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The Paladien Riu Merengue is a high-end complex ideally located on the beautiful bay of Maimon. The guarantee of a successful holiday, with your family or as a couple.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 6.5 /10

    Nestled on the beautiful bay of Maimon between the mountains and the sea, the Paladien Riu Merengue is located within a complex of three Riu hotels on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, 6 miles west of Puerto Plata, and 16 miles from the airport. It takes about 45 minutes for the transfers.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The rooms are spacious, well equipped and decorated with furniture of fine wood, beautiful paintings and colourful lamps like pottery pieces embedded in a wall. There are two queen size beds, satellite TV (99 channels), a radio clock, a free safe, individually controlled air-conditioning with a ceiling fan, telephone, a small triangular balcony overlooking the garden and a free and complete mini-bar offering 4 bottles of alcohol suspended from the ceiling (rum, vodka, brandy and gin), replenished every two days. There is also a beautiful office and a large cupboard fitted with hangers and an umbrella. The windows are equipped with mosquito nets. Attention, the door is hard to open: you must pull the handle towards you while turning the key in the lock. Remember that the rooms are equipped with European standard sockets, so they do not need adaptation. The bathroom is all in marble, including a bathtub adapted for elderly guests with a handle to help them stand up, a flexible shower, personal skin care products, handkerchiefs and a hair dryer. The toilets are not separate. All 12 junior suites have a large balcony with two different accesses, with sliding doors and the sea view, a lounge and a bathroom with double sink and a bidet. A coconut tree which has been there for a long time crosses the ceiling.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Paladien Riu Merengue offers 544 rooms, including 12 suites overlooking the sea, housed in 64 one-storey buildings. Near the beach, a swimming pool, relatively small compared to those of the Riu Bachata, has a volleyball net on one side and handball goals on the other side. The place is quite lively during the day. Spanned by a bridge and with a depth of 4.5 ft, it is surrounded by a sun lounge shaded with pergolas equipped with sunshades, deckchairs with mattresses and three showers. Right next door is the Pool snack bar and restaurant "Macumba", which also houses the Mediterranean restaurant and the grill steakhouse. Common for the three hotels, the so-called "Caribean Street", which is a kind of border between the Riu Bachata and the Paladien Riu Merengue, is a shopping street lined with colourful façades in shades of pastel, decorated with arches. There are bars, shops, a small spa, a beauty parlour, a billiard, permanent doctor's office, a fitness gym...

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the excellent main buffet La Roca, a large room beautifully decorated and offering multiple international dishes, quite varied and tasty. At the entrance, a charming young lady offers you a product to wash your hands, without the need to rinse. With a reservation, you can dine at the Italian a la carte restaurant, the Macumba, beside the swimming pool, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., breakfast is served from 10 a.m. to noon and snacks from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. As part of your "all inclusive" service, you have access to all restaurants, snacks and buffets of the complex, except for dinner. You can sip various cocktails at the lounge La Rumba (at the theatre) from 6 p.m. until midnight, at the bar La Plaza (housed in a kiosk) from 10 a.m. to midnight, the snack bar, Macomba, the bar of the disco pasha from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Many bars are available throughout the day, without moderation. Some close their doors at 2 a.m.! Take a sip 24 hours of the day!

    Beach 7.70 /10

    Pleasant and well maintained, the beach of the Paladien Riu Merengue enjoys a beautiful environment. It reserves some pretty shaded areas for the clients sensitive to the Caribbean sun, thanks to its beautiful coconut grove. Deckchairs, sunshades and towels are provided free of charge, and there are also straw huts for massage, showers and toilets. Athletes can participate in beach volleyball and beach football. Located on the beach of the Riu Bachata, 10 minutes away, the sailing club offers many aquatic activities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be careful snorkelers: you cannot borrow masks, fins and snorkels after 4 p.m., and you have to leave a $ 25 deposit. Children can have fun at the kid's club, which deserves maybe a little renovation. The customers can access the beach of the Riu Bachata on the sidelines and let themselves be seducted by the snorkeling club, which can be reached by a path through a small hill running along the beach. On the right side, a rocky promontory is home to a pavilion for couples on honeymoon. The panorama overlooking the bay of Maimon is fabulous. Then again you descend to the small beach, quite popular and enchanting with its great beauty: it is truly a lagoon, surrounded by a mangrove swamp. Street merchants, quite oppressive, offer souvenirs in small wooden shacks.

    To know

    Opened in 1996, the Paladien Riu Merengue is part of a hotel chain that includes three hotels, along with the Riu Bachata and Riu Mambo, all bearing the name of a Dominican dance. You have access to the facilities of the three hotels during your stay, except in the evening, you have dinner in the restaurants of your hotel. The nightclub Le Pacha, located at the boundary between the Paladien Riu Merengue and the Riu Mambo, is a popular place for nightlife for guests staying at all three hotels. There is no network for mobile phones, so you must leave the resort and go to the Ocean world park on the road to Puerto Plata.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, jet ski, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, canoe, dance, step, archery, water-polo, surfing, windsurfing, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The access to the facilities of the Riu Merengue and the Riu Mambo.
    • The access to the facilities of the Riu Bachata and the Riu Mambo.
    • The two beaches.
    • The cuisine.
    • The casino.
    • The mini-bar is full and free with alcohol in the room.
    • The mini-bar is full and free with alcohol in the room.

    disadvantages

    • The absence of mobile network for 3 miles around.
    • The absence of mobile network for 3 miles around.
    • The long road to reach the beach lagoon with the water sports centre at the Riu Bachata.
    • The distant location 6 mi from Puerto Plata and 45 minutes from the airport.

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