Riu Bachata

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Our Opinion

The nicest of the 3 Riu resorts in the area, the Riu Bachata is also the newest of them. Probably not a 5 star as some operators may rate it, more along the lines of a 4.5 star. The beach here is a little narrow but nice and swimable. Like most Riu's the food and service are great. Definitely a good choice for couples, singles and families looking for fun filled Puerto Plata vacation.

Riu Bachata

Situated in a quiet location and surrounded by stunning scenery the Riu Bachata and offers guests comfortable accommodation in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere next door to sister resorts the Riu Merengue and Riu Mambo. The Riu Bachata Resort features 610 guestrooms spread out amongst 1 and 2-story bungalows, this impressive resort offers excellent views from the ocean view rooms. With a swim-up bar, casino, gym, spa and lots of water sports, there is something here for every type of vacationer.

Clubhotel Riu Bachata is an all inclusive hotel located on the beach in Maimon Bay, Puerto Plata-Dominican Republic. The hotel is a 1-story and 2-story style bungalow complex, with 610 guestrooms ten minutes away from Puerto Plata and 15.5 miles from Puerto Plata Intl. Airport.

Location On the beach in Marimon Bay and next to the Riu Mambo and Riu Merengue. 15 min to Puerto Plata, 20 min to Playa Dorada and 45 min from the airport.

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    TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

    Great trip, just bring realistic expectations!

    I have just returned from two sun filled weeks spent at the Riu Bachata, and after reading mixed reviews prior to travel was a little concerned about my choice of accommodation. I really neednt have... Read Full Review


    2015-08-16 - Reviewed By : CoventrySteve - coventry
    Beautiful and quiet

    We had a lovely vacation here. The beach is beautiful and soft sand. There are sea urchins in the area so be careful. This side of the island has a lot of wind. There is a lovely pagoda there for... Read Full Review


    2015-08-16 - Reviewed By : Andreas B -
    Fantastic holiday!

    We stayed here for the first two weeks in July and had a great holiday. We were a bit dubious before arrival due the mixed reviews but we quickly realised there was no reason to worry. Our room was... Read Full Review


    2015-08-15 - Reviewed By : OBrien2015 -
  • Riu Bachata Hotel Reviews

    Star Rating Rating: 4.0 - 7 reviews

    Rating: Star Rating
    "adam and i enjoyed the trip but were disappointed because some of the poeple that we met got robed in there safe ,so much for security .in all ther were 6 poeple that got robed. the downfall is the beach with a lot of rocks in the water as you go in other then that all was good." [...]
    Reviewer: reviewer2177
    Date: Jun. 18, 2013

    Rating: Star Rating
    "mosquitos one beach towel a day food terrible a la carte not good rooms and beds need upgrading fridge only stocked every other day one bank machine for all three resorts located by the entrance very dark and not lit., at least a ten min walk no small US bills available at front desk had to pay for upgrade room to get an extra bed,.. $100 US pool very cold no porters work the beach the beach is less than adequate no waiters work at the pool entertainment sucks bad if your not interested in the waitersw or staff they doint service you pathwayd to roonms at night are not lit air conditioner leaked on floor no iron,... if you need iron you need to get it at front desk and submit deposit food was bad had to reserve pool chair by 630 am or you wouldnt get one watered down alcohol disorganiszed upon arrival had to wait for room " [...]
    Reviewer: reviewer5643
    Date: Jan. 14, 2013

    Rating: Star Rating
    "We were at Riu Bachata for week. I was a bit disappointed by this hotel posted as 5 stars, it's not. The room was nicely decorated but smelly and with little cockroaches, especially in the washroom. I had to leave the lights open over night as my 2 kids were terrified by them in the morning. The food was good, lots of variety and well cooked and displayed. The beach was ok, not as great as other places we have been before. Very little strip of sand and the ocean's ground was rocky. The entertaiment on the beach though was great. Entertaiment in general was very very good. The shows at night were very good, occassionally not appropriate for young kids, but they had separate shows for the little ones which were very good. Overall it was good, I would rate the hotel as a 3*. Would go back if it wasn't for those cockroaches and the smell in the room." [...]
    Reviewer: Anonymous [via Escapes.ca]
    Date: Aug. 24, 2008

    Rating: Star Rating
    "Overall this hotel is awesome. The rooms were great, with mini bars that are always full. The scenary is beauitful and always clean. The beach is great with lots of shade if needed. The food and restuarnts were awesome. They have a buffet with plently of food to choose from everyday which offers a huge selection for those who are picky. The staff is awesome and the entertainment was lots of fun. Seen some amazing dancers and actors who are very talented. We had our destination wedding at this resort and opted out of using the gazeboo over looking the ocean only because it is really windy up there. The day of the wedding was no wind and very hot. haha We had a beautiful beach wedding with 42 guests. It was lots of fun and the scenary for taking pictures at this resort is amazing. I definitly have the most beautiful wedding photos comparison to the usual weddings in my city. You can see some of our wedding photos by going to www.destinationwedding.amorephotography.ca. We brought our own photographer but the resort offers a great package a photographers that are pretty good. " [...]
    Reviewer: Anonymous [via Escapes.ca]
    Date: May. 06, 2008

    Rating: Star Rating
    "We were not terribly impressed with some of the staffing issues at the resort - particularly the entertainment staff. They were not very professional and in our time there we noted on several occasions the amount of alcohol they were consuming, which even ended in a fist fight between 2 of the staff on one occasion. The evening shows seemed to be all about them as a group in that they were performing for themselves, and not for the enjoyment of the patrons - many of the activities they ran were amateurish at best, with a focus on attracting single members of the opposite sex. The a la carte restaurants were not what we had expected given that we had stayed at other resorts and found these to be the best dining - very disappointed. The other main disappointment was that even though there was a policy of non-reservation of sun loungers, at 9:00 a.m. it was impossible to find a sun lounger around the pool - even though there would be only 30 to 40 people present at the pool, all of the sun loungers were reserved with either towels or articles of clothing left on them. When this was bought to the attention of the staff, it was greeted with a shrug of the shoulders. Lastly, management staff seemed to be non-existent at any time during our visit - in the whole time we were there we saw a total of 5 management staff out and around the complex. Overall, we could not give this resort more than a 3 on a scale of 1-5." [...]
    Reviewer: Anonymous [via Escapes.ca]
    Date: Feb. 21, 2008

    Rating: Star Rating
    "This was my first visit to an All Inclusive resort and my first time to Dominican. The hotel was visually beautiful and appealing. The rooms were very spacious and clean and nicely decorated with marble in the bathroom and mahogany furniture and moldings in the rooms. We were travelling with 2 other couples and a single friend and all were pleased the accomadations.The 2 and 3 story units were a pleasant surprise the way they were nestled amongst palm trees and linked by interlocking pathways. I much prefer this layout to an upright hotel with many floors. It was a nice walk back to your room every night outdoors. The food was fantastic with many different choices every night. The a la carte's were ok but nothing extra special, no better than the buffet. The best way to do a buffet I think is to pick a different entree every night instead of a little bit of everthing, then yoiu are not eating the same thing every night. I figured that out the 5th day. I don't know what people are talking about when they say there are too many trees on the beach!! It was beautiful. Lots of shade if you wanted it, and enough sun too. The staff was very nice and there where acitvities planned all day long. The nightlife was fair. The shows were sum what similiar but with different costumes. It would be nice if the disco opened earlier. After all day in the sun and a late dinner it was hard to stay up until 11:30 to go to the disco. We were ready to dance after dinner and into the night but got tired waiting for it to open. I loved the Caribean street of shops. There were many of them there and the prices were very reasonable and you could barder. This hotel was beautiful and I would definately make a trip back. Enjoy." [...]
    Reviewer: Anonymous [via Escapes.ca]
    Date: Feb. 19, 2007

    Rating: Star Rating
    "The hotel was fantastic!! The food was excellent. It was a little repetative after 10 days, but there was always a pretty good selection. The pool was beautiful and the staff was very friendly and tried to make everything very fun. I would highly recommend this hotel. I only got sick one night from heat stroke. The shows were pretty good. There was satalite tv, so on the raining days there were a lot of movies to watch." [...]
    Reviewer: Anonymous [via Escapes.ca]
    Date: Apr. 05, 2006

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Hotel Amenities

Facilities

  • Buffet restaurant
  • 2 a la carte restaurants: Mediterranean and Grill Steakhouse, dress code & reservations required
  • Bars
  • Disco
  • Mini-disco
  • Casino
  • Swimming pools
  • Children's pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Tennis courts
  • Multi-sports court
  • Fitness centre
  • Scuba diving school
  • Watersports centre (fee)
  • WiFi Internet in lobby
  • Caribbean Street w/shops, beauty salon, internet room, pharmacy & cigar shop

Accommodations

Hotel Rooms include:
  • Two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Liquor dispensers
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony
  • Max occupancy 3 adults & 1 infant or 2 adults & 2 kids in existing bedding
Junior Suites include:
  • Similar to above but slightly larger w/living area (limited availability)
  • Maximum occupancy 3 adults & 1 infant

All Inclusive Features

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • All day & late night snacks
  • A la carte dining
  • 2 theme dinners per week
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks from 10am-2am
  • In-room mini-bar stocked w/soft drinks, water & beer, replenished regularly
  • In-room liquor dispenser replenished regular w/rum, whiskey & gin
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Tennis
  • Fitness centre
  • Aerobics
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to Disco (18+), drinks included
  • Entrance to Casino (drinks extra)

Kids Deals

Kids Deals - Kids 12 years & under stay & eat free when sharing a Hotel Room only with 2 adults. Max 2 kids. Limited availability.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised kid's activities daily from 10:30am-12:30pm & 3pm-5:30pm. Kid's can also enjoy the Mini-disco and outdoor movies.

Bonus

Stay at 1, Play at 3! - Guests receive full exchange privileges between RIU Mambo and RIU Merengue for breakfast & lunch as well as day & evening access to all pools, bars & shows. Some restrictions apply.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Wedding Bonus - Wedding packages available. Please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

Extra Info

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
 
Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.
 
Holy Week, leading up to Easter is a major holiday in the Dominican Republic. Beach and Watersports activities and Alcohol may not be available during this period and can be cancelled at any time.


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