Riu Bachata

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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.


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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Catherine S : County Durham, United Kingdom
Great Value Holiday

Visited here 2 weeks in November for our honeymoon. Flight with Thomson was average. Getting through the airport was ok, but there are volunteers there to take your cases who pretty much wrestle them off you as soon as you leave and take them to the bus and then demand a tip. Bit of a pain when you haven't had chance to break your money down into 1 dollar bills! The hotel itself had a pretty efficient check in, arrival drinks, safe barrel and key, towel cards and key card in an envelope with the wifi username and password on.The room was fairly basic but the bed was HUGE. Complimentary fruit and a bottle of rum for us as we were on honeymoon, but the smell of damp and foistiness in that room still sticks in my nose now! I had to bin several items of clothing and towels as I cannot get the smell out. Cant leave the door open if you aren't in the room as the air con wont work and its not very safety conscious. Maid attended every day and we always came back to a towel decoration of some sort. Mini bar in the room with brandy, rum, vodka and gin, small fridge underneath with mixers, beer and water. refilled every 2 days, we used to leave a dollar tip in the fridge and we got extras. Tea/Coffee making facilities would have been a well added bonus. Hairdryer in the bathroom is fairly decent.Pools were well cleaned, in fact everywhere was clean, you couldn't walk anywhere without seeing a cleaner, gardener etc. and everyone spoke and was friendly. There is a pool with a swim up bar/seating which also had a shallow end for children. The other pool has goals and nets for water polo and volleyball. We spent most time in this pool as it was quieter. Towels are provided by the hotel and they are decent, there is also a little book hut if you want something to read. I cant complain about the drinks in any of the bars, they are good measures, and many morning I had a hangover so don't think they are watered down at all. I didn't have any of them pre made cocktails as they are too sweet for me, but the cocktail bar near the stage can whip up a plethora of cocktails that are all yummy! NOTE - you need to try the local Dominican shots - MamaJuana.... lethal! Julio, Angel, Jesus and Mariela were all fab! Food - was pretty standard fare for an all inclusive hotel, even the pickiest of eaters can find something to eat and they cater for all tastes. It was Thanksgiving while we were there so enjoyed a festive turkey dinner. The restaurant also had themes nights in the restaurant which went down well, Indian, Mexican, Chinese etc. There is an omelette station at breakfasy which makes lovely omelettes if you dont mind waiting a couple of minutes. Special mentions to Rosario and Julia who always made us feel welcome.Unlike reception, who I had to deal with several times and were very abrupt and unhelpful.The beach wasnt fab, but there are watersports there, and a spa. They are still clearing up after big storms so they are trying. Worth mentioning it rained pretty much all the time we were there, even the locals said they haven't known rain like it for 15 years in November.There is a secret beach to the back of the hotel which is a lot quieter, and leads to more shops. I say leads, you are pretty much dragged if they see you - having said that, we enjoyed a massage off 2 lovely women (Rosie and Adia) and we paid $40 (£30) for both us for about 45 mins, which is a LOT cheaper than the hotel spa, and was well worth it. If you go out onto the shops where the hotel is, prepare to be badgered, this is probably the only thing that spoilt my holiday. You feel under pressure to buy things and everything has to be bartered for. If you do any trips, the outback safari is great as you get to go to local villages and see how they live and try to make money, and they take you to a lovely white beach. Ocean World is also a fab trip, we got to swim with sharks and dolphins, and is a great day (food is included).All in all, for what we paid, it was worth it, but if we ever went back to the Dominican we would go to the other side. Definitely not worthy of a Thomson Platinum listing.

  • Živilė T :
Great place!

We just came back after 2 amazing weeks in Riu Bachata!!!2 rainy days out of 15!! Wohoo! All the staff members are very hard working, nice and always with smiles on their faces! Especially Marcelino in the restaurant! Genuine and always here to help!!! Thank you all for making our holiday so special!Food was nice. Always warm and plenty of options to choose from! Quite repetitive after 2 weeks, but oh well. You can't cook different meals everyday. Isn't it? :)Our room 1122 was spacious, clean and was well equipped+cleaned daily (fresh towels and toiletries every day)had an ocean view and we could watch cruise ships coming and going almost everyday! We also had plenty of storage and hangers, which was great!Hotel grounds were nice and very well kept! Gardeners were busy working all the time just to maintain it to the highest standard! Pool area was clean, but busy. However, we never had any problem getting a sun bed. If you want somewhere quieter you can go to the beach, which is nice and so much more relaxing than a pool area!Animation team worked hard and tried to keep everyone busy and entertained. As we were on our relaxing break, we didn't participate much. Evening entertainment was ok. Not exciting, but bearable to watch. And if you were not too happy you could take a taxi and go to Puerto Plata town to explore and have some fun!Excursions offered by Thomson were so mega overpriced so we decided to walk down the beach to the green hut and we met Johnny, who had the same excursions for half the price! We did 7 waterfalls jeep safari and Paradise island! And had an amazing time! As well these guys have nice gift shops so much cheaper than the 'Caribbean Street' next to the hotel. The Caribbean street shops are such a rip off. Don't go there. Walk around and you'll find so much better quality and you'll meet some local people, who are so nice and working so so hard!!! All in all, for the price we have paid. We received so much more than expected!Go, if you want to have a nice, relaxing time by the beach surrounded by friendly people with amazing views.Don't go if you are looking for 10* star experience with private chefs cooking you different meals everyday when paying 500£ for 2 weeks. Ta dahh.Enjoy!

  • TAMMY R :
Riu Bachata great hotel

Great value for your money. Very clean....staff is exceptional and very friendly. Food is good and if you get a chance to stop by the steak house the steak is delicious. Only downfall I say was the fountain pop at the pool bar was always flat, but there are a number of other drinks you can substitute for it. We had lots of fun.

  • sharonflanagan2 : Derby, United Kingdom
Great value hotel

If you aren't looking for a five star luxury resort but want somewhere clean and great value as a base for your travels you probably couldn't do better.We found there to be a great choice of food/drinks etc - the rooms although not huge were well appointed but furnished with typical Caribbean dark wood furniture. There are optics in the room and you get a mini bar which is replenished daily.Our room was on the third floor with lots of steps which was tough in the heat.The pools were great and the location was ok. It got busy when the cruise ship docked at the hotel. The entertainment was fair, better than some places but not as good as others. We had no issues whilst we were there but unfortunately my purse got left in the safe when we packed by accident - when we discovered this on our return home we phoned the hotel and they called us back to say the purse had been found and they arranged for it to be returned to us by post - excellent customer service

  • Lesley O :
Pretty good despite the weather....

Good value for money..the longer you stay the cheaper it works out. Staff were very friendly and helpful...couldn't ask for better service. Food not too bad...bit samey..rooms cleaned every day and mini bar with optics stocked every other day. Outside areas very clean. The only downside was the hotel shop. We like our munchies....and they cost a fortune. There is nowhere to shop any where near the hotel and main town was a taxi ride away. We are talking £8 for a large bag of crisps and £10 for a small tub of salted nuts !!!!!! Not good if you have small kids...no time many treats available for them. Lovely pool and the use of neighbouring hotel, but the best out of the 2 is the Bachata. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.

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  • 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)
  • 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

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

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.

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.

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  • Riu Bachata
    Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic

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ClubHotel Riu Bachata
Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata 57000 Dominican Republic

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.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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