17 night holiday with Voyager Travel all incl to 5* ReClubhotel Riu Merengue, Bahia Maimon Dominican Republic October  19th & 26th - £609pp
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17 night holiday with Voyager Travel all incl to 5* ReClubhotel Riu Merengue, Bahia Maimon Dominican Republic October 19th & 26th - £609pp

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Found 10th Oct 2014
Bargain 17 nights All inc with 24 hour drinks in a 5* hotel, 4/5 on tripadvisor! Includes luggage transfers and even in flight meals!

The 4.5 Star ClubHotel Riu Merengue is a 24 hour All Inclusive hotel with a beachfront setting and exotic gardens making it the perfect location for your relaxing winter holiday. Clubhotel Riu Merengue
Clubhotel Riu Merengue

Set back from the beach is a massive swimming pool criss-crossed by a bridge and bordered by thatched parasols. Just a little further on you’ll discover two more huge pools, plus a separate one for children.

The two main restaurants are buffet style for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also à la carte restaurants serving Italian cuisine and grilled favourites.

Caribbean Street, a little road shared with the neighbouring hotel Riu Bachata, is lined with rainbow-coloured shops selling everything from chunky jewellery to sun cream.

Location
On a pretty part of the north coast alongside the Bay of Maimon.

Rooms
All rooms have 2 double beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, phone, minibar with optics - refilled every other day. Standard rooms are suitable for a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.

Facilities:

3 swimming pools within RIU Merengue and use of 2 pools at Riu Bachata
Sunbeds
Parasols
Pool/beach towel service
Pool snacks
Meals

Main restaurant serving buffet meals with themed buffets twice weekly
Pool restaurant serving snacks - turns into a speciality Italian restaurant and grill/steakhouse at night
Lounge bars
All Inclusive

24-hour All Inclusive
Full Board and snacks
Themed buffets twice a week
1 visit to each speciality à la carte restaurant per stay - subject to availability
Snacks and drinks within the RIU complex
Unlimited select local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Activities as listed
Entertainment as listed
Other facilities as indicated
The following facilities are not included in your All Inclusive package:
Wi-Fi in lobby - 90 minutes free per day
Banana boats
Scuba diving courses and excursion dives
Catamaran trips
Motorised watersports
Spa, over 18s only
Massage
Sauna
Beauty treatments
Hairdresser
Caribbean Street shops and services
Mini-market
Laundry service, 7 days a week
Internet access
Entertainment
Evening entertainment with shows or live music
Pacha Disco for over 18s only, open 6 nights a week 22.00-02.00
3 bars
Activities

Full daytime activity programme
Aerobics
Use of the fitness centre and pool tables in Caribbean Street
5 tennis courts - floodlit within the RIU complex
Watersports including windsurfing‚ water polo, sailing‚ kayaking, snorkelling and introductory scuba diving demonstration in the pool
Table tennis
Facilities
Use of facilities at the ClubHotel Riu Bachata, excludes evening meals

Official Rating
5 Star

Airport transfer approx:
35 mins

6 Comments

Wow 100% Cold from that review!!

Not a fan of the Daily mail but I think this holiday would have disaster written all over it. Avoid at all costs!

I stayed here with the wife for a couple of weeks earlier in the year after getting a super cheap deal.

The food was OK, nothing to write home about but there was a reasonable selection and the menu varied enough to keep things interesting. They had prawns a couple of times which were lovely and the fish was always good. The selection of food available poolside was pretty average looking though, burgers chips hot dogs etc but there were plenty of people there who didn't seem to mind it, we preferred to get changed and eat in the Restaurant at the Bachata though as it has a lovely balcony which overlooks the beach, the Meringue Restaurant is a bit more dated and only has inside seating.

Drinks were OK, you have to ask for International spirits, Gordons, Stolichnaya etc but they were there if you wanted them. The local spirits weren't the best, but they did have a couple of reasonable rums as you'd expect.

There was always plenty of sunloungers on the beach, and normally plenty around the pools as well. Nice beach, but the snorkelling was fairly poor.

Activities during the day were fine, always something going on somewhere. You get access to non motorised watersports as well, canoes, pedal boats, even a couple of catamarans. If you aren't an experienced sailor don't take the yachts out if the surf is up, I watched two guys get creamed in the reef break

Entertainment at night was a bit hit and miss, but a few rums made the odd poor performance acceptable.

It does get busy on the weekends when the locals come in, but there are plenty of places you can go if you wish to avoid them. There are another two pools which the locals don't get access to, and you can dine at the Bachata if you don't wish to eat with them. I found them to be fine though, lots of families with kids so the pool was noisy, but I never witnessed any poor behaviour on their part, the few noisy drunks around seemed to be either English German or Welsh oO

The staff were all pleasant and attentive.

I'd imagine that many peoples experiences vary so much due to how much they may have paid to stay there, if you payed £1,500pp for a couple of weeks you'd probably be pretty peeved, but if you get a good deal such as this IMHO it's pretty good value for money.

I'd certainly return again at the right price



I got married at this hotel 10 years ago. I stayed in the mambo (3 hotels combine as 1). Fabulous wedding but a few days after my husband and i were sick. He had to have injections and over 200 people were ill. Lots in hospital on drips. May have changed since then but I doubt it. Birds on the food etc. shame

Original Poster

Hi,

I must admit I didn't research it any further than the tripadvisor reviews, I'm sure they have cleaned up their act since that awful story last summer, judging by the more recent reviews, still seems a very good way of getting some fabulous weather for 2 and a half weeks for a great price! I doubt Thomson would still go there if it was that bad

thomson.co.uk/des…rue

sorry if I've upset anyone
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