We came back last week from a 7 day stay at Riu Bachata.
Flight: SUNWING, which as usual was late departing (supposed to leave Toronto at 7:15, left at 11:15) and just before we left we were informed that it would not be a direct flight. (Stop at Montego bay) Return flight was only slightly late.
Hotel: Very nice lobby, everything clean and neat. Room assignments were ready and everything was problem free.
Rooms: Nice rooms with tiled floors, 2 queen size beds pushed together to make a large bed. Nice bathroom, but tub water would drain very slowly and hand held shower head would shoot water up to the ceiling. Called reception and next day they sent a repairman to plunge the tub and replace shower head. If you open the window or sliding door to the little veranda, the air conditioner shuts off. When the maids clean the room, they open the sliding door and our air would not come back on. I had to call for service every day, they would send a technician who would restart it and next day the same thing would happen. Even talking to the hotel manager, who allegedly sent his chief of maintenance did not fix the problem. So I would call every day after lunch to get it restarted.
Mini bar with 1 large bottle of water, 2 soda bottles, 2 tonic water bottles and 2 cans of El President beer. Above the mini bar is a glass fronted cabinet with 4 upside down self serve bottles of liquor (Rum, Gin, Brandy & Vodka) Mini Bar is replenished every other day.
Beach: Very large crescent shaped beach with lots of trees to provide shade. Lots of sea grass floats on water surface and is deposited on beach overnight. Beach sand is kind of rough and when you go into the water there is a lot of medium sized pieces of coral and rocks. Bring water shoes otherwise your feet will hurt. Do not go into the darker shaded parts of water, lots of bigger rocks and seaweed. All week they had the red flag up, and no lifeguards on duty. Lots of loungers on the beach.
There is also a smaller beach ( finer sand and less waves) to the left of the hotel just past where there is some kind of monument on a promontory (this is where they are building the cruise port) Close to the smaller beach is a small shopping area and according to the sign you can watch exotic animals (Parakeets) There is also a small pharmacy that displays a large sign advertising that they sell Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.
Food: Breakfast was very good, pancakes, eggs, cold cuts, salads, fresh fruit, freshly made fruit juices, yogurt, ham, bacon and their versions of sausage ( fried hot dogs)
Lunch and dinner were somewhat mediocre, they always had fish, pork, chicken and very tough beef, salads, pasta dishes etc, but I think they hired their chef directly from the Dominican army, and he does not want to change his recipes.
They have special nights for different countries, they had a Mexican night and a Chinese night. All I can tell you is you can get better flavors if you heat up a TV dinner. The Chinese food was really bad.
DO NOT leave your food unattended specially if you are eating at the outside veranda of the dining room. If you do you will find some food missing and little bird footprints all over your plate.
Drinks: If you are a wine drinker, do not come to the Bachata. I tried the Red wine and it tasted like bad Kool Aid, the rose wine was the same. It was kind of funny watching people order wine, and after the first sip, set it aside. After the second day, there did not seem to be any wine drinkers around. The beer is good. The drinks at all the bars were very sweet, if you ordered a rum and coke it tasted like syrup.
Entertainment: The entertainment crew puts on all kinds of little games during the day, we spent most the time at the beach so did not partake on any of them.
Night Entertainment: Three nights with musicals by the Puerto Plata ballet which were good. and 3 with only the entertainment crew that put on silly games.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All Inclusive ClubHotel Riu Bachata is open all year round, is located in the RIU Resort right on the natural Bahía Maimón beach and next to the ClubHotel Riu Merengue. The RIU Resort features a Caribbean Street with several shops, Wellness Centre and gym. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Puerto Plata (9 km) and Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is approx. 25 km away. The hotel has 610 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax with a massage at our Renova Spa or get in shape at our gym. 2 outdoor pools, 1 children’s pool. For the youngest guests there is the RiuLand Kids Club (for children from 4 to 7 years & 8 to 12 years old) and for adults, day and evening entertainment as well as Riu Pacha Club and the El Millón Casino. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main buffet as well as Italian and Steakhouse or Caribbean cuisine, 4 bars situated in various areas of the hotel. ... 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
- Club Hotel Riu Bachata
- ClubHotel Riu Bachata Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata