper until much later in the day. The 3rd night we tipped BIG to make up for the day before and they went all out. They put flowers around the room, made towel swans, did decorative things with the curtain and all over. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! It was fun to see how the difference in tip made such a HUGE difference to the quality of your room. Activities There were so many activities to choose from! We relaxed on the resort and decided to do some outside tours. We took a $40.00 taxi tour of local Puerto Plata. It was great! For 40$ you get a driver and a guide, great service, 3 1/2 hour tour of the REAL Puerto Plata including local communities, the plaza, shopping district, tour the Brugal factory and a cigar factory. WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!!! The guides speak perfect english and are so knowledgeable. It was the BEST tour for the best value! We also took the catamaran "TIP TOP" tour and that was fantastic as well. We spent the WHOLE day on the water, sailing, snorkeling in two spots, lunch, music, liquor and great company. I highly recommend the TIP TOP catamaran tour. The only down side is it is a little pricey and the drive to the tour is 45 minutes in a packed van. Other then those two negatives the rest was fabulous! Dining The dining options are my ONLY complaint! The buffet is good the first night and afterwards it becomes bland. It is "themed" every day but it's basically the same options with minor twists. The restaurants were TERRIBLE, especially the italian spot. We were starving afterwards because it was not good at all. Also, this is NOT a 24hr All Inclusive- they stop serving at 3am. The only snacks available until 2am are hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. My boyfriend does not eat beef or pork so needless to say after a night at the club he was starving with no options. Highlights Staying at a Riu resort in Puerto Plata gives you access to 3 RESORTS plus a club and casino! It was a wonderful time and nice to have so many options amongst the 3 resorts. I truly recommend this resort for anyone looking to have a GREAT time in a clean environment on a budget! We were pleasantly surprised and it exceeded our expectations!! Enjoy your trip ;-)


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Overall Rating: 4
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4.0
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From: New Jersey
Age: 19-24
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

April 25, 2012
Overall great trip!

It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to get away and this was also my boyfriend and I's first long vacation we were able to take together. We were looking online for weeks on Cheap Caribbean at the different hotel amenities and deals. I probably went back and forth through about 10 different hotels. We were nervous on the way to our hotel the first day b/c we shared a bus with about 10 others and we were the last to get dropped off. The other hotels were just "okay" so when we pulled up to Riu Bachata we were both pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and welcoming the hotel was. Everyone at the front desk was always smiling and willing to help you and answer questions. I was afraid that we'd get rainy weather but there were maybe 2 days that rained early morning around 7/7:30 Am for maybe 30 minutes then by the time you go have breakfast or go to pool it was clear skys and perfect lay out weather. things I LOVED: beautiful palm trees everywhere, nice pool, swim up bar which allowed you to make friends throughout the week- everyone gathers at the pool bar, the fact that there were a few different bars scattered around the resort was nice, LOVED the view off the pier where you can see all the mountains on the water...resort allows you to walk along this trail that gives you a fantastic view of this.. we watched the sunset every night and took amazing pictures. Beach was just okay. I love beaches but there wasn't that much room to lay out in the sun and it was a lot more windy on the beach verses the pool. We stayed at the pool every day. LOVED- Waterfall tour! I am NOT the athletic/adventurous type whatsoever but we heard great things about this tour. Ask about it and book it b/c it's the coolest thing I have ever done. They pick you up in a Safari truck with about 10 others, give you a full tour of DR and then take you into the mountains where you hike for 25 minutes to the first waterfall. You're wearing helmet, life vest and water shoes. I was terrified but you go with 2 guides and they help you every step of the way. We climbed up 4 waterfalls (indiana jones style) and then you can slide or jump down each waterfall which was amazing! Clean refreshing water. We brought a waterproof camera but they also video everything so you can by the dvd later which we did. Also LOVED that there was shopping ON the resort.. there's a little street that has about 10-15 shops...there were also about 10 huts on the beach where locals sold jewelry, t shirts, artwork etc.. very aggressive people so be prepared- but we got a few nice deals on some gifts. LOVED- bonfire on the beach Wed night. DIDN'T LIKE- limited restaurants (only 2) and repetitive food at the buffet. After the first 2 days you're already sick of the same things. Also didn't like that there was no place for any snacks in between the meals.....they needed vending machines! DIDN'T LIKE- night shows- pretty cheesy but it's where everyone gathers after 8 b/c there is no where else to go... bars are pretty crowded so that's good DIDN'T LIKE- Stuffiness in the room......our A/C wasn't working and they brought a guy into look at it 2x and still wasn't able to fix it. Thankfully there was a fan! Lastly- good to know- We bumped into a lot of people that were staying at the other RIU hotels and they said they liked Bachata the best....everyone seems to flock to Bachata.. I would highly recommend this hotel for beautiful, breathtaking landscape, and a great place to get some rest and relaxation by the pool!


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Long Island, NY
Age: 25-34

August 14, 2010
A Place for Adults and Families

Riu Bachata provides a very pleasant vacation for adults and families. If you are among the young who are looking for a more uptempo place catering to 18-30 year olds other options may be better. However, if you seek a pleasant family or adult resort Riu Bachata may be just the ticket. There is a long and lovely beach with shade trees such as the ubiquitous uvas as well as some excellent palms. Be aware that the beach bottom can be a bit rough so bringing water shoes is not a bad idea. Ocean swimming was excellent, so I avoided the pools. The food is a bit better than most all inclusives with a nice variety of fish and interesting fruit drinks. I was there in August, so the menu may be somewhat seasonal. The dining room has good service with lovely views depending upon seating. People dressed a bit nicer at dinner than at other bargain resorts I have attended. Perhaps due to the greater formality in European management than American. Drinks are on the weak side which served a dual purpose of cutting down on the amount of misbehavior as well as serving as a refreshing compliment to conversation and food. Those who enjoy stronger drinks might bring their own. The rooms were adequate and pleasant. You might want to bring a washcloth which did not seem to be present though towels were clean and plentiful. Staff members were well-trained, polite, and efficient. The attractive lobby and public lavatories were clean and fresh. Riu Bachata is a lovely, scenic resort with well managed staff and good food. If your expectations are to have a pleasant, relaxing family or adult vacation with good dining, a fine beach, and superior management then you will not be disappointed.


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Kensington, MD
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

August 6, 2010
Rui Bachata is awesome

the staff at Rui Bachata is awesome, I have been there 4 times now. I feel like family. I strongly recommend this resort.


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From: MI
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

Room Information

610 bungalow-style guestrooms in 15 two and three-story pastel buildings. Decor features mahogany-colored furniture, tile floors, and granite bathroom vanities. Balconies and ground-floor terraces are furnished with cushioned chairs.

Room Details

Double Room (DBSB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Family Room (TBSB)
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Double Room Ocean View (DBMB)
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Junior Suite (SULB)
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What's to Love

With all the choices included at Clubhotel Riu Bachata and its sister Clubhotels, you'll be spoiled for variety here. Even better, everything is connected by well-lit garden paths.

 

What We'd Change

The casino is on the smaller side and could be a little more exciting. Still, with enough new-found friends, no night is ever boring.

 

Why You Should Go

As the newest and the largest of the three, we think this is the best of the three Riu resorts. Live it up at the pool or bliss out on the beach.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Dive Shop
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Sailing
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Parking
  • Basketball
  • Parasailing ($)
  • Ping Pong
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Game Room
  • Billiards
  • 3 Restaurants
  • 4 Bars/Lounges
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Nightclub
  • Shopping
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Massage ($)
  • Elevators
  • Spa ($)
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling ($)
  • Handicap Room Available
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Windsurfing ($)
  • Business Services ($)
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Beauty Salon ($)
  • Freshwater Swimming Pool(s)
  • Wireless Internet in lobby


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Scooter/Moped Rental
  • Shopping
  • Water-Skiing
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

Riu Bachata

Bahia de Maimon

+809 320 1010

Hotel Description

Riu Bachata: Cut Loose in All-Inclusive Style

If excitement and time to chill are high on your vacation wish list, Riu Bachata in Puerto Plata is for you. With lively pools and bars plus a mellow, peaceful beach, this all-inclusive resort offers the best of both worlds.

Riu Bachata shares a stretch of sunny Maimon Bay with two sister hotels: Riu Mambo and Riu Merenge. With Riu Bachata's all-inclusive deals, guests enjoy the amenities of the sister hotel's restaurants and bars. Another awesome feature of this resort is its well-known Caribbean Street promenade, a line of shops featuring an art gallery, clothing boutiques and craft shops.

After shopping, model your new bikini at one of Riu Bachata's two pools. The jammin' swim-up bar, Los Lirios, sets up a fun atmosphere. Soak in the Jacuzzi or lean back in the in-pool loungers while the kids whoop it up in the children's pool.

Speaking of kids, this is one of Puerto Plata's top places for family-friendly fun. At RiuLand, the kids' club, children are treated to supervised games in the pool and painting. There are daily kids' shows geared toward different age groups. When the kids are done hanging out at RiuLand, your family can pile into a pedalo, or paddle boat, for a little ocean exploration. Back on shore, there's time for a little snooze in the shade of the trees that line the tranquil beach.

When it's time to eat, head to Bahia de Maimon, a buffet restaurant that serves themed dinners twice a week. Or, make reservations for the poolside steakhouse, Maracuya. For more options, you can choose from a selection of restaurants in Riu Mambo and Riu Merenge.

For nightlife, try your luck at Riu Bachata's casino or attend the nightly shows, featuring music and other entertainment. You even get free entry to Pacha, the thumping disco. After dancing the night away, schedule a massage the next day at Renova Spa. What better way to balance out the partying than with soothing relaxation?

This hotel is All-Inclusive.
Features include:

  • Breakfast, snacks, theme buffets twice a week
  • Unlimited local beverages, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sports and water sports
  • Daytime and evening programs
  • Day programs for children ages 4 to 12 at RiuLand
  • All accommodations, taxes and gratuities.


DINING

This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks, but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details.

Bahia de Maimon
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10am; Lunch - daily, 1pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Hot and cold buffets with theme buffet dinners twice a week. Features a non-smoking section and a terrace for outdoor dining.

Maracuya
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Located poolside, this is a steakhouse and buffet restaurant. Reservations are required.

Napoles
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Smoke-free, traditional Italian restaurant. A la carte entrees with buffet starters. Reservations are required.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Bikini Bar
Outdoor bar by the pool area. Hours vary.

Caramba
Lounge bar with stage. Hours vary.

Los Lirios
Poolside swim-up bar. Hours vary.

La Tambora
Beach bar, located in front of Riu Mambo. Hours vary.

Pacha Disco
Dancing, shows and more. Open 11pm-3am.

El Millon
Casino featuring slot machines as well as traditional table games. Daily, 7pm-3am.



BEACH

This resort is located on the beach in Maimon Bay; complimentary sun loungers on the beach are available.

POOLS

The hotel's pool complex is the largest and most elaborate. It features two pools (698 and 602 sq metres), one with Jacuzzi and in-pool loungers, a shallow area with underwater tile lounges, and a swim-up bar. A children's pool is also on-site. Padded lounge chairs and thatched-roof sunshades flank the pools.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water
  • Snorkeling
  • Body board
  • Pedalos
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing

Land

  • Table tennis
  • Fully-equipped gym
  • Beach volleyball
  • Billiards

Available nearby for an additional charge:

  • Horse riding
  • 18-hole golf course


INTERNET

Guests can use WiFi in the lobby area for 90 consecutive minutes, daily. Wi-Fi is available in guest rooms for an additional charge.

SPA SERVICES

Renova Spa offers four cabins for different treatments. Treatments include:
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Paraffin treatments and waxing
  • Various massages
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu
  • Lomi-Lomi
  • Body treatments and wraps
  • Beach services

Packages are available. Reservations available by e-mail only.



WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Riu Bachata offers three wedding packages. All packages include:
  • Wedding planner
  • Decoration for the ceremony location with natural flowers
  • Bridal bouquet and matching boutonniere for the groom
  • CD or recorded music during the ceremony
  • Semi-private dinner at resort restaurant
  • Wedding cake
  • Witnesses, if required
  • Minister or Judge
  • Wedding certificate
  • Surprise gift

Extra amenities may be arranged through the resort. There are several requirements that must be met; contact the resort's wedding planner.



CHILD CARE

Daily daytime entertainment programs for children ages 4-7 and ages 8-12 at RiuLand. Activities include pool games, painting and other supervised fun.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Located on the beach in Maimon Bay.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum stay is required at this resort.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Spring Break Policy
At least one person 21 years old or older is required in every room at this property during March and April. The hotel may require guests to show proof of age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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