We just got back from down south where we traveled to the Riu Bachata in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic! I’ve been to Dominican Republic a few times before but never to Puerto Plata, so I was really excited. The scenery is gorgeous with lot’s of mountains and of course the beautiful ocean. We definitely lucked out with the weather only having 2 days of overcast because we heard from others that it had rained for 4 weeks straight right before we arrived – yikes! Check out my review of our stay below.
The Hotel – Riu Bachata
The hotel we stayed at was the Riu Bachata and it was great. The hotel was pretty large with tons of 2-3 story guest buildings and the grounds were kept in really great shape. The view from our room was at the back of the hotel where there was a cruise ship port so we got to see some really cool cruise ships that would park for the day. The staff was incredibly friendly and always saying hi or willing to help with anything you needed.
Beach and Pool
The majority of the time we spent hanging out at the pool because the ocean had a really strong current, and the beach was a tad rocky in the water. I had read many reviews prior to our trip and I had already heard that Puerto Plata beaches weren’t as nice as Punta Cana so I wasn’t surprised or disappointed. The pool was more than enough to keep me happy for the week, anything is better than snow! The pool was quite large and it had a volleyball net, a swim up bar, and lounging areas, so there was plenty to keep everyone happy.
Food and Drink
The food was quite good, and there was a lot of variety. I mostly ate fruit, salad, pasta, and bread. Each night at the buffet they would have a different feature of food, and one evening they did fajitas which were so delicious. There were also a few different restaurants on the resort which were first come first serve. We were really happy about that because we did the Italian restaurant twice (mmm pasta). We also did the steakhouse restaurant which we were informed by the gentleman at the front desk was the best and most popular. I really enjoyed the steakhouse. It started with caeser salad, then deep fried mozzarella sticks, then steak and vegetables, and a cheesecake for dessert. The steak isn’t like what we have in North America but it was still pretty good. A little tip if you do go to the Riu Bachata and you don’t want to wait in line for the steakhouse is to try the steak at the Italian restaurant. A few from our group had the beef there and said it was just as good, if not better.
The drinks were also great — I am a sucker for a good daiquiri or pina colada, but the best was drinking coconut water straight out of the coconut! Each room also came stocked with a bar which included 4 different liquors, beer, and pop in the fridge.
We really enjoyed our stay, it’s too bad it always goes by so quickly. Until next time 🙂
If you’re interested in where we stayed: Riu Bachata