Get an overview of this hotelCasual family resort facing a long Puerto Plata beach

North Coast beauty

This secluded hotel 10 km (6 mi) west of picturesque downtown Puerto Plata shares an 800m (one-half mile) beach and expansive resort grounds with one companion hotel.

All-Inclusive resort

Riu Merengue's room rates include access to the freeform and children's pools, kayaks, Hobie Cat sailboats, snorkeling gear, children's club participation, and nightly entertainment.

In-room beverages

Air-conditioned guestrooms and suites at Riu Merengue feature balconies or patios, rattan furniture, and stocked compact refrigerators.

Hotel Amenities

All-Inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities and taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
  • Meals and beverages at companion properties

Activities and facilities/equipment

All non-motorized water sports are included.

Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Windsurfing

Land activities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Lessons/classes/games

  • Dancing
  • Language

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old

Entertainment

  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Motorized water sports
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Premium or imported alcoholic beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Offsite tours

Hotel Amenities

Set amidst tropical gardens and surrounded by mountains, the Riu Merengue is a beachfront Art Deco village-style resort, located just 15 minutes from beautiful Puerto Plata. Featuring 998 guestrooms, comfort and pleasure are ensured with spacious accommodations that include patio, garden and a wide array of restaurants, bars and facilities for a truly thrilling experience. This fun and friendly resort provides exceptional service down to the last detail, complemented by the renowned Caribbean Street promenade and Riu's exchange privileges programme throughout the Riu Resort.

The majority of amenities and activities at this resort are included in the room rate; guests will not be charged extra for meals, drinks, activities, gratuities, or use of both land and water-sports equipment. Babysitting and childcare services are available. Beach/pool umbrellas are available upon request. Luggage storage is available. On-site parking is free to guests during their stay.

Riu Merengue offers daily live music and shows, as well as special daytime entertainment programmes for kids in Riuland. Guests also enjoy complimentary admission to the nearby "Pacha" night club, which is open 6 nights a week, and to "El Millon" casino at ClubHotel Riu Bachata. Open 4 PM to 3 AM, "El Millon" contains slot machines, electronic-poker machines, and three blackjack, one Caribbean Stud Poker, and two roulette tables.

A Caribbean-style street of brightly colored shops runs between Riu Merengue and Riu Bachata Hotel. The street includes an art gallery, clothing boutiques, craft shops, a pharmacy, a pool room, a photo studio/lab, a hair salon, a medical center, a fitness center, and a spa with a unisex sauna. Spa services include waxing, manicure, pedicure, body and facial treatments, the Mayan Mud Wrap, the Tropical Fruit Wrap, and open-air massage in beach cabanas. (Advance reservations are required.)

Ground transportation:

Shuttle vans and private cars of varying prices are available. They can be reserved during the process of booking a reservation for this hotel, via this Web site, and added to the total trip cost.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Children's club 
  • Children's pool 
  • Concierge services 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Free self parking 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Garden 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Hair salon 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Nightclub 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Sauna 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Supervised childcare/activities 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Total number of rooms - 998 
  • Wedding services 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
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Family Friendly Amenities

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • Children's pool  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  

Internet

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Balcony 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Climate control 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Hair dryer 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board (on request) 
  • Minibar 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Shower/tub combination 
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Where to Eat

The majority of meals and beverages, plus all gratuities, at the following restaurants, snack spots, and bars are included in the room rate for this resort (scroll up to the All-Inclusive Details section for more information).

Los Almendros - Open-air buffet restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, theme-dinner buffets.

Macumba - Open-air restaurant/bar serving late-morning Continental breakfast daily and light-meal/snack buffet all afternoon. Snacks served from late night to after midnight. Bar open from late morning to late night.

Italian Restaurant - Half of Macumba restaurant becomes this à la carte dinner restaurant nightly. Reservations required. Dress code: No T-shirts.

Steak House - Half of Macumba restaurant becomes this à la carte dinner restaurant nightly. Reservations required. Dress code: No T-shirts.

La Plaza - Large, covered, open-air, plaza-like bar. Open from mid-morning to late night.

La Rumba - Open-air bar/lounge open from early evening to late night.

Pacha - Air-conditioned disco near adjoining Riu Mambo Hotel. Bar open 10 PM to 2 AM. (Hours subject to change. Minimum age 18. Closed Mondays.)

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Nearby Things to Do

The majority of recreational activities and facilities described below are included in the room rate for this Puerto Plata resort (scroll up to the All-Inclusive Details section for more information).

This hotel, in Dominican Republic's Puerto Plata area, includes a 53.25m (175-ft) freeform pool and a 4.5m-square (15-ft) children's pool. Guests also enjoy access to pools at the resort's other two hotels, including a pool at Riu Bachata that contains an eight-person jetted section and a swimup bar. Padded lounge chairs and thatched-roof sunshades flank all pools.

Riu Merengue faces an 800m (one-half mile) Atlantic Ocean beach. Sand extending inland under palm trees includes sports facilities.

Maimón Bay, at the resort's western end, offers a beachfront water-sports center providing kayaks, snorkeling gear, Hobie Cat sailboats, pedal boats, windsurfers, and boogie boards as part of the All-Inclusive plan. Surcharges apply for parasailing, Jet Skiing, banana-boating, sailing lessons, windsurfing lessons, scuba-diving lessons and certification classes, and snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions.

All-Inclusive facilities include three tennis courts at this hotel and two at the adjacent Riu Bachata Hotel. The nearest golf course, Playa Dorada, is 14 km (8.75 mi) away.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site at Riu Merengue or near the resort in the Puerto Plata area; fees may apply.

  • Kayaking on site 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Aerobics on site 
  • Basketball on site 
  • Parasailing on site 
  • Playground on site 
  • Sailing on site 
  • Scuba diving on site 
  • Snorkeling on site 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site 
  • Volleyball on site 
  • Windsurfing on site 
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Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Steam room in spa 
  • Reflexology 
  • Sports massage 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 
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Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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Fees

The charges below are included in your overall room price:
  • Resort fee
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • A late check-out fee will be charged
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. A resort fee is included in the total price displayed. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Resort Credit Promotion - US Bookings Only

Book a 4-7 night minimum stay in any room or rate category for travel May 1 – December 23, 2015, and receive up to USD 1,000 in Resort Credit coupons for select services. Coupons can be applied as follows:

  • USD 210 resort credit at Renova Spa (2 USD 35 coupons for Renova Spa massage, 2 USD 25 coupons for Hot Stone Cure Stress Massage, 2 USD 15 coupons for Deep Cleansing Facial, 2 USD 15 coupons for Aromatherapy Massage, 2 USD 15 coupons for Body Wrap, 2 USD 15 coupons for Spa pedicure; limited to 1 coupon per service/person)
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  • USD 80 resort credit with a 4-6 night stay or USD 140 resort credit with a 7-night minimum stay at Dream Casino (1 USD 10 coupon per person/night valid for match play)
  • USD 90 resort credit with a 4-6 night stay or USD 180 resort credit with a 7-night minimum stay valid at Playa Dorado Golf Club (1 coupon per round of golf/person, USD 12 for tee time, USD 3 for golf cart rental; caddy is required; additional taxes apply)
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Valid for bookings made on US (.com) points of sale only. Guests will receive coupons at check-in. The total of credits is per room, based on double occupancy. Resort Credit is non-transferable, non-cumulative, and cannot be used for future stays. Resort Credit can be used for selected services. Not applicable to travel agent rate, tour operator employee rate, Fam Trips or, complimentary stays. This promotion is subject to availability and can change without previous notice. Other restrictions may apply.

$35 Spa Credit Promotion

Book a stay in any room or rate category May 1 – December 23, 2015 for travel within the same period, and receive a $35 spa credit.

Credit is applied to guest's account at check-out. Details at check-in. Not combinable with the Resort Credit Promotion. Other restrictions may apply.

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