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... we headed to Laguna Gri Gri, for a boat ride through a lagoon and into a Caribbean cove. We saw lush tropical wildlife, swam up to a cave, fed some fish. I felt like a mermaid. I'm not sure what else to say about that. We just jumped off the side of the boat and swam in the crystal clear water surrounded by immense beauty.
We arrived at la Playa Grande, and had lunch on the beach. The coconut drinks were delicious, and the beach was nothing short of postcard ...
... came back to see her in 10 years. We signed shirts, many kids asking for phone numbers and about novios. Rachel got a wonderful note in English calling her a 'better friend,' and a 'person honey' which we all cherished.
Kayley was the last to say goodbye, and had the sweetest hug for Marybella, the 3 year old who easily befriended each of us.
That was my moment. Making the connections with all of the kids this week has been so world changing to me. But watching ...
... and rest as we digest). The resting has mostly been playing cards or walking next door to la centro de dulce for snacks. On our first day there the owner invited us behind the counter, and next to the snack food I saw she was prepping a dead chicken on the top of a cardboard box!
After lunch we went back for a quick change then off to the beach, for a bonus excursion.
Sucking up that part of the culture felt so lucky. The kids were such ...
This weekend we got the opportunity to go on an optional work weekend in the countryside. Community Service was one of the reasons I came to the Dominican Republic so I was eager to sign up for the trip to the nearby town of La Solapa. I was a little nervous because I knew we would be staying in very "humble" homes and I had no idea what kind of work we would be doing. We ended up working with Peace Corps volunteers to create a water aqueduct that would be a CLEAN ...
... was short and sweet. A lot of our tours take 2 hours, and when you can’t understand half of what is being said that’s a long time. We got back early and since my sickness started to kick in yesterday I got to take a great nap and talk to Mom and Harshil. We ended the night with going to the Rotary Club meeting. I’ve been to a couple of Rotary Club meetings and they are definitely more laid back here. When we arrived we were greeted with a choice of rum and coke or wine. ...
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Best Ever Vacation
We stayed at the Riu Bachata April 22 - April 29th, 2003. My son had his wedding there and everything was perfect. The resort earned a 100 percent mark from all 23 of us who went there. Food was fantastic, varied. Accomodations were bright, clean and the maids did a fantastic job with their little 'animal' towels. Drinks were abundant anything you wanted. The grounds were immaculate and the staff was exceptionally friendly, day in and day out. Would definitely go to a Riu Resort again. Possibly Jamaica or Cancun. Just one warning, be careful around the pools! Bricks can be dangerous. And watch your children with tap water in bathrooms. There are warning stickers. Hola!
The Bachata hotel and the two sister hotels are like a paradise dream. Our holiday began on March 9, 2003 for one week. We had a wonderful ocean view room, room 313 in building 3. We had e-mailed our request and were told that they could not take request due to high volume as it was our March break. When we arrived and had such a wonderful view of the sports beach, we were thrilled. The food was delicous with lots of variety. We enjoyed the casino and had lots of fun on the five cent slots. There are 8 of these and about fifteen 25 cent machines as well as a few tables which we did not play. You could get a cash advance on your visa without a pin number at the casino if you run out of money. My husband and I both enjoyed a half hour massage above the fitness center on Carribean Street. It seemed a bit more private than the travelling girls that would give you a massage on your chaisse lounge on the beach or by the pool. Also, that must be very uncomfortable for the girl and their backs. The staff seemed truly appreciative of the small gifts we brought down to give away.We would give this resort a ten out of ten and hope to someday go back
Definitely like this all-inclusive
My husband and I stayed here for the week of April 4th to 11th, 2003. Having already stayed in La Romana at the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus I was eager to compare the two all-inclusive packages. La Romana beats anywhere that I have been so far including Mexico and the Caribbean for the white sandy beach. The ocean was great and I hardly used the pool at all. However, the food at the Riu Bachata deserves a better rating than the Iberostar. It depends on what you prefer. The bathrooms have walk-in showers in the Iberostar, while the shower is part of the bathtub at the Riu. The Riu is more intimate and you don't have to walk as far to get to the different activities. It is also nice to walk between the complexes - Merengue and Bambu. At the Iberostar you get the single complex but much more spread out in design. Both are nice resorts, it just depends on what you consider more important - for me it is the beach, and I would return to La Romana in an instant, but would think about Puerto Plata before going again. Also, although this might not affect everyone, I got lots of mosquito bites while there and I react with the red bumps and itching, while my husband does not. This is probably due to the fact that there is more rain in Puerto Plata. That is another reason that I would think twice about returning.
Time of a life
My husband and I stayed in the Riu Bachata from March28-April4, 2003. We had the time of our lives. We have done a lot of traveling in the islands and Mexico. The Dominican is our favorite. The Riu Bachata is also our favorite resort so far. The Resort is gorgous and the people are very kind. The food was great and there was something for everyone. You do not have to worry about using American money. They are good about giving you change in American if you pay in American. Be sure not to take large american bills. The mini-bar in the rooms is a great touch and it is always stocked. The drinks were great and we found that they will make them as strong as you would like. At the Riu, just ask and they will do everything they can to make your wish reality. We were even given an oceanview room ( I emailed ahead and asked for one). We think this resort is great and we are looking forward to seeing other Riu resorts.
Time of my life
I have been to many resorts in the DR and travel a few times a year. In November I took a 2 week vacation to the Rui Bachata. The first week all by myself and the second my girlfriend joined me for. I had never travelled alone so it was a new experiance for me. The staff was so wonderful and always remebered my name. Jose and Lady worked the Pool bar and always had smiles on there faces. I met so many people from Germany and England and Toronto. Jesus and Louisie always made room for my new friends at the table. My hat goes off to them. We all danced up the storm at the disco & spent lots of money at the casino. I met so many go people. Since then I have been back 2 times once in January and once in Febuary. Now I am packing my bags and moving there to live with the guy that teachs windsurf at the Batchata (Saul). So Have fun and enjoy your stay and say hi to Saul. The Rui Batchata was the tripped that got me to look at life a little different and enjoy your vacation. PS call my travel agent she is amazing her name is Elana at Prominet travel in Toronto.Debbie
When you arrive you receive your room assignments on the bus. This is not set in stone...we were in 1119...overlooking the ocean on the sports beach. The meals are excellent...there were a la carte places by reservation for 2 people...but we prefered the Buffet and became friendly with the servers. You will be assigned a specific table for dinner only...lunch and breaky u can sit anywhere. Our fave was on the Pation...It is non stop action in the pool area...a little more quiet by the ocean...and the sprts peach was our fav..as it was quiet and we sat under the plam trees. Snorkeling is best at Sousa beach...and the Monster truck....was great..We did the tour of the town...went to Bruga rum factory...buy a bottle of 151 rum...the strongest in my opinion on the planet.Take your time...the night life is good in the resort...kids shows till 9 then adult shows. Made some mone in a very tasteful Casino there...Black Jack..Slots....Roulette.It is impossible to have a bad time here..food ...rooms...people...all excellent...and I read the beach was dirty in previous reviews...it was clean...but a bit stony in parts. You will be in Pardise for a week. David
The bachata was in a great location, the best of the three hotels on the beach. The food was great, and i have been to quite a few destinations and hotels down in the Caribbean and mexico area, and the bachata out shoots them all. excellent stay, had a blast, will be returning again this year !
I loved it but, if your going for a sunny beach, forget it, it's all shaded by palm trees
Went in Nov/2003. Flight was with Sky service. IT was cramped and too warm, i reccommend getting changed into light clothing in the airport. They told us the air conditioning was broken but miraculously it came on before landing. Food- Generally very good, lots to choose from, lots of fruit, salads, seafood, vegetarian dishes. Not a lot of repetition. Steak at the grill was amazing, and tender. I had read other reviews where it was like rubber, but in our case it wasn't. I wasnt too stuck on the salad dressings, next time I'd bring my own. Some of the dairy products had a strange aftertaste, I dont know if it's because it was made with goats milk or because it's not pateurized, like their butter. Some of the cheese was good, so if you dont mind cheese made with goats milk, you wont have a problem with any of it. Lots of different types of buns/bread and ommelettes to choose from in the mornings, including bacon ,back bacon, and potatoes. Service- Amazing!!! No line-ups for food. They bring your luggage to your room when you arrive, keep your carry-ons with you,as they could be a while. WE didnt wait long -maybe 20 min. They also called us right away to make sure everything was okay. We were very impressed with the fully stocked mini-bar(free) complete with your four basics- gin,rum,whiskey and rye. The mini-fridge contained water, coke,soda water etc. When you run out ,they come and fill it up again(even the liquor) They were all very polite and happy. They waited on us hand and foot! I found them to be very accommodating, everything was always "no problem". My only complaint was our maid in particular, was lazy and didnt do a good job cleaning, there was always sand on the floor,and she didnt change the sheets, even though I tipped her. Another couple we met down there,had a great maid, she kept their room spotless. Dress code -relaxed,as long as you dont wear a bikini to dinner,and men -as long as they're wearing a shirt and shorts. View- breathtaking!!! We had ground floor terrace, oceanview. Entertainment-was nightly, some nights were better than others, but there's always the disco. Or you could always entertain yourselves in your rooms with a fully stocked mini-bar. The bartenders make many different cocktails to choose from. Not many bugs this time of year for them(Nov) We ate outside on the veranda alot. There was only one night when a lot of bugs came out because it rained. Beach- Way too many palm trees planted too close together, too much shade, all the sunny spots were taken, because there werent very many. In this case you'd have to go to the pool, which isnt too bad because of the swim- up bar. Way too many rocks in the ocean, the waves were strong, I hurt my foot so I had to wear my sandles in the water. My husband found that too. Tips- buy the rum,and coffee at the airport, it's about half the price from what we paid at the resort. Never pay more than half of what venders ask, they will try to rip you off. Dont do the catamaran $70us per person if your hoping to see some dolphins,because you might not see any. Dont snorkle at the resort, you cant see 3 ft in front of your face.If you want to go snorkeling ,do it in Sosua. Bring facecloths-they dont provide any. It's also a good idea to bring you own goggles, snorkle gear,some "OFF" and dont foget to bring something to treat your sunburns with. Make sure you rub the sunscreen in very well, as it can attract the sun and burn you. Shop around first, then go back to buy it, chances are you would find that same item elsewhere for less. The staff down there love pringles especially "Wilson" the bartender. Wilson makes a good specialty drink and good banana mammas. Be sure to try a banana Mamma. Front desk lends out adaptor pieces if you need to plug something in. Would i go back? No, only because I'm a beach bum, I'd like to try the other Riu's on the other side of the island for the better beach.
Restful Vacation at Riu Bachata
My 16-year-old daughter and I stayed at the Riu Bachata January 10 -17, 2003. We were looking for a peaceful--and Warm--escape and got it. Never strayed from the resort grounds at all, as everything we needed was right there. Facility is beautiful and sparkling clean. Food in the buffet dining room, Bahia de Maimon, was well-prepared and of excellent variety and quality. The entertainment leaders, the Animators, led the daytime activities (just enough of them to keep things interesting) and the children's program. Sad to say, the evening activities fell short of our expectations. Watching the kids activity on stage for an hour, and then a 90-minute lull before a lackluster 10 pm performance was not our idea of fun. The Bachata would do well to steal some cruise ship ideas for evening entertainment-- having a choice of activities available, giving two featured shows at staggered times for both dinner seatings, bringing in a professional entertainer for an evening. A couple of the Dominican dancing shows were quite good, but there were too many of that type of show, and not all of the routines were performance-ready. I'd pay a few dollars more for the vacation package to have better evening entertainment.
Also, there seemed to be a problem with little houseflies--everywhere but in our room. This was especially annoying at meal time; with all that great food around, the one thing I didn't want to do was lose my appetite! The one restaurant that seemed to have the fly problem under control was the Dominican specialty restaurant, the Macambo, at the Riu Merengue. They had fans set up at the salad and dessert bars and there were no flies hovering around the tables. The food was excellent, and they accommodated my vegetarian daughter "no problem". Make sure you bring enough otc medicines and sunscreen with you, they are very expensive at the hotel. Also some small bags of chips, pretzels, etc. for the few and far between times when you're hungry for that sort of thing. Our weather was gorgeous all week. No need for that complimentary umbrella in the room.
Service was friendly and efficient. The only real decisions I had to make all week were, shall I sit by the beach or the pool? Never a problem finding a deck chair, though pool tended to be more crowded than the beach. I plunked myself down in a chaise on the beach each day, under a tree, with a pina colada and a good book in hand. Life is good!
Enjoy the Riu Bachata!
Bachata better than Merengue and Mambo
Sarah & Alex