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Riu Merengue

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Overview
This 544 room resort is without a doubt one of the most outstanding and best selling resorts in Puerto Plata. Ideally set on two private bays, you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of surrounding hillsides, lush tropical gardens and countless palm trees. Guests keep coming back to this delightful hotel owned by RIU Hotels of Spain who are well known for their superior quality in design, attention to detail and exceptional service.

Location: On the beach, 15 min to Puerto Plata, 20 min to Playa Dorada, 45 min from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Deirdre C :
Anniversary Trip

We had a really nice time at Riu. The food, activities and shows were fine. The staff was very courteous. It's very limited on King bed requests, wifi is in the lobby only. It is connected to Riu Gardens and Riu Bachata so when you go outside you have a variety of pools and beaches. There's also a private beach area once go beyond Riu Bachata, but that's where the locals are trying to get you to spend. We were also next to Amber Cove which is Carnival's Cruise private island so you got to see the ships come in and out.

  • Sarah Trent B :
Dominican 2017

We enjoyed this resort. If you are looking for a 5+ star this is not the resort for you. Rooms are older but clean and fridges are stocked. Staff are. Stu friendly. Resort is the biggest we have been to so be prepared to walk. Food was great, breakfast was the best. Pools, and entertainment were great.

  • hicklings2017 : Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Amazing holiday , don't believe the bad reviews

We stayed here over Easter with our 2 children. From arrival with cocktails and porters collecting your bags to leaving the service provided was excellent . The rooms are large, clean and bright, possibly a bit dated but you don't go on holiday to sit in your room.The restaurants had lots of choice though can be repetitive in the second week but this was the best buffet restaurant we have been to on holiday. The waiters were very friendly and attentive and love celebrations, my daughter celebrated her birthday whilst we were there complete with balloons, birthday cake and several renditions of happy birthday at both breakfast and dinner.The pool was a good size and always spotless, staff clean it and the areas around your sun beds all day long. Also you are provided with warm clean towels every day for use around the pool. We had no problems getting sun beds either around the pool or on the beach.The beach with its palm trees is beautiful, the sea is a rather dark blue not turquoise but this resort is on the Atlantic coast not the Caribbean. Feeding the fish in the sea off the water sports hut became a favourite with my daughter- they love bananas and will swim around you to be fed.The entertainment team were always so friendly and seemed to have unlimited energy.We tried the steakhouse restaurant on a couple of occasions, the food was nice but no better than the buffet restaurant- you do have to queue up to get a table but we never saw anyone queuing before 6pm.We went on two trips, first the outback tour and then the VIP paradise island day out and loved both of them- would highly recommend the paradise island for the snorkelling.Overall we had a fantastic holiday and would definitely return to this hotel.

  • rendav2017 : Waterford, Canada
Great Vacation

This was our second trip to the Riu Merengue and as before we really enjoyed it. We stayed in the garden section which was really nice as the shrubs were in full bloom. the room was well kept and clean. This area is pretty quiet at night being away from the pool and beach areas (about a 5 minute walk to the beach). The food was pretty good, plentiful with lots of vareity.The staff are fantastic always ready to help out with any issues that may arise.We are certainly going back next year for another great time.

  • Julie S :
Not worth the money!!!!

Our first night there I woke up to a few thousand ants crawling on me, the bed, nightstand, floor and closet!!! I went to the front desk and all they could offer me was a old blanket. The room smelt of mold, turns out the pillows were covered in black mold when you flipped them over!!! Yuck!! Food was gross and under cooked. Third day they hotel ran out of water and beer. All non and motorized sports were not all inclusive, you needed a $20-$50 deposit. The Disco on site was not all inclusive either... You had to pay for the drinks.... And most drinks were sugary slushy drinks. The beach was always crowded with people trying to sell you overpriced junk or hair braiders, seriously 5 times in an hour and a half these women harassed us. They wouldn't take no for an answer!! We had to move to the pool to be left alone. There was no room service as advertised.The women workers were nice and professional but the men were pushy and far from professional!!!! Disgusted at this place!!! Will never ever book maritime travel or travel to the Dominican again!!! For the price we paid I expected better!!!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • All day & late night snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks from 10am-2am
  • In-room mini-bar stocked w/soft drinks, water & beer, replenished regularly
  • In-room liquor dispensers regular replenished w/rum, whiskey & gin
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis & darts
  • Pool table
  • Aerobics
  • Fitness centre
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to Disco (18+), drinks included
  • Entrance to Casino at RIU Bachata (drinks extra)
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Dominican a la carte restaurant, dress code & reservations required
  • Pool bar
  • Bars
  • Mini-disco
  • Swimming pool
  • Children's pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Casino at RIU Bachata
  • Fitness centre
  • Scuba diving school
  • Watersports centre (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Caribbean Street w/shops, games room, spa, 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
  • Balcony
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids

Suites include:

  • Similar to above w/separate living room, sofa, and coffee table & chairs. Limited availability.

Kids Deals - Kids 12 & 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-12:30 & 3pm-5:30pm and Mini-disco.

Stay at 1, Plat at 2! - Guests receive full exchange privileges with RIU Mambo and RIU Bachata for breakfast & lunch, and day & evening access to all pools, bars and 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.

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 Merengue
    Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic

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ClubHotel Riu Merengue
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.

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.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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